Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chirstmas Wish List!

Christmas is around the corner, and everyone has a few things that they like to get. But me? Oooh no. I want LOTS of things. Here's the wishlist my greedy little mind has come up with.

Winding a hank of yarn without a swift requires a) A friend to hold it for you or b) using your knees. Unfortunately I don't always have the luxury of A and B takes a long time, so an umbrella yarn swift would be awesooome! They also have the wooden version which is a little prettier and probably better quality, but eh. I just want it to work.

This may seem a bit odd, especially since I'm not a chemist or anything, but I recently learned that anything you put on your hair should have a pH of 4.0 - 7.0 but 4.5-5.5 is best to close the cuticles. Theres no way I can test my hair products and homemade leave in conditioner mixes without this! 

So, I read this whooole book series when I was a kid called Mandie mysteries, and now I just found out they turned it into a movie. MUST SEE! There's even a sequel. Eep! ^_^


Besides the curling custard, these are all key ingredients to kimmaytube's leave in conditioner recipe! :)

So, I've been having a problem with my cat knocking my my yarn out of its happy home in the bookshelf and them proceeding to BITE on it and drag it around. Might I mention that he did this with expensive alpaca yarn once? -_- 

This picture is one knitter's solution to the same problem with her cat, and I just love it! And Wally World is offering free shipping on it too! squee! ^_^

Hmmmmm, thats actually all I can think of right now, but don't you worry, I'll be sure to add to it when other things come to mind ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010

5 reasons why handmade items are pricier than Walmart and WORTH it!

1. Handmade items are...made by hand. The items I make aren't spit out by the thousands by some machine in China, I labor over them by hand usually for a few weeks before they're finished.
2. You have it your way. Try Going to Wal-mart and saying "I'd like a scarf with black and grey stripes with the stripes being about one inch wide each and the scarf length should be equal to my height. Also, I'd prefer if it was made out of machine-washable material." ....You won't leave happy.
3. Handmade items are unique. Ever bought something from JC Penney and then seen two other people wearing it that week? That is HIGHLY unlikely to happen if you buy a handmade item from me.
4. No sweat-shop guilt. My items are not made by poor children in Cambodia who get paid 30 cents a day. They're made by me!
5. Low environmental impact. My handmade items are not shipped in from Taiwan, burning fossil fuels and polluting the air. They're made right here in the United States. 

"Tyler! What are all these 'handmade items' you keep babbling about?" you may ask. Well head on over to and hopefully all of your questions will be answered. If you have any more, you can always ask me here :)

Happy Monday, everyone!


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