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    Christmas shopping - Make it in America

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    Whatever your holiday needs, why not do something that supports jobs and living wages here in the US?

    Why not hunt down some of those modern rarities: items made in the USA?

    If you get discouraged looking at item after item only to discover they are made in China, try searching "made in USA" on REI or other major retailers' websites.
    (try not to weep when you do this on LL Bean... lo, how the mighty have fallen)

    Give the gift of a viable domestic economy this holiday season!

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    ETA: LL Bean has 156 items made by workers in the USA. REI has 3,989. I know where I'll be shopping...
    TE, for some reason, has only 1. That just can't be right. http://www.teamestrogen.com/search.e...form-submit=go Susan! Help! Why doesn't this pull up running pants made in Portland OR and Burley products and Smartwool?
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    Sounds good to me!!

    This Christmas (like last) I'm making all my gifts. Last year it was crocheted scarves. This year it's mittens upcycled from thrift store wool sweaters. If I have to buy anything, I'll make sure it's made in the USA. I bought all the sweaters at local charity thrift stores, so at least the second sale of the item benefited my local community (probably not the first, tho).
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    I'm knitting hats.

    In Cascadia colors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadi...dence_movement)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottedYet View Post
    I'm knitting hats.

    In Cascadia colors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadi...dence_movement)
    How funny. I live in "Cascadia" and have never heard of the movement. How sheltered am I?!
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    I sell paintings.. Just saying..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biciclista View Post
    I sell paintings.. Just saying..
    I bought one of her paintings, and it is a beauty beyond price.

    Support your local artist this Winter Solstice! Give the gift of Biciclista's amazing watercolors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeganBikeChick View Post
    How funny. I live in "Cascadia" and have never heard of the movement. How sheltered am I?!
    I remember Ecotopia in the 1970's, but didn't know about Cascadia until recently. And I found out about it through the Cascadia Cup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_Cup A friend of mine helped start it, and was in charge of transporting the Cup to a few games.

    Oh, my Cascadia...
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    I make my gifts - alternating so one year it's a big gift, the next it's smaller. Last year it was crocheted afghans, this year I'm making lavender-rosemary soap and crocheting cotton body rags to go with.

    In the past I've stitched placemats and napkins, made aprons... next year I'm going to crack out the oil paint and see what I come up with. I have a family friend in Provincetown who has generously offered to give me a lesson next time I am up. ;-)

    I soooo wish I could afford one of her paintings. Or prints. Would mean the world to me! http://www.packardgallery.com/anne.html Isn't she amazing? Lots of people paint the sea, but not many catch the moodiness of the sea and sky like she does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri Girl View Post
    Sounds good to me!!

    This Christmas (like last) I'm making all my gifts. Last year it was crocheted scarves. This year it's mittens upcycled from thrift store wool sweaters.
    Cool. How do you do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    Cool. How do you do that?
    If you get lucky, there are some sweaters (even store-bought) where the fabric isn't knit, cut and sewn, but it's knit so that the body up to the sleeves is a single length of yarn. You can take the sweater apart, unravel it, and use the yarn for your own nefarious purposes.

    I have no idea what I'm making people for Christmas this year. DBF's getting knitted socks once I finally get him to measure his feet for me. My sister doesn't want to be seen in my knitting, so so she says. ("You know you could go to Kohl's and get something that looks a lot nicer for less, right?")
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    If you get lucky, there are some sweaters (even store-bought) where the fabric isn't knit, cut and sewn, but it's knit so that the body up to the sleeves is a single length of yarn. You can take the sweater apart, unravel it, and use the yarn for your own nefarious purposes.
    Or take 100% wool sweaters, wash and dry them in the machine (exactly what you should NOT do with wool sweaters!) so they shrink and felt, then cut out mitten-shaped pieces and sew them together. There are patterns that put the thumb in a better spot by using separate thumb pieces sewn onto the main part, to avoid the awkwardness of having the thumb out to the side, but they are also more complicated.
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    I am knitting scarves with yarn spun by my friend who got the yarn from friends who raised the sheep and alpaca's. Oh and she dyed it herself too. She also has a great herb shop. The shampoo bars are awesome! Here is her herb store site http://www.prairielandherbs.com/ oh the lavender vanillia linen body spray is sooooooo good! I am getting all my friends a bottle for christmas.
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    I made two pairs of mittens already (one for me and one for a colleague). They were made for my winter commutes and they are the WARMEST mittens I've EVER had!!!! I lined mine with fleece to make them extra-warm, but they would be fine without the fleece lining, too.

    Yup- I felt wool sweaters to make them. It's a 3 piece mitten that you sew. I'm not a great sewer (seamstress) but these were really easy to make. I used this Youtube video to guide me. I made my own template since I don't have a printer to print out a pattern.
    When I made the mittens for gifts, I'll use 3 sweaters for each one, making the three pieces out of different sweaters that color coordinate (to make them unique and special).
    It's really a fun project. I made a pair for a colleague and she loves them! Hers have pretty buttons as decoration on them.
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    Last edited by Tri Girl; 11-17-2011 at 04:40 PM.
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    I make bags, pouches, quilted kindle covers, coasters and all kinds of fabric creations... just sayin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    If you get lucky, there are some sweaters (even store-bought) where the fabric isn't knit, cut and sewn, but it's knit so that the body up to the sleeves is a single length of yarn. You can take the sweater apart, unravel it, and use the yarn for your own nefarious purposes.
    Oh, cool so like recycling/repurposing yarn. If you find a nice wool sweater alpaca, merino, etc could just unwind it. Voila! Yarn. Cool.
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