Facebook Rules

Who knew that this above Facebook post would cause me so much drama today?……How Hard could it be? …… What could possibly go wrong?

Screenshot_20171021-134822Who knew that this above Facebook post would cause me so much drama today?  I created what I thought was an innocent little post to sell off some fibers quickly. Usually I don’t try to sell on Facebook – every group seems to have a lot of rules. Too many for my brain to understand but after a week off work I thought I could tackle this! How hard could it be??

I created my post and then I shared it to a Facebook group. Yeah me! Yes I read the rules first…I was selling something – check. No links in ad – check. I had the item in my possession – check. I had a site for fiber – check. I remembered to put in the price – check. I was confident that I could figure out how to invoice and get paid – check. I had enough – check.

What could possibly go wrong???????

First a notice from the admin to remove the link to my business….. hhhhmmmm……don’t know how to do that. Matter of fact I didn’t know what they meant. So I took down that post and put it on my page and then linked to the Group. So I’m set! Right?

So I go ahead and post to two other sites. Read their rules and all seem to be okay!

Then I get a message that my original post has been pulled down because I broke another rule. Back to the rules I went: my stuff, my site, priced, description, picture…..

Apparently I couldn’t post in the original group if the price was the same for another site…okay…..not really understanding but back to the rules……there it is right in the beginning of the pinned post. So now I had a choice. Raise the price for the other sites or not post in the original group.

I must be honest I really thought about writing to the person who kept messaging me a lengthy missive about how stupid that last rule really was. I didn’t understand really. I was selling at rock bottom prices and if I put it higher on another site the bad side of me wanted to add – “you can buy it cheaper from me in another group.” But reason prevailed and I just removed my posts except from the one site. I couldn’t handle figuring out MORE rules for the other groups.

So how do you do posing in groups?? Do the rules drive you crazy? How do you respond when the admin admonishes you for breaking the rules?

Thanks for letting me rant a little bit!   Kerry

 

“Ping”

In some worlds “ping” might be a wonderful sound but when you are weaving “ping” becomes a crisis. I’m new to weaving and have successfully woven a few scarves with little trouble so I thought I would tackle something new – commercial wool yarn. I had been weaving with a commercial cotton warp and my handspun yarns but found an inexpensive wool “single” (which I really didn’t realize was a single until “ping”) and a thick and thin that coordinated. I knew enough not to use the thick and thin as the warp but commercial yarn should be strong enough for a warp – right?

Also I had not finished watching all the weaving lessons that I’m going through and I jumped right in and warped the loom and began to weave. I have an 8 dent rigid heddle. So off I go weaving and weaving and weaving. Now I did notice that I had a little trouble with the tension. It felt very (very) tight when I was raising and lowering the heddle but that’s normal – or so I thought.

As I was weaving I began to notice that the warp threads were getting fuzzy and sticking but I had read or seen or heard that this could happen???? About 8 inches in there was a “ping” but I didn’t pay that much attention and kept on weaving then something didn’t look right. There was an end sticking up where I didn’t put it. After some investigation I found a broken warp string. No problem. I had read that you could fix that so off the loom and back to the books, videos and Pintrest. Fixed the problem easy enough and back to weaving. I should mention that I did set the loom aside for several days while I thought about whether to take this project off and start over – I’m so glad I didn’t because restringing would not have helped me figure out how I caused this problem.

So back to my weaving on my incredibly tight warp – I was so proud of my tension. I just knew I had warped this one right!!!! About 3 inches later “ping”, “ping”, “ping”…….

Not a problem I know how to fix a broken warp string! Fixed and back to weaving…..”ping”. Now I was getting frustrated. I really didn’t want to spend all of my time fixing when I wanted to be weaving (but do you think I watched the rest of the video?)

Weaving a little…..”ping” a little.

So I finally watched the rest of the video about tying up your warp and creating your shed and the light bulb came on and I realized what I had done wrong….besides using the wrong size heddle and the wrong type of yarn for the warp. I didn’t raise the heddle when I was tying off and was putting undo stress on the yarn in the holes and abrading it with every beat!

Scarf is now finished and not too bad looking and I don’t panic when I break a warp thread. I also raise the heddle to create a nice shed. I’m sure I’ll hear “ping” in the future but I hope it means I have mail!

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The Next Generation for Fiber Artists and Wood Crafters

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I love to share my LOVE of fiber with anyone who is interested but I have a captive audience! GRANDCHILDREN! Mark loves for the children to come to his wood shop to learn about wood and building things too.

We have a total of 8 grandchildren with two of them living less than a mile from the house so we get to spend A LOT of time with them and they love to be in the wool room with me. Kaylee, 6, and Max, 4, are budding Fiber Artists. Both have their own ideas of what looks good in batts.

Kaylee loves to add lots, and lots, and lots and then just a little more sparkle in her batts. She also comes up with unique (and bizarre) names for all of her fiber. She has been known to climb into my box of wool scraps and roll around. I think she’s a lot like me and loves to smell and feel the wool. She is also interested in learning to spin and spends time working her yarn in and out of the spinning wheel. She informed me that the look on her face was not an angry look but a look of concentration.

Max on the other hand is more subdued and likes to draft and stretch the fibers. He loves to watch the machines and touch everything on them. He learned the hard way recently not to put his fingers around the belt to the carder. Max names his batts after people – cracks me up!

Further up the road we have Schuyler, 10, and Brailey, 6, who also love fiber. “OH MY GOSH” is a term that I hear a lot when they are working with me. They’ve been able to make batts to make scarves and have needle-felted little gnomes. Pop-Pop was a little nervous when they were using the needles and Schuyler found out the hard way that the needles really hurt! I can’t wait until they have more time to spend with us learning this craft. Schuyler has also been in the wood shop and has turned an ink pen on the lathe.

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Daniel, 11, lives further away so we don’t get to see him as often but when he comes he likes to be in the workshop with Grandpa. He spent some time this summer building gifts for each of his family members. He has an amazing knack at following directions and putting stuff together. He put together all the shelves for the fiber room!!!

My nephew Tim, 11, also likes to be in the wool! He loves colors and design. He’s one I can call and he’ll come help me with the fiber. He has made several batts which I’ve spun into yarn to make him a winter hat and he’s designed a batt that we wet-felted into a lovely, colorful scarf. He too has needle-felted a gnome and seemed to have a great time doing it.

I enjoy watching the children’s faces as they watch piles of wool turn into something recognizable! As time progresses I hope to be able to have them playing more active roles in the wool room and soon in Grandpa’s workshop working on wood projects.