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05/16/2012

Bust Magazine Craftacular, at the Seed in New York! June! Go there!  »

Aw, remember the early 2000s, when I was a budding feminist at Humboldt State, taking my women’s studies classes and reading Bust magazine? No? I loved Bust's feminist/pop culture flair, and if you've ever been to Arcata, you'd know why it's referred to as “behind the redwood curtain;” things like technology and pop culture do not easily get through. It was like living in the ’70s! It took four days to get a Netflix DVD in the mail! I didn't know how an iPod worked until late 2006! Man, I miss that place.*

I still pick up the odd copy of Bust, usually when I’m in Rainbow, reliving my hippie college days (being in Rainbow IS the Arcata experience, right here in SF). Except now I know how to use an iPod! And I listen to pop music!

Bust is hosting a Vegan Craftacular in New York this summer! They are teaming up with The Seed to bring you a two-day expo of food, art, crafts, demos, and speakers! How fun! Go to it, and then tell me everything!

Bust Magazine Craftacular at the Seed: A vegan experience
82 Mercer St., between Broome and Spring, New York City
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Buy your tickets here!

*Sounds a lot like my experience at Davis in the early ’00s, says the editor who did not own an iPod or a cell phone until 2006.

01/20/2011

Check it out, kiddies! A plush mollusk anatomy by San Francisco’s Jessica Polka! I had to dissect a clam in middle school and it was totally GROSS! This, however, is adorable! The pattern isn’t on her etsy store, Wunderkammer, but there are lots of nice patterns on there. Check it out. Fun!
Any teachers looking for dissection alternatives?! This could be an art+science lesson! If you had to crochet a mollusk’s anatomy, you’d remember that shit.

Check it out, kiddies! A plush mollusk anatomy by San Francisco’s I had to dissect a clam in middle school and it was totally GROSS! This, however, is adorable! The pattern isn’t on her etsy store, Wunderkammer, but there are lots of nice patterns on there. Check it out. Fun!

Any teachers looking for dissection alternatives?! This could be an art+science lesson! If you had to crochet a mollusk’s anatomy, you’d remember that shit.

01/05/2011

Learn the true meaning of “upcycling” with Etsy at Craft Bar!  »

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art (MCFA) in San Francisco has a Craft Bar! And at Craft Bar on Thursday, Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., Etsy Labs will teach you how to turn disposable plastic shopping bags into useful items like aprons, or perhaps sturdier plastic bags suitable for multiple uses! Katherine Coleman from KJC Designs will demonstrate how to make a “felt bib necklace,” Kelly Ball from Realia will make “coil-wrapped wire rings,” and “local artist Nicole Royer will be teaching a workshop on how to upcycle old jeans into beautiful necklaces.”

Also, beer! There will be beer “kindly provided” by Trumer Pils, which isn’t listed on Barnivore but is served at multiple vegan restaurants, so we guess it’s cruelty-free. Does “kindly provided” mean “free”—we’re not sure! But we are finding out for you, and will update once we know! Sweets la Petite will provide snacks—cupcakes—and they don’t have vegan flavors, so you’ll want that beer for a nice pre-dinner snack. Or dinner, you know we don’t judge.

It costs $5 to get into the museum, at which point Craft Bar is free, including all materials for crafting. The MCFA is at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, between Mission and Market and Third and Fourth Streets in SOMA. You should go! Plastic refuse is choking our seas and poisoning every living creature on Earth—make something useful from some of your plastic trash, already! Live by the three R’s, die by the three R’s.

Update: Katy tells us that the beer will be free—though donations to the museum are always deeply appreciated!—and chips and salsa may make an appearance as well. Thanks, Katy!

[photos of plastic bag projects, from top: bag by stitchlily; bag by lemurdillo; basket by sarahratcha, which you can buy at her etsy store! Thanks to Flavorpill SF for the tip!]

11/30/2010

CHEAP vegan Filipino food this Thursday at Tiangge sa SoMa!  »

There’s gonna be tons of CHEAP vegan Filipino food this Thursday, December 2nd, at Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission St. at 6th Street) as part of ‘Tiangge sa SoMa’, a community-organized crafts fair/mini holiday bazaar featuring Pinoy and Pinay artisans! Delightful. The menu isn’t finalized yet, but they’re planning on Lugaw (Filipino congee), Pancit Palabok (Rice noodles with julienned vegetables, thick annatto sauce, and crunchy “chicharon” topping), Kalderata (Stewed seitan with carrots, potatoes, bell peppers in a spicy tomato-based sauce), Mongo (Stewed mung beans with spinach, okra, and squash), and Black Gulaman (Sweet drink with agar gelatin). YUM! It goes from 6 to 9 p.m. so be there! Or be shit out of luck in your quest for delicious cheap food!

BONUS: There’s also gonna be holiday shopping, festive music, and raffled giveaways on selected items throughout the night! I WILL SEE YOUR HOT ASSES THERE!

03/31/2010

Guest post: Vegan knitting: crafty, fun, and cruelty-free!  »

How many times have you been browsing patterns on Ravelry or clicking through the newest edition of Knitty thinking “GOD. I love this pattern but I’m vegan and I have no clue what yarn to use because the people at my local yarn shop are kind of mean about me being vegan and always try and sell me wool and then tell me that sheep like having chunks of their butts cut off without painkillers, so instead of knitting I’m going to go sit in the corner and cry.”

Yep, I’ve been through the same scenario quite a few times myself and it is not fun! The fact is, the vegan yarn market is severely underserved and being a new vegan, or knitter, or both can be quite daunting.  Well consider me your brand-new personal LYS employee who won’t scorn your ethics with a withering, condescending gaze.*

Together we’re going to go through some of the most popular knitting patterns circulating the internet today and pick out which yarns will work best for the individual projects! [Ed.: While we’ve linked to the websites of those yarn companies with websites, be sure to look for the best deals on yarns at your local stores or other, online retailers.]

Clapotis, by Kate Gilbert
With Clapotis, I feel that there are unlimited possibilities and you probably can’t go wrong. I do think a 100 percent bamboo or soy would work beautifully as they both have a silk-like, luscious drape that will compliment the bias knit quite nicely. Since it’s a scarf it’s not imperative that you match the gauge precisely, so go with whatever yarn is calling to you regardless of weight as long as you don’t mind smaller stitches. A DK weight bamboo from Southwest Trading Company would look absolutely stunning. If you’re looking for a slightly chunkier yarn try Classic Elite’s worsted weight Bam Boo or Queensland Collection Bebe Cotsoy, a worsted cotton/soy blend. If you absolutely want to stick with an aran weight yarn, then Anchor’s cotton/soy blend Bamboolo would be a perfect match!


Cobblestone Pullover, by Jared Flood
For all you male knitters out there, this is the quintessential pullover. It calls for a wooly aran weight tweed yarn, so I must recommend Kraemer’s Tatamy Tweed Worsted (40 percent cotton, 60 percent acrylic), which you may have to adjust your needle size for, but no biggie!

February Lady sweater, by Pamela Wynne
This is an extremely popular pattern that calls for a worsted weight merino yarn. It’s a lovely spring cardigan so I bet a plain ol’ cotton, such as Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton or Dyed Cotton, would work beautifully here. If you can’t afford that much per skein you can always try Lion Brand Cotton Solid or Knit Picks Simply Cotton. If you’re worried about shape retention then try a cotton/acrylic blend such as Lion Brand Cotton-Ease.


Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath
The Bay Area is the perfect place for fingerless mitts, especially for all that bike riding and stuffing our mouths full of food we do here. Make sure you’re prepared for the fall and knit Fetching. Crystal Palace Bamboozle (55 percent bamboo, 24 percent cotton, 21 percent elastic nylon) has just the right amount of bamboo to keep your hands toasty and plenty of elastic nylon to help them stay snug on your hands.


Monkey, by Cookie A.
If you haven’t knit socks yet, you simply must. They’re fun, quick, and turning the heel isn’t as scary as people make it out to be! This is a striking lacy pair of socks that any of the vegan Crystal Palace sock yarns would work well with. There is Maizy (82 percent corn fiber and 18 percent elastic nylon), Panda Cotton (59 percent bamboo, 25 percent cotton and 16 percent elastic nylon), or Panda Soy (49 percent bamboo, 33 percent soy and 18 percent elastic nylon) all of which come in both solid and variegated colors (choose variegated! Really!).

Owls, by Kate Davies
I’ve wondered just about twice a day my whole life why I don’t have a sweater with owls around the collar, and now here it is! The original pattern calls for a bulky weight wool yarn so Garnstudio’s Drops Ice (55 percent cotton, 45 percent acrylic) seems to have been made just for this pattern. Having a little acrylic blended with the cotton is important because you don’t want those owls to lose their shape and be sad, do you?!

As vegan bulky yarns can be a bit challenging to come by, I want to recommend a few other more budget friendly options, such as Berrocco Comfort Chunky or Knit Picks Comfy Bulky; both are cotton/acrylic blends.

*I have had nothing but amazing experiences at Bay Area yarn shops, but when I travel farther from our vegan paradise I tend run into downright bad manners.

Kristen is a graduate of San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and is now stuck in the city without a paying job. Luckily, she recently landed a great internship with a local yarn company and is working towards becoming a knitwear designer. She spends most of her free time knitting, eating vegan food, and petting her cat named Cooper who surprisingly does not bother her while she knits (which is pretty much all the time, it’s kind of ridiculous). This is her first post for Vegansaurus, but she has her own fabulous vegan knitting blog, Tree Wool. Check it out!

03/22/2010

Chickens in sweaters!  »

Yes, chickens in motherloving sweaters! Of course it’s in the UK so they call them “jumpers” because the Brits are a culturally rich and adorable people. Sorry to pair this cute picture with a downer but this goes in the bittersweet category as they are retired battery hens; due to the horrible conditions they lived in before, they have lost lots of their feathers and now they need sweaters just to keep warm. But look at that picture! Those chickens RULE. OK, OK, that’s it! I can’t take it anymore! I think I need a purse hen. Am I allowed to have a purse hen? What?! Can I live?!

Little Hen Rescue, the organization behind this effort, is dedicated to “working with the farmers to retire these working girls into a wonderful free-range life.” They rescue and rehome these sweet but neglected hens, and now with the help of Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre (“centre,” adorable!), they are improving the chickens’ lives a little bit more with these handsome sweaters.

Guess what everybody?! YOU TOO can make hen jumpers for Little Hen Rescue! You can get the knitting pattern from the Monkton Elm site. Also, the Little Hen site has a fleece version for those of us who find knitting terrifically boring.

[Image from Monkton Elm website]

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