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A Taste of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Care Package:

A box of goodies all made in Philadelphia or the metro area. Will include, at minimum, chocolate and other candies, handmade soap by Terralyn from Reading Terminal Market, and beeswax candles. Higher bids will result in More Stuff. [Winner will need to let me know ahead of shipping if they have allergies or dietary restrictions.]

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: Can ship to the United States only. Will ship USPS by March 5, 2013.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Handspun, Handwoven Scarf

Item Name & Description: I will weave for you, from yarn I’ve spun myself, a scarf of roughly 7 inches by 72-90 inches, not including six-inch twisted fringe. I will work with you to design the scarf according to your specifications, especially in terms of color. However, it will have to be wool or a wool blend, and because I have a simple rigid-heddle loom, there are certain patterns I can’t weave.

Below are three photos to show you some of my work. The first is a log-cabin weave, a very popular pattern, woven from handspun.

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Handspun, Handwoven Scarf offered by Susan Palwick -- Image #1

The second is a lover’s-knot pattern, essentially a larger version of houndstooth (I prefer weaving houndstooth, but can do lover’s knot if you like it better). This particular scarf isn’t woven from handspun, but could be!

Handspun, handwoven scarf offered by Susan Palwick (image #2)

The third photo is a plainweave scarf woven from handspun, showing the natural variegation possible with handspun yarn. It can be lovely even without a pattern like the two above.

Handspun, handwoven scarf offered by Susan Palwick (image #3)

Other patterns (plaids, pick-up patterns, etc.) are possible, but I’m showing these to give you ideas!

Starting Bid: $50, plus shipping

Notes: I’m a college professor, so my time’s limited until May. It would ordinarily take me three weeks to a month to complete a project like this, but delays are not only possible but likely during the semester. I live in Reno, so if you’re in northern NV or CA, I may be able to deliver; heck, you can come to my house and watch me work!

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Custom Hat in Variegated Wool Blend

Item Name & Description: Custom Hat in Variegated Wool Blend

The auction winner will get one hat made to any measurements (adult, child, baby (heck, for baby sizes I’d make two)) from their choice of the yarns shown below. Both are Bollicine Maxi, a worsted-weight blend of 70% wool and 30% acrylic that is next-to-skin soft. The pastel has pink, lavender, and pale to light blue; the grey has charcoal, medium grey, white, and a very subtle lavender/almost-grey.

These variegated yarns will look best in a plain knit stitch rather than any fancy texture. I can do the winner’s choice of ear-warming methods: a deep fold-up ribbing, earflaps with or without ties, a helmet style that comes down over the ears and back of the neck, or a beanie with none of the above. More technical details available upon request.

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Bollicine

Starting Bid: $10 US

Notes: Yarn has lived in a non-smoking household with one dog; the finished item will get a bath just before shipping. I will mail anywhere in North America at no additional cost; for other continents I would ask the auction winner for an additional donation equal to shipping costs. Allow two to three weeks for knitting after you send me your measurements.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Custom Hat in Washable Wool

Item Name & Description: Custom Hat in Washable Wool

The auction winner will get one hat made to any measurements from their choice of the yarns shown below. All are diVe Zenith, a machine-washable worsted-weight wool that is next-to-skin soft. There is enough purple and enough dark brown to make a solid hat out of either; other colors would have to be accent colors only.

This yarn will show cables and other fancy stitch textures well; I can also do color stripes and/or contrast ribbing (although stranded colorwork or intarsia will not be suitable). I can do the winner’s choice of ear-warming methods: a deep fold-up ribbing, earflaps with or without ties, a helmet style that comes down over the ears and back of the neck, or a beanie with none of the above. More technical details available upon request.

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Zenith

Starting Bid: $15 US

Notes: Yarn has lived in a non-smoking household with one dog; the finished item will get laundered just before shipping. I will mail anywhere in North America at no additional cost; for other continents I would ask the auction winner for an additional donation equal to shipping costs. Allow approximately four to six weeks for knitting after we work out a pattern.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Knitted Teddy Bear

teddy bears Custom Teddy Bear by author and obsessive knitter Deborah J. Ross: Acrylic yarn, polyester stuffing: machine washable/dryable, hypoallergenic (although I have cats, so I cannot guarantee there will be no cat hairs). Your choice of colors, or let me design one for you.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Allow 2 weeks for US addresses, 4 weeks for international.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Custom printed cards, leaflets, or invitations

Item Name & Description: I will pull up to 500 impressions of a design of the winner’s choice on a nineteenth century Chandler and Price hand-fed hand-set moveable type letterpress. I will pay for paper, ink, shop use fees, and shipping to anywhere the US Postal Service can deliver to, and am donating my time, skill, and training to print.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes:

Have some FAQs:

What does hand-fed mean? What it says on the tin. My hand gently reaches in between two moving blocks of cast iron, which generate 40 tons of force on impact, to snatch away a printed sheet of paper and place the next sheet to be printed. Yes, it’s dangerous, no I have never had an accident in twelve years of operating the press, and yes I have insurance :)

What does hand-set mean? I select the type, letter by letter, from a giant tray containing thousands of pieces of type, to compose the text of your design.

What does moveable type mean? The words on the paper are produced by applying ink to individual blocks of lead, and then applying the inky type to the paper. In practical terms, this means you are limited to the fonts, sizes, and styles we have in the shop. We have at least a dozen fonts, including Typo Script, Wedding Text, Garamond, Caslon, News Gothic, Century Schoolbook, and Cloister, in a variety of sizes from 6pt to 24pt.

How big a card am I willing to make? That depends entirely on how high bidding goes.

Less than $25 — I will print one side of a standard business card, in one color.

$25-$50 — Two sides of a business card, or one side in two colors, or something A7 sized.

$50-75 — Three colors on a business card or one color/one side on a 5-baronial enclosure (roughly A6 size)

$75-125 — Four colors on a business card, two colors or two sides on a 5-baronial enclosure, or one color on a Lee or A5 or similar size.

Should bidding go above $125 the size and number of setups/colors I’m willing to do will increase. The largest size paper that will fit in the press is US letter size.

When will the job be finished? That depends in part on the size of the job. I’ve reserved the printing shop for Mar 2. If you have your design ready by then and it’s small enough to be printed in one day, I can mail it on Mar 4. If the job is big it might take several sessions to print; if you want a color of ink we don’t have in stock we’ll have to wait for it to arrive, etc etc. I pledge to stay in communication with the winner, give clear estimates of the schedule with reasons for any delays, and deliver the job within at worst six months of getting the final layout from the winner.

Wayaminnit. Why are you asking for a bigger donation for more colors? Because only one color can be printed at a time. (Yes, for the pedants in the room, there are exceptions to that, but that’s generally not what people mean when they ask for more than one color). For each color I need to set type, lock up type, ink the press, hand-feed 500 sheets of paper, and clean the press. That process takes anywhere from 2-12 hours, depending on how many letters need to be set, how sticky the ink is (varies by color), how cantankerous the font is (varies mostly by amount of wear on the font), and a zillion other variables.

What about pictures? You can have blocks of metal machined to produce the image you want. However, this is a time and money consuming process. I’m happy to refer you to a print shop that will machine your image (called a “cut” in print making parlance) for a fee, and wait to start your job until after I’ve received the cut from the machinist.

I do have a selection of wingdings you may choose from for your design.

Does my design have to all be in the same font? Nope! You can choose as many fonts, styles, and sizes as you like (within, of course, the limit of what I have available to work with).

These cards will NOT be embossed Some professional artisanal printing shops offer embossing — where the surface of the paper is crushed by the weight of the type. The shops that offer it are generally working with wood or copper type, or use custom engraved male and female dies to produce it. My shop uses lead type.

What are the properties of lead? Aside from causing brain damage and being a poor conductor of electricity, lead is also very very soft. Recall I said the press can generate up to 40 pounds of force? That much force can and will ruin the surface of the lead type, destroying it forever, if applied incorrectly.

More importantly, in the era before laser printing, embossed printing was seen as sloppy, lazy, or inexperienced pressmanship. Some people have the notion that embossed prints are more authentic or more classy than non-embossed prints. Those people are wrong: it’s not more authentic and it’s only classier if you are going for contemporary affectations.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Green Tea Yoda Oreos

Green Tea Yoda Oreos. Or YODEOS, as I like to call them. These are green tea sugar cookies with vanilla icing centers, following the recipe from justJENN.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: My Hyper-Expensive William Sonoma Star Wars Cookie Cutters (TM) also come with several other characters. So if you’d prefer chocolate Darth Vaders or vanilla Stormtroopers, or a mix of all three with some Boba Fetts thrown in for fun, I’d be happy to alter the recipe accordingly.

Offer is two dozen cookies. Last year we successfully shipped them to an APO address in Germany.

No blue milk will be provided, due to shipping constraints.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Offer: Chocolate Truffles

Item Name & Description: 24 Chocolate Truffles

I’ve been making chocolate truffles for 3 or 4 years now, and I only make them in the cold Winter months when I can work in a room colder than 50*F. They’re pretty darn tasty.

They can be either vegan (in the past I’ve just used deliciously fatty coconut milk, but I’ve had success this year working with soy and almond milks as well) or not (made with local heavy cream from my farmers’ market).

There’s a ganache filling, which can have almost any flavor at all. Just some of the options include: tea (I have some interesting black teas, matcha, and a few herbal teas that I keep for company but aren’t to my taste); curry/masala; scotch & honey; galangal & lemongrass; cardamom & black pepper; habanero; laurel (bay leaves); sage; chai … – really, almost anything that’s not too wet can be a flavor.

And then there’s a hand-dipped coating of even more chocolate! I try to match how light or dark the coating is to the flavors in the ganache, but I can also take requests. Note: for the coatings, I lack the skill of adding vegan dairy alternatives, so any mixing with milk chocolate will necessarily not be vegan.

Starting Bid: $12

Notes: I will mail to anywhere in the northern hemisphere (I’ve successfully mailed truffles to Europe and the UK, but I’m willing to try anywhere).

My schedule is incredibly busy from February 22nd-26th, so I might be a few days late replying to the winning bid. On the positive side, that means I’ll have more free time than usual to make the truffles right away.

Warning: Last year’s truffle-making was a little dodgy with warm weather, and I had some mold problems. I didn’t hear anything from last year’s recipient, so I hope that didn’t affect them. But if you are not satisfied for any reason I will make you another batch even if I have to wait until the next cold season to do so.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Care Package from New Orleans

Item Name & Description: A box of goodies from New Orleans in a large priority mailer

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: This box of delicious awesomeness will definitely include coffee, pralines, and Mardi Gras beads, and can be customized to include anything else you want. :)

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Pillow Cookies

Item Name & Description: Pillow cookies are a fantastic cookie, where you take a base cookie (like, say, some nomtastic sweet and salty chocolate chip cookies) and wrap the dough around a delicious doughy concoction (like brownies, blondies, white chocolate brownies, or pumpkin brownies). Then: BAKING! You see them all the time at local county fairs — they’re the huuuuge, round cookies with the moist, soft, chocolatey center. These are ginormous cookies — so instead of a full dozen, I normally make 10 at a time. I’m offering to make 10 pillow cookies (combo of your choice), and mail them to you usps priority. NEW THIS YEAR: I’ve found a recipe for srichacha peanut butter cookies that I am DYING to try with a dark chocolate brownie. If the bidding goes over 30, I’ll include a batch of this experiment if you want — or another experimental recipe, since I actually have a queue.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: If I can’t make something, I’ll work with you for a substitute. I make fantastic cookies! It’ll probably take me a week to put together the ingredients, but I’ll send it USPS priority and let you know when I ship

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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