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Birthday Bonanza and Grand Re-opening

No promises that DK or the big M will show, but there have been rumors...

This week Pumping Station: One turns two years old!  Not only are we older and wiser, but we’re getting bigger too!  As you may have read on this blog, we’ve recently doubled our footprint in our building, adding on another classroom and a dedicated workshop.  To celebrate and show off our new space, this Friday, April 15th, we’ll be throwing a birthday party and grand re-opening (not that we actually closed).  We’ll have making-related activities like electronics and desktop trebuchet kits early on, as well as a DJ and liquid refreshments.  The festivities start at 6 PM.  Donations of $5-10 at the door requested.

Feel free to RSVP.

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Equipment Labeling

We have a new equipment labeling and tracking system!

Here’s how it works – every major piece of equipment has a wiki page and a label.

The label has 5 pieces of critical info:

  1. Name of the Tool
  2. QR code and URL (of the wiki page)
  3. Owner – (PS1 or individual)
  4. Certification Required (RTFM) or No Certification Required
  5. Do Not Hack (DNH) or Hacking is OK

The Wiki page is a place where you can learn more about the tool, whether it is functioning, safety documentation, person to contact, certification information, etc.

Feel free to go into the equipment pages and add detailed usage information.

Thanks to the generous folks at LVL1 and Labitat for sharing wiki code and labeling schemes with me – I stole a bit from both systems to come up with the PS1 system.  Thanks to Dan Meyer, Shawn Blazak, and Tim Saylor for putting in a few hours of hard work Sunday afternoon to get the system up and running. Thanks also to Nathan Witt and Jim Burke for smoothing out bumps in the wiki template and creating video, respectively.

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President’s Farewell Letter

Today, January 18, 2011, is the last day of my tenure as President of Pumping Station: One, and I’d like to take this opportunity to say to the PS:One 2010 Board of Directors, PS:One members new and old, our community, our friends, and our neighbors:
Thank you.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve your community for the past year as president of the City of Chicago’s hackerspace.  Thank you for the hard work, enthusiasm, and ideas; the good, the bad, and even the crazy ones you contributed to keep us alive this past year.  In 2010 we experienced near-catastrophes, but we also experienced many more triumphs.   Continue reading President’s Farewell Letter

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Knitting Workshop Upgrade!

Photo of one of Anne Petersen's finished items, by Anne Petersen.

Jen’s knitting workshop has been a great success with almost 10 attendees and many people who had never knitted before already finishing multiple projects.  Therefore, Jen is teaming up with Gretchen to run the knitting workshop every Monday.  If you want to learn how to knit and haven’t attended yet, you now have double the opportunities to learn.  Come by any Monday at 7pm and start making something!

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Circuit Hacking Wednesday Canceled, Movie Night Moved

Due to the upcoming holiday busyness Circuit Hacking Wednesday will be canceled for the 28th of December.  Circuit hacking will continue on January 11th.  There will be kits to solder, circuits to bend, and fun will be had by all.

Also PS : One movie night will be moved from January 1st to January 8th.  I will be taking requests for screenings until the 3rd if anyone has any good suggestions.

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Spinning Demo and Part 2 of our Knitting Workshop

Monday is part 2 of our Knitting Workshop series.

We will continue to work on our scarves, and any individuals who want are welcome to try their hand at spinning yarn.

Because of the amount of equipment that needs to be moved into the space for this demo, we will start this session a little late. Expect it to begin around 7:15-7:30pm, but feel free to arrive earlier.

All are welcome to attend, even if you missed the first session.

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Knitting Workshops

PS:One will be hosting a series of free Knitting Workshops beginning on Monday, December 6th at 7PM and continuing every other Monday.

In addition to learning to knit, you will get demos of dyeing and prepping fiber, spinning yarn, knitting machines, etc.

You can join these workshops at any time as a beginner, but if you miss the first session, please try to come in a little early so that we can spend one-on-one time with you to get you started.

Knitters with experience are more than welcome to join the group, sit in for workshops, and help beginners with their dropped stitches!

Every knitter I know has started by knitting a scarf, so that is what I will be teaching you all to do! The first session will be dedicated to showing you how to cast on and knit your first few rows of the scarf.

Materials: While the workshops are free, you still need to bring some yarn and needles. Find a craft store and look for yarn that you like in “worsted weight,” “chunky,” or “bulky” sizes. To do this, look on the side of the yarn ball at the chart showing gauges. You want something that ranges from 20 stitches per 4 inches to 14 stitches per 4 inches. The gauge will list a needle size next to it, so pick up a pair of straight needles in the size it lists. Most craft stores have knitters on staff, so don’t be afraid to ask for help in picking materials.

I will have a few sets of materials available for drop-ins, but you might not like the colors or types of yarn I give you, so please be sure to pick up your own!

If these workshops go well, we will do a group project for the space after we finish making our scarves.

See you all on Monday!

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