Saturday, December 13, 2008

Holiday Craftacular!

Anybody else go to the Holiday Craft Market today? It was the 9th Annual, apparently, and it turns out I knew 5 of the vendors! I was there, not to shop (no $ this year for xmas prizers or decorations), but to fondle my yarn.

Thursday I blogged about Hands on CRAFT, Arcata's new 'center for manual arts' and the newest retailer of COLORBOMB yarns; today I checked out Kristy's booth, full of some of the crafting supplies she's going to have at Hands on CRAFT, including my yarns. That's Kristy on the left, introducing my yarns to a market-goer.

She had a lovely booth, and it was a great way to introduce the new venture. She's opening this Tuesday - go say 'hi' and tell her Velma sent you.

Among the other booths were a few gems that I've gotta give a shout-out to; hi to Diane at Sweet Heat Habanero Jams; Candy and her polymer clay jewelry (she's going to make me a custom be-Hallowigged Velma pin!); Jbird Glass (Cole says, 'hi', Jbird); and Marian of Tegas - check out her beautiful tile art if you're in the market for a special something. And I was surprised to find not one but TWO new sources of fiber: alpaca from Fortuna and merino/southdown in Westhaven. Now that's a successful craft market!

After all that, I even found time to list a new skein of handspun on Etsy (luckily, I took the pics before I left for the craft market; it was dark and wet when I returned, no light for photography, that's for sure). Called 'Ruddy Duddy', it looks like this:


  1. I was pleased with how many vendors there were this year! It was really fun. We also hit up Fortuna's craft fair since we were down visiting my grandparents, and I scored some merino/tencel to spin. Who knew there was so much fiber hiding in Fortuna? I tried to tell the lady about Rav but she got it confused with knitlist and was not interested. Oh well!

  2. It was nice to see you and Kellen there; I haven't been in a few years, so had little to compare it to, but the other vendors there that I know all said that their sales were way down. :( But finding fiber was a nice surprise! Did you get contact info from the fiber people in Fortuna? I'm trying to collect a list of Humboldt fiber sources, so I can use more local fiber.

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