Plowshares Craft show

The Syracuse Peace Council is having its 40th annual craft show.  This show features local artists and crafts people. The Peace counsel works “to replace inequality, hierarchy, domination and powerlessness with mutual respect, personal empowerment, cooperation and a sense of community.”  Although I have shown with them in previous years I was not accepted this year into the juried craft show.  Or at least so I thought until I checked my email today and there was a last minute cancellation and we were next on the list.  Look for Breezy Day Designs this weekend at Nottingham High School in Syracuse.  It will run from 10-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. See you there!!

Madame LaFarge

Madame La Farge Knitting Bag
Madame La Farge Knitting Bag

I left out a most important part the bag says “so much yarn so little time” and then “knit 2 purl 2” twice around the bottom.

I designed this purse myself.  I finally finished it and lined it two days ago.  On the good side of this day I have completed the linen sweater, and am on the short tiny sleeves of a baby sweater for the Plowshares show in December.  The purse above, named after a character in a Charles Dickens novel who sat and knit the names of everyone who stepped up to meet their maker at the guillotine.  It sounds grotesque in this context, but the lovely gentleman who first brought it to my attention left a warm place in my heart.  He tried desperately to get his wife to buy one of our bags and she just wouldn’t.  I used Cascade yarns,  a wonderful array of colors and you could make this bag in any colors.  I choose a whimsical skull and cross bones fabric, where the crossbones are knitting needles and the eyes, nose and mouth look sort of like balls of yarn.  I think this bag is for me, but I haven’t decided yet.

Plowshares Craft show a resounding success

Michelle and I thought we did great on Saturday and decided we only needed to sell one more bag each and the show would be a success for us.  In the end we sold almost half of our stock and were both very happy with the ending proceeds.  Today I sold two more bags at work too.  Many of the bags pictured here were sold at the fair but a  couple still remain.  Wahoo, the Breezy Day Women are off to a great start!

Westcott Street Fair Part 2

It was a very grey day and it misted and was pretty cold most of the day.  We were lucky to be right near Karen and Dick’s house so we had access to a bathroom that wasn’t a portapotty, Karen also provided us with wool sweaters and a wool wrap that helped with the damp.  I went for a walk towards the end of the day and signed up to volunteer at the Peace Council and ate a delicious coconut macaroon.  It was a good place to people watch too, a lot of fun and interesting people.  We had lots of lookers and a few buyers.  We made up the cost of the fair and then some each I made enough money to buy groceries and gas this week which it was looking like I might not be able to (boy is money tight right now) and we also both noted which bags seemed over priced and which bags most people were drawn to.  We figure that at the Plowshares event this year we will definately make money.  We are also thinking about a spring craftshow and perhaps a mid summer one too.  Plenty of friends stopped by our booth and all in all it was a great day, even though my poor toes were grape popsicles by the time I got home.

Three new bags

 

 

 

 

Berroco yarn purses
Berroco yarn purses

I had this intention to get these bags lined before school started, I guess I know how I will spend the afternoon…cause I only have a couple more days.  The top two bags are two gorgeous variegated yarns called Jasper by Berroco, with fabric that I will have featured in the “Sonya” bag (named for my cousin) in neutrals.  The lovely fabric has irridescent circles in regular rows and patterns, the blue bag it is hard to see the color of the lining because of the reflection but is a pale turquoise, I think Michelle had picked out another color and I have to check with her, but our official style consultant said the pale turquoise was best.

Noro yarn purse
Noro yarn purse
The third bag is another yarn by Noro, it seems to be a 100% wool kind but I lost the tag and cannot remember I just know it is different from the one I knitted a couple weeks ago.  One similarity is that it is so thick and dense it needs no lining.  I actually really like this bag alot and if it doesn’t sell I may have to confiscate it…for the uh…flaws… 😉 I just love the variegated yarns when knitting and when looking, I like to watch the colors arrive in their time and then move on to the next row to see what wonderfully rich thing will come next.  And then when you are done the colors never disappoint. 

Tapa Tote

I literally spent the entire day yesterday knitting, my hands ache today from the long day.  I worked on another Tapa patterned purse.  This time it will be a tote with two sides a front and back and a bottom.  I had planned on making it a little bigger but am really happy with how it turned out.  I counted stitches and it should be 12 inches across but is only ten.  I guess that the tension that I create when making patterns is obvious.  This tote is made from Lamb’s Pride by Brown Sheep, wool and mohair blend.  I will line it in unbleached muslin and the fastener will be a nice wooden button that I have.  I also worked all day on a round purse using Noro yarn, Transitions, a cashmere, silk, wool, angora and camel blend.  It looks like a hat!  I know!  I even tried it on and it fits….after I took this photo I tore it out and instead of a gradual decrease I did two k2tgr rounds and bound it off on the inside using a three needle bind off method that Michelle taught me and I have since taught to my Mom.  I also made the handles as the closure and wove two through the top so it looks like a basket weave at the top.  It is nice and thick and does not need a lining so I also knit an inside pocket by picking up stitches inside and knitting up.  It is really cute.

Tapa patterned tote
Tapa patterned tote

 

Noro yarn hat/purse?
Noro yarn hat/purse?