Getting Ready to do a Craft Fair

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It’s been more than a dozen years since I rented a table at a craft fair. The last time was when I lived in Albany and was making and selling my own design of “shoulder shawls.”
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I will have a few for sale on November 23 at St. Marks Art and Craft Fair here in East Longmeadow. (If you don’t live in nearby and see anything you might like to buy, leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you. I will let you know if I can get it to you before the holidays. Chances are, I can.

Mostly I will have is what I’m calling “fun knits for fashion-forward females,” or “fun wearables for tweens, teens, and the young at heart.” Just about every one of these items is my own design, and they are all one-of-a-kind because I make them up as I go along. If you have a young girl in your family, these make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers.

Recently I drafted a young neighbor to model a few of the things I will be selling. Here’s a glimpse of somethings for teens.
txtshirt1txtshirt3 These are oversized polar fleece lounge or sleep tops for girls who "love to text." The fleece pieces are crocheted around the edges and sewn together; then a bottom section is knitted onto the crochet edge. They are machine washable and dryable and look great over leggings or skinny jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt. I also have a smaller version with a different print for a younger girl.

This can be worn as a shawl, a scarf, or a head cowl. After I took the photo of it worn by my young model, I decided to add to the top section, which can be rolled, folded over, or not.
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I will have some fun stuff for little girls as well: leg warmers, hand warmers and some sets. As with most of my legwarmers and boot socks, they can worn right side up, upside down, with our without a decorative band, and folded up or down. Lots of choices.
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These are examples of some of my multi-purpose machine washable and dryable boot socks/leg warmers. You can wear them as either. Most are one-size-fits all.
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And, I will have an assortment of wristlets/handwarmers in a variety of sizes. They are made to keep your fingers free and hands warm for texting, driving, eating, shopping, and reading. Some have ruffles, so they are just fun to wear. And they can be pulled up to become wrist warmers if you need your hands completely free. I made a pair for a woman in a nursing home whose hands were always cold but wearing gloves all of the time was a nuisance. This is an example of a no-frills basic pair, shown as both a hand warmer and wrist warmer.
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kidswrist-horzAbove are examples of ruffled wristlets and also an example of how you can layer a pair over thinner gloves. Lots of choices.

Finally, here are some images from the internet of examples of how to wear the kinds of knit accessories I will be selling. Hope to see you at St Mark’s Art and Craft Fair.

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4 thoughts on “Getting Ready to do a Craft Fair

  1. Elaine, I’m knocked out. I just love this website you created. It’s so professional. LLBean or a fashion mag couldn’t do better.
    The items are fantastic, especially love the fleece top and the leg adornments. You are one talented lady! Hope you are feeling better

  2. I stumbled upon your post looking for some crochet guidance. I read through post after post, entertained, inspired, and engaged. The last post is dated Oct 27, 2013. Where are you? I am hoping for more of your excellent writing, your creative ideas, and your genuine lens that you have provided us in cyber land. I truly hope you are alive and well and that there will be more coming forth soon. Thank you.

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