What a beautiful day we had for the marketplace on Sunday! The weather could not have been lovelier for April in Rhode Island. The blue sky in the photo of the barn says it all. Let me take you on a little tour.
First, outside. This is the view when standing in the front door of the barn. Mount Hope Farm in Bristol hosts all types of events, plus is a Bed and Breakfast. They hold a farmer's market inside the barn during the winter, then out in one of those fields during warmer months. There are also many publicly accessible walking trails that reach out to Narragansett Bay.
Turn to your left a bit and you'll see the spot where the spinners set up for the day. If you turned to the right, you would see a yummy food truck from Acacia Cafe, but I unfortunately didn't get a photo. The spinners worked all through the day, eager to share their craft with anyone who was interested. I met several children inside who had spun their very own yarn bracelet that they proudly showed off!
Step inside the barn and you find a dozen or so vendors, all with fabulous items just perfect for a knitting or crochet artist. Of course I had project bags, needle cases and yarn-themed bags of all types. I love this event because everyone who attends as a customer is an artisan. They understand and appreciate handmade. Many of the knitters also sew, and it's always fun to talk shop with people about your craft. This is one event where the atmosphere is of camaraderie among the vendors, not competition. I loved getting to know my neighbors that day! Who were some of the other vendors? I didn't get photos of all of them, but I'll share the ones I did. Check the official GRYC blog for a list of all the participating vendors.
June of Rising Sun Earthworks makes exquisite pottery. As an avid knitter herself, she has a clever sense for pottery that suits a fiber enthusiast. Yarn bowls, buttons (you've seen some of her buttons on my products!), and mugs with witty sayings like, "Just one more row," or "I knit so I don't kill people," are some of the items you will find in her booth. The sheep yarn bowls she debuted this year are just beautiful!
Next up is Katrinkles. Katy makes bamboo buttons, stitch gauges, key chains, earrings, broaches, all sorts of beautiful things that relate to knitting. You'll find the perfect button to finish your handknits in her booth.
Look at the mini bunting and size cards!! And, I will forever be a fan because the wooden boxes holding all those cards of buttons are antique sewing machine drawers. Swoon. You will recognize her buttons on some of my projects. I bought some more this weekend so I can make the Christine Haynes dress I've been planning for a few weeks.
Don't you just love all the itty bitty baby sweater samples hung as garland?
Arrow buttons! You should definitely check out her Katrinkles Etsy Shop.
And then there's the yarn. It wouldn't be much of a Yarn Crawl Culmination without Yarn, would it? There were three different vendors, and I'm sorry to say that I only have photos from one, Play at Life Fiber Arts. Quaere Fiber and Dirty Water Dye Works were also there with equally beautiful offerings.
The color! Don't you just want to reach out and touch it? I'm grateful to be included in such a fun event, and look forward to attending again next year!
What on Earth is the Rhody Yarn Crawl?? For anyone who loves yarn, whether you knit, crochet, spin, weave, or just generally appreciate all things wool, this event is so much fun!
It's a pub crawl for yarn that takes place over an entire weekend (this weekend, April 17-19) in the state of Rhode Island, without the hangover. 14+ yarn stores around the state participate, including a shop on Block Island. The shops offer specials to those customers who have a GRYC (Great Rhody Yarn Crawl) passport. Donating a food item gets you a chance at winning a raffle at each of the yarn shops you visit. Some of the raffle baskets are sa-weet. There is even a Treasure Hunt--you'll have to spot the coordinator somewhere around town at one of the shops.
You may be wondering how is Dancing Threads RI involved?? On Sunday, there is a fantastic vendor marketplace with artisans making things that support yarn enthusiasts. Here is a link to all those participating this year. I'll have all of my knitting accessories and project bags available!
The barn at Mount Hope Farm is absolutely beautiful. All the vendors will be available from 11-4, and Acacia Cafe will have their food truck with yummy lunch options. Coffee Guy will be there all day keeping us going.
What exactly will I have available at the market? Take a peek.
I hope to see you Sunday! 11-4 at Mount Hope Farm, Friday through Sunday at yarn shops throughout the state.
Seed starting time is here! This is one of my favorite aspects of spring--getting the garden started under some grow lights in the basement. This year it feels especially sweet since winter was a tough one. I'm actually 3-4 weeks later starting tomato seeds than normal.
Last year I shared my thoughts on how much plastic can be involved in the process. Everything I use this year is re-used from previous years, but there is still a lot of plastic. Everything I've tried to date that is all natural, leads to mold and plant loss. If anyone has suggestions, please share!
A photo from last year that gives me hope I will see sunflowers one day again soon!
This week I made a divided fabric basket from a pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead. I've been wanting to try this out for a while, and I'm glad I finally saw how she installs her divider. Clever!
This one will likely be used to corral sewing supplies when I'm teaching lessons. The pattern is not difficult, but it does call for some heavy duty interfacing that requires patience. There are three options for the handles, I chose the most complex and am really happy with how it turned out. I opted not to use the front pocket, preferring to let the fabric get all the attention. Here are some close-up photos:
How cute is this fabric?!!?!? Both exterior and lining are from the same line: Wash Day from The Henley Studio, Makower UK. You can still find some on Amazon, of all places.
These prints go beautifully with sewing with all the washing and ironing that goes into making a bag or garment!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.