Many people whose blogs I read regularly are like me: We like to buy and use the work of artists and craftspeople – especially when they’re local. When we lived in San Francisco, I regularly attended arts and craft fairs. Happily, Oregon has many arts and craft fairs, and here in Eugene (Oregon), its Saturday Market’s Holiday Market (an annual event), opened last weekend. I went to the market three times in its first two days!
I found something that I’d never seen before: A connected set of yarn bowls called “Sock Yarn Bowls” by Amy the Potter! As any knitter or crocheter will immediately recognize, these are not simply for sock yarn; they are perfect when knitting anything from two skeins of yarn.
I’m currently knitting two-colored “Cameo” by Paulina Popiolek out of Cascade Yarn’s Heritage Silks (100g/400m – 3.5 oz/437y) So of course, I just had to buy one of Amy’s “Sock Yarn Bowls.” (It was a necessity, don’t you think?!)
As I walked away from Amy-the-Potter’s booth determined to leave without adding to my purchases, I passed a woman knitting behind a booth displaying the woodworking of Earnest Efforts. After my eyes registered the knitting, they were drawn to display of beautiful handcrafted wooden barrettes that were displayed in sizes (!) from tiny to extra-large! As someone with long, heavy hair that regularly bursts free from its restraints, I was cautiously excited to see the beautiful extra-large clasps.
When the nice lady (Ellie Earnest) put down her knitting and asked if I wanted to try one, I couldn’t resist. I selected a beautiful one made from Oregon Myrtlewood. Ellie and her husband use sturdy French barrette claps they then screw – not glue – into the wood.
Success! The barrette easily held back my hair! This morning I quickly twisted my hair and pinned it back with the extra large Earnest Efforts barrette. Notice it effortlessly holds back my hair and, several hours later, it is still in place! (I definitely need another one of these gems! This is the only hair clasp I have tried that actually works without needing frequent repositioning or re-doing!)
I think these would be wonderful for storing fiber-related accessories (and any other treasures, for that matter!). And yes, you can visit Earnest and Ellie Efforts at their Etsy shop!
Though I went to the Holiday Market three times during its first weekend, I know I will be going again. 🙂