As I promised yesterday in Crochet Corner, I’ve got some photos for you of the goodies that I got when I went to Bazaar Bizarre yesterday. Yes, I spent more than an intended but it all supports the indies so I’m okay with it.
What is Bazzar Bizarre?
Bazaar Bizarre is a DIY / handmade craft fair that launched in Boston in 2001 and has now come to several cities. Of course I’m here in San Francisco and I’ve heard about it before but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally went for the holiday extravaganza. This featured booths from 200 different vendors. I saw lots of cool stuff from amazing collars made out of repurposed ties to cool glass jewelry. But of course it was the yarn and crochet I was there for.
The Yarn I Bought
I purchased yarn from three different vendors:
The three yarns above are all from Sincere Sheep. On the left is Luminous, a DK weight yarn that is 85% Polwarth wool and 15% Tussah Silk. Yummy! The color is called Winter’s Night. In the middle is Tenacious, a 100% superwash merino fingering weight the color Anja. And on the right is Cushy Worsted, which is 80% superwash merino and 10% each cashmere and nylon. this one is also Winter’s Night but it’s a darker dye batch than the one you see on the left. Both are lovely! Of all the vendors I visited, Sincere Sheep had the broadest selection in terms of both color and fiber type. She also sells both roving and yarn and you can buy from her online.
The beautiful green-blue yarn above is from Girl on the Rocks. It’s 80% superwash wool and 10$ cashmere and nylon in a color called Abyss. Girl on the Rocks sells stitch markers on Etsy but I was drawn to the yarn in her booth which was put on display inside of a vintage suitcase. Very cool; wish I’d snapped a pic while I was there.
The wonderful yarn above drew me in because of the great combination of teals and greys, my absolute favorite color combo. It is from Beesybee Fibers and is a really lovely blend of 50% alpaca, 30% merino wool and 20% silk. @Beesybee had more roving than yarn but both offered the most unique and wonderful color combinations, which you can see more of online via Etsy.
A Visit with nerdJERK
Awesome Bay Area crocheter nerdJERK had a booth at the event so I went and said hi to her. I always love to see what she’s crafting and she’s been making some cool new stuff lately. But what I purchased was an oldie-but-goodie, the blue ghost from her crochet Pacman collection. What many of you probably don’t know is that I’m the best Ms. Pacman player of anyone that I know. Figured I’d honor that skill with a token.
Some Other Vendors I Was Eyeing
I didn’t purchase something from everyone who had great stuff but there were a few other noteworthy booths I’ve just got to mention.
I didn’t get a chance to go talk to Mirto but I spotted her booth there. She does very cool freeform crochet, especially terrific crochet hats, and it’s always fun to see her work. I actually have a couple of patterns from her that I want to work on but they’ve taken a backseat to more immediate projects. Soon though!
If I’d had any more money on me I probably would have purchased Mr. Funky’s Super Wonderful Crochet book, filled with patterns for fun amigurumi work.
I picked up some info from TechShop, a relatively new place in SF that I really want to check out. They have tools and equipment for nearly every awesome craft you can think of from woodworking to needlework and they offer lots of classes to learn how to use that equipment. I want to take some workshops in their textiles and art categories sometime in 2012.
What is the best handmade holiday event in your area?