This was up at a booth of funky accessories. I loved the sentiment.
Secondly, the creativity and inspiration I found there was incredible and overwhelming; I haven't fully digested it. In order to keep track I grabbed a card from every stall that had something I liked:
I still haven't gotten the chance to go to all the different sites to check out their stuff, but here's a list of links that correspond to the cards:
abby try again alternativeArt b.bags betsy & iya black gardenia Blue Eye Brown Eye Both Hands Studio bret gum Crab Apple Designs Crafty is Cool Cutesy but not Cutesy Fifi du Vie Freeforged Jewelry From Fragments to Furniture & Beyond Fusingcolors girls can tell GvE Hello-Lucky Illustrated Ink infrared studio julie guyot Katinka Pinka La La Make Shop Live Misha Ashton Photography oceguera onion head monster Paper Tiger Cards pommes frites SavannahRed Simmang Design soap addict Twinkie Chan verameat
I did end up buying a few things.
A book at one of the few booths that had yarn-like things:
The only yarn craft represented at the fair was crochet. Which kind of fits my theory: It takes so long to knit something that - unless you are making very small items, with very cheep yarn and/or are going to charge an incredible amount of money - it is not actually worth trying to sell your knitting.* At the craft fair, where most objects were going for the $3-$60 dollar amount, it seemed like it’s not worth trying to sell knitting.
Recently, I’ve had more than one friend interested in helping me sell my finished knitted objects. So browsing the fair for knitted objects and not finding any was good intel. Forgetting about copywrite issues, I’m not sure it would actually be worth my time. I mean I don't think I could be fairly paid for my knitting, without it being prohibitively exorbitant. I guess if I lived in LA and sold one-of-a-kind-objects to the stars, it might be worth it. But I’d be in LA. I’ve read again and again by people who knit; no one understands the time and effort - unless they knit themselves. And if you do knit, you probably want to make the thing instead of buying it.
Crochet is different. I can make a toy in an afternoon or three, rather than three weeks. But I’m not sure if I actually want to design and make crochet objects to sell. The craft fair made me think about it, I just haven’t come up with an answer yet. I am more at home designing crochet than I am knitting… Then again, I thought that this would only take me a day or two, and it’s been a week:
Full picture put together once I’ve sent him off to the nephew.
*(Disclaimer: I’ve only been to one fiber festival; there might have been knitting for sale there. I was in the market for fiber, not knitted items.)