On Saturday, I went to the farmers’ market, and saw many wonderful woolly things. So I took pictures and got a permission to show them to you.
This is the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. It’s huge, eco-friendly, and filled with people. It has a very special atmosphere rooted in real (and by that I mean monetary) support of local producers and artisans. Also, it’s one of those strange places where you can see a singing breakfast cook, or run into someone you know every single time you are there.
A sign Artisans at Work lead me to the pavilion that contained most interesting things, from sea glass jewelry to metal, glass and wood work. And than I saw these. They are Gollywoggles by Amma’s Art Dolls & other such things.
Other such things looked like this.
The artist, Monika McEwen, gave me a card, and on the back it read ‘Art Dolls are crafted using vintage fabrics, re-purposed wool, mohair, and other found items’.
In the main pavilion, I first stumbled upon this colour explosion by Tumy-Inka Fashion. The owner told me she was taking turns with her mother to make embroidery stitches by hand.
Do you see a felted necklace?
Then there was lots of fibre produced by a flock of local sheep with the help of Kimberly Ellis, their owner. Kim’s vendor listing says that she ‘dyes, cards, spins, felts, knits and weaves the fleece as well as sells it in packages appropriate for others to do the same’. Her store, Suzie Q’s Boutique is located in Windsor, NS.
Then there was a felted mermaid by Good Natured,
along with simple but pretty accessories.
Ewesable Art has been around for awhile, so if you are local you might have seen their artwork at either old or new market. As a knitter, I always notice sheep first. These beautiful and mysterious creations are tea cosies.
This one has tiny clothespins.
I might have made small squeaking sounds when I saw these Christmas ornaments.
And this fashionable ewe lives on a canvas tote bag (aka project bag).
The wolliest of all was Lismore Sheep Farm with their selection of lambskin products, yarn, socks, and wool dryer balls which is no wonder since they have about 300 sheep on their farm. They also make wooden knitting needles featured in one of the Lucy Neatby’s instructional DVDs.
My fibre quest quite logically ended with finished objects. These double-layered, reversible hats by Alida’s Crafts can be worn in ten different ways that Valda Kemp, the owner, immediately demonstrated.
Then I looked at the clock, raced to my favourite farmers and left with only strawberries and sugar snap peas. Still, I am pretty sure my fibre intake for the day was great.