Friday, May 19, 2006

Kenosha Harbor Market Vendors for 2006

Kenosha HarborMarket 2006 Vendors
The Kenosha HarborMarket is unique among markets in the Chicago / Milwaukee corridor, unique, because it is out of the ordinary. Although vendors will sell fruit and vegetables, the vendors must grow their produce and special emphasis is given to organic and sustainable agriculture methods. Also the injection of fine arts and entertainment will create a life and an ambiance not otherwise available in the area.
This directory only includes vendors that have signed-up by the dead-line of May 3, 2006, and have paid for a minimum of 6 market days.

Agricultural (produce and plants)
Brightonwoods Orchard (starting August 19)
CJ's Flowers
Curzio, Garlic & more
Dutch Gardens
Kay's Produce
Nature's Bounty
Red Buffalo Nursery (May 27 - July 1)
Roberts Nursery
Mai Thao
Steven Xiong

Food (processed)
All Alaska Seafood Company
Chef's Helper - dried spices
Curzio, ... for Yuppie Hill - eggs and chickens
Grandma Dee's Bakery
Little Europe - homemade salami and sausages
Mangia Ristorante - bread and biscotti
Pampered Pup - dog biscuits
Sterling Waters Aqua Farms - yellow perch fillets

Food (prepared)
De Rango's
Popcorn Headz - kettle corn and smoothies
Sandy's Popper Express - popcorn and nuts

Art (self-crafted)
Erik Bradley - Creative Outdoor Images - photos
Beth Dary - Stranded Sisters
Katie Delany - Bead It - Jewelry
Jessica Knapp - photography
Marcia Shaffer - Barbie tents, ...
Kathy Schmitz - Kathy's Kreations - jewelry, clothing and cloth books
Spirit Hawk - jewelry for healing + wellness
Roberta Williams - Organized Chaos - jewelry

Art (not self-crated)
Trails to Bridges - African baskets
North Star Jewelry

Perishable/non-edible products
Anointed Body Care - soaps
Castle Candles - soaps
Curzio, Garlic & more - Young Living Essential Oils
Patti Prisms & Potions - soaps, lotions + more

Nancy Byers - teaches wool spinning

Not all vendors are included in this list, nor their presence on any market day is guaranteed!
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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Whatapane Bag!

Actually this bag was very fun. I received an email awhile back from a very nice knitter from Massachusettes (HI!) who prompted me to find this pattern on the internet. It is a pattern designed by Trish Bloom. She has a blog that is dedicated to many varieties of Pane Bags. There arre soooooooooo many color possibilities. Check out all the options here I made this one a little bigger than the pattern - somehow an extra wedge was worked in on the bottom. It was a bit of a yarn eater, but I am very happy with how it knit up. Now I can't wait to felt it!!!

I will have to wait until the end of the month. I am going to Lake Tahoe for a conference for my day job. I am looking forward to going 'out west', specially because my husband is joining me, but also to see the mountains and see if I can't find some time to visit Jimmy Beans yarn shop and maybe a little horseback riding. It is in Truckee and we will be close by. The conference is for Credit Union Internal Auditors, our national convention. A lot ot learn and some good networking abounds!
Once I get back, there will be mountains here (of ready-to-felt items) for me to tackle.
What a wonderful burden to have. I am blessed!!

Some Pre-Felted Things

In the works are several projects. here is a peek at a few...

Here are a pair of wine socks (second generation) with handles. The brown one was done in Eco-wool and the other in Lion Brand Fishermans wool & Noro Kuyreon. I was so wrapped up in the brown one I forgot to put eyelets in it. Oooops!

This fair Isle design was taken from the Knit One Felt Two book. It too is pre-felted and will fit nicely around a water bottle when felted.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Geometry and then some

Well, this is the first in what may be a new line!

This guy was made using a strand of wool (2 different kinds)and a strand of some Yarn Bee brand yarn - Whisper, I think. I started out by casting on one stitch and then increasing every 4th or so row until I ran out of blue wool. This was a handspun wool, and felted kinda loose (oh well). I knit a little longer using the gold with the Whispery yarn until it was about 24 inches wide. Then I knit straight for a couple inches (this is the bottom most part) and then started decreasing at the same rate. When all was said and done it looked like a goofy trapezoidal thing. I folded it in half so it was more triangular shaped. Then I sewed up the sides until I was happy with the width of the opening. Next, I knit 2 loops on the sides where the strap will connect. Oh ya, the strap is a long I-cord in just the gold yarn. The ends of the triangle flap over each other for a secure-ish closure. The blue wool didn't felt quite as stiffly as the gold, so the shape is a a little weird, but workable.
Lessons learned
  • Use the same kind of wool - I knew better anyway
  • Double strand the middle section, that will really be the bottom. The intention is that it will be sturdier.
  • Don't use the floofy yarn. The shaggy look is okay, but...

Stay tuned for 'sister' to this bag. More and more ideas are coming to me.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Stranded Sister Dates for 2006

Stranded Sisters 2006

June 3rd Kenosha Harbor Marketplace
June 4th Kenosha Art Association - “Good Ole Summertime Fair”(Sunday)

June 17th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace
June 24th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace

July 8th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace

July 16th “Art Fair in Library Park”- Kenosha
July 25th "Twilight Jazz" at Anderson Art Center/Kemper

August 5th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace
August 15th "Twilight Jazz" at Anderson Art Center/Kemper

August 19th Lake Geneva's "Venetian Fest"
Auugust 20th Lake Geneva's "Venetian Fest"

Sept 9th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace
Sept 16th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace
Sept 30th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace

Oct 7th Kenosha Harbor Marketplace
Oct 21st Kenosha Harbor Marketplace

Fall/Winter dates will be announced later in the season

These are the dates so far that Stranded Sisters will be "out and about".

The Harbor Maketplace is a European style open air market featuring locally grown produce, local musicians, local food and local talent of many varieties! See a theme? The market takes place every Saturday from 9:00am until 2:00pm right on the marvelous Lake Michigan lakefront.
There are a couple new venues this year.
One of them being the Good Old Summertime Art Fair (10:00am - 4:00pm) sponsored by the Kenosha Art Association. This will be held on Sunday, June 3rd in Kenosha. The location is a lovely square in downtown Kenosha. The square is bordered by the Post Office on Sheridan Road, Reuther High school, the former Public Museum and the Kenosha County Couthouse.

The Art Fair in Libary Park held on Sunday July 16th (10:00am - 5:00pm) is sponsored by the Friends of the Museum. This will be their 42nd annual event. Admission is free and there will be 175 exhibitors, live music and of course great food!

More information on upcoming events to follow.