Ok, get your minds away from there, not that kind of hooking. Normally, I knit and spin, but occasionally I pull out a crochet hook to do finishing work on a project. I actually crocheted before I learned to knit, though I only made afghans and lace edgings then.
Before I did my first craft show a few months ago, I was weaving on a mini loom to see if that was another craft that grabbed my attention. I’m into crafts that don’t have a huge investment in the cost of the equipment, and don’t take up a lot of space once purchased (ok, so the spinning wheel was a major investment and takes up a few square feet of space in the loft, but that was an indulgence that has soothed my soul a many of stressed out evenings). I thought about adding Soapy Bags to my items that I was to vend. A little woven bag made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen or hemp that hold a full bar of soap, with a drawstring top and can be used as a washcloth then hung to dry until the next bath or shower. I made exactly one before the show and then did not even bother to take it with me.
It is a cute little bag, but it took too long to weave, sew together, braid the drawstring and thread it through that I just didn’t think that I could make enough of them or sell them for enough to make it a worthwhile addition to my shop and supplies.
As I pulled out my wares to repack them in the little crates, boxes, and trays that I am using for the Holiday Market, I found the little Soapy Bag and thought again that this might be a good venue to sell a few of them. The focus of this market is buying local for your gifts that you purchase for the holidays. I really didn’t like the mini loom, but I still had a few balls of fiber and a set of several sizes of crochet hooks. I knew that I could whip out one in a hour or less if I use larger cotton yarn so I set to work yesterday to add to the supply.
They are very portable and I have two nearly complete, two different size yarns, two different fibers, two different colors. If I work on them in the car and while sitting with Mountaingdad as he watches TV, I may get 10 made before the first market day. Arranged in a basket with a seasonal bow, they might actually sell. What do you think?
It puts my sweater on further hold, granddaughter might get her socks for Christmas, but maybe they will make a nice stocking stuffer for some Holiday Shopper’s loved ones. If they do sell, perhaps I will get some in my Etsy Shop to go along with the soaps, lotions, salves, balms, beard oils, and yarns currently available.
For now, I need to go start a couple of batches of holiday soap and get back to hooking.