Friday, June 4, 2010

Craft Bar

I went out to a bar last night without my husband.
++Oh, Shocking!!++

Actually I went to the Craft Bar, which is held at the SF Museum of Craft and Folk Art. I have previously attended crafting sessions there, and enjoyed them. They have come up with a slightly different theme now, serving beer and snacks during the evening and teaming up with ETSY.

So I walked to the museum, and paid my $5.00 admission. That was all it cost me! There were three "stations" set up: one learning crocheting and knitting, one making funny little stuffed robots, and the one I chose--sewing a fabric flower brooch.

And this is what I came home with! Not the jacket, but the cute little rose pinned to the jacket. It was fun to make, and the whole evening was festive. There were so many people there that it was actually hard to walk around! As I left, I asked someone if they had any idea how many people were there. The answer was a guess at 400 people!

Here's a close-up of my fabric rose. I like the random way it turned out. I started with a 45-inch long strip of fabric about five inches wide. All the fabric, by the way, was donated by Britex Fabrics, which as you know is one of my favorite stores. They also "donated" some employees for the evening to teach us.

Note to self: Next time take your own scissors, ones I can wear around my neck, as there were not nearly enough scissors to share!

The craft fair ran from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and I finished with my little flower at about 7:30. So I walked around a bit to see what other people were working on. I came to the knitting and crocheting table, piled high with needles and balls of yarn. I asked if I could try knitting, so I did.

I learned to knit when I was a little girl, but never really made anything of consequence, and as a young adult I shifted over to crocheting as my method to use up yarn.

But it was fun to review, and to get to knit a little bit. I would desperately love to be able to knit some socks, but I think that is probably a long ways in the future, if it ever happens. (I have some socks that SisterStitches made for me and they are just wonderful--I love them!)

BTW, I tried to cast off my stitches after I had knitted this far, but I couldn't quite get the hang of that, so I'll try it again later. For now I will just keep knitting!

And when the evening was over they let me keep the knitting needles and yarn. WOW!

I told you that ETSY was one of the partners in this evening? They had some of these funny bumper stickers which they were giving out.

Craft Bar is something that the SFMOCFA is doing once a month, on the first Thursday evening. I hope that I can make it to more of the get-togethers!

By the way, I picked up a few of these bumper stickers. Would you like one? Leave a comment here and I will give away three of them.


  1. Hi Jan! Will you teach me how to make a rose when I visit next month? And don't sell yourself short on knitting some socks, I wold be happy to help you get started!

  2. SisterStitches, I will definitely show you how to make a rose next month. We can have our own private little Craft Bar!

  3. Oh, me me, I would like one! If you still have one left, I can get it from you in Gualala! Teresa