2015 Craft Friday

Nov 13

Abingdon shawl by Through the Loops

Abingdon shawl by Through the Loops

Like many of you, I refuse to participate in Black Friday. I don’t like the pressure to participate in rushing around to get “deals” on things no one needs. For a number of years I’ve opted out of the frenzy, and in 2013, I declared that in my world, Black Friday has been re-branded. It’s now Craft Friday!

There’s been a swell of folks who enjoy spending the day after Thanksgiving crafting for loved ones or their favorite charities. I want all of us to feel that swell, to enjoy our community of crafters.

Want to join? Here are some ways:

Pinterest Craft Friday Board  (feel free to follow it, or follow me and ask to join the board if you want to pin on it). Tag your pins #CraftFriday

Twitter (again, tag related tweets with #CraftFriday).

Join the Flickr Group. Tag your Instagram posts with #CraftFriday

This weekend, I’m making two lists: folks to whom I want to give a gift, and hand made gift ideas. I’ll stash dive and then make a supply list and start shopping at non-big-box stores to gather all the goods I need for Craft Friday.

Let me know if you’re in by leaving a comment. And if you have a blog, write a declaration–you don’t have to spill the beans about what you’re going to make if your recipients read the blog, but how about you share WHY you’re inspired to make instead of shop? We’ll have a Craft Friday Declaration Post Party on Friday, November 27, and I’ll add a link round up here so you can feel the support and love of our community.

You in? Yeah, I figured you would be.

 

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Craft Friday Link Party

Nov 28

Happy Craft Friday!

I’m excited about the number of us who are crafting instead of shopping today. I knew I wasn’t alone in shunning Black Friday, and I figured I wasn’t the only crafter who spends the day making rather than buying~but, wow! Is it ever exciting to see our revolution take off!

Today, I invite you to write a declaration–post what feels right to you. Maybe:

  • why you’re rejecting Black Friday
  • what you love to craft for the holidays
  • your history of crafting gifts (did you start as a kid? a college student?)
  • your manifesto about crafting rather than buying

Email a link to your blog post to me at pomogolightlyATgmail.com, and I’ll add links throughout the day to this post and share them on FaceBook and Twitter. On Instagram? Take sneak peek pictures of your crafting and post them using #CraftFriday.

To start off the link party, take a look at these terrific posts:

Kirsten from Through the Loops invites you to Craft Friday with a 50% off mitts and mittens gift.

MaryLou explores the magic of making and shopping your stash.

Margene shares that even “selfish” crafters can be part of the rebellion.

Earth Chick connects crafting and gratitude.

Earlier this week I called and ordered fabric from Clementine, and Leah shared that the shop is taking up Craft Friday. Lisa at Flying Goat Farm is, too. What about your local shop?

Oh, my declaration? Of course.

It’s been a dozen years since I last shopped on Black Friday. Most years I’ve visited family or friends, spent time knitting or sewing or crocheting, or written the first of my holiday greeting cards. The rejection of Black Friday didn’t start off that way; different priorities begged my attention, and I obliged. I’m relieved, though, not to feel the compulsion to get the best dealor beat the crowds.

This year, it seems more important to me to craft conscientiously on 11/28. I detest that some big box stores start Black Friday on Thanksgiving day. I’m baffled by the need and desire to shop on a day set aside for gratitude. The things don’t matter. People matter.

And crafting is a way for me to honor the people I love, to offer them something beautiful, to step away from crass consumerism. I like to buy my supplies from indy merchants, and I like to focus my mind on the person for whom I’m creating as I knit or paint or stitch. It matters to me that layers of love and good wishes are built into whatever I’m creating.

So for me, Craft Friday is about pushing back against what the commercials urge me to do. It’s about thoughtfulness and mindfulness. It’s about fun. It’s about the people I love.

Thanks for reading my declaration. Be sure to share yours! Viva la Craft Friday!

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Provisioning for Craft Friday

Nov 24

On Friday I posted a few of my favorite supply sources. Today I want to talk about another way to get ready for Craft Friday. My plan for the day looks like this:

  • Get up.
  • Stitch for a while.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Hike with the mutts so they will snooze away the rest of the day.
  • Eat lunch.
  • Craft. Craft. Craft.
  • Eat dinner.
  • Craft a while longer.

Notice a pattern? As much eating as crafting? The crafting must be fueled, right? To facilitate the fueling without impeding on crafting time, I’ll make food ahead of time. I’m not cooking for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be cooking for Craft Friday–making cranberry sauce to put on grilled cheese (Try this. Seriously.) and simmering up a pot of tomato soup. I’ve got a jar of salsa my brother’s girlfriend gave me that will add a taste of summer to lunchtime nachos. And if I’m lucky, my hosts for Thanksgiving might send me home with a few leftovers to enjoy the next day.

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Craft Friday: Gather Supplies

Nov 21

A favorite aspect of crafting gifts is gathering supplies. Once I have my ideas list together, I read patterns and tutorials and rummage through my stash. Once I determine what I still need, I turn to a few of my favorite shops:

Art supplies–Jerry’s Artarama. Last Friday Sara and I enjoyed testing out pens and examining papers, and I’m all set to make many of my gifts.

Fabrics, felts, and notion–Clementine. If you’re in Maine, this darling shop is worth a visit. Otherwise, well, you can get helpful and friendly service by phone.

Yarn–honestly, don’t you have a local yarn store? If you want truly special yarn, take a gander at Starcroft’s offerings.

Where else do you suggest for supply gathering? Do you have your supplies ready for Craft Friday?

Next week I’ll post a link party with your declarations about your own how/why you’re participating in the rebellion. Be sure to join in the fun here, too:

Pinterest Craft Friday Board  (feel free to follow it, or follow me and ask to join the board if you want to pin on it). Tag your pins #CraftFriday

Twitter (again, tag related tweets with #CraftFriday).

Join the Flickr Group.

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Craft Friday: Project Ideas

Nov 14

IMG_5115I figure there are two approaches when crafting holiday gifts:

1. Consider each recipient with care, study shelves of books, search Ravelry, linger around Pinterest, and make a list of dozens of possibilities for each person.

2. Decide what you want to make and make a version for each recipient. Hats are good for that. Mittens. Socks. Scarves. Good, pragmatic gifts that everyone can use.

I won’t judge your method. I will try to appeal to both approaches in this project idea link list:

1. Fringe Association’s Mitt List and Cowl List

2. Accessories board put together by Clementine (world’s loveliest fabric shop & haberdashery–they ship! Just give those sweet ladies a call!)

3. Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays posts

4. Ravelry’s Indie Design Gift-a-long gets you 25% off loads of patterns

5. Romi’s Great Oddment Knitdown

6. Ysolda’s Knitworthy

7. Creativebug brims with projects and excellent instructions.

8. Through the Loops hats (or anything Kirsten designs!)

9. HodgePodge Farms’s Wingfeathers crochet shawl.

10. The Craft Friday Pinterest board (ask to join it and pin along with me!)

Get ready for Craft Friday and share your favorite places for inspiration.

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