There was a real Craft Activism frenzy in Santa Barbara last weekend, beginning with a signing and granny square extravaganza at Loop and Leaf ,
which had just celebrated its fourth anniversary! Ellen Bloom made the journey from Los Angeles and toted granny square creations of every conceivable shape and color, including a new Granny Greenbag she had just whipped up in blue. (Does that make it a Bubbe Blue bag?)
I, of course, was wearing the sharrow sweater.
It wasn't long before a few of Loop and Leaf's constant stream of visitors were sitting and schmoozing. Mike had actually won a copy of Craft Activism for his pumpkin carving abilities pre-Halloween and had read it!
A long-lost friend of Ellen's also happened by, proving once again that Southern California is really a small world. Thanks to Ellen suddenly there was a new groundswell of crochet inspiration in Santa Barbara. (And thanks to Ellen for the pictures, too!) I'm eager to see who will soon be creating what.
On Sunday, EtsySB materialized in person, thanks to Susan Torrey of GirlSundayDesigns and Andie Olivia deJarnette of Rogue Butterfly. The rain clouds dissipated, and a score of crafters set up a Backyard Boutique. Among the goodies: recycleable sandwich bags, upcycled leather goods, hand-sewn aprons, and plenty of other evidence of craft activism at work. To say nothing of the fact that an online group now had a physical community as well – another aspect of the DIY movement. (Alas, as you can tell, I forgot my camera.... next time Gale will have to show up.) Thanks to all for including me!
Posted by Joan