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Thanksgiving is actually a really great time to think about the crafters and artisans that you know. And I happen to be lucky enough to know A LOT of really talented, up and coming folks that are creating and sharing their work.
And for that, I’m thankful. It’s a huge risk to take your labor of love and expose it to the world! It’s hard to invite people to see your work and possibly critique your work. But it’s bold attempts that allow for real growth.
With Colorado Creative right around the corner, I wanted to talk up a lot of my favorite local businesses and local crafters and artisans that you should consider when purchasing gifts this holiday season.
It’s so much more than just the empty sentiment of “shop local” when you know crafters personally – when you know their kids, their partners, and know their passion. Buying local means more when you know how much is mixed up in the process of creating.
Consider this when you buy your gifts this year and, really, all the time.
Below, we’ve listed some of our faves and we hope that you might list some of your own! Do it! In the comments!
Some of these folks will be at Colorado Creative! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for December 9th!
We’re thankful that Denver has such an exciting and diverse collection of risk takers and makers!
There are no excuses for not keeping up with this blog.
So, I’ll just say that the Denver Craft Ninjas have been busy. Crazy busy, really!
First, I’ve got to talk about our crochet project!
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with Kelli Petersen from Bitter O’Clock. If you don’t know Kelli, she’s the sweetest, most talented lady out there and her fine crochet work at Bitter O’Clock is wonderfully complex and humorous. The lady has skills and she was a perfect person to ask to help with a crochet project for Denver Craft Ninjas. Continue reading
Denver’s got so many TALENTED people milling around and we’re so darn lucky to know them!
One of those people is Kelli Petersen of Bitter o’Clock!
Bitter o’Clock is a rockin’ crochet outfit that makes the best hats out there. And Kelli is a crochet maven! She is a speedy craftin’ mama and she’s the first person we thought of when we decided to do a crochet project for Denver Craft Ninjas!
Kelli has helped us to come up with a great SIMPLE project that will give newbies a chance to learn some of the basics of crochet.
Hopefully, Ninjas will walk away with the fundamentals and a new project to keep working on throughout the winter.
The project is a SEA PENNY and will give you the tools to create several little round crocheted pieces that can ultimately connect to make a scarf or, if you’re ambitious, an afghan!
You’ll learn how to hold a crochet hook and learn how to do slip stitches, slip knots, chains, double crochet, whip stitches, and how to weave in your ends.
And with the skills you’ll gain in this project, you’ll be ready to move on and crochet a hat!
The cost for this project is $12!
We’ll provide your own size J crochet hook, yarn, a needle for connecting your sea pennies, and instruction.
We’re using a new registration system to streamline our project sign-up! There are 30 spots for this project!
HIT UP THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR THIS PROJECT:
YOU MUST REGISTER TO BE A PART OF THIS EVENT.
This project is taking place on February 26th and, as usual, we’ll be at Three Kings Tavern from 1-5 PM!
Please remember to bring something tasty to nibble upon and some dough for cocktails or sodas!
If you have ANY questions, please contact us at DenverCraftNinjas@gmail.com
Let’s crochet, NINJAS!
We all know that it’s better to shop local…well, that is unless your mom, like mine, asks for a new coffee maker.
Where are all the local handmade coffee maker makers!?
So, I decided to compile a list of local crafters that I think rule the school!
Some of these folks are regular Ninjas and contribute to our group with their smiles and expertise – we’re lucky to have them!
Also, I’ll be linking some local shops where you can pick up materials for making your own handmade gifts OR buy stuff for your favorite crafter!
First, check out Amber Powell from Crazy Mae’s! Not only is she a seasoned Denver Craft Ninja, but she’s a fantastic vegan baker.
This season, she’s packaged up her favorite flavors of vegan cupcakes and she’s selling them via her Etsy shop. Um, lavender cupcake mix?! You gotta try it!
If you’d rather Amber do all the baking for you…hit her up! She does great event baking and will blow your mind with just how delish vegan can be! Continue reading