Tuesday, November 30, 2010
VictoryGardenYarn Interview and Giveaway!
First time UCUer Anna Sharp, the woman behind VictorGardenYarn will be bringing loads of lovely knitted things with her to the Exhibition Hall this December 4th and 5th. Enter to win your own Skipjack Cowl by leaving a comment below!
UCU: Pick a song that gets you in creative mood or you think would make a great addition to a "UCU Winter 2010 Soundtrack".
AS: Um, I'm actually really boring when I'm in a creative mood...I usually tune in to the classical station on the old kitchen radio and get to work. I guess it relaxes me and lets my mind wander while my hands work.
UCU: What’s one thing you wish you had known at your first craft show?
(Or--If this is your first show, what are you most looking forward to?)
AS: This is my very first craft show! I am really looking forward to meeting people and chatting up anyone who happens to pop by my little booth. I've been sitting behind my computer screen trying to peddle my wares for entirely too long now, so getting to talk to people and help them play dress up with my cozies will be quite fun. And since I'm a former retail queen, I sort of miss interacting with my customers!
UCU: If you have pets, introduce them and tell us a bit about them!
AS: I have a boyfriend....does he count?
UCU: What item are you most excited to be offering at UCU Winter 2010?
AS: Gosh, my business is so new, I'm excited to be offering everything! If I had to pick though, it would be my kitschy 'Atomic Christmas Ornaments' and my newest neckwear design, which will be released at the show. (It's a cross between a cowl and a collar...and it has pom-poms!)
UCU: What day of show traditions are you bringing to UCU 2010?
AS: I'll be making traditions as I go since this will be my first show...but I kind of want to have fresh flowers here and there in my booth...I think that might be tradition #1.
UCU: If you could sum up your work in one word, what would that be?
AS: Vibrant. (Or colorful.) (Or cozy.)
UCU: What gift are you most excited to give this year?
AS: Well, everyone usually gets some sort of hand knit or hand crocheted something-or-other from me, but this year they will all be receiving a cornucopia of home-canned goods. I actually think I have one more batch of goodies to can and then all my presents will be taken care of. Phew.
UCU: What are you nibbling on as the snow falls this winter?
AS: Soup! I love to make giant vats of soup in my big enamelware pot. Then for those nights I'm feeling too tired to cook or have too many cozies or hoops to make, I can yank the pot out of the fridge, throw it on the stove, and heat up some warm yummy goodness with absolutely no effort. A favorite soup would be a white bean/kale/sausage combo...I think that's my Portuguese side coming out!
UCU: Favorite handmade item you have? It could be made by you, gifted to you or something you picked up.
AS: That would be the most amazing ring my boyfriend MADE for me from an old silver quarter. He actually spent most of his lunch hours out behind his office building banging away at this quarter on an old, unused railroad track, all because we live in a tiny apartment with no workbench and there was no way for him to work on it at home without me knowing what he was doing. It makes me all warm and fuzzy whenever I see it on my hand...which is every day. But then again he also made me a set of wooden knitting needles...so I guess we have a tie for favorite handmade item!
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