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Market Day At Home And Abroad February 23, 2010

Filed under: Art works,Authors,Baby knitting,Knitting,Musical instruments — Janet @ 4:40 am

Yesterday was a great Market Day.  It marked the opening of the McKee Market and after fevered preparation and anticipation it opened with a flourish.  Trading was brisk.  Numerous works of art were for sale.  I SOLD MY FIRST PAINTING.  Maybe I should word that differently.  I made my first sale of one of my paintings.  That’s a break through for me, the occasional aspiring artist.   

In the afternoon I went to Fremont Market – a very popular Sunday market here in Seattle.  I wandered up and down eyeing various treasures.  I spotted 2 rugs from Ecuador and thought of buying them – to add to our rug collection.  Talked with some people about needle felting – they loved the craft and had made some truly magical figures.  Again, I planned to buy something from them.  I talked with a man I’ve seen at the Market over the years – he deals in Connemara socks and some handspun wool from his own sheep.  I met a spinner and knitter – she had a Lendrum spinning wheel and was knitting a scarf from her handspun.  I met a knitter of wrist warmers.  And I met Shanti, who has lived in Nepal, India, Japan and I don’t know where else.  She loves fairs.  I bought some postcards from her.  And I found out from here how to get space at the Market and also where to buy a tent for shelter – particularly when it rains.  Yesterday was such a beautiful day that it was hard to believe that a day would come when you would need shelter – but I know this mild sunny weather is unusual and one must be prepared for harsher days.

A few sample pictures from the day – not necessarily in the order in which events occured

   beautifully knitted wrist warmers at Fremont Market

   Ashley and Caitlin contemplating what to purchase at the McKee Market

   Ashley’s art work at the Market


  my items for sale at the McKee Market

   At Fremont Market – Size 3 Henselite Bowling Woods – I was actually sorely tempted by these at $100

  Guitar for sale at Fremont

   Caitlin’s art work


  resident cat in the sunny window at Orphelia’s Books in Fremont.  My main reason in going over to Fremont was to go to this bookstore to look for books by Henning Mankell.  Alas, no Henning Mankell books but I did find a knitting book and a couple of old paperback westerns.  As I perused the shelves I saw quite a few books by Dick Francis – reminding me that he passed away last week.  A champion jockey and a champion writer.

  my new friend Shanti who terms herself an ageing hippie

   my latest blanket – blanket no. 8?

   one of my favourite knitting books which has come to light in the unpacking


6 Responses to “Market Day At Home And Abroad”

  1. mlegan Says:

    I love the idea of the McKee Market. thanks for the fun pictures of all the action. And that Everybody’s Knitting looks like there are real treasures inside!

    • Janet Says:

      The idea for the Market stems from Ashley’s 2nd grade teacher who issues Market Day dollars for good behaviour and kind deeds etc. Then Market Day for those 2nd graders is held every 2 months.
      The currency for the McKee Market is issued by the McKee bank and is only given for good behaviour and kind deeds etc. – also, McKee dollars can be taken away for bad behaviour. I try to stay on the right side of the line!

  2. Lynda Says:

    What a lovely day you had ! Congratulations on selling your first painting, too …. you must be really proud of that !

  3. Laura Says:

    Your granddaughters’ artwork is so appealing. Our local park has been decorated by the community children’s artwork and it makes it a very friendly kids space. I have just now commented on your previous post about childhood books and am enjoying reading your blog.

  4. Dot Says:

    Congratulations on selling the painting. I love the colours in your latest blanket. I find the idea of a knitted blanket very appealing as it’s cold here and snowing yet again. I’m sure you didn’t move to Seatle just to take a short-cut into spring weather … did you?

  5. Lynne Says:

    Little Knits is in west Seattle and well worth a visit. When G and I dug out a S map was easy to get to from I – 5. And hoping to get there again on our way to conference (NwRSA) in June.

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