The Make It Show was at Northlands Expo Centre this past weekend, and I had such a great time!
I was there early on Saturday, and though there was a little bit of a line, it moved pretty quickly. Once in, I had time to chat with a few vendors and, of course, buy some awesome locally handcrafted wares.
I stopped first at Boreal Folk Apothecary and picked up their all-purpose skin balm, which is made with beeswax and spruce resin and smells amazing -- the smell reminds me of hiking in the backcountry in the rain (an activity I used to do a lot more before H came along, but that I hope to do more as she gets older), feeling dwarfed by the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and reveling in the isolation. I'm planning to use it on my dry knitter's hands and cuticles.
Boreal Folk has the coolest backstory: the two makers travel around Alberta and BC in a bus and tow a solar-powered trailer, in which they make their natural skincare products from wild plants. Check them out on Instagram.
My next stop was Brickbubble, which is based in St. Albert, and I picked up a few buttons there. I was very tempted by the leather sweater closures (charmingly arranged in vintage printer's tray) and the ruler bracelet.
I wrote about the yarn bowl I just bought, but I almost bought another one when I saw these octopus-themed ones at Salty Sea Dog Designs - so cute, and the work is impeccable.
I ended my visit at the Twisted Sisters Mill booth, where I bought so much yarn! I picked up some of the alpaca bamboo blend in a dark red, some sock yarn, and some more of their buttery alpaca lopi for a sweater for H (and hat project I'm working up). Leanne and her sister Renee were so kind, and so enthusiastic about their yarn.
I love knowing that I'm supporting local artists, and it's so refreshing to meet the person who created the product that you're consuming. I'm so happy that Make It is now taking place twice a year, in March and November, and that it's always looking at expanding, because it gives us Edmontonians a way to encourage our neighbours in their creative endeavours.