Vendor Spotlight – Knit a Bit of Whimsy

Sarah Devantier | Knit a Bit of Whimsy

What is your business, and what do you make?
My business is Knit a Bit of Whimsy, and, well, I knit things! I love making scarves, shawls and hats. What I sell more of are sock monkey slippers (for grown ups!) and goofy kids hats (again, mostly for adults!). The silly things are fun, too, but I especially like working with really lovely, quality yarns, and there’s a lot of weaving in ends on those darn hats!

How did you get started in this business?
I was in grad school and had my first child. During maternity leave I took up knitting and was hooked! My mom tried to domesticate me when I was a kid, but it didn’t stick. Once *I* decided I wanted to knit, I couldn’t stop… I’m starting to see similar tendencies in my daughter who is only 5!

Is this a full time job for you?
Nope, I’m a stay-at-home-mom at the moment. I do a lot of knitting late at night!

What is your first memory of making something?
Oh my goodness! That’s a tough one. I know there was a terrible, scratchy yellow “scarf” in my past. I might have been around 8. We often did crafty things, though. Lots of cutting out pictures in magazines and gluing them into pictures, drawing, writing stories, that kind of thing. I had several knitted scarf projects, but I’m not sure I ever finished one! There were definitely accessories for my My Little Ponies.

What are your favorite and least favorite things about being craft fair vendor?
My favourite part of being a craft fair vendor is all the excitement, and talking to customers, and taking custom orders! The best part of my job is taking someone’s vision and creating a product to match.

My least favourite is sort of related to that. I hate trying to build up stock and guess at what people will want! I would rather have them tell me. Especially with things like hats or slippers, it’s impossible to have a few in every size & colour combination! So I try to guess at what will be popular, but I always seem to be off 😉 Of course, setting up at 6am is a pretty close 2nd least favourite!

What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
I had the spinner in a booth next to mine compliment my knitting. From someone who can actually CREATE yarn, it was a huge compliment.

What is one holiday tradition in your family?
Cookies. We make SO many cookies! My mom and I have always baked together, and at Christmas that seemed especially true. Especially making the rolled out, iced sugar cookies. I remember decorating them, but my daughter seems to think she decorates them too. Mostly she eats a lot of icing and decorates about 2 before she’s bored. Again, I have a feeling she might be following in my footsteps… but the memories are worth it 😀

What was the last gift you gave someone?
Dr. River Song’s journal!!! I was so excited. A friend of mine is a gigantic Whovian (and she’s the one who got me into Dr. Who), and I saw a display by “Those Great Little Books” at Creative Chaos in Vernon, and they had THE notebook! Blank, but with awesome crinkly aged pages and the whole works. It was the BEST!

What song has been stuck in your head this week?
“Thor vs. Indiana Jones” Any Big Bang Theory fans out there? I can’t get rid of it!

“♪♫♭Thor and Dr Jones, Thor and Dr Jones; One plays with lightening, the other runs from stones…♯♫♩” *cough* nobody? OK, then…

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
I want to trade with Rose and go travel with the doctor! Yep, big fan-girl… giant nerd… it’s true 🙂

Describe your workspace/studio in three words:
Messy, family-filled, mixed-media