Our fans are always asking me why I keep choosing Creativ Festival as one of the only places where The Crochet Crowd comes out to play. It’s simply due to location and the amount of people that show up. Attending shows are extremely costly and though we would love to attend more… we simply cannot afford it.
We take the show extremely seriously as brings out 10’s of thousands of guests who will walk past us during the 2 or 3 day show. It’s held every April and October. It’s an opportunity to showcase creativity to people who think crochet is just for old ladies in rocking chairs, complete with kitty cats on their lap. The Crochet Crowd defies the stereotype and I am pretty proud of that.
Each show has 6 months of planning and inspiration being created for the show. The show is well attended by many returning guests. If we keep showing up to the show with the exact same inspiration and ideas, we will get labelled as ‘seen that before’ and that’s our biggest fear. We want to inspire and have guests excited to see what has been created just for the show.
Creativ Festival pushes Daniel, Colleen and I plus 100’s of crochet crowders who like to get involved, to going above and beyond. It forces us to think outside of the box but more importantly, gets us to expand our skills and create things that our out of the ordinary.
We have learned with Creativ Festival, the best way to connect with people is to showcase a theme each show. A theme that is identifiable that may cause feelings of nostalgia. It actually brings the ‘kid’ out in ourselves. As adults, we are pushed to be practical and to leave our imaginations in our youth times. Our goal is to bring back those suppressed feelings and give people the permission to be extremely creative.
While at Creativ Festival, I have the opportunity to teach workshops, perform informal demos and most importantly, connect with yarn enthusiasts. I’ve lost count how many times a fan has been winded in meeting me in person. Some even hyperventilate. It’s an honour that people think so highly of me, but when the camera lights go off and I am removed from the public eye… I’m just like everyone else. I’m just crazy over yarn and the creativity involved in it.
A washroom break for me takes a half hour. I am stopped constantly on the way by enthusiastic fans and I do love to chat. By the time I get to washroom, I am squealing with pain dying to go! I have to learn as soon as I get the urge… run and take the back routes.
The show is so much fun, I forget to eat and drink throughout the day. I get so wrapped up in the joy and the over all atmosphere… if you see me spiraling and looking a little drunk, it’s not alcohol… it’s me pushing myself over the edge that I get light headed and the room starts to spin. There’s been a couple times where I have nearly passed out on a teaching a table. “Bam, goes down the hooker with the pink shirt!”
I have also learned never to scream out free yarn either! That’s a flash mob trample waiting to happen.
Six months of planning is worth it. The weeks before the show is so stressful that you cannot imagine what it’s like to live with Diva Dan and I. We are both flying by the seat of our pants, while trying to keep the online world engaged. It’s craziness.
My heart is at Creativ Festival. Rita Gramsch, owner of Creativ Festival, seen with her granddaughter Marisa, is one of my biggest supporters. She saw vision in my dream for The Crochet Crowd when we were only 5 Million Views old. Now, we are at 66 Million. Talking to Rita always brings me such joy as she is objective, thoughtful and knowledgeable about the industry.
This Creativ Festival, April 2014 is going to be our 8th Show. We are bringing ‘Alice Hooks in Wonderland’ alive. We are creating a mini park. Our fans were charged with the inspiration of a top hat and to customize it to match an element of Alice In Wonderland story. I‘m dying to show you a preview, but that would ruin the surprise. We know that our fans have really pushed themselves in every creative sense. Each hat deserves to win.
The hats are going to be sold at the Creativ Festival after 2pm on Saturday, April 26th, 2014. You can bid on a hat. 100% of the proceeds will be put into a Scholarship Fund created by The Crochet Crowd. We are going to award Scholarships in the fall of 2014 at Creativ Festival.
The top 5 winning hats will be kept and put on display for an special exhibit at Creativ Festival again in the fall.
As an advanced thank you to everyone who has submitted a hat. We will be releasing pictures of all submissions on April 20th, 2014 online. The entire Top Hat Garden with all submissions will be on display at Creativ Festival on April 25 – 26, 2014. To not ruin our display, all hat sales will happen after 2pm on the final day at Creativ Festival.