Q&A with Vegancraftastic and a Giveaway!

28 Jun

If you’re like me, then you require that everything in your life be aesthetically pleasing, down to the tiniest details. This is why I’m crazy about the Vegancraftastic Etsy shop, which is full of adorable handmade stitch markers, project bags, original knitting patterns and other crafty wares. Below are a few of my favorites from the store.

Giraffe Gardens Drawstring Bag

Alt Fibers Stitch Marker Set

Nesting Knitting Pattern

Recently, I caught up with Kala, the proprietor of Vegancraftastic, and we discussed yarn, blogging, Etsy and veganism.

Q: Which came first, the vegan or the craftastic?

A: I guess the craftastic since I’ve always been sort of crafty. I get that from my mom, she’s a jewelry and metalsmith but has also crocheted since she was a kid.  I’ve been vegan for about nine years now and have always extended my vegan-ness to my crafting.

Q: When did you open your Etsy shop and how has it changed since you started?

A: My shop has been open since February of 2009. Since it opened I’ve tried to add more and more products, my pins have been really fun to make.  My bag sizes have also changed over time with the help of customer input.

Q: What are some of your favorite materials to work with?

I love fabric, I used to quilt but since I don’t really have the space for it, my shop is a great outlet for my fabric love.

Q: Do you have any favorite yarn shops or craft stores in the Twin Cities? Are any of them especially vegan-friendly?

My favorite yarn store has to be Borealis in Saint Paul.  They have a smallish selection of vegan yarn but my knit night group meets there so it’s great : )  Crafty Planet in Minneapolis and Treadle in Saint Paul are also great local shops.

Q: How would you describe your experience as a vegan in the crafting world? Have you found anything particularly challenging or helpful?

A: I think the most challenging thing about being a vegan crafter is other crafter’s attitudes.  It’s amazing how hostile some people can get when you simply say that you prefer to not use wool.  That’s one of the reasons I started my blog, I wanted to create a resource for vegan crafters just starting out. Over the years I’ve been happy to hear from readers who have said that my blog makes them feel less alone as a vegan crafter and that’s reason enough for me to keep doing what I’m doing.

And now, a contest!

The prize is your choice of one item from the Vegancraftastic Etsy shop! There are a six ways to enter (see below), after you’ve entered post a comment telling me which option you chose. You may enter more than once but please post each entry as a separate comment. This contest is open to anyone, including international residents. The contest ends Saturday at noon west coast time.

Ways to enter:

  1. Visit the Vegancrafastic Etsy shop and let me know what your favorite item is.
  2. Follow TreeWool on Twitter
  3. Follow Vegancraftastic on Twitter
  4. Subscribe to this blog
  5. Subscribe to the Vegancraftastic blog
  6. Like Vegancraftastic on Facebook
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112 Responses to “Q&A with Vegancraftastic and a Giveaway!”

  1. Dimitri June 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Hi! I liked Vegancraftastic on Facebook!

  2. Sheilah June 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    My favorite has to be the crafty pirate magnet. Arrgghh!

  3. Sheilah June 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m following tree_wool on twitter

  4. Scrappyrat (Veronica) June 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    I love the crafty pirate magnet! It was hard to choose because those squirrels are so darn cute. 🙂

  5. shannon June 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    i adore the summer fling stitch markers:) having nice, handmade stitch markers is such a luxury! i haven’t purchased any yet, but with my recent onslaught of lace knitting, i realize how necessary they are!

  6. jen June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi! This is a great contest! I am now following both of you on Twitter!

  7. jocelyn June 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    I recently bought my favorite Vegancraftastic design: a sleepy hedgehog zippered pouch. So cute.

  8. melanie June 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    I have several of the bags, now. Everyone is particularly wowed by Queen Bee! Right now, I’m craving the squirrel bag…

  9. melanie June 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Veganfantastic is a fave on Facebook…

  10. Scrappyrat (Veronica) June 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    Just made Vegancraftastic a favorite!

  11. Amy June 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I love the squirrel forest draw string bag…so cute!

  12. Amy June 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I subscribe to the Vegancraftastic blog on Blogger.

  13. Scrappyrat (Veronica) June 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Now following both of you on Twitter, too!

  14. Barb June 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve been loving her project bags for awhile following both on twitter 🙂

  15. phoenixdreaming June 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    It’s always hard to choose a favourite from Vegancraftastic, but right now mine are the Summer Crush Stitch Markers since I’ve started knitting again!!

  16. holly June 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Absolutely love the robot attack magnet set, too cute!

  17. Deirdre June 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I’m following the Vegancraftastic blog.

  18. Deirdre June 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    My fav item in the Vegancraftastic etsy shop is the I ❤ TOFU stitch markers!

  19. Renee June 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I like Vegancraftastic’s owl pin.

    callalily198970@aol.com

  20. Renee June 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    I subsribed to Vegancraftastic Blog.

    callalily198970@aol.com

  21. quinn June 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I love the Nature Walk zippered pouch – the lining is a perfect complement to the leaves 🙂

    The Queen of Hearts stitch markers are a close “second” though…maybe if I got some bigger stitch markers they wouldn’t all end up running away to join the socks the washer eats!

  22. MamaMay June 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    I love this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/42941970/large-color-explosion-drawstring

    So cute…

  23. Robin June 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I like the Giraffe Gardens project bag. Darling.

  24. Melissa June 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Love the Organic Cotton Forest Friends Knitting / Crafting / Crochet Bag – perfect for socks. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Melissa June 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Following you on twitter @omydarlingblog

  26. Melissa June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Following Vegan Craft-tastic on twitter @omydarlingblog

  27. Stacey June 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I adore the ‘forest friends’ knit & crochet project bag… I love owls, and knitting & crocheting. We were made for each other!

  28. Stacey June 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    I subscribed to this blog on my GoogleReader, as well!

  29. KJo June 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    My favorite item is the Bird Watcher Drawstring Bag. Close second would be the Forest Friends bag.

  30. Cassie June 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite….
    But I think it’s going to have to be the summer crush stitch markers 😉
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48377401/summer-crush-stitch-marker-set-knitting

  31. Cassie June 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    I already subscribe to Vegancraftastic 😉

  32. Cassie June 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Now I show my love on Facebook, too.

  33. Cassie June 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    And now that I am aware of your blog, I am a happy subscriber.

  34. oonagh rabenwald June 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    such pretty things……

    i’m loving hte “gearhead” fabric drawstring bag…..i’m getting into steampunk, and that would be the perfect thing to hold either a project, or accessories!!

    -oonaghfibersmyth on ravelry

  35. Jen June 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Oh oh oh….. I love Kala’s zippered pouches. The summer rain fabric is my favorite unless she’ll make one in the great hedgehog fabric for her special friend Jen (yes, the girl who NEVER wins her cool stuff!)

  36. Jen June 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    P.S. I follow her blog.

  37. Jen June 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    P.S.S. And I like her on facebook too!

  38. Momo June 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    3, 4, 5, 6…. Done!!!

  39. LeAnn A. June 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m following Treewool on Twitter =D

  40. LeAnn A. June 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m following Vegancraftastic on Twitter. =D

  41. LeAnn A. June 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    My fave item is the summer rain drawstring bag!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49356802/summer-rain-drawstring-knitting-crochet

  42. Angele June 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    I “liked you one facebook and checked out your shop and the Gearhead Drawstring is my favorite!

  43. mruna June 29, 2010 at 2:09 am #

    I love the Sneaker Love Zippered Pouch!

  44. tami June 29, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    I love the color explosion drawsting, there’s just something happy about those colors.

  45. susan r June 29, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Summer Rain Zippered Pouch

  46. jessecreations June 29, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I love everything in her shop, but especially the Robot Attack magnet set and all the project bags!!!

    Jess

    jessicacook17@hotmail.com

  47. Lisa June 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    My favorite item in her shop is the Large Bird Watcher Drawstring Bag here:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48862628/large-bird-watcher-drawstring-bag

    Such fun bright colors!

  48. Lisa June 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m now following @tree_wool under @CinderLisa on Twitter.

  49. Lisa June 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    I’m now following @vegancraftastic under @CinderLisa on Twitter.

  50. Lisa June 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    And I’ve liked Vegancraftastic on facebook! 🙂

  51. Kristen June 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I love the Large Color Explosion Drawstring Knitting / Crafting / Gift Bag on Vegancraftastic on Etsy. So pretty.

  52. Kelli Robinson June 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    My favorite item at Vegancraftastic is the Woodland Owls Pin Set. Thanks for the chance to win!

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

  53. Kelli Robinson June 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    I’m following tree_wool on Twitter (KelliFRobinson)!

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

  54. Kelli Robinson June 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m following vegancraftastic on Twitter (KelliFRobinson)!

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

  55. megs June 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    I have subscribed to you via GoogleReader! Yay!

  56. Lisa June 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Subscribing to your blog on Bloglines! 🙂

  57. Lisa June 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    And now subscribing to Vegancraftastic as well! 🙂

  58. lola malone June 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    geek squared pin is awesome!

  59. lola malone June 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    following tree_wool on twitter.

  60. lola malone June 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    following vegancraftastic on twitter.

  61. jc June 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Very colorful and cheerful items in the shop! I like the Large Color Explosion Drawstring Knitting/Crafting/Gift Bag, love the many uses for this bag.

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  62. jc June 29, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    I subscribe to your blog via google reader, thank you.

  63. Emma June 30, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    I,ve subscribed to your blog. Loving it! I,ve been following you via rss feed. I love the little nest with eggs PDF.. Although I don’t knit I’d be inspired by this!!

  64. hej500 June 30, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    I think the Summer Rain Drawstring Bag is my fave item 🙂

  65. Lilly June 30, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    The Chocolate Cupcake Pin Set – Set of 3 Pins is so cute!
    Thanks.

  66. deanna June 30, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    fave: nature walk zippered pouch
    xoxoxo

  67. deanna June 30, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    subscribed to this blog
    xoxoxo

  68. Christina June 30, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    My favorite is the Bluebirds Pin Set, with the Giraffe Drawstring Pouch a close second!

  69. Lucy June 30, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    My fave item is the Happy Squirrels pin set 😀

  70. NGS June 30, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    My favorite item is the Doodle Flowers Drawstring bag!
    cheatingpiggies at hotmail dot com

  71. Aletha June 30, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Followed @treewool on twitter (@xRadicalFringex) !!

  72. Aletha June 30, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Followed @vegancraftastic on twitter (@xRadicalFringex) !!

  73. katie June 30, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I think the Happy Gnome Pin Set is adorable!! I love collecting pins to add on one of my favourite bags…and i think these would for sure make the cut to be one of my favs!

  74. Kam A. June 30, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I’m currently coveting the Nature Walk Zippered Pouch from Kala’s Etsy shop. Love the pattern!

  75. Kam A. June 30, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I’m following @Tree_wool on Twitter! Looking forward to reading your tweets.

  76. Kam A. June 30, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I follow @vegancraftastic on Twitter, as well!

  77. Kam A. June 30, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Is subscribing to the blog signing up for the newsletter? If so, that’s what I just did 😉

  78. Kam A. June 30, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I follow VeganCraftastic’s Blog publicly.

  79. Kam A. June 30, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I became a fan/liked her facebook page and commented 🙂

  80. Karen Williams June 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    i love all the pins and magnets

  81. knittingdancer on Ravelry June 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    I love the stitch markers. My top 4 favorites are the summer crush stitch markers, the summer fling stitch markers, the queen of hearts stitch markers. and the yarnho markers. I know a couple of those.

  82. peripatetic33 June 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    my favorite item is Summer Rain Zippered Pouch – Great for Crafty Notions

  83. Linda Kish June 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    My favorite is the Giraffe Gardens Drawstring Bag

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  84. Deb D June 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    I love the Cherry Pie Drawstring Knitting / Crochet / Crafting Bag – perfect gift – that fabric is so cute!

  85. Deb D June 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    I follow tree wool on Twitter as dspdavey.

  86. Deb D June 30, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I follow vegancraftastic on Twitter as dspdavey.

  87. Claire July 1, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    I really like the Queen Bee drawstring bag

    Atoxim at gmail dot com

  88. Claire July 1, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    I ‘like’ Vegancrafttastic on Facebook

    Atoxim at gmail dot com

  89. Danielle July 1, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    My favourite item would have to be the Giraffe Gardens Drawstring Bag
    email: paranoid.butterfly@gmail.com

  90. grace July 1, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    My favorite is the ‘Best Friends Stitch Marker Set’! ^_^

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

  91. erin, maker of chimes July 1, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Love the Cherry Pie Drawstring bag… and if I knew how to knit, I’d be wanting to learn how to make those nests!

  92. erin, maker of chimes July 1, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    following tree_wool on Twitter (@BuffaloGalsSoap)

  93. Deirdre July 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    I’m following Tree Wool on Twitter

  94. Deirdre July 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    I’m Following Vegancraftastic on Twitter

  95. Deirdre July 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    I’ve subscribed to the Tree Wool blog.

  96. Coccinelle écolo July 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I love the Asian Pop Drawstring Knitting / Crochet / Crafting / Gift Bag… I love Kanji!!

    yuki@michelf.com

  97. Coccinelle écolo July 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I follow TreeWool on twitter

    yuki_kokoro

    yuki@michelf.com

  98. Coccinelle écolo July 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I follow Vegancraftastic on twitter

    yuki_kokoro

    yuki@michelf.com

  99. Coccinelle écolo July 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I have subscribed to your blog

    yuki@michelf.com

  100. Coccinelle écolo July 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I have subscribed to Vegancraftastic blog

    yuki@michelf.com

  101. Claude July 3, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    Love this pouch: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49799917/summer-rain-zippered-pouch-great-for

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  102. Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    I like the sleepy hedgehog print (I think it’s on a button) on the Vegancraftastic Etsy site. 🙂

    jenniem on Rav

  103. Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    I subscribed to this blog!
    jenniem on Rav

  104. Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    I subscribed to the Vegancraftastic blog!
    jenniem on Rav

  105. Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    Now following Tree_Wool on twitter.

    jenniem on Rav

  106. Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    And following Vegancraftastic on Twitter too.

    jenniem on Rav

  107. Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    I like Vegancraftastic on Facebook too! Whew. 🙂

    jenniem on Rav

  108. Jenny B July 3, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I love the large birdwatcher drawstring bad – this fabric is adorable!

  109. Jenny B July 3, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I follow tree wool on twitter as JennyBolech

  110. Jenny B July 3, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I follow vegancraftastic on twitter as JennyBolech

  111. Jenny B July 3, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I like vegancraftastic on facebook as Jenny Bolech!

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