The dozens of mittens that sat for sale in front of Carol Twigg on Sunday had all seen winter service before.
For three years, she has gathered old sweaters from thrift stores, yard sales and family members. She then washes them and crafts them into the mittens.
“I can get two pairs done in a day if I really concentrate on them,” Twigg said. “I enjoy doing it.”
It was also the third year Twigg set up shop at the Moshannon Valley Fall Craft Fair at the Moshannon Valley YMCA.
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Others besides Twigg sold cold-weather accoutrements. Handmade coats, scarves and hats were common items on display, though buyers probably didn’t don them upon leaving. Temperatures were in the mid-50s and sunny Sunday.
Patti Brown, of Philipsburg, was one of Twigg’s early customers. Brown comes to the fair every year to look at crafts and decided on the pair of mittens for snow shoveling this year.
Other tables featured edibles, like the one staffed by David Christofor, of Reynoldsville. His business, Carriage House Creations, makes sauces, jellies, jams and mustard.
“It tastes like Christmas smells,” he said as he passed sample crackers topped with Christmas spice jam.
All recipes come from his wife, and he and his daughter do the cooking. Christofor has been coming to the fair for 10 years to show off their goods.
Jill Irwin and Julie LaFuria, of Philipsburg, both stopped for samples. The two friends have come to the show for years.
“We come every year, just to look,” Irwin said.
Irwin left with three jars of preserves, adding that she usually purchases things from Christofor at the fair.
Yet another form of creativity was on display. Author Brandi Leigh Hall, of Philipsburg, had a table displaying some of her books for sale. The third in a series of supernatural stories she authored came out a few weeks ago, she said.
“The best way to say it is ‘magical family fiction,’ ” Leigh Hall said in describing her novels.
Children at the fair could get a photo taken with Santa Claus, which brought out Shelly Butterworth, of Philipsburg, and her daughter Marlee, 9.
After the photo, they decided to check out the rest of the venue. Shelly purchased some dish cloths and jewelry for Christmas presents. Marlee decided on an adjustable, purple ring.
“It has pretty colors,” she said.
Every space available for vendors, roughly 63, was filled and took up parts of two buildings, organizer Heather Pleskonko said. The next craft fair is scheduled for the Sunday before Good Friday.