Knitting crafts

REXBURG — Katherine Allen enjoyed crafting but often found there weren’t enough hours in the day for her to finish her projects.

She imagined that other crafters had the same problem, and, after her family expressed interest, they decided to create the annual Aloha Craft Retreat. The family hoped that the crafty get away would provide a few days for crafters to fully concentrate on their projects without daily distractions.

“My mom, sister and I decided to schedule a time to get some of our projects done. We wanted our friends and family to come. We started that, and it’s been going on every since,” Allen said.

Every year for the past six years, the event has been held in October, and this year it’s scheduled from Oct. 17 through Oct 19 at the AmericInn located at 1098 Golden Beauty Drive. Ticket costs vary depending on whether a crafter plans to spend the entire three days there or just wants to attend one day. The cost for all three days is $200.

During the event, crafters may work on anything they’d like. During past craft retreats, they’ve spent time doing everything from quilting to scrapbooking to crocheting, Allen said.

“They just have that time away for them to get their projects done,” Allen said.

And, they can do it all without worrying about normal daily distractions, she said.

“With the retreat, it’s nice, they don’t have to worry about meals. We clean up and set up and cook the meals. They don’t have to worry about any of that,” she said.

Under the business name “1191 Productions,” the retreat has been held every year since 2013. This is the first year that the craft retreat has been scheduled at the AmericInn. Previously, the event was held at an Island Park cabin. The move to the hotel will provide more room for Allen and her family to provide classes like acrylic painting and chalk couture, she said.

Allen enjoys just about any craft and calls herself a craft “dabbler.” She especially likes to quilt, to scrapbook and to make cards.

Allen’s business name “1191 Productions” is a combination of her address and the idea that she and fellow crafters are working to “produce” a project.

“The ‘productions’ gives you the feel that you can do anything. You can go lots of different directions with a production (craft),” she said.

Allen, her family and fellow crafters with items to sell plan to host the “His And Her Favorite Things” craft fair Nov. 2 , at the Madison Jr. High School.

“It’s a way to get our names out there and to network together as a community. It’s a way to work together to grow our businesses and to help each other,” she said.

The event isn’t just for crafters to sell their wares, but will also feature various other businesses. So far, 45 vendors have signed up for the fair, and Allen hopes that at least 100 will attend.

Allen says that crafting proves as personally rewarding as it is fun.

“I like making things with my hands and being able to give gifts away. I like having a finished product at the end that I can feel good about. It makes me happy,” Allen said.

Allen reported that many of those attending the annual craft retreat return year after year. She noted that following each event, her visitors report feeling refreshed and ready to continue making more crafts.

“They’re so energized and ready for the world. They feel accomplished because they got a lot done during the craft fair,” she said.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets visit https://www.facebook.com/events/963918144000367/.