You’ll see Rosie Barnes on Saturday mornings, quietly sitting at the head of her Columbus Farmers Market tent, her foot working the pedal of her spinning machine.
The fibers run through her fingers as she creates skeins of yarn.
Ask her about her yarns or her hand-knitted goods and her face lights up.
“This is all an act of love for me. I love doing it and most of all I enjoy sharing it with the people who come to my booth at the market,” she said. “When they return and tell me how much they or a friend they gifted it to love it, that is why I do my craft.”
When did you become a part of the spring market?
I’ve been a member of the Summer Market for five years now.
What do you sell?
I sell my hand-spun and solar-dyed yarns as well as items knitted and crocheted from my yarns.
How long have you been making/growing/crafting your goods?
I have been spinning my own yarns and solar-dyeing them for six years. I have been knitting and crocheting for 25 years or more.
What do you like about being a part of the market?
I love spinning my yarns. It is my calming medicine. To spin a skein of yarn takes about six hours of spinning on the spinning wheel and all day in the sun solar-dyeing plus knitting into a hat or socks could take another 12 to 24 hours, depending on the item.
I enjoy being a part of the market. The market is run by great people that make me feel good about my craft I look forward to the market each year for this reason.
What’s been one of your most memorable experiences participating in the market?
When a lady that was going through chemo came by my booth and was going to buy one of my hand-knitted hats. I was able to see the joy in her face when I told her to take it as a gift from me. That was priceless.
What types of conversations do you have with the shoppers?
They are usually interested in my spinning. The children and men ask the most questions about the spinning.
Do you think people are becoming more interested in locally produced items? If so, why?
Yes, I think people enjoy buying local and earth-friendly items. My wool dryer balls are a big seller for this reason.
Do you sell at other locations? Where?
I don’t sell at any other markets.
Is this a hobby or more for you?
This is a hobby that pays for itself. If it didn’t pay for itself, I couldn’t afford it.
What are your plans when the market ends?
After market I will return to my job at school, working with special-needs children and doing my craft in the evening on weekends to supply my booth for next year.