Four years ago Anna Sharp was burned out on retail gigs and contemplating her next move. So in her downtime, Sharp pulled out some crocheting needles, got to work, and soon had a line of friends placing orders for her handmade scarves, hats, and gloves. Her crocheting hobby—which she learned from Mom—became a full-time job in 2010 with the launch of Victory Garden Yarn. Sharp incorporates interesting, well-mixed color into all of her original designs, like this ombré cowl, available in nine shades. $100, victorygardenyarn.com


How’s this for a headline: Twentysomething Drummer Leaves Music, Launches Stove Company During Energy Crisis. Sounds like the punch line to an eco-friendly Seattle joke, but it’s actually the true story of how Kurt Rumens started constructing sturdy, efficient, and stylish heaters in 1979. Today his Mukilteo-based Travis Industries manufactures stoves and fireplaces for its four in-house brands, including Tempest Torch, an award-winning outdoor gas lamp with a dramatic swirling flame for shadowy autumn nights. $800, travisindustries.com


In 1995, local beer enthusiasts Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca, and David Buhler combined their talents in brewing, banking, and sales to open Elysian Brewing Company on Capitol Hill. Their cup quickly flowed over as the trio opened a Greenlake pub, SoDo restaurant, and most recently a new production facility in Georgetown. But Elysian’s biggest claim to fame (or at least its biggest party) is the annual Great Pumpkin Festival, now in its ninth year. The three-day event features nearly 80 pumpkin beers—including 20 Elysian brews like Dark of the Moon Pumpkin Stout and Night Owl Pumpkin Ale—with games, giant beer-filled pumpkins, carving contests, and more. Festival runs October 4–6; beers available at brewpubs and local retailers, elysianbrewing.com


For Mark Craven, farming is a family affair. He grew up helping his grandparents on their farm, which they purchased in 1949 to grow strawberries and raspberries. He and his wife Judy took ownership of the property 1983, and every year since then Craven Farm has hosted a fall harvest celebration featuring a u-pick pumpkin patch and kid-friendly festivities. This fall visitors can also expect an Alice in Wonderland–themed corn maze and a tour through the decorated barn where guests wear 3D glasses to make the walls “come alive.” September 28–October 31, cravenfarm.com



In August, Jen Pierce put the final touches on her line of artisan candles, Fremont Candle Co., after a year of searching for the right combination of wick, scent, and wax. She says she’s drawn to hobbies that combine precision, creativity, and “mad science.” The result? handcrafted candles, many of which are made from clean-burning soy wax and real essential oils, in scents like sandalwood and fresh-picked apple. $8–$18, fremontcandleco.etsy.com


Published: October 2013

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