Thursday, October 23, 2014


Mike O'Connell, part owner of Old Post Road Oils, brought some of the company's home-distilled shaving oils and soaps to Saturday's Celebrate Elkhart block party. (Tori Fater)

Cathleen Poole knits these doorstoppers, which are meant to keep kids from slamming doors. Each end goes over doorknobs on each side of a door, and the strap keeps the door from latching. Poole showed off her work Saturday at the Celebrate Elkhart block party. (Tori Fater)

Knitter Cathleen Poole knits character hats as a hobby, making the patterns up in her head. She showed off her work Saturday at the Celebrate Elkhart block party. (Tori Fater) (Buy this photo)
Artists display wares at Celebrate Elkhart block party

Posted on Aug. 9, 2014 at 8:39 p.m.

Celebrate Elkhart was knitter Cathleen Poole’s second art show ever. 

Poole makes character hats, like a cross-eyed Cookie Monster and horses with braided manes. Usually kids and teenagers buy them, she said, but some adults have shown interest too.

She also brought knitted door stoppers, made for Sissy Marie’s Crochet Creations, to the Celebrate Elkhart show. Two slits in a knitted strap go over doorknobs on either side of a door, and the strap keeps the door from latching. It’s meant to keep kids from slamming doors, because the soft cloth cushions the door frame.

Poole keeps track of her designs in her head, getting ideas from Pinterest and from pictures customers send her.

“I can look at a picture or get an idea, and then I make it all up,” she said.

Poole and other artists and designers lined up on Elkhart’s Main Street for The Elkhart Truth-sponsored Celebrate Elkhart festival

Mike O’Connell, part-owner of Old Post Road Oils, brought an assortment of shaving soaps and oils to his Main Street booth. 

The oils are distilled in Holland, Mich., at his partner’s factory.

“Your beard is bad for my business, but I love you anyway,” O’Connell called to a bearded man walking past his booth.

Old Post Road Oils recently branched out into women’s products, when O’Connell’s wife asked why they only had one soap available for women. He sold the new women’s oil product at Celebrate Elkhart, and said they will be selling the oil at shows and the company’s other physical locations for about two more months before it’s available online.

Jana Workman, owner of EXPRESSIONS from the Heart, makes greeting cards as a hobby. She set out baskets of birthday and sympathy cards at her table on Main Street, with designs from stamped prints for hunting-themed cards to handmade paper flowers and on condolence cards.

She used to scrapbook. Then a cousin taught her about stamping designs. She started making cards, and now sells her creations.

“And now I’m behind in my scrapbooks,” she joked.

Celebrate Elkhart will continue into the late evening, with performances by Zach DuBois and the Tumbleweed Jumpers at 7 and 9 p.m. on Main Street.