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To sate the cravings of crafters in search of inspiration and shoppers who get weak in the knees at the sight of all things handmade, the Renegade Craft Fair will set up its tables in Williamsburg June 25-26.

As knitting, sewing and other traditionally women-dominated crafts have been embraced by a generation of young hipsters, it is high time that said creative types - and those who support them - can come together and steal ideas, make money and acquire accessories to further set themselves apart from the chain-store crowd.

Among the 150 vendors expected to set up booths is hip-knit purveyor Mary Bakija, of Bay Ridge, who will be hawking the supremely useful and often hilarious-looking wares from her company CarryBOO, at booth 10.

Among the tempting must-haves for sale will be Bakija’s "Pink Flaming-oh-no" (pictured), which the artist says is "one in a series of hand-knit, hand-felted, handsome animal pouches.

"Each pouch is unique, and opens its mouth to swallow whatever needs carrying, such as your cash, cell phone or iPod," explained Bakija. "Additionally, the tongue doubles as a snap-strap, so you can attach the pouch to a part of your bag, keeping it from sinking to the bottom." These pouches vary in price, from $24 to $28.

For more information about Bakija’s products, which also include handy carrying cases for knitting needles and bananas, visit www.carryboo.com.

The Renegade Craft Fair takes place from 10:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday at McCarren Park (Bedford Avenue at North 12th Street) in Williamsburg. For more information, visit the Web site at www.renegadecraft.com.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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