Look what I found when I went to visit Lancaster, PA earlier this year! Well actually I didn’t find it. I totally missed it. My BF found it and got it for me as a surprise :) :) :) Score! AWESOME FINGER PIN CUSHION!
It’s a tiny little pin cushion that fits on your finger! Traditional ones are much larger and strap onto your wrist. They’re much handier for the serious home sewer since they can hold a lot of pins at once. But this one is great for small projects and such. Plus it’s really cute!
It was freezing cold but we managed to browse around Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA and we also stumbled across this whole cache of Quilting and Yarn Stores right nearby! Jackpot! That’s where I found places like The Old Country Store and Bitty Kinna’s. And the Lancaster Yarn Shop where I first saw the Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Needle Set in person! They remind me most of the Knit Picks Interchangeable Sets.
I bought my first Quilt Block Kit and am planning to make my first quilt block shortly! I found it at a quilting wonderland of quilt stuff and fabrics at The Old Country Store. I cracked it open and, although I’m excited to start, it was a little confusing already! The fabrics I got did not match the pattern, so it wasn’t easy to figure out which pieces were meant to be cut into what squares. I’ll have to tackle that soon though.
I ate Chipped Beef and Shoofly Pie for the first time. I. LOVED. CHIPPED BEEF! Ha. Which was basically some type of sliced corned beef or pastrami-type deli meat smothered in this white flour/milk/butter gravy. I ate it for breakfast! But didn’t care for the Shoofly Pie much which was basically sugar or corn syrup baked into a pie crust. We also ate Whoopie Pies! YES! We went to the Canning Kitchen in KKV and sampled a huge variety of pickled vegetables, pickles, jams, and spreads. Everything was weirdly sweet IMHO. But in general the food was great (albeit gut busting and not the most diet conscious). Great for every once in awhile or a little splurge.
We stayed at Eden Resort Best Western. The service was so warm and friendly, they made our stay very nice. The room rates were great and came with an awesome breakfast buffet each day! It was seriously the best meal I had all day while visiting. The bathroom was spotless and had these cool dual shower heads one with a rain shower head from the top and some water jets from the sides. The entire hotel was well kept and clean. They also had wonderful amenities like indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools and sauna. The indoor one was really nice, it was crowded with kids (and not the cleanest) but decorated really nice. Great for families with kids and nearby attractions like Dutch Wonderland.
We saw lots of horse drawn buggies clopping around, weirdly old fashioned yet with modern materials. It smelled like horse poop everywhere, even at the hotel! There were even metal posts found along the streets for buggies to tie up their horses. It was affordable, we went in the off season, took the Amtrak (although a car is really needed) and trudged around in the snow. But we had a lovely little “country” getaway from NYC that turned out to be a great knitting and sewing trip too! (more…)
Whoa fiber mania! I saw this on TimeOut NY while looking for some birthday things to do for my special treasure hunter. The Japan Society is running an exhibit on the innovative things the Japanese are doing in the fiber and textile world. Check out the below video for what’s in store. I hope to go check this out myself! This is why I heart NY sometimes. New York is so great for the arts and culture. All the best music, arts, culture come through here at some point from the most obscure to the most mainstream.
“Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers showcases the dynamic field of Japanese fiber art. Organized as a juried show jointly presented by Japan Society and International Textile Network Japan in collaboration with Tama University Art Museum, the works on display range from ethereal silk and hemp to paper pulp and synthetic fiber using methods that are sometimes deeply traditional, but sometimes employ the latest weaving and dyeing technology along with an environmentally conscious “green” ethos. Moving far beyond traditional utility, Japan’s textile pioneers fuse past and present to create innovative, beautiful and sometimes challenging works of art.” –Japan Society
WHERE: Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, Between 1st and 2nd Aves, (212) 832-1155
WHEN: Tues – Thu 11am–6pm; Fri 11am–9pm; Sat – Sun 11am–5pm; Sep 16 – Dec 18, 2011
HOW: Subway: E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St.
$12, seniors and students $10, children under 16 free
Docent led tours once a day at 12:30PM. Free with admission
Admission is free Friday nights from 6-9PM
Also notable, Daphne Guinness’ collection of clothes at the FIT Museum. I don’t like her particularly but her eclectic style is sometimes thought provoking. So could make for an interesting browse.
The Museum at FIT
7th Avenue @ 27th Street
Tue–Fri 12–8pm, Sat 10–5pm
Sep 16, 2011- Jan 7, 2012
Admission is Free
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 W 86th St.
Between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–5pm; Thu 11am–8pm
$7, seniors and students $5, Thu 5–8pm free
Nov 15, 2011 – Apr 15, 2012
If the above gallery doesn’t work, see my Picasa Album for the full gallery.
I made it out to The Sheep & Wool Family Festival up in Rhinebeck, NY and it was so fun! It’s a veritable yarn wonderland, so many lovely yarn producers were showing and there were many sales to be had. I had the chance to see Qiviut in person for the first time. It’s a very luxurious yarn made from Musk Ox down. Swoon. Aside from the wonderful yarn, wool roving, books, tools, and miscellaneous trim offerings, there was a small zoo for kids and animal lovers alike. We also got to see all the winning sheep breeds and their beautiful and varied coats.
And the food. The food was an attraction on its own. Lamb everything (no comment) from soup (delicious) to sandwiches to kebabs to even Shepherd’s Pie, sausages (The Kielbasy on a Stick was YUMM), fries, pretzels, and so much more. There were also many artisan food booths from cheese to hot sauces. Delightful.
For those who need bulk yarn or are serious Knitters or Crocheters in need of mass quantities of high-quality artisan yarns this festival is worth the visit. If I wasn’t already crushing under a gigantic yarn stash it would have been the perfect opportunity to “stock up”. I did manage to get a whole bunch of beautiful buttons from a few booths and some Noni Design patterns though. For those who just might want a day out in the “country”, it’s a nice day trip out of NYC.
To best describe it – My darling boyfriend, who was nice enough to spend the day with me, said it’s like a WoolCon, kind of like ComiCon (a giant conference for Anime, Video Game, and Comic nerds), but for wool! The fall leaves were changing and it was crisp and cold but not too cold! It was the perfect day out and a welcome change of scenery for this city mouse.
It was a bit hard to get to – about a 2-hour ride on the Metro-North railroad and then finding the shuttle bus took some sleuthing but all around it was worth the trip. One slight gripe was instead of the $9 admission, they charged us $12 admission.
Thanks to Craigston Yip III, Esq. for the photos! ❤
PS. If the above player doesn’t work, see my photos right on Flickr here.
I had so much fun at last weekend’s Maker Faire 2011 at the Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow Corona Park here in NYC! I managed to see most of the artists and vendors on my list but totally missed out on TNNAA booth :(. Ah well. Perhaps next time! A list of vendors and artists seen in this album coming soon!
See Craftzine’s Cosby Sweater in the above photo album getting made using Machine Knitting at the Maker Faire!
Special thanks to Craigston Yip III, Esq. for all the photos! ❤
I’m falling asleep at the wheel! Last year I missed the Maker Faire and Singer Sewing Co. was there giving demos and lots of freebies. I heard from everyone who went that it was awesome! So this year I’m going to hustle it over there. I hope it’s as good this year! In short, the Maker Faire is good stuff for science, DIY, and fiber fanatics alike. 3rd Ward is going to be there too with all their crafty sciencey fun!
What is Maker Faire? It’s a traveling carnival of sorts. A huge DIY festival. Part carnival, part science fair, part hands-on extravaganza… A whirlwind festival to make, create, learn, invent, recycle, play and be inspired. We’ll be there with a Member Showcase and 3rd Ward Education Demos and workshops. DIY topics include photo-etching, patinas, microphone-making, bicycle sculpture, stop-motion animation, making furniture with cardboard and much, much more. Maker Faire is all that and more, as thousands of people gather to make, do, and play with the amazing things around us. –3rd Ward
Check out my photos from Maker Faire at OMG! Heart goes to Maker Faire. :)
Who Will Be There:
~ Purl Soho will be there with an Easy Knitting booth.
~ Learn about Free Motion Quilting & Embroidery
~ Learn How to Sew a Skirt in One Hour by Brett Bara
~ Knot By Gran’ma will be there with her wacky crochet Art Monsters
~ Loop of the Loom will be there to demonstrate some hand-weaving
~ The National Needle Arts Association will be there teaching crochet, cross-stitch, knit, or needlepoint. You will receive free supplies with every lesson!
Another bonus is it’s at the Hall of Science. A fun little place that’s shaped like a weird spiral. It’s been there since I was little. This science pavilion was built for the 1964 World’s Fair. It’s in Flushing Meadow Corona Park where the US Open is held at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the giant globe.
So… I just found out today that September is officially National Sewing Month! If you’re mad into sewing and would like a reason to celebrate, try this month. Have a sewing party! Teach a friend to sew! Submit your latest or greatest project to a National Sewing Month contest.
This year’s theme is “Sew for the love of it!“. I came across it on Seamingly.com, a wonderful resource for sewing news. It’s an aggregator of sorts for sewing blogs. What’s great is that blogs are hand-curated to try to bring the best of sewing blog news to you!
Sewing.org is full of free sewing projects, ideas, inspiration. See also Sewing & Craft Alliance and the American Sewing Guild for some more sewing resources from where to find instructors in your area to where to buy supplies!! I found a nice little guide to Buying A Sewing Machine while browsing around. Check out my Library of Sewing Patterns too. Some free, some not!
Fall is officially here! Love it or hate it, summer is over :(. It also happens to be that time of year where… Holiday season is coming up! So it’s time to start planning your holiday gift knitting, sewing, or crochet too. Yep, can’t believe how time flies either… Anyway, more about that later!
I was looking for a one day getaway outside of the city the other day and found this while on the hunt! It’s the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival that takes place up in Rhinebeck, NY. It’s a hike! It will be quite a long trip but for those New Yorkers and fiber fanatics looking for a one day getaway or a weekend getaway this fall, Rhinebeck could be a lovely little trip.
The northeast’s thriving sheep industry is showcased and celebrated each year in this famous festival that draws 30,000 visitors from across the country to the lovely village of Rhinebeck. And there’s more here than sheep, llamas, alpacas, and their luscious fibers. Your day will include 300 fiber artists and crafts galore, amazing sheepherding demonstrations and sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, hay maze, and other children’s activities, plus the ever-popular Punkin’ Chuckin’ competition on Sunday. By the time you add in great food and music (even a fiddler or two), it will be time to go home and you’ll start counting the days until the 2012 Festival. — New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
There are also wonderful workshops like Spinning, Weaving, Yarn Painting, Dyeing, Bavarian Crochet, Portuguese Knitting, Basket Weaving, Oh My! Check out the Workshops page for all the nice classes. And of course there will be yarn, yarn, yarn! From local vendors to vendors like Lion Brand Yarns, Knit Picks, and Webs.
Sheep & Wool Festival
The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 ~ 9-5PM
Sunday, Oct 16, 2011 ~ 10-5PM
HOW TO GET THERE:
You will take the Metro-North Railroad to the Poughkeepsie stop. This stop is on the “Hudson Line” train. From there you will have to take a bus to the festival. The Metro-North Railroad trains can be caught at Grand Central Terminal, right here in NYC at 42nd Street and Park Ave. To buy “the package”, go up to the ticket teller and request the “New York State Sheep and Wool Family Festival Package”. It will include roundtrip fare and admission. See below for further details.
Get this Package: Metro-North Getaways
Get on at: Grand Central Terminal
Take this train: Hudson Line
Get off at: Poughkeepsie Station
Roundtrip Fare: $31.50
Roundtrip Shuttle: $5.00 (not included in package price) Approx. 45 minutes
Festival Admission: $9.00
If you’re not leaving from New York City, there’s lots of other ways to get there too. So be sure check out their website for other modes of transport.
All pics in this post by Garret C. Lown
Bombs Away!! It turns out this Saturday, June 11, 2011 will mark the first ever official International Yarn Bombing Day! And Michaels Craft Store is going to kick it off. Right here in Manhattan at their Upper West Side location!
I love shenanigans of any kind. So ones that include YARN are especially fun! I’d been hearing things on Twitter about International Yarn Bombing Day recently. The first I’d heard of it!
Yarn bombing has been gaining popularity and is typically a whimsical type of street art made of yarn. A fun little yarn surprise you might find walking down the street some random day. But a formal day to celebrate it is something new to me! I did some googling and it looks like iybd.blogspot.com may have come up with the idea and its taken on a life of its own!
Yes you can be a part of history, yarn history :) Or just go to celebrate your love of Knitting! If you’re here in NY, head uptown to the UWS Michaels Store. It will feature in-store yarn bomb installations and knit-a-thons. Along with a featured Yarn Bombing artist and one special bonus. The knit-a-thon will be supporting the Starlight Children’s Foudation. Knitters can come in and knit blankets and wagon liners to help support the foundation.
Hosted by: Michaels
Location: 808 Columbus Avenue, NY, NY 10025
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 1pm – 5pm
Coincidentally, Worldwide Knitting in Public Day will also be celebrated on that same day here in Manhattan! What to do?! Knitting overload!
Whichever you’d like to do or both, if you’re not in NY and would like to celebrate too, Michaels locations in Chicago (3131 N. Clark Street), Dallas (5500 Greenville Ave.), Burbank, CA (1551 N. Victory Pl.) and Toronto, Canada (30 Billy Bishop Way.) will be celebrating too. So go check them out! See this article for the full details on how Michaels Marks First International Yarn Bombing Day on June 11.
What is Yarn Bombing?
Yarn Bombing is a form of guerrilla street art that is simply any public display of yarn by “decorating” public property or objects with Knitting or Crochet! Or adorning personal property or objects and displaying them in public! Yarn Graffiti! Giving rogue knitters and crocheters alike a public forum if you will for their creativity! It can even be an indoor installation. A bonus is, it isn’t at all permanent and should not harm or deface the object of your decoration! Check out these sweet little yarn bombs you can do in your own backyard!
Knitta Please also did a lovely indoor installation at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn. Seen below. They run Etsy.com! Check out Knitta Please site for full details, you can see great photos of the yarn “bombing” in process. Or find out more about Magda Sayeg and her penchant for yarn bombing. In Knit!
Worldwide Knitting in Public Day is coming soon and will be celebrated here in New York’s Bryant Park on June 11th! I’ve never attended but thought it was a neat idea. Just show up to start knitting outdoors with fellow knitting fanatics. This year WWKIP is celebrated from June 11-19 depending on your area. All you have to do is bring yourself. Yarn and needles will be provided.
Hosted by: Knitty City
Location: Bryant Park
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
I first found out about this event from Phyllis Howe who organizes the NY Yarn Crawl! I met her at the Loopy Mango Knit Night the other day. She’s been in the fiber industry for years and is of course a knitting fanatic!
Look for The Big Circle. The Big Circle, a community art/knitting project by Berger & Hilkens from Amsterdam, is coming for WWKIP Day, New York. 75 people can knit together at the same time around “The Big Circle”. “The Big Circle” started as a community art project, to connect people from an Amsterdam multi-cultural neighborhood called the Dapperbuurt. We want to continue that connection with the people of New York. Join us to make some stitches June 11 in Bryant Park. If you’d like to volunteer to help out with the event, please email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Volunteer for The Big Circle at Bryant Park’. -From Knitty City
If you can’t make it on June 11th, Bryant Park will also have a summer-long program dedicated to Knitting called Bryant Park Knits! Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:00PM for June, July, and August in the Upper Terrace. So if you’re in the area or work in the area it could be a perfect alternative to your regular lunch. Stop by and take a free knitting class for lunch or bring your knitting project to the park. Again, Knitty City is providing free instruction to beginners including yarn and needles. Call 212-787-5896 to pre-register, or take a chance and drop by.
Bryant Park is between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park
Take the 7 to 5th Avenue
And Women’s History Month! Together! Girl Party! But more about that later. Yes. March is National Crochet Month here in America. How will you be sharing your love of Crochet?
To celebrate I will be doing 2 things: #1 Finishing the crochet PIP shown. It’s been kicking around for about 983,274 months. Or die trying. #2 Picking (or forcing) one lucky friend to learn to Crochet! Mwahaha. Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Also, if you’re already an avid knitter and would like to try Crochet, Amigurumis are the perfect project. They’re small bite sized projects with all the necessary basics rolled up into one. A great way to see if it’s for you. I think you’ll find that you’ll pick it up in no time. Check out my library of Free Crochet Patterns for some ideas! Happy Crocheting!
*Teach someone to Crochet. Bonus – You could pick up a new crafting buddy!
*What’s your favorite Crochet Book? Mine is this free ebook from Red Heart – Crochet Made Easy
*Or your favorite Crochet Website? Tell me!! Mine is The Crochet Liberation Front. “Fearless Leader” Laurie Wheeler is a true crochet advocate. Viva la Crochetvolution!
*Donate your hobbie love to charity! LionBrand.com has a charity page to help you find a charity. CrochetMe.com also has a lovely listing of reputable charities that will accept crochet items for charity. It also has a little listing of suitable crochet projects. Free! And so does We All Sew.
*Strike up a conversation with someone you see shopping for yarn. You can break the ice by asking if they know March is National Crochet Month!!
On a side side note. National Crochet Month also coincides with Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Our history is our strength”. Tenacity, Courage, and Creativity. Triple Threat! The Library of Congress has a lovely page up. To celebrate this auspicious month I plan to do something I’ve never done before. Secret! But don’t let my secrets stop you from celebrating your way! Might I suggest something like say: Ask a guy out! Instead of vice versa! See what happens. What’s the worst that can happen? I think that might be on my TODO list this month. Or treat yourself and mom to a spa day! Whatever you like. Celebrate being you. Ha. Go Gettem Grrrls!!
UPDATE: Here are my completed project and patterns.