December, 2010

Stone Barns and Knitty Cities

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

I had such a fantastic experience yesterday at the Winter Farm Weekend at Stone Barns. I am in love with the place. It is just magical. A place that is completely devoted to teaching people about farms and how they work is my kind of place.

That gorgeous building is where the Holiday Market was held and where I had my Crafternoon space set up. Below is the “before” shot of the space. I failed to take the “after” shot, when it looked like a tornado filled with glitter and paper had hit my section of the barn.

It was a large but really lovely group of kids and their parents that participated. I had three craft projects that they could do: winter wax paper sun catchers, holiday cards made with stamps, and paper cut snowflakes. Every time I introduced the projects to a new batch of kids I would ask them which one they wanted to do, and almost every kid said, “All of them!” Their energy and enthusiasm was really inspiring.

I was also grateful to witness so many patient and supportive parents sitting with their kids and encouraging them, and not caring one bit that they were getting covered with glue and ink. I hope I get to do another event there someday soon. It was a really joyful experience for me.

And next week I am ready to get my knit on as we welcome Melissa Wehrle (of NeoKnits) and Kirsten Kapur (of Through the Loops) who will talk about their knitting work. There will be awesome selection of vintage knitting and needle arts books and magazines from the Library’s collections for browsing pulled by my wonderful co-host Jessica Pigza. (Jessica just posted an awesome selection of crafty things to do in the city for the next few weeks which you can check out on her blog). And Knitty City will be there too, with a little pop-up shop of select books and patterns and more.  Bring along your own needle arts work-in-progress and work alongside other knitting afficionados!

Handmade Crafternoon is this Saturday, December 18, 2010 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the NYPL . (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum) Hope to see you there!

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Walking in a Winter Crafterland

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

It was such a pleasure to have Jodi Kahn as our guest at the November Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library.

Jodi demonstrated a fun holiday project from Simply Sublime Gifts, using printable fabric. Jodi and her crafts were a big hit. If you have a photo of your finished craft project, drop me a line at crafternoonthebook (at) gmail.

My delightful co-host Jessica Pigza posted all of the books she pulled for this event on the library’s website. There was a wide selection of winter-themed literature, including cool books about famous ice skaters.

This Saturday I am headed up to Stone Barns in Tarrytown for their Winter on the Farm weekend. It should be fantastic. There will be lots of local artisans selling their wares, and I will be doing a Crafternoon for kids from 11-2.

And save the date of next Saturday, 12/18, for some knitty goodness at the final Handmade Crafternoon at the  NYPL of the year. More details next week. Stay warm and stay busy, fair crafters!

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