Julay crafternoon snuck up real quick since June’s crafternoon was so close to the end of the month. It worked out well since we were doing knitting & crochet lessons using the yarn we dyed last time. First everyone turned their skeins of yarn into center pull yarn cakes using the ball winder & swift. You can see adorable Molly
in the bottom photo with her yarn cakes.
Then instead of sitting around a table like we normally do, we all headed to the living room to make ourselves comfy for the lessons. Not everyone ended up loving either knitting or crochet, and thats ok! I think no matter how people end up feeling about their creations or the craft, we have a good time.
We did the White Elephant swap as we usually do. I decided to wash out a vintage looking Fluff container and it cleaned up perfectly inside the dishwasher without loosing any paint. I filled it with vintage trinkets and bobbles from my own personal collection.
I recently received some gorgeous Knitter’s Pride
needles and crochet hooks to try out and I am blown away! I have always used cheaper needles that I’ve found at thrift shops and the chain craft stores. To be honest I never really thought there could be a huge difference. Boy was I wrong! I am currently using the Nova interchangeables
and I love them, but my new favorite needles are the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz circular needles
. I started doing some two at a time sock knitting, and these needles knit so smoothly, I have never experienced knitting like this with the needles I’ve used in the past. The wood is so smooth that the stitches just glide over the needles. I’ve always gravitated toward wooden needles because I don’t like how slippery metal feels to me. However with these needles I feel I get the smooth glide of the metal, but without the slippery feeling the metal needles have given me. Have you tried any knitter’s pride needles you’d recommend? I’m totally hooked!
I’m very excited to announce the launch of my Plush Of The Month Club! Subscriptions for August’s “soft opening” will open on Friday July 25th.
For the first month I am only opening 30 subscriptions. 15 available at 8am EST and 15 more at 8pm EST.
For September I will open up 20 more spots, so the club will be able to have 50 subscribers, and we shall see how it goes from there!
So what is the Plush Of The Month Club?
For $30 a month($35 outside the USA) you will get a surprise box each month with a special handmade plush, most months this will just be one intricate/more advanced plush, but some months this may mean a few plush items. These plush will be limited to the club only, and will only be sold otherwise if I have extra back subscriptions to sell.
Your first month’s box will also include a welcome kit with membership card, and every month the box will contain a few small surprises like special pin backs, stickers, little comic/zines or candy, all things specially made especially for the plush of the month club!
Subscriptions will be through paypal and automatically re-bill on the 25th of each month. Boxes will always ship out on the 1st of the following month. For example: You are billed September 25th for a box shipped October 1st. Subscriptions for month one will be available here on the blog since Bigcartel doesn’t have a way to use paypal subscriptions at this time.
You’ll be able to cancel your subscription at any time via paypal. If your account has already been billed you can get a refund if your box has not shipped, once the box is shipped you will not be able to have a refund for that month.
If you have any questions please leave them as a comment and I’ll create an FAQ for the club :)
On one of our past Thursdays we took a little day trip up to the Harrisburg PA area. Our first stop was a really cool antique shop called Old Sled Works
in Duncannon PA (that needs a whole post of its own!) We had lots of fun even though we were a little disappointed to find out the soda fountain inside is only open on weekends. Especially because the day we went the air conditioner was being repaired and it was hot hot hot!
After we left there we headed toward Harrisburg to check out The National Civil War Museum. Thats where the photo of that view comes in! It was very interesting and of course perfect for our little civil war buff.
We ended our day with our very first visit to The Melting Pot, an “all fondue” restaurant. It was so much fun! You start off with a cheese fondue with veggies, apples, and breads to dip. The next course is a fondue broth and we went with the vegetarian dinner option. It included things like veggies, ravioli, and tofu. Then they also set out all of these various little dips to pair with your cooked vegetables. Of course you finish off with a chocolate fondue. We went for the s’mores variety and they flambé the marshmallow topping, its all quite exciting. Its a long experience too, I think we were there just over two hours but it was the perfect way to end our fun day. I can’t wait for an excuse to go back.
Just some peeks from the last update. Taking the photos & editing them all is always my very least favorite part, but it has to be done!
A few weekends ago I happened to see a notice for an event called Alpaca Babypalooza. The Sugarloaf Alpaca Company
was inviting everyone to come out to Adamstown MD and see the baby alpacas. How could anyone resist the idea of two dozen baby alpaca? The whole event was free, which I thought was really lovely. First we fed the alpacas with food that was provided. Then we took a tour of the spinning mill, which was so interesting! I wish I had taken photos. After the tour we came out side just in time to watch see an alpaca giving birth. Neither of us had seen an animal born before and it was such an astounding experience.
Before leaving we made sure to pick up some treats from the gift shop. I bought a couple of amazingly soft alpaca batts for spinning, and B decided on a needle felting kit. I am saving my batts for a special Halloween yarn I am planning to spin myself. I want to knit a pair of arm warmers for the Fall with a Halloween vibe to them. I am still looking for the perfect pattern.