New monthly event – Teen Craft Club

Posted by kacates on September 17, 2010

Starting in October, the library will be hosting a monthly craft day for teens on the first Monday of each month.  I'm really excited about our first craft project, Thai string dolls.  I hadn't heard of these things until I saw the 4YA page, but apparently they're becoming a global smash hit, especially in Asia.  I'm definitely sold on the idea – they're so cute, and all we'll need is some embroidery floss, felt, and beads and other little odds and ends.  So come join us on Monday, October 4 from 4 to 5:30 to make your own adorable little keychain doll.  And if you've got any great ideas for a craft we should do, please let me know!

Truckers take to knitting and quilting

Posted by kacates on April 5, 2010

According to this Wall Street Journal article, long-haul truckers who find themselves with time on their hands waiting for their next load are taking up knitting and quilting and other crafts in increasing numbers.  Some have even outfitted their rigs with sewing machines!  I love the idea of these tough old truckers, mostly men, learning to create through traditional handicrafts usually associated with women.  Knitting, crocheting, sewing, and all other kinds of crafts can be a great way to pass the time and end up with something awesome that you made entirely on your own.

Want to learn to get crafty like a trucker?  We've got lots of great books here at the library for you to check out – just visit the Crafts and How-To booklist right here on the teen blog for a introduction to a few of the best resources.