Saturday, July 25, 2009

Giveaway & a Rainy Day Craft

Hi Knitters,
First off, I am hosting a fantastic giveaway over here. Hop on over quick to enter. I want you all to be included. I am even throwing in a Pom Tree!! And you know how I feel about the Pom Tree. You will love all of this loot. Be sure to click on the link to find out more information about the items in the giveaway.

All you have to do is comment on Spud says! Please do not email me to enter this one. Good luck!

We have been having a couple of rainy days as of late. Yesterday was one of those all day rain sessions. I was trying to think of a fun new craft for The Collector and me. I remembered seeing and talking about felting rocks with my sister. She had this book where she saw the felted rocks. I didn't think I had the book so I even called her to see if she could look up how to do this in her book. Later on, I found that I have my own copy of Last Minute Fabric Gifts and I don't even remember buying it. I wonder if I have my sister's copy. Anyway, this book is where you can find out about the specifics of felting rocks. 
So I have a bag of roving in fun playful colors. You can get this same roving here. They have a wonderful collection of colors to choose from.
The Collector ran outside to pick out some rocks from our yard. She kept to fairly small to medium-sized rocks. The smaller rocks were easier to felt for sure.
Basically all you need is a rock, some roving, some thread, hot water and soap and a nylon. The author of the book offers some great details and instructions on how to make the rocks felt up really well. There are about 5 steps to go through, and then repeat several times, so you need to check the book before you start. I don't want to give too much away from the book. 

This is a fun project to do together because there is one point where you really need two sets of hands. I couldn't get any of my older kids to participate but The Collector is always game for a good rainy day craft. That's why she ends up on my blog so much. She is a crafter at heart. My other kids can often take it or leave it when it comes to crafts at this point and that's fine, too.
I took this shot of The Collector through my storm door, she didn't even know I was there. After dinner she made quite a few more felted rocks on her own while sitting on our front step. You can see her hands working the felt around the rock. It was such a quiet peaceful moment of making for her. I know that feeling so well. Love and contentment.

Make some felted rocks! You'll love it. I want to get a big bowl of felted rocks to put out on a table. I think it would be great fun. We are well on our way.

Go enter the giveaway!
best, susie
p.s. look here for some coolness. It's almost gone!