April 14, 2014 |
LANSDALE On the first beautiful spring weekend of the year, it was hard to tell who was enjoying the day more - all the kids running around from one activity to another, or their parents, just glad to be out of the house. "Being inside all winter was not the best," said Gena Ortega, 34, of North Wales, who came with Lily, 6, and Laila, 22 months, to the Peter Wentz Farmstead's annual Sheep Shearing Day. About 1,000 visitors came to see the farm's five ewes and one ram get their spring haircuts at the public park in Lansdale.
November 19, 2013 |
To understand why Don Rongione wants people to buy American on Tuesday - American Made Matters Day - put yourself on the factory floor of Bollman Hat Co., where on Friday the president and chief executive watched Tony Lehman fashion wool felt into a tuxedo-ready top hat. Tugging on finely crafted Texas wool felt as if it were hosiery, Lehman pulled the black fabric around a mold of wood blocks to form the sharply creased crown. That old-style skill, brought stateside by Germans, was one of the first things Lehman learned 31 years ago when he landed a job at Bollman, America's oldest hatmaker, outside Reading.
May 3, 2013 |
For most people, felt belongs on the same shelf with pipe cleaners, to be used for craft projects: soft stuffed forms with glued-on googly eyes, or posters covered with a mishmash of vibrant letters. But in the last couple of years, wool's hardworking cousin has upgraded its fashion status, making its way into rugs, chairs, wall panels, and home accessories. Feel-good felt just hasn't felt better. "Craftsmen really like working with it for its simplicity," said Kelly Smith, cofounder of FilzFelt, a Boston-based company with a Center City office that imports felt and customizes pillows and rugs, and novelties like place mats, trivets, coasters, and table runners.
January 4, 2013
WINTER HAS arrived, and the weather has brought out some cool coats. I'm seeing puffy parkas, long wool overcoats, colorful ski jackets and warm fur collars on fashionable Philly men and women. Bundling up in style is always the way go. Email: Bigrube@streetgazing.com On Twitter: @BigRubeHarley Blog: streetgazing.com
April 1, 2011
By Michael T. Dolan I love practical jokes. Even before I could tie my shoes, I was tying unsuspecting family members' laces together. So began my career as a prankster - a profession that can sometimes prove hazardous to one's health and one's relationships, depending on the extent of the prank and the recipient's supply of goodwill at the time of its execution. Take, for example, the case of the kitchen-sink spray hose. Wrapping a rubber band tightly around its trigger causes water to shoot directly at any unsuspecting target who turns on the faucet.
October 1, 2010 |
Bring out the chunky knits, hefty wool, and other plush accessories for the home as we burrow into sweater weather. - Caroline Tiger Big knits The raw material for these hand-knitted Neo Baskets ($45-115) is a yarn made from neoprene, an industrial rubber. Available at momastore.org. Couch cozy Eleanor Pritchard's soft, luxurious Uniform Stripe Blanket ($325) was woven in a Welsh mill from pure new Scottish wool. Available at Petulia's Folly, 1710-12 Sansom St., and at its stall (No. 42)
April 11, 2010 |
Party like it's 1965 Saturday was Turn Back the Clock Night at Minute Maid Park. And, no, not just because Jamie Moyer started for the Phillies. The Astros honored the 1965 team before the game - the first team that bore the name Astros. The Houston franchise was named the Colt .45s from 1962 to '64. The first Astros game ever was against the Phillies on April 12, 1965, at the Astrodome. Dick Allen homered and Chris Short earned the victory as the Phillies won, 2-0. Naturally, with the Phillies in town, the Astros decided both teams should wear throwback jerseys.
October 22, 2009 |
It was an injured shoulder eight years ago that forced Anna Tumas to give up her beloved knitting, an art form she had learned growing up in Germany. So when she faced a very shrunken wool sweater after accidentally washing it in hot water, the lightbulb went on. For the last several years, this Cinnaminson woman has taken the loveliest old wool and cashmere sweaters she can find and recrafted them into baby sweaters. Shelves in her home workroom bulge with a rhapsody of pastels, brights, and occasional print sweaters seized like pirate's booty at thrift shops and yard sales.
March 9, 2008 |
Crafting has been on the crest of a huge wave, with dedicated Web sites, "stitch-n-bitch" sewing circles, and patterns that run the gamut from the bunnies and mushrooms you sewed with your mom to swallows and pinups cribbed from Sailor Jerry. But the newest needle craft - that's right, after all this time, there's a new one - is needle felting, the process of sculpting raw wool into two- and three-dimensional items that range from hats and purses to small dogs to strangely popular trolls and elves.
February 28, 2007 |
I'm a pessimistic person by nature. In extreme or risky situations, I expect bad things to happen. When I travel, I expect to encounter delays and lost luggage. I don't enter contests or buy lottery tickets, knowing that the odds are greatly stacked against me. I don't play the stock market and I'm not much of a gambler. The same holds true for my expectations about the weather. Growing up in New York and North Jersey, I learned to accept that winter meant months of frigid temperatures, endless shoveling of driveways, dangerous commutes, and being stuck inside until you were literally climbing the walls.