March 27,28,29, 2015

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The heat is here and oftentimes a good respite from the heat is to stay indoors. When it is just too darned hot to garden, take a walk or even sit by the pool, I find myself getting more things done indoors as if it were a rainy day. Knitting, crochet and crafting projects rate high on my “to do” list and they keep me sane and reduce the stresses of work and life.

The past few weeks have been crazier than usual, our mom fell and broke her hip :(  Poor mom, at 89, it’s a more difficult recovery, but she is doing well and has made excellent progress in rehab and will be discharged soon to go home.

In the middle of Mom’s recovery was TNNA, The National NeedleArts Association show, the largest trade show for retailers. I went with Sarah while Ann stayed behind and took care of mom, (that Ann is a good kid!).

I was overwhelmed at the amount of new products I saw this year. Lots of lovely yarns, along with accessories, patterns, books and fibers. I love being steeped and surrounded by so much color, but if I had to make choices and purchases for a store, I would be hard pressed to select less than 100+ new products. I met with several of our sponsors, teachers and new folks who will be making an appearance at the 2016 Festival.

We’ll be making final selections for our 2016 headliners and will be sending out class submission forms soon. Please let us know if you have any intriguing class ideas or would like to be considered as a teacher in knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, quilting, paper crafts, sewing, jewelry and beading, or scrapbooking. We have many fun and interactive ideas brewing already.

I came home with many new products to review from skacel, Kraemer, TSC, Universal Yarn, Knitting Fever Inc, Louet NA, Brown Sheep, Coats, Kreinik Mfg. Co. Inc., Bryson Distributing, Martingale and others who plan to send items for review at a later date. I’ll save some of the heavier weight wool items until fall to review. I can’t even think about wearing or beginning a heavy weight project just yet with the heat and humidity.

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

Yarn Review:

skacel has a fun yarn suitable for all weather, but more so at this sunny time of the year. Abracadabra, by HiKoo, is a blend of merino, poly and nylon that changes color when exposed to the sun! “The hippest thing since platform shoes is this trendy new yarn for knitters and crocheters. You’ll amaze the whole posse when you step into the sun and your sweater comes to life, changing from cream to vibrant pink, purple or blue!” You can combine all three and make a variegated changing garment:

 

I took my skein outside and it changed to pink. It worked!

 

A perfect hat, outfit and blanket set for a baby, to be given at a baby shower. What a fun surprise it will be for Mom and Dad to discover they have accessories that change when they take baby out.

Book Review:

 

50 garter stitch gifts to knit
The Ultimate Easy-to-Knit Collection featuring Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted

The easiest and first stitch we learn how to do, garter stitch, is often overlooked for fancier stitches in patterns. This easy to follow book features 50 projects for the very beginner to the advanced knitter. Whimsical, easy to make toys and gifts to complex shawls, blankets, home decor, accessories and a flattering, simply shaped colorwork-yoke cardigan. Don’t forget, garter stitch can easily be enhanced through shape, color and other textures and designs. As shown in the book: mosaics, striping, zigzags, chevrons, twisted stitches, dropped stitches, felted bags and a special pattern featuring Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton’s Geometric Openwork™ Hole in One Cowl. This pattern happens to be my favorite…after finishing it I would weave silk ribbons throughout the entire piece:

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This month we have 3 giveaways, in addition to the book, Universal Yarn sent the following yarn for giveaways:

Cotton True Sport: We have one skein of a silvery gray, the yarn is lightweight and smooth, 100% cotton. It comes in a broad color palette. Cotton True Sport is a perfect choice for baby knits and exquisitely polished fine garments that can be worn on those beautiful summer evenings.

Universe:  We have one skein of this yarn for one lucky winner.  This yarn was created as the tenth anniversary offering of Universal Yarn.  Universe is a special fiber blend with just the right amount of sparkle, also a good choice for a summer evening shawl. A perfect weight for crocheters, this superfine yarn is a combination of linen, cotton, a bit of poly and a hint of glitter. One skein has 246 yards, just enough for an openwork shawlette.

To Enter the Book Giveaway Sweepstakes email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “50 garter stitch knits” by June 30, 2015.

To Enter the Yarn Giveaway Sweepstakes email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Universal Cotton True Sport Yarn” by June 30, 2015.

To Enter the Yarn Giveaway Sweepstakes email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Universal Universe Yarn” by June 30, 2015.

Congratulations to our May Sweepstakes winners:

Debbie Charney of McKeesport, PA won the Crochet Skill Building book and Kathy Matson of Harrison City, PA won the LB Cotton Bamboo Yarn!


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Summertime Plans

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With the merger of the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival and the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival we have been exploring a broad range of activities, classes and creative arts for the show in 2016.  We have just returned from the Great Lakes Mega Meet in Detroit, the mecca for Scrapbookers with many exciting ideas and inspiration.

This was the beginning of our Creative Art and Fiber travels this summer. We will be attending TNNA (The National Needlearts Association trade show) at the end of the month in Columbus and hope to stop in at the other fun events slated for this summer. You may want to save the dates and make plans to attend:

We will keep you up to date with news, events and fun happenings in the local scene of knitting, crochet, fiber, quilting, scrapbooking, creative arts and more. If you are attending the Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival this weekend, make sure to stop by and visit our participating exhibitors including Annadele Alpacas, Ashgrove Soaps and Sundries, Fairy Tale Knits, Michelle’s Assortments, Rainbow Mountain Alpacas, Star Knits, Taylored Fibers, Ten Mile Fiber Mill and The Ross Farm.

Book Review and Sweepstakes:

Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop with Dora Ohrenstein
Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter

Everything comes back around. Crochet was huge in the 60′s, 70′s and even earlier, taking a back seat to knitting in between and making a recent rapid rise in popularity. Following on the heels of knitting’s renaissance, crochet is undergoing it’s own revolution and is being recognized as a more sophisticated craft, featured on fashion runways and seen more in art installations. With crocheters looking for new ways to update their skills beyond the basic granny square and afghans, designer Dora Ohrenstein is leading the way in shaping the fresh fashionable face of crochet.

Dora integrates traditional techniques with new innovative discoveries developed to keep up with contemporary materials and evolving styles.

The book is organized by technique, offering patterns for 75 swatches. Followed by  “toolbox” essentials, tension tips, problem solving solutions, shaping and construction, color and finishing techniques, this book leaves no room for guessing. Featuring a photo of a stunning 1940′s Edwardian-style gown, used for a theatrical production with a matching parasol, done in Irish crochet, to a “hip” Colorwork bag, Dora has covered all of the bases. This book is for crocheters of every level who are eager to understand patterns, and want to create their own designs.

Yarn Review and Sweepstakes:

Lion Brand’s representative left me with a bag of LB Collection yarns to try out after the festival. I have had the pleasure of beginning a little ruffled skirt for my granddaughter with the Cotton Bamboo. The yarn is soft, easy to work with and perfect for any number of spring and summer projects. Tanks, bathing suit cover ups, shawlettes and lightweight baby clothes, this easy to care for yarn works up with 5 stitches to an inch. With 245 yards on a skein, in a variety of colors, it’s doesn’t require much to make many smaller projects with only one skein. I have a skein of Cotton Bamboo Magnolia for one lucky winner.

On a final note we had over 350 fiber angels made at the Festival to donate to the children at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with our Annie’s Angels campaign. Thank you to everyone who took the time to help put a smile on a child’s face.

Please let us know if your guild or group is interested in making any angels, we will be happy to help supply the materials.

With warm regards,

Barb and Ann

To Enter the Book Giveaway Sweepstakes email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Crochet Skill Building” by May 28, 2015.

To Enter the Yarn Giveaway Sweepstakes email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “LB Cotton Bamboo Yarn” by May 28, 2015.


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Ann and I have sufficiently decompressed and rested. What a great Festival! We are grateful for all of the kind words and feedback, and want you to know that we couldn’t have done it without you! Your continued support and participation in the festival is what makes it a tremendous show and very rewarding for us both. Some of the highlights of this years festival included:

Beth Weldon and her daughter Grace Zimmerly – Best in Show Winner for “Alpaca Princess” (Photo credit: Sebastian Voth)

  • The Fab 4!
  • Fantastic Teachers and Classes
  • Yarn
  • Fashion Show and Design Contest
  • Yarn Tasting
  • Chocolate
  • Mystery Gifts
  • “Knittsburgh”
  • Warm Up America Lounge
  • More yarn
  • Pop des Fleurs “Pop in Lounge”
  • Annie’s Angels for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Waterfall of Yarn Installation
  • Knittsy KnittER
  • Even more yarn
  • Stretch and Renew Sessions
  • StevenBe’s PJ Party
  • Crochet Superbooth
  • Wonderful exhibitors and vendors
  • On site Demos
  • Outstanding Sponsors
  • Free Gifts at the Door

Whew! We have lots of photos. We’ll resume the book reviews next month along with some reviews of yarns that were on site for giveaways and at the Yarn Tasting. Hope to see you atRaggz fiber art grand reopening celebration on Friday, April 10th & 11th and don’t forget Saturday, April 11th for Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair.

With warm regards,

Barb and Ann


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN HOTEL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

I am thrilled to share the news! Pittsburgh City Council will honor the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival with a proclamation in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 24th at 10:00 AM in the City County Building on the 5th floor. Please join us in this celebration if you happen to be in town.

We are also pleased to announce that we have had our submission approved by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The free “make it and take it craft” “Springtime Sprite, Fairy or Angel” that we are offering during the Festival has been approved for children whose stay is extensive or critical.

We invite you to make one to take home and make one for a child at Children’s Hospital while you are at the Festival. The pastoral department will distribute them to the children and their families. Thank you in advance for participating. A special thank you to Louet for providing the fiber. We will have non-wool fibers for those who have allergies to wool.

With warm regards,

Barb

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

We will have registration tables set up on the 3rd floor of the Westin Hotel. Coat check is also on the 3rd floor as well as the Marketplace. 

If you have prepaid, you may pick up your registration packet and program in the Advanced Registration lines. No advanced tickets will be mailed.

The final day to purchase an advance admission ticket or classes online is Sunday, March 21, 2015 at NOON. All other ticket purchases will be available at the door. 

Registration opens a 1/2 hour prior to market hours to allow ample time to check your belongings and get to your first class. Marketplace hours are listed below:

Friday: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

Don’t go to the wrong location! We are at the Westin Hotel at 1000 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (downtown). It is adjacent to the convention center. With only 15 more days to go, below are some important reminders, updates and notes to make:

  • Mohair, South Africa has sent a small gift for each person taking the “Knittsburgh” Tour with StevenBe on Friday morning, March 27th.
  • The last day to mail in an advanced registration form is this Friday, March 13th.
  • The final day to make class choices or register in advance online is Sunday, March 22nd. There may be some available open classes, but onsite class selections are an additional $5.00. Take a peek and make those selections now.
  • We will be accepting donations for the Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair. You still have time to clear out a drawer or closet and bring in any fabrics, notions, yarns, and art and crafting supplies. Donations will be accepted on the 3rd floor at the registration area.
  • Hog Heaven Rescue Farm will be returning as our official coat and bag check and skein winder. (We may not need coats by the end of the month). They are happy to keep all purchases and bags to keep you from having to cart all of your belongings throughout the day. Coat check hours are the same as Marketplace Hours. Bring in any skeins of yarn from home and they’ll have staff onsite to wind them for a small donation.
  • The final day to make shuttle arrangements with Pittsburgh Transportation Group is Monday, March 23rd.

On a last note, Ann and I will be on TV next week. Tune in to KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live on Monday, March 16 at 9:00 AM.

Stay tuned next week for all registration and check in details.

With warm regards,

Barb


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The Gifts are Arriving

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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

The boxes are beginning to arrive full of gifts and giveaways from our Sponsors for the Festival just 22 days away.

We are excited and pleased to announce the inclusion of gifts to the following classes from our sponsors:

The Yarn Tasting Party will be a whole lotta’ fun….like a kid in a candy store! What better way to spend your Friday evening than “tasting” a variety of yarns, needles, hooks and other accessories from our Sponsors and some of our exhibitors who dye their own yarns. There will be fiber, wheels and drop spindles for those who would like to try their hand at spinning… and did we mention a chocolate fountain?

The list for the Yarn Tasting includes: Artisanal YarnsBryson DistributingDebbie BlissFairy Tale KnitsHoliday YarnsKraemer Yarns, Lion Brand Exclusive LB® CollectionLouetMirasol,RowanSchachenmayrSusan’s Fiber Shop and Tahki Stacy Charles. Debbie Bliss and Mirasol yarns graciously provided by Knitting Fever.

And don’t forget, anyone using Pittsburgh Tours and More for a ride or shuttle, individual or group, receives a free admission ticket to the Yarn Tasting. Tickets will be issued on your ride.

Please note: Pittsburgh Tours and More has worked hard to provide guests of the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival with a reasonably priced alternative to attend the Festival. Taxi fees and/or ride share service is approximately double the shuttle price (round trip) for just one way. All locations with times have now been posted. Please CLICK HERE for shuttle reservations, locations and times. The deadline for making your shuttle or ride reservations is March 23, 2015. If you have any questions please feel free to contact info@pghtoursandmore.net.

Important reminder: Today is the final day to make a hotel reservation to receive the special group rate for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival at the Westin Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh.

With warm regards,

Barb


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE TOUR!

                                                          Lights, Camera, Action: “Knittsburgh”!

Join StevenBe and his film crew on Friday morning, March 27, to kick off the filming of “Knittsburgh” in Pittsburgh with a special tour to Celebrate the “Hollywood of the East”, where movies and film crews abound! This is an interactive tour through city backdrops of movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flashdance, Next Three Days, Inspector Gadget, Abduction, Jack Reacher and dozens more!

Photo ops with Steven as you stop at various locations where movies were made in the ‘burgh. You’ll have an opportunity to ride up the incline, to have an inside peek at various city locations, with surprise guests, a surprise stop and photo op. Treats are included in this fun, interactive tour of Pittsburgh.

Tour departs from the Westin at 9:30 AM with a 12:00 Noon return. Hop on board to be included in the filming of StevenBe’s new Reality show.

Seating is limited, don’t delay. Check out this intro: http://www.surecan.tv/#!work/c24vq

Tour cost: $45.00 - Reservations will only be available for this tour online.   REGISTER HERE

The filming will continue throughout the hours of the festival with Steven and his crew.  They’ll be filming Steven as he interacts with his Festival friends, at the PJ Party, where we’ll be featuring Spring’s latest fashions from ourSponsors, original creations from the Fab Four, and the Design Contest finalists with the “Best in Show” winner to be awarded.

Warm regards,

Barb


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Knittsburgh ! Lights! Camera! Action

 

 

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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

We are literally raising the curtain at the Festival to welcome StevenBe and his film crew to film some “Knittsburgh” segments at the Festival for Steven’s upcoming TV Show.

StevenBe is bringing his film crew and in order to accommodate all of the needed footage, we are shifting some of our previously scheduled activities. All of the activities that were planned to take place at the Luncheon on Friday, March 27 will be shifted to Saturday evening at Steven’s Fabulous PJ PARTYThe Fashion Show, Design Contest (with the $500.00 Best in Show Award), Mystery Gifts, and more will be held Saturday evening at the PJ Party! We are cancelling the Friday luncheon in order to schedule a “Knittsburgh” Tour with StevenBe and his film crew on Friday morning. We are in the process of putting together a fun tour with Steven and will let you know next week so you can be included in the filming of “Knittsburgh.”…Stay Tuned!!!

Class Updates and Reminders:

  • Due to the extremely high demand for the Dye Your Own Roving or Yarn class, we have added aSunday morning session with Jennifer Vancalcar.
  • With all classes, please be sure to check out preliminary work and homework required for the class you select. Some teachers have specific instructions.
  • Please note: If you are sending in your registration in the mail, please be sure to check the website prior to sending to see if the class you selected is full.
  • If you are adding a class or event to a previously submitted registration, please let us know it is an add on.
  • If you are paying for more than one person in your registration, please provide all names.
  • Don’t forget, entries for the Design Contest are due next week. We are extending the date to Feb.27.

This years demo includes the LEXI FeltLOOM® needle felting machine. You’ll have an opportunity to see how it works and what you can create with it.

                            

Imagine designing and making your own throw pillow covers, chair covers or artwork to grace your walls. In the FeltLOOM® Freestyle Fabric Class with Jude’ Ernest, you will have the FeltLOOMs® and the instructor all to yourself in this 3 1/2 hour class, which gives you enough time to walk away with a designer piece to compliment your home.

Stay Warm,

Barb

Senior Sunday
UPMC SENIOR COMMUNITIES 
is graciously sponsoring Senior Sunday. Every senior, 65 and older, will receive a $10 discount at the door, Admission will be only $5.00 Sunday, March 29th.

How are you getting to the Festival and where to park?
All Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival friends needing a ride from the airport receive 10% off SuperShuttle Shared Ride Van or ExecuCar Private Sedan. Follow this link to make your reservations in advance: groups.supershuttle.com/pghknitcrochet. If you are interested in a shuttle, Pittsburgh Tours and More can help with that.

We have listed suggested parking and rates on the main page of our website for your convenience.

Have you seen our billboard?
It’s on the Boulevard of the Allies, just past the Bloomfield Bridge inbound.

 SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY WINNERS:

In the last newsletter, we showed you the fun Jamberry Nail Wraps. Shelly Rushe, a festival friend, is giving us one set of nail wraps for two lucky winners. The two winners were randomly selected. Congratulations to Suzanne Fisher of Washington, PA and Karen Rumbaugh of Canonsburg, PA.


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

We are excited to host a Design Contest at this year’s Fashion Show and Luncheon. Many of you have asked if you need to submit a garment in order to attend. NO... Attendees to the Fashion Show Luncheon and Design Contest are not required to submit a garment for the Design Contest, however, if you choose to, your luncheon ticket price includes one free garment entry, a Friday admission pass and chances to win one of the 10 Mystery Prizes which will include gifts from our sponsors, cash, accessories, gift cards and more!!! Be one of the people selected and find out what is in the Mystery Boxes!

We have been working with Pittsburgh Tours and More to provide shuttles locally to the Festival. Pittsburgh Tours and More will also provide transportation from up to 4 hours away! If your group, guild or club is interested in chartering a bus: small, medium or large, please go to Pittsburgh Tours and More to make arrangements. All people using the Pittsburgh Transportation Group will receive a Free Admission Pass to the Yarn Tasting included with the cost of their ride.

We have made arrangements with the Westin for special room rates the weekend of the Festival. Stay the whole weekend and have more fun. Share a room with a friend and you can stay late and ride upstairs to your room after the Yarn Tasting or the PJ Party. Remember StevenBe will be giving special prizes for those wild PJ’s, socks, hats and a special gift for that special someone with a sassier attitude than his. Everyone who attends the PJ Party will receive a special gift from our sponsors.

With Warm Regards,

Barb

A reminder about Design Contest Details:

Since this is a 1st time event at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, we don’t know if your design was started last year or entered in another contest. Any innovative designs in the categories below are acceptable, regardless of when you finished them. We are also excited to open the Design Contest to students, at no cost! We are extending a special invitation to CAPA students, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Students, the students at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Kent State and Indiana University of Pittsburgh. If you have a child in school, and you are aware of their creativity, pass the information below along, and, if you aware of any other schools with a fashion design department, please make us aware so that we may send them an invitation as well. We are extremely excited to see what the younger generation is creating.

The Fashion Show Design Contest entry categories are as follows:

  1. ​ Crochet or Knitted Garment
  2.  Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  3.  Crochet or Knitted Accessory. For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet etc.
  4.  Wild Wearable Art. For example, any combination of medium including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials and construction technique including weaving, machine assisted, needle felting and wet felting.

​ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY FEB. 22 BY EMAIL OR US MAIL.

BOOK REVIEW and SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY:

The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe
Understanding the Inner Workings of Knitting and Make Every Project a Success

This is the ultimate resource book/guide for knitting. We have all had the experience of buying beautiful yarn and getting a great new pattern only to be frustrated at some of the instructions along the way. Encountering stumbling blocks and not knowing what to do, where to turn to, is oftentimes what leaves us with those many unfinished projects. Margaret explains in this book every choice you’ll come across in the life of a project. From start to finish, Margaret empowers you to understand “why” instead of “how” to enhance your overall understanding of knitting and how it relates to your projects. Beautifully illustrated and accompanied by excellent color photos, Margaret starts with understanding and evaluating schematics, to choosing correct yarns for patterns, to finishing, this book is a must have for every knitter.

If you prefer classes and a hands on explanation, we have a class offered at the Festival that touches on what Margaret has offered in this book: Knitting the Big Picture with Lauren Sims, is just the class for you. Lauren analyzes the why and how of 4 patterns so that you will have a full understanding of why the designer did what they did, coming away with an “aha” and being able to tackle any challenges in any pattern. Lauren joins us this year as a new instructor, with 2 classes: Knitting the Big Picture and Cables Ahoy! offering students a unique twist – how to cable without a cable needle.

The Knowledgeable Knitter will be raffled to one of the attendees in Lauren’s Knitting the Big Picture Class on March 27th in her class. Only attendees enrolled in the class will be eligible to receive a chance to win the book.

Congratulations to the winner from our last newsletter!  Genna Kasun of Huntingdon, PA was randomly drawn to receive 52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris de Longpre’.


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH


The Holidays are now behind us. I had much time to reflect on a great year. We spent a good deal of time making gifts for our loved ones this year. Sarah made felted baby booties for the new baby and she placed some on Etsy to sell.

                                  

The gifts were heartfelt and the time spent together made it even more special. I am seeing a surge of hand made items in recent years and am pleased to witness the return to simpler times, and more thoughtful giving. With the availability of so many places to sell: craft fairs, handmade markets and Etsy, it gives us all an opportunity to make, create and sell our handmade items. For those of you who haven’t discovered Etsy yet, we are offering a class: Learning to Sell Your Handmade Items on Etsy.

I finished a shawl I started 9 years ago! I’ve almost finished a sweater (for myself) with a yarn I purchased long ago and may even begin another sweater soon! With upcoming travel plans, taking a book to read takes 2nd place to knitting.

With Warm Regards,

Barb

An important note about the Design Contest Details:

Since this is a 1st time event at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, we don’t know if your design was started last year or finished semi recently. Any innovative designs in the categories below are acceptable, regardless of when you finished them. We are excited to open the Design Contest to students, at no cost! We are extending a special invitation to CAPA students, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Students, the students at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Kent State and Indiana University of Pittsburgh. If you have a child in school, and you are aware of their creativity, pass the information below along, and, if you aware of any other schools with a fashion design department, please make us aware so that we may send them an invitation as well. We are extremely excited to see what the younger generation is creating.

The Fashion Show Design Contest entry categories are as follows:

  1. ​ Crochet or Knitted Garment
  2.  Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  3.  Crochet or Knitted Accessory. For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet etc.
  4.  Wild Wearable Art. For example, any combination of medium including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials and construction technique including weaving, machine assisted, needle felting and wet felting.

​ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY FEB. 22 BY EMAIL OR US MAIL.

BOOK REVIEW and SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY:

52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris de Longpre’
Chris has autographed the copy for us to give away. The book is a delightful menagerie of playful patterns that will enchant knitters and children of all ages. A timeless book, as the name indicates, for all seasons, animals that can be played with all year long. The book is cleverly divided into patterns for animals that fall into their habitat categories: Down Under features Crocodile, Kangaroo (complete with pouch and Joey), Kiwi, Koala and Platypus! Wetlands features: Beaver, Frog, Garter Snake, Snail and Turtle. There are 9 categories in all: Flock, Heartland, Midnight Sun, Reef, Serengeti, Southwest and Woodlands. We’ve all seen Monkeys, Hens, Chicks, Penguins, Bunnies and Owls, but have you ever seen a toy Armadillo, Puffin, Toucan, Blue-Footed Booby or Lizard? It is obvious that a great deal of time went into making this book, with tremendous detail on every critter. Whimsical embroidery details are included (funny little teeth for crocodiles) as well as stuffing instructions. Chris chooses yarns from Brown Sheep Yarn Company due to their natural fibers and they are made in the US. This book is a must have for all animal enthusiasts, parents, grandparents, teachers and children. Kudos to Chris for a fun, colorful and playful book! My favorite is the Flamingo.

To enter this sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person please) topghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line of “52 Timeless Toys” by January 21st, 2015. Winner will be announced in our next newsletter.

Congratulations to our winners from our last newsletter! Mary Beth Bowler of Pittsburgh, PA was randomly drawn to receive Christmas Crochet for Hearth Home and Tree by Edie Eckman and Mary Dudding of Lewis Center, OH will receive cozy toes for baby, sweet shoes to crochet and felt by Chantal Garceau and Mary J. King.


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