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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

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What’s goin’ on …

I got my girl Sarah settled in at Pitt, where she is enjoying classes, studying hard and doing homework. She joined the FSAE Racing Team and the Sailing Club, and is crocheting slippers for everyone on her dorm floor. Pretty well-rounded kid! I miss her dearly, but the Festival prep work is keeping me too busy to fall apart!

I am also taking yoga classes at a new studio in Point Breeze, Inner Hearth, where I have tried four classes with four different teachers. These gentle and stimulating classes are a perfect end to my days, just what I need to keep me balanced and even-keeled.

Here are some preliminary Festival plans:

On Friday, March 27 (Save the Date!), we’ll kick off the weekend with a “Fabulous Fashion Extravaganza Luncheon,” featuring the Fab 4 (Steven “StevenBe” Berg, Stephen West, Drew “The Crochet Dude” Emborsky and Charles “The Sock King” Gandy) and other special guests. With the latest seasonal wear trends, must-have garments and accessories, this show is sure to be a smashing runway presentation. On Saturday evening, StevenBe will also host his ever-popular PJ Party.

We are receiving final class submissions for the Festival. (Yes, I gather them this far in advance.) We’ll have many new teachers and new classes on the schedule for this year, along with many returning favorites. We’ll also have many new vendors in our marketplace. Stay tuned as more details fall into place!

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Showing Pittsburgh our Love of Fiber 

In addition to the three full days of classes and market, we’ll have a 78-foot Cascading Wall of Yarn Art Installation!

I have completed one of the panels for the yarn art installation, a panel in various shades of white yarns (my continued study in white). More than 75 different yarns were used to create this 46″ x 96″ panel:  mohairs, wools, alpacas, natural fibers, acrylics, silks, blends, tweeds, recycled dyed, undyed, lace weight to bulky, novelties and more. We have a wall of 78 feet to display the various yarns, weights, colors, shades and hues for a “shout out” to Pittsburgh that “We Love Yarn!” All in all, one panel has more than 400 individual strands of yarn, making the total installation close to 10,000 strands of yarn! We will gift the installation to the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA) after the show, where the students are focusing on weaving this year. We’ll ask them to bring in their finished projects the following year so everyone can see what our installation evolved into.

We are inviting you to participate. If you, your group, club, shop or organization would like to be involved in this large yarn art installation, please let us know. No knitting or crochet skills are required; all you need to know how to do is to tie a knot. We can drop off all supplies for you to make a panel to hang at the Festival in March. The first public “tie one on” party will be hosted at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse on Oct. 10, I Love Yarn Day, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Drop in for a little bit, or spend the whole day helping to create the various panels for the installation (bring your own beverage). The Center is also offering project participants a buy one, get one free yarn purchase all day as an I Love Yarn Day sponsor.

Scarf-in-a-Scarf

One of the panels has already found a home at Toni Ritchey’s RaggZ Fiber Art in Greensburg, where we spent an afternoon playing on her new FeltLOOM. Barb says, “I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to try out Darn Good Yarn‘s Silk Recycled Chiffon and Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon. The silks worked beautifully on the FeltLOOM, and make a nice trim for some of my planned accessories. Whether making jewelry, garments, patterns, home goods, finished products, or accessories, the fibers and items at Darn Good Yarn are the perfect accompaniment for every knitter, crocheter, weaver, spinner, and crafter.”

Darn Good Yarn Needs Your Vote!

Maggie Pozorski, VP of Darn Good Yarn, writes: 

The Darn Good Yarn office has been buzzing for the last two weeks and now I get to let the cat out of the bag!!! We are planning our first trip to India! We have two main goals in mind, No. 1 we are going to source many new products for Darn Good Yarn in hopes of providing hundreds of more jobs for women in India!!!  Right now we support about 300 families in India and Nepal; the goal with this trip is to double that number!!! No 2 we have a goal of bringing a film crew with us to India with the intention to capture the whole story of how Darn Good Yarn is made, from waste to amazing craft supplies. I am not sure if you know but just last year Darn Good Yarn turned over 20,000 pounds of waste fabric into yarn!!!
So we need your help!!  We have entered a grant contest to try and fund our trip to India!! To move further in the contest, we really need your vote!!!  Here is the link to vote for Darn Good Yarn in the Mission Main Street Grant Contest: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/14349 
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for being part of the Darn Good Yarn family! With every purchase you make you are helping the full circle of craft supplies grow bigger and better, and supporting more and more women!!

September Book Reviews and Sweepstakes

How To Knit, Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques, by Leslie Ann Bestor and How to Crochet, Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques, by Sara Delaney 
These are the perfect books to get anyone started. If you are a seasoned knitter or crocheter, they may be nice books to pass along to your niece, nephew, daughter, son or grandchildren when you can’t be there to guide them. From simple how-to and easy-to-follow steps to basic cast-ons and cast-offs, the books include increasing and decreasing, how to select needles and yarn, how to change colors, joining and reading patterns.
Studies show that learning a new craft can have many benefits on brain functions. “Crafting is unique in its ability to involve many different areas of your brain. It can work your memory and attention span while involving your visuospatial processing, creative side, and problem-solving abilities,” says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist. The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh includes knitting, crochet and handwork in every grade. With so many arts being excluded from school programs, involving our younger generation in a new craft will make them as smart as we are! :)
HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person per book, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by OCT 10, 2014 (I Love Yarn Day!), with either the subject line of “How to Knit” or “How to Crochet.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.

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Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival’s FAB FOUR Headliners!

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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

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Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival’s FAB FOUR Headliners!

Be Sweet

Be Sweet

Be Sweet Be Sweet

What a line-up! Steven “StevenBe” BergStephen WestDrew “The Crochet Dude” Emborsky and Charles “The Sock King” Gandy will be our FAB FOUR guests of honor and teachers at the 11th Annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival.

Stephen and Steven are currently on tour, and if you are unable to make the summer tour, hang in there, you can enjoy them while they are here. We’ll have them for three days and will have some special events with all four guys, including classes, trunk shows and design contests. We’ll provide you with all of the details as they unfold over the coming months. So, be sure to Save the Dates (March 27, 28, 29) with this “supergroup” at our next show.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Barb’s Summer Picks

Be Sweet’s Grace and Style Set 2: a Poncho, Infinity Scarf and Cocoon Shrug

Be Sweet

Be Sweet

Be Sweet

I love it, all three! Available as a free pattern on Ravelry, this set is lightweight and a perfect accessory to be worn with anything! Jeans, a skirt, casual or dressy, it is the “must have” going into fall. Made with lightweight BeSweet Grace and Style combination bamboo, baby mohair and a touch of metallic, it is light, wispy, sumptuous, stylish and easy to knit for all levels. With no sleeves, or intricate patterns to follow, it is a no-brainer and is the perfect garment to work on at your yarn meet-up. It is worked up quickly on a size 11 needle, making a fine, translucent fabric. Perfect for fall, winter and spring, it is also a great little accessory for the cooler summer nights.

You can mix and match the poncho, cowl and shrug, wearing a different color cowl with the shrug and poncho… endless possibilities!

The yarn can be purchased at some of your local yarn stores. StevenBe has his own colorway … no, not pink, a lime green, available at his store. If you purchase five or more skeins from him, in any color, you get a StevenBe Accessory Tote for free! Bring the tote with you to the Festival, and he’ll sign it for you, too!

Scarf-in-a-Scarf

The “Scarf-In-A-Scarf” by SKEINO is my other pick for the summer. The beauty of this is the hand-dyed silk scarf that accompanies the knitted ruffled collar/scarf kit. It is reminiscent of the Scarf in a Scarf kit made by HPKY a few years ago, and equally as lovely. I have this pattern from HPKY and have hand-dyed my own silk scarves to go with the colors I selected after having made the first one.

For those of you who have a stash of yarn(!) and would like to create your own personalized version, pick a color from your stash, find the pattern from HPKY or the one from Skeino, and dye or hand paint your own silk scarf. We are offering a Silk and Yarn Dyeing class and a Silk Painting Class at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival next month, with our very own Jennifer Vancalcar, from Holiday Yarns and my friend Evi Slaby, from Indiana. If you are interested in taking these classes, we are offering a 20 percent discount for K&C friends. Let us know: pghcreativearts@outlook.com, and we’ll send you a special registration form with a coupon code. You can create your own Scarf in a Scarf, hand dyed and created by you for you! Space is limited, so don’t delay.


PROJECT CONTEST!

This year at the Festival, many of you walked away with yarn and patterns you purchased from our exhibitors. We would love to see what you did with these! We are going to have a contest for the BEST KNIT and BEST CROCHET project. To enter, please EMAIL US the following information to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com):

  1. The name of the yarn used for your project.
  2. The name of the pattern used for your project.
  3. Label it KNIT or CROCHET.
  4. The exhibitor from which you purchased the supplies (optional).
  5. Photo of your completed project.

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ENTRIES BY AUGUST 14, 2014.

We will then take all submissions and create two photo albums on our Facebook page, one for KNIT and one for CROCHET. A winner will be selected from each category based on the most “likes” on each photo.

We always love seeing your completed projects each year when you attend, so we thought this would be a fun way to see them a bit earlier. Each lucky winner will receive:

KNIT: One skein each of Colinette pink wool and Jupiter Moon merino and cotton lime yarn, and Knit a Monster Nursery book by Rebecca Danger.

CROCHET: Annie’s Crochet with Love Knots book, and four skeins of Louisa Harding silk and wool laceweight yarns.


Steel Valley Yarn Crawl: Aug. 1-10

The first-ever Steel Valley Yarn Crawl is coming up. Our friends and exhibitors, Kathy’s Kreations, Kid Ewe Knot and Yarns by Design are participating. The dates are Aug. 1-10, see their store websites for details. They will have specials and gifts during the yarn crawl, stop in to see them. We have donated a special prize to each of the shops also. Each store will have their very own theme and specials.

  • Kid Ewe Knot will feature a trunk show with our friends The Ross Farm, and with Great Adirondack Yarns.
  • Let’s Go Bucs! Yarns by Design will have a specially themed Pirates’ display and Pirates giveaways, as well as yarn-related prizes and giveaways.
  • Kathy’s Kreations, being 8 miles from Latrobe, is having a Steeler’s Training Camp theme. Along with special displays and black and gold accessories, she’ll feature a throwback from the Super Steeler days: Randy Grossman’s game-worn jersey and helmet. Plus, a limited number of autographed photos of Randy will be given out at Kathy’s store during the crawl!

(We know he’s a hunk… but he’s taken! ;-))


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Happy Memorial Day!

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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

Westin Pittsburgh

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International Quilt Market: Fantastic!

Westin Pittsburgh

Last weekend, we had the good fortune to attend the International Quilt Market, here in Pittsburgh at the Convention Center. Wow! It was like being in a huge art gallery… the colors, textures and patterns of fabrics are as amazing as yarns, and quilters are equally as passionate about their fabrics as we are about our yarns! It won’t take much for me to start sewing again.

We saw many new faces, and some familiar faces, too. With the crossover of many of our sponsors, and trade show vendors carrying supplies for many hobbyists and artists, we spent time learning about many new products.

Martingale, one of our longtime Knit & Crochet Festival sponsors, publishes a plethora of books, pattern books and magazines. They will be our sponsors for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in August. I have a book of theirs for our review and sweepstakes prize, along with some Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Serenity (silk lace) yarn.

Knittreat update

As Ann and I are expanding our horizons with the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, I have decided to step down from the role of organizing the Knittreat. Although it is always such a wonderful retreat, it was also a lot of additional work.

I am pleased to announce that Elaine Smith has agreed to continue the Knittreat at Bedford Springs Resort, with details listed at www.knittreat.com. I promise to stop in and visit, but since I will be wearing a different hat, I hope to be able to play for a change!

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Busy weekends coming up

This weekend, I’ll be enjoying PyroFest at Hartwood Acres, and next weekend I will be at the Pittsburgh Public Market with our friend (and Festival Teacher) Deb Jacknin’s fundraiser. Market After Dark: A Special Night of Music, Food, Drinks, & Shopping takes place Friday, May 30, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; the event benefits the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, Western PA Chapter.


Review/Prize PACK:

Lavish Lace: Knitting with Hand-Painted Yarns… PLUS, a skein of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns!

Mommy and Me book cover Mommy and Me book cover

As a collaborative effort by two gifted and talented ladies, Carol Rasmussen and Cheryl Potter, Lavish Lace: Knitting with Hand-Painted Yarns is a breath of fresh air from many nations, and cultures.

This book honors the memory of Carol Rasmussen Noble, a popular knitwear designer who wrote knitting books on subjects ranging from Fair Isle mittens to Orenburg shawls. What makes this book unique is that we are told where the designers and dyers got their inspiration.

“Chancay Morning,” a square scarf designed by Carol, was inspired by the Peruvian Coast sands, the driest desert in the world. The Chancay people buried their textiles in shallow pits in the ground, hence the color of the shawl shown is a colorway that Cheryl created using all vegetable dyes called Indian Summer. The golds, fuschias, pinks and mauves are as rich today as many intact museum pieces from that area and time period.

Each pattern and piece shown has an intricate explanation of how and from where their inspiration was drawn. “Peacock’s Pride” truly is like the peacock’s brilliant tailfeathers. “Rosebuds and Climbing Roses,” “Frost Flowers,” “Amazonian Jungles,” rich in greens with flashes of color as parrots might appear, and even a shawl inspired by Keat’s poem, “To Autumn.” There is sure to be a shawl or scarf for everyone, with rectangular, square and triangular options, and easy-to-follow instructions and patterns. An added bonus in the back section of the book includes Cheryl’s Basic Dye Methods.

This is lovely, brilliant work, a rich and timeless book that you’ll use over and over again. My favorite is “Peacock’s Pride,” a feather and fan pattern with a twist stitch interlacement.

To accompany this book as this month’s Sweepstakes Prize, we have a skein of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Serenity silk lace yarn. “Blue Fields” is a beautiful, year-round-suitable color, with 1,100 yards! Soft and luscious, it can be used with just about any lace pattern.

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by MAY 31, 2014, with the subject line of “Lavish Lace.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.


Congratulations, winners!

Knitted Mitts book cover Mommy and Me book cover

Many readers participated in the chance to win these fun books, both of which were reviewed in our last issue. We’re pleased to announce that Cindy Gordon, Loveland, OH, has won a copy of Knitted Mitts & Mittens by Amy Gunderson, while Anna Hopper, Kittanning, PA, has won a copy of Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats by Kristi Simpson. Congratulations to both!


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New dates, new location for 2015 Knit & Crochet Festival

 

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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

New dates, new location
for 2015 Knit & Crochet Festival

The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival is moving. We are pleased to have been at the Four Points Sheraton for six years, and thank you for your continued support. But it seems as though we are bursting at the seams there. So many of you have made comments and suggestions about moving, and we’ve done it! Next year, you can look forward to a new location, along with a date change:

As the name implies, this hotel is adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. We will keep everyone abreast of all details and hotel floor plans, etc., in the fall. But at least you can make the date change note on your calendar at this time.

We are beginning to gear up and plan classes for our Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in August (at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North). Things are shaping up, and we’ll have a newsletter go out soon to keep you updated, with some book reviews and giveaways, too!

On Saturday, I had a chance to stop into the Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair and saw many familiar faces. Thank you for supporting the Fair! While I was there, I got lots of goodies that you’ll see at the Creative Arts Festival.

Last but not least, we have two books as reviews and giveaways this month, one for crocheters and one for knitters. You can enter both contests, but please make them separate entries, and please enter just once for each. Read on!

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Review/Prize No. 1:Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats: 30 Fun & Stylish Designs for Kids of All Ages

I bet you’ll say the same thing my Mother-in-law said when she saw this new book by Kristi Simpson: “I thought I had seen every hat idea under the sun, but these are the most creative and cute hats yet!” Being 91, she can say she thought she had seen it all!

There are matching hats, not only for Mommy and child, but for Daddy, too. Hats for every season and occasion, Kristi has thought of it all. Monsters and Pirates, ahoy, Horses and Sock Monkeys, Hunting Hats, and Hats with Beards, oh my! But she did not forget the sweet and pretty dress-up hats: Cloches, Sunhats, and this year’s most popular style, the Slouchy Downtown Hat.

In every color of the rainbow, embellished, fun, pretty and silly, this book is a sure hit for every crochet enthusiast. My favorite: “Giggles and Curls” hats with the cute corkscrews.

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by APRIL 15, 2014, with the subject line of “Mommy and Me.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.


Review/Prize No. 2:Knitted Mitts & Mittens: 25 Fun and Fashionable Designs for Fingerless Gloves, Mittens and Wrist Warmers

Author Amy Gunderson is the design coordinator for Universal Yarn and Premier Yarns. Her innovative designs have been published in all of our favorite knitting magazines.

In this book, Amy has us knitting mitts all year long. With the cold weather (hopefully) behind us, Amy has garden mitts, opera mitts, and even little zippered “energy” mitts for boarding (I’m not taking up that sport, but the mitts are very cute for the teen in your life). There are plaids and pleats, circles and miters, slouchy and whimsical. This books shows you how to try out a new stitch pattern just learned, and not have to repeat it too often, making learning very simple. One mitered square on each mitt is perfect.

The instructions seem well written, with charts too, and the accompanying photos are lovely and detailed. Amy offers mitts in a variety of yarns, making them suitable for spring and fall, not only winter. My favorite: The linen woven-looking “Fade Fingerless Mitts” in gradient pastel aqua, greens, blues and cream.

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by APRIL 15, 2014, with the subject line of “Knitted Mitts.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.


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We have PHOTOS!

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March 13, 14, 15, 2015

We have PHOTOS!

What an amazing 10-Year Anniversary Celebration! Whew, I’m glad that anniversaries don’t happen too often!

I continue to get letters from many of you with praises and thanks for a great Festival. Thank you! It is a huge amount of planning and coordination, but very gratifying and I wouldn’t be able to continue to do it without your continued support and kind words. I also wouldn’t be able to handle it without the assistance from my sister Ann. By now, many of you have had the pleasure of meeting her. She will be my right (and left) hand person going forward. How special it is to be able to work with her again!

Many photos from the Festival are being added daily to our Facebook page. Please feel free to share yours on our page as well! We have photos from Clyde Harris, our friendly photographer who was so patient and LOVED being with all of the “beautiful women” at the Festival. (You guys were pretty nice-looking, too.)

While many of the photos Clyde took are on Facebook, you can see hundreds more (he took over 600) and find the ones that you might like to have as a special memento of our 10-year celebration here.

We have so many others to thank for making this all happen:

Our sponsors:

Sponsors

A very special thank you to MOHAIR South Africa, for stopping in to see our Festival
and for the generous donation of mohair swag bags and mohair throws.

Thanks go to our very special guests:

We also thank all the companies that supported the event and sent donations:

In addition, we thank our many dedicated staff members and volunteers.

And last, but certainly not least, I thank Randy, my Mothers, and Sarah.

We will resume the Reviews and Sweepstakes in April… and that’s when we’ll also begin a newsletter, including giveaways, for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival taking place in August (sign up to receive that enewsletter here). Stay tuned!

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Salvation Army Fabric Fair is next Saturday


Grand Prize Raffle Winners

The following attendees each won a beautiful Gift Baket donated by our sponsor Plymouth Yarn. Congratulations to you all!

  • Friday: Rachel Principe
  • Saturday: Donna Utwell
  • Sunday: Sarah Springer

 

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THANK YOU!!!

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THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for your continued support and all of the hugs. The Festival was great; we are still decompressing, unpacking and reorganizing. We promise to have a full newsletter next week, complete with photos, thank-you list, etc.

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann


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See you this weekend…

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March 14, 15, 16, 2014

See you this weekend…

We are packing up and heading to the hotel tomorrow to begin set-up. All advanced and online registration is closed. You may pay for admission or for any remaining classes and Special Events onsite at our registration table.

If you have purchased a Nicky Epstein “Kick off the Weekend” Luncheon and Fashion show package, please arrive at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the registration table to pick up your tickets.
Otherwise, registration officially opens at 12:30 p.m. The Market opens at 1 p.m. The Festival hours are:

  • Friday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (registration opens at 12:30 p.m., unless registered for fashion show/luncheon)
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)

You will receive a classroom assignment sheet along with your event program when you arrive. Check it to see where your class/es are; however, all class locations and times are also listed online.

Please be sure to check New York Times #1 Best Selling Author Debbie Macomber’s book signing schedule. This is her public appearance schedule. If you did not purchase a ticket to her Private Luncheon or Private Dinner, this will be your opportunity to meet Debbie in person and get her autograph.

Don’t forget to wear one of your Top 10 Ravelry picks to the PJ Party on Friday night. We will be picking winners of all 10 designs, and will have gifts for the winners.

On a final note, BOTH USA Olympic Teams Sweaters will be on display during the Festival! The Opening Ceremony Sweater, hat, gloves and scarf will be at Kathy’s Kreations‘ booth, and the Closing Ceremony Sweater will be at Noni Designs‘ booth. We are honored to have them both in one location! Bring your cameras, as this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

We can’t wait to see you all at our very special 10-year anniversary celebration. I hope you have as much fun as I probably will.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Festival parking made easy

The Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North has graciously made arrangements should its parking lots become full, offering both offsite parking and regular shuttles as overflow options.

The hotel will run shuttles every half hour after its lots fill up. The offsite overflow parking is located at the U.S. Post Office (300 Brush Creek Rd., Warrendale 15905).

Parking will be available during the Festival hours, and shuttles will run through the evening events as well. The overflow parking lot is the first lot on the left. There will be signage at the lot for parking and pick-ups. Please note: The USPS is not responsible for damage or thefts.


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USA Team Olympic Cardigan Comes to the Festival!

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March 14, 15, 16, 2014

USA Team Olympic Cardigan Comes to the Festival!

One week to go … details, details, details and big announcements, including:

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The cardigan sweater that was worn by U.S. Olympic team members at the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi is coming to the Festival! Kraemer Textiles of Nazareth, PA, spun the wool into yarn that was used to make the sweaters. Eleanor Swogger, one of our teachers, is a designer for Kraemer Textiles and Yarns, who is one of our sponsors. They have graciously agreed to let Eleanor bring the sweater. She will bring the sweater with her to the Festival, along with the hat and scarf that was designed to go with it.

The sweater, hat and scarf will be on display all weekend during show hours at Kathy’s Kreations, Kathy Zimmerman’s Booth Nos. 2 and 3, in the main ballroom.

There were only 650 sweaters made, with only 300 for sale to the public. They have been selling for more than $4,000 on some sites online. This one is not for sale, it is for display only. Stop by and take a photo next to the sweater (sorry, no one may try it on). THANK YOU, Kraemer Yarns!

We are also pleased to announce another “international element” for our 10-year anniversary:
A Mohair, South Africa representative is stopping in to visit us. She will be at StevenBe’s booth on Friday. Steven invited her to attend; he does quite a lot of work with this non-profit organization. She will take the stage with Steven at the PJ Party on Friday night, tell you a little about her company and have some gifts for us.

Last but not least, Bryson Distributing, Gizmos & Gadgets for Needlearts: knitting, crochet, quilting & needlework, is sending surprises for the goody bags for the Private Luncheon and Private Dinner with Debbie. I can’t wait to see what they are sending. We have such beautiful gifts donated by all of our sponsors. Each of the “goody bags” for all three Special Events has an estimated retail value of more than $50, wow!

Getting the gifts from our sponsors is like having a birthday when they arrive, even though they are not for me!

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Just some reminders …

  • Advanced mail-in registration is now closed. The last day to register in advance online for any classes or admission is March 10. Please be sure to check the website to see whether the class is marked FULL. If it is, please do not send money for it.
  • After March 10, all payments for classes and admission must be made at the door. Please note, all remaining class prices onsite will be an additional $5, so check it out and send it in this week.
    Online registration for any of the Special Events Packages will also stay open until March 10, with limited spaces available at the door.
  • We do not send out any confirmations unless there is a problem with your registration. You may pick up all tickets and registration information at the registration tables when you arrive.
  • If you have purchased a Nicky Epstein “Kick off the Weekend” Luncheon and Fashion show package, you may arrive at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the registration table to pick up your tickets. Otherwise, registration officially opens at 12:30 pm. The market opens at 1 p.m. You will receive a class assignment sheet along with your event program when you arrive. Check it to see where your class/es are. All class times are listed online.
  • Please be sure to check New York Times #1 Best Selling Author Debbie Macomber’s book signing schedule. This is her public appearance schedule. If you did not purchase a ticket to the Private Luncheon or Private Dinner with Debbie, this will be your opportunity to meet Debbie in person and get her autograph.

Festival parking made easy

The Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North has graciously made arrangements should its parking lots become full, offering both offsite parking and regular shuttles as overflow options.

The hotel will run shuttles every half hour after its lots fill up. The offsite overflow parking is located at the U.S. Post Office (300 Brush Creek Rd., Warrendale 15905).

Parking will be available during the Festival hours, and shuttles will run through the evening events as well. The overflow parking lot is the first lot on the left. There will be signage at the lot for parking and pick-ups. Please note: The USPS is not responsible for damage or thefts.


Field Guide winner

Field Guide

In last week’s Festival Update, we offered one copy of Interweave’s book about fiber, The Field Guide to Fleece, as our Sweepstakes prize. Authored by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius, it’s an indispensable reference for all fiber enthusiasts.

Our randomly drawn winner was Anita Joslyn, Edinboro, PA. Congratulations, Anita, please pick up the book at the Festival at the Stramba Farm and Fiber Mill booth in the Connections area.


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Festival registration deadlines

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Festival registration deadlines

The last day to mail in an advanced registration form is Saturday, March 1. Online advanced registration will be open until March 7 for admission, classes or special events. Please be sure to check the website to see whether the class is marked FULL. If it is, please do not send money for it.

After March 7, all payments for admission, classes or special events can be made at the door. Any remaining spaces in classes or at the special events will be available at the registration table.

Please note: The price for classes will be an additional $5 onsite, so check the class schedule and sign up before March 7 to avoid paying an extra $5.

We do not send out any confirmations, unless there is a problem with your registration. You may pick up all tickets and registration information at the registration tables when you arrive. Please see PghKnitAndCrochet.com for Festival hours.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


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Videos, books and yarn, oh my!

 

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March 14, 15, 16, 2014

Videos, books and yarn, oh my!

A little more than two weeks to go, and we’ll be on our way to the hotel. My living room is full of boxes ready to be packed up. I think my family will be glad when we move all of this stuff out!

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we have had a tremendous amount of donations come in for our 10-year anniversary celebration. This week, pattern booklets arrived from Be Sweet, the Ravelry buttons have come in, an unexpected surprise is being shipped from Mohair South Africa, and some of Lily Chin’s newest DVD workshop videos came in.

In fact, we are going to give a video away to one person in each of Lily’s classes. Each person in Lily’s classes will have a chance to win one of the following videos:

  • Shaping Up with Short Rows
  • Crocheter’s Toolbox
  • Knitter’s Toolbox
  • Reversible Cables
  • Mix and Match Crochet Sampler

Plus, Lily will have one more to give away at the PJ party. We will pull a name in the classroom. Lily is offering five classes, and four of them still have some slots open. So sign up now for one of Lily’s classes for a chance to win a newly released video.

Last, but not least: Due to the overwhelming response to the $50 discounts in last week’s newsletter for the special events, we ended up selecting more than three winners! All have already been notified. Congratulations, and see you at the Festival!

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Free fiber fun at the Festival

Centerpiece

This year, our free class is a make-it and take-it FeltLOOM Creation centerpiece vase cover, located in the Connections area in the Atrium of the hotel. FeltLOOM’s Lanette Freitag is bringing two table looms, and Terri Stramba from Stramba Farm and Fiber Mill will have the floor model FeltLOOM to make these beautiful centerpieces. We are gathering hand-dyed silk ribbons from Hanah Silk, as well as all of the yarns, fabrics and fibers you will need to make your own vase cover to take home (vase not included).

Lanette is also bringing five garments that were made on the FeltLOOM to be included in the Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday at noon. See what can be made with these incredible machines! Terri Stramba will have info available at her booth, for additional classes at her studio after the Festival.

As a special gift, we are also giving away one copy of Interweave’s book about fiber, The Field Guide to Fleece. Authored by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius, this book is a must-have for all knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers and fiber artists! In this book, you can learn about the qualities of fleece from 100 sheep breeds in a format that is easy to understand … and small enough to take with you to yarn shops, farms and festivals. When you understand the properties and characteristics of different sheep fibers, it will allow you to make better choices for your next projects, whether it is spinning or making a garment. This truly is an indispensable reference for all fiber enthusiasts.

Field Guide

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by March 1, 2014, with the subject line of “Field Guide to Fleece.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be selected next week, and can pick up the book at the Festival at Terri Stramba’s booth in the Connections area.


Festival parking made easy

The Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North has graciously made arrangements should its parking lots become full, offering both offsite parking and regular shuttles as overflow options.

The hotel will run shuttles every half hour after its lots fill up. The offsite overflow parking is located at the U.S. Post Office (300 Brush Creek Rd., Warrendale 15905). The schedule will be posted online, but we want to ensure that everyone knows about this in advance.

Parking will be available during the Festival hours, and shuttles will run through the evening events as well. The overflow parking lot is the first lot on the left. There will be signage at the lot for parking and pick-ups. Please note: The USPS is not responsible for damage or thefts.


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