March 27,28,29, 2015

Newsletters

1 2 3 5

“Knittsburgh”

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

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


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

 

Knittsburgh ! Lights! Camera! Action

 

 

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

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.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

 

63 Days to go!

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

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’.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

 

Happy 2015!

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

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.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

 

 

Happy Holidays!

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH


I have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season: good health, family, good friends and laughter. And with a new granddaughter, what better gift could I ask for? I would like to send a special holiday greeting out to each of you and hope that your Holidays are peaceful and filled with Joy.

I have 2 books to give away this issue, both crochet related. Although one is a “Christmas” Crochet book, and we won’t get it out to you until after the New Year, it can be our belated gift just for you. We have much crochet at the Festival in March, with The Crochet Dude® Drew Emborsky and Robyn Chachula and their Crochet Superbooth as well as many crochet classes with other teachers and a crochet category in each category of the Design Contest… All of our crochet fans will have no time to rest.

We are thrilled to have such a fantastic line up of new exhibitors with many of our returning favorites. If you are wondering why some of our “old time” vendors are not returning, many are not doing the “show circuit” any longer and some had conflicts with the new dates, March 27, 28, 29th 2015. Check out all of our exhibitors many of whom are offering classes and will have many new products.

On a last note, when sending in your registration electronically, if you are sending it in for 2 people, please put the name of the other person in the Instructions from Buyer section. We would like to list all names on the class rosters.

With Warm Regards,

Barb

BOOK REVIEWS and SWEEPSTAKES:

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree by Edie Eckman
Edie Eckman is a household name, her work has been seen in every publication that is crochet related.  Maybe she will consider joining us next year. This book is aptly named, with patterns for stockings, ornaments, garlands and more. With projects to get started on for next year and those beautiful stars that I have hanging on my tree and in my window year round. I have never made them, but always purchased them at local craft fairs.

To enter this sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person please) topghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line of “Christmas Crochet” by December 31st, 2014. Winner will be announced in our next newsletter.

cozy toes for baby, sweet shoes to crochet and felt by Chantel Garceau and Mary J. King
At last, a felting book for Crochet! To my knowledge, this may be a 1st, with patterns for 7 baby booties, slippers and shoes that can be worn all year long. Whimsical, cute patterns that all kids will enjoy: ladybugs, frogs, sock monkey, pandas, an owl and even a watermelon! The slippers are shown with either a crocheted bottom or an alternative leather bottom stitched on.  A perfect easy to follow book with step by step instructions. (I think I could even make these) And why not a hat to match?

To enter this sweepstakes please send an email to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com (one entry per person please) with the subject line “cozy toes” by December 31, 2014. Winner will be announced in our next newsletter.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.



This message was sent to email@example.com from:

Ann Szilagyi | pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com | Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival | P.O. Box 7706 | Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Email Marketing byiContact - Try It Free!

Unsubscribe

Festival Registration is OPEN!

 

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH


Check it out: Classes are now open for registration at PghKnitAndCrochet.com! We have classes for everyone: knitting, crochet, wet and needle felting, FeltLOOM classes, spinning, and more. Classes fill early, so don’t wait too long to sign up for your favorites.

Special Events include:

Pittsburgh Tours & More is providing shuttling to the Westin for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, March 27, 28, 29, 2015. Please contact smoreira@supershuttle.com to make your ride arrangements from all points East, West, South and North of Pittsburgh (locations to be announced) and for groups coming up to a four-hour distance. All persons using Pittsburgh Tours & More will receive a FREE Admission Pass to the Yarn Tasting included with the cost of the ride.
Last, but not least: Festival Gift Certificates make a GREAT holiday gift… for a friend and for yourself! Click here to learn more.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


Festival Update is published by

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet

P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030

We do not share our mailing list with any third party.

Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

eNews designed by Gooch & Gooch, LLC

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

View online | Subscribe | Visit us online | Archives

Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH


Happy Thanksgiving!

We are almost done and ready to open registration. You’ll hear from us the first week of December which day we are ready to open. We had one change to our schedule: Steven West canceled, but we are thrilled to include Alasdair Post-Quinn, the Extreme Double Knitting Master. He has a great selection of classes to offer, and he’ll be on hand to sign his books, too. In the meantime, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with your family and loved ones.
We have included for your pleasure a video of my sister Ann making an effort to teach crochet! After having gone through all of the class submissions, and carefully selected classes that hold a broad appeal, she came up with her version of what would be a fun class. That’s me laughing hysterically in the background (Ann was always the class clown).
As mentioned in our last issue, we encourage you to start thinking about several special design prizes that will be awarded at the Festival.At the Friday Luncheon and Fashion Show, we will be awarding a $500.00 cash prize for the “Best in Show,” and prizes for the three winners in each category:
  • Crochet or Knitted Garment
  • Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  • Crochet or Knitted Accessory (For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet, etc.)
  • Wild Wearable Art (For example, any combination of media, including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials, and construction technique including weaving, machine-assisted, needle and wet felting)
Entry forms will be available when we open registration.
Last but not least, mark your calendars for Handmade Arcade, Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Spinning Plate Gallery, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Great holiday gifts abound! Many of our featured teachers and friends will be at both events, so please come and support your local artists.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


New at the 2015 Festival: Pop des Fleurs ‘Pop In’ Lounge

Pop des Fleurs is an outdoor installation planned for the winter of 2016, designed to bring delight and color during the dark season through handmade, pop-up flower gardens. Just like the Knit the Bridge installation, Pop des Fleurs will be created by the community, and the flowers will be made primarily out of repurposed materials, knitted and crocheted. Pop des Fleurs was selected as a Community Outreach Project of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh’s Fiberart International 2016.

The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival will host a Pop des Fleurs “Pop In” Lounge, along with the Warm Up America! Lounge. Materials and Fiber Arts Guild members will be available and on hand to show you how to make flowers. Drop in and participate in Pittsburgh’s next community installation by making a flower, knitted, crocheted or otherwise. You can also start making flowers now and drop them off at the Festival. We have posted a step-by-step written tutorial for a beautiful and easy Puff Flower here, and the YouTube demonstration version can be found here.The Pop des Fleurs website also has tutorials here.


PJ Party with our Darlin’ StevenBe

On Saturday, March 28, at 9 p.m., put your PJs on and come on down to enjoy a fun-filled evening with our Darlin’ StevenBe. He’ll entertain us with his latest creations, as well as the fabulous designs from our other Fab Guys. We’ll also have some exciting surprises in store for you! Snacks, light refreshments, prizes and giveaways will all be part of this special evening. Plus, each person who attends Steven’s PJ party will receive a special gift from our sponsors.Extra-special prizes will also be awarded for:

  • Wildest Socks
  • Most Outrageous PJs
  • Craziest Hat
  • The Best and Sassiest Attitude!

Registration for the PJ party opens soon.


October Sweepstakes Winner

Congratulations to Andrea Simpson of Toronto, Ohio, for being our randomly drawn winner of Felt So Good, by Tone Rorseth.

Festival Update is published by

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet

P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030

We do not share our mailing list with any third party.

Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

eNews designed by Gooch & Gooch, LLC

 

 

Knitted PUFF Flower Instructions

Screenshot-2014-11-21-09.53

You will need:

  • Any color worsted weight acrylic yarn and appropriate sized needles
  • Colored plastic bags (reds, yellows, purples, oranges, whites) cut into approximately 3 x 3 inch pieces

Cast on 15 stitches, leaving an approx. 8-10 inch long tail.

The next row, Row 1: knit 1st st, and place a couple of pieces of the plastic in between the stitches on needle, with half on one side, half on the other side of needles, knit the next stitch. Fold the other half of the plastic toward you, and knit the next stitch. Continue to end of 1st row.

Row 2: knit

Row 3: same as Row 1

Row 4: knit

Row 5: same as Row 1

Row 6: knit

Row 7: same as Row 1

Row 8: knit

Row 9: same as Row 1

Row 10: knit

Row 11: same as Row 1

Row 12: cast off, leaving approx. and 8-10 inch tail

This gives you 6 rows of plastic flowers. Trim the whole flower to approx. 1 inch and attach an extra tail of yarn at each corner, leaving each corner with a tail approx. 8-10 inches long.

Video tutorial available at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sx-YsBxkD8

These can also be made using colored fabric.

Happy Halloween… and Design Contest News

Festival Update
March 27, 28, 29, 2015
THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

Happy Halloween!
What wild knitted, crocheted or fiber costumes will we see this weekend? We posted this cutie on Facebook. All of the baby and children’s costumes are so sweet, but we are curious to see ones that you have made … show us yours!

Last weekend, Ann and I visited Toronto’s creativfestival. It’s where we met Charles Voth, a new teacher who will be teaching for us in March. We also met one of our new vendors, Black Sheep and Ewe, and saw our friends Becca Smith (Bagsmith) and Liz Tekus (Fine Points), as well as longtime Festival sponsors Lion Brand Yarns and Coats and Clark. I came back with tons of ideas and new products, and can’t wait to start experimenting with new fibers, yarns, fabrics, paints and pressed mulberry bark! I promise to show you the outcome after I am done playing, if the end products are worthy of showing.
Ann and I had a terrific fun time. This was our birthday weekend getaway, as we both have birthdays in October, which is just one of the reasons why I love the fall so much. Who doesn’t love to celebrate birthdays? And the colors… it was spectacular, my favorite season. (Can you tell?)

Photos: Toronto Travel Guide (left), Barb Grossman
At this time, class selections have been made. We’ll be adding an additional 15 classes to the March Festival, offering you more than 80 classes from which to choose! In addition to the Fab 4 headliners, we also welcome back nationally acclaimed designers Andrea Wong and Robyn Chachula. We are excited about many other new teachers and exhibitors, too. We’ll have all classes, teachers and exhibitors posted and details for registration up in about a month. Stay tuned!
With Warm Regards,
Barb

New at the 2015 Festival: Design Contest 
During our “Kick off the Weekend Fashion Show with the Fab 4″ event on Friday, March 27, we’ll also host our first-ever Design Contest. There will be beauty, color, inspiration and pizzazz on the runway, and guaranteed entertainment to be shared by all who attend with Emcees StevenBe and Barb Grossman. One entry will be chosen by our panel of Fab 4 judges as the contest winner in each category, with a final selection to receive the coveted “Best in Show” Award with a cash prize of $500. Each contest category winner will also receive prizes in his or her category, which are as follows:
  • Crochet or Knitted Garment (1 prize will be awarded for Knit and 1 for Crochet)
  • Crochet or Knitted Shawl (1 prize will be awarded for Knit and 1 for Crochet)
  • Crochet or Knitted Accessory, such as a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet, etc. (1 prize will be awarded for Knit and 1 for Crochet)
  • Wild Wearable Art, defined as any combination of medium including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials, and construction technique including weaving, machine assisted, needle and wet felting. (1 prize will be awarded)
From these Top 7 winners, the Fab 4 judges will select a “Best in Show.” Put your creative hats on and let the designing begin! Details on how and when to submit your entry will be announced in a future issue of Festival Update.

Take Our Festival Transportation Survey
We are exploring some options for shuttles, and rides for those of you who prefer not to drive into town. Pittsburgh Transportation Group has offered to work with us to provide you with ride options. But we need to hear from you whether you are possibly interested. We are looking to coordinate rides from all points outside the city: North, East, West and South (locations to be determined).
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY PREFER TO BE SHUTTLED INTO TOWN, ONE, TWO OR ALL THREE DAYS, PLEASE LET US KNOW. This is not a commitment, just a preliminary survey to coordinate locations. Please send a YES if you are interested to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com.
If you are not interested, you need not respond. Thank you for helping us with this preliminary survey.

Salvation Army Honors Festival Efforts

The Salvation Army’s Allegheny County “Doing The Most Good” Annual Dinner is being held at the Pittsburgh Sheraton Station Square on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Thanks to all of you, Barb and Randy Grossman are being honored with the Community Service Award.
“We began our relationship with the Salvation Army years ago, and the Fabric Fair drop-off was included and has become a part of both the Knit and Crochet Festival and the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival,” Barb says. “Without your generous support and continued donations, we would not be receiving this prestigious award. I am humbled, and again give credit to all of you. Thank you.”
If you are interested in attending the dinner, please visit WPA.salvationarmy.org or email Barb for details.

September Sweepstakes Winners
Congratulations to Diane Yorkshire of Pittsburgh for being our randomly drawn winner of How To Knit, Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques, by Leslie Ann Bestor. Congrats, too, to Nancy Robbins, Kirkwood, Mo., for being our randomly drawn winner of How to Crochet, Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques, by Sara Delaney.

Today’s the last day to get in on the October sweepstakes for the latest book that Barb reviewed, Felt So Good. Read her review and how to enter the sweepstakes here.

Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 / (412) 963-7030
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2014 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.
eNews designed by Gooch & Gooch, LLC

 

Feeling good about ‘Felt So Good’…

Barb joined a book review blog tour for Felt So Good, 70 + Felted and Plain Wool Designs for You and Your Home by Tone Rorseth. Here’s her review — and giveaway details!

FSG_CoverFINAL

Felt So Good is the basic “how to” of making felted creations,  simple and easy. From accessories to housewares, recycling wool to make mittens, hats, handbags, and more, this book reminds me of many of the projects we made at the Waldorf School with my handwork group over 10 years ago. It’s nice to see someone put it into a book with easy to follow step by step how-to guide.  With recommendations for which tools to use, patterns at the end of the book, and which ready-made felt to purchase, this book leaves no simple questions unanswered.

It would make a  great gift for a young person, or for a Scout troop or homeschooling group, after-school class — the options offered are a fun assortment for all seasons. I recall doing needle felting with Girl Scouts, at community center and library events, and it was the hit of any gathering. Young people love the immediacy of needle felting and the often quick results achieved.

From animals to pincushions, mobiles, headbands, decorating skirts, slippers, mittens, garlands, hairclips, bookmarks, cell phone cases and more, the Tone left no simple or creative idea out.

Make sure you see our newsletter next week for details on how you can win a copy of this book! Not getting our newsletters? Sign up here. Or if you want to enter our giveaway now, simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by OCT 31, 2014, with the subject line of “Felt So Good.” 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 November issue of Festival Update. To purchase a copy, click here.
1 2 3 5