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Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015


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,


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.



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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