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October 3, 2016

Please read below for all news in Quilting, Fiber, Fabric, Knit, Crochet and more!


Remember to visit the Re:new Festival this Friday night October 7th for the Fashion Extravaganza in Pittsburgh, PA. This promises to be an eclectic and creative fashion show we are proud to sponsor!


Knit, Crochet, Fiber:

Now that the cold weather has finally arrived, we can review a book we received months ago. We’re getting out our jackets, sweaters, shawls, warm socks andCowls! We love them and can’t have enough in our closet. Whether they are lightweight or chunky, Cowls are in!


60 Quick Cowls, a book from Cascade Yarns


Over sized cowls, geometric, slip stitch, cables, lace, textured, long and loopy, short and close fitting, they are all fashionable and everyone can wear one! In this book, we are treated to 60 ultimate, fantastic and creative Cowl designs for every skill level. Our previous teacher, the talented (and funny) Charles Gandy features a “Sweet and Simple” cowl done in stockinette stitch and garter ridges to compliment rich tonal colorways. Our very own Linda Voss Plummer’s design is featured in this book, “Wrap Party”, a reversible cable that is versatile and can be worn as a wrap or a cowl with the use of a shawl pin. Linda will once again be joining us with some exciting new classes, one especially for dog lovers! The book is beautiful, colorful, and the patterns are detailed and well explained. We would be hard pressed to pick a favorite in this book. We are giving away this book, see details below on how to enter.


While many of us can’t wear the trendiest styles (due tohot flashes!) chunky yarn is making appearances in every magazine. From couture to home decor, chunky yarn is a great choice for many quick and easy projects. Affordable, mega thick and soft, Red Heart Boutique’s Irresistible is a good choice for a quick easy chunky cowl. With many color choices, it also provides options for other home decor projects. A warm and cozy crocheted rug at the side of the bed would be nice to step onto on those cold winter mornings, fast and easy to make! It’s a soft acrylic yarn with a touch of wool. We have 2 skeins of “Irresistible” for giveaway, see details below on entry.



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We are pleased to announce our participation in the

1 Million Pillowcase Challenge! For those of you not familiar with the challenge, make sure to visit the link above. We are in the process of selecting the charity in the Pittsburgh area where all of the pillowcases will be donated.

The Festival is featuring the return of the Creative Open Studio, a space devoted to trying out all of the latest machines, equipment and accessories. This area will have representatives onhand to assist you with the machines and participate in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Full details to follow on the available patterns and challenge information soon.

Free Spirit Fabrics will support the challenge with donations of all of the fabrics needed to make the pillowcases during the 3 day festival.


To celebrate we are giving away 6 yards of beautifulcotton fabric from Joel Dewberry’s Flora collection from Free Spirit for one lucky winner, details below on entry.



To enter the October Sweepstakes: (one lucky winner will be selected in all 3 giveaways)


60 Quick Cowls, a book from Cascade Yarns: email with the title QUICK COWLS by October 16, 2016.


2 skeins of Irresistible Yarn in Purple/Gray: email with the title RED HEART YARN by October 16, 2016.


Free Spirit Fabric:

6 yards of Joel Dewberry’s Flora Collection:

email with the title FREE SPIRIT FABRIC by October 16, 2016



September Sweepstakes Winners:


Boho Crochet Book:

Jenny Wetzel of Wheeling, WV


Clover Rotary Cutter: 

Dale Anna Young of Ellwood City, PA


March 24, 25, 26th 2017

David L Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA



See you at the Festival!


Warm Regards,


Barb and Ann

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet | | Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival | P.O. Box 7706 | Pittsburgh, PA 15215

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