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Catching our breath from Columbus!

This weekend, Sarah, Ann and I made the rounds on the trade show floor of The National NeedleArts Association’s Summer Market in Columbus, OH. We caught up with many old friends and colleagues, and made a number of new connections, too. In fact, we have many surprises coming your way as a result of our networking. We’ll reveal everything … all in good time, we promise.

Pictured below is yarn that I brought home that was donated for our upcoming Bedford Knittreat, with more to come. We’re very grateful to the following donors:

Knittreat donations

Watch for sweepstakes prizes from HPKY and Mountain Colors Yarns in upcoming issues of our newsletters. In fact, this issue’s sweepstakes is for a Mountain Colors scarf kit (details at the end of this newsletter).

I still have yarns to review from Colinette Yarns, Abuelita Yarns and Zealana Yarn. There are also quite a few books that I brought home from TNNA that I plan to review for you throughout the summer and fall.

Last but not least, wow, look at this mountain of wool! This is from Blue Sky Alpacas and is currently in my sitting room… although we plan to use all of it in our preparations for the Festival in March.

Wool Mountain

Here’s to a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday for everyone. I’m bringing my needles to the fireworks display, hope you can, too. And with the sweltering weather we’ve been having lately, now’s a great time to order your “It’s Too Hot to Wear My Sweater” T-shirts! Learn more here.

With Warm Regards,


Knittreat Early Bird registration ends June 30

My First CardiganHave you registered for our annual Knittreat in Bedford Springs, PA, yet? If not, there’s just a few days left to get in at the Early Bird rate! Visit for all the details.

Congratulations to our Sweepstakes winners

My First Cardigan Lynn Drzewucki, Cranberry Township, PA, was the randomly drawn winner of our book review sweepstakes from last issue. She receives Georgia Druen’s
My First Cardigan Workbook: Knit Your Way to Success with 8 Top-down Cardigans, from Annie’s Crafts.

In addition, we had a second prize package to celebrate Father’s Day:

  •  4 free tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game
  •  6 buy one, get one free tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game
  •  2 coupons for $10 off club seats to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game

The randomly drawn winner of that sweepstakes prize was Rebecca White, Sycamore, PA. We congratulate both of our winners, and encourage everyone to read on for this issue’s sweepstakes details!

Sweepstakes prize: Mountain Colors Scarf Kit

Yellowstone River Scarf kit The lovely Yellowstone River Scarf Kit is courtesy of Mountain Colors. This fun, textured scarf is knit lengthwise and includes five different types of Mountain Colors’ hand-painted yarn, approximately 1oz. each. The five different colorways blend for a colorful look.

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person per prize, please) to by JULY 1, 2013, with the subject line of “Yellowstone River Scarf.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winners will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.

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