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March 14, 15, 16, 2014

Countdown to Fiber Fun

The clock is ticking, and we are just a month away from our 10-year anniversary! (You can see our countdown clock on our home page.) Although we won’t have an opening ceremony quite as elaborate as Russia did for the Olympics, we’ll have handmade sweaters on our backs, too. Kudos to our friends Imperial Stock Ranch and Kraemer Yarns for supplying and milling the yarn for the sweaters that Team USA wore.

We have had a great deal of support come in for our 10-year anniversary. Our sponsors, along with your support, have made this Festival possible. We are grateful for the fantastic gifts that have been sent in previous years, and the gifts that have been sent this year are beautiful as well. Our sponsors for the Festival this year include:

In addition, UPMC Senior Communities is once again sponsoring Senior Sunday: All seniors pay just $5 admission at the door on that day.

Just a reminder, many classes are full. Please be certain to check your class selections prior to sending in a mail in form. Also, no tickets will be mailed out. All tickets will be available for pick up at the registration tables when you arrive.

Our newsletters will come weekly from now until March 14. I may not have time to review a book each issue, but we WILL have a giveaway each week until then, with winners to pick up at the Festival. Stay tuned!

With Warm Regards,


RSVP for the PJ Party/Ravelry Design ContestWe’ve had a tremendous response for StevenBe’s PJ Party on Friday evening, featuring the Top 10 Ravelry Design Contest. Bring your version of one of the patterns below, and we’ll see which ones are our favorites! Winners will receive a special prize from our sponsors, and Steven will have some special goodies he is bringing and a special gift for his overall favorite. Ravelry is sending buttons. This is a perfect time to connect with all of your Ravelry friends. We’ll be in the hotel atrium on Friday night at 9 p.m. An RSVP is necessary since space is limited.

The Top 10 Ravelry Shawl Designs are as follows:

  1. Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
  2. Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
  3. Wingspan by Maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
  4. Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes
  5. The Age of Brass and Stream Kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn
  6. Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
  7. Leftie by Martina Behm
  8. Citron by Hilary Smith Callis
  9. Spectra by Steven West
  10. Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki

We can’t wait to see yours!

Crochet Wraps book coverThis week’s sweepstakes: Crochet Wraps, Every Which Way

On Jan. 8, Barb did a special book review and giveaway online on Tammy Hildebrand’s first book. The winner from that sweepstakes was Beth Caporali of Vandergrift, PA (congratulations!). But Tammy and her publisher, Stackpole Books, generously provided us with a second book to give away in this issue of Festival Update.

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to by Feb. 16, 2014, with the subject line of “Crochet Wraps.” 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 Feb. 19 issue of Festival Update.

January Festival Update sweepstakes winnersThe SIX winners of our January sweepstakes, each winning one Martingale knit or crochet book, are as follows.

Martingale Crochet Books:

  • Jen Duker, Pittsbugh
  • Carol GIbson, Clinton, OH
  • Sharon Jones, Hollsopple, PA

Martingale Knitting Books:

  • Vicki Grey, Springdale, PA
  • Margie Jones, Pittsbugh
  • Judy Weinberg, Pittsburgh

Congratulations, everyone! See you in a few weeks, when you pick your book up at the Festival’s registration desk!

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