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,
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:
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’
To enter this sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person please) firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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