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Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015


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:

  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.



52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris de Longpre’
Chris has autographed the copy for us to give away. The book is a delightful menagerie of playful patterns that will enchant knitters and children of all ages. A timeless book, as the name indicates, for all seasons, animals that can be played with all year long. The book is cleverly divided into patterns for animals that fall into their habitat categories: Down Under features Crocodile, Kangaroo (complete with pouch and Joey), Kiwi, Koala and Platypus! Wetlands features: Beaver, Frog, Garter Snake, Snail and Turtle. There are 9 categories in all: Flock, Heartland, Midnight Sun, Reef, Serengeti, Southwest and Woodlands. We’ve all seen Monkeys, Hens, Chicks, Penguins, Bunnies and Owls, but have you ever seen a toy Armadillo, Puffin, Toucan, Blue-Footed Booby or Lizard? It is obvious that a great deal of time went into making this book, with tremendous detail on every critter. Whimsical embroidery details are included (funny little teeth for crocodiles) as well as stuffing instructions. Chris chooses yarns from Brown Sheep Yarn Company due to their natural fibers and they are made in the US. This book is a must have for all animal enthusiasts, parents, grandparents, teachers and children. Kudos to Chris for a fun, colorful and playful book! My favorite is the Flamingo.

To enter this sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person please) topghknitandcrochet@gmail.com 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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