Happy Halloween… and Design Contest News

Festival Update
March 27, 28, 29, 2015

Happy Halloween!
What wild knitted, crocheted or fiber costumes will we see this weekend? We posted this cutie on Facebook. All of the baby and children’s costumes are so sweet, but we are curious to see ones that you have made … show us yours!

Last weekend, Ann and I visited Toronto’s creativfestival. It’s where we met Charles Voth, a new teacher who will be teaching for us in March. We also met one of our new vendors, Black Sheep and Ewe, and saw our friends Becca Smith (Bagsmith) and Liz Tekus (Fine Points), as well as longtime Festival sponsors Lion Brand Yarns and Coats and Clark. I came back with tons of ideas and new products, and can’t wait to start experimenting with new fibers, yarns, fabrics, paints and pressed mulberry bark! I promise to show you the outcome after I am done playing, if the end products are worthy of showing.
Ann and I had a terrific fun time. This was our birthday weekend getaway, as we both have birthdays in October, which is just one of the reasons why I love the fall so much. Who doesn’t love to celebrate birthdays? And the colors… it was spectacular, my favorite season. (Can you tell?)

Photos: Toronto Travel Guide (left), Barb Grossman
At this time, class selections have been made. We’ll be adding an additional 15 classes to the March Festival, offering you more than 80 classes from which to choose! In addition to the Fab 4 headliners, we also welcome back nationally acclaimed designers Andrea Wong and Robyn Chachula. We are excited about many other new teachers and exhibitors, too. We’ll have all classes, teachers and exhibitors posted and details for registration up in about a month. Stay tuned!
With Warm Regards,

New at the 2015 Festival: Design Contest 
During our “Kick off the Weekend Fashion Show with the Fab 4” event on Friday, March 27, we’ll also host our first-ever Design Contest. There will be beauty, color, inspiration and pizzazz on the runway, and guaranteed entertainment to be shared by all who attend with Emcees StevenBe and Barb Grossman. One entry will be chosen by our panel of Fab 4 judges as the contest winner in each category, with a final selection to receive the coveted “Best in Show” Award with a cash prize of $500. Each contest category winner will also receive prizes in his or her category, which are as follows:
  • Crochet or Knitted Garment (1 prize will be awarded for Knit and 1 for Crochet)
  • Crochet or Knitted Shawl (1 prize will be awarded for Knit and 1 for Crochet)
  • Crochet or Knitted Accessory, such as a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet, etc. (1 prize will be awarded for Knit and 1 for Crochet)
  • Wild Wearable Art, defined as any combination of medium including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials, and construction technique including weaving, machine assisted, needle and wet felting. (1 prize will be awarded)
From these Top 7 winners, the Fab 4 judges will select a “Best in Show.” Put your creative hats on and let the designing begin! Details on how and when to submit your entry will be announced in a future issue of Festival Update.

Take Our Festival Transportation Survey
We are exploring some options for shuttles, and rides for those of you who prefer not to drive into town. Pittsburgh Transportation Group has offered to work with us to provide you with ride options. But we need to hear from you whether you are possibly interested. We are looking to coordinate rides from all points outside the city: North, East, West and South (locations to be determined).
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY PREFER TO BE SHUTTLED INTO TOWN, ONE, TWO OR ALL THREE DAYS, PLEASE LET US KNOW. This is not a commitment, just a preliminary survey to coordinate locations. Please send a YES if you are interested to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com.
If you are not interested, you need not respond. Thank you for helping us with this preliminary survey.

Salvation Army Honors Festival Efforts

The Salvation Army’s Allegheny County “Doing The Most Good” Annual Dinner is being held at the Pittsburgh Sheraton Station Square on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Thanks to all of you, Barb and Randy Grossman are being honored with the Community Service Award.
“We began our relationship with the Salvation Army years ago, and the Fabric Fair drop-off was included and has become a part of both the Knit and Crochet Festival and the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival,” Barb says. “Without your generous support and continued donations, we would not be receiving this prestigious award. I am humbled, and again give credit to all of you. Thank you.”
If you are interested in attending the dinner, please visit WPA.salvationarmy.org or email Barb for details.

September Sweepstakes Winners
Congratulations to Diane Yorkshire of Pittsburgh for being our randomly drawn winner of How To Knit, Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques, by Leslie Ann Bestor. Congrats, too, to Nancy Robbins, Kirkwood, Mo., for being our randomly drawn winner of How to Crochet, Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques, by Sara Delaney.

Today’s the last day to get in on the October sweepstakes for the latest book that Barb reviewed, Felt So Good. Read her review and how to enter the sweepstakes here.

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