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Happy Valentine’s Day from California!

Festival Update
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This message is reaching you while I am recharging in sunny California. For the last 9 years, I have spent my Valentine’s Day with many of you. This year, I get to spend it with the love of my life, my husband, Randy. (It also happens to be our anniversary on Feb. 15!) I’ll be rested, renewed and ready for the final weeks before the Festival when I return. 

Don’t worry, my team is still in place accepting your registrations and answering any questions you may have about the Festival, which will be here before you know it!

I’ve brought a few knitting books along with me to review, along with a knitting project that’s kind of experimental for me: I’m trying out the Kollage Yarn Square Knitting Needles. I’ll have a full report next week. In fact, our newsletter will be hitting your inbox weekly from now through March 15.

In the meantime, here are just some items to please take note of as we get closer to the Festival:

• If you’re registering for a class, please check online to ensure the class you want is not already marked as full. We try to put it up on the website as soon as it’s full, so we don’t have any confusion with new registrants.

• Also (and this is VERY important!), please make sure you include payment with registration. We do not hold space in classes for registered students unless we have received their payment.

• Anytime during the Festival weekend, we invite you to make a Fiber Flag to hang in the chain of Tibetan Style Prayer Flags that will be displayed outside of Fiberart International 2013 this spring! Tara Zalewsky-Nease has offered to share this project with us: She will provide the materials for you to make a simple drawing with a black permanent marker on 8.5″ x 6.5″ white fabric. Tara will dye the fabric afterward, and they will be hung at two locations this spring: the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Squirrel Hill. To be a part of this big project, all you need to do is bring your imagination. The flags will be on the tables with the Woven Prayer Flags and at the Friday Night Knit the Bridge Lounge Reception. Don’t forget to sign your name and city somewhere on the flag.

• Also at our Friday Night Knit the Bridge Lounge Reception, we invite everyone to bring a small, handmade gift, wrapped, to share in a “gift swap.” It can be a crocheted flower, a handmade card, an origami piece, or anything that you have made that is small. It does not have to be knitted or crocheted… it can be a collage, paper craft, wood, needle felted, recycled. It should just be a little token to share (no store-bought items).

• During the Saturday Pajama Party with StevenBe, we will have both an Open Mic night and Show & Tell. For Open Mic, we invite anyone who has a knitting or crochet story to share to come on up and tell it as we eat, drink and socialize. For Show & Tell, please bring along any garment or accessory you’ve made recently … or even a vintage piece that you want to show off.

• Last, but not least, we thank Last Knitter Standing for donating several games both as prizes during the weekend events (Friday reception and Saturday pajama party), and to open up and play, too!

With Warm Regards,

Barbara Grossman

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