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Lily Chin will be our Festival Featured Teacher!

While I want to remind everyone that Early Bird Registration is still going until the end of June for our November Knittreat, I am also thrilled with how the 2014 Festival is shaping up. First, we got word that the wonderful, #1 New York Times Best-selling Author Debbie Macomber will be our Special Guest during the event, and now I am pleased to announce that the fabulous Lily Chin has agreed to return to teach for the Festival’s 10th anniversary!


According to the bio on her website, Lily, named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting International, has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years, and she has worked with designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, from Racquel Welch and Vanna White to Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She is the author of Knit and Crochet with Beads, The Urban Knitter and Mosaic Magic, and she has written the “On Designing” column for Knitter’s Magazine and the annual “Focus on Fibers” report for Knit ‘n Style.

Lily also is the reigning champion fastest crocheter in the world, a title she defended in October 2004 at the world championships in London. Lily Chin regularly appears as a spokesperson for the yarn industry in media across the U.S., including Time, the New York Times, USA Today, the David Letterman Show, the CBS Early Show, DIY’s Knitty Gritty, E! Style Network’s Craft Corner Death Match, Lifetime’s Handmade by Design, HGTV’s Sew Much More, and CNN. Lily Chin has lived in New York City nearly all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was educated at Queens College, City University of New York.

It’s going to be a great 10th-anniversary Festival, to say the least!


Check out our new merchandise page!

The weather has been so erratic: hot, cold, hot, cold and some days it really is too hot to wear our favorite sweater, shawl or vest. So, check out these new products and more that we are offering at: PghKnitandCrochet.com/merchandise.

Too Hot Knit Too Hot Crochet
I Heart Knit I Heart Crochet

These garments are perfect to let everyone know what we like to do. They will be available in the fall and winter in long- sleeved and sweatshirt styles.


Educational weaving event set for June 22

Arthurdale HeritageVisit Arthurdale Heritage in nearby Arthurdale, WV, on June 22 for “Common Threads,” a fiber show that will celebrate the city’s history of hand-weaving and other fabric and fiber crafts. Local artists will demonstrate their craft, teach classes, network, and swap supplies.

A special exhibit, “Weaving Legacies: Arthurdale’s Handweavers and the Craft Revival,” will highlight the links between Arthurdale’s weaving program and broader national trends in the 1930s.

The celebration of this new exhibit will include presentations by Sarah Fletcher (daughter of master weaver and Arthurdale homesteader Dorothy Thompson) and Philis Alvic, an eastern Kentucky weaver whose book, Weavers of the Southern Highlands, explores historic weaving programs in Appalachia.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with classes and demonstrations. These include a knit-in with Tracy Strother, a quilting show by the Homestead Quilters Guild, weaving exhibits, plus spinning and dyeing demonstrations. For children, there will be tie dye and macramé workshops. A “scrap swap” will allow fiber artists to trade materials and supplies. At 11:30 a.m., Sarah Fletcher will speak and show samples of her mother’s work. A light lunch will follow, and the event will end with Philis Alvic’s discussion and book signing. Click here for more information.

We will be at TNNA and unable to make it. Please let us know if you go, and take photos to share with us!


Fabric Fair a hit, thanks in part to Festival donations

We recently received a note from the Salvation Army Greater Pittsburgh Women’s Auxilliary letting us know that our Fabric Fair dropoff collection during the Festival was a home run for the group: “Your attendees are most generous and their donations are always of very good quality. This year our one-day sale in April netted us $36,500.”

Thank you all who participated in making their 2013 Fabric Fair such a success!


Book review… and special Father’s Day Sweepstakes

My First Cardigan“The kids are out of school for the whole summer, and I love having Sarah at home!” says Barb. “I always wish that summer was a little longer.” Here’s the lastest book review, along with a very special sweepstakes prize, just in time to celebrate the dads in our lives:

The perfect companion for those of you who are with young people and are showing them how to knit their first sweater is from Annie’s Crafts: My First Cardigan Workbook. Knit Your Way to Success with 8 Top-down Cardigans, by Georgia Druen.

This little book is well organized for the beginner knitter, with four sweater patterns that offer an intro to lace, cables, fair isle, and basket weave basics. It has a before-you-get-started section, as well as knitting basics. It begins by starting with an infant-sized sweater. There are four pint-sized cardigans, then the same four cardigans are shown in adult sizes. When the baby sweaters have been completed, you can proceed to making an adult-sized matching one. The patterns are classic, simple styles, with various borders. This seems like it would be the perfect summer project for Grandma and grandchild.
Pirates tix

We have two sweepstakes prizes this time around. In addition to a randomly drawn winner for the book, we also have a second, special sweepstakes package for another winner. just in time for Father’s Day June 16:

  • 4 free tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game
  • 6 buy one, get one free tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game
  • 2 coupons for $10 off club seats to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person per prize, please) to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by JUNE 14, 2013, with the subject line of “My First Cardigan” (for the book), and/or if you want to try for the baseball package, send a separate email with the subject line of “Happy Father’s Day.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winners will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.


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