March 27, 28, 29, 2015
New dates, new location
The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival is moving. We are pleased to have been at the Four Points Sheraton for six years, and thank you for your continued support. But it seems as though we are bursting at the seams there. So many of you have made comments and suggestions about moving, and we’ve done it! Next year, you can look forward to a new location, along with a date change:
As the name implies, this hotel is adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. We will keep everyone abreast of all details and hotel floor plans, etc., in the fall. But at least you can make the date change note on your calendar at this time.
We are beginning to gear up and plan classes for our Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in August (at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North). Things are shaping up, and we’ll have a newsletter go out soon to keep you updated, with some book reviews and giveaways, too!
On Saturday, I had a chance to stop into the Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair and saw many familiar faces. Thank you for supporting the Fair! While I was there, I got lots of goodies that you’ll see at the Creative Arts Festival.
Last but not least, we have two books as reviews and giveaways this month, one for crocheters and one for knitters. You can enter both contests, but please make them separate entries, and please enter just once for each. Read on!
With Warm Regards,
|Review/Prize No. 1:Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats: 30 Fun & Stylish Designs for Kids of All Ages
I bet you’ll say the same thing my Mother-in-law said when she saw this new book by Kristi Simpson: “I thought I had seen every hat idea under the sun, but these are the most creative and cute hats yet!” Being 91, she can say she thought she had seen it all!
There are matching hats, not only for Mommy and child, but for Daddy, too. Hats for every season and occasion, Kristi has thought of it all. Monsters and Pirates, ahoy, Horses and Sock Monkeys, Hunting Hats, and Hats with Beards, oh my! But she did not forget the sweet and pretty dress-up hats: Cloches, Sunhats, and this year’s most popular style, the Slouchy Downtown Hat.
In every color of the rainbow, embellished, fun, pretty and silly, this book is a sure hit for every crochet enthusiast. My favorite: “Giggles and Curls” hats with the cute corkscrews.
HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to email@example.com by APRIL 15, 2014, with the subject line of “Mommy and Me.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.
|Review/Prize No. 2:Knitted Mitts & Mittens: 25 Fun and Fashionable Designs for Fingerless Gloves, Mittens and Wrist Warmers
In this book, Amy has us knitting mitts all year long. With the cold weather (hopefully) behind us, Amy has garden mitts, opera mitts, and even little zippered “energy” mitts for boarding (I’m not taking up that sport, but the mitts are very cute for the teen in your life). There are plaids and pleats, circles and miters, slouchy and whimsical. This books shows you how to try out a new stitch pattern just learned, and not have to repeat it too often, making learning very simple. One mitered square on each mitt is perfect.
The instructions seem well written, with charts too, and the accompanying photos are lovely and detailed. Amy offers mitts in a variety of yarns, making them suitable for spring and fall, not only winter. My favorite: The linen woven-looking “Fade Fingerless Mitts” in gradient pastel aqua, greens, blues and cream.
HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org by APRIL 15, 2014, with the subject line of “Knitted Mitts.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.
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