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Nicky Epstein returns to Pittsburgh Festival

Our good friend Nicky Epstein has agreed to come back to Pittsburgh to celebrate our 10-year anniversary! She’ll be on hand to meet with you, teach a class, and showcase her collection of 18-in. dolls.

Nicky has been busy again, with her two latest books: Knits for Dolls and Crochet for Dolls, 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-inch Dolls. Similar to how she had her special Barbie doll display at the 2011 Festival, Nicky will display her full collection of 18-in. dolls, complete with outfits from the books. This display is sure to also be a favorite for all ages. Maybe you’ll plan to bring your daughter, granddaughter, niece or tell your local Girl Scout troop! See below in this issue for book reviews and giveaway details.

Along with the Doll Display, we are hosting a Charity Doll Round-Up with Nicky. With so many patterns so easy to do, we are asking that you make an outfit for an 18-in. doll and bring it either to the 2014 Festival or to a participating yarn store. (We’ll provide you with a list of official drop-off points for doll outfits at a later date.) If you prefer not to make an outfit and would like to donate an 18-in. doll, we’ll be collecting those also. Dolls must be new and remain in their package. Outfits will be packed by a volunteer group at the Festival. The dolls and outfits will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. So, look through your stash and see what you can use for an outfit for a doll. You have plenty of time and we will keep you informed with more details as they come in.

On a related note, we are in the process of accepting class submissions from teachers for the Festival in March. It seems like a long way off, but we are steeped in planning and preparations. We’ll have a full schedule with Debbie Macomber, Lily Chin, Nicky Epstein, StevenBe, plus all of your local favorite teachers. If you have a particular class or a teacher you would like to see on the schedule next year, please let us know via email at

With Warm Regards,


Make plans to see the Knit the Bridge Installation this weekend!

Knit the Bridge logoThe Bridge Installation goes up Aug. 10-11, and comes down Sept. 7-8. Volunteers are helping with the Ground Installation and you can, too. Visit the official site here, and their Facebook page here, for the latest details!

Barb’s Book Reviews AND Sweepstakes Prizes: Nicky Epstein

Epstein knit bookThis month, we have books for crochet and knit enthusiasts alike, both from the talented Nicky Epstein. Even better, she has graciously donated them as two separate sweepstake prizes this month!

Nicky Epstein Knits for Dolls, 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-inch Dolls is cute, adorable and made me feel like a kid again. This book has been out for a few months, and has outfits for every season along with accessories to match. From casual outfits, sportswear, coats and dresses, a ballerina outfit, to a lace princess gown, you’ll be planning tea time with your young ones soon. Nicky has included in the back section some jewelry for the dolls and recipes for tea-time.

What’s not to like? This book has designs for every skill level, and the outfits are so small, they are Epstein crochet booksure to be a quick “little” project.

Nicky Epstein Crochet for Dolls, 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-inch Dolls is not at the bookstores yet, but I have received a promotional copy for review. With a similar layout to the Knits for Dolls, this book features the most adorable outfits for crocheters to make. There’s a bathrobe in this collection with cozy kitten slippers to match, and I can’t wait to see them on display at the Festival! From vintage (a go-go girl) to the latest fashionwear: vests, jackets, and a blanket, Nicky has featured a variety of outfits perfect for every occasion for your dolls. There are many accessories that can be mixed and matched, so you and your girls are sure to have lots of fun with this book. I hope Nicky plans to come out with a collection that offers matching outfits for the dolls and their young owners next!

With every outfit being adorable, it was tough to pick a favorite one. My favorite in both books is the photo of Nicky at 3 years old on the inside back cover!

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person per prize, please) to by SEPT. 1, 2013, with the subject line of either “Nicky Knits” OR “Nicky Crochets.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The two winners will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in the next issue of Festival Update.

Durant bookSweepstakes winner announced

Pam Zimmer of Erie, PA, was the randomly drawn winner of our most recent sweepstakes. She receives Luxury Yarn, One Skein Wonders, 101 Small Indulgences, edited by Judith Durant.
Congratulations, Pam!


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