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Festival Update

March 14, 15, 16, 2014

Videos, books and yarn, oh my!

A little more than two weeks to go, and we’ll be on our way to the hotel. My living room is full of boxes ready to be packed up. I think my family will be glad when we move all of this stuff out!

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we have had a tremendous amount of donations come in for our 10-year anniversary celebration. This week, pattern booklets arrived from Be Sweet, the Ravelry buttons have come in, an unexpected surprise is being shipped from Mohair South Africa, and some of Lily Chin’s newest DVD workshop videos came in.

In fact, we are going to give a video away to one person in each of Lily’s classes. Each person in Lily’s classes will have a chance to win one of the following videos:

  • Shaping Up with Short Rows
  • Crocheter’s Toolbox
  • Knitter’s Toolbox
  • Reversible Cables
  • Mix and Match Crochet Sampler

Plus, Lily will have one more to give away at the PJ party. We will pull a name in the classroom. Lily is offering five classes, and four of them still have some slots open. So sign up now for one of Lily’s classes for a chance to win a newly released video.

Last, but not least: Due to the overwhelming response to the $50 discounts in last week’s newsletter for the special events, we ended up selecting more than three winners! All have already been notified. Congratulations, and see you at the Festival!

With Warm Regards,


Free fiber fun at the Festival


This year, our free class is a make-it and take-it FeltLOOM Creation centerpiece vase cover, located in the Connections area in the Atrium of the hotel. FeltLOOM’s Lanette Freitag is bringing two table looms, and Terri Stramba from Stramba Farm and Fiber Mill will have the floor model FeltLOOM to make these beautiful centerpieces. We are gathering hand-dyed silk ribbons from Hanah Silk, as well as all of the yarns, fabrics and fibers you will need to make your own vase cover to take home (vase not included).

Lanette is also bringing five garments that were made on the FeltLOOM to be included in the Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday at noon. See what can be made with these incredible machines! Terri Stramba will have info available at her booth, for additional classes at her studio after the Festival.

As a special gift, we are also giving away one copy of Interweave’s book about fiber, The Field Guide to Fleece. Authored by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius, this book is a must-have for all knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers and fiber artists! In this book, you can learn about the qualities of fleece from 100 sheep breeds in a format that is easy to understand … and small enough to take with you to yarn shops, farms and festivals. When you understand the properties and characteristics of different sheep fibers, it will allow you to make better choices for your next projects, whether it is spinning or making a garment. This truly is an indispensable reference for all fiber enthusiasts.

Field Guide

HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to by March 1, 2014, with the subject line of “Field Guide to Fleece.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be selected next week, and can pick up the book at the Festival at Terri Stramba’s booth in the Connections area.

Festival parking made easy

The Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North has graciously made arrangements should its parking lots become full, offering both offsite parking and regular shuttles as overflow options.

The hotel will run shuttles every half hour after its lots fill up. The offsite overflow parking is located at the U.S. Post Office (300 Brush Creek Rd., Warrendale 15905). The schedule will be posted online, but we want to ensure that everyone knows about this in advance.

Parking will be available during the Festival hours, and shuttles will run through the evening events as well. The overflow parking lot is the first lot on the left. There will be signage at the lot for parking and pick-ups. Please note: The USPS is not responsible for damage or thefts.

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