Hard to believe, but this weekend is the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival! I had a lot of work to do to get ready for this show. My last yarn & fiber event was in November and there was a lot of restocking to be done. In addition to all of my regular items, I also added some new things. Felting needles! Dyed mohair top! Fabric covered buttons! From the outside, it may not seem like much, but let me assure you, there is a great deal of work that goes into this. And I do it all alone. I dyed each fiber, spun each yarn, braided, picked, labeled, packaged, folded, measured, and washed each item on my own. All of these photos were taken since February 27.
Heading to the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival next month? Dates are March 27 through 29. Shop Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to claim your coupon on my Facebook page to receive 25% off your total purchase in my booth. This offer is valid for one time use at that event ONLY. Don’t forget to “like” my page to get updates and special offers like this for every event.
That’s right, friends. We’re already making plans for this year’s Indie Knit & Spin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’ve expanded significantly since our first show in 2011. This year we are moving upstairs to accommodate more vendors. It’s going to be a crazy awesome time, so mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss it! You can get the details on the blog or join the Facebook page to get the latest updates.
Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square
7604 Charleston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Saturday November 16th, 2013
11 am to 5 pm
Oh, what a weekend! With a four day commitment, this is definitely the longest event I take part in all year. And I have to say, today I am exhausted and sore. My throat hurts from talking (shouting) and all my muscles are aching. But I had a lot of fun with Ana from Wren & Rita, with whom I shared the booth. Thanks to her excellent spinning demo, we got 14 spindles out into the world — many to brand new spinners.
If you weren’t able to make it out to this event, Ana and I will be at A Knitter’s Fantasy on April 6. Check out their website for more information.
January is a going to be a busy month of preparing for what is to come. One event has been moved and one has been added, so things will be a little different this year. The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival moved from February into March, so I will not be going to the Women’s Fiber Fest hosted by the Alliance YWCA. But if you are desperate for fiber in February, do not fear! I’ll be in Pittsburgh anyway for a new event hosted by Cosette Cornelius-Bates. For those of you in Ohio, you will find me in April at A Knitter’s Fantasy again along with Ana Brito Skalos of Wren & Rita. So make sure you put these events on your calendar, check out their websites, and get registered for any classes you make want to take. They will be here before you (or I) know it!
Indie Knit & Spin Boutique
@ Cosymakes Studio
1406 South Negley
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Open 12 pm to 5 pm
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
@ Four Points Sheraton
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046
A Knitter’s Fantasy
@ Cheney High School
731 South Hazelwood Avenue
Open 8 am to 4:30 pm
Here is the booth Ana and I put together for Handmade Arcade along with a picture of me showing off my birthday pin, you know, because it was my birthday.
Being at Handmade Arcade was not as terrifying as I had anticipated. You see, I tend to build things up in my mind. I run through all the possibilities of failure and then I can’t get past assuming one of those things is bound to happen. Even though experience has taught me that it’s never as bad as I think it will be, I can’t stop my mind from going down that path. So, prepare for the worst, hope for the worst. Oh, it’s hope for the best, that’s right.
Did you know it was also my birthday on Saturday? It may have been the most unremarkable birthday I’ve had in a long time. I insisted on telling people throughout the day that it was my birthday, just so someone knew. That’s what you get for surrounding yourself with strangers on your “day”.
Again, I have pictures, but they are trapped in Rich’s phone and by the time I get them they will no longer be relevant. Maybe I need to break down and get a smarty-pants phone myself.
It was a successful event. I’m so used to long minutes dragging by where no one is even in the room let alone looking at my items, that having a constant stream of people was staggering. They were interested! They were weird! They were buying! It was a good feeling, selling to people who weren’t just trying to do me a favor. They bought stuff because they actually wanted it. How nice.
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What: Pittsburgh’s only Indie Fiber Arts Marketplace
Who: Everyone who loves to work with beautiful and unique yarn and fiber. There will be yarn and fiber dyers, spinners, designers, creators, and sewers – and, of course, you and your knitting friends!
Where: Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
When: Saturday, November 17th from 10 to 4
Who’s going to be there?
Beads by Eileen
Burgh Baby Gear
Dusty Tree Soap
Fibernymph Dye Works
Great Lakes Hand Dyed
Gwen Erin Natural Fibers
Luxe Fiber Arts
Stormy Blue Pottery
Willow Mist Acres Farm Boutique
Wren & Rita
Home from the longest fiber festival I have yet attended. Friday was exhausting, but by Saturday we were feeling pretty good. Sharing the booth with Cosy and Maggie worked out great. Overall it was a successful weekend, although the weather may have kept a few people away. And of course it’s always fun to meet new people!
Two more days to go?! And the market was only open from 1:3o to 6:30, so it wasn’t even a full day. But the booth looks awesome! You’ve still got two full days to come shop like a maniac! Please buy lots so I have less to pack up because I’m going to be exhausted by Sunday. Yippy!