first show of the season!

We’re starting off the year with a bang here at Gwen Erin Natural Fibers. My first show of the year is the 8th Annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival held at the Four Points Sheraton in Mars, PA. 

This is my second year setting up at this event. This year I will be in a double booth, #45-46, with Cosy (Cosy Knits literally) and Maggie (Burgh Baby Gear). We’re quite excited and hope to see you there. If you come, don’t forget to stop in and say hello.

So clear your calendar!
February 10, 11, & 12, 2012
Four Points Sheraton North
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046

Friday – Market open from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm ** This is new!
Saturday – Market open from 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday – Market open from 9 am to 4 pm

2011 Revisited

While everyone else out there in media-land is doing year end countdowns, recaps, reviews, and best-of lists, I thought I’d try that myself. So, what happened this year? I can’t remember off the top of my head, so it’s a good thing I’ve got Flickr to help jog my memory. I’ve gone through all my photos for the year and selected one or two of the most meaningful for each month (so, lots of pictures to follow). How was your year?


blocked shawl
My first shawl. Knit from handspun/dyed BFL. I use this almost every day at work.
birthday cake!
The most amazing birthday cake I have ever put together. It was for Rich.


table set-up
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival.


Olive, our little black cat.
weaving with roving
This is Rambouillet that I hate spinning, so I wove a giant rug.


Table set-up
A Knitter's Fantasy, Youngstown, OH.
April & Dad
April & Jeremy's wedding in For Lauderdale, FL.


new mitts on new hand
The new hand model with Vertical Veins mitts.
Great Lakes Fiber Show
Great Lakes Fiber Show, Wooster, OH.


matched set
A matched set knit from Cosy-dyed Falkland.


wool room
Organizing the wool room.


front gate & sheetwall
Gryphon's Rest camp at Pennsic XL.


Helios, handdyed Corriedale roving.


me & my table
Fall Festival at the Apple Castle, New Castle, PA.
Showing off the Wristler.


booth at Indie Knit & Spin
Indie Knit & Spin, Pittsburgh, PA.


gwenerin logo
New logo designed by Erin Flynn.
craft sale booth
SAA Fine Art & Craft Sale, Youngstown, OH.

indie knit & spin

Back from Indie Knit & Spin in Pittsburgh, PA. We had a great, supportive group come through during the day. And of course it was a pleasure spending the day with like-minded people and talking about wool. We’re all jazzed up and planning for next year.

booth at Indie Knit & Spin
Booth at Indie Knit & Spin, Nov. 2011

I took this picture of Olive last weekend while I was photographing my fibers. She always finds the sun spots and she’s always squirming around when I try to take a picture.

sunny cat in motion

post-festival comments

I realize the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival was two weeks ago, but it’s taken me about that long to get back on track.  I had been sick prior to the festival, got better for the weekend, and then got way worse when I got home.  ?Then our computer, with all of my important files and photos on it, went D-E-A-D.  Luckily Rich knows a tech guy at work who managed to save my beloved files, but I’ve lost all of the programs.  Trying to get back to where I left off without falling asleep first, has been difficult.

Regardless, I can say I enjoyed my time at the festival.  Met lots of neat people, talked up Knitter’s Fantasy, made a few sales, and bought some fiber for dyeing.  I was quite pleased with my table set-up, although it was a bit crowded.  This is all on a 4-foot table.  I just kept rotating the braids around and encouraged people to dig through them.  Though I did try to group them color.

table set-up

I also had a three-tier folding bookshelf that I just bought to put at the end of the table.  I needed something to display the bags of locks and it seemed to work qutie well.  The crates are handy for storing and transporting the goods before being used as a display and I can stack them any way I want. 

table set-up

Ana (from Wren & Rita) had her table set up next to mine.  She has the most adorable bags and needles cases.  She and I swapped our goodies – some spinning fiber for this super sweet little zippered pouch.  I really enjoyed the contrast between the inside fabric and the outside.  But it was hard to choose from all her lovely prints. 

wren & rita pouch

I also bought a pound of Teeswater locks from Susan’s Fiber Shop.  These are from her own sheep.  They’ve got great lock structure and luster.  I’m excited about dyeing them!

teeswater locks