Knit/Wit Designs and Fluvial Fibers Handspun

Name: Sarah Jordan
Business Names: Knit/Wit Designs (knitting patterns) and Fluvial Fibers Handspun (handspun yarn)
Web site: (and Ravelry group at
Leventry (green/gray shawl pattern), Ravessa Shawl (brownish gray shawl pattern), Schmur (colorwork hat pattern), and two skeins of handspun (blue is Border Leicester and reddish/green is Falkland)
I have been designing knitting patterns for about four years now. I mainly focus on accessories, and my passion is shawls. I like to play with color and texture in my patterns, and many of them incorporate more than one technique (cables and lace or colorwork and lace, for instance). All the things I design are things I like to knit and wear — classic styles and shapes that are engaging but not so complicated that you can’t knit them while watching TV or chatting with friends.
I have been spinning four more than seven years now. I spin primarily animal fibers (mostly wool) and tend to favor thinner yarns (generally DK weight or finer). In the past several years, I’ve had the chance to try many different breeds of wool and learn about their properties, so you will see more than the ubiquitous merino in my skeins. Most of the dyed skeins you will see in my selection were hand dyed by independent dyers, though there are also some naturally colored skeins spun from fleece.

Fibernymph Dye Works

Name: Lisa Beamer
Business name: Fibernymph Dye Works
Fibernymph Dye Works is now in its fifth year, and I continue to love what I do and enjoy the chance to share what I create with all of the yarn and fiber enthusiasts I meet at shows. This will also be my fifth time vending at Indie Knit & Spin, and I’ve loved watching the show grow with each passing year.
Since last year’s show, I’ve added a number of new colorways to my line up, including several new six, seven and eight striping colorways. These larger striping sequences are more of a challenge to dye, but the results are so worth the effort!
I’ve also experimented with new color block gradient combinations that feature more color segments, and I’m always adding new color combinations to my Inversibles collection.
I have a new sport weight yarn base that has really become popular, and I’ve added a number of new dye colors, expanding my colorway and semi-solid palettes even further! Also this year, I’ll have a new yarn/pattern kit available for my recently released Rambler Cowl.

I’ll see you in November!

Yarn Painting: Fun and Technique

1-5 pm, $60, plus kit fee listed below

Students will paint several types of yarn with multiple colors of safe and easy-to-handle acid dyes. Students will learn some basics about the chemistry of dyeing and how different types of fibers accept dyes. A basic discussion of the color wheel will be used to help the student create vibrant one-of-a kind handpainted yarns. Several techniques to apply dyes will be demonstrated to create various effects. Students will be provided with three skeins of yarn and will be shown how to blend and apply dyes to create their own fiber masterpieces!



Supplies: Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty with dye – otherwise, all you need is your creativity!

Kit cost $45 – to be paid to the instructor on the day of class.
Kit will include dye solutions, three skeins of yarn to dye, all with a different fiber content. Fibers may include wool, silk, alpaca, and mohair. Dye solutions and chemicals to pre-treat dyes and dye applicators for the various techniques will be included. Safety supplies and gloves will be provided.

Cyndi Fink has a B. S. in Chemistry and spent several years working in industrial dye labs for both paper and plastic. In addition, Cyndi is a long-time fiber enthusiast and was crafting probably before she could walk. Taught by both her grandmothers to knit and crochet, she’s been playing with fibers for most of her life and is an avid knitter and spinner. Because of her chemistry background, dyeing has always been a fascinating topic, with a specific interest in dyeing with natural plant dyes, especially indigo. She’s attended and taught several classes on basic dyeing and natural plant dyes. With a M. S. in Plant Ecology, Cyndi has been teaching various public programs at Phipps Conservatory for 15 years, and also provides programs to local and regional garden clubs on various plant-related topics, including dyeing, knitting with natural plant fibers and embroidery. Cyndi is employed as a Hazardous Materials Transport Manager at Lanxess Corporation, a global chemical company, with dreams of someday touring fiber festivals with her own line of natually-dyed fibers.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Take a class!

Hi all! Please consider taking classes with IKS. Here are the reasons why we think you should

1) Variety! We have something for everyone this year, including some classes and lectures that just cost $5 and some very in depth workshops. Check out all our classes here.

2) Awesome teachers! People who are passionate about teaching and want to spread the love of fiber arts.

3) 2/3 of the money you pay goes to the teachers – giving them a great wage for their work is one of our top priorities.

4) Support of these classes assures that we can seek out new fantastic teachers and classes for next year.

5) Lastly, this year we are bringing in an advanced spinning teacher. However she will not be able to join us unless her two classes have at least 8 people each by the end of September. So spread the word! Sign up for classes! Enjoy the community that is Indie Knit and Spin.

Make Your Own Unique Silver Buttons!

Button Making Workshop, 10-12:30, $37

You found the perfect artisanal yarn or other great fiber product. You spent time fashioning it into a marvelous hand-made item. Now it’s time to take the next step and add your very own hand-made buttons as closures or embellishments!
In this workshop you (yes, you!) will create your own fine silver buttons. We’ll use a relatively new technique involving reclaimed metals in a finely powdered form. They come mixed with an organic binder and water to yield a substance that feels almost like a silky-soft clay. You will roll this over a textured surface to impress a design. We’ll have pastry cutters and decorative scissors you can use to cut the outlines of your buttons, and you’ll learn how to smooth out the edges, add the necessary holes, and finish the surface so it will have a beautiful shine.

We’ll finish by 12:30; your instructor will then fire all the students’ buttons in a small electric kiln to remove the binder, until only the silver remains. The buttons may also be tumbled to a bright and shiny finish. You’ll be able to pick them up at the end of the day. (If you prefer, you may arrange a time to come pick them up another day, or request that your creations be mailed to you.)

Demonstrations will cover several designs about one inch across. Participants following that lead should be able to complete three fine silver buttons in the class. (Adjust the count up or down a bit if you prefer a different size.) For those who work fast and have enough interest in making more, additional packets of the silver material will be available for you to purchase to make extras.

And there’s no need to limit yourself to buttons! With just minor adjustments in the size and placement of the holes in your pieces, you can end up with bracelet charms, pendants, or earrings. The instructor’s sample buttons will be available for purchase at the end of the session. Class participants will have first choice, then they’ll be offered to others attending the Indie Knit & Spin event.

The instructor will have all the tools necessary. Participants don’t need to bring anything but their interest and enthusiasm.

The silver material, project handouts, and various consumables we will use are included in the materials fee. The exact materials fee will depend on how many buttons of what size you choose to make; experience has shown that to likely be around $35 per person.
Carol Scheftic is a certified metal clay artisan and an accredited metal clay teacher. She was born in Indiana and raised in Florida. After stints in several other locales, she moved from California to Pittsburgh. She has been here creating and teaching this process since 2006. She is a founding member of the Western PA Metal Clay Guild, and a member of both the Cranberry Artists Network and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.

Her art jewelry pieces are available in galleries in western Pennsylvania and New York, and at open house events (four per year) in her studio. They have also been available at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the gallery booths of Koolkat Designs and the Artsmiths of Pittsburgh.

She works out of a studio in the Wilkins School Community Center building in Swissvale, PA, where she regularly teaches private and semi-private lessons; she also teaches small group lessons at a variety of regional bead shops and galleries.

She is better at crochet than knitting, and loves making hairpin lace in particular. Most of the silver or bronze buttons she has made recently, however, have been used as closures on gemstone-and-leather bracelets. She looks forward to sparking your creativity in making these buttons, and to having you spark hers as you discuss the various ways you may use your lovely creations.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Marketplace Vendors 2015

I’m pleased to announce the following vendors for our November show:

Amelia and Wiggles

Artisan Buttons

Chickpea Yarns

Crochet By Faye

Destination Yarn

Dusty Tree Soap

Fibernymph Dye Works

Fiddlehead Fibers

Gwen Erin Natural Fibers



Joanna’s Boutique

Knit/Wit Designs; Fluvial Fibers Handspun

Michelle’s Assortment

One Sly Fox

Peppermint Knits

Shirsty Cat Designs



Structured Stitches

Wren House Yarns

Yoga and Yarn

Yoga and Yarn, 3:30-5:30, $30

In this class, knitters of all levels will learn simple techniques for using their time knitting as part of a mindful stress management strategy. We will look at the nature of mind and creativity and ways to use movement, stretching, breath and visualization to enhance our knitting skills and quality of life. Basic seated stretches will be taught to help knitters prevent repetitive strain injuries and to decrease the aches and pains that knitters sometimes experience in the neck and shoulders, hands and wrists, and low back. Absolutely no experience with yoga or meditation is required and all techniques are secular and so very gentle that everyone can practice them.
Third session class 2-4
maximum class size – 20

1. Please bring a simple project that does not require counting or referring to a pattern. If you do not currently have such a project or are a beginner, please prepare a mindfulness knitting project as follows:

On size 6 or 8 needles, cast-on 30 stitches, preferably with a natural fiber yarn (avoid acrylic if at all possible) and knit at least 5-rows in garter stitch.

2. Wear comfortable clothing that is not revealing or restrictive if you bring your arms up in the air, sit or lift up one leg at a time.

3. Bring a water bottle filled with water.

Sharon is a meditation and yoga instructor with over twenty-years of practice and teaching experience. She draws upon her personal practice and training in cultural anthropology, art history, meditation, movement therapy and love of knitting to create unique workshops for adults who wish to enhance their creativity and reduce stress and anxiety. After owning and directing Yoga Matrika, an intimate community-based yoga studio in Pittsburgh, for eight-years, Sharon now offers mindful coaching for women, childbirth preparation and postpartum care all over the world. You can find Sharon online at
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To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Eastern European Knitting

Eastern European Knitting, 1:15-3:15, $30
(known also as Russian or combination knitting)
long draw merino
This class will be teaching how people knit in Eastern part of Europe. In this way of knitting, yarn is controlled by the finger of your left hand – like in continental knitting, but stitches are done differently. It is very fast way of knitting and according to Ann Modesitt (who named it combination knitting) produces more uniform fabric.

Topics covered in class:
Knit stitch
Purl stitch
Decreases – difference between decreases in Eastern and English way of knitting
Binding off (much more loose bind off)

Needles and some yarn which you are comfortable knitting with. Thicker yarns (worsted weight and thicker) may be more suitable than thinner.

Joanna Romaniuk was born and raised in Poland. That’s where she learned to knit as a child. She does not remember how. Knitting was just something (besides cooking and sewing and so on) that women were doing. It was only after she came to US in 1989 that she realized that there could be another way of knitting. She taught both her daughters to knit the same way as she does. Teaching more people how to do it is a new endeavor for her, but she a lot of experience in teaching at school (K-12), college and work.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Anatomy of a Sock Heel

Anatomy of a Sock Heel, 3:45-5:45, $30
Sock heels vary from designer to designer and place to place. This class will compare and contrast a variety of types, so that you can choose the right heel for your socks. Both toe-up and cuff-down heel will be discussed.

Supplies: None, although paper and pencil are a good idea.

Supply fee: $10 for the booklet.

Homework: None

Instructor bio: Raven is an analytical thinker who has been knitting socks for 8 years.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Design It, Write It

Design it, Write it, 1:30-3:30 pm, $30
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A class for knitters and crocheters to learn about writing patterns, including a review of the parts of a pattern, a discussion of pattern writing workflow, and an overview about selling patterns in today’s market. We will also discuss the reasons to write patterns, charts, schematics, and the importance of editing.
Supplies needed – If you have ideas for patterns you would like to write or prototypes, please bring them. Otherwise, just pencil and paper are required for taking notes.

Amy has taught in the past at Natural Stitches in Pittsburgh’s East End as well as the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. Due to her workload as an architect, she has had to give up full time teaching duties, but she appreciates the opportunity to teach occasionally at events like Indie Knit & Spin!

In addition to self-published patterns available on, Amy has designs published in “60 Quick Knits from America’s Yarn Shops”, “Scarves, Etc 2015” and will eventually have three designs published in the Cooperative Press Series “Fresh Designs Crochet”. Amy’s designs are also featured in kits sold by Ross Farm Fibers of Washington, PA. Keep up with new design releases and future teaching engagements at You can also find Amy on ravelry and twitter as Pghamers.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.