Thank you!

Oh my goodness folks.
Can I tell you I come away from IKS every time exhausted, but also just so happy. It’s a happy making show.

And it wouldn’t be half as happy if I didn’t have all of your to share it with. A great big thanks to vendors, volunteers, and the fiber arts organizations that made this a smashing day.

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Demo schedule

The following demos will be held in the extra room on the first floor.  Be sure to come check them out!

10:30

11 – Cabling without a Cable Needle with Cosette Cornelius-Bates

11:30 – Fractal Spinning with Nikki of Peppermint Knits

12 – Twisted German Cast On with Dawn of Fairy Tale Knits

12:30 – Fiber Prep with Jess of Fiddlehead Fibers

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1:30 – Andean Plying on a Drop Spindle with Sarah of One Sly Fox

2 – Dorset Crosswheel Button Making with Emily of Artisan Buttons

2:30 – How to use a Nostepinne with Dawn of Fairy Tale Knits

3 – Turkish Drop Spindle with Gwen of Gwen Erin Natural Fibers

3:30

Treats and Meets

We are very excited to have a separate room with treats from Zeke’s Coffee, places to sit and knit and chat, and tables showcasing these great fiber arts organizations:

Steel City Fiber Collective
The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
South Hills Knitting Guild
Washington Spinners and Weavers Guild
Weaver’s Guild of Pittsburgh

I would also like to mention the following local businesses who we appreciate and enjoy

Natural Stitches
Kid Ewe Knot
Natural Stitches
Spool
Center for Creative Reuse

Peppermint Knits

Name: Nikki Bush
Business: Peppermint Knits
Website: etsy.com/shop/peppermintknitsllc

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What got you interested in your art of choice?
I learned to knit in 2012 and it was the gateway drug into the fiber world.

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Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
I really love the dyed braids because it not only gives you a chance to work with color when making them but as a spinner, it gives you so many ways to manipulate color at the wheel.

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What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I learned to spin last year and it was life-altering. I hope to encourage other knitters/crocheters to try making their own yarn as it is so satisfying to create and then use.

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What is your fiber arts superpower?
Enthusiastic Enabling

One Sly Fox

Name: Sarah Teigler
Business: One Sly Fox
Website: oneslyfox.etsy.com

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What got you interested in your art of choice?
I’ve always been someone who needs to keep my hands busy. Because of this my Nana taught me to knit, my Grandmother to crochet, and it just built from there. I’ve worked with a lot of different materials over time, but yarn has always been a favorite.

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Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
Of my own, I am pretty proud of my TARDIS stitch markers, yes I have my own set (or three). Of other people’s works, I love Butterfly Girl Designs’ Riot batt. So many pretty colors and it spins like a dream!

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What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
Ordinary tools honestly bother me. I don’t like plain things when it’s possible to make something that serves the same purpose, but has character, color, life! Tools don’t have to be dull or plain, why not use something flashy, bright or colorful if it makes you happy? I want to make the tools that have that life, that make people happy to use them.

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What is your fiber arts superpower?
Dropped stitch? What dropped stitch? There’s no dropped stitch.

Call for Volunteers!

Did you know you can get awesome yarn, fiber etc from our vendors for volunteering? I am still in need of some volunteers.

I could use a couple more people for load out/sweeping from 4-5:30

And a few people to keep an eye on the give-away, take-away table from 12-2, and 2-4. This particular job is just sitting around knitting or gabbing.

If you’re a particularly social person, you could also stand around in the hallways and direct traffic.  If you want to volunteer, just email.  We can find a place for you – cosymakes@gmail.com.

Destination Yarn

Name: Jeanne Stevenson
Business name: Destination Yarn
Website: destinationyarn.com

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What got you interested in your art of choice?
I was an avid (possibly obsessed) knitter and wanted to learn as much about the craft as possible – dying yarn was a natural next step. I dyed yarn for all of the knitters in my life for Christmas that year and discovered my passion.

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Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
My current favorites are the “Adventure” colorways – my stipple dyes. That technique is so popular right now and it’s easy to see why – the yarn it produces is beautiful!

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What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
A unique perspective on color. Because I dye with places in mind every one of my skeins has a story.

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What is your fiber arts superpower?
Turning places into yarn!

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Gypsy Stardust Yarn and Fiber

Name: Trisha Eliason
Business: Gypsy Stardust Yarn and Fiber
Web Site: etsy.com/shop/GypsyStardustFiber

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How I became interested:
I come from a long line of creative women; painters, artists, sewers, crocheters, so when I began knitting they provided me with lots of support and encouragement. I began knitting when I was pregnant with my first child. Three children later, I have tackled socks, sweaters, cables, intarsia and fair isle. I have developed a love for drop spinning and an eye for dyeing. I love coming up with unique color ways that fit my magic and fantasy theme.

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Do I have a favorite color way or item:
That’s a tough one. I love purples, blues, and greens, but my “Poison Apple” color way, in red and black, is definitely my guilty pleasure! I’m also pretty fond of my hand spun yarns because of the time it takes to spin them.

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What do I strive to offer:
My goal is to offer unique and whimsical color ways that inspire creativity and a love of myth and fantasy.

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What is my fiber arts super power:
That I manage to raise three small children AND find enough time to dye, spin, and knit!

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