IKS Nov 2016, the low down


Indie Knit and Spin
Fiber Arts Marketplace

Awesome Local Vendors
Amazing Raffle Prizes
Cool Like Minded People
all in one space

This year there will also be an awesome raffle of amazing fiber arts items from our vendors held at 12 and at 2.

Our vendors will also be offering little demos throughout the day. Come learn something new!

Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square, 7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 **

Saturday November 12, 2016, 10:00-4:00


If you’ve never been to the show before, know that it is at a school in a residential area and that all parking is street parking. If you are worried about having to park a couple of blocks away, come later in the day when the show is less busy.

The give-away take-away table is a place to get rid of the fiber arts stuff that you just have lying around collecting dust. And maybe to score something new that makes you happy. Books, patterns, needles, knitting, crochet or spinning supplies all welcome! You do not have to bring something to take something or take something if you bring something.

**Please note, this space is not handicapped accessible, and requires the climbing of several flights of stairs to get to the show. Despite efforts to raise the funds, the Community Center has not yet succeeded in getting enough money for an elevator.


Indie Knit and Spin is this Saturday! Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss

FREE book for the first 100 people who come through the door

Make sure to check out awesome demos offered by the vendors! They will be in the classroom on the first floor.  Afterthought heels, spinning wheel tensions and so much more!

We will be raffling off great prizes from our vendors at 12 and 2 in the upstairs hallway. These raffles will include these big prizes along with lots of other smaller prizes. Each person who comes through the door gets one raffle ticket.

Give-away take-away and Snack tables

These will be found in the upstairs hallway. The snack foods are provided by the vendors. The give-away take-away table is a place to get rid of fiber arts goods. Just put stuff on the table and walk away, or browse the other stuff and pick up something you need.

Drum Carding
Make sure to check out the Build-A-Batt station at the Steel City Fiber Collective booth.

Here’s all the info on the show. See you there!


Make sure to check out our fun fiber arts demos and talks!  These take place in a big classroom on the first floor.

11 – Washington Spinners and Weavers Guild – come find out what they’re all about!

11:30 – Afterthought Heel demo with Lisa of Fibernymph Dye Works

12 – RAFFLE upstairs in the hall

12:30 – Needle Felting demo with Beth of Roving Acres Farm

1 – Eastern European Knitting demo with Joanna of Joanna’s Boutique

1:30 – Hand Carding demo with Jess of Fiddlehead Fibers and Nikki of Peppermint Knits

2 – RAFFLE upstairs in the hall

2:30 – Magic Cast-on for socks with Allena of Star Knits

3 – Spinning Wheel Tensions – explained and demonstrated with the Steel City Fiber Collective

RAFFLE PRIZE: Steel City Fiber Collective

One-month membership (worth $65)!

Benefits of Membership

Use any of our equipment, tools, or space while we are open
20% discount on classes at SCFC
Reduced consignment fee for selling in the shop
10% discount on shop items
$5/hr room rental for your groups
snazzy membership card


The space includes a dye room, spinning room, loom room, and so much more! They also offer amazing classes.

Steel City Fiber Collective

Name: Nora, Anna, Cheryl, Becca
Business: Steel City Fiber Collective
Website: steelcityfiber.com

What is your current favorite color or color combination? We’re all obsessed with teal.

Or if you make something else, your favorite whatever as applies to that.  What are you into right now?  Cheryl is spinning gold, Nora is dyeing as much as possible, Anna is finishing up a wensleydale-to-sweater project, and Becca’s loving the craftivism embroidered affirmations (https://www.instagram.com/p/BKrPU5EA-JL/?taken-by=steelcityfiber)!


SCFC ladies in the spinning room at the collective. We have lots of different kinds of wheels for you to try and will be demoing how different tension styles on wheels work.


Drum carder in action. At our booth we will have a Build-A-Batt station – pay by weight and blend your own batt!


Assorted Yinzer Sock yarn – hand-dyed by SCFC members.

Artisan Buttons

Name: Emily Eckel
Business: Artisan Buttons
Website: etsy.com/shop/ArtisanButtons

Artisan Buttons offers a selection of buttons not found in the big box stores.
My buttons are hand crafted from recycled or locally sourced materials.  If you are looking for special buttons to complete your project come see me at Indy Knit and Spin.


I make reclaimed hardwood buttons from old rulers, instrument boxes, furniture, children’s blocks and wood workers’ scraps.  The buttons are made in series and when the source material is exhausted the series is complete.  For this reason all of the wood buttons are limited editions.

My hand dyed recycled buttons are salvaged from button collections of friends, or purchased at thrift shops and estate sales.  These white or light colored buttons are carefully cleaned and sorted.  Then they are dyed in a hot dye process and rinsed obsessively.  They all take the dye a bit differently and no two are exactly the same.  The colors are rich.


I also make buttons using pre industrial revolution techniques such as needle weaving embroidery floss onto rings.  The Dorset cross wheel design is an example of one of these beautiful patterns.  This technique was once a closely guarded secret among the button makers living in a small area in England.  Their way of earning a living ended with the industrial revolution.

Steel City Stitcher

Name: Roberta Freund
Business: Steel City Stitcher
Website(s): www.steelcitystitcher.etsy.com

What color or color combo are you into right now? What can’t you get enough of?
I feel drawn to blues and greens when purchasing yarn and fiber but when I’m making bags for the shop I’m much more adventurous with fabric pairings.  I also love when my customers request something special because they always come up with great ideas!


Joanna’s Boutique

Name: Joanna Romaniuk
Business: Joanna’s Boutique
Website: etsy.com/shop/JoannasBoutique

What color or color combination are you currently into? What can’t you get enough of?
My current favorite color is chartreuse, even if I’m using it less than turquoise. I’m into dyeing roving with silk and bamboo mixed in it. It has a brilliance and depth of color. And spins really easy.


Collage: roving, hand spun yarns, buttons, sari silk, teeswater locks


One Sly Fox

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

What is your current favorite thing?
My favorite thing that I make, that’s a tough question. I love my fandom stuff. No particular fandom for myself but I’m just really happy to make it and have such great reactions whenever someone sees it. Brutally honest, I keep one of EVERYTHING fandom for myself.


Fandom stitch markers and tools! Here you see a Tardis threader and a set of Labyrinth stitch markers (or as I like to call them, the David Bowie special). Tardis and Labyrinth stitch markers will return for IKS 2016 AND new kids Maraders and Owl Post will be there too!


markers, in every color and size! From tiny ones perfect for socks to huge ones that move easily making afghans.

Keeper necklaces to keep everything (stitch markers, snips, darning needles) at hand and OFF the floor. Worry dolls who understand your spinning woes, with supported and drop spindles.

Skullies, pink support and hooked stitch markers for crocheters. Those hinged hooks are specially treated so they don’t snag!

Hand spun art yarn. No two are ever the same. Funky batts, odd ball rovings and little bits of “what the heck” make each skein unique. These make some awfully fun hats and mitts.

Gwen Erin Natural Fibers

Name: Gwen Brown
Business: Gwen Erin Natural Fibers
Website: http://www.gwenerin.com


This year I have wanted to bring more supporting tools and goodies to the table. For years I’ve been selling Eucalan and knitting notions, but recently I started carrying Greener Shades dyes. These are free of heavy metals, but still full of pizazz. I have each of the nine colors in 1/2 jars, but also carry a mixing kit for those who want to get started with the basics.


In addition to the dyes, I have just begun to stock a new type of spindle along with niddy-noddies for winding skeins of yarn. These pieces are handcrafted in Cincinnati, OH using maple and beech. I will have beginner kits that include fiber and spindle, but the spindles will be available individually as well.


Along with my combed top, carded batts, curly locks, and other woolly goods, I have added more silk! You will find small bags of silk noil to use on your blending board or drumcarder. I have also been dyeing silk hankies for spinning. And there are new handdyed silk chiffon scarves for you to use in your next nuno felting project.

Fibernymph Dye Works

Name: Lisa Cannon
Business: Fibernymph Dye Works
Website: fibernymphdyeworks.bigcartel.com

What is your current favorite color or color combo?
I love bright, bold colors, and I always find myself drawn toward putting them together in new combinations. I’ve recently added several “electric” dyes to my line up, and they add such a satisfying pop to the items that get knit up with them!

I dye a variety of Inversibles sets, which include two “inversed” striping half-skeins of yarn to create fun matched but mis-matched pairs of socks, mitts or other creations that will showcase the skeins’ oppositeness. Show here, my Autumn Inverisbles, with one autumn orange stripe and one multi-colored autumn speckled stripe.

A favorite winter self-striping colorway with six stripes, Winter’s Wizards, was inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Wizards in Winter. It’s shown on my Traveler sport weight base.

Socks blanks are fun to dye and fun to knit with…these blanks feature designs created with various resist, handpainted and speckled dye techniques. I offer blanks in yarn bases both with and without sparkle.

I offer kits to knit up several of my own knitwear designs. Shown – Rambler Cowl; Flurry Cowl; Miscellany Hat.

One of my newer self-striping colorways, Seven Deadly Sins, has become a big hit! Shown here on my Bounce base.