MARS, Pa. - The ninth-annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival will be held March 15-17 at the Four Points Sheraton.
The event will include classes, exhibits, knitting demonstrations, crochet, weaving, spinning and basketry.
Teachers and exhibitors from across the country will be in attendance.
The festival will offer a "Knit the Bridge" lounge in support of the "Knit the Bridge," a grassroots art project to create a large-scale fiber arts installation on a downt
own Pittsburgh bridge. The "Knit the Bridge" kick-off reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15.
Fiber Arts Guild Members will give a presentation, and yarn will be made available, but those attending should bring their own needles and hooks. Panels will be on display. Snacks will be provided, and beverages will be available for purchase. For information on the project, visit www.knitthebridge.wordpress.com.
The event will host Anna Hrachovec and her Mochimochi Land knitted toys, which have been featured on "The Martha Stewart Show." Two of her installations, "Mochimochimochimochimochi" and "Mochimochi Land," previously on display at Vogue Knitting Live and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, will be on display.
She will give a brief presentation at the "Knit the Bridge" party. Hrachovec is inspired by Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Dr. Seuss and Mary Blair. For information on Mochimochi Land, visit mochimochiland. com.
A "Pajama Party with StevenBe" will begin at 9 p.m. March 16. StevenBe is best known as "The Glitter Knitter" and operates a fiber arts studio in a former fire station in South Minneapolis, Minn.
The event will include an interactive show-and-tell in which participants are encouraged to wear garments and wearables they've made.
There will be prizes for best garments, socks and pajamas and giveaways.
Those participating will be knitting and crocheting all night. Snacks will be provided, and beverages will be available for purchase. For information about StevenBe, visit stevenbe.com or yarngarage.com.
Free classes will include "Woven Prayer Flag," "Teach Me 2 Knit" and "Teach Me 2 Crochet."
The prayer flag class was inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, Shinto paper prayers and messages and the Buddhist concept of impermanence.
For information, visit www.wovenvoices.blogspot.com. The teaching classes are available to any festival-goer, as long as there is room, and they can be organized for Girl Scout Troops and home-school groups.
For information or to register, visit pghknitandcrochet.com.
"I feel there is room to promote it all," said Barbara Grossman, founder. "Fiber enthusiasts love to go to exhibits and classes throughout the year, buy yarn and patterns and see who is doing what.
"There are so many talented and creative teachers, it always amazes me how many beautiful new designs I see from people who have never been featured in a magazine or published a pattern."
Charity knitting, fashion shows, giveaways, demonstrations, a marketplace and exhibits will be available as well as classes in knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, needle and wet felting, jewelry, yarn and fiber dyeing, and introductory classes to other needlework and fiber techniques, such as Nuno, basketry, tatting, hooking, rug making and button making.
The marketplace features vendors from "indie" dyers and independent farm owners to local yarn stores and out-of-town vendors from Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.
Classes will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17. The market will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Two-day advance tickets are $15, and three-day advance tickets are $25. Those who purchase advance tickets will receive a gift. Seniors 65 and over may attend for $5 from noon to 4 p.m. March 17, through a sponsorship by UPMC Senior Communities.
For information, to register for classes or to inquire about church group or guild rates, visit www.pghknitandcrochet.com or call (412) 963-7030.