Knitting Toe-up Socks with a Fitted Flap Heel

Ever long to knit a sock from the toe up that has the same great fit around the heel as a sock knit from the cuff down? Now you can. This class will teach you a unique method for knitting a fitted heel with a flap from the toe upwards. Students should know how to knit and purl in the round. This method works for double pointed and circular needles. This class is especially good for cuff-down sock knitters who hate having yarn left over. A full sock pattern is included in the handout.
First Session Class 9:30-11:30
Please note: this class starts before the market, so you should come with all supplies in hand unless you can get them from the instructor.
maximum class size – 12

10g of fingering weight yarn or 15g of sport weight yarn, one stitch marker, and needles of an appropriate size.

Cast on 32 stitches and join in the round. Place marker. Knit 10 rounds.

Supply fee:
None, but there is a $2 charge if you need to buy yarn from the instructor

Raven Fagelson took up knitting 7 years ago after a 20 year hiatus. She can frequently be seen on buses knitting socks.
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.

classes 2014

Indie Knit and Spin is proud to present the following classes this year! More about all classes can be found by clicking here.

First Session 9:30-11:30

Knitting Toe-Up Socks with a Fitted Flap Heel
with Raven Fagelson

Crochet Amigurumi Bunnies
with Annette Krag-Jensen Werner

Don’t fear the pool; Jump in with variegated yarns!
with Rebecca DeSensi

Second Session 11:45-1:45

Eastern European Knitting (known also as Russian or combination knitting)
with Joanna Romaniuk

Support Spindle
with Jill Duarte

Knitting with Beads
with Adina DeRoy-Stouffer

Third Session 2-4

Thinking Outside of the Braid
with Amy Ross Manko

Drop Spindle
with Gwen Brown

Intro to Stranded Knitting
with Amy Maceyko

Yoga and Yarn: Knitting for Stress Management
with Sharon Fennimore

call for teachers

Indie Knit and Spin Marketplace will run from 11-4 on November 15, 2014. This year we are excited to be adding classes! To that end, we are currently seeking qualified teachers to teach a variety of 2 hour long knitting, crochet, and spinning classes.
For more information, send an email to cosymakes (at) gmail (dot) com.

Indie Knit and Spin

is in two days!! I hope you are as excited as I am. Here’s a recap of all you need to know.

What: Pittsburgh’s only Indie Fiber Arts Marketplace

Everyone who loves to work with beautiful and unique yarn and fiber. There will be yarn and fiber dyers, spinners, designers, creators, and sewers – and, of course, you and your knitting friends!

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

When: Saturday November 16th, 2013, 11:00-5:00

Why: Because this is the best place in Pittsburgh to score fabulous hand-made yarns and fiber! Come shop for your holiday knitting, gifts or… just for you!

and entry is free!

**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.

The vendor list on the right side of the blog is final and accurate! Check them out. Also, if you scroll down through the entries, there are blog entries for each vendor.

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.

This show is not handicap accessible. We are using the second floor of an old school and the community center has not been able to raise enough money to get an elevator yet.

New this year to the show! A table 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.

There will be snack table this year, without the coffee and tea that we had last year.

Both the snack table and the give-away take-away table with have a place for donations. All donations will go towards the elevator fund of the community center.

There are four empty booths this year that will be set up with chairs. Feel free to make yourself comfortable, grab a snack and chat with other folks!

Willow Mist Boutique

Name: Jennifer Gallentine
Business name: Willow Mist Acres Farm Boutique
Website(s): Willow Mist Acres
I have been a local fiber artist for the past 4 years, I have an alpaca farm Willow Mist Acres, but I also have some llamas, an angora goat, and a dromedary camel.  I hand process all of my own fleeces, wash, dye, card, and spin them into functional art yarns, I also am a supplier of hand dyed sari silk ribbon yarns.
I spin, weave, crochet, needle and wet felt and have tried every aspect of the fiber arts at least once… if I enjoyed it, twice.

I have recently opened up a small artisan boutique Willow Mist Boutique in Latrobe PA, that focuses heavily on the fiber arts.  I carry hand dyed and hand spun yarns and fiber from over 30 indie fiber artists from across the country and Canada. I am thoroughly enjoying the studio space in my shop and it’s such a zen feeling to get to work in this environment.
I have been trying to organize some classes and workshops here at the shop in anything from crochet and knitting, to beading, essential oils, and a monthly pinterest craft!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Indie Knit & Spin…willowmist1

Amelia and Wiggles

Names: Karen Cuffaro and Rebecca DeSensi
Business Name: Amelia and Wiggles – Farm Fresh Fibers
Website(s): Amelia and Wiggles Site
What got you interested in your art of choice?
Rebecca and I got interested in our business from hearing fiber farmer’s concerns that they don’t have enough time after taking care of their animals to promote their fiber business. Also some farmers don’t have the time to deal with the fiber and make the choices they have to when processing it into consumer products. We want to help them with this process and grow their business.

What do you most enjoy about what you do?
We are just starting Amelia and Wiggles and the launch of our website will coincide with the Indie Knit and Spin event. Corresponding with all the different farmers and fiber artists around the county has been a pleasure. I have a much deeper appreciation of talent that exists in our country and the dedication towards their animals and the fiber arts.
What most inspires you?
Promoting and selling unique yarn, roving and products that are produced in our country. Gathering unique fibers together in one place and the happy faces you see when someone finds a yarn or roving that inspires them.
What makes your creations unique?
All products sold by Amelia and Wiggles are from American fiber farmers, family owned mini-mills and fiber artists. These products are like a vintage wine that can’t be reproduced exactly from year to year. Each year a fiber animal can produce a slightly different fiber. Diet, environment, weather and stress factors all play a role in the quality, quantity and color of the fiber.

What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
To be a trusted company that the fiber consumer comes to for unique quality products that last generations and will be passed down to family members.
How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
So much has happened in the last 5 years. We have met so many artistic and talented fiber artists. The fiber crafts have grown and we have seen more people renewing or learning a fiber craft. More men are participating in knitting, crocheting and designing. Which is adding diversity to the choice in patterns? Businesses have blossomed providing income for families and a way for Mom to stay home and take care of her kids. There is more interest in specialty yarn. Fiber artists are moving away from the big box craft stores and trying different yarn fibers either purchased at their local yarn store or on the Internet.

Gwen Erin Natural Fibers

Name :Gwen Brown
Business Name: Gwen Erin Natural Fibers
website(s): Gwen Erin Natural Fibers Shop, Website
My creation
What kind of items do you make?
On some level I feel like I don’t “make” anything. The sheep do the real work, growing all that wool! But I take it when they are done and make it available to other fiber enthusiasts, both in natural and handdyed colors. I work with the fleeces at every stage. Locks, simply washed and dyed. Roving or combed top, cleaned, processed, and dyed. Batts, many fibers carded and blended. Yarn, dyed and handspun. At the top of the pyramid I have some finished goods, such as mittens and jewelry. But my primary focus is the fiber and its potential.

How long have you been in indie artist?

I began selling during the holiday season of 2006. In my naivety I only brought five pairs of fingerless mittens with me to the craft show along with a few other items. I quickly learned you can never have enough. Over the course of several years, I slowly began attending more and more fiber shows, all the while adding new items to my inventory. The past two years my event schedule has included 8-10 different festivals. I work primarily in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, however this year I have expanded into New York.
#carding #handdyed  #wool
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
There are a lot of things to love about working with fiber and in the fiber arts industry. It’s constantly changing – there are always new things on the market. It can be difficult and overwhelming trying to keep up with what is new and current, who is the popular designer or dyer of the moment. I do like the variety, but I would say I have stayed in a fairly traditional box. If you are looking for something new, it isn’t necessary to add cassette tape or bolts to your yarn. There are so many beautiful options just within the natural world. I love exploring the many breeds of sheep and I try to keep a good variety for my customers who are also attracted to that aspect of the craft. When it comes to the dyeing part, I really enjoy the unpredictably of it. I know there are other dyers who follow very scientific and repeatable processes, but I simply cannot work that way. When I stand there in the kitchen, with my jars of dye in front of me, I can’t plan it. The end result is whatever it will be.
The chaos I force upon everyone else. Woolly explosion!

Fibernymph Dye Works

Name: Lisa Beamer
Business: Fibernymph Dye Works
Website(s): Fibernymph Blog, Fibernymph Shop
What kind of items do you make?
I specialize in dyeing self-striping yarn and gradient-dyed yarns and spinning fiber.

How long have you been in indie artist?
I’ve been dyeing for close to three years now, though I was designing knit patterns prior to that.
What got you interested in your art of choice?
As an avid knitter, I loved using interesting and unique yarns for my projects. I decided it would be fun to channel my creativity in the direction of making my own yarns for other crafters to enjoy!

What do you most enjoy about what you do?
The creative nature of it. I love playing with colors and patterns. When I’m dyeing, I go into a different place and the process just takes over. It’s wonderful!

What most inspires you?
Color. I love color.
What makes your creations unique?
They’re unique because they come from me and my own creative spirit. I don’t try to recreate things I’ve seen, but rather I am constantly thinking of new ways to tweak striping patterns and apply them to the items I sell.

Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
I pretty much love all of my babies, LOL, but right now I have to say I’m having a lot of fun creating my Inversibles Sets. I originally created them with socks in mind, but I’ve seen some really innovative finished objects that people have made with them, and it thrills me that they’re taking them and using them in such outside-of-the-box ways.
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
High quality yarn and fiber products along with excellent service.

Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
Yes. My work is closely integrated to my own hobbies as well – knitting, spinning, and most recently weaving – that it is hard to draw a line between work and play. Plus, I work from home. My studio is here, where I live, so I’m pretty much always at work in some ways (thankfully I enjoy it!). My kids have been a part of my business from the start, and now that they’re getting older and moving on to their own paths in life, I’ve been able to involve some friends in my business who have been invaluable to me, and it’s given me a chance to share my passion with them, as well as provide opportunities for them at times when they needed them. I really love the holistic nature of what I do.