call for vendors 2014

Indie Knit and Spin marketplace will run 11-4 on Saturday the 15th of November, 2014 at the Wilkins School Community Center. Classes will be running 9:30-11:30, 11:45-1:45, and 2:00-4:00.

To apply to be a vendor at the marketplace send an email to with the name of your business and ‘IKS application’ in the subject line

This is a juried show. All applications need to be in by August 24th in order to be considered. Notification of acceptance or not will be sent via email by September 1st. September 30th is the last day you can pull out of the show and get a refund.

Business Name:
Website or 3 pictures of your work

Describe your business in one or two sentences.
What do you plan to sell?
Are you planning to sell anything you didn’t make?
If so, what?
Please estimate what percentage of the booth these will take up.

Booths are 8×8 – If accepted, which would you like?
Booth $50
Shared booth $25
Booth and a half $75 (available to returning vendors only)

Crochet Arigurumi Bunnies

Never heard of Amigurumi? I bet you’ve seen it—they’re those cute little crochet stuffed animals. Take this amigurumi basics class and you too can make one! This is a great intro to amigurumi project with a very basic construction and simple assembly. In the class we will work on a basic amigurumi bunny while discussing amigurumi and 3D construction, yarn and hook choices, filling/stuffing differences, and embroidery and other embellishment options. Students might not finish their project in class, but will leave class with enough progress and confidence that they can finish their plush friend on their own. This class is designed for those already comfortable with crochet basics: chain, single crochet, working in the round, increasing, and decreasing. Adventurous beginner students are welcome to attend, but the pacing is designed for those confident with their crochet skills.
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 plan to get them from the instructor.
maximum class size – 8

Scissors, size G crochet hook, locking stitch marker, yarn needle

Supply Fee (to be paid to teacher upon arrival at class):
There is an optional $5 class fee for supplies for making 2 amigurumi bunnies – one in class and one for after.

Students are welcome to bring their own supplies:
worsted weight yarn, stuffing, scrap yarn for embroidering face, optional 6mm or 9mm safety eyes

Annette Krag-Jensen Werner has been knitting and crocheting since she was around 5 years old when her mom taught her the basics. Over the past 10 years she has focused on learning a broad variety of advanced techniques, including the past 4.5 years that she has been an instructor at Natural Stitches. She loves making more unusual items, and frequently brings out her inner geek via yarn. Nothing is off-limits to her and she will happily make fun socks, warm sweaters, lacy shawls, amigurumi toys, and everything in-between. She also enjoys many other crafts including silver-smithing, sculpture, origami, and painting. When not crafting Annette can be found working at Pitt’s Dental School, spending time with her family, or out running. Annette’s soon-to-go live site can be found at and She can be found on Ravelry as Martinivixen.

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.

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.