Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival 2019 Loot

Every time, I tell myself I’m not going to spend too much.  Then I end up spending too much.  I think partly I feel guilty, like I should buy from everyone, which is ridiculous.  And no, I don’t buy from everyone, but I do buy stuff from people I like and I buy stuff that I just have to have.  So this year at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival I came home with a bunch of stuff.


Well first of all I didn’t need to buy everything.  There was some free stuff this weekend, which was really cool.  We got a skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice with every class.  Mom gave me her skeins too, which leaves me with 7 skeins.  That’s enough for a nice sized project.  We also completed the scavenger hunt (which was hard by the way).  Thankfully, people were helping out along the way.  The gift for completing the scavenger hunt was a nice tablet bag and a Noro pattern book.


That was it for the free stuff.  Next up I bought some stuff from Stunning Strings Studio, a Robyn Chachula crochet kit and some Doctor Who stitch markers.


I picked up this beautiful baby alpaca yarn at the Friday night Block Party from Songbird Artistry, LLC.  I’m a sucker for anything pink and soft.  Love this yarn!



My husband and I love handmade soaps and cats, so I picked up this towel with a couple of soaps from Ashgrove Soaps and Sundries.


I’m a fan of Robyn Chachula’s classes and her patterns so I picked up some books from her booth and another crochet kit put together by Stunning String Studio.  Her shop is called Love Laugh Crochet.  The Motif Madness book is not her patterns, but still a good book.



I found Scheepjes Whirl!  Harps and Thistle Yarn & Gift Emporium carried their yarn, so I bought two!  They look gorgeous.img_0408


This fantastic art yarn is called Jambalaya.  Well I love Jambalaya, so I had to buy some of this from Artisinal Yarns.  This yarn is fun!  And I can’t wait to use it.


These cat nip felt balls came from Sheepish Creations (as well as something else, but that is a gift for someone, so I can’t share).  The cats love these by the way.  They were going crazy when I brought these home.


This sweet little felted bag came from Twisted Yarn and Fiber.  I like this little bag because it is fair trade.


My teacher from Hairpin Lace and Broomstick Lace, Laura Regan, has her own shop, Created 4 U by Laura.  She and her husband dye yarn and sell it.  And it is beautiful.  I bought a hank of it and have something in mind to make with it.

Friday night, when I got back from taking the keys to my husband, I had missed my Hairpin Lace Class.  Mom was at the bar and she was sitting with Laura and her husband and the Gentlemen from Underhill Farm.  Well,  mom and I had the best time hanging out with the four of them.  They knew each other and then mom and I were sitting in between them, so the six of us ended up talking and having a great time.  I’m not a very social person, so it was fun for me to hang out with new people.


I bought four hanks of yarn from Underhill Farm.  I love the fact that they label which goats the yarn was made from. These men were awesome.  We had the best time hanging out with them Friday night and every time we ran into them at the festival.  Such nice guys.  Check out their wool.



One more thing I bought was a top that I wore to Mom’s BD dinner on Saturday night.  I bought it at The Maasai International. We rode in the elevator with Minala and she was sweet Mom bought a top that was in bright reds and mine was more pastel blues and pinks.  I didn’t get a picture of it, but trust me it’s nice.  I love Minala’s style, she has a bit of a Bohemian flair to her stuff.

Don’t ask me how much I spent.  I have no idea, but probably way too much.  There were plenty more vendors that I did not buy from:

Adirondack Yarns:

Sue Coffrin          www.adirondackyarns.com

Allegheny Fiber Arts:

Tara Munch         www.etsy.com/shop/AlleghenyFiberArts

Artisanal Yarns:

Robert Scheiber

Ashgrove Soaps, Sundries and Beeswax Ornaments:

Lori Chandler   www.ashgrovesoaps.com

Bead Biz:

Jean Glass   www.beadbiz.org

Created 4U By Laura:

Laura Regan      www.etsy.com/shop/created4ubyLaura

Crochet by Faye:  

Robyn Chachula     www.crochetbyfaye.com

Dusty Tree Dyeworks:

Rebecca Shepler      www.dustytree.com

Fairy Tale Knits:

Dawn Craig      www.fairytaleknits.com

Fine Points, Inc:

Liz Tekus   www.finepoints.com

Flaming Ice Cube:

Michele Barratt     www.flamingicecube.com

The Fuzzy Bunny:

Liz Yockel     www.fuzzybunnyyarn.com

Going Gnome:

Jennifer VanSant    www.goinggnome.com

Good for Ewe Yarn:

Paige Shipley   www.goodforeweyarn.com 

Indian Lake Artisans:

Pam Hoffman     www.IndianLakeArtisans.com

Jehovah Jireh Woolmill:

Amy & Greg Francisco     www.woolmill.com

Kathy’s Kreations:

Kathy Zimmerman   www.kathys-kreations.com 

Knitting Notions:

Catherine Harrison   www.knittingnotions.com

Lazy O Ranch:

Dawn A. Shaffer   www.learntoknitncrochet.com 

Leading Men Fiber Arts:   

Steve Fegert    www.leadingmenfiberarts.bigcartel.com

LunaStitch Knitting Bags:   

Donna Cornelison      https://lunastitch.fibercrafty.com/

North Light Fibers:   

Sven Risom  www.northlightfibers.com  

Oink Pigments:

Helena Bristow       www.oinkpigments.com

Raggz Fiber Art:

Toni Ritchey-Ridella   www.raggzfiberart.com

Sheepish Creations:

Pam Bates    www.sheepishcreations.com

Shirsty Cat Designs:

Kelly Straub   www.shirstycat.com 

Spinaway Farm:

Brice Wonders  www.spinawayfarm.com


Allena Williams   www.starknits.net

Stunning String Studio:

Cindy Garland   www.StunningString.com

2 Guys Yarn Company:

Gene Draper  www.2guysyarn.com

Treasures in Glass:

Diane Gambassi

Twisted Yarn and Fiber:

Wanda Zaharfy   www.twistedyarnfiber.com

Underhill Farm:

William Churchill   www.underhillfarmpa.com

Yarnbyrds, LLC:

Robin Sims Richey  www.Yarnbyrds.com

Yarn Culture:

Patti Odinak     www.yarnculture.com

Youghiogheny Yarns:

Keri Fosbrink     www.youghioghenyyarns.com

Aisling Yarns:

Christa Hobson    www.aislingyarns.com

Alpaca Kid & Ewe:

Kathy Arnold    www.alpacaEstore.com

Brooklyn Haberdashery:

Kristin Axtman     www.brooklynhaberdashery.com

European Sheepskins:

Jim Walters  www.europeansheepskins.com

Flying Fibers:   

Jeri-Robinson Lawrence    www.flyingfibers.com

Green Mountain Energy:


Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium:

Cindy Michael      www.harpsandthistles.com

Knitting on the Fringe:

Kelly Machado  www.knittingonthefringe.com

Long Island Yarn & Farm:

Tabbethia Haubold    www.liyarnandfarm.com

LOOM Exquisite Textiles:

Jenny Fay        www.loomshowroom.com

Machine Lady:

Kathy Farra      www.machinelady.com

Marianated Yarns:

Marian Ju-Scozzare     www.marianatedyarns.com

Prado de Lana Sheep Farm:

Amanda Barcenas       http://www.pradodelana.com/

Ridgetop Pottery:   

Susan Ramey   www.ridgetoppottery.com

Space Cadet:

Stephanie Alford   www.spacecadetyarn.com

Taylored Fibers:

Amber Taylor   https://www.etsy.com/shop/tayloredfibers

Zenspire Designs:

Brita Thompson  www.zenspiredesignsetsy.com

Amy Baughman Sew & Quilt, LLC:

Amy Baughman   www.amybaughman.com 

Firecracker Fabrics:

Erin   www.firecrackerfabrics.com

Lion Brand Yarn:


The Maasai International:

Minala Grace Harris    www.justafricaimage.com

Quilters Corner:

Mary Beth Hartnett    www.quilterscorner-pa.com

Thornton Co:

Mary Thornton  www.thorntonco.com

Songbird Artistry:

Jennifer Orefice  www.songbirdartisty.com

Wilsons Calico Corner:

Marilyn Wilson    www.wilsonscalico.com