Knitters and fiber artists to gather in Warren

The Warren County Visitors Bureau (WCVB) is once again partnering with the Kinzua Knit-Away organizers to bring a fun and educational day of fiber related activities to Warren County. The second Kinzua Knit-Away (KKA) will be held at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Warren, on Saturday, May 3.

This gathering of knitters and other fiber artists was created to provide a variety of benefits including fiber arts education. The fiber arts world is evolving daily, with new techniques, new designers and new materials just waiting to be experienced. Knit-Away provides participants the opportunity to perfect their skills and add to their knowledge base, to network with other like-minded individuals, while increasing their awareness of local and regional vendors and organizations. As a partner with the WCVB, the event planners will also promote and educate attendees about Warren County.

Class instructors are local and regional individuals with a desire to share their knowledge about the craft they love. Knit-Away classes range from various knitting topics such as lace and sock knitting to needle felting, spinning and crocheting. Class size is limited to allow for individual one-on-one instruction, if needed, as well as detailed instruction for the entire group. Morning classes will range from three to four hours while two-hour classes in the afternoon keep everyone awake and will allow plenty of time for shopping.

Knit-Away organizers have lined up a variety of vendors for the “market,” which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market provides shoppers an opportunity to examine new yarn and products, visit a variety of local and regional fiber related vendors, in a single location and enjoy a relaxed shopping experience. The market will be open to the public for a $3 admission fee payable at the door.

This year, event planners are enhancing the relaxed afternoon atmosphere by providing live music. The engaging sound of “Light Strings and Air,” a flute and guitar duo, will fill the upper level of the church for your listening and shopping pleasure.

A $60 registration includes the early registration event Friday evening, May 2; on Saturday it includes a morning and an afternoon class, admission to the market, all day access to the social gathering area, music and lunch.

The First United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh Project Committee will prepare and serve a wonderful soup and sandwich lunch for the event, with all lunch proceeds benefitting the group’s 2014 Pittsburgh trip. By using the lunch pre-order information found on the website, www.sites.google.com/site/kinzuaknit, attendees not taking classes also have the opportunity to plan an afternoon of fun at the Kinzua Knit-Away. A $12 registration fee includes lunch, social area access, afternoon beverages, music and admission to the market.

Visit the website (ravelry.com/groups/kinzua-knit-away) for additional registration and class information, join the Ravelry group for event discussion and other cool information and be sure to check out and “like” the Kinzua Knit-Away Facebook page. If you have questions, contact one of the event organizers: Pam Mahan, 726-2947; Stephanie Russo, 723-5717; or Coralee Wenzel, 723-3667.