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It was a great show in 2018. Thanks to all the volunteer power and amazing fans that make this one of the best fiber festivals in the U.S. Keep checking https://sheepandwool.com/schedule/  for the latest Festival Schedule. When our 2019 sched is ready, it’ll be there (check the dates). See you again in October!

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Saturday, October 20


Alice + Lisa Hoffman | Reading and Booktalk 1:00 - 1:45 | Tales of Yarn
Bestselling author Alice Hoffman and master knitter Lisa Hoffman will read and talk about their new book, Faerie Knitting, a magical melding of words and yarn where the ordinary is turned into the extraordinary and where imagination becomes creation. *signing will be after the talk, books are available at the event and for pre-purchase with a numbered place in line from the Merritt Bookstore*

The magic of storytelling and the magic of knitting—woven together in 14 original patterns inspired by each story.

“How fairy tales are told and remembered has a great deal in common with knitting traditions. It is no mistake that we describe storytelling as knitting a tale, or weaving a story, or spinning a yarn.”—Alice Hoffman, from the Introduction of Faerie Knitting

Featuring fourteen original fairy tales, Faerie Knitting is an entrancing collection of stories of love and loss, trust and perseverance. Seamlessly woven into the plot of each tale is a magical garment or accessory inspired by the bravery and self-reliance of the tale’s heroine and brought to life through an imaginative and bespoke knit pattern.

From the Blue Heron Shawl and the Love Never Ending Cowl, to the Three Wishes Mittens and Amulet Necklace, each project is as wearable as it is magical. Lush, atmospheric photography captures the enchanted faerie domain while beautifully rendered charts and instructions are well suited for beginner and advanced knitters alike.

Presented in an elegant linen case with foil accents that evoke the fairy tale tradition, Faerie Knitting is a rare gift for creators—and lovers—of magic.

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Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman, knitwear designer and knitting teacher, lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew. She has three grown children living near and far.Lisa Hoffman's designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and Knitwear Magazines. She has designed projects... Read More →
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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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Katrina Rodabaugh, Panel Discussion: Mending Matters w/ Sonya Philip+Tammy White | Seating 2:00 Tales of Yarn
Limited Capacity seats available

To celebrate Katrina Rodabaugh's new book, Mending Matters, published by Abrams Books, the author will host a Slow Fashion Panel with two sustainable fiber leaders, Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, and Tammy White of Wing & A Prayer Farm. Join this public conversation as the three makers discuss their inspiration, ethos, and experiences creating sustainable wardrobes from farm-to-closet.  Signing will be after the discussion.

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Katrina Rodabaugh

Kristina focuses on fiber arts, sustainability, and slow fashion. In her own words... I’m an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, I rethink the relationship between fiber... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Beth Brown-Reinsel | The Gansey, its History and a Detailed Look | Tales of Yarn 3:30, seating at 3:15
Limited Capacity seats available

Beth Brown-Reinsel will be speaking about the history of the gansey, the garment worn by 19th century British fishermen, as well as where they were knitted, who made them, and the techniques that made these garments so very special.  In addition, some of the fables about ganseys will be addressed.  Garments from the latest edition of Beth’s gansey book, Knitting Ganseys, Revised and Expanded, will be shown, and, time permitting, special techniques will be pointed out in each and explained.  There will be some time at the end for questions.

Originally released in 1993, Beth Brown-Reinsel's bestseller, Knitting Ganseys, is a classic in the hearts of traditional and modern knitters alike, bringing this historic tradition to your needles for 25 years! This completely revised and update version of the perennial bestseller includes 100% new photography, new patterns, and more!

This special edition celebrates with new patterns for sweaters in the traditional gansey style as well as new explorations of modern gansey-inspired patterns. Full-color, step-by-step photography walks you through a variety of traditional gansey techniques and construction methods, plus contemporary sources for traditional gansey yarns are shared, making this as vital to your knitting library as the original.

Beth will be with us all day Saturday, and just for an hour on Sunday, from 11-12.

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Beth Brown-Reinsel

The author of the classic Knitting Ganseys , Beth Brown Reinsel will release the 25th Anniversary edition of this book at the festival!In her own words... I work with knitters, teaching techniques which enhance their enjoyment of their craft and which inspire them to challenge themselves... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
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Sunday, October 21


Toby Roxane Barna | Place, Community, and Inspiration | Tales of Yarn | Sunday, 11:30 - 12:30
Toby Roxane Barna started her career as a knitwear designer in 2012 and since then she has published over 80 patterns, both independently and in publications such as Knitting Traditions, Knitty.com, Knit Edge, and I Like Knitting.  She recently released her first book with Stackpole Books, Design Doubles. This delightful volume features knitting patterns for 10 sweaters and 10 shawls, each sweater/shawl pair sharing a common design element. Come hear her tell the story of how she found her place in the yarn community, and where she finds inspiration for her designs and yarn colorways.

Seating is at 11:30, the talk will begin at 11:45

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Toby Roxane Barna

Toby Roxane Barna started her career as a full-time independent knitwear designer in 2012, and since then she has released over 70 patterns and self-published three books. From the start, she always specialized in designing with hand-dyed yarns, and so learning to dye her own yarn... Read More →

Sunday October 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
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Norah Gaughan | Live Pomcast Q&A with Norah Gaughan! | Tales of Yarn | Seating 12:15
Norah Gaughan reflects upon her experience as guest editor for Pom Pom Quarterly's Winter Issue #27.  Q+A to follow!

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Norah Gaughan

Named one of "Vogue Knitting's" Master Knitters of the 1990s, Norah Gaughan is the design director for Berroco Yarns. She has been working in the handknitting industry for more than 20 years and her designs have been featured in all of the major knitting periodicals as well as in... Read More →

Sunday October 21, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
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Kathleen Dames | Finding Inspiration Wherever You Are | Tales of Yarn | 2:00 - 2:45 (seating at 1:45)
Even before pitching the idea of I Knit New York (the first Knit Like A Local™ book from One More Row Press), Kathleen Dames looked all around her for knitting inspiration, from Mansfield Park to the high seas to the streets of New York City. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and designers take those ideas and spin them into their own individual creations, because a handmade sweater (or shawl or hat) is more than just a pile of stitches, it is an opportunity to create a very personal work of art. Kathleen will have all the samples from the second Knit Like A Local™ title, I Knit Paris, on hand.

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Kathleen Dames

Kathleen Dames lives and knits in New York City.In her words... Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I’ve been a knitwear designer from my first large-scale knitting project, a poncho for which I wanted to use a different yarn than specified, as well as a different stitch pattern... Read More →

Sunday October 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Bldg B 41.936052, -73.908475