Guild Meeting Review: Jean Barczak

At the February Guild meeting, despite some technical difficulties, we enjoyed a lovely presentation from Jean Barczak all about tips and tricks of the knitting trade. She provided information about the Craft Yarn Council’s list of standard abbreviations found in knitting, how skill levels are ranked for patterns and much more useful information for any knitter or crocheter. You can find all of that information here: Craft Yarn Council

Jean also discussed a few techniques for doing a magic knot to join new yarn in your work. She also had a handout and very informative video for learning how to understand yarn weights. Both of those links are listed here: Irma Garcia joins yarns and Cheryl Brunette – Yarn Weights

Not to mention, she brought out the firebug in all of us while we burn tested some scraps of yarn, which also included a handout for our future reference for those wanton skeins we have lying around that may contain who knows what fiber!

It was a great presentation and the guild appreciates Jean sharing her knowledge!


What is FLoF anyway?

By now, if you’ve attended any of the local knitting group meetings, you’ve probably heard of FLoF. And you might have wondered what it is.

The “For the LOVE of Fiber” (FLoF) festival began 6 years ago around Valentine’s Day as a local gathering of the guilds. It was held at the Boalsburg Fire Hall and coordinated by the Centre Knitters Guild. We had several local fiber guilds in attendance, including the spinning, weaving and lace-making guilds. There were about 6 or 7 merchants and a giveaway of wonderful baskets, containing goodies from local shops and fiber artists.

Since that first year, we have seen lots of changes. Our location has changed (previously at General Potters Barn and now at the Match Factory in Bellefonte), our merchant area has grown, our gift baskets have exploded. We’ve added free knitting mini-classes. But through the years, we’ve stayed focused on celebrating our love of all things fiber with social knitting time and demonstrations from local fiber guilds.

This year, we are looking forward to the biggest overhaul of FLoF that we have seen. Our location has changed. Our festival date has changed. We have added food trucks to the venue. We hope that you will join us in a celebration For the LOVE of Fiber!

WHEN: March 19, 2016

TIME: 10am-5pm

WHERE: The Match Factory (Home of the American Philatelic Society
100 Match Factory Place
Bellefonte, PA 16823

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Until next time! Knit on!


Update: We’ve got a FLoF details page now! Check it out and be sure to visit it later for more updated information!