: Where friends unwind and yarn unravels
Mission Statement: The Kinzua Knit-Away , an annual event, will provide a setting for educational opportunity and promote awareness of local and regional resources for knitters and fiber enthusiasts. Through an exchange of knowledge to encourage personal growth and broadening of skills, the Knit-Away strives to ensure the future viability of the fiber arts.
History: In 2012 three avid knitters (Pam Mahan, Stephanie Russo, and Coralee Wenzel) got together and decided to plan a knitting event to promote Warren County, Pennsylvania. They made contact with the Warren County Visitors Bureau for help administering the event. And low and behold the Kinzua Knit-Away was born. These three thoughtful women created a successful event which was widely requested to be repeated. In 2015 the Warren County Fiber Artists group joined in to help with the planning, We hope you will enjoy this event as much as we have had fun organizing it.
This gathering of knitters and other fiber artists was created to provide a variety of benefits. The first and most important goal of the event is fiber arts education. The fiber arts world is evolving on a daily basis, with new techniques, new designers and new materials just waiting to be experienced. The 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 Warren County Visitors Bureau, the event planners will also be promoting and educating 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 in number of participants to allow for individual one on one instruction, if needed, as well as detailed instruction for the entire group. Morning classes range from 3 to 4 hours while 2 hour classes in the afternoon keep everyone awake and allow plenty of time for shopping!
Shopping is the second most important (maybe the 1st?) part of any fiber related event. Knit-Away organizers have lined up a variety of vendors for the ‘market’ which will be open from 10am to 5pm. 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 is open to the public for a small admission fee payable at the door.