:  Where friends unwind and yarn unravels

Knitting * Crochet * Weaving * Spinning * Felting

Friday, April 6, 2018

First United Methodist Church

200 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365

6:00-8:00 - Make sure to check Friday Night Event on your Registration Form

          6:00 - Social Hour and Pick up your registration package

          6:30 - Presentation "Yarn Substitution" by Cathy Briscoe

​          7:30 - Door Prize Drawing


Cathy Briscoe     

​​Presentation:  Yarn Substitution

Many times, we fall in love with a pattern, but for one reason or another-

  • allergies to certain fibers,
  • need for an easier care fiber,
  • can't find the particular brand of yarn in the pattern,
  • yarn is discontinued or you have fallen in love with a certain brand of yarn, or
  • you can't find the yarn recommended in the pattern.

Substituting yarn can be difficult, especially when you're not familiar with the yarn or the pattern.  Cathy will share her suggestions and helpful tips on how to make successful yarn substitutions.  She will discuss the effects of fiber content, needle size, gauge, drape, texture and stitch definition on the finished project and how it effects choosing a new yarn.  Attendees will benefit greatly by bringing patterns, possible yarn substitution choices (actual skeins or brands info.)  and questions regarding yarn substitution.  

Biography:  From a very early age my mother instilled in me a love and appreciation for needle arts.  At the age of eight my Mother taught me how to crochet.  At the age of eleven I found a pair of knitting needles in the attic, but no one I knew could knit.  Having no books on the subject, and long before YouTube was available; I started experimenting until I could make stitches that looked like the ones in a sweater and I became a knitter.  I still have that first odd shaped bit of knitting; I use it to give beginning knitters encouragement.  After high school I earned my Bachelors degree in Art Education.  I now earn my living teaching all levels of knit and crochet at yarn shops, retreats and workshops, such as Knitter’s Day Out and Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival.  I also design both knit and crochet patterns. Through my fascination for living history I also research and knit period correct garments for living history interpreters.

Friday Night Event and Lecture

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