Knit-Away conference set for April

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the the Warren County Fiber Artists learn how to do the seersucker stitch.

WARREN — The Warren County Fiber Artists will hold the the Kinzua Knit-Away conference April 6-7 at the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St.

Registration is open through March 10.

The conference begins from 6 to 8 p.m. April 6 with Cathy Briscoe, of New York, who will discuss “Yarn Substitution.”

Many times, a person falls in love with a pattern but for one reason or another, such as allergies to certain fibers or a need for an easier care fiber, yarn is discontinued. Substituting yarn can be difficult, especially when you’re not familiar with the yarn or the pattern.

Briscoe will share 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 affects choosing a new yarn.

Briscoe received a bachelor’s degree in art education and began supporting her fiber obsession by teaching knitting and crochet at yarn shops, retreats and workshops, such as Knitter’s Day Out and Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival.

In addition, she is a designer of both knit and crochet patterns. Through her fascination for living history she also researches and knits period correct garments for living history interpreters.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by morning and afternoon classes.

This year a special feature will be offered — a Lunch Time Lecture by Linda Voss Plummer on the topic of “Designing Stash.” We all have that secret stash of yarn with which we don’t know what to do. Plummer will provide ideas of what to do with that stash.

A Coudersport resident, Plummer has taught locally and regionally, including at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival and at Chautauqua Institution, Kinzua Knit-Away, Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. She has been fortunate to study with nationally and internationally recognized knitters.

She hosts “Does a Bear Knit in the Woods?” retreats twice a year. Plummer loves to lead students to the joy of knitting and then watch them become independent knitters, helping them create their own designs and make decisions about how they want to adapt patterns.

Her special passions are cables, lace and two-color knitting such as Fair Isle and Scandinavian patterns.

Also during the conference, 15 educational classes in weaving, knitting, crochet and felting will be held. The small class size accommodates individual needs.

A vendor marketplace will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will have access to a variety of yarns, roving, homespun and dyed yarns, along with an assortment of accessories.

Visit the website at to get a full list of classes and to download and print the “Student Registration Form.” There are many types of packages available from which to choose, ranging in price from $10 to $70.

A soup and sandwich lunch will be available, prepared by the women of the church, with the profit going toward a youth project.

Free parking is available within a half block.