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Special Tales of Yarn author presentation schedule

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2013 Authors (in alphabetical order):
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Ann Budd
Kari Chapin (Cancelled)
Alice Curtis

Stacy Dugliss-Wesselman (Cancelled)
Judith Durant
Dina Falconi & Wendy Hollender
Melanie Falick

Crispina ffrench
Amy Herzog
Susanna Leonard Hill (CHILDREN)
Gretchen Hirsch 
Ann Hood
Sylvia Jorrín
Verlyn Klinkenborg
Cindy Littlefield (CHILDREN)
Sherrie Miller
Marion Edmonds& Ahza Moore
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Clara Parkes
Barbara Parry
Nancy Shaw (CHILDREN)
Katie Startzman
Gwen W. Steege
Barbara Taylor-Laino
Iza Trapani (CHILDREN)
Melissa Wehrle
Bruce Weinstien and Mark Scarbrough
Celeste Young


Ann Budd
Saturday 12:15pm-1:15pm

Ann Budd is a best-selling author of many books including The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweater Patterns, Sock Knitting Master Class, and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. She is also the coauthor of a variety of books in the Style series. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Ann is teaching classes at this year's Festival. Click here to find out more and sign up for a class.


Scarves remain perhaps the most popular accessory to knit. They are portable and relatively quick to make. They can serve as palate cleansers in between larger projects, or as satisfying projects in themselves. Scarves are a great way for knitters to use small quantities of luxury yarn, or use up leftover yarns in one stash. Above all, they are the perfect springboard to experiment and to try new fibers and techniques. Best-selling author Ann Budd joins forces with twenty-four knitwear designers, each of whom has instilled unique style into the most basic accessory, to dazzle and excite knitters with fresh new designs for scarves, shawls, and cowls in Scarf Style 2. Among others, this impressive collection of designers includes: • Kathryn AlexanderNancy MarchantPam AllenRosemary (Romi) HillMelissa Wehrle Readers can knit any of the scarves exactly as shown or deviate slightly to create their own unique design. The Design Notebook at the back of the book helps knitters develop a foundation for exploring their own designs. Charts are included with many patterns and a glossary of terms explains basic stitches and techniques for beginners. Scarf Style 2 inspires knitters to design and make their own scarf style!



Alice Curtis
Sat. 1pm-5pm, Sun. 9am-1pm

Alice Curtis owned a yarn shop in Little Falls, New York. She created sock patterns for knitting on two s
traight needles so she could teach her students this new technique.  

 Knit Your Socks on Straight - Socks are a popular project with knitters, and now even dedicated straight-needle knitters can join the party? Author Alice Curtis developed the technique and 20 accompanying patterns that beginners and experienced knitters alike will love using to make beautiful and comfortable socks. 


Judith Durant
Sat. & Sun. 12:30pm-1:30pm

Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One Skein Wonders series. She is one of the founding editors of Interweave Knits, and her designs and articles have appeared in Cast On, Creative Knitting, Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Piecework magazines. She lives in Massachussets and can be found at

Judith is teaching classes at this year's Festival. Click here to find out more and sign up for a class.

Not only is lace knitting addictive, but lace is suitable for a wide range of projects, for all levels of knitters. Lace One-Skein Wonders  is organized by project, with stitch patterns and charts for each. Like all the One-SkeinWonders books, patterns have been contributed 

by knitters from around the world. There are projects for hats and caps, mittens, gloves and cuffs, socks, scarves, neckwarmers, shawls, and sweaters for kids, as well as baby blankets, bags, purses, headbands and hair ties, and even dishcloths, pillows, and trivets. The book includes lave knitting tips to help knitters expand their lace repertoire, making this both a technique and project reference.





 Dina Falconi & Wendy Hollender
Wendy - Sat. all day
Dina - Sun. all day

DINA FALCONI is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturalist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. She is the author of EARTHLY BODIES & HEAVENLY HAIR: NATURAL AND HEALTHY PERSONAL CARE FOR EVERYBODY

WENDY HOLLENDER is a botanical artist, author, and instructor. Hollender’s illustrations  have been published in The New York Times, “O,” The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple and The Observer (UK). Her work was included in the 13th International Exhibition at Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and in exhibitions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History. She has two published books: BOTANICAL DRAWING IN COLOR: A Basic Guide To Mastering Realistic Form And Naturalistic Color, and BOTANICAL DRAWING, A BEGINNER’S GUIDE.



COOKBOOK  celebrates and reclaims the lost art of turning locally gathered wild plants into nutritious, delicious meals — a traditional foodway long practiced by our ancestors but neglected in modern times. The book’s 50 beautiful, instructive botanical illustrations and over 100 enlightening master recipes offer an adventurous and satisfying way to eat locally and seasonally. Readers will be able to identify, harvest, prepare, eat, and savor the wild bounty all around them. The mouth watering recipes have been developed with flexibility in mind. They taste great when made with cultivated fruits and vegetables too. They also cater to various dietary restrictions: gluten-free, casein-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and sugar-free. Thousands of recipe variations arise from the master recipes.




 Melanie Falick
Sat. all day

Melanie Falick is the publishing director of STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams. The former editor-in-chief of Interweave Knits magazine, she is the author of Weekend Knitting, Kids Knitting, Knitting in America, Handknit Holidays, Knit: A Personal Handbook, and (with Kristin Nicholas) Knitting for Baby - with more than 400,000 books in print. She lives in Beacon, NY.




When Weekend Knitting was first published in hardcover, a modern generation of knitters was just starting to discover this "hot new hobby." Since then, knitting has grown wildly popular and Melanie Falick’s book has gone on to become a knitting classic and a bestseller.

Now available in paperback, Weekend Knitting brings together unique, innovative, and modern for beginning and more-experienced knitters, many of which can be completed in a weekend or less. Every project is presented with clear instructions and in beautiful photographs that celebrate idyllic weekend settings.

Quotes from diverse sources about knitting, creativity, and balanced living—along with favorite recipes, lists of books and movies with knitting scenes, and other extras—complete the weekend knitting experience.



Crispina Ffrench
Sat. & Sun. 1-2pm

Crispina ffrench started making clothing from recycled sweaters and hand-woven clothing in 1987 and turned it into a successful business shortly thereafter. In 2003, she started Fuschia, a design business and retail store, to create and sell her recycled-sweater creations. She lives with her husband and three children in Western Massachusetts.  


The Sweater Chop Shop is the perfect book for any do-it-yourself crafter. Large or small, simple or intricately embellished, every project is a work of recycled art – good for the wallet and even better for the environment.








Susanna Leonard Hill
Sat. 11am-2pm

Look at her Fabulous Festival Give-Aways

Susanna Leonard Hill is the award winning author of nearly a dozen books for children, including Punxsutawney Phyllis (A Book List Children’s Pick and Amelia Bloomer Project choice), No Sword Fighting In The House (a Junior Library Guild selection), Can’t Sleep Without Sheep (a Children’s Book of the Month), and Not Yet, Rose (a Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner.) Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, and Japanese, with one hopefully forthcoming in Korean. She lives in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley with her husband, children, and two rescue dogs. Visit her at or on her blog at 

Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired - until they finally quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all.

With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.





Gretchen Hirsch
Sat. all day

Gretchen Hirsch writes the wildly popular Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing 

( and teaches sewing in New York City, around the country, and on She regularly posts on issues related to sewing, fashion history, pop culture, feminism, body image. and gender. She lives in Beacon, NY.

An extension of the blog, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing (STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book; September 2012; U.S. $35.00/ Can. $40.00; ISBN: 978-1-58479-991-7) is a hardworking reference title packed with lessons on couture techniques and customization, as well as an inimitable pattern collection featuring fourteen wardrobe essentials, plus eleven variations, inspired by vintage fashion and Gertie’s spirited, modern style. The complete wardrobe will appeal to the modern woman with a vintage sensibility.

The author has appeared on the PBS television show It’s Sew Easy, and regularly teaches an online sewing class at Her ease in front of the camera, instant likability, and unique appearance (full-sleeve tattoos, striking dark hair, and colorful clothing) demand attention and are sure to captivate audiences. The book includes full-page photographs of the curvy-Gertie modeling her designs.



Ann Hood
Sat, 1-5pm, Sun, 10-11am

Ann Hood is the author of The Obituary Writer and bestsellers such as The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, a New York Times Editor's Choice and named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She’s received a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York  Times, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler, with regular columns in Self, Glamour, Parenting. She became an avid knitter in 2002 to help get through the grief of losing her daughter, Grace, to a virulent form of strep. Through knitting, Hood was able to pick up her craft again and share her painful journey with the world. She was born in the mill town of West Warwick, Rhode Island, and now lives in Providence with her husband.

In KNITTING YARNS: Writers on Knitting, the magic of knitting is captured in black and white through tales of tragedy, acceptance, and love. From Anne LeClaire coping with not being able to conceive, to the craft calming Elissa Schapell’s frantic worry, to Hood’s own nightmare of living on after her daughter’s death, Knitting Yarns is a testament to the power of craft to sustain us through human survival and triumph alike. Nestled between twenty-seven original essays by best-selling authors like Barabara Kingslover (The Poisonwood Bible), Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog), Sue Grafton (D is for Deadbeat), and Anita Shreve (The Pilot’s Wife) are five unique knitting patterns by knitting guru Helen Bingham. 


Sylvia Jorrín
Sat. & Sun. all day

Syvlia Jorrín
has been a farmer in Delaware County, New York for 25 years. Hers is one of the few large livestock farms in the New York City Watershed owned and operated by a woman. For 20 years she has published stories about her life on the farm in the Delaware County Times, and on her website, In addition, her writings on agriculture have been published in many of the region’s magazines and newspapers. Sylvia's house was photographed for Farmhouse Revival by Susan Daley and Steve Gross. Sylvia was also featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine in an article about shearing on her farm and Sylvia's homemade recipes. Sylvia's Farm was chosen for the Book of the Month Club in 2005 and was also excerpted in Willie Nelson's book, Farm Aid: A Song for America.


With Sylvia’s Farm, Sylvia Jorrín shared her journey of becoming a farmer through personal stories that brought comfort to many, inspiring them to follow their own dreams. Continuing from where her first book left off, The Improbable Shepherd presents a series of vignettes, essays, and thought-provoking personal journal entries that together create a vivid depiction of the world of Sylvia’s farm. Nearly a decade after the publication of her first book, Sylvia’s life has gotten no easier; too many tasks, with too little time, help, or money available. Yet each day continues to present the improbable shepherdess with new opportunities to appreciate the peace and unexpected joys that farm life brings. Despite occasional challenges, Sylvia stays, as she has stayed for more than 20 years, on her farm in the Catskill Mountains; she stays, and she endures. The Improbable Shepherd contrasts the gentle beauty of a life surrounded by nature, raising her own animals from birth and living a life of devout independence, with the sometimes shocking difficulties of life on a farm. Including personal recipes, photos, and illustrations, The Improbable Shepherd immerses the reader fully in Sylvia’s farm, echoing her own experiences living with the land. Appealing to those who loved Sylvia’s first book and want to return, as well as for all the newcomers who have yet to discover Sylvia’s powerful prose and earnest message, The Improbable Shepherd will inspire you to follow your dreams, whatever they may be.


Verlyn Klinkenborg
Sat. 11am-3pm


Verlyn Klinkenborg comes from a family of Iowa farmers and is the author of Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, The Rural Life, Timothy: Notes of an Abject Reptile, and Several Short Sentences About Writing. A member of the editorial board of the New York Times, he has written for the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He teaches creative writing at Yale University and Pomona College and lives on a small farm in upstate New York.


Verlyn Klinkenborg’s editorial column The Rural Life is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today. Klinkenborg’s pieces are admired as much for their poetic writing as for their insight: peonies are “the sheepdog of flowers,” dry snow “tumbles off the angled end of the plow-blade as if each crystal were completely independent, almost charged with static electricity,” and land is most valuable “for its silence, its freedom from language.” Klinkenborg writes with a grace and understanding that makes us more aware of the world around us, whether we live on a farm or in the middle of the city. More Scenes from the Rural Life gathers over 150 of Klinkenborg’s best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago. Featuring drawings by Nigel Peake, this book will delight anyone with an appreciation of nature, language, or both.




Cindy Littlefield
Sat. Only, all day

Cindy Littlefield is also the author of Pop-Out & Paint Horse Breeds. She is a freelance writer/editor who develops online craft and recipe content for, a division of the Disney Internet Group. She was previously a senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She lives in Conway, Massachusetts.

Pop-Out & Paint Farm Animals For kids who want to imagine life on the farm, this second Pop-Out & Paint book lets them recreate farm scenes stocked with all the barnyard animal favorites: cows, sheep, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, even a barn cat and a border collie! Kids 8-12 will enjoy hours of fun painting both familiar and heritage breeds.



Sherrie Amada Miller
Sun. all day

Sherrie Miller is still trying to figure out how weaving came to dominate her life and fill almost every room of her home with looms and fiber. She is grateful for her supportive and fiber tolerant husband. A former elementary school art teacher, Sherrie now enjoys teaching beginning weaving and holds classes in her Whippany, NJ studio, formerly known as her family room. She is an active member of the Jockey Hollow Weavers Guild in Mendham, NJ and has contributed articles to Handwoven Magazine. Inbetween weaving and teaching she enthusiastically pursues her other passions; studying French and Chinese.

Did you ever start to weave something that you thought would be beautiful and watch in horror as it turned into one of the ugliest things to ever come off your loom? Do you have a large collection of unfinished projects tucked away in your weaving room? Have you ever been frustrated because the fiber you absolutely must have for a project is on back order, or worse, has been discontinued? If you can relate to any of these situations, then come along with me as

I confess all in Confessions of a Weaver. This is a weaver’s companion book that explores with humor the emotions and thoughts engendered by an intense relationship with weaving. Even though most of us weave alone, hopefully you’ll relate to my personal essays and feel the bond that weavers share.


Marion Edmonds & Ahza Moore
Sat & Sun all day

Marion Edmonds & Ahza Moore have a combined 119 years of knitting experience. They’ve been knitting and teaching together for more than a decade and are partners in Knit Together NYC and ABQ. They give private knitting lessons at many yarn stores, including Purl Soho, NYC, and lead workshops in knitting techniques around the country, including “Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting,” an exhibition at the American Craft Museum. They contributed patterns to the best-selling Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and now develop original patterns for their own products and classes.

The 411 on knitting 911s! Knitters know how it goes. You’re knitting a sweater or a blanket and just when you think you’re smooth sailing to the finish line, you realize you dropped a stitch or …the neck hole is too small or … who knows what! Mistakes like these happen. And the more proficient a knitter you are, the more elaborate the mistakes can be. When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters is your white “knit” in shining armor: here to rescue you, to gently guide you through exactly how to fix any knitting problem, and get your project back on track. This newly expanded and updated edition offers more good advice, more tips, and more knitting solutions, particularly for adventurous elements such as color, lace, and cables. And for the first time, there are 6 exciting patterns, from mosaic mitts to a streamer scarf, lace sampler wrap, and an updated cable beanie.




Mary Jane Mucklestone
Sat. & Sun. 11am-12pm

Mary Jane Mucklestone is an accomplished knitting designer known for her colorful and inventive Fair Isle and colorwork designs. She is the author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs and the forthcoming Fair Isle Style, both by Interweave. For more information on Mary Jane Mucklestone, please visit





The follow up to 200 Fair Isle Motifs, knitting designer superstar, Mary Jane Mucklestone shows knitters how to incorporate Scandinavian stitch patterns into their projects with her new book, 150 Scandinavian Motifs. In addition to featuring a varied collection of favorite motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands 150 Scandinavian Motifs also offers guidance on choosing yarns, use of color, and finishing techniques to help knitters hone their skills while creating stylish projects. Included are colorful designs for: • StarsFlowersGeometric PatternsHeartsBird & Animals Each motif is shown as a close up handknitted swatch, illustrated with clear life-sized photographs and accompanied by easy-to-read color charts and alternative colorway suggestion. Finally, 150 Scandinavian Motifs also advises readers on how to incorporate Scandinavian motifs into a variety of different projects, further allowing knitters to create their own unique designs.




 Clara Parkes
Sat. & Sun., all day

Clara Parkes, a celebrated raconteur, is the bestselling author of The Knitter's Book of Yard, The Knitter's Book of Wool, and The Knitter's Book of Socks. She is also the founder and publisher of, a weekly e-newsletter that explores the pleasures and subtleties of yarn and was described by Folio Magazine and "what Cook's Illustratd is to Foodies." She resides in Portland, Maine.





Clara Parkes' new book proves she is the David Sedaris of the knitting world. The Yarn Whisperer features 22 laugh-out-loud stories that reflect on the author's personal connection between life and yarn. In the forward, she writes, "Since turning my life over to yarn, I've lived easily a dozen lives. It's been at times thrilling, scarey, and devastating. The road has some stunning vistas, a few steep inclines, and its share of rim-bending potholes. My inner airbags have deployed more than once. But the path has always pulled me forward. I'm fortunate, and I'm garteful." The book includes stories fo Parkes' childhood, adulthood, family, friends, adventurs, exploration, disappointment, love, and celebration - all tied together with a strand of yarn, of course. She hits upon the universal truths that bond knitters and illustrates how working yarn can be a metaphor for life. She explains that in Victorian times, women spoke through flowers. Some signified love,others friendship. In the introduction, Parkes writes, "What if it turns out we do the same thing with our own knitting, creating swatches and garmens that, when deciphered, tell stories of their own? Stockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that we've tucked away in our memory banks. Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives." Readers, especially fiber-crafters and fans of Parkes, will enjoy traveling along as she tells her life story for the first time.



 Barbara Parry
Sat. 1-3p and Sun. 2-3p

Barbara Parry’s life revolves around her family, her golden retrievers, and the sheep, llamas, donkeys, and goat who live at Springdelle Farm in Western Massachusetts. When not tending sheep

arbara writes, weaves, knits, and gardens. She loves sharing what she has learned from sixteen years of working with sheep and fiber—serving as a consultant to start-up fiber farms and teaching fiber arts skills. She is the author of Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm, which included projects for spinning, dyeing, knitting, and weaving. For more stories about her farm, visit her blog: SheepGal: Adventures in Yarn Farming at

Nancy Shaw
Sat. & Sun., all day


Nancy Shaw is the author of Sheep in a Jeep, Sheep on a Ship, Sheep in Shop, Sheep Out to Eat, Sheep Take a Hike (set near Sheep's Heaven Mountain in the Berkshires), Sheep Trick or Treat, and Sheep Blast Off!, all illustrated by Margot Apple and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her work has received the Parents' Choice Award, the Parenting magazine Reading Magic Award, Parents magazine Best Kids' Books of the Year listings, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year listings, and the Horn Book Fanfare citation. Elena's Story, about a Guatemalan girl, is her latest book. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 


Katie Startzman
Sat. & Sun., all day

Katie Startzman writes about knitting and other crafts - including making her own leather sandals and building a chicken coop in the backyard - on her blog, She has been self-publishing individual knitting patterns and selling them form her blog and on Ravelry for more than four years.

At the end of a long, hard day, nothing feels as good as sliding your feet into a warm, soft pair of slippers. With the projects inside The Knitted Slipper Book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family every member of your family, from grandpa to the wee little ones, can wiggle their toes in a pair of knitted, super-cuddly house shoes. Author Katie Startzman shares thiry of her fun designs for a variety of styles sure to please: the moccasin, mukluk, clog, boot, ballet flat, slip-on, and Mary Jane. And she ensures success by providing detailed, step-by-step photos of the techniques necessary for crafting a well-made shoe, including felting, shaping, and sizing soles, lining, and insoles, and thrumming and adorning with tassels, pompoms, and other trim. Startzman has also created video tutorials that cover these topis and enhance the reading experience. This everything-you-need-to-know guide is sure to become the go-to resource for knitting handmade slippers and house shoes.



Gwen W. Steege
Sun. all day

Sunday Only!
Gwen W. Steege, author of The Knitter’s Life List and Knit Christmas Stockings, has been a fiber fanatic for nearly 50 years, and she hasn’t yet tired of spending late nights with her knitting needles
and a good ball of yarn, sometimes spun from the fleece of her own sheep. By day she edits books on knitting and other fiber crafts for Storey Publishing. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Knit Christmas Stockings, 2nd Edition
Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 fun, simple patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful knitted Christmas stockings, as well as delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree.






 Barbara Taylor-Laino
Sat. & Sun., all day - Cooking Demo in Bldg E 3:30pm SATURDAY

Barbara Taylor-Laino was featured in a recent New York Times article on the growing popularity of homemade pet food. She and her husband run an organic farm in upstate New York where she has been teaching workshops on homemade pet food and animal care since 2005. She and her husband also have 16 years of experience in Dog Breeding and Showing using holistic husbandry methods. Barbara regularly writes on pet food and pet care for magazines and websites such as


Organic, seasonal, farm-to-table food has become a huge movement--and conscious eating doesn't stop with the family pet. With the increase in contamination scares with manufactured pet food and the inclusion of preservatives, grains, and fillers with low-nutrient value, many pet owners are looking for solutions to the issue of what to give their pets.

The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook teaches you how to tailor your pet’s diet to their specific nutritional needs for better health and behavior. This book includes 75 recipes that you can make at home, nutritional information for every stage of your pet’s life from puppy or kitten to adulthood, meal plans, healthy snacks and treats, and suggestions for supplementing store bought food with homemade ingredients. The switch from store bought to homemade pet food doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook makes switching your pet over to a homemade diet comfortable, safe, and inexpensive. 


Iza Trapani
Sat. & Sun., all day
Look at her Fabulous Festival Give-Aways

za Trapani was just seven years old when she and her mother left Warsaw, Poland, for the United States. An award-winning writer and illustrator, Trapani's work has been featured on PBS Storytime and at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She also received the Rip Van Winkle Award, presented by the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York, for her contribution to children's literature. Her bestselling book, The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, has sold over one million copies.

Poor little Miss Muffet. She just can't seem to catch a break! All she wants to do is eat her curds and whey in peace. But, when a rather terrifying spider appears, she desperately scurries away. Frantically searching for some much-needed solace, she ventures outside, only to be startled by a vivacious frog, a squawking crow, and easily the largest moose ever seen! What else could she possibly encounter outside? And will she ever get back to the safety of her tuffet? Rediscover this adored, classic nursery rhyme with delightfully charming illustrations by acclaimed author and illustrator Iza Trapani1 Incorporating all the directional words kids need to learn early on in this silly story, Trapani creates a wonderful rendition of a perennial favorite that's sure to have kids hoping for the little miss to find a safe space from all those fearful creatures.



Melissa Wehrle
Sat & Sun 10:30am-11:30am

Melissa Wehrle studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she majored in Fashion Design, and for nearly a decade worked as a knitwear designer in the fashion industry. Melissa’s hand-knit designs have been featured in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Yarn Forward. She is also the Creative Director for One Planet Yarn and Fiber. You can find her online at


Empowering readers to take their craft to a new level of finesse, knitwear designer,  Melissa Wehrle uses New York City as a backdrop in her new book, Metropolitan Knits: Chic

Designs for Urban Style. Shot entirely on location in Manhattan, Metropolitan Knits fully utilizes the urban city theme by zeroing in on projects that perfectly reflect the flavor and drama of city life.

In particular, Melissa uses a variety of construction and finishing techniques to give her designs a high level of polish and sophistication. Her regular use of such techniques as tubular castons and bind-offs, knit-in pockets, tabs, one row buttonholes and button details, slip-stitch edgings, small slits, and pleats all help transform a finished garment, giving even basic projects a refined simplicity and elegance. The patterns in Metropolitan Knits bring this clean, modern style to readers in a collection of garments and accessories.



 Bruce Weinstein
Sunday, all day (except cooking demo time at 12:30pm for 40 minutes)

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have written more than twenty cookbooks, including the bestselling Ultimate cookbook series that started with The Ultimate Ice Cream Book. They are columnists for and writers for Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and the Washington Post, among others.


Goat is ready for the spotlight. It’s the world’s primary meat, but still largely a mystery to the average home cook. It’s kosher; it’s good for the environment; it’s tasty and lean. Making appearances everywhere from high-end restaurants to street food carts, goat meat and dairy products are being lauded as the next big thing. From bestselling authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough comes Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese, a lusciously illustrated collection of recipes and anecdotes all centered on this ubiquitous and versatile food. The most comprehensive and accessible cookbook on the subject, Goat will revolutionize the way American cooks think about “these bearded head-butters.” With recipes such as Pan-Roasted Chops with Blackberries and Sage; Braised Meatballs with Artichokes and Fennel; Chocolate-Dipped Goat Cheese Balls; and Quesadillas with Poblano Peppers, Goat Cheese, and Mango Chutney, this book is sure to become the resource for this new frontier.



As long as men have had sweaters, women have borrowed them. Popular knitwear designer Bruce Weinstein bridges the gender gap by offering nineteen boyfriend sweaters and accessories that are uber-comfortable, stylish, and sized to fit either sex. Featuring techniques knitters love, including reversibles, cables, Fair Isle, and herringbone, as well as tips and ideas on making garments more masculine or feminine.  These designs will look great on men and fabulous on women. Each pattern comes in six sizes including a men's x-small and 2x-small which can fit teen boys or women. Several projects are photographed with samples for men and women, making this book extremely versatile..





Celeste Young
Sat. & Sun., all day

Celeste has been knitting since childhood and is currently pursuing Level III of the TKGA Master Knitting Program.  She began teaching classes in 2008, using her graduate training in fine arts and education to provide high quality instruction to her students.  Celeste’s patterns have been featured on the cover of Interweave Knits magazine and in special issues including Jane Austen Knits and Holiday Gifts, the Knitting and Crochet Pattern-a-Day Calendars from Accord Publishing, in various online forums, and in print at independent yarn shops.  She currently teaches knitting, spinning, and crochet classes at Trumpet Hill Fine Yarns & Accents in Albany, New York.  Her website is

The 20 hand knit designs in Knits of a Feather are inspired by the author Celeste Young's love of birds — the patterns in their feathers, the shape and colors of their beaks, and birds in flight — and her great respect for their role in nature. Creating a perfect blend of natural and artistic designs, the hats, scarves and cowls, the shawls and capelets, sweaters, and household items are reinterpreted as beautiful and one-of-a-kind knitted pieces.

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