Carol J. Sulcoski is coming to town!

We’re more than a little excited about welcoming author, teacher, designer, independent yarn & fiber dyer, and Wilkes-Barre native Carol J. Sulcoski to the shop on Sunday, December 4th.  We’re thrilled!

Not only is she bringing a trunk show of her own Black Bunny Fibers with her for everyone to ooh and aah over (and buy), but she will also be teaching a fabulous class, Making Friends With Your Handpaints.

Carol’s 2½ hour class will cover how dyers create color patterns in fiber and how knitters and crocheters can best choose and use handpaints.  Everyone falls in love with a skein of handpainted yarn eventually, but not everyone is sure what to do next.  Which patterns are handpaint-friendly?  How will the colors behave?  Will they stripe, blotch, or pool?  Carol will answer these questions and show you how to get the most – and the best – out of your hand-dyed yarn.  Session is 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $45.  Seating is limited, so call the shop today to reserve your spot in the class, 570-287-9999.

After her class, Carol will preside over a trunk show of her own handpainted yarn and (attention, spinners!) roving. Black Bunny Fibers are produced in small batches and are in much demand. We will also have copies of her book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn for sale, and Carol will be happy to autograph a copy for you.

Come and enjoy the Black Bunny Fibers Trunk Show during regular shop hours, 12-4 p.m.  Buy a book after Carol’s class ends at 1:30 p.m. and have it inscribed by the author.  If you’d like to get to know Carol a little better before you meet her, check out her popular blog, goknitinyourhat.  And here’s a small taste of Black Bunny Fibers goodness:

Ready for a few FOs?  Bonnie finished a sweater for her son out of our Universal Yarns Dolce Merino that is soooo soft.  The pattern has an ingenious shoulder construction, although it’s not easy to see here, even with Maude the Mannequin doing her best to look muy macho.

Carolyn made a gorgeous Cerisara cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns of Chic Knits.  The yarn is some she won from the Knitcircus Magazine’s Womenheart Scarf Contest.  She posed for me in the late afternoon sunshine, so the color of the yarn may be a bit more golden than in real life, but it’s definitely another winner, don’t you think?

Sunny used Three Irish Girls Springvale Bulky for her ribbed stadium scarf.  Can you see how she unraveled the plies of the yarn in the fringe?  What a clever idea!  She asked me if I knew why the striping pattern changed about halfway through.  After listening in on Carol Sulcoski’s Making Friends With Your Handpaints class next Sunday, I may have an answer for her.

Wanda completed a mini-poncho with stash yarn that looks like it will be a really nice warm wrap to have handy as the days get colder.

Stephanie’s latest two FOs run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous, but each is enchanting!  First, her delicate Live Oak Shawlette by Romi Hill, knit in (be still, my heart!) madelinetosh merino light:

And now for something completely different, meet Howard the Slug Who Enjoys Decorating for the Holidays:

To give you a sense of scale, Stephanie mentioned she used Size 0 needles on Howard’s jaunty stocking cap, and he’s sitting on one of our hat displays that’s less than 8″ across. While Cheezombie’s slug design might be an acquired taste, toy knitting can be addictive.  One of my favorites is Ysolda Teague’s Elijah the Elephant, which doesn’t require any tedious stuffing and seaming up of tiny parts.  A finished Elijah visited us recently in the company of Sam.  Sam and Elijah look like they are the very best of friends!


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