Carol Sulcoski and Franklin Habit are Coming!

by Craig on October 4, 2010

Join us for a fun weekend of handpainted yarn and knitting classes with two of our favorites – Carol Sulcoski and Franklin Habit – on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14.

cover of Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn

Carol's second book, Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn

Carol is a local writer, knitwear designer, and yarn dyer. Her articles have appeared in magazines like Vogue Knitting and her designs can be seen in her two books – Knit So Fine: Designs with Skinny Yarn and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn – as well as in the pages of Knitscene, Knit Simple, and St-Denis magazines. You can learn more about Carol on her blog, Go Knit in Your Hat.

Carol hand dyes yarn under the name Black Bunny Fiber, which we’re proud to stock! We’ll have even more Black Bunny yarns than usual during this event. Carol’s bringing us a veritable feast of her beautifully dyed yarns, her knitting patterns, and her kits. This is a great opportunity to pick up holiday gifts for your favorite knitters!

cover of It Itches

Franklin's book, It itches.

Franklin Habit is a writer, knitwear designer, illustrator, and photographer. His articles and designs have appeared in Knitty, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, and others. Franklin is also the author and illustrator of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons. You can read more about Franklin on his blog, The Panopticon.

Carol and Franklin will teach 4 classes between them, which are described below. They’ll both be in the shop on Saturday, November 13 from 2 to 5 to chat and to sign their books. (Feel free to bring them if you already own them.)

YARN SUBSTITUTION MADE SIMPLE
Carol Sulcoski
$45, Sunday, November 14 from 10 am to 1 pm

Let Carol help you unravel the mysteries of yarn substitution. You’ll start with gauge, then cover the various weights of yarn (fingering to super bulky), discuss the relationship of weight to yardage and plies, and look at fiber and yarn characteristics that affect substitution (e.g. drape, elasticity, weight, halo). We’ll also consider color choice (including multicolored/variegated, ragg, multi-plied and other kinds of yarn) and walk through how to estimate yarn quantities. We’ll finish by walking through some real-life examples by selecting potential substitute yarns for real patterns.

Pre-requisites: knit and purl

INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY, METHODS AND STYLES OF LACE KNITTING
Franklin Habit
$45, Saturday, November 13 from 10 am to 1 pm

In this three-hour session, you’ll learn the basic principles and techniques of knitting’s grandest tradition. Subjects to be covered include beginnings and endings, chart reading, lifelines, nupps and other fancy maneuvers, edgings, dealing with mistakes, blocking finished work, and more. Students will also learn about the great national traditions of knitted lace and what makes them unique.

Prerequistes: Participants must be fluent in the basic moves of casting on, knitting and purling.

LACE EDGINGS: BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER
Franklin Habit
$45, Sunday, November 14 from 10 am to 1 pm

Lace edgings are among the most beautiful, varied and useful patterns in the world of knitting. Applied with care and skill, they can lift an ordinary project into the extraordinary. In this class, you’ll practice several techniques for working edgings, including knitted-on, sewn-on, and simultaneous.

Prerequisites: You must have completed “Introduction to the History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting” or be comfortable with basic lace knitting techniques, including simple chart reading.

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FIBER
Franklin Habit
$45, Sunday, November 14 from 2 to 5 pm

Bring your own camera and a small project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap!

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of photography necessary other than knowing how to use your camera. The emphasis will be getting the best possible shots using your camera.

These classes are sure to fill quickly, so call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to reserve your space today!

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