And the winner is…..

Pamela, who said that if she won Kristin Nicholas’s new sunflower book, she “would fill a vase with knitted and crochet sunflowers to display on my dining room table.” Congratulations! I’ll be mailing the book out to Pamela this week.

Meanwhile, we had a fabulous weekend at Loop for my Black Bunny Fibers trunk show.


Lots of folks went home with yarn and roving and patterns, and some of my favorite Philly knitting people stopped by, including JoAnn

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and Martha (who brought Charcoal some carrot tops from her CSA package — how awesome is that):

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and Christina, Allison and more!

I was even honored by a visit from the adorable Dug the Dog:


and his people. This is Bridget and I along with Nancy, a lovely knitter who was visiting from Seattle.


One thing I love about Loop is that no matter when you go, there is always some new and fabulous thing to check out. Craig was working on a baby sweater in this great cotton yarn that is actually made in Port Richmond — a real Philly-made Phiber.


And you really should check out the new Fine Art Sock yarn from Rowan — Craig has a bunch of the colors although some have sold out and are being re-ordered –it’s just gorgeous. (It would be a wonderful choice for many of the patterns in Sock Yarn Studio!)  Of course I left lots of yarn and fiber for you in case you weren’t able to stop this weekend, but might be visiting Loop in the coming weeks. I also left some of the sample garments from Sock Yarn Studio so you can see them in real life.


If you are a lace lover, or even if you are just thinking about trying lace, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Brooke Nico’s visit next month. She’s going to be teaching some great classes. I spend a lot of time with Brooke as we teach at a lot of the same shows. She gets high marks from all of her students for the quality of her teaching and high marks from me for how fun she is. I am planning to sit in on some of her classes.


She’s teaching some introductory classes on Saturday, July 21, and some intermediate classes on Sunday, July 22nd. I am particular keen to take her design-oriented classes on Sunday:  Design Your Own Triangle Shawl covers the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns (including shaping, graphing the pattern, and how to handle the tricky issue of adding repeats), and the afternoon class (Beyond the Triangle) covers how to take a triangular shawl and transform it into other garments, like a dolman sweater, a circular shawl and an asymmetric triangular shawl.  If you want more details on how to sign up, go here.

I will bring some more fingering and laceweight yarns so that you can go straight home and cast on your next lace project while you are full of newfound knowledge and inspiration!

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