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Hold on to your hand-knitted hats: Fiber arts superstar Sam Barsky in Lebanon Thursday night

Sam Barsky.

Let’s get down to the knitty gritty, y’all. Totally delightful famous internet person Sam Barsky is coming to town!

Calendar editor Liz Sauchelli, aka the Valley News’ resident knitter-in-chief, flags to us that Barsky, who she describes as “kind of a huge deal in the fiber world,” will be at Scratch Supply Co. in downtown Lebanon Thursday evening.

The free public event takes place from 6 to 9 at Scratch’s shop on the pedestrian mall.

According to the Scratch Facebook event:

Sam will be bringing a selection of his sweaters, and will give a brief talk about his journey to becoming an artistic knitter. The evening will be open-house style, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us!

Let us know if you go. In the meantime, here’s a selection of Barsky’s Instagram posts (followers: 32,300+) showcasing some of the sweaters he has knitted since 1999, when he dropped out of nursing school for health reasons. (He’s also got photos on his Facebook page.) They are all pretty great.


Scratch has officially moved into its new space on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon

Scratch has officially moved into its new space on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon

Photo courtesy Karen Zook.

Weeeeee! You may remember from the Valley News Business Notes that Scratch Supply Co. was planning to move a few doors down on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon into a bigger space. It happened!

The grand opening at 1 Court Street was this past weekend, and they are ready for action.

I wrote about Scratch back in September, and Geoff Hansen and I put together some little bits of video at that time (they were still in the old space, of course).

Obviously my favorite part of the interview involved a hedgehog, so I was sad to read that lil’ Pippa passed away earlier this month. RIP.