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Fiber Arts Retreat Teachers

Slate of Teachers


Louis Boria

Louis started Brooklyn Boy knits in 2011 after requests from family and friends. It wasn't until a fateful subway knitting session that was captured by Frenchie Davis did he explode onto the scene. Her viral post was the beginning of the features in the New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Karen and Jeffrey Show on Fresh 102.7, Reuters, CBS New York News, Fox News NY and 60 Sec Doc.
Louis is now a founding  member of the newly formed Diversity Advisory Council for Vogue Knitting. has had his first Ted talk "Making the Most of Your Moment", and collaborated with Lion Brand, Vogue Knitting Live, Stitches, Knitcrate, Knitters Pride, LYkke and Disney.
Louis has taught in countries as far as Austria and Spain and continues to inspire right here in the USA. His warm and generous nature is infectious to be around. He is truly inspiring.

Nancy Melanie Ricci

Nancy found her passion for the fiber arts about 2006. She has had a varied career as executive assistant and marketing assistant in various companies in Amsterdam where she is from .After 2005 Nancy married a New Yorker and moved to the USA. Then her yarn passion started! She started to design from the start producing knitwear for Jade Sapphire. She is published in Knit Purl Magazine, Malabrigo Book #8, Vogue Knitting Magazine and she self published designs. Nancy has been part of the Knitty City team based in NYC since 2011. We are thrilled Nancy is with us. Nancy is a joy to work with and you will love her enthusiasm as well.

Christina Huppman

Christina has been an instructor at the Yarn Cupboard for 8 years. Christina is an accomplished  knitter, spinner and weaver and is also know as the Under the son Homespun. As part of the Yarn Cupboard team she has been able to help both knitters and spinners at the Yarn Cupboard to excel with their projects. Christina's sunny personality is again makes any of her classes that more enjoyable. Christina will be teaching both spinning classes, beginner and intermediate. If you have always wanted to try to spin or would like a few more advanced techniques, Christina will be happy to help!

Lolane Glundel


Lolane is part of the Yarn Cupboard team and  is a ferocious knitter.  She is a sweater knitter and seems to have another sweater on her needles every other week. She finishes her pieces quickly and is a great inspiration to all her students.

In her other life, Lolane is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, Kinesiology, Facial Rejuvenation, Cupping, Acutonics, Reiki, Vibrational healing and more! Adding  all these healing elements together Lolane provide "wholistic"education and life coaching to her clients.

Back to knitting, Lolane's class will be a new sweater pattern called Whitmoor that will have a lace yoke that is knit top down. If you haven't done lace before or even if you have, this sweater will be one people will ask you about!

Jennifer VanCalcar

Claude Monet once said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy. and torment.” Color fascinates Jennifer!  She has been dyeing yarn and fibers for more than ten years now.  It is her career, hobby and her life!  Founding owner of Holiday Yarns, Jennifer has built her life around yarn, fiber and weaving.Holiday yarns is our local hand dyed yarn and the Yarn Cupboard has sold these yarns since we opened. Find out more about Jennifer on her blog at http://holidayyarns.com/blog/

Lisa Merian

 Fiber artist, shepherdess, dyer, teacher, artist, Lisa has made these things her life’s work.  Inspiration for color in her hand dyed woolens, fibers, felting come from the landscape and its’ changing seasons.  Lisa is the owner of the Spinners Hill Shop located on her Chenango County farm and can be found at www.spinnershill.com

Shannon Adams

 Shannon has been teaching at the Yarn Cupboard the longest of all our instructors.  Her mother owned a yarn shop and she worked there through her school year and after college.  It was an easy leap coming to the Yarn Cupboard after her Mom's store had closed for a number of years. Her vast experience makes her a great Yarn Cupboard team member and her students haven't been able to stump her yet. Shannon has a great attention to detail and with her wealth of knowledge you will love her shawl class.

Donna Ryberg

 Donna Ryberg is a familiar face at the Yarn Cupboard retreat! Donna rounds out the Yarn Cupboard team and will be teaching 2 classes this year. Donna is quite an accomplished knitter, knitting for designers to test knit their patterns and also knits samples. Donna is another prolific knitter and also inspires many of her students. Donna's calm and quiet way puts everyone at ease.  If brioche or stranded knitting is something you want to pursue, these classes are perfect and Donna is the perfect one to teach you.

Carrie Drake

 Carrie Drake is now living in Syracuse with her husband after 5 years in Sydney Australia.  She has her own hand-dye company, Handmade Travels. Her experiences in Australia led her to some wonderful fibers and farms that she uses to hand dye here in the USA. Carrie is using her own yarn for her class, the Tunisian Crochet hat. Carrie designs her own Tunisian patterns and her luscious yarn makes the complete package. The Yarn Cupboard loves Carries yarns and always has her fingering and DK weighs available.