Norah has been designing for Vogue Knitting for over 30 years. Her newest book, 40 Timeless Knits, will be gifted to you at this retreat. Also well known for her book Knitting Nature, her Knitted Cable Sourcebook and a nine year stint as the design director at Berroco Yarns, Norah is now working independently. Current ventures include being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team and designing a fun collection of pieces in collaboration with The Fibre Co. Keep up with her new ventures and adventures at norahgaughan.com.
Thea Colman combined her hobbies, creating a career that justifies all her favorite purchases -- fiber, vintage glassware, and spirits. Her knitwear designs often feature cables, lace, and motifs that look harder than they are, and each one is named after a cocktail. Both the knits and the drinks are usually on her Instagram feed, under @theacolman.
I was always a knitter, but after leaving a career in advertising to raise my daughters, I found that I loved imagining my own knits more than I enjoyed following a pattern and began writing patterns. Combining knitting design with my longtime interest in cocktails made for the perfect second career, and I haven't looked back!
My heart goes to classic shapes, farm yarns, and small businesses, so many of my designs feature smaller producers and traditional details. I play with a mix of styles and construction methods in my work, and love to find motifs that look more difficult than they actually are. My patterns are known for attention to individual fit and descriptive notes in the instructions, so knitters can adapt each garment to best suit their figure.