Susan B. Anderson
This former yarn shop owner’s experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class! Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Sockupied, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy and Interweave. Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to more than twenty national and provincial parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home. For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.
“Be inspired. Be brilliant. Be limitless.” Steven Berg is a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries. He began his career early, creating custom knits for Barbie dolls and family members alike. This naturally led him to become a star student in fashion design at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Parsons, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Following graduation, Berg found inspiration in the fashion capitals of the world, leading him to a career as Design Director and VP of design at Munsingwear, Perry Ellis, and other international design houses. In later years, his creative work brought him back to his favorite medium, the one that always inspired him the most: the imaginative world of fiber arts.
Today you will find Steven in his store, the Yarn Garage: 6,000 square feet in a nineteenth-century firehouse adorned with chandeliers, animal prints, and his eclectic collection of objets d’art from his international travels. Steven has changed the definition of “yarn shop” forever. Steven’s knitwear designs and “chunky funky” creations have caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and stylists. His creations have been featured in national publications and are available on popular knitting websites. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: “The possibilities are endless. There are no mistakes, only variations. And always remember to glam it up!”
John Brinegar is a knitwear designer and fiber artist based in New York City. In addition to having designed for Vogue Knitting, Tahki Stacy Charles, and many yarn companies, John is also an exhibiting visual artist, focusing on sculptural works in the yarn medium. His work has been widely published in knitting magazines and books, as well as the collections of Tahki Stacy Charles and Fashion Week runways. John is known for his “no knitter left behind” teaching style, and his popular classes sell out regularly. His Craftsy class, “Seaming Beyond the Basics,” makes finishing fearless and addresses many common seaming situations with ease. You can find John on Facebook, or follow his Instagram feed @knitboy1
Cecelia Campochiaro started knitting at age twelve as a hobby. She has a doctorate in physical chemistry and has lived and worked in Silicon Valley for more than twenty years, developing different kinds of microscopes for finding problems with computer chips. Cecelia began experimenting with new ways to create fabric when flying on business trips. These ideas grew, and eventually the book Sequence Knitting was born. Textiles, photography, and the arts have been lifelong passions, and she loves thinking about how these different creative areas intersect with math and science.
Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than thirty years, as a designer, instructor, and author of books on knitting and crochet. Author of seven books, including the very popular Tips and Tricks for both knit and crochet from Potter Craft and Power Cables from Interweave Press, Lily teaches extensively around the world. She now has instructional DVDs out, distributed by Interweave Press, on reversible cables, mosaic crochet, knitting tips and tricks, and crochet tips and tricks. Her online classes (knitted short rows, crochet stitch sampler) are available at anniescatalogue.com She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi, and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and supermodels. She was named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting. She is regularly cited in media across the United States, including the Late Show with David Letterman, The Martha Stewart Show, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age thirteen.
Amy Detjen was the “List Mom” of the original Knit List for more than four years, then started KnitU. She’s very proud to have been Meg Swansen’s assistant at Meg’s Knitting Camp for more than fifteen years. Teaching knitting and helping people learn about their knitting options is something Amy is passionate about; she loves helping people solve problems.
Rosemary Drysdale is a designer and teacher of knitting and embroidery. While growing up in Northern England, she learned to knit socks at age seven and was introduced to embroidery by her grandmother. Rosemary studied textile science in college, earning a distinction in needlework studies. After relocating to the United States in her early twenties, she enjoyed a decades-spanning career as an embroidery and knitting teacher and designer at Pratt Institute and FIT in New York. She’s traveled the world lecturing and promoting her publications. More recently, she was a yarn store owner and is currently Knitting Editor at Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple magazines; she is also a consultant and designer in the yarn industry. Rosemary’s books include Entrelac and Entrelac 2.
Beloved knitwear designer Nicky Epstein has gained worldwide recognition for her abundant creativity, groundbreaking sense of style, and informative workshops. She has authored numerous books, including Cover Up with Nicky Epstein, Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers, Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Flowers, Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting, Knitting Beyond the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge, Knitting on the Edge and Knits for Barbie™ Doll. Her designs are featured in a regular column in Vogue Knitting magazine, and her work has been in many other knitting publications, on television, and at art exhibitions. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, Howard.
Perhaps best known for her book Knitting Nature and a nine-year stint as the design director at Berroco, 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. Her newest book, The Knitter’s Cable Sourcebook, from Abrams, came out in 2016. Keep up with her new ventures and adventures at norahgaughan.net.
Faina Goberstein is a prolific knitwear designer, author, and a professional teacher. She is the coauthor of the bestselling books The Art of Slip Stitch and The Art of Seamless Knitting, and her designs can be found in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl, Knitscene, Twist Collective, Interweave Crochet, and various books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs that show off textures, cables, brioche, and slip-stitch techniques. She teaches in person at various venues nationally and abroad as well as on Craftsy.com. She is fascinated with many knitting techniques and loves to pass her excitement to her students. Unusual slip-stitch techniques are Faina’s latest obsession.
Susan Guagliumi’s career as an education specialist in the machine-knitting industry has spanned more than twenty-five years and included positions with three knitting machine companies, culminating with the position of Education Director for Studio by White Knitting Machines. During those years she oversaw all dealer education, consumer publications, videos and workshops. Her garment designs and technical articles have appeared in both hand- and machine-knitting magazines. She is the author of two hand-knit collections for Creative Publishing international: Knitting Cuff to Cuff: Twelve Sweaters One Way (2007) and Knitting Saddle Style: Twelve Sweaters One Way (2008). Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters (and the companion video) remains one of the most popular machine-knitting books ever published. Her book Hand Knits by Machine was published in 2014. In 2010, More Hand-Manipulatd Stitches was published; it is available through Susan’s website (guagliumi.com) or Amazon.com.
Designer, teacher, writer, and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of I Dream of Yarn (Sixth&Spring Books), It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upward of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep.
Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and a regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, Ply magazine, Skacel Yarns (Fridays with Franklin), and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.
He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally, and he has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting LIVE!, Stitches Midwest and East, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.
Amy Herzog loves helping knitters create garments they love to wear. She is the author of Knit to Flatter and Knit Wear Love (STC Craft), and is the creator of the CustomFit custom sweater pattern generator and the Knitter’s Toolbox app of handy knitting calculators. She teaches across the country and on Craftsy.com, and she has appeared on American Public Television’s Knit and Crochet Now. Her designs have been published by Rowan, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and more. Find out more at amyherzogdesigns.com.
June Hemmons Hiatt
June Hemmons Hiatt
June’s book, The Principles of Knitting, first appeared in 1990, and it was soon recognized as the definitive work on knitting techniques. It went out of print in 1997, used copies were scarce, and it soon commanded very high prices. June realized a second edition was needed and set to work again. She spent ten more years rewriting the entire book and adding new material; the second edition appeared in 2012. This big book, with more than 700 pages and 900 illustrations, contains everything you could possibly want to know about the craft of knitting. You will not only find written instructions with clear graphics, but June explains how each technique works, compares it to similar ones, and makes suggestions for how to best use it. June will be giving her popular Stitch Gauge class about the innovative, accurate method of doing a gauge that was first introduced in The Principles of Knitting.
Since her book was published, June has turned her attention to reintroducing the technique of working with a knitting belt. This method—once widely used by production knitters in Europe—has been almost forgotten everywhere except in Shetland, where it is still in active use. It is known as one of the fastest ways to knit and also makes it possible to produce a remarkably even fabric. Perhaps even more important, it is very easy on the body due to the minimal motions used—those who knit with a belt tend not to have repetitive motion injuries. June and her son, Jesse, have redesigned the traditional knitting belt, making it more stable and comfortable to wear, and Jesse makes each one by hand. For more information about June, her book, and the knitting belts, see www.principlesofknitting.com.
Romi Hill lives on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern Nevada, where the high desert nights are cool and the air is clear and crisp. A lifelong crafter and knitter, she is inspired by the natural surroundings in her corner of the world, and her designs have an organic flow. She specializes in lace of all weights, and you can see her full pattern collection on Ravelry. Romi’s lace book from Interweave Press, New Lace Knitting, was published in 2015 and features timeless patterns for garments and accessories. She loves dark chocolate with chili peppers, and she’s a sucker for a great pair of cowboy boots.
Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection between classic tailoring and innovative technique, creating a unique and wearable aesthetic while maintaining knitterly appeal. Her work has been published with Brooklyn Tweed, Quince & Co., Interweave Knits, Knitscene, PomPom Quarterly, amirisu, and many others.
Gudrun was born in Shetland in the seventies, when her mother was running the successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader. Some thirty years later and now living in the United States, Gudrun has followed in her mother’s footsteps by reviving the Shetland Trader name, and she has made a name for herself in the knitwear design industry. Gudrun often includes aspects of her Shetland heritage in her designs, mostly utilizing traditional lace patterns in a contemporary context. She also loves to design using seamless construction methods and is always adding new techniques to her seamless knitting skills.
San Francisco designer Kyle Kunnecke has a not-so-secret passion for color work. Through his fiber workshops he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His patterns are published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his label, Kyle William. His book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (Interweave, 2016) celebrates his love for pattern and is available wherever books are sold.
Knowing the arts have the power to heal, he is always looking for new ways to encourage creativity in others. Learn more about Kyle and his work: kylewilliam.com
Nguyen Le is a designer, maker, author, and craft stylist. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and currently residing, creating, and high-fiving in Brooklyn, Nguyen is the designer behind KnitKnit, a line of elegant and witty knit, felt, embroidered, and felted accessories and patterns. KnitKnit began with just knitting, and quickly expanded to include anything fiber related. She likes to add a playful twist to traditional techniques and give a modern take on them. You can find out more about her at www.knitknitknits.com.
A popular teacher and one of the most prolific American designers at work today, Melissa Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books. Her most recent titles are Knitting the Perfect Fit and The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook. Her next book, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities, launches in February of 2017.
Keith Leonard gained a love for knitting at the age of eleven, when he joined a lunchtime knitting program in his hometown of Haworth, New Jersey. After working at four major knitting stores in Upstate New York, New Jersey, and New York City, he realized there was no specialized service for knitwear finishing and took the initiative to start his own business, called Knits All Done (a service for knitters to outsource their knits for professional finishing). Keith understands the fine difference between a “hand made” and “home made” finished garment. He now travels the country teaching classes while selling his custom Zen Yarn Garden yarns and colors. He is the American distributer for Soulwool, hand dyed yarn from Israel. knitsalldone.com
Driven by an obsessive, passionate, and often tumultuous relationship with color, Felicia Lo has intensely pursued everything related to design, dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting, and photography. In 2005, she founded SweetGeorgia Yarns, an artisan hand-dyed yarn company that makes exquisite knitting yarns and spinning fibers in stunningly saturated colors. Felicia has taught spinning, dyeing and weaving in her production studio as well as online via Craftsy.com as a way to welcome more fiber enthusiasts to the world of color and texture.
Joji enjoys living her life in sunny Buenos Aires, while dreaming of visiting the rest of the world armed with knitting needles and yarn. She also thinks life is much sweeter when served with coffee and chocolate!
Catherine Lowe is known for her original and unique construction techniques and her pairing of luxury fiber with elegant design. She has developed an approach to hand-knitting that rethinks the traditional technical and design vocabularies of the hand-knitter and translates the distinctive elements of haute couture dressmaking into refined techniques. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and knit.wear. Her articles on couture knitting technique have been featured in Vogue Knitting; she has been profiled in Interweave Knits, Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi, KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave by Sabrina Gschwandtner, and in knit.wear. For more information, visit catherine-lowe.com and knittingwithcompany.com.
Patty Lyons (pattylyons.com) is a nationally recognized knitting teacher who is known for teaching the “why,” not just the “how,” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.” Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Stitches, and the Knit and Crochet Show, and her popular classes can also be found online at Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy, where her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013! Patty’s designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Knit 1,2,3 and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom.” Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite Yarns, Kollage, Takhi Stacy Charles, Cascade, Universal, and Noro.
Brandon has been the manager of the Kaffe Fassett Studio in London for more than eighteen years and a regular contributor to the design collections for the internationally distributed Rowan Knitting, Patchwork, and Vogue Knitting magazines among other publications, including his books Knitting with the Color Guys (Sixth&Spring), Knitting Color (Sixth&Spring) and Brilliant Knits (Ebury Press, UK, and Taunton Press, USA). He travels the world teaching color confidence–building classes both in person and online, at Creativebug.com. More info at brandonmably.com.
Nancy Marchant is the Queen of Brioche. For more than thirty years, Nancy has studied the nuances of this European stitch, developing new and exciting stitches and techniques for achieving beautiful results. She is the author of Knitting Brioche, Knitting Fresh Brioche, Leafy Brioche, and she is working on her current knitting passion of developing tuck stitches. Nancy lives in Amsterdam and works as a graphic designer yet still finds the time to travel the world giving lessons and spreading the brioche love around.
Maryanne Moodie is a fiber-obsessed maker from Australia. She busily divides her time between designing and creating woven wall hangings, creating beginner weaving kits, and teaching sold-out workshops across the world. Maryanne is best known for applying unexpected color combinations to her nostalgic designs. She is inspired by the intricacy of vintage textiles, traditional costuming, modern art, and the natural world.
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand-knitting designer known for inventive colorwork design. She has a passion for folk knitting and has traveled the world to study traditional techniques and to learn about the history of the craft. Her first three books, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, 150 Scandinavian Motifs, and Fair Isle Style, were instant classics. This fall saw the release of her fourth book, Geo Knits: 10 Lessons and Projects for Knitting Stripes, Chevrons, Triangles, Polka Dots and More. Mary Jane loves to teach, specializing in lively, fun, and informative classes. Mary Jane’s inventive hand-knitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website, MaryJaneMucklestone.com.
For more than twenty-five years, Deborah Newton has designed for all the major craft and knitting magazines, for yarn companies, and for Seventh Avenue, as well as being a regular columnist for Vogue Knitting. She is the author of numerous books, including Designing Knitwear, which has been in continuous print for more than 20 years, and Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters. Deborah’s newest book, Good Measure: Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time, was chosen by Amazon as one of their 15 Top Craft Inspiration Books of Fall 2015. She lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.
Brooke Nico began designing by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost ten years ago, first exploring modular construction then lace. Next, Brooke opened Kirkwood Knittery, a yarn shop in St. Louis. Brooke’s designs have been featured in several magazines, including Vogue Knitting and Debbie Bliss magazine. As a dedicated teacher, Brooke guides knitters through the intricacies of techniques to make their projects as polished as possible.
Dora is among the leading crochet designers, known for her chic and innovative fashions and as the author of six crochet books. She is passionate about teaching and helping crocheters master skills. Her 2014 release, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop, has been hailed for its depth and thoroughness, and her brand-new book, Top-Down Crocheted Sweaters, is generating excitement in the crochet community. Dora is a lifelong New Yorker who had a career as a soprano and today, in addition to her design work, she teaches singing at the college level.
A seasoned teacher from New Jersey, Pat Olski is equally passionate about knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Her designs reflecting all three have been published in many issues of Vogue Knitting, Vogue Knitting Crochet, Knit Simple, and Noro Magazine, as well as in a variety of books ranging from Debbie Bliss to the Cascade “60 Quick” project series.
She has created patterns for major yarn companies, and is the author of 3 crochet booklets in the Go Crafty series from Mixed Media Publications. She is also the author of the books “Alice in Wonderland” in amigurumi and “Fairytales, Fables, and Folklore” in yarn craft as well as “The Wizard of Oz” in amigurumi and “Yarn Whirled- The Royal Family” which will published in early 2017.
Pat enjoys nothing more than translating complicated traditions into relevant and approachable designs.
As an internationally recognized hand-knitwear designer, Shirley Paden’s designs and articles have appeared in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitters, Family Circle, and Knit It as well as in the collections of leading yarn companies. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of hand knitting and crochet locally, nationally, and internationally. In her book, Knitwear Design Workshop, she brings to life in print her most popular class, Knitwear Design, for all those who want to explore designing their own garments or altering commercial patterns. Shirley has been featured on HGTV and Knitting Daily TV as well as in designer interviews in the leading knitting magazines. The British magazine The Knitter named her in its “Who’s Who in North American Knitting” list. She was the 2011 featured American Needlework Designer at the Danish Needlework Fair in Middelfart, Denmark. She is also the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits, located in New York City, where Shirley designs an exclusive line of custom knit clothing.
Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher. She is best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for her Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production. She has since made a career out of knitting, publishing new patterns monthly and teaching workshops in her techniques. Xandy has been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective, Knitscene, and Knitty, but publishes most of her patterns via Ravelry. Xandy also blogs about design, crafting, and baking on her blog soimakestuff.com.
Alasdair lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and cat; his day job is in computer repair. In his spare time, he travels around North America to teach, and he’s hoping to slowly transition to spending more time designing, publishing and teaching double-knitting techniques and patterns. For more info, please visit www.double-knitting.com
Join us and learn about Japanese knitting from Gayle Roehm, who has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy these beautiful designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan during and after her college years. She went on to business school and worked as a management consultant all over the world, including many visits to Japan. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years. With the rise of the Internet, anyone anywhere can find a wide range of Japanese books and patterns, and her classes have been popular at events such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Stitches, Interweave Knitting Lab, Yarnover, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Sock Summit and more. Gayle’s designs have been published in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and by yarn companies. For several years she translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito), and she prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages. She also sells original work at a local fiber arts gallery.
Nicole Smith for Brooklyn Craft Company
Carla Scott is currently editor in chief of Knit Simple magazine and executive editor of Vogue Knitting magazine. She has been working with Vogue Knitting since 1982 and has enjoyed hosting the VK tours for the past ten years. She created and edited the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary book series and is closely involved in the various knitting books published by Sixth&Spring Books. A knitter since the age of seven, Carla has had a career in the hand-knitting industry spanning more than thirty years, working for various yarn companies, knitting magazines, and book publishers in New York City. Carla lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter (who is also a knitter).
Having taught more than twenty years of sold-out classes at national and international seminars, Leslye Solomon is an enthusiastic, energetic, and empathetic teacher. Her classes include comprehensive sweater designing, hands-on sweater finishing, and easy-to-learn (or switch to) continental knitting. Leslye has published a number of sweater designs and editorials, and she has produced numerous instructional DVDs. Her well-photographed, studio-produced DVDs include the following titles: The Hand-Knitter’s Guide to Sweater Finishing, The Absolute Best Way to Learn How to Knit, The Hand Knitter’s Guide to Buttonholes and Bands, The Hand Knitter’s Guide to Making Socks, and The Hand Knitter’s Guide to Making Socks on a Single Circular Needle.
Debbie is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting and crocheting books. She is also the Editor in Chief of BUST Magazine. Debbie began knitting when she was only six years old, but it took thirty years before she actually learned to enjoy it. Once she became obsessed, in 1999, she started a Stitch ’n Bitch group in a cafe in NYC’s Lower East Side, and it became the inspiration for thousands of Stitch ’n Bitch groups that have formed all across the country in the years since. She has written five books in the Stitch ’n Bitch series and has her own line of yarn, Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller. She lives in Brooklyn with one crazy cat, 2 weird dogs, and way too much yarn.
Carol Sulcoski is an attorney turned fiber artist. She is the author of Knitting Ephemera, Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns and coauthor of Knit So Fine. Her knitting designs and articles have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, KnitScene, St.-Denis Magazine, Knitty.com and other publications. Carol also creates hand-dyed yarns and fibers as Black Bunny Fibers, and she began her own pattern line in 2009. She lives with her family outside Philadelphia.
Veera Välimäki lives and designs in southern Finland. She loves simple yet modern knits that are easy to wear year after year. Veera is a master of casting on for new sweaters, and she adores garter stitch and all kinds of short rows. Her first book, Lankaleikki, was published in 2013 in Finland and the second, Huivileikki, came out in the fall of 2014, but the majority of Veera’s work is self-published. Her work has also been featured in magazines and books in Finland, Europe, and in the United States.
Jennifer and Melissa VanSant
Jennifer and Melissa VanSant
Sisters from Massachusetts, Jennifer and Melissa VanSant joined forces to open Off the Beaded Path, a bead and craft store, in 2005. A lifelong love of fibers and fiber craft led them into the world of needle felting. Customers in the store were constantly asking how they made their needle-felted gnomes and woodland friends, which led them to begin teaching felting classes and producing their own felting kits. They teach workshops all over the country and have made instructional videos. They take each step in this amazing business with gratitude that people far and wide embrace their artwork and vision of this gentle, though sometimes scary, place they have created, Going Gnome.
Anne Weil designs knitting and crochet patterns as well as craft projects for the modern maker. She writes the blog Flax & Twine and is the author of the book Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting. Anne fell in love with the modern shift in scale and luscious loft that arm knitting brings to any project. Anne teaches how to apply traditional knitting techniques, including cables and lace, to arm knitting, and she has developed new techniques for creating wide fabrics with finger knitting. Anne is a freelancer for MarthaStewart.com. Her projects have been published in Mollie Makes and on Design*Sponge, Design Mom, Apartment Therapy, and more. Anne teaches classes nationwide, as well as online at Creativebug.com.