Kate Atherley has been teaching knitting professionally for more than 15 years at stores and events all over Canada, the US, and the UK. She’s written 9 books; her latest, Custom Shawls for the Creative and Curious Knitter, comes out this September. Her focus in all her work is the empowerment of knitters, illuminating both the methods and mechanics of the craft. The combination of her university degree in mathematics, professional experience in software development and usability, and training in garments and fashion design give her a unique perspective. She also works as a technical editor, helping other designers and authors bring their work into the world. She lives in Toronto with her husband and the family of skunks under their porch.