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Marie Greene has been knitting since the age of ten, and not just knitting – but addicted to knitting. She loves wool, independent dyers and sweaters. She has a ridiculous number of projects on her needles at all times and she wakes up every day excited to be alive because, knitting. She has taught workshops and private lessons for the last fifteen years, and has been an independent designer since 2013. Before her life in knitwear design, she was a hospital finance project manager, freelance writer and business coach. Her job as an instructor is to not just educate and inspire, but to ensure that her students find the process as engaging as it is enlightening. When she’s not designing knitwear, she is traveling (with knitting), reading (and knitting) or throwing dinner parties (with other knitters).
Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7; an orange acrylic scarf! Not long after, her mom found a treadle sewing machine, which launched Allison into a lifetime love of all fibers. She knits, crochets, weaves, felts, dyes, cards, spins, sews, and more. If it’s fiber related she’s either tried it or it’s on her bucket list. While working as a costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison created and taught student stage makeup and costume classes and fell in love with teaching. Allison shares her skills and love of design in her knit and crochet patterns published by KnitPicks, Cascade Yarns, Skacel, Knit Circus and Loose Threads magazines and the book “Simple Hip Knit Scarves”. She strives to explain not only the how, but the why, of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Gudrun Johnston was born in Shetland in the 70’s while her mother, Patricia Johnston, was running the successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader. Thirty years later – and now living in the United States – Gudrun has followed in her mother’s footsteps. She has self published two collections of knitwear inspired by the Shetland islands, The Shetland Trader Book One and Book Two and also collaborated with one of her favorite yarn companies, Quince & Co to publish a Mother and Daughter knitwear collection called Knit With Me. Gudrun has also been published in several prominent magazines online, including Brooklyn Tweed, Twist Collective, Amirisu and Knitty. 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 and is always adding new techniques to her seamless knitting skills. Most recently she is exploring Fair Isle knitting.
Michael Kelson is the coordinator for the annual Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat and the Seattle Men Who Knit meet-up, and teaches Spinning classes at Weaving Works in Seattle. He is passionate about sharing his love of spinning with students of all levels. By day he is a software engineering professional, but on weekends he’s usually out and about with his miniSpinner in tow!
Judith MacKenzie is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing. Her teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey. Judith is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning and The International Spinner. She also writes for Spin-Off, Knits, and Handwoven.
Andrea Mowry was lucky enough to learn how to knit as a child from her grandma. By her late teens, guided by the wisdom of the great Elizabeth Zimmerman and her many books, she began trying to work out her own patterns. After leaving her life as a pastry chef to start a family with her husband, her hands found the necessary freedom to begin creating with fiber insteaf of flour. She focuses on desiging knits to fit the modern wardrobe – fun to knit and easy to wear, with clear directions for every level of knitter. She belives in enjoying every stitch and wearing at least one hadn knit everyday! dnrea has agreat love for indulging in new techniques and skills and then sharing them with other knitters through her patterns and workshops. Her goal is to leave knitters feeling empowered and inspired, and wrapped up in their own beautiful knits!
Almost two decades ago, Clara Parkes abandoned San Francisco’s high-tech hubbub to build a quieter creative life on the coast of Maine. In 2000, she turned passion to profession when she launched Knitter’s Review, the first comprehensive online knitting magazine and community. Since then, through her writings, workshops, bestselling books (including The New York Times bestseller Knitlandia), television and radio appearances, and her small-batch Clara Yarn, Parkes has carried knitters into the 21st century. She is a passionate proponent of breed awareness, slow knitting, slow stashing, and knitting locally. Today Clara still lives in Maine, dividing her time between city and country. When not hunting down that elusive flock of sheep, Clara loves to putter in the kitchen and is a huge fan of butter.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of Yarn Harlot, At Knit’s End, Knitting Rules!, and Casts Off. She maintains a popular blog at www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/. She lives with her family in an untidy, wool-filled house in Toronto, where she avoids doing the laundry and knits whenever she gets a minute.