Michele Lee Bernstein
I’m Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati. I love designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. I’m fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches) and how techniques can be used to make small objects sing. My patterns are available through Ravelry and Payhip.
I’m the author of Brioche Knit Love: 21 Skill Building Projects from Simple to Sublime. I love teaching and knitting brioche!
I enjoy teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! I teach at fiber festivals (Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, Vogue Knitting Live, Virtual Knitting Live, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival), retreats, and local yarn shops, as well as via Zoom.
I blog about knitting, food, and music at PDXKnitterati.com. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, and YouTube; I’m PDXKnitterati on all platforms.
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching historic and traditional knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 30 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic, and a new, revised edition was released in 2018. She has created 3 DVDs as well as a Craftsy/BluPrint class, and her articles and designs have appeared in the major knitting magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions and holds 3 retreats in Vermont every year. Beth’s website can be found at www.knittingtraditions.com. She lives in Vermont and loves New England winters!
Henry and Roy Clemes
A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber art equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years. Roy grew up in his family’s woodshop and started by sweeping floors at the age of 5. Together they have introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting events across the country. He is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.
Amy was the “List Mom” of the original Knit List for over four years before she started KnitU. She’s very proud that she’s been Meg Swansen’s assistant at her Knitting Camp for 20 years. Teaching knitting and helping people learn about the wide range of knitting possibilities is something Amy is passionate about, and she loves solving those stubborn knitting problems!
A late bloomer in the fiber arts, Kari Elliott has been a Circular Sock Machine Knitter, teacher and CSM Retreat Organizer for 15 years. As a flatbed machine knitter frustrated with short rows and seams, she was thrilled to find a machine that was built to make just socks. Kari ‘s light and humorous style helps when something goes sideways and she has been known to make repairs and fashion machine parts in the middle of a gathering to get a petulant machine up and running. Kari has been a demonstrator at the Washington State Fair, Multiple Art Venues and at Madrona Winter Retreat for the last 9 years and was happy to continue on at the first Red Alder Retreat. In her other life, Kari is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Master Lifestyle Management Coach, Wire Art Designer and runs a Vertical and Soil Garden CSA.
For 45 years, Stephenie Gaustad has spun, woven and dyed. She Illustrated “The Big Book of Handspinning”, and wrote “A Practical Spinners Guide to Cotton, Flax and Hemp”. She shares her love for the fiber arts teaching across the United States and Canada and writing for SpinOff, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot and Ply magazines. Her most recent book comes out mid –year 2020, “A Spinners’ Dozen”.
Faina Goberstein is an independent knitwear designer, author, and a professional teacher based near San Francisco, CA.
Taking an early retirement from a long career as a math professor gave Faina a chance to let her creativity and long-time passion for knitwear design to become a second profession. Faina’s interest in wide assortment of knitting techniques and stitch patterns is evident in her designs and topics of her inspirational classes.
Faina is a great communicator and energetic teacher who cares about her students and focuses on sharing her knowledge and excitement about the craft. She teaches at Vogue Knitting Live, Interweave Yarn Fest, and various venues such as guilds, fiber fests, and yarn shops around the country and abroad.
Follow Faina on Instagram @Faina.go to see the links in her bio to current classes and workshops taught through Virtual Vogue Knitting and via Zoom as well as online classes (see below).
Faina designs for her own line of patterns, FGDesigns. Her designs often appear in internationally recognized magazines such as Rowan, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl, Cast-On and in numerous books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs
Franklin Habit is an author, teacher, illustrator, and writer whose entire life is tangled up in yarn.
As one of the most sought-after teachers and lecturers on the international circuit, he travels frequently to teach knitters across the country and around the world; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat,, and Squam Arts Workshops.
He is the author of two very silly books, It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016) and is in the process of preparing At Home with Foxe and Boxe (www.foxeandboxe.com). His wildly popular stories about Dolores Van Hoofen, the high-living sheep, led to the ongoing Dolores Project with WEBS (yarn.com/dolores).
Among his other, varied experiences in the fiber world are contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, PieceWork, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, and Interweave Crochet; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, Skacel Collection/Makers’ Mercantile. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com and his fabric designs at Spoonflower.com.
Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.
You can follow him online through his Patreon campaign at patreon.com/franklinhabit, as @franklinhabit on Twitter, or @franklin.habit on Instagram.
Knitspot owner and designer Anne Hanson, a life-long knitter with a background in the fashion and graphic design fields, teaches and writes about knitting, spinning, and designing at her blog, knitspot.com. Anne lives and works in Ohio with David, who loves wool, too; together they are the owners and creators of the renowned Knitspot yarn clubs and Bare Naked Wools yarn collection.
Anne is the author of The Lace Lessons, The Bare Naked Knitspot Series, and several other eBook Publications. Her design work has been included in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Sock Knitting Master Class, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, The Knitter, Twist Collective, and My Grandmother’s Knitting. She has produced popular instructional videos with both Craftsy and Interweave Knits and has instructed at Vogue Knitting Live!, Sock Summit, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Knit Nation, Sock Camp, WEBS fall Retreat, among others. Anne’s complete catalog of designs and Bare Naked Wools Yarns are available for purchase in the Knitspot Pattern Shop.
Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design.
Devin Helmen (They/Them) has been immersed in fiber since learning to spin at age 8. They spin, knit, and weave in beautiful Minnesota. Devin enjoys writing and teaching about fiberarts and has a passion for spindles and everyday textiles. Their focus is on making useful textiles from natural materials in a way that is informed by history. They blog, intermittently, at www.afewgreenfigs.blogspot.com.
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between art and agriculture. She is the editor of Spin Off and the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit. Her work has appeared in Spin Off, Jane Austen Knits, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Catherine is known for elegant design that pairs her original and unique construction techniques with knitted fabric that is manipulated to produce characteristics akin to those found in woven textiles. By rethinking traditional technical and design vocabularies, she has developed a couture method for handknitting, a body of techniques that offers the means to realize in a handknit garment a level of craftsmanship and refined detail analogous to couture dressmaking.
Catherine teaches widely and her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, in Interweave Knits, and in knit.wear. She is the author of The Ravell’d Sleeve; her articles on couture knitting technique have been featured in Vogue Knitting; and she has been profiled in Interweave Knits, in Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi, in KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave by Sabrina Gschwandtner, and in knit.wear. For more information, visit http://www.catherine-lowe.com and http://www.knittingwithcompany.com.
PATTY LYONS (http://pattylyons.com/) is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.
Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and digitally available through her website. She also runs wildly popular video sweater classes on her education platform Education.pattylyons.com.
Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective and Modern Daily Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter’s advice column: “Ask Patty”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.
Judith is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. With an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing, her classes and company are highly sought after. Her teaching career spans the globe from the Arctic Circle to Turkey. She is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner, several videos, and countless stories.
When she wasn’t digging in the sand in her backyard in New Mexico, Rebecca Mezoff grew up making dolls out of her dad’s old socks. Now she makes large-format tapestries and is often found weaving in her pajamas which she affectionately calls her “home pants.” She also creates online courses and occasionally she leaves the studio to teach weavers in the real world about color, design, and technique in tapestry. Her current work focuses on human perception and the long scale of geologic time. Her studio is in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can find out more about her on her website and blog at www.tapestryweaving.com.
Alasdair is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, a technique that creates a fabric with no wrong side.
Alasdair is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His books, entitled Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, documents his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques.
John started his journey with braiding in 2008. Where his first attempt at learning knitting failed, kumihimo stuck hard. He has studied with Makiko Tada, Rodrick Owen, and Jennie Parry, among others. He owns all the books, and has actually read them. He’s officially demonstrated kumihimo at Madrona Fiber Arts for years, and unofficially for years before that. He designs and builds his own variations on the traditional braiding stands, and is looking forward to starting production in his own shop in 2020.
Jennifer Williams is a passionate band weaver and teacher. She has spent many years exploring band weaving techniques practiced around the world, many of which she interprets for the inkle loom, her favorite loom. Her work can be found in Handwoven Magazine’s Easy Weaving with Little Looms and on her blog InkledPink.com.