Welcome to KnitEast 2019
October 4th, 5th , 6th
Margo Beckwith-Byrne has been knitting since the age of six. Having a fascination with working with her hands, Margo studied Home Economics at university graduating with a Bachelor of Education. Margo left the teaching world for the business world and retired after a successful career in operations management.
Margo’s passion for handwork along with the gift of free time allowed her to pursue her passion for knitting. Margo is an intuitive knitter who is always looking to “crack the code” and understand the logic behind the stitches and the process so she no longer needs a written pattern.
Margo has taught many interested knitters locally both at her weekly “craft nights” as well as classes at Cricket Cove.
Margo’s sense of humor and passion for making the complex easy are the keys for jam packed fun filled classes.
I’m a former lawyer with two music degrees and a life-long love of knitting. I was born in Montreal and raised in Ottawa, and between 1991 and 2007 I lived in Washington, DC, where my husband worked as an economist with the IMF and World Bank. I survived the stress of parenting two children while my husband globe-trotted by watching Elizabeth Zimmermann/Meg Swansen knitting videos, attending knitting classes with Alice Starmore and Debbie Bliss, and making annual treks to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. In 2010 we moved to historic Kingston, ON, where we now live within walking distance of a UNESCO heritage site. In that same year, I had my first design published in Twist Collective and I’ve enjoyed cranking out my own designs ever since.
I specialize in mostly seamless sweaters. In the words of Lee-Ann Dalton in her Fall 2013 column in Vogue Knitting, I’m “on a mission to bring knitters back to sweater knitting…Sweaters are risky--they involve a big investment in time and expense. But McCarten specializes in minimizing that risk, creating patterns that allow you to check the fit as you go. Her techniques will encourage you to take the sweater plunge, and her gorgeous, classic designs include show-stopping details that will make you want to add more than one to your updated wardrobe.”
Stephanie Pearl- Mcphee
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. Stephanie's deepest wish is that everyone understand that knitting is at least as fun as baseball and way cooler than the evil looped path of crochet. Every project, from a misshapen hat to the most magnificent sweater, holds a story.
The history of hooking mats is rich in the Maritimes and I love being a part of this tradition. Living on a farm in rural New Brunswick, I am most often inspired by my surroundings, designing my own patterns for the freedom and personal cast that you can put on your own mats. I have been rug hooking since 1992 and presently sit on the board of the Hooked Rug Museum of North America, in Queensland, NS. I am a member of the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild, A.T.H.A. and the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Rug Hookrafters, Inc. Locally, I rug hook with the Sussex Tea Room Rug Hookers.
I have most recently (July 2018) curated the Northern McGown Teacher's Workshop Rug Show at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. U.S.A. In August, 2017 I curated the Ganong Chocolate Box Exhibit that opened in St. Stephen N.B. and in 2014, curated an exhibit celebrating the work of St. Andrew's own, Grace Helen Mowat . The latter two exhibits are now permanent collections, on display, in the Hooked Rug Museum of North America.
Meeting new people and making new friends are a wonderful part of the rug hooking experience too. I look forward to a great workshop in St. Andrews and meeting all of you!
Lucy Neatby is an internationally recognized teacher, designer, and writer who thrills knitters around the world with her inimitable charm, knowledge, and uniquely colourful designs. Her passion for nurturing and empowering knitters, and putting them in control of their art, is legendary!
She is the author three books: Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style, A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters! and the Learn With Lucy DVD series (16 titles).
Alison Green has been working in the knitting industry since 2002 as a teacher, designer, and technical editor. Her designs have appeared in Twist Collective, Knitty, Interweave Knits, and Knitscene, among other publications, and she has also designed extensively for yarn companies and her own line of self-published patterns. As a designer (and as a knitter) she favors cables, lace, and stranded colorwork.
She joined the Berroco design team in 2014 and currently manages the design office. Alison lives in Providence, RI, and in her free time enjoys singing and playing the ukulele.
Natalie Servant is an independent knitwear designer and teacher with patterns published in print with Knitscene and Cooperative Press as well as online at Brooklyn Tweed, Twist Collective, Knitty, and Quince & Co. Her self-published book was inspired by Canadian Art Deco architecture. She draws inspiration from architecture, art, and nature. You can see all of her designs online at: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/natalie-servant.
Rachel Dalton is a lifelong fiber artist working in multiple mediums. Following graduation from Algonquin College with an Advanced Diploma in Museum Studies, Rachel worked as Director and Collections Manager in museums and has sold her historical costumes internationally to historical institutions and associations. With an interest in historical reproduction and fiber uses, Rachel focused on historical manufacturing methods and applications. She is a self-taught weaver, spinner, dyer and knitter. She runs and owns Brigadoon Fiber Farm, an Alpaca farm producing some of the finest alpaca fiber in New Brunswick, where she breeds high quality alpaca and sheep. Rachel is passionate about sharing her craft through teaching workshops and supplying heirloom quality wearable textiles, fiber art kits, weaving supplies, hand painted yarns, roving and alpaca products which are now being sold in studios and shops across Canada and through her business on site at Brigadoon Fiber Farm. She strives to provide a product that is ethically sourced, ecofriendly and from “sheep to shawl”. Rachel has recently expanded her studio to include a production AVL loom and currently working towards her Master Weaver's through Old's College.
In spite of a long career studying and teaching about plants, Kate spends an inordinate amount of time playing with wool. She was knitting doll clothes from an early age, taught knitting and crocheting, and recently branched into wet- and needle-felting. She is living proof that even un-artistic people can have fun making things out of wool. Her home in Saint John, NB is surrounded by an eclectic garden, with an enormous stash of wool in the basement, and carpets of dog and cat hair throughout. Her husband is very patient and has too many sweaters.