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Julia Farwell-Clay
As a former college teacher, Julia Farwell-Clay brings to her knitting students 30 years of knitting experience and a boundless enthusiasm for the craft. A founding editor of Twist Collective, Julia has since gone on to publish as both a writer and a designer in other magazines like Knitty, Interweave Knits, and Pompom Quarterly. Her distinctive patterns usually include graphic interest and a modern twist on traditional color techniques. In 2015, Classic Elite published her book, From Folly Cove, featuring 12 patterns inspired by Virginia Lee Burton and the Folly Cove Designers. When she isn't knitting or taking care of her kids, she might be found riding her bike, or blackening her fingernails with garden dirt. Julia lives in Massachusetts.
Kate Frego
Kate Atherley
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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee   ~Yarn Harlot~
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a writer, mother, blogger, knitting humorist and philosopher, and the author of eight funny books about knitting and life, two of which spent a few glorious weeks at the very bottom of the New York Times Bestseller’s list.
She lives in Toronto, Canada with assorted daughters and a long suffering husband, all of whom have her outsmarted. Stephanie avoids housework, loves to teach knitting, and works very hard at both. 
She is the co-founder of the Sock Summit, the worlds only two full scale conferences for Sock Knitters, runs Strung Along LLC, a company that serves up top notch retreats for knitters, and plays hostess to Tricoteuses Sans Frontières/Knitters Without Borders, a worldwide group of knitters that have donated more than one million dollars to MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders). She keeps the blog www.yarnharlot.ca in her inestimable spare time, and likes to ride her bike pretty far
Books; The Secret Life of a Knitter, All Wound Up, Knitting Rules, Free-Range Knitter, At Knit's End, Cast Off, Things I Learned from Knitting... wheather I wanted to or not, A Life in Stitches, Craft Activism, The Knitter's Life List.
Melissa Leapman
With over 600 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American Designers working today. As a freelance designer, she's worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses in New York City. Also, top yarn companies commission Melissa to create designs promoting their new and existing yarns each season. 
Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books. Recent titles include Cables Untangled, Continuous Cables, Color Knitting the Easy Way, Mastering Color Knitting and Stashbuster Knits. Her latest book, knitting the Perfect Fit, puts the designer skills into knitter's hands, empowering them to use fully-fashioned techniques to create figure flattering knits for each and every body type.
Melissa has been featured guest on numerous television shows, is a popular guest blogger, and is the host of several Leisure Arts knitting and crocheting DVD's. Nationally, her workshops are popular with crafters of all levels. She has taught at STITCHES, VKLive and TKGA events. Melissa resides in New York, New York.
Rachel Dalton
Deb Barnhill
Doris Norman
Patty Lyons
Doris Norman is not only a skilled artisan and creator of inspiring and beautiful rugs, she is a talented, accredited Pearl McGown and Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia (RHGNS) teacher who has helped countless people to pick up a hook and find themselves in their creations. 
Doris, who was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and lives in capital city of Fredericton, teaches rug hooking across the United States and Canada. She specializes in Celtic art, William Morris, Jacobean, realistic and primitive pictorials, Mayan/Peruvian art, stained glass hooking, and dyeing techniques. Her interest in the art all stems from her first rug hooking memory: “When I was a child in Black’s Harbour [New Brunswick], I remember seeing my grandmother Bradford’s rugs on the floor in the upstairs hall in her house.”

PATTY LYONS 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 & 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 is excited about her newest DVDs with Interweave “Knitting Bag of Tricks”, “Advanced Fixes in Knitting”, and “An Introduction to Color Knitting”. 
Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, 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, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles and Kollage Yarns. Patty lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I was taught to knit as a child by my grandmother, Hilda Lowe. Hilda was a legendary knitter in her own right and I remember with great fondness all the sweaters she knitted for me. We took them for granted - we wore them, we grew out of them, we wore them out - and then they disappeared. I have just one of her sweaters left, and I treasure it.
A family legend - sadly unconfirmed - says that Hilda used to earn a penny turning the heel of socks for knitters in her neighbourhood, when she was a girl. 
Me, I'm a mathematician and refugee from the technology industry.
I've written three books. The first two are friendly and easy-to-use books of patterns and guidance for knitters looking to expand their skills. Beyond Knit and Purl teaches a wide range of skills and Knit Accessories: Essential and Variations provides all your go-to patterns for winter accessories, and allows you to dip your toe into designing and customizing your own.
My latest book, Pattern Writing for Knit Designers is the industry's first guide specifically written to help knit designers of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns.
I'm Knitty's Lead Technical Editor and it's just about my dream job. I also do other freelance technical editing. 
I'm a regular contributor to books and magazines, including most recently the Fall 2014 issue of Sockupied.
I teach regularly at stores around Ontario - I have regular gigs at The Purple Purl and Lettuce Knit in Toronto; and make frequent appearances at others shops, including Shall We Knit, Linda's Craftique in Port Credit and The Needle Emporium. 
I also travel further: in the first half of 2015 you'll find me at Vogue Live in NYC, at Interweave's Yarn Fest in Colorado, and at Squam Art Workshops. 
I live in Toronto with my husband and our challenging but mostly adorable rescue hound Dexter.
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 and supplies 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”. Each item includes the name of the animal who produced the fiber. Rachel has recently been expanding and exploring hand painted yarns, roving and alpaca products which are now being sold in studios and shops across Canada. 
Deb Barnhill is a longtime knitter and has been a teacher at Sock Summit, KnitEast and local yarn stores. She had published patterns on Knitty.com, Knotions.com, and books by Interweave Press and independent publishers. She has parlayed her speed-knitting skills into an international reputation, being crowned Fastest Sock Knitter at Sock Summit 2011, as a member of the Maritime Gimmers in the International Back to Back competition, and in her current role as sample knitter for authors and publishers. Her knitted work has appeared in Beethoven’s Treasure Tail (Universal 1440 Entertainment, 2014), Pure (Black Sheep Pictures, 2016) and the forthcoming The Mist (Dimension Television, 2017). Deb has resided in Eastern Canada for over thirty years and currently makes her home in Truro, where she works as a pharmacist and enjoys a busy family life with her husband and daughters.
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. A recent retired UNB professor Kate makes her home in Saint John, NB is surrounded by an eclectic garden, with an enormous yarn stash in the basement, and carpets of dog and cat hair throughout. Her husband is very patient and has too many sweaters.
Fiona Ellis
Since graduating from DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design Fiona has been designing professionally since 1993. Her work is much sought after, with sustained exposure in leading magazine publications such as Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits, online at Twist Collective and in yarn pattern booklets. She has sold her original design concepts to major fashion houses in London, Paris and New York and has growing requests for personal appearances / workshops at international conferences and guilds.
She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits (Potter Craft 2006), Knitspiration Journal (Potter Style 2006) and Inspired Fair Isle Knits (Potter Craft 2007). She is also an instructor at Craftsy.