Amy Detjen

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 over 15 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!






Annie Modesitt

Annie Modesitt has been designing hand knits since 1986 and loves all types of yarn.  A champion of the Combination Knitting Method, Annie believes that there is no wrong way to knit–but MANY “right” ways to knit.  As long as you’re getting the fabric you want, and can perform the knit tricks you’d like, then you’re knitting just fine!

Annie is the author of seven books on knitting and fiber, and is featured in many knitting books, magazines, and online sites.




Web: www.anniemodesitt.com
Twitter: @modeknit

Astor Tsang

Astor Tsang believes that knitting is possible for all.  She has been teaching beginners how to knit for almost a decade. With the experience of teaching hundreds of beginners–as in “know nothing” to “my grandmother gave up on me” beginners–she developed a Nothing Is Obvious philosophy. Her perseverance to explain knitting process has sometimes led her to throw her students out the door when she uses her analogy of “the doorway is the stitch, Astor is the needle, and the student is the yarn.” Her very unique style of teaching has made her a popular knitting teacher in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Astor is also an accomplished published knitting pattern designer and author.




Web: http://knittingastor.com/
Twitter: @knittingAstor


Carol Sulcoski

Carol J. Sulcoski is an attorney turned fiber artist. After the birth of her oldest child, she retired from the practice of law and began knitting in earnest. She is the author of Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarns and co-author of Knit So Fine, (both Interweave Press 2008). Her knitting designs and articles have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, KnitScene, St-Denis Magazine, Knitty.com and other publications. Carol also creates hand-dyed yarns and fibers for her company Black Bunny Fibers, and began her own pattern line in 2009. She lives with her family outside Philadelphia.





Web: www.goknitinyourhat.blogspot.com

Chris Bylsma

Chris retired from a career in marketing communications and advertising to pursue her artistic passion–knitting and texture play. She teaches workshops coast-to-coast for guilds, TNNA, conferences, and shops and in her hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, she has her own line of knitting patterns available through retail yarn stores. 

Her approach to knitting is that the process and the end product should both be a joy, and she designs her patterns with that in mind. 

Chris is noted for her Crayon Box Jacket and inventive Ladder Scarf and Ladder Shawl. She encourages knitters to “color outside the lines” where it’s more fun, and to “think outside the box” (she has occasionally been accused of actually not having a box).





Josh Bennett

Josh Bennett is a New York City-based designer. He designs and knits for many fashion designers and has recently worked with Project Runway winner, Irina Shabayeva, on her Winter 2011 and Winter 2010 collections for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. His original designs can be seen in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Knit.1. Currently, Josh is attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), majoring in Menswear Design, his first love.






Web: www.boymeetspurl.com


Kristin Nicholas

Kristin Nicholas is the author of 8 knitting and stitchery books including her latest Color by Kristin. For sixteen years she was Creative Director of a large yarn company where she designed yarn, knitting patterns, graphic materials, and more. Her work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitters Magazine and many women’s magazines. She is a “knitting expert” on PBS’s Knit and Crochet Now. She lives with her family on a working sheep farm in western Massachusetts with over 500 sheep, numerous chickens and cats and two obsessed Border Collies.





Web: www.kristinnicholas.com

Lori Beitler and Susan Pestrichello

Lori Beitler and Susan Pestrichello founded Stitchuary after their interest in knitting took them to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, a place that piqued their curiosity in “yarns from local farms.” To begin, they compiled a list of breeders and independent farmers from across the United States to bring hard-to-find artisanal yarns to a broad audience of knitters who might not otherwise have access to these products. Stitchuary.com, an e-commerce site, was then created so knitters could attain breed specific small–batch yarns year-round. At Stitchuary.com, knitters can select yarn to purchase by region, breed, yarn weight, color, blend, and more.



Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Stitchuary
Twitter: @stitchuary

Melanie Falick

Melanie Falick is the editorial director of STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books, which is part of Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Abrams Books. She is also the author of numerous books, including Weekend Knitting, Kids Knitting, and Knitting in America, in addition to serving as the former editor-in-chief of Interweave Knits magazine.







Nadine Curtis

Nadine Curtis founded Be Sweet in 2003 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for socially-conscious programs served as a catalyst for turning her fascination with local hand-made accessories into a thriving business that supports artisans in developing countries. Be Sweet, a company with a conscience, has a mission to bring socially- and environmentally-friendly products to fashionable consumers. We focus on products that evoke an individual style while helping to support community development around the world. “I want to remind people to literally be sweet and to show compassion for your neighbors and those less fortunate.”



Web: www.besweetproducts.com