Kathleen's grandmother taught her to knit/crochet when she was a very small child. She was left in her grandmothers care while both her parents worked, so it was the one thing they could do together since she spoke Spanish and Kathleen spoke English. Her grandmother bought her first skein of yarn, her own crochet hook and a white wicker tote. Kathleen enjoys knitting, KALs, and belongs to the GPY sock club. When she's not knitting, she loves to read knitting mystery novels.
During her time as an undergraduate student, Shelbie taught herself to crochet and then knit. Crafting quickly became a passion of hers, and after graduation she found herself working part-time at a yarn shop in Virginia. Since then, she has also learned to spin fiber. Shelbie loves knitting socks and shawls and crocheting baby blankets. She really enjoyss teaching others how to knit and crochet, and one day hopes to learn how to weave.
Laura has been knitting for 10 years, after being introduced to fiber arts by coworkers. She has had the privilege of learning from many talented people and being part of the rich fiber arts community in the Bay Area. Laura loves to knit and spin, and is always eager to share and learn new things in yarn and life!
Anne-Marie learned to knit on straight needles from her mother and her friends when she was about 7 years old. She grew up in the Netherlands where everyone learned to knit, cross stitch, do woodwork, clay, etc. She knits lots of different things, but she really loves to knit sweaters. Anne-Marie has a husband who is a software engineer, three children, and two cats who will be trained to be her stash guardians after they stop eating the yarn.
Renata learned knitting from her grandmother and it is her main hobby. She grew up in communist Czechoslovakia, where crocheting and needle skills were part of the school curriculum, and they still play an important part in her life. She met my husband while visiting the US almost twenty years ago. She likes to knit lace patterns, especially if they are charted. Renata is a very optimistic and happy person, and beautiful yarn in her hands makes her even happier.
Beth started knitting as a young child and learned crochet as a teenager. Her mom had a boutique yarn shop in North Carolina before her family moved overseas. She spent a good part of her time at the computer, remotely managing the administrative functions behind the scenes. Her evenings are project time for knitting and crocheting, mostly models for GPY or her grandchildren.