Ann McCauley is the author of The Pleasures of Knitting: Timeless Feminine Sweaters and Together or Separate: Knitting the New Twinset. Ann can be seen in the Knitty Gritty episode known as Delightful Details. She teaches knitting locally and nationally at yarn shops, guilds, and large knitting events. Her first published pattern appeared in the Great American Aran Afghan.

Ann has also designed for Louet yarn company and in the last two years has had eight designs published in Knitter’s Magazine. Her most recent designs can be seen in Jared Flood’s Wool People 2 & 3 Collections, in the Craftsy Workshop known as Texture Tunic, & on the cover of 60 More Quick Baby Knits. Ann’s interests in knitting lie with the use of smooth yarn, solid color and creating texture with stitches to design women’s garments.

You can see more of her designs at www.annmccauleyknits.com or Ravelry design page http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ann-mccauley

Ann McCauley’s work first caught our eye because of its gorgeous, well-thought-out details and beautiful finishing. The Kendrick pullover is yet another example of her eye for clean design.” -- Jared Flood

Ava Coleman began knitting at the age of three. By the age of sixteen, she was marketing her knits in Snowmass and Aspen. That same year she began teaching knitting to her fellow Girl Scouts. She has designed, edited and knitted for CRYSTAL PALACE, WINDY VALLEY MUSKOX , YARN PLACE and SKASKA. Her knitting history articles have been published on-line, in books, magazines and leaflets. Her knitted pieces have been featured in numerous fashion shows and as vendor booth models at STITCHES, TKGA and TNNA.

Ava has a unique perspective of the yarn industry. As a Certified ASI Wool Classer, she spent eight years teaching wool processing techniques, quality control, and knitting in Central Asia for the United States Agency for International Development. Selected as a COLORADO STATE HERITAGE ARTIST in 1997, her knitted lace designs have been showcased in numerous museums and galleries, including the Premier of Denver International Airport’s Public Art Gallery. Her work was awarded a first place in the WOOL FESTIVAL AT TAOS.

She has been profiled in THE ESTES PARK TRAIL GAZZETTE and AMERICAN WOOL GROWER MAGAZINE. TCI Cablevision and the DISCOVERY CHANNEL (HOMEMATTERS) have produced and presented features on her knitted lace work.

Gage Evans - I have been weaving, spinning, and felting for over 30 years. Before I began “officially” teaching, I was doing public demonstrations of weaving and spinning at cultural and historical fairs, museums, etc. Finally, it seemed to make sense to formally teach what I know about fiber arts. By that time, I had added feltmaking to my repertoire. I have taught at Denver area stores (D’Leas Fabric and Button Studio and the Recycled Lamb), at schools (North Middle School, Arapaho Community College), and fiber gatherings (Estes Park Wool Market, Colorado Weavers Day).

My “other job” is as a librarian. My life has always been about getting information to people that they want and need. As a teacher, my mission is making sure that my students get the information and techniques that they can use to be creative and enjoy whatever it is they decide to make. This is what I love and what really excites me about teaching. Join me for the exciting journey!

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Donna Pattee- I recently retired from my job at the University of Colorado in computer security. Since then I’ve had either a hook or needles and yarn in my hands during most of my waking hours.

Someone taught me to knit and crochet a long time ago, and since then crocheting especially has been my passion. My first project was a hot pink granny-square afghan which I wore to shreds. I’ve widened my project base to include sweaters, vests, afghans, scarves, hats and more, and my taste in yarns has grown to include alpaca, silk, wool and llama. I especially like working with lace-weight and fingering weight yarns to create lace crocheted items.

Sharing my love of crocheting is something I really enjoy, along with helping others to master the art and create beautiful items. 

Donna is currently the President of the Crochet Guild of America local chapter that meets at LYS on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Karen Kinyon - Karen Kinyon has been raising llamas and alpacas for 25 years on her ranch north of Wellington, CO. Because of the fine fleece provided by these animals, Karen became very interested in the Fiber Arts and for over 15 years has been sharing her knowledge by teaching Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Felting and Dyeing all with llama and alpaca fiber.
Karen is an Alpaca and Llama Show Association (ALSA) certified Llama and Alpaca Fleece Judge and travels extensively helping llama and alpaca owners and breeders develop their fine fleeces and takes them from shearing to finished garments. Karen has worked with the Rocky Mountain Llama and Alpaca Association to develop the RMLA Fiber Co-op Booth that encourages members to market and sell their llama and alpaca products nationwide.
Gretchen Hofer - My grandmother taught me to knit when I was in grade school. I have been knitting ever since. Living in Colorado there is always a need for warm clothing - from scarves and hats, to sweaters and socks.

My knitting adventures have taken me many places. I have traveled to Wool Markets, Fiber Festivals and yarn shops large and small. I have visited the land of socks, sat with other knitters as we knit for various charities and now find myself in the land of lace, where my passion lies.

Knitting gives me a calm space where I can be creative and watch what the stitches and fibers unfold for me. From a simple lace pattern in a warm scarf or hat to the more exquisite fine alpaca and wool of lacy fashion scarves, my passion grows stitch by stitch and inch by inch.

Gail Sundberg-Douse  As a kid I was always making things with my hands.  One summer when I was 7 a friend taught me how to spool knit, and soon after that I learned how to knit with needles.  Knitting runs in my family, every Christmas would bring a new cardigan or pullover sweater from my grandmothers.  After nursing school I had time to learn to spin and weave.

In 2005 my sister Susan purchased Alpacas- establishing “Wabi Sabi Farm” & I started knitting & spinning in earnest to demonstrate the continuum of Alpaca fiber from the back of the animal to finished product. Later, I was fortunate to be asked by the Recreation Department Staff at the City of Longmont to teach knitting in 2007.  

After much soul searching I decided it was time to pursue a lifelong dream and In September 2012 Longmont Yarn Shoppe opened its doors in the heart of downtown.  The store is the same location I used to buy candy and other trinkets when I was just a kid....the Marlou Shop.  The response from the community in having a LYS has been incredible -  I am so excited that I took the plunge!

None of my success in life or at the store would be possible were it not for the support of my husband - Mark, and my family, Michael, Austin, Max and Emma. I ever grateful to them all for putting up with my piles of yarn and projects around the house over the years.

Jane Anderson - I have been knitting on and off for over 27 years, having first learned when I was in 4th grade. I took it back up again in high school, with my first project being a knitted pouch and mouse that I attempted to make with my mother on a bus ride out to the home of the Brown Sheep Company in Nebraska. A fun trip, but not a fun first project.

I have always love knitting and being able to create items for myself and others. I think the presence of handmade arts in our lives is so important, as it teaches us to make our own clothes and shows others the value of something handmade. My life has led me on many knitting adventures from that Brown Sheep trip, to knitting retreats, to working at A Knitted Peace for many years when my mother owned the store.

In May 2010 I started Peace Knitters, a charity handwork group here in Longmont. This amazing group of knitters and crocheters created many wonderful items for local organizations around Longmont. In the fall of 2011 I met Gail, who was starting her own charity knitting group Loops for Love, and we took off on an adventure of collecting 1000 handmade items for the homeless. Along the way we organized with members of our groups, several yarn bombings around town (remember those geese in hats & scarves?). This whole journey has landed me here at The Longmont Yarn Shoppe where I work a couple days a week and teach some classes. When I am not at the store I am running my clinic practice as a Certified Clinical Herbalist here in town. I feel so grateful to be working with my two passions -- knitting & herbs. I am married and have a wonderful daughter who amazes me with what she can create with her crochet hook!

Cassandra Gilbert - I remember being eager to learn how to crochet about fifteen years ago, but some how I began to knit instead. My mom always encourages me to try new techniques with knitting telling me, "You can do it, it is easy!" Sometimes I do not always agree with her, but it has definitely made me try different things with knitting.

About four years ago I went to my first wool festival in Taos, New Mexico and discovered spinning and needle felting. I bought my first drop spindle and sat with a group under the Ravelry tent to learn how to spin. I became eager to learn more about spinning. I took my first spinning class three years ago and continued to learn as much as I could about fiber and spinning yarn.

I also began to dye my own fiber. I love making my own new and unique color combinations. Spinning and dyeing opened up so many other doors with knitting and crocheting for me. I feel I have a better understanding of fibers and their uses. My knowledge of fiber has been expanded greatly and I learn so much with every class I take. During the day, I am a teacher with the St. Vrain Valley School District. I love teaching and look forward to teaching others about fabulous fibers.

Kris Bart - Knitting, to me, has always seemed like a mythical skill that was far beyond my capabilities. I admired hand knit garments and was in awe of people that could take two sticks and a ball of yarn to create gorgeous sweaters, cozy slippers or warm mittens and scarves. I never in a million years thought that I would ever learn to make those things myself.

Not until a new yarn shop opened up right in my neighborhood. I walked in and mistakenly thought a sample sweater was for sale. I asked how much and the owner laughed and said she could sell it for $400.00 or teach me to make my own. I took her up on the challenge and signed up for a class.

That was almost 15 years ago and I haven’t put the needles down since. I am hooked and eager to teach others all that I have learned and to show them that knitting is not only fun and rewarding, it’s the coolest craft ever!

Andrea van Doorn - I was born and raised in Cologne, Germany and moved to Minnesota in 1996. I currently live in Erie Colorado and I have been knitting since the age of 10. I enjoy making garments and creating new designs. I've been a knitting instructor since April 2005. You can follow my fiber meanderings and find more about me at my blog, crazy4knitting.com/blog.

In the mean time I look forward to meeting you in an upcoming class! I teach Fair Isle techniques, Brioche, and Toe up Socks to name a few things, at LYS!

Andee Graves is a crochet designer, writer, artist and teacher living in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons and a variety of furry friends. She combines a life-long passion for crocheting, sewing, and crafting with a strong interest in medical science and mathematics. She retired after 10+ years as a licensed massage therapist to devote more time to her design, writing and teaching activities.

She finds crochet to be an exciting and diverse fiberart for exploring both sculptural and wearable designs. She is endlessly intrigued by the "magic" of creating fabric or an object from nothing but hook and string.  Andee facilitates our monthly "Casual Crochet" meetup at LYS.

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Debby Telfer has always loved working with all types of textures. She started sewing at age 5 which blossomed into jobs as a tailor and seamstress by age 16. She has also loved crocheting for many years. More recently she has embraced knitting.

By day she is a Programmer Analyst for St. Vrain Valley School District and an Adjunct Computer Science Professor and Course Developer for Colorado Technical University. However, much of her spare time is dedicated to working with all types of fibers through her crochet and knitted creations. She also has earned Crochet Instructor Certification Levels I and II in Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructor Program.  Debby was the founding President of the local Crochet Guild of America Local Chapter that meets at LYS. 

Jennifer Thompson-Miller - Jennifer brings her background in marketing, psychology, counseling, art history, science, and metaphysics to the knitting classroom. A yarn and color designer, Jennifer is the creator of Theodora’s Pearls, nationally-known handpainted and hand-dyed yarns, featuring unusual and luxury fibers. Jennifer is dedicated to promoting creative confidence in every knitter, enhancing knitting skills, and encouraging new and innovative experimentation in yarn! A self-taught artist, sourcing inspiration from the natural world, folk art, and historical textiles, she shares her own creative journey as an example of how you can express yourself through fiber, creating beauty, harmony, and functionality.

 

Jennifer teaches at Stitches and appears regularly at fiber festivals and yarn shops around the country. She is happy to call Longmont her home base and LYS!!






Jennifer Thompson-Miller - Jennifer brings her background in marketing, psychology, counseling, art history, science, and metaphysics to the knitting classroom. A yarn and color designer, Jennifer is the creator of Theodora’s Pearls, nationally-known handpainted and hand-dyed yarns, featuring unusual and luxury fibers. Jennifer is dedicated to promoting creative confidence in every knitter, enhancing knitting skills, and encouraging new and innovative experimentation in yarn! A self-taught artist, sourcing inspiration from the natural world, folk art, and historical textiles, she shares her own creative journey as an example of how you can express yourself through fiber, creating beauty, harmony, and functionality.

 

Jennifer teaches at Stitches and appears regularly at fiber festivals and yarn shops around the country. She is happy to call Longmont her home base and LYS!!