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Brett Bara

Brett Bara

When Brett’s not in front of the camera on Knit and Crochet Now!, she is the Editor in Chief of Crochet Today magazine. Before this, she was Crafts Editor at Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications and a writer for numerous national magazines including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Details, Men’s Health and Prevention.

Brett has more than 20 years’ experience as a crafter, and has been knitting and crocheting for over 10 years. Her mission is to spread the joy of crafting far and wide, especially among the new generation of young DIY’ers. Brett also enjoys sewing, embroidery and anything crafty, in addition to DIY decorating, baking and vintage shopping. She lives in New York City, where she is writing a sewing book to be released in spring 2011.

Read Brett’s blogs at crochettoday.com and manhattancraftroom.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter under the name brettbara.


Kristin Nicholas

Kristin Nicholas

Kristin learned to knit and sew when she was nine years old. She followed her passion for creating and received a BS from University of Delaware and MS from Colorado State University in Textiles and Clothing She has worked in the American needlework industry for over 25 years as a Creative Director and Stitchery and Knitwear Designer. She is the Author of 8 books including Color By Kristin, Kristin Knits, Colorful Stitchery, Kids Embroidery, Knitting for Baby and more. Her specialty is working with color and she is known as a color expert within the needlework industry. She has her own line of yarn “Julia”, named for her daughter, which is distributed throughout North America by Nashua Handknits (a Division of Westminster Fibers).

Kristin lives on a working sheep farm in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. Her home and work have been featured in Country Home, Country Living, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitters Magazine and many other national publications. She has been a knitting expert on Knit and Crochet Now for the past 3 seasons.

You can learn more about Kristin by visiting her website, kristinnicholas.com and learn about life on a working sheep farm by following her blog.


Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula

Robyn’s winding path to her crochet career began as most, not in the industry, but as a crafter. “My day job as an engineer may seem like a far cry from crochet fashion design, but, for me, they are one in the same. They both use my ability to take a big project and break it down into little items that I can understand, then piece them back together for the overall big picture.” Her first published pattern was a simple leash created for Faye, her German Sheppard. This spurred her on to start her own crochet design company, Crochet by Faye. She has been published in a number of national magazines and books including Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today!

Her first crochet book, Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter, was published by Interweave Press in September 2008. Her second book, Mission Falls Goes Crochet, will be published by Mission Falls Yarn Company soon. You can see all of her architecturally inspired pieces at crochetbyfaye.com.


Maggie Pace

Maggie Pace

After working as a journalist for 10 years, Maggie decided she was ready for something new. In 2003 when she was five months pregnant with her second child, she founded Pick Up Sticks!, a felted knit design company. In keeping with family tradition – every female member of her family had a craft business going back two generations – and because she had just discovered felting, it seemed a logical career step.

Today Pick Up Sticks! patterns and kits are sold in stores nationwide. She has also written two books on knitted felt, Felt Forward (Interweave Press, Nov. 2007) and Felt It! (Storey Publishing, Nov 2006). Maggie was honored as a notable 2008 Women Entrepreneur for Country Living Magazine. She has appeared on several national and local television programs, including DIY Network’s “Knitty Gritty” and the public television program “Shay Pendray’s Needlearts Studio”. Maggie continues to design all the patterns for Pick Up Sticks! and her mother Joan tests each one. The mother/daughter team runs the business from a little studio in Oakland, California. To learn more, go to pickupsticksonline.com


Ellen Gormley

Ellen Gormley

Ellen has been crocheting since she was about 10 years old, but didn’t begin her design career until 2004 when she began staying home with her kids. She stitched more than 80 afghans before becoming a full-time crafter who “gets paid to play with yarn!” Within the crochet community, Ellen Gormley is particularly well-known for her stylish bead crochet and join-as-you-go crochet and motif designs. Ellen has more than 200 designs including garments, bags and accessories and home decor.

Ellen’s designs have been published in numerous crochet magazines, and she has written two books. She has recently completed a new online class, Crocheting with Beads.


Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog

Amy is incredibly passionate about helping women make sweaters they love to wear. She is the author of Knit to Flatter and designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. Amy teaches classes online and across the country, and her sweater designs have been featured in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty and more.

Amy was born with dual passions: technology and crafting. For many years it appeared the two would live separately: computer science research by day, knitting everywhere else, each jealously fighting for her attention. Slowly, quietly, they became friends and allies, resulting in a glorious bit of serendipity. As a result, CustomFit, a sweater pattern generator, was born. You can learn more about Amy at amyherzogdesigns.com.


Marly Bird

Marlaina “Marly” Bird

Marly fled the world of financial services to launch her very popular Yarn Thing podcast and hasn’t looked back since. To Marly, a bi-craftsy girl who both knits and crochets, she believes “the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.” She’s creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns, author of I Can’t Believe I’m Entrelac Knitting, the co-author of Curvy Crochet and Knitting for Dummies 3rd edition. You’ve seen her designs in Creative Knitting magazine, Knitter’s Magazine, Knit Simple, Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Love of Knitting, Love of Crochet, Crochet Today and Knitting Today and in the books The Knitter’s Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Perfectly Plus and Knitting Plus. Marly teaches classes around the country at a variety of wool festivals and online classes. In her spare time she is a wife to a very understanding husband and raises three kids in suburban Denver. Enter the world of Marly at marlybird.com.

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