2018 Knitters' Day Out
Teacher Biographies

Click on the name of an instructor to link to their bio: Mell BolenCathy BriscoeLeslie BroznakLisa CarnahanPam EllenbergerWendy EllisTanis GrayJoy JannottiAurora Johansen-WardigoAnjeanette MilnerPat OlskiMary-Anne PosenauRuth SantosLinda SingleyRhonda SlinghoffSheri Hunt SmithMary SpeedyLisa StuartEleanor SwoggerTraci VerdinAnn Weaver

Mell BolenMell Bolen

Mell designs knitting patterns based on her travels to 73 countries around the globe – inspired by art, architecture and of course textiles – color work remains her favorite type of knitting. Also, as a life-long teacher and professional trainer she enjoys using these skills to help others share her passion for color knitting. You can check out some of her work on Ravelry under MellBo Designs. Hope to see you at KDO and take you along on the color knitting journey! Ravelry Username: MellBoDesigns

Cathy BriscoeCathy Briscoe

Growing up, much to my parents' dismay, I was one of those children who took everything apart to see how it works. That fascination has never left me; I now apply that curiosity to knitting. I am always looking for better more efficient ways to work stitches. I am known for spending several hours, or even days, playing with such things as options for working a selvage edge or experimented with paired increases and decreases with some unbelievably interesting results. My family has grown tired of any knitting talk so I teach classes in order to share what I discover with fellow knitters, who can appreciate my enthusiasm for knitting.
After earning a Bachelors Degree in Art Education, I began supporting my fiber obsession by teaching knitting and crochet at yarn shops, retreats and workshops, such as Knitter's Day Out and Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. In addition I am a designer of both knit and crochet patterns. Through my fascination for living history I also research and knit period correct garments for living history interpreters. Ravelry Username: knitted4ewe

Leslie BroznakLeslie Broznak

Leslie Broznak lives in the Shenandoah Valley where she has taught knitting for many years. Her mantra is she never met a pattern she didn't want to change so she started designing her own patterns. Now some of her students bring her the patterns they want to change. Ravelry Username: LeslieBroznak

Lisa CarnahanLisa Carnahan

An avid knitter for more than 30 years, I began knitting model garments for the yarn industry, and at the same time, working on some of my own designs. I began doing freelance designing and my patterns have appeared in the collections of Classic Elite, Fiber Trends, Tahki Stacy Charles, Lion Brand Yarns and others, and have been published by Annie’s, Interweave Press, Knitters, Knit1, Cast On, Knit It, and Creative Knitting. In 2001, I launched my own business, Lisa Knits, a line of knitwear patterns that are available in yarn shops across the country and sold online through Craftsy and Ravelry. I have taught knitting at many yarn shops, knitting guilds and workshops. Having raised my three children, I live in Latrobe, PA with my understanding husband and a large yarn stash. Ravelry Username: lisadesigns

Pam Ellenberger

As a long-time knitter (can it really be over 50 years?!?), Pam knows how to appreciate yarns and fiber and this leads to owning a farm with over 50 alpacas. Sharing the love of all things fiber is one of her passions. Empowering students to trust their creativity and instincts is part of her teaching process. Classes are always laid back and fun. Ravelry Username: plasticgirl

Wendy EllisWendy Ellis

Wendy Ellis is a longtime, avid knitter who also likes to garden and read. She has been teaching knitting since 1991, most recently in her yarn shop in Intercourse, PA--the Lancaster Yarn Shop. Ravelry Username: lovewend

Tanis GrayTanis Gray

A graduate of RISD, Tanis Gray is a former Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit.1, Yarn Market News and the Debbie Bliss magazines, and co-editor of Knit.1. A prolific knitwear designer, Tanis has over 450 published knitting designs, 9 published books, and her work has been featured in many major magazines and books worldwide. She recently shared her passion and expertise on Fair Isle knitting in two Craftsy classes, including Fair Isle Fundamentals, is a regular guest on Knitting Daily TV, and teaches frequently in the hopes that knitting will take over the world.

Joy JannottiJoy Jannotti

I am a TKGA Master Knitter and enjoy sharing the tricks of the trade. I belong to Brookside Knits in Pottstown, PA. Ravelry Username: joyjannotti

Aurora Johansen-WardigoAurora Johansen-Wardigo

'Rora is her own life-sized super-heroine and front-end dev geek. She's rarely without a knitting or spinning project on her person. Life in the Philly suburbs just wouldn't be as joyous without the love, support, and kisses from The Playwright (spouse). She can usually be found porch--spinning or knitting during the warm weather. Ravelry Username: Roralee  

Anjeanette Milner Anjeanette Milner

I'm a crazy city dweller who lives a pretty relaxed lifestyle. I knit, I spin, I sew, and I am learning to weave. I am well known in my house for never starting with an easy project, because I get bored. Ravelry Username: purlewe

Pat Olski

A designer and seasoned teacher from New Jersey, Pat Olski is equally passionate about knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Her written articles and many designs reflecting all three have been published in numerous issues of Vogue Knitting, Vogue Knitting Crochet, Knit Simple, Noro, and Piecework magazines, as well as in a large variety of needle-craft and knitting books. She is the published author of a number of yarn craft books and booklets, most recently, “Yarn Whirled: The Royal Family” and "Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen!". Pat’s newest book “Creating Dorset Buttons” will be released in spring of 2019. Pat enjoys nothing more than translating complicated traditions into relevant and approachable designs that are fun to make. Ravelry Username: NortheastKnitter

Mary-Anne PosenauMary-Anne Posenau

Mary-Anne hasn't met a knitting technique she hasn't liked (well, maybe intarisa), finds knitting endlessly intriguing, and enjoys taking on the challenge of "making it work". She's been knitting for longer than she cares to admit, and finds knitting to be the ideal travel companion. Mary-Anne is a member of the KDO committee, and in her spare time can be found hanging out anyplace that has books, yarn, or ukuleles. Ravelry Username: rogueknytter

Ruth Santos Ruth Santos

Ruth is passionate about yarn and anything associated to it! She learned how to knit and crochet from a very young age at her Portuguese grandmother's knee, and now, most needle arts intrigue her. Over nearly 40 years, Ruth developed her technique and became an avid and perpetual learner. Now, as an instructor she focuses focus on teaching good techniques and practices, while giving each student the leeway to develop their own style. Portuguese knitting is the style she was taught from a young age. She considers herself an expert in the technique and her new Bam Bam Cowl design was made with this technique in mind. Ravelry Username: Ktblexy

Linda Singley

Linda Singley credits her grandmothers, great aunts and Scouting with sparking her interest in fiber arts.   From a young age she learned knitting, crocheting and needlework by example. Her parents further supported her interest in exploring various materials when entering college. She holds graduate degrees in chemistry and education, both of which have allowed her to appreciate the unique properties of fibers and communicating their importance to others.  With her husband and daughter, she resides in Franklin County while teaching science and raising fiber animals at Bearlin Acres. Grass becomes garment.  Fibers come full circle. Ravelry Username: Fuzzygoat17

Rhonda Slinghoff

I learned to knit when I was 7 in 4H and never stopped knitting. I believe no matter how skilled you are, its always possible to learn more.To be honest I would rather be knitting than almost anything else. Ravelry Username: rslinghoff

Sheri Hunt Smith

Sheri Hunt Smith has owned Alpacas of York for the past ten years and from that time has developed a passion for fiber. She has recently moved her farm from York to Mount Wolf, PA and it includes a small farm store. There is nothing she likes better than to get the dye pots out and make a royal mess, but in the end have a scrumptious new color that will used for needle felting, roving or yarn. A favorite needle felting project is to create designs on hand dyed silk. She also hosts a fiber group where like minded enthusiasts get together and knit, crochet, spin, weave and needle felt. Life is good when fiber is your friend.


Mary Speedy

Mary has been knitting most of her life and in the last decade has been fascinated with Tunisian crocheting and all it's possibilities. She teaches regularly at the Colonial Yarn Shop in Shiremanstown, Pa. Her children and grandchildren are regular recipients of her projects. Ravelry Username: sheepygal

Lisa Stuart

Lisa Stuart is a life-long knitter. She has served as a past president of the Main Line Knitting Guild and is currently a member of the Delco KnitChicks. She has taught classes for the MLKG, the Knit Chicks, and her at local yarn shop, Finely Knitting in PA. Ravelry Username: knitchicklisa

Eleanor SwoggerEleanor Swogger

Eleanor Swogger is the former merchandise manager of Kraemer Yarns.  She has retired from the company but still serves as an occasional employee, traveling to shows and assisting with teaching, designing, and tech editing patterns.  Eleanor continues to test edit designs for Kathy Zimmerman, to teach, and to do custom knitting.

Traci Verdin Traci Verdin

The love of knitting is woven within me; the past and present come together in this beautiful tapestry of fiber, creativity and family. In my life I am blessed to be drawn to other crafters who help to weave another row into my life that bring friendship, diversity and community. Ravelry Username: Ruinwen

Ann Weaver Ann Weaver

Ann Weaver has been making things her entire life and designing knitting patterns since 2007. She lives and works in Baltimore as a copyeditor and educational content writer (and occasional bartender or server) and travels around the country teaching workshops on knitting techniques and color theory. When she's not working, she enjoys quilting, gardening in vacant lots in her neighborhood, and shopping at thrift stores. You can follow her on Ravelry and Instagram as weaverknits.