Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor
her passions for knitting, world travel, research, and writing. She is the
author of six knitting books including Arctic Lace, Successful Lace
Knitting, and Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland.
Donna also writes regularly for Piecework magazine, and has a column on ethnic
knitting traditions on Knitty.com.
Donna gives talks and teaches knitting workshops in the United States,
Canada, and Europe as well as online at Craftsy.com. She has just finished writing a book about
knitting in Lithuania, and has a new pattern line, Stories in Stitches,
which features historical patterns and essays. Donna lives in Vermont with her
husband, mother, and three cats who all help her test the usability and comfort
of her finished knitted items. Visit Donna's website at www.sheeptoshawl.com.
Jolie Elder has explored a wide range
of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. Her formal
education includes a B.A. in art and a M.A. in art history from the
Pennsylvania State University, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies
from the University of Michigan. She designs, teaches, and stunt knits in the
Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She is a past president of
both Atlanta Knitting Guild and North Georgia Knitting Guild, and is currently
on the boards of both Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance and Center for Knit and
Crochet. Her published patterns accentuate geometric structure and feature
meticulous techniques. She blogs her knitting experiments at
jolieaelder.blogspot.com and posts on Ravelry as "Jolie."
Charles Gandy, a TKGA Master Knitter,
learned to knit at the young age of four from his mother, a designer and shop
owner. He designed his first sweater three years later and continues to create
today. A two-time winner in the recent Knitter's Magazine "Think Outside
the Sox" contest, three of his designs are featured in the new book of the
same name: "Dread Sox", "Snake in the Grass" and
"Pedicure Polka Socks". His own book, The Embellished Sock: Knitted
Art for the Foot" features eighteen creative sock patterns and numerous
techniques and is available in yarn shops nationwide. His latest collection “Crazy Socks” for REGIA
Yarns was recently introduced. His other designs are widely published in
leading magazines and he is a popular teacher at workshops and conferences.
Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark is a knitwear designer, writer, and teacher based in Birmingham, AL,
known for stylish and feminine designs. She has designed for many yarn
companies, books and magazines, including Classic Elite, Malabrigo, Interweave
Knits, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and Knitty.com. Interweave released her
instructional video/DVD, Brioche Knitting Basics, in 2011. She has also taught
online with The Seamless Artemisia Sweater Class for Craftsy. She is currently
working on her first book, due out Fall 2014.