2021 Instructors

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Laura Barker

Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining all the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter's Magazine, Knitty, Knit Edge Magazine and on Ravelry. Her work may also be found at www.CathedralKnits.com and on Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She was founding VP of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.

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Jolie Elder

Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly.

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Kim Garnett

Kim Garnett was introduced to the fiber arts as a young girl by her grandmother, Lettie, who taught her to crochet and sew before the age of 10. She decided to teach herself to knit while in college, and she picked it up again about 15 years ago and hasn't put it down since. Knitting lace is her first love, but she has expanded into other areas. Brioche and sweaters now run a close second. Kim began teaching a few years ago at Downtown Knits, and she really enjoys sharing her love of the craft with others. She is an engineer by day, and says "knitting keeps me from killing people."

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Heather Storta

Heather is a TKGA certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. She is the Vice President of Education on the board of directors of TKGA, the editor of TKGA’s monthly K2TOG newsletter, and a Co-Chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, as well as a member of the Cast On magazine editorial committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for well over 10 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area and is a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys. When she is not knitting, designing, editing, or teaching (her boys or knitters!), she can be found spinning yarn, reading, or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family. She can be found online at www.heatherstorta.com.