To give you a flavour of the quality of our class programme, here is our list of tutors we welcomed at EYF 2017. An excellent line-up, and many thanks are due to all who took part! Information about classes in 2018 will be available in the autumn.
KATE ATHERLEY is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Her book 'Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet' was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press to great acclaim, and her latest book, ‘Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns’ is proving very popular among both new and experienced designers. She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines, and her next project is a book about custom fit mittens and gloves. Although she was born in the UK, Kate now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, an adorable but difficult dog and an unfeasibly large collection of sock yarn.
www.kateatherley.com Ravelry: Kate Atherley
CECILE BALLADINO lives in a joyful world of colours, a Bohemian Style. She lives in Normandy, near Claude Monet's house in Giverny, a wonderful, inspiring area full of flowers and colours and inspiration. But she is also at home in Paris, where she teaches crochet classes at La Bien Aimée. Here she originally studied fashion design and designed clothes and jewellery... and we find traces of it, of this lightness and lightheartedness, in all her designs. She is the author of two books and her designs are published in international crochet magazines such as Simply Crochet and Marie Claire Idées.
MELANIE BERG In my real life I’m a former IT specialist, mother of three and a semi-successful housewife. In my secret second life I design knitwear. I live with my husband and three children in Bonn, Germany, where I spend my time combining colours, shapes and textures into freewheeling designs that are uniquely my own. I’ve been published by yarn companies and knitting magazines large and small, and I’ve also self-published my own patterns and e-books. I love collaborating with creative types from all over the world. mairlynd.de
RENEE CALLAHAN is a London-based designer and teacher who is also known as eastlondonknit.co.uk
CLARE DEVINE discovered her passion for knitting as she wandered along the trails of the Bibbulmun track in Western Australia back in 2011. Since then, wherever she’s wandered she’s taken her yarn and a pair of pointy sticks with her. Originally from South Africa, Clare was born with a wandering spirit and has spent most of her adult life on the move. After immersing herself in the wonderful Scottish knitting scene she started moving south, first to near London and then on to Melbourne, Australia – her new home. She is passionate about creating beautiful designs that inspire knitters to try new techniques and expand their knitting repertoire. Clare has shared her love of knitting, through workshops in Scotland, England and Australia. She believes there is something uniquely wonderful about a group of knitters coming together to develop new skills and share their passion for fibre craft. When she is not knitting Clare can be found, fulfilling her two other creative passions, writing about knitting or taking photographs of knitting. knitsharelove.com
FELICITY FORD AKA Felix works creatively with knitting and sound and is known for projects that celebrate daily life. In 2014 she self-published her first book, the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, which shows you how to turn everyday inspiration into stranded colourwork, and which developed out of the concept for her signature class: Quotidian Colourwork. Felix always knits with 100% wool yarns as she is one of the organisers of Wovember - an annual celebration of wool and a campaign against mislabelling textiles. When not designing woolly knitwear based on tarmac, bricks or weeds, she can most often be found recording everyday sounds for her artistic commissions. Recent work includes a major project for the Charles Dickens Museum highlighting the life of Catherine Dickens - Charles's wife - in the home that she and Charles once shared at 48 Doughty Street, London; and in 2013 she raised silkworms so she could record their sounds for a Sonic Trail for TATE Modern. knitsonik.com
DI GILPIN I work from an old bothy in the courtyard of our steading in Fife, designing patterns and yarns for hand knitting. I love all aspects of knit and especially gansey and colour work. I take a traditional technique and abstract it to create something new….this works well when collaborating with designers working in Fashion and also for the knitter who loves something a little different! We have our own knitting yarns but I also love working with the Fibre Co and natural dyers and spinners. www.digilpin.com
BRISTOL IVY is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection of classic tailoring and innovative technique, and has been published with Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, Quince & Co., PomPom Quarterly, Interweave Knits, amirisu, and many more. You can find her at www.bristolivy.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @bristolivy.
ELIZABETH JOHNSTON is a Shetland spinner and knitter. She learned much of her craft as a child, observing and learning from family and friends. She uses these age old skills, handed down through generations, to turn Shetland fleece into beautiful soft yarns, and knitted Fair Isle and lace items in her business, Shetland Handspun. Elizabeth has demonstrated, lectured and taught workshops in Spinning, Lace and Fair Isle knitting in Shetland, through the UK, Europe and in the USA.
ISABELL KRAEMER …in the beginning of the creative processes there is often chaos….Chaotic, sometimes nervy, tiny, cluttered with laughter lines, all-loving, creative, no fashion victim, but I love all things related to fashion - I am a lucky married girl and mother to a 21 year old ‘boy’, living in a small medieval town in the south-west of Germany. Heavily influenced by our beautiful surrounding nature, my aim is to design everyday items for modern knitters - casual with a little twist.
“Isabell is known for creating garments with seamless, top down construction (often with fantastically executed stripes), we love that her designs are casual, enjoyable and non-fussy to knit, and easily flattering to a range of body types. Isabell has a knack for taking the simplest of elements, working them into classic shapes, and creating a fresh take on the everyday sweater." Ravelry: Isabell Kraemer
JUSTYNA LORKOWSKA is a former teacher and a knitwear fanatic. She learned her first stitches from her mom when she was a teenager, but she gave up knitting quickly afterwards. Having her first baby brought back her passion with great impact and this time she also started designing knitwear for adults and children. She believes less is more, thus most of her designs are simple garments with a twist that make the process interesting. She loves playing with colour and yarn. She lives with her husband and two kids in Poland.
Her patterns can be found on Ravelry on the Lete's Knits designer page or on her website, Lete's Knits.
ANNA MALTZ is an avid sweaterspotter. You can find her regular column in PomPom Quarterly. Her first book of knitting patterns is inspired by penguins. She gets around by bike in handknit woolly jumpers and secondhand everything. Coming from a long line of artists, weavers, architects and assorted other makers, she calls London home and is the first of her family born in Britain. She did her time knitting in the art world before sidestepping into designing and teaching. It satisfies her love of technical intricacies, a good puzzle, hands-on activities, community, colour and ideas.
NANCY MARCHANT is the Queen Mother of Brioche. For over 30 years, Nancy has studied the nuances of this European stitch, developing new and exciting stitches and techniques for achieving beautiful results. She is the author of Knitting Brioche, Knitting Fresh Brioche, Leafy Brioche and is working on her current knitting passion of developing tuck stitches. Nancy lives in Amsterdam and travels the world giving lessons and spreading the Brioche love around. www.briochestitch.com
SOL RENCORET: I’m a crochet addict! Crochet is a beautiful technique but for many people it is still behind knitting in terms of wearability and style. Through patterns, workshops, tutorials and my blog I have been working towards inspiring people to grab their hook and make beautiful things they never expected could be done with crochet. www.acrochetjourney.com
NATHAN TAYLOR aka SOCKMATICIAN (on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is obsessed with double-knitting! He has been knitting seriously since 2011, and designing since around the same time. His passion is for sharing his knowledge of DK with as many people as possible, and pushing the boundaries, and furthering what is possible within the realms of this addictive and beautiful technique. His first published design was in Knit Now! Magazine, and in 2015, he was approached by Vogue Knitting Magazine in the USA to design a DK Shawl for their Fall 2015 issue. Nathan hosts a very popular knitting podcast on YouTube, and particularly champions male knitters, with a view to getting not only more men into knitting, but also getting more patterns aimed at men out there. One of the things that he is most passionate about is trying to innovate new things in the world of DK, and adapting things that are well-known in single-face knitting, so that they can also be used in DK projects. He has been teaching double-knitting classes for the last couple of years, and enjoys nothing so much as seeing that lightbulb moment, when someone’s brain clicks, and he knows that a new DKer has been born. Ravelry: Nathan Taylor
HAZEL TINDALL grew up in a small village on the west mainland of Shetland and has no memory of learning to knit, and over the years has added crochet and spinning to her skills. She is patron of Shetland Wool Week 2014 and has led workshops in Shetland, Scotland, USA and Canada. Hazel has always been captivated by Fair Isle and has recently started to write patterns for others to replicate; these can be purchased at www.hazeltindall.com. Hazel's other distinction is that of winning the "World's Fastest Knitter" competitions in 2004 and 2008. www.hazeltindall.com
TOM VAN DEIJNEN is a self-taught knitter and mender from The Netherlands, who now lives in Brighton, UK. Technique, tradition and narrative inform much of his work. Under the moniker tomofholland, he explores these aspects of knitting and mending, and shares his enthusiasm with the general public through his blog, exhibitions and workshops. Hand-knitting has also raised his awareness of the meaning behind garments and his relationship with the clothes he wears. This has led to the Visible Mending Programme, in which Tom provides mending and repair inspiration, skills and services to people.
KARIE WESTERMANN does things with wool & words. She is a designer, teacher & general wool enthusiast. Her work combines her love of storytelling, art and woolly yarns as she is a big believer in knitting never being "just knitting". Karie relaxes by doing pub quizzes, biking around Glasgow on her red bike, and dabbling in dress-making. She is currently hard at work on her latest project, This Thing of Paper, a knitting book inspired by medieval manuscripts and books. kariebookish.net
WOOLLY WORMHEAD is a Hat Architect. With an instinctive flair for unusual construction and a passion for innovation, Woolly Wormhead is a designer whose patterns are trusted and celebrated by knitters all over the world. As a designer, Woolly is driven by a need to create and develop her understanding of 3D form. Communicating her ideas and sharing her specialised knowledge with her audiences is key to Woolly’s success as a designer. Woolly’s high quality pattern writing ensures perfect results, teaches new skills and encourages us all to become Hat architects. www.woollywormhead.com