Lawyer by day; knitting author and designer by night.
“I learned how to knit as a child, then began knitting again as an antidote to stress created by my job as a civil litigator in Philadelphia. My day job has become less angst-producing, but I’m still in love with knitting and still pursuing my passion for fiber.
Have you ever decided to make a pattern, but struggled when it comes time to pick out the yarn? My upcoming book, Yarn Substitution Made Easy, is designed to help with this common dilemma. You’ll find an easy-to-understand explanation of how yarns are categorized, how fiber composition affects your yarn choice, and which pattern and yarn characteristics will influence your finished project. I’ve also included ten practice patterns: these go-to projects are perfect for experimenting with different yarns and fibers.
I’ve also written Knitting Ephemera, a collection of anecdotes, trivia, customs, pop culture references and other tidbits about knitting. It’s a great gift for the knitters in your life, and even non-knitters who love trivia may find it fascinating.
My “Studio” series from Lark Crafts includes three books, each focusing on a specific type of yarn. The books combine thoughtful technical information with a curated selection of patterns illustrating interesting ways to use a particular type of yarn. Sock Yarn Studio looks at the popular category of sock (fingering weight) yarn, with patterns for everything other than socks by designers like Veronik Avery, Brooke Nico, Franklin Habit and Barb Brown. Lace Yarn Studio was published in April 2015, applying a similar approach to floaty, airy laceweight yarn. Self-Striping Yarn Studio, released in August 2016, focuses on yarns that have striping patterns dyed right. You’ll love what designers like Fiona Ellis, Amy Gunderson, Sandi Rosner, and Patty Lyons have done with them.
I sell my own line of indie patterns and my designs are frequently published in fine knitting magazines like Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, KnitSimple and KnitScene as well as books and yarn company booklets. I also write articles for on-line publications like the Craft Industry Alliance and for magazines like Vogue Knitting and Yarn Market News.
I live outside Philadelphia with my three nearly grown-up kids and a fluffy orange cat named Boris”