Books & Articles
of a Knitting Heretic (April 2004)
Millinery (April 2005)
Cheaper Than Therapy (September 2005)
& 2007 Accord Publishing
Pattern A Day Calendar (editor)
& Loop (Potter Crafts, October 2006)
Who Knit (& The Dogs Who Love Them)
(Lark Books, January 2007)
Hand Knits (Potter, August 2007)
with Beads (Technical Article, Ultimate Knitting, Summer 2003)
The Knitting Gene, (Essay, Interweave
Knits, Fall 2003)
Creating Lace (Technical Article,
Cast-On Magazine, Summer 2004)
Backtracking, Essay (Interweave Knits,
My Grandmothers' Crochet, (Essay,
Interweave Knits Crochet, Fall 2005)
Book of Knitting
Your Mama's Crochet
Knitty Gritty (Episode 210, first aired
Spring 2005) -
Knitting a Chairseat, Cabling without a Cable Needle & Tips
Gritty (Episode 408
& first aired Summer 2006) - Simple Corset Tee, Simple Lace
Short, Pithy Bio
native of Ohio, Annie taught herself to knit at age 25 before a move
from NYC to Texas. The Texas tenure didn't last, but knitting
did, and upon her return to the NY area Annie began knitting for other
designers and designing for major knitting magazines. Her
has appeared in Interweave
Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy
Knitting, McCalls Needlework and several family oriented
Confessions of a Knitting Heretic,
editor of the 2006 Accord Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar and the
collection of fiber essays, Cheaper
contributed to many knitting books including Stich
Knitting and Holiday Handknits. Twist
& Loop (Potter Craft, 2006) and Men
Who Knit And The Dogs Who Love Them (Lark, Jan 2007)
Annie's the inventor of the astoundingly clever Flip Knit, a low
tech, portable alternative to knitting videos.
knits using the Combination
believes that there truly is no wrong
way to knit.
She lives in St Paul, MN with her husband, kids and
Personal Knit & Design
In 1983 I taught
myself to knit just as I was being transferred by my company from New
York City to Dallas, TX. I completed my first sweater in a weekend and
realized that my destiny lay in fiber and needles.
Dallas was not part of my
destiny, though, and upon my return to NYC I began knitting for
designers and eventually submitted my own designs to knitting
magazines. I was hired by Vogue Knitting as a technical writer but
unfortunately my unorthodox, self-taught knitting style wasn't - at
that time - well received by the more established knitting world.
I continued designing for most of the major knitting magazines
and yarn companies,
but reaction to my knitting style (which didn't affect the final look
of a garment) led to my decision to leave knitting and move into
Costume & Set Design.
After the birth of my 2nd child, during a hiatus from television and
theatrical design work, I happened to read an article by Prscilla
Gibson Roberts in the Fall 2000 Interweave Knits Magazine.
It changed my life. Her article was an outline of the major world
knitting styles, and the method I'd been using was described as the "Combination (or Combined) Method."
The legitimization I felt when reading the article was a turning point
in my life. I re-entered the knitting world - not just as a designer
but as an instructor. I expose my beginning students the Combination
Method as well as the various forms of the Western Method, but more
importantly I stress the different ways of forming a stitch and convey
an appreciation of how a stitch is seated on the needle.
The method a student uses to knit is entirely irrelevant when they
participate in one of my advanced technique classes (Lace, Cabling,
Colorwork, etc.) As long as a student can make a knit and a purl
stitch, I can help them fulfill any knitting passion they posess.
My unusual method of knitting has also allowed me a tremendous freedom
of scope - I am as comfortable knitting (and teaching how to knit)
furniture, fine millinery, basic sweater design or knit embellishments.
A complete list of the classes I offer is available here.