Our Magical Teachers

LAURA AYLOR If 'knitting designer' had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, Laura says she wouldn't have spent so many years trying to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her best subject in high school was math; her best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and childrearing, knit design snuck up on her, but she thinks it's the perfect use of her odd skill set! She loves every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what she’s envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

LIZ GIPSON is smitten with small looms and big possibilities. A popular weaving teacher, she finds great joy in helping weavers hone their skills. She is the author of Weaving Made Easy and has four video workshops from Interweave. Liz hosts Yarnworker.com, a site for rigid-heddle weaving know-how and inspiration. Her newest book Handwoven Home was released in the Spring of 2017.

started knitting as a child, but really became obsessed about the craft in her early 20s, when she started knitting socks and attended the first Loopy Ewe Spring Fling.

Laura’s passion is teaching and designing knitting.  She shares that passion every week with her co-host and viewers of her podcast, TheKnitgirllls.  She has also taught at numerous local yarn shops, libraries, and events such as SSK, Magnolia Fiber Festival, and Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza.

Laura enjoys designing items that are intuitive and fun to knit.  She has published over 45 designs including LaLa’s Simple Shawl, Socks on a Plane, and the Alice Elizabeth Shawl. 
For more information about Laura, check out her website, www.theknitgirllls.com.

TANIS GRAY, a graduate of RISD, lives in Fairfax, VA with her green Mechanical Engineer husband, young son and newborn daughter. Having worked at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, in the art department in the film and television industries, and a 4-year career as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting and co-editor of Knit.1, she has been working in the creative field for many years.

Tanis has over 450 published knitting designs, and her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide, including 12 covers. She also edits and photographs other knitting books, plans and executes social media for numerous yarn companies and teaches advanced knitting often in and around the Metro DC area. Tanis has her own regularly-featured TV spot on PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell.

Check out her website at www.tanisknits.com for more info.