Our Magical Teachers

KIRSTEN KAPUR

Kirsten has been knitting, sewing, and crafting for as long as she can remember. She lives in New York City where she spends her time knitting on subways and ferries, and in parks, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. You can find her on Ravelry and in other social media as throughtheloops.

ALANA DAKOS


Alana began designing knitwear in 2009 and has produced a unique line of patterns under the name of Never Not Knitting ever since. In 2011, Alana ventured into book publishing and in 2012 started her own independent publishing and distribution company, NNK Press. Alana is now also the proud owner of the Never Not Knitting boutique in Atascadero, California. 

Alana has published best selling knitting titles such as Coastal Knits (co-authored with Hannah Fettig) in 2011, Botanical Knits in 2012, and Botanical Knits 2 in 2013, and Baby Botanicals in 2016. Alana's design aesthetic reflects her love of nature and textured stitches. She often works botanical inspiration into her knits.


JILLIAN MORENO

Jillian Moreno, author of Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want, can’t stop writing and teaching about spinning and using handspun to knit, weave and stitch. She explores, questions and plays and wants to take as many people as possible along for the ride.

She enthusiastically encourages her students and readers to feel confidence and joy making and using their handspun, even if it means singing and dancing in class.

If you can’t find her teaching in person you can find her on Craftsy and in Knitttyspin, PLY Magazine and Spin Off Magazine.

When she’s at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she can be found wantonly basking in her stash. Keep up with her fiber exploits at jillianmoreno.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.