Madison Knitters' Guild is proud to host the following teachers at the 2018 Knit-In:

Susan B. Anderson lives and designs in Madison, Wisconsin. She has authored six knitting books including the best-selling Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery and Itty-Bitty Toys series, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out and Kids’ Knitting Workshop.  Susan now has four popular online workshops. For more than 10 years she has written her award-winning blog, found at In 2016, Susan and her son started Barrett Wool Co., a yarn and pattern company found at Susan’s favorite part of her knitting career is being a knitting teacher where she gets to travel the country teaching and meeting knitters from all over the world.

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at

Laura Linneman started knitting as a child, but really became obsessed about the craft in her early 20s, when she started knitting socks and spinning. 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 taught at numerous yarn shops, libraries, and events such as SSK, Magnolia Fiber Festival, Magical fiber fantasy retreat, and Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza. Laura enjoys designing items that are intuitive and fun to knit. She has published over 50 designs including LaLa’s Simple Shawl, Socks on a Plane, and the Alice Elizabeth Shawl.

For more information about Laura, check out her website,

Patty Lyons ( is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie’s and Craftsy where her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013! Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, and Twist Collective where she writes a knitter’s advice column: “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.

Laura Nelkin lives in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Despite holding a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, she took to knitting years ago and hasn’t looked back. Laura’s designs and techniques are innovative, fun and will challenge you to think in new ways about your knitting. Laura shares her skills in workshops across the country, on-line with Craftsy, and in her spare time leads knitting tours abroad. 

Jane Grogan, from Madison, Wisconsin has been fascinated with small loom weaving since 1999 when she got her first small square and triangle looms. It was when she found diamond and rectangle shaped looms that Jane fell in love with combining shapes to form different geometric pieces. Who would have thought that 10th grade geometry would have a place in everyday life? Jane has held workshops on continuous strand weaving techniques at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, Black Sheep Gathering, Madison Knitters’ Guild Knit-In, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, and the Great Midwest Alpaca Fest.

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI.  She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In's, Madison College, Olbrich Botanical Garden, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival. Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled 'Double Knitting - Inside Out' which is available through Amazon or Ravelry.  An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and an employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary,Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.  

Deb Jones is an enthusiastic spinner, dyer and weaver who loves to teach! She has taught workshops throughout the region, including Sievers School of Fiber Arts, The Clearing, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, as well as at her own studio, The Fiber Garden. For more than 20 years, The Fiber Garden has offered year-round fiber arts workshops and has been featured in American Small Farm, Impressions, and Positive Thinking magazines. Since retiring in 2013 from a full-time career with UW-Extension, her newest fiber venture is as a travel consultant, sponsoring land and sea fiber arts travel tours and retreats. Deb lives in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on basket weaving cruises. In 2003, Bev won the Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge. In 2009, she added broom making as an outshoot of weaving and it also became a passion. In 2016, Bev received the honor of being an Indian Artisan. “Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is my goal.” 

Ruth Manning teaches and creates art at her studio in Madison, Wisconsin. She specializes in handwoven tapestry with a focus on portraits and personal narrative work. Ruth has taught in public school art rooms, conference and camp settings, and individual classes.

Nan Palmer has been knitting since age 10, when her Swedish Gramma Amanda taught her the basics. She began to knit with renewed passion after moving from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest when she discovered that there is a need for lots of warm wooly items.  She has taught knitting in libraries, schools, and yarn shops. She discovered the power of yoga to help soothe and support her whole being as a young working mom who was trying to balance out a busy life.  Yoga became a passion that she yearned to share with others, so she progressed from her first teacher training in 1995, to a 500 hour certification in 2012, and on to a 1000 hour certification in Yoga Therapy in 2013.  Her teacher style is informed by science, the traditional practices of Yoga, and her passion for being a life-long student.  Her business, Abiding Yoga Therapy, has moved from the Midwest back to the Pacific Northwest, where she now lives in Spokane Valley, Washington.  She teaches small Therapeutic Yoga classes and private sessions, in person, and by Skype or FaceTime.  When she’s not teaching Yoga, she’s knitting, or reading, trying new recipes, playing with her frisky cat Ms. Lucy the Torby, or traveling. 

Cheryl Stegert has been knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, tatting and teaching for well over 25 years. Passing on these traditional crafts is a passion for her and she hopes that her students will continue to pass it forward. Through her work in genealogy, weaving seems to be in her genes! She lives with her husband John and cats, Dexter and Woodrow in Appleton and spend the summers at their cottage near Crivitz. When not having yarn in her hand, Cheryl enjoys reading, walking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.



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