Stephen West’s shawl designs and innovative use of color have helped him become an internationally recognized and respected designer.
Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois, where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing patterns, and he was soon featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue with his Colonnade Shawl. Not long after, he moved to Amsterdam, publishing more patterns and launching a series of pattern books under the name Westknits. He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit-alongs each year. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.
Stephen has taught workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Iceland, UK, and Amsterdam where he co-owns Stephen & Penelope, a yarn boutique in the city center. In 2019 Stephen and his business partner Malia Mae Joseph realized a long-held dream by launching their first yarn brand, West Wool.
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Carol Feller is a knitwear designer and teacher that started off as a structural engineer.
As with many Irish children she learned to knit while still in primary school and spent many years knitting cardigans for her dolls and occasionally herself. There is a strong history of crafting in her family; her mother sewed much of her clothes, her grandmother was an expert knitter and her aunt ran a knitting shop in Dublin.
Carol trained initially as a textile artist and then as a structural engineer. While both of these backgrounds are very different the influences can be seen in her design work which is well-shaped, flattering to wear and enjoyable to knit. She strives to design clothing with a difference: not overly complex, but still giving a very unique end product. She likes to work with different construction methods, so long as they enhance the knitting experience and make for a more intuitively put- together knitted item.
Carol has been widely published in books and magazine and travels the world teaching in yarn shops and fibre festivals. The classes she teaches cover a wide range of subjects from cables and chart reading, through garment shaping and customisation right through to short rows and colourwork. In her classes you'll move from learning the basics to refining your knitting skills and fixing problems.
Ann Kingstone is a British designer based in the beautiful county of Yorkshire, her lifelong home. Her designs are inspired by the history, literature, and traditions of her native country and its neighbours. A love of the technology of the knitting process leads her to interpret these using the most up-to-date hand-knitting techniques. She also loves exploring techniques in order to develop useful variations that solve knitting problems. Her solutions include techniques for seamless saddle shoulders, Celtic knot cable increases, a centre-outwards cast-on, and seamless lace overlay.
Ann has a strong interest in Yorkshire’s knitting heritage, and loves researching and sharing about Yorkshire’s bygone knitters and knitting traditions. She has amassed a large collection of antique Yorkshire knitting sheaths as well as Victorian books and patterns by Yorkshire knitting authors.
To date Ann has written 8 knitting books, and has recently developed a range of Yorkshire branded products for knitters, including a new knitting yarn, ‘Yorkshire Warmth’.
Coming out of retirement, just for us, is the amazing Elizabeth Lovick! She is one of Scotland’s most respected knitting teachers and we’re very excited to have coerced her back to GSoY one last time.
Liz learnt to knit at her grandmother's knee and has been designing and knitting ever since. She learnt to spin when she moved to Orkney 18 years ago, and she spends her time knitting and writing from her home on the shores of Scapa Flow. She has had patterns and articles published in many leading magazines in the US and UK and travels regularly to Shetland. Her most recent book, Centenary Stitches, will be available at the Northern Lace stall in the marketplace.
Jon has been a part of the knitting community for the past 10 years, usually found selling yarn on his booth at shows, occasionally teaching workshops at events or stores around the UK.
Knitting since the age of 7, and proficient in many of the ‘fashionable’ trends currently popular in the knitting world, Jon will always be polite, professional and always bringing fun and laughter to his workshops.
Jon loves to knit socks, and has mastered many of the different techniques for size and shapes of all feet, he loves to knit fair isle and colourwork, and really enjoys different textures and fabrics, as well as fun and bright fabrics!
Nida is The Yarn Cake's resident crochet teacher and will be teaching crochet mini classes.
Olivia will be teaching knitting mini classes at the event and will also be joining us at The Yarn Cake as a knitting tutor soon!
Anna has been a long time collaborator at both The Yarn Cake and the Glasgow School of Yarn. She will be teaching needle felting.
Sarah is an old hand at this, having taught Yoga for Knitters at GSoY 2015 to great reviews. She'll be teaching yoga mini classes and will also be in charge of our wellness area.