After rejecting a career as a geologist, Ann Budd turned her focus to her passion for knitting. She worked as an editor for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and is now a freelance editor, teacher, and designer. Ann has authored more than a dozen knitting books, including the popular The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of Interweave’s Style series books. More recently, Ann began her own retreats, aptly called Knit For Fun Retreats, that take place three times a year in the U.S. and Canada. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops across North America and beyond. Learn more at www.annbuddknits.com and Ann’s Ravelry group Budd’s Buds.
Emma’s Yarn Trunk Show
Emma’s Yarn was started by Emma, a then 15-year-old home-schooled student who was simply completing a math lesson when she fell in love with dyeing yarn. It all started when she dyed a small batch of yarn for fun when learning about ratios in her math class. From then on, she just couldn’t get enough! Emma now divides her time between being a dedicated high school student, a beautiful dancer, and an amazing indie dyer. Emma’s sister, Aspen has joined her sister in dyeing and developing Emma’s Yarn full time. With a family of knitters and weavers with entrepreneurial minds and a passion for color, Emma’s Yarn quickly went from a creative school lesson to a family-run, lots of fun dye studio located in Winter Haven, Florida.
With six different bases and two mini skein options (which can all be seen here), over 70 crazy beautiful colorways (which can be seen here), and new ideas pumping all.the.time, there is no end to our fun in sight!
Lorilee happily sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, and she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. For the past ten years, she has enjoyed her students at national events. Lorilee packs her classes with content and extra tips you can really use. She is known for her patience with every student. Lorilee’s articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online magazines. She is a Knit Star teacher, the former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys has taken Lorilee to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home. Learn more about Lorilee Beltman.
Raffaella Bucefalo began her career as a science researcher. In 1996 she moved with her husband to a farm “La volpe e l’uva” that changed her life. Since 2005, she has taught courses on traditional Italian cooking in her Cooking School, Let’s Cook in Umbria. Her cookbook “Sprinkle with flour: shapes of Italian pasta” was published in April of 2020. It is a journey into the world of fresh pasta, the food that symbolizes Italian culinary culture. A journey into the history, mythology, geography, and, of course, the ingredients that make up this staple.
In her online cooking classes, Raffaella shares her traditional recipes with you! She guides you through the preparation of simple but delicious Italian meals and reveals some of her culinary secrets!
Allie is based in Boulder, Colorado where she leads YTTs, workshops, group classes, and private lessons. Her specialty and areas of passion are Myofascial Release and Prenatal Yoga. Allie’s practice of yoga began in 2006, after a traumatic car accident. She found that yoga and meditation was an excellent way to handle pain both physically and emotionally. In 2011, she left the corporate world and moved to Switzerland with her husband and two dogs. She began to pursue her passion and interest in yoga for therapeutic healing not only for herself, but to teach to others.
Allie completed her 500-hour Advanced Training Certification in 2018. She is a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist and currently enrolled in the Yoga Medicine® 1000-hour advanced teacher certification.
Nancy Hunterton has always been fascinated by culture, value structures, and human behavior. She majored in comparative religion as an undergraduate. She did her graduate work in both history and mental health. First exposed to the Enneagram through a Jesuit priest in the 1980s, Nancy later pursued spiritual direction with Roisin O’Loughlin, founder of the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development. She received her initial training in the Enneagram system from Don Riso and Russ Hudson through their Enneagram Institute. Later co-founding Enneagram Las Vegas with Steve Purdom, a regional Enneagram center that hosts Enneagram workshops.
Nancy has a broad range of experience as a psychotherapist working as part of Las Vegas Psychiatry for 10 years. In 2015, she and colleagues established Character Way, an Enneagram-based counseling practice. As a long-time marriage and family therapist, she uses the Enneagram as both a therapeutic and self-discovery tool.
Bristol is a prolific knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection of classic tailoring and innovative technique, and her designs have appeared in a number of publications, including Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, Quince & Co, PomPom Quarterly, Interweave Knits, amirisu. Bristol’s first book Knitting Outside the Box was published in 2017. You can find Bristol at bristolivy.com, and on Twitter and Instagram as @bristolivy.
Robert Tennyson Stevens, Developer and CEO of Mastery Systems Corporation, is a pioneer in the influence of language, imagination, facilitation, and body language on activating and enjoying our dreams — now. In providing personal, team, and corporate facilitation and coaching for more than 30 years, Robert has developed systems for attaining heartfelt outcomes quickly. He is a masterful facilitator of individuals and organizations that choose to transform their lives into healthy, creative, loving, and fulfilling experiences. Having demonstrated the influence of thought, word, and feeling on manifestation with thousands of people, Robert created a unique curriculum of personal and professional empowerment technologies called Mastery Systems.
Participants in Robert’s classes receive highly effective, fast-acting tools for immediate replication in their daily lives, as well as application in our health, business, education, and other professional arenas. Robert’s compassionate nature combined with his humorous and interactive presentation style makes learning fun and easy.