Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Her book 'Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet' was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim, and her latest book, ‘Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns’ is proving very popular among both new and experienced designers. She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines.
Shannon and Jason are the DIY design team known as the Shibaguyz. Shannon's award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name since his first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010. Jason is a professional fashion and portrait photographer whose work can be seen in four of the Shibaguyz’ own pattern books and Jason is a freelance book-packaging designer for knitwear designers and major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 20+ years and their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy, Craft University, and Interweave. Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
Salena Baca learned to crochet before grade school and has been wildly obsessed ever since! After crocheting “in the closet” most of her life, Salena burst out after finding Ravelry in 2009. Learning that an entire world of crocheters were available to connect with was life-changing, and it determined her next career move; crochet design and networking. She began designing patterns that appealed to her style, and has formed platforms such as Salena Baca Crochet, the Design Wars Challenge, Happily Hooked Magazine, The Pattern Pack, and the American Crochet Association. She’s published over 200 patterns, has very strong ties in the crochet and fiber arts community, and is the author of Crochet for Christmas. Salena currently lives with her family in Oregon.
Benjamin Krudwig is a designer living in Colorado. He enjoys bringing elements of nature, texture and color into everything he creates. He is a weaver, spinner, knitter and crocheter; and an all around fiber addict. His work has appeared in Spin-Off, Handwoven, Little Looms, and Spin + Knit.