Brooke Nico (aka bdnico on Ravelry) has only been knitting for 9 years or so, since the birth of her middle child. With a background in fashion design and retail management, she made a natural transition into knitting and co-owning a yarn store. Her eye for color and detail is fantastic and her fashion sense lends well to staying a bit ahead of the trends.
When she first started knitting, she was using mitered squares and other geometric shapes to create really fun sweaters. Known to her neighbors as the lady with the great sweaters, she was generous in teaching others how to do these techniques.
When her daughter was born, that gave Brooke the perfect opportunity to knit little garments using techniques such as smocking and shaping for dramatic effect. Peyton was, and may still be, the most fashion forward little girl with a wonderful collection of handknit clothes.
Brooke got inspired by the intricacies and challenge of lace knitting in 2008. This is really where she has made her mark on the knitting world. She sees the patterns in small mathematical blocks and creates some of the most beautiful flowing garments in the field today. Her talent has been recognized by Vogue Knitting, Knitters and Debbie Bliss magazines. She taught at the first VKLive event in New York City in 2011 and at VKLive L.A. as well as several Stitches events.
Robyn Schrager (aka rms on Ravelry) has been knitting and crocheting for over 40 years, taught by her great aunt while the rest of her family was at Six Flags. She served on the board of the Greater St. Louis Knitters Guild as VP Education and attends knit-ins around town. Creative Knitting magazine will be publishing her technique articles and accompanying designs beginning next year. She and Brooke have started their own collection of patterns called Overtures. Robyn is an excellent teacher and always willing to share that knowledge with others.
Her husband Doug is a U.S. Park Ranger and historical re-enactor. They enjoy attending concerts, plays, and music, and any opportunity to use their American Sign Language skills.
Nadine Rinehart (aka catstash on Ravelry) has been knitting most of her life. She is a continental knitter and can knit a sweater in just a few weeks. Nadine designed a popular felted purse which has inspired so many of our beginners. She is enthusiastic about teaching others. She also paints and has a Masters Degree in medical illustration – Nadine brings this artistic color sense to the shop by creating the most striking combinations for every project.
She and her husband, Greg, spend time together helping kittens get adopted through Open Door Animal Sanctuary. They have two bright and accomplished children, and Nadine is always proud to share their milestones with us.
Rachel Bowler (aka rbowler on Ravelry) has been knitting and crocheting since 2004, when her mother-in-law taught her to knit. She mostly likes to knit garments and sweaters. Since taking our Design Workshop class last year, Rachel has been enjoying designing and tweaking existing sweater patterns. She lives in the area with her husband and twin daughters.
Franni Goette (aka franni on Ravelry) has been knitting and crocheting since 1979. She enjoys working with her hands, and even likes to work on cars. She loves taking a stick or two and some yarn and making something useful with them. Most of her projects are gifts, and rarely for her. Baby knits are a favorite! Her daughter will be a KHS freshman cheerleader next school year. When she isn’t busy knitting something, Franni is usually taking care of a critter, or watching Star Trek with her partner, Kim.