Knitters' Day Out 2022 Teachers

Jacqueline Brown

I am an avid knitter and lifetime crafter. I began my knitting adventure more than 30 years ago. It became such a passion that I would spend Saturdays, knitting, at my local yarn shop. I love learning all the hows and whys of knitting, from the history of the craft to the technical aspects of construction and design.

So much so, that I joined the Knitting Guild of America and started attending meeting regularly at a local chapter. This led me to enroll in TKGA’s Master Knitting Program. I have passed Level I and Level II. As this love relationship continued to evolve, it took on various outlets. In 2014, I completed the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors for Knitting. I supplemented my knitting training by attending Stitches East, Vogue Knitting Live (NY), TKGA Conferences and other knitting workshops. In January 2017, I taught a class at the Pottstown Knit Out. In 2019, started working at my local yarn shops servicing customers, teaching classes, and giving private lessons. You can find Jacqueline on Ravelry as brwstjkb 

Chris Blackford

Chris brings a passion for creativity that covers a wide variety of forms, in particular, a love for knitting. She brings a wide variety of knowledge from over sixty years of knitting. She was fortunate to have attended the first KDO gathering, served on the KDO committee, and is now trying her hand at designing. Chris and her husband, Nate, live in York, PA with their Westie/Yorkie, Oliver; they have three children and 4 (+2) grandchildren. You can find Chris on Ravelry as crisbees.



Judy Gelzinis Donovan

Judy is an award-winning wearable art designer, spinner, weaver and knitter who has been practicing her craft for over 35 years. She has taught workshops on knitting, off loom bead embroidery, weaving and felting in the Philadelphia/NJ area as well as online for Stitches At Home and the Mancuso Virtual Schoolhouse. A former art & museum librarian, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and Siamese twin cats. You can find Judy on Ravelry as LacyLibraryLady.


Elizabeth Durand

Elizabeth has been knitting since she was 7 years old. She has taught at Knitters' Day Out many times, is a former member of the KDO Committee, teaches frequently at Main Line School Night in Radnor, worked and taught for 4 years at Stash (now closed) in Ardmore and Havertown, continues with her own small knitting group, and works (pre- and, we hope, post-pandemic) as one of the knitting volunteers at Interim House, a small residential treatment facility for women in Philadelphia. Elizabeth is also a member of the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers.  She has a pronounced preference for socks and Scandinavian color work, and has only rarely met a sock yarn she didn't like and invite home. You can find Elizabeth on Ravelry as BadInfluence

Tanis Gray

A graduate of RISD, Tanis lives in Northern VA with her Mechanical Engineer husband and two children. She has been in the creative field for many years, including roles at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, Hungryman Productions, and as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting/Sixth & Spring and co-editor of Knit.1. She has worked on projects with Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, and Disney.

With over 600 published knitting designs in her portfolio, her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide. Tanis had her own regularly-featured TV spot on PBS' Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell and has taught multiple online Fair Isle classes for Craftsy. It is her goal to help anyone who wants to learn how to knit accomplish their fiber goals. She is also a firm believer in using bright colors in knitting and wholeheartedly agrees with Ru Paul, who said, “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”

Find out more about Tanis on her website at

Joy Jannotti

Joy is a TKGA Master Knitter and enjoys sharing the tricks of the trade.  She belongs to Brookside Knits in Pottstown, PA.  You can find Joy on Ravelry as QuailsKnitNest.






Alasdair Post-Quinn

Alasdair Post-Quinn is the author of the critically acclaimed books Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing and a smattering of other patterns, mostly also double-knitted. He has been working to push the boundaries of double-knitting since 2003.

Alasdair lives in Cambridge, MA and works in computer repair when he's not traveling around North America to teach. He has a burgeoning business in self-published knitting books, patterns, online video tutorials and in-person workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience. For more info, please visit

Lisa Stuart

Lisa is a lifelong knitter and fiber enthusiast who also enjoys embroidery and quilting. She has been a knitter for decades and has been teaching knitting since the 2000’s. She now owns a yarn shop, Thimbleberry Yarn in White Haven, PA and is living out her dreams in NEPA! You can find Lisa on Ravelry as KnitChickLisa.


Ann Weaver

When she is not traveling to teach or exploring thrift stores and estate sales, you will find Ann in West Baltimore, where she works as a freelance editor and writer and runs Plied Yarns. Knitting, mending, dyeing, sewing, and piecing—she uses all her skills to inspire her students in her laid-back, individualized workshops. Find out more about Ann on her website at


Come join us on September 30 & October 1, 2022!

Central Penn College, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093-0309
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