Who are our Teachers?
Clare discovered her passion for knitting as she wandered along the trails of the Bibbulmun track in Western Australia back in 2011. Since then, wherever she’s wandered she’s taken her yarn and a pair of pointy sticks with her.
Originally from South Africa, Clare was born with a wandering spirit and has spent most of her adult life on the move. Most recently she called the UK home, living first in Edinburgh and then just outside London, where she spent her days honing her knitting skills and often wearing all her knitting at once to keep the chills at bay. She has recently settled in Melbourne and is looking forward to making it her next home.
After always insisting she would never knit socks, Clare decided to give it a try and found she rather liked it. So much so, in fact that she started to design them to occupy her mind when her daughter was born. In 2014 she published Sock Anatomy, a collection of sock patterns focussing on sock construction. Since then she has continued to publish designs that are both a joy to knit and a chance to learn some new techniques to add to your knitting repertoire.
Clare has shared her love of sock construction and knitting in general, through workshops in Scotland and London. She believes there is something uniquely wonderful about a group of knitters coming together to develop new skills and share their passion for fibre craft.
When she is not knitting Clare can be found, fulfilling her two other creative passions, writing about knitting or taking photographs of knitting.
You can find her at www.knitsharelove.com
Sue’s grandmother first taught her to knit lace when she was four (the knitting was full of holes!) Since then, knitting has been a constant companion, researching traditions an ongoing quest and experimenting with and reinterpreting regional techniques a lifelong passion. Sue has taught all types of knitting skills for more than 20 years, with particular emphasis on colourwork, traditional styles, and techniques. As a freelance designer, Sue has created designs for international yarn houses including Wollmeise (Germany), Black Trillium (USA) and Beautiful Silks (Australia). Sue also self publishes patterns on Ravelry through her knitting design business RiotousAssembly and occasionally finds time to update her knitting and travel blog – “The Mushy Zone”.
The Mushy Zone mushyzone.blogspot.com.au/
I am an art teacher and have worked in both primary and high schools as well as numerous art galleries and art centres here in Melbourne and the UK. I started knitting about 8 years ago after my daughter was born - we were living in London, she was in need of some warm jumpers and I couldn't find anything decent in the shops. It didn't take long for me to become immersed in the craft. My favourite projects are colourwork ones - from traditional fair isle to the picture knits of the 1980s. I love yarn and I am currently studying the certificate of spinning at the hand-weavers and spinners guild.
Nicole has been knitting for as many years as she can remember, starting with teeny doll scarves and picking up very many skills since those early days. In more recent times, she was taught to crochet, getting stuck right into many a blanket over the years. Sharing these skills with close friends and family has become a passion and she relishes the opportunity to pass these skills onto more crafty folk. You’ll find Nicole behind the counter at Sunspun on a regular basis too, always willing to offer guidance and advice on all things fibre related.
You can find Nicole at Dabbling All Day.