Madison Knitters' Guild is proud to host the following teachers at the 2020 Knit-In:

Alissa Barton's more than 30 years of teaching experience make the "Knitting Fairy"  the go to person to learn all of the tips and tricks for everything from cast on to bind     off...From Accessories to Sweaters. Nothing thrills Alissa more than finding a new  technique or stitch.  One of the original instructors for DFW Fiber Fest, Alissa is considered a "secret weapon" by many in the fiber community who know that they can rely on her to share her knowledge and skills across multiple crafts at a moment's notice. Her Knitting Fairy patterns have been published in a variety of magazines and many are available on Ravelry. Alissa has taught classes at guilds, workshops, retreats and stores all around the US since 1990. You can find her on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter as KnittingFairy and as TheKnittingFairy on Instagram.  
 Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for 30 years. She examines historic knitting in museums to understand old techniques, motifs, and garment construction to incorporate into her workshops, patterns, and books. Beth sees teaching knitters as a privilege and her teaching style is warm, calm, and encouraging. Her comprehensive handouts, well-known for their clarity, usually include photos, technique boxes and theory sidebars.  Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic, and the new expanded edition was released in 2018. She has made three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves with Beth Brown-Reinsel, as well as creating a class on Craftsy. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major US magazines, as well as The Knitter, a magazine of the UK. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth's website, blog, and email newsletter can be found at She lives in Vermont and loves winter in New England! 

By day, Carson Demers is a physical therapist who manages an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun, always with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community. He has taught at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting, spinning, and crafting events across the country. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after. Carson is the author and publisher of, Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting, and a regular contributor to Ply magazine, and several other fiber publications. Visit him on line at to learn more.
Jane Grogan, from Madison Wisconsin, is primarily a weaver but also loves to spin, crochet and knit.  Jane discovered small hand-held frame looms in the late 1990’s and was instantly addicted to weaving on looms that are easily carried with her wherever her travels lead.   Jane’s current goal is to introduce the entire Midwest to the joys of continuous strand weaving on small hand-held frame looms.

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI.  She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 11 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In's, Madison College, Olbrich Botanical Garden, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival. Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled 'Double Knitting - Inside Out' which is available through Amazon or Ravelry.  An active member of the Madison Knitters’ Guild and an employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary,Jo has an almost  constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.

Kathy Krause's family started their llama farm, Pine Knoll Llamas located in Clintonville, back in 1988.  Her passion for fiber started with a llama outing where Kathy saw llama fiber being combed. An “internal switch” was flipped on that she says changed her life forever!  She shears her own llamas and processes her own wools/fibers. Kathy states that she loves every aspect of wool and all levels of processing, saying “There’s no greater THRILL than to take a fleece and to work with it to see the finished product.” She is one of the founders of “fiber thing”, an event that was held annually in Shawano, Wisconsin and still remains a committee member of the current “fiber thing” event now called “Winter Weekend Warm-up”. In 2010, Kathy and her husband Dick, opened a retail yarn/spinning shop called The Copper Llama. The shop is located on their property in an old restored 1300 sq. ft. shed which offers a full line of yarns and accessories, rovings and fibers for the knitter/spinner/felter.

Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on basket weaving cruises. In 2003, Bev won the Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge. In 2009, she added broom making as an outshoot of weaving and it also became a passion. In 2016, Bev received the honor of being an Indian Artisan. “Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is my goal.”                             
 Jennifer Susannah Miller brings her background in marketing, psychology, counseling, art history, science, and metaphysics to the knitting classroom. A yarn and color designer, Jennifer is the creator of Theodora’s Pearls, internationally-known handpainted and hand-dyed yarns, featuring unusual and luxury fibers. Jennifer is dedicated to promoting creative confidence in every knitter, enhancing knitting skills, and encouraging new and innovative experimentation in yarn! A self-taught artist, sourcing inspiration from the natural world, folk art, and historical textiles, she shares her own creative journey as an example of how you can express yourself through fiber, creating beauty, harmony, and functionality.

Tracy Purtscher is the author of Dimensional Tuck Knitting: An Innovative Technique For Creating Surface Design. She has been a finalist in The Fiber Factor knitwear competition sponsored by Skacel and the winner of a Vogue Knitting design competition; her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Simply Knitting, knit.purl, and Noro Knitting. Tracy honed her teaching skills in her past life experience as a Jr. High Math and Science teacher. 

Even though Lars Rains has been knitting for over twenty years, he still learns something new with each project he completes. He firmly believes that every knitter has the potential to become a fabulous designer with the proper tools and techniques. His design work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Rib Magazine, Knit Edge, PLY Magazine, Chicago Knits, and Knitty. His patterns have also been included in collections for Malabrigo Yarns, Noro Yarns, and Cascade Yarns. Lars published his first book of Icelandic patterns, Modern Lopi: One, in 2015 and one of his designs from that book won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Independent Designers contest at the leading yarn industry association's fashion show the  following year. His latest book, Presto: 10 Accessory Projects You Can Knit In A Weekend, features designs that make use of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. yarn. Lars can be found on Ravelry as ModernLopi or online at

Amy Tyler has degrees in modern dance, kinesiology, and physiology. Her art and science backgrounds give her a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. She translates that understanding into practical approaches to knitting and spinning techniques. She teaches spinning and knitting at venues across the country and is well known for her animated and engaging teaching style. Amy has published numerous articles in Spin Off, Interweave Knits, andPLY Magazine. You can find out more about her work on her website,

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