Andrée Beddoe learned to knit when she was 6 years old from a close family friend. In her early twenties she taught herself to crochet because she loved making doilies. After graduating from the University of Washington with an electrical engineering degree, Andrée worked in the corporate world for 20 years. She left Microsoft in June of 2011 and started knitting again to relieve stress while looking for another job, but enjoyed knitting and learning new things so much that she couldn’t stop! Andrée has since become a prolific designer and her projects and designs can be found on Ravelry under the name “knitandlive”.
Janet Charbonnier has been fascinated with fabric and garment creation since she was a child, and at an early age she became an accomplished seamstress. Her love of knitting took root in the 1980s after taking a beginning knitting class at a local yarn shop in Portland, Oregon. She has experience in knitting nearly every type of garment imaginable, but today her favorite knitting projects are sweaters, although she usually has an accessory or two on the needles as well! Janet joined Acorn Street in the 1990s and over the years has used her knitting expertise to guide countless customers with their projects. She truly enjoys helping knitters make garments that fit well and that they will enjoy for years to come.
Jody McBee learned to knit at age 10, but has found knitting to be a journey of life-long learning. A family friend bought her some needles and yarn for her 10th birthday and tutored her for several years. She has taught many friends and family members to knit and enjoys sharing her skills with others. Jody is accomplished in knitting lace, sweaters, baby items, socks, scarves, hat, Fair Isle, mittens – in other words, just about everything! Jody is grateful for the long-lasting bonds that come from being part of the knitting community.
Vanesa Polo was born in Barcelona. Her grandmother taught her how to knit, but after making one garter stitch scarf with an acrylic yarn she quit knitting for 20 years. While working as a software engineer she started to look for a relaxing hobby and rediscovered knitting; this time with beautiful natural fibers. She now lives in Seattle and even though she misses the sunshine of her hometown, she appreciates that living here allows her to wear her knits for so many months out of the year.
Fenella Raymond learned to knit as a child but promptly went on to other childish pursuits and didn’t discover knitting again until many years later. After spending several years in the Seattle Biotech arena, she is happy to have moved on to a more creative stage of life as the owner of Acorn Street. Although her behind-the-scenes responsibilities don’t allow her to be on the shop floor as much as she would like, she greatly enjoys meeting the customers who come through, each with their own individual story. She is grateful to be part of the knitting world, and in this special shop that has been in the community for over 40 years!
Mary Rourke is an east coast transplant who considers herself lucky to call Seattle home for the last 18 years. She learned how to knit from her mother as a child, but the bug didn't truly take her until she was in her mid-twenties. Since then her needles have been on overdrive, knitting everything under the sun (including a pair of men's underwear!). Mary started working at Acorn Street as part-time Sunday help while also working in high-tech, but has since left the corporate world altogether to become a full-time Staff member. She enjoys her time with all of Acorn's wonderful customers and is grateful for the fun and inspiration that they provide every day.
Tatyana Tchibova moved to the United States 14 years ago, from Moscow, Russia, where she had a career as an engineer. She has been a knitter for over 30 years, and once in the US her passion for knitting and designing took hold. She has designed knitted garments and taught knitting and crochet classes at several shops and organizations in the Seattle area, including Bellevue Community College and the Washington Athletic Club. Tatyana’s interests in knitting and crochet are widespread although she particularly enjoys customizing patterns.
Rona Zevin learned to knit from her grandmother at the age of five years old. Her knitting skills surfaced even at that young age, and soon her lucky dolls were wearing brand new knitted garments (Rona still has the doll clothes she made then!). She went on to teach herself Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting even before she knew what those names meant. Rona is a very experienced knitter and has knit nearly every type of garment and accessory, but these days her focus is on knitting sweaters. Her specialties as an instructor include teaching children, classes on the Magic Loop technique, and how to make a fab scarf from your stash!