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.
Susanna Hansson was born in Sweden and learned to knit at a young age, although she has been known to say that her “knitting life” really began in America in the mid-1980s. She began teaching in the early 1990s and today is a skilled knitter as well as a highly-regarded instructor who teaches in Washington State and at national conventions. Susanna’s workshops and classes are grounded in her love of color, technique, and attention to detail and include comprehensive and well-researched handouts. Over the years she has built a reputation as an instructor who is committed to her students and attentive to their learning styles and needs. Susanna continues to enable her own growth as a knitter by frequently taking classes in the US and overseas.
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.