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. Finishing For The Finicky is her longest running workshop, developed because of her personal frustration with lack of success putting her own sweaters together. Susanna continues to expand her own growth as a knitter so she can provide the most current information and techniques to her students.
Mary Rourke is an east coast transplant who considers herself lucky to call Seattle home for the last 20+ 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, then left the corporate world altogether to become a full-time Staff member, and is now co-owner of the shop with Janet. She enjoys her time with all of Acorn's wonderful customers and is grateful for the fun and inspiration that they provide every day. She can be found on Ravelry as spork.
Sonna Schuttner is a Crafty Momma of three boys. Constantly creating, her medium is whatever is before her. Her Great Grandmother taught her how to crochet at the age of 7 and she was instantly addicted. Over the years the urge to feel yarn moving over her fingers brought her in and out of yarn obsessed phases of her life. She had always been intimidated by knitting so she finally decided in the fall of 2008 that she was going to knit and that was that. Well, that became this: “I DON’T EVER WANT TO STOP.” She will stay up way too late and wake up too early, knit at the drive through while waiting for her coffee, knit in the grocery line, but she resists the urge to knit at stop lights while driving. If it looks as though she’s staring at your shoulder way too hard, don’t be creeped out, she’s trying to figure out the stitch pattern on your sweater. She can be found on Ravelry as SunDaughter.
Andie Solar has been crafting for as long as she can remember. She has always loved making and creating with her hands. Rumor has it that she used a drill for the first time when she was 2 :) Andie loves learning new crafts and seeing the end result. Rug hooking came into her life unexpectedly and she absolutely loves it. Lately, she has also started sewing again after a 20 year break and she's so happy to have gotten back to it!
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.