knitting nest staff

Carol Bixby - 

The most fulfilling roles of my life can be described as wife, mother (2 adult sons), grandmother (2 adorable elementary age granddaughters), and educator (retired). My retirement has given me time to pursue several hobbies and interests. I am a docent at the Ladybird Wildflower Center and have regular monthly volunteer hours there. Their practices of preservation and sustainability have made me reexamine some of my own practices. I also love to read and knit. I have been knitting since I was a young teenager - a long time ago! However, it has been since retirement that I have really expanded my knowledge of knitting and enjoyed meeting others who also love to knit. I have taken classes to learn new techniques or to improve old ones - I don't think I can practice seaming enough to ever actually enjoy doing it. New friends have been made and they keep inspiring me to try new types of projects. I love to try knitting with new kinds of yarn blends and I can't believe what can be spun into yarn. I have a scarf made with yarn that contains sugar cane spun into it - back to sustainability of our resources! I continue to try to learn how to make projects that fit - I'm convinced that I'm working on a sweater right now that has a mysterious gauge! And I haven't seen anyone offer classes on dealing with mysterious gauges! I believe knitting with others can create comfortable, relaxing, enjoyable community. Knitting, for me, is creative, energizing, and sometimes meditative. It's been a life long hobby and it just keeps getting more interesting!
Ravelry name: wawa

Carrie Au - ctawq on Ravelry

Allison Hoffman

Allison’s craft pursuits started after her first son was born and she started scrapbooking.  Life got in the way and she looked for a more portable creative outlet that would take up less space.  After seeing the word “amigurumi” and googling, Allison was literally “hooked” on crocheting!  Self-taught, she finally picked up the correct methods and started writing her own patterns and selling them online in her etsy shop, http://www.craftyiscool.etsy.com.  After writing and publishing a pattern for a Conan O’Brien doll, the I’m With Coco facebook group spotlighted her work and soon lil’ Coco was all over the blogosphere, including spots on Entertainment Weekly’s pop culture blog, and Perez Hilton’s fashion gossip blog, Coco Perez.  Pee-Wee Herman came soon after, with a tweet and facebook mention of her Pee-Wee and Chairry dolls by the man himself!
While Allison’s main focus in crochet is designing dolls, she also loves working with color and texture creating blankets, clothing, and accessories.  Allison loves the speed of crochet and its ability to create 3-dimensional objects with so much character.  She hopes others will find out the joy of crochet along with her.  Her patterns are available on ravelry (alliecat30) and her etsy shop, http://www.craftyiscool.etsy.com , where she sometimes sells her finished toys as well.  She also blogs at http://craftyiscool.com .


About me:

Stacy Klaus

Stacy and her husband, David, lived in the Houston area for 25 years and owned an insurance agency in Pasadena. After their two kids, Matt and Amanda, were off at college Stacy began writing a knitting blog,  and became involved in the online world of knitting blogs such as The Yarn Harlot, Knittingfrau, and The Panopticon! David and Stacy started spending more and more time in Austin and eventually bought a home here and began planning for a future in Austin.

Proving why he is often referred to around The Knitting Nest as "Mr. Wonderful", David sold his insurance agency and he and Stacy moved to Austin full time in September of 2007 to open The Knitting Nest.  In January of 2008 David opened up a new insurance agency - he would love to help you compare your insurance rates!  Click here to email him for a quote!

Stacy's goal for The Knitting Nest revolves around the word "Community". There is a strong community building within the customers of The Knitting Nest as well as a strong involvement in the community around The Knitting Nest  (You can read about current projects on the "Get Involved!" tab at the top of the page.) 

Now that the kids are out of college and out of the house David and Stacy spend their time playing with Hank and Gracie, their two Westies and their grandsons, Max & Castiel