LEE ANN GARRETT OF FRESH TWIST
My love for knitting began at 10 years old when my grandmother put my first set of knitting needles in my hands. I soon began to design and make my own Barbie doll clothes and embellished them with scraps of fur and sequins.
Ten years ago I created my first designs, a line of hand knit, newborn hats based on fruit, vegetable and sports themes. The hats were a resounding success and as word-of-mouth spread so did demand. My designs now include knit baby accessories, tea cosies and women's felt hats. These are available at juried craft shows, specialty boutiques, online and now The Nooks Danforth!
I was reluctant at first to turn my knitting hobby into a business but finally decided to take it to the next level. I quit my day job, and after several years I now run my own business, Fresh Twist.
Three knitting pattern books of my designs have been published and are available in craft stores across North America, the UK and at Amazon.com. My one book 'Twenty-to-Make: Easy Knitted Tea Cosies', has sold over 24,000 copies worldwide!
I was especially proud to be a Canadian Maker when 'Vogue Knitting Magazine' featured me in their 2015 Holiday issue in the 'Made In Canada' column.
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