Bonnie in Uplands Aran

Bonnie in Uplands Aran

My Story

I have had a passion for design since I was 15 years old, working with my great aunt Dorothy, a London-based fashion designer. Although my medical career diverted me from pursuing design, I truly love the process of creating something from small kernels of ideas that develop into something I can feel, touch, and put down on paper.

I decided to pursue knitwear design as an extension of my competitive and professional sewing background, and my more recent love of hand knitting. I pursued the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program in order to gain credentials in offering knitting patterns on a local and international basis. I started this process in March 2012. Becoming a TKGA Master Knitter in April 2015 was my greatest personal challenge because I was not an expert knitter at the start, nor did I have a clue about designing hand knitted apparel or accessories. As I am extremely goal oriented, I never dreamed of quitting this program before completion. It has opened amazing doors for me.

In becoming Patternfish Designer of the Month in January 2016, I published my MHKP designs. My Level Two vest design Dorothy’s Vest, honors my British great aunt Dorothy who had flair for exquisite design details. The culmination of the program in Level Three is to design, write a perfect pattern, and perfectly knit a sweater and a hat, generally in the Aran and Fair Isle traditions. I chose to design my hat, Sheep Craig Tammy in Fair Isle technique and sweater, Uplands Aran in the Aran tradition. Both Level Three patterns are additionally featured as kC Designs. Please read more about my TKGA experiences in the Patternfish Newletter.

I LAUNCHED MY HAND-DYED YARN LINE IN SEPTEMBER 2017 AFTER TRAINING WITH BRENDA LAVELL OF PHYDEAUX DESIGNS AND FIBER. I love dying and designing with mini-skein sets as well as tonals, variegated and speckled yarns. My first Yarn Kit was the ever-popular Point-Blank Shawl with jumbo BFL skeins in tonal/variegated sets. My Seattle son, Gavin, developed and integrated my online store.

I launched Chief Left Hand Knits in February 2014, incorporating my love of hand knitting, and longstanding love of decorative and fine arts of Native American artists. I strive to produce high quality knitting patterns focusing on modern cables, texture and embellishment, often with multiple options and supported by video tutorials. I strive to hand-dye yarns and knitting kits that you will love!

I live in Billings, MT with my husband Edward and I also work as a rehabilitation physician in a hospital setting.