Meet the Team
Mary Lou Egan
As a designer, I gravitate toward projects simple enough for a less-experienced knitter to accomplish, but that also give experienced knitters a chance to relax and knit: while waiting at the doctor's office, reading the subtitles in a movie, or hanging out with friends. I'm a lazy knitter, and don't like to have to think too much. My designs have appeared in Knitty, Craft Activism, and Shear Spirit. My day job is in community development, and when I'm not knitting I'm at the barn getting covered in horse hair. I love gardening, film noir, good books, and Assam tea, and I'm most fortunate to have a husband who supports all my activities. While I've lived in Minnesota 25 years, I'm still a Jersey girl at heart.
Knitting and crocheting are my equivalent of worry beads—a way to focus my mind while keeping my hands busy. My life is often overly complicated, so in my designs, I gravitate toward elegant simplicity—say, a simple rib contrasted with stripes of gorgeous colors—a project that is easy to knit, but satisfying. And I’m always working on something. When I'm lucky, my passion for yarn and my editing career overlap, as it did with Wearwithall. I have also designed and written for various magazines, including Piecework, Threads, and Vogue Knitting, and for a number of books: A Knitter’s Home Companion; Homespun, Handknit; and Knitter’s Stash.
The truth is, I love buying yarn more than I love knitting, and I really love to knit. But there's something about the potential of a beautiful skein of yarn that gets me every time. I'm lucky enough to host a men's knit night at The Yarnery, where I'm constantly inspired by the talent of knitters from all walks of life. I make my living with yarn, words, and music, at different times and in different ways. One of these days I'll figure out what I want to do when I grow up. And that cute little dog on the cover of Wearwithall? Yup, he's mine.
I grew up learning most needle art crafts—from sewing to embroidery to crochet—and both my mom and dad crocheted. But somehow I missed out on knitting. After my second child was born, I decided I needed a new hobby that I could pick up and set down at a moment's notice, more portable than gardening and baking. Prompted by my sister-in-law, I took knitting lessons and became addicted instantly. After two years I hung up my corporate finance hat, eventually managing The Yarnery. I have never looked back.
Sarah K. Walker
My Nana taught me to crochet when I was young, but it wasn't until I was pregnant with my first child that I taught myself to knit. I bought a book at my local yarn store, and from that moment on I couldn't stop. Because I couldn't seem to finish a pattern exactly the way it was written, I decided to start designing. I'm lucky enough to have a family who support my obsession with yarn, knitting, and anything else that allows my artistic side to shine.