WoollyAway - Our Amazing Tutors

Monica Russel

Monica Russel with her books

Monica is a knitwear designer and teacher who loves working and designing with colours and being creative with her designs. She has run her business The Knitknacks for 14 years during which she has developed a reputation for her Fair isle patterns and her ability to teach knitting to beginners and advanced learners who wish to expand their skills. Monica has had 9 books published by Search Press and has designed for a number of knitting magazines including Mollie Makes, Knitting, Knit Now and Simply Knitting. She has also produced patterns for many Yarn companies such as UK Alpaca, Cascade Yarns, Wool Decanted and Manos Del Uruguay. Most recently Monica has been knitting using Mosaic designs and hopes to be the first knitter to make a 6’ x 6’ blanket on a single needle.

Monica will be teaching Fair Isle at WoollyAway. She is doing an offer for pre -ordered signed copies of her Fair isle book for £13.00. Wools and kits will be available on the day.

Find Monica at www.theknitknacks.co.uk
nstagram: @theknitknacks

Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna Nikipirowicz on a beach wearing a beautiful hand-knitted shawl

Anna attributes her love of knitting and crochet to her very talented mother whose stranded colourwork jumpers and hats were legendary. Even though she admits herself she really didn’t appreciate the skills in her childhood. 

She is an author of several books, including ‘Tunisian Crochet Stitch Dictionary’ and ‘Embroidered Crochet’. 

She is an experienced tutor who started her knit and crochet career as a Rowan Design Consultant. She teaches regularly for Arena (Stitchtopia) and independent yarns stores. Anna constantly explores new techniques and incorporates them in her classes. Confidence and skill-building is very important to her, she wants everyone who takes her class to learn something new and leave with feeling self-assured that they have unlocked their creative potential with new skills.

Anna will be teaching a tunisian crochet class at WoollyAway April 2024.

Find Anna at moochka.co.uk
Instagram @annanikipirowicz


Diana Bensted

Diana BenstedCrochet ambassador, designer and teacher. Diana Bensted is known for her fabulous, garment, shawl and blanket designs which take crochet into previously uncharted waters.  Diana is the owner of The Crochet Chain and a frequent teacher at Crates of Wool.

As one of the hosts of WoollyAway, Diana will be around all weekend to help with your crochet projects.





 Deb Cunningham

Deb Cunningham in a knitted cowl

Owner of Crates of Wool in Ware, Deb is living the dream of being surrounded by yarn and crafters all day.  Deb is a knitting teacher and designer and is co-host of WoollyAway 2023.  She has tried most textile crafts and is an expert knitter, a crocheter, spinner, weaver and dyer.







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