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AnnaAnna - Stock Coordinator
When Anna isn't knitting, you might find her out and about singing vintage swing music and playing trombone with AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady. She also loves to spend time with her Mini Schnauzer, Penelope, and her husband, Leo. Though she spent most of her upbringing in Arizona, she was born in Minnesota and is truly a Midwestern girl at heart. She misses her awesome family who still live in AZ and loves to dote on her nephew, Jaxon, and niece, Vaunne, the most awesome little people in the world.

ArwenArwen - Class & Events Coordinator
A native of Sun Valley, Idaho, Arwen lost her heart to Portland when she moved here in 2005. The child of eccentric parents and drafted into the family business by age 6, she grew up traveling to doll conventions and art fairs all over the West. Driven by a craving for just the right striped socks, she learned to knit (from her very patient mother) as a teenager. Arwen loves to combine knitting with a classic horror flick or a good book. When not knitting or otherwise messing about with needles and thread, she enjoys painting, cooking, yoga, and going to rock shows.

Christine grew up in Livonia, Michigan, but has lived in Oregon for 40 years, so considers herself an Oregonian. She’s sewn, crocheted, embroidered, and picked up knitting 10 years ago. She is a retired elementary teacher, and loves hanging out at Twisted helping to stock the shelves.

Dawn was born a midwesterner who is a Portlander at heart. True to that she has tried it all- knitting, sewing, needle felting, jewelry making, baking, pickling, canning, fermenting... She lives in the neighborhood with her bike commuting husband, roller derby/soccer daughter and gaming son. When not at the store, she is watching movies, reading fabulously trashy romances and forcing her kids on hikes.

EmilyEmily - Owner
Emily grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, which is located in the southern section of the state hysterically known as “Kentuckiana.” College at Stanford University introduced Emily to the west coast and it stuck. Emily has a very spoiled French Bulldog, Nugget, who is quite tolerant of her crafting addiction. Other than knitting, sewing, and the like, Emily enjoys backpacking and playing with technology (habits acquired from her dad) as well as growing orchids and imparting common sense on the unsuspecting masses (talents fostered by her mom).

KatKat - Manager
Kat was born and raised in Nashville, TN, but lived and worked around the country, until happily settling in Portland in 2009. A studio art major in college, she focused on print making, and her perpetual artistic mantra has been: beauty is found in simplicity. Her love of knitting blossomed back in 1998, while surviving her first Maine winter, and today she uses her art training to dream up  new knitting designs. When not at the needles, she spends her time gardening, skiing, rock climbing, surfing, backpacking, and mountain biking. She's also an avid traveler and steward to the world’s sweetest old pup.

MeganMegan - Patterns & Samples Coordinator
Megan grew up in the central coast of California and has a degree in International Studies from Portland State. She lives with her husband and their kitties Winslow and Ira, who are routinely treated like royalty. Her hobbies often involve the outdoors; camping, hiking, mountaineering, and skiing, but she also has a dirty obsession with TV, often of the science fiction variety (live long and prosper). She has kept a collage journal since she was in the 6th grade and has always been obsessed with crafts. Thanks to the kindness of some great friends she learned to crochet then knit, and hasn’t stopped since. Her ravelry name is megatronP.

RachelRachel - Marketing Coordinator
Rachel is an awesome gal with a fantastic sense of humor and two rad kids. She is Twisted's Paper Crafts Queen and is responsible for the beautification of our windows and the creation of many of our displays. She is, however, paralyzed by fear when it comes to writing her bio and has forced us to write this sort of lackluster summary for her. She's cooler than this suggests.

Taunia lives on a little urban homestead in Montavilla with her dear husband, 3 kiddos, adorable pup Penelope, 4 chickens and 2 cats. She learned to knit from her momma when she was 10, and loves to knit with wool. She also loves to garden, cook, ride bikes, milk goats, eat good food and coffee, the smell of juniper and sagebrush. She has been called picky, but prefers "discerning". Someday she hopes to live on a little farm with a sheep or two, which she will shear, spin the wool and knit into a sweater for herself.

NuggetNugget - Mascot, Court Jester, Head of Public Relations
Nugget is an awful knitter... but a sweet and slow-moving old soul. He spends many days napping in a chair in the back office at Twisted.




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