Stephannie Tallent, Knitting Expert and Author
Stephannie began learning crochet in junior high, from books, as she didn’t have family that knit or crochet. She set it aside after high school and picked up while in the military and stationed in Germany. In early 2000’s threw herself into it again, while doing veterinary work. Tinkering with patterns moved her on to designing.
The Josephine Mitts http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/josephine-8 were the first that she used beads in the design to enhance the motif. She started submitting designs through Knit Picks and their Independent Designer Program, Knit Circus (later she did tech editing for them), the Sanguine Gryphon (now gone), and Cooperative Press where the California Revival Knits was published. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/california-revival-knits. Later came Hitch http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/hitch-patterns-inspired-by-the-films-of-alfred-hitchcock and the Wild West books. Stephannie has a lot of patterns published through e-books, by self-publishing.
The Wild West Collection (there are three, Lace, Cable and Stranded) will eventually be 5 books. The reason for this is because everyone has different preferences, some like stranded and not cables, etc. Breaking it down makes it ‘interest specific’, you’re not acquiring patterns that you are not interested in using. The books that are out now include 4 to 5 patterns each.
Stephanies patterns for garments range in size from XS through 3X. She models most of her items, loves including waist shaping, yarn preferences are varied and wide. Like Elemental Effects for stranded work… She likes working with Bijou Basin (one of Marly’s sponsors!) She recommends Clara Parkes books about yarn, but there are a lot of resources to learn about fiber.
Her website is www.sunsetcat.com, she can be found on Twitter as @stephcat which is also her screen name on Ravelry.