With camera in hand, Cynthia travels and photographs everything knitted, gathering yarn inspiration. She works hard to find the perfect yarns, making sure they will provide you with structure, stitch definition and wearability, which results in the high quality garment a design was intended for.
Cynthia's career in the knitting and fiber industry has brought her down many paths. Along the way, Cynthia has managed a local yarn shop in New York City, acted as a consultant on starting, selling and expanding shops and established her own LYS in Westport, CT. She also currently works as a Design Team Coordinator for TSC. Cynthia brings her extended knowledge of the knitting industry and her hands on experience to String as the Director of Operations.
String would not be String without Lidia! Lidia joined String about a month before we opened in Fall 2002. As our in-house designer, Lidia has designed at least a garment a month for String for the last 11 years, not to mention writing hundreds of custom patterns. Lidia also oversees our finishing services, and she works her magic to make each of our customers pieces look couture. In addition to Lidia's designs for String, she has published extensively in Vogue Knitting, Interweave, and several books.
Petra is the best yarn store manager, sales person, teacher, helper, and advisor imaginable. And she has more patience than anyone we know. She also keeps the front and the back of the store looking perfect at all times. But that's just the icing on the cake. Before coming to String, Petra worked for 15 years at another yarn store in New York City, and her reputation among New York knitters is unparalleled. Luckily for String, Petra joined us in January 2012, and needless to say, we are all the more loved by having her here!
Lisa is our instructor extraordinaire! Since she joined us on a part time basis in 2007, Lisa has developed a number of very special courses, most notable of which is our annual Summer Camp Design Workshop, and Lisa's innovative Directed Knitting. And Lisa too is a well published designer with designs published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave, and TSC pattern books. Lisa has also done a number of well loved designs for String including our fabulous sampler blanket.
Whitney joined the team with String's move to the 74th street location and has had a lifelong love of fiber arts including knitting and crochet. Her background in fine art and photography gives her a unique perspective and eye for detail. She is dedicated to making sure that the customers of String have a wonderful experience both in store and online.
Joan Forgione is a knitwear designer and middle school reading teacher. Her design work has been published nationally in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, knit.purl, Knit Simple, Knit.1 and Knit It, internationally in Knit/Yarnwise and Knit Now, featured in the books Wanderlust, 3 Skeins or Less, Knit.101 and 60 More Quick Baby Knits, and commissioned by The Sanguine Gryphon, Filatura di Crosa, Tahki-Stacy Charles, Artyarns and Vijay Fibers. When she’s not designing for others, she self-publishes under Paper Moon Knits on Ravelry. She believes every pattern is an opportunity for a knitter to learn, and she loves helping knitters do just that, all the while creating finished pieces they can be proud of.