Twisted's staff members, or Twistedistas as we call ourselves, are here to help and look forward to helping you online or meeting you in person!
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.
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.
Carol is Twisted's tech-editor extraordinaire (we got her a JaMpdx mug that says so), as well as stock girl, painter, life coach, curtain-ironer, and all around mom. That's because she is, in fact, Emily's mom. Many of Twisted's mantras started as her pearls of wisdom - including "touch it once", "let's make a list", and "it'll never be as good as it is right now". She visits us, and ensures we eat regular healthy meals, every few months and never misses a Rose City Yarn Crawl. You'll recognize her when you see someone and think "hey, that lady's the greatest!" Because she's the greatest.
Cheri is a native Oregonian, born just 2 miles from Twisted. She loves the beach, but not the water; likes the mountains, but doesn’t ski; and loves cold rainy weather, but not winter coats. Cheri began knitting before you were born. She loves helping customers learn new things, achieve their goals, and pick out the perfect yarn. Amazing Cheri Facts: she lived in West Africa for 4 years, owned a yarn shop for 12 years, designed and knit over two dozen sweaters for her feisty chihuahua Riley, and is still happily married to her high school sweetheart.
Cindy originates from California, both the central coast and the mountains of Southern California. She has been in the PNW for five years. Most days you can find her knitting, baking, spending time with her boyfriend Eric and cuddling her pet rabbits Cooper and Clementine. She loves exploring different art mediums and has recently taken up metalwork and watercolors.
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.
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 her 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 gardening and imparting common sense on the unsuspecting masses (talents fostered by her mom).
Fiona, a native Portlander, was a very enthusiastic customer at Twisted before she joined the team. Everything she knits seems to be purple, pink, or gray despite her best efforts to try new things. When she isn't knitting, she's curled up watching scary movies with her two rescued mutts, Marceline and Stanley, working on her novel, or at the barn with her horse, Kramer. She has a degree in English Literature so if you ever want to talk about Frankenstein while you debate colorways, she's your girl.
Nugget is an awful knitter... but a sweet and slow-moving old soul. You can occasionally find him napping in a chair in the back office at Twisted. He will happily collect belly rubs and neck scratches from adoring fans upon request.