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Twisted's staff members, or Twistedistas as we call ourselves, are here to help and look forward to assisting you online or meeting you in person!

ANNA - ManagerAnna

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, dressed in the legal limit of sequins. She might be with her beloved Mini Schnauzer, Penelope (aka The Bearded Lady), or burning up the karaoke with her comedian husband, Leo.


Anny is a recent transplant from Chicago and started working at Twisted just a few days after arriving in Portland. She knits, crochets, and is absolutely obsessed with hand dyers!


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.


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 - Owner, Co-Founderemily

Emily grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, which is located in the southern section of the state known as “Kentuckiana.” College at Stanford introduced her to the west coast and it stuck. During a year abroad at Oxford, Emily got a very bad haircut from a very dear friend and the kindhearted English house mother took pity and taught her how to knit hats so she didn't freeze while it grew out. She has a very spoiled old French Bulldog named 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 refinishing furniture (talents fostered by her mom).

FIONA - Class Coordinatorfiona

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 - Mascot, Court Jester, Head of Public Relationsnugget

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.