Meet Our Professional Staff & Subject Matter Experts
Margaret was born and reared in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on a farm/ranch. From an early age, Margaret was fascinated by the texture, math, and manipulation of fiber. Margaret honestly does not know how long she has been knitting and crocheting, as it has been a part of her life for as long as she remembers. Her mother states that she started around the age of 5 or 6. She was taught to knit and crochet by her German grandmother. When she was around the age of 11, she took courses at a local yarn store. Margaret's friends and fellow knitters are to blame for the retail venture that she embarked on in 2004 when she built the Gourmet Yarn Company in Oklahoma City. She strives to service all levels of customers, from luxury yarn to yarn for everyday use, in all price ranges. Margaret is the resident certified TKGA Master Hand Knitter.
Shirley was born in Lakeport, California, and moved to Oklahoma when she was 6 years old. Shirley started knitting when she was 17 years old and learned the trade from her best friend, Susan. She has over 35 years experience in both knitting and crochet. She has enjoyed and continues to enjoy every single moment. Shirley loves to cook and her dishes have been a hit at Yarn-Ins and retreats. She has been with GYC for over 6 years, "I love working with people and I have had a great time working and learning from MG, from knitting to crochet to weaving". Come and share your experiences with one of the best customer satisfaction driven professionals.
Beth is a native Oklahoman who grew up in Bethany. She currently resides in Northwest OKC. She began knitting in 2012 while her youngest son was a baby. Recently, she has started to learn crochet after a friend challenged her to learn something new. She has quickly learned all the basics of crochet, from how to hold the yarn and hook, to crocheting the majority of stitches. She loves trying new patterns and techniques, although her fascination is making items for children and working with simple lacework projects. Come and talk to her and let her help you achieved your dream project.
Liz was born in Oklahoma City. Her step-father was a a member of the US Air Force that provided opportunities for Liz to experience so many adventures. Liz went to 12 schools in 13 years. She has lived in Tripoli, Libya, Weisbaden, Germany, Paris, and Chateauroux, France, as well as Ohio, Texas, and New Mexico. Liz has one daughter and two grandsons. Liz loves most type of handwork as well as Kumihimo. She has been knitting since she was 10 years old and learned to weave about 3 years ago. After 2 retirements, Liz has found her perfect place ---GYC --. Come and experience her unique skills and in the process, ask her about some of her projects and / or adventures.
Judy was born in Massillon, Ohio, and moved to Muskogee ,Oklahoma, when she was 5 1/2 years old. She attended schools in Oklahoma City and obtained her BA in English from Oklahoma State University. She worked for the school district teaching secondary English. Judy learned to knit from her mother while she was in high school, but started knitting in earnest while expecting her first child. Judy has a keen eye for color combinations and her use of it in her knitting results in beautiful masterpieces.
Cambra was born and raised in the great state of Oklahoma (though she lived in Kansas, Washington, and California before moving back here in 2008). While her grandmother taught her all kinds of crafts when she was growing up, Cambra didn't learn to knit until she was in her late twenties, expecting her first child. Cambra anticipated making a baby blanket and never knitting again. Boy, was she wrong!!!! In the ten years post-baby blanket, she has made and designed countless items with a variety of yarns and techniques. Her love of knitting eventually drew her to GYC, where she learned more than she could have possibly imagined. Cambra is so thankful for the opportunity to work with such a gifted Master Knitter and to spend time with so many wonderful customers. GYC continues to be her favorite "home away from home".
Maria was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Bronx, N.Y. She's married and has four kids, Amanda, Joseph, Aleksei, and Alaiyah. She served in the U.S. Army for 10 years, her last duty station was Fort Hood, TX. She moved to Oklahoma in 2005 and worked as a receptionist in the medical field for almost 10 years. Her mother taught her to crochet at the age of 12. She learned to knit at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and is very excited to have joined the GYC team.