Karen Wilkins, Owner

If you've ever met Karen you know she is a real dynamo who has a passion for yarns and knitting. As a child, Karen's mother and a neighbor taught her to knit, sew and needlepoint. She continued to develop those skills and to create beautiful sweaters, clothes and home accessories, even as a college student. When her 3 children were small, Karen worked part-time at the Needlepoint Shop in the Tremont Center in Columbus, Ohio and continued her education as a student of local knitting teachers and international instructors, including Meg Swanson, Cat Bourdi, Galena Khmeleva and numerous others. Karen is a believer in community and giving back. She shares both her time and resources throughout Central Ohio to help support emerging business owners and worthy causes.

Emi Arima, Staff

Emi is an on-again-off-again knitter, depending on whether time permits. Teaching at Columbus State doesn't always leave her with much extra free time! Emi's mom taught her to knit and her first big project was an amazing eyesore of a very dated 1970's sampler sweater in cherry red. To this day, she cannot do bobbles without stirring up the memories. These days, she likes to knit whimsical things such as stuffed animals and hats with ears. She also spends a good deal of time untangling yarn after her dearest doggies, Hatsu and Gertrude, play with it!

Kristen Bucci, Instructor

Kristen learned to knit from her mother as a child and for years made nothing but garter-stitch scarves. Then in Dec. 2009, something just clicked (or snapped as her family might think!) and now she knits whenever and whatever she can. Kristen enjoys teaching all types of classes/students, but particularly enjoys helping students to take on projects outside their comfort zone to challenge themselves.

Trista Hill, Staff

Trista almost doesn’t know how to not work her hands! Her work with yarn and color began in her early years out West at Montessori and Waldorf schools and dovetailed into her crochet garment and home decor design/creation for her online shop, KnotKnot Yarnables. She studied both art and music therapy in college, is a professional harpist, and has taught all ages in her private music studio for over two decades.

Trista is passionate about nature, natural fibers, small farms, entrepreneurship, sustainability, education, and creativity. She loves that she can play with all kinds of strings among people who get it at Knitting Temptations!

Michelle Hunter, Instructor

Michelle considers herself the luckiest person alive to be able to combine her two passions – knitting and teaching! Taught to knit as a child by her grandmother, she used to knit as often as her preschool teaching schedule permitted.

Knitting Temptations tapped her to teach Beginning Knitting and a new career path was born. One class led to another and soon she left the preschoolers to teach knitting full time. Michelle likes to think that her classes grew in popularity because of everything she learned as an educator – simple instructions coupled with patience and enthusiasm. Being only one knitter with hundreds of students, Michelle created video lessons allowing students access to her techniques 24/7 on her website KnitPurlHunter.com. The clear videos and rabid needle sales for her classes caught the attention of the Skacel team who asked her to lead their online Knit Along series. Michelle was delighted to be a featured designer in their "addi-addiction" ad campaign.

Michelle has published three in a series of Building books: Building Blocks, Building in Color, and Building with Lace -- the published versions of the skill building series she piloted right here at Knitting Temptations. And The Best of Knit Purl Hunter showcases 25 of Michelle's extremely popular Knit-Along projects, published together in one beautifully-photographed publication. Like all her patterns, the books are supported with free online video instruction. Michelle says, "I'm living my dream of knitting, teaching, and designing and I wish everyone happy knitting as well!"

Meghan Kizer, Instructor

Meghan is a knitter and crocheter, dabbling in design as well as weaving and spinning. With a degree in music and career experience in customer service, people management, and process development, Meghan is also an enthusiastic teacher for students of all levels. Partial to projects that can be taken on the go, Meghan knits/crochets when not chasing after her two small children!

Barb Kubic, Staff

Barb organizes... thank God! All of us "pie-in-the-sky" dreamers need grounding and focus. With a background in dental hygiene, she uses her attention to detail to keep our storeroom neat and our orders sorted, no small task considering how many items we carry.

Linda Mihely, Staff & Instructor

Linda brings great organizational and management skills to her work after years spent running the Admissions Office of Capital University's School of Law. Linda has a great sense of style that comes through in her knitting. She once told a friend that once she retired from Capital, her dream job would be to work at Knitting Temptations. We have benefitted greatly from making her dream come true!

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