Anna Sylvester is a lifelong fiber enthusiast with a passion for teaching and learning. She knits, spins, and dabbles in crochet and fiber dyeing. She is always on the hunt for new techniques to learn and incorporate into her projects: the more complex, the better. She is fascinated by the way that fiber arts can be both alarmingly simple and incredibly intricate, and is excited to pass on the knowledge that she has gained in over 15 years of knitting. Find her on cheryl on ravelry or contact her through email at

Becca Kreiger has been inspired by fiber her entire life. As a kid she dabbled in sewing and designing garments and now she spends most of her craft time knitting. Her fashion and garment making background means that her hand-knitted sweaters always fit perfectly. Becca is always happy to discuss color schemes, custom fitting, and her cat, Galileo. Email her at and find her on cheryl on ravelry.

Cheryl Koester is a fearless fiber artist.  She knits Nieblings during knit nights, spins while watching Netflix, and her first crochet project was an intricate lace snowflake.  She also has been known to cross-stitch and weave on occasion. Cheryl is eager to give back to the amazing Pittsburgh fiber artist community with the Steel City Fiber Collective.  You can find her on cheryl on ravelry or email her at

Nora Swisher is a physicist by day and a fiber junkie by night. She knits, spins, and dyes yarn as a creative outlet while attending grad school at Carnegie Mellon University. She is always happy to mix her two areas of expertise and look at the science of fiber art including the chemistry of dyes, material science of wool, coding in knitting, and stochastic knitting. Find her on cheryl on ravelry or email her at

In loving memory…

Marwa Kandil is a self-proclaimed fiber hoarder whose kingdom is an ever-growing stash of yarn, roving, and rainbow silk hankies. While her community organizing job doesn’t leave much free time for hobbies, all of Marwa’s free time is happily used for spinning, knitting, and surfing Ravelry. You can find her on ravelry (username: PointMe) or email her at marwa at steelcityfiber dot com.


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