Lisa Carney-Fenton, Handworks NW, LLC

Handworks Knitting Studio


Lisa Carney-Fenton is an independent knitwear designer; she also teaches four knitting classes each week and works part-time in a yarn store where she is continually inspired by the customers and students in her knitting classes. Lisa lives in Portland, Oregon with her amazing husband, her quick-witted son, two cats and a dog.


In 2005, Lisa left behind 20-plus years and the long hours as a litigation paralegal to create Handworks NW, LLC. At that time she obtained a blocking wire business from knitter and author Myrna Stahman and began producing no-snag, hand-polished Blocking Wire Kits. Handworks Blocking Wire Kits are sold in the United States and Canada.


Lisa began designing and writing knitting patterns in 2012, following 10+ years of teaching frustrated knitting students—rewording, translating and deciphering patterns for those students, rewriting patterns from magazines and books that did not seem to include crucial details and information her students needed to successfully work on their weekly class projects. As an independent designer, Lisa knits the designs, then she continues the process with a test-knitter and finally a technical editor to ensure her students and customers are working with “user friendly” pattern designs and instructions.

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