After earning her Master of Fine Arts degree, Cheryl began dyeing yarn and designing garments an old milk house on her farm on Cherry Tree Hill in East Montpelier, Vermont.
There she was discovered by Interweave Press in 1987 and was featured that same year in Interweave Knits magazine. Since that time she has designed for all of the major knitwear publications and taught handpaint classes all over the world. She has authored numerous magazine articles, designed colorways and patterns and is the author of 8 books.
Her most recent effort is the first book of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy called The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches.
Her first book, Handpaint Country was published in 2000 and her handpaint yarn company Cherry Tree Hill Yarn went wholesale that same year. Cheryl sold her farm and moved to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she built the Cherry Tree Hill production facility in 2005.
Throughout the years, Cheryl’s two daughters were very involved in the company, attending shows, helping with classes and dyeing yarns. Cheryl’s oldest daughter, Jenna, started her own line of handpaints called Indie Dyer yarns. Together they starred in a DVD called The Superwash Manifesto. Cheryl’s youngest daughter, Cheyenne, started her own line of yarn called Princess P Paints.
Cheryl’s dream was always to write fictional tales combining fantasy and yarn. For the past 5 years, she has been developing a knitting fantasy series called The Potluck Yarn Trilogy featuring 12 knitting witches who vow to save their world. The first novel is complete and comes with an optional full color The Broken Circle Companion Pattern Book. Knit your way through an entertaining novel filled with fiber and fantasy!
When not knitting or writing, Cheryl is in the dye studio creating new colorways on natural fiber yarns using the magical dry crystals of the knitting witches. After abstaining from teaching for a number of years, she is once again giving readings, signing books and offering trunk shows and classes both at her Hanson Farm Retreat Center in Vermont and at a limited amount of yarn shops, book stores and fiber festivals as well as hosting webinars and online classes.
Cheryl and her husband Tim live on an old riverfront dairy farm with their horses and dogs. Tim is an avid fisherman and recently broke a Vermont record for the largest river trout, a 6 pound brown he caught behind the house. When not working on renovations at their new retreat center, they spend time at their small mountain cabin in the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.
All of Cheryl’s new Dyeing to Knit workshops will be held at the Hanson Farm Retreat Center which can house up to 10 people and is available with a catering kitchen. Attendee cooking facilities as well as meeting areas, storage, off street parking and completely appointed bedrooms and bathrooms are also included on this 7 acre property. Anyone wishing to rent the Retreat Center to host a private workshop or event can contact Cheryl or Tim directly.