Board of Directors, 2017-2018

The members of the Board of Directors for 2017-2018

Kathy Roletter, PresidentKathy Roletter demonstrating her Home Profit Master Machine

A retired elementary school teacher, Kathy lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with Ted, the love of her life.  Her son Nate is a Virginia state park police officer and manager of Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia, and her daughter Emily works internationally in global public health for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).  Three adorable grandchildren get a lot of her attention:  Mara (14), Brady (12) and Ryan (10).

Kathy’s been cranking since 2007 and owns 6 machines (they keep following her home!), but her first and favorite is her Home Profit Master Machine found in a Maine barn in 1994.  She produces socks for family and friends (whether they want them or not) as well as herself and loves to attend CSM crank-ins and conferences. She is the primary organizer of the Shenandoah Valley Crank-In which is held every May in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Other hobbies include European travel, excessive reading, hand knitting, sewing, almost any outdoor activity, and collecting antiques.  She is learning to spin, a process which is expanding her vocabulary of swear words.  She gardens in nice weather and cooks only when she absolutely has to.  For several years, she drove an ambulance for Rescue40, Harrisonburg’s rescue squad, but now she earns stash money at Ragtime Fabrics.  Kathy’s on Ravelry as kathycsmer.  Email her at info@cskms.org.

Candy Terry, Vice President

Candy Terry pic

Candy’s first memory of a CSM occurred in the eastern Kansas town of Ottawa in the late summer of 1961.

Early on a Saturday morning before the sweltering August heat set in, my Grand Dad and I went antiquing. Just inside an open storefront I found an old rusted 1920’s Master Machine. My Granddad was surprised that I knew what it was and even more astonished that I thought it a fascinating treasure. Being born in 1900, My Granddad came of age during the Edwardian era. Though he was always a kind man, his vision for what a young lady’s interests should be were decidedly Victorian. Though he gave into my demands for that machine it was clear he believed it was not a proper place to put my time “how was I going to find a proper husband if I was elbow deep in rust remover and smelled of gasoline?” As it turned out her high school sweetheart and future husband, Hank Terry, was a good house builder and an even better auto mechanic who found the aroma of gasoline perfectly normal.

Since that first CSM find, Candy continued her journey with fiber tools using flat bed knitting machines during the 1980s and weaving in the 1990’s. Soon she returned to college to teach and complete her MA with the writing of her master’s thesis on Navajo weaving production.

Candy and Hank Terry have lived in a northern suburb of Denver Colorado since 1978. Now in retirement, Candy uses her cranking time thinking up new things to make on a CSM or getting new CSM owners cranking. You can find much of her CSM wisdom freely shared on her YouTube videos and Blog at TheColoradoCranker.  Candy can be found on Ravelry as weavecrankanspin.

Dara Wagner, Secretary

Dara Wagner pic

I was strictly a hand knitter before I heard about circular sock knitting machines from my friend in 2010.  After watching YouTube clips, I was hooked. With very little knowledge of what I was getting into, I purchased an Autoknitter on eBay. While I learned the basics from YouTube videos, I was ecstatic to find that the Genesee Valley Sock Machine Club had monthly meetings right around the corner from where I lived! Fred Hauck and other members of the club have been so helpful with tips, tricks, patterns and most importantly ribber timing! I reside in Fairport, NY with my husband Paul and our two children Honus and Ruthie. I teach reading at the Norman Howard School, a private day school for students with learning differences, and have done so for the past 30 years. Maybe one day I will be able to boast about cranking socks for equally as long!  Dara’s on Ravelry as darawags.

Sheryl Campbell, Treasurer

Sheryl Campbell

Sheryl Campbell makes her home near Buena Vista, Colorado where she owns Serendipity Yarn & Gifts.  When she is not teaching knitting and weaving classes, she is cranking out socks to sell to patrons of her shop.  She purchased her Creelman Improved Moneymaker 6 years ago and tries to make 2 or 3 pairs of socks per week. Currently she is the President of the Salida Fiber Festival that just marked its sixth year with over 60 vendors traveling from New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Visitors came to enjoy all things fiber and the beauty of the Arkansas Valley high in the mountains of central Colorado. Always trying to educate people, Sheryl and her friend Tracy did a demonstration of the Creelman Moneymaker and a new Erlbacher Speedster.  Many people had no idea such machines existed.

Sheryl’s life isn’t totally consumed with all things fiber.  She does find time to go fly fishing with her husband Frank, take long walks with Rocky (pictured) and Hank (the Basset Hound) and spoiling Abby (our 1yr old granddaughter that just moved to Colorado).  Email her at membership@cskms.org.

Margaret O’Reilly Briggs, Member-at-Large

Margaret Briggs picture

Like many of you, Margaret enjoys a wide variety of fiber and craft activities – knitting, spinning, weaving, beading, and cranking – and  has the stashes to prove it! Thanks to enabling from Kathy Roletter, she brought home a bin of parts from a crank-in a couple of years ago, and now happily cranks away on two antique Gearharts.

Margaret lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and fiber-friendly kitties. After a career in construction management, she has for the past 15 years worked with her husband performing business valuations for employee-owned companies.  Fortunately the family business has a flexible schedule, as she loves to travel to the John C. Campbell Folk School for workshops, is 2017 president of the Albemarle Handweavers Guild, coordinates the Whirling Whorls spinning group, and is on the board and coordinates crafts demo volunteers for the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia held in Montpelier Station, Virginia each October. Find Margaret on Ravelry as lotsofyarn.

Lynn Israel, Member-at-Large

Lynn Israel
Lives lives in Philadelphia and is a retired elementary computer science teacher.  She volunteers at the local senior center teaching them how to use smart phones and tablets.  She lives with her husband, Dwight, and two cats she calls Trouble and Fluffy. She can be found on Ravelry as lynn-philly

Lynn tried hand knitting as a child and hated it. In the early 21st century, she started hand knitting again. Taking classes at the LYS, she then started running knitting clubs for her students.

On more than one occasion,  after knitting several hundred rows of stocking knit stitches, she said there has to be a faster way to do this. And that started her exploration of machine knitting. She has also given demonstrations of sock machines and flatbed machines at fiber festivals and other local events.  She belongs to the Mid Atlantic Crankin group and attends crank-ins whenever she can.
She owns a 1986 Harmony auto knitter which she purchased in 2012. In addition to the sock machine, she has three flatbed machines and is active in the local flatbed knitting group.

Kim Kulasa, Member-at-Large

Kim Kulasa

Kim has been a hand knitter since childhood and only discovered CSM’s in 2003 at a fiber festival demo. New machines were not available, and she bought her first machine refurbished by Donna Peters. Like many, she thought this little machine would help to use up some yarn stash. Wrong! It became a reason to buy more yarn! She then began refurbishing CSM machines herself. Since then, she has gone on to knit thousands of socks on a variety of machines. She has also given regular demonstrations of antique sock machines at fiber festivals and other local events. She attends crank-ins whenever she can.

While she frequently knits on a Legare 400, she had accumulated quite a collection of different antique machines. Finally, the urge to buy and restore antique machines passed, and many of the collection have gone on to new homes. Kim provided the Legare 400 the Erlbachers copied to create the new ERL CSM and wrote the manual for the ERL and then the Bumblebee.  Kim lives outside Dayton, Ohio, and is semi-retired from a career in computer science. She has two grown sons and a one year old grandson. Her golden retriever Lily also keeps her on the move. She can be found on Ravelry as comfysocks.

Victoria Jicha, President Ex-Officio & Newsletter Editor

Victoria Jicha

Victoria Jicha retired in 2011 from a professional music career that was diverse and extensive. It included performing and teaching throughout the Chicago area on flute and harpsichord, a 20-year position as Organist and Choir Director at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Glenview, Illinois, and the publication of numerous orchestral works transcribed for flute choir. The last 10 years of her career were spent as Editor of Flute Talk magazine, a position that she used to move the magazine from targeting flute students to a publication for professional flutists and educators.

She earned the T.K.G.A. Master of Hand Knitting certification in 2008 and bought her first, and only, Erlbacher Gearhart sock knitting machine in 2012. She is President of the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild and Evergreen Quilt Guild, both Green Bay, WI organizations. She also loves baking just about anything from scratch, is a sourdough enthusiast, and wastes way too much time on Facebook.  Victoria’s Ravelry avatar is victoriajicha.  Email her at newsletter@cskms.org.

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

Victoria Jicha, President

Candy Terry, Vice President

Dara Wagner, Secretary

Kathy Roletter, Treasurer

Margaret O’Reilly Briggs, Member-at-Large

Sheryl Campbell, Member-at-Large

Ginny Duncan, Member-at-Large

Carol Gursslin, Ex Officio

Board of Directors, 2015-2016

Carol Gursslin, President

Candy Terry, Vice President

Dara Wagner, Secretary

Kathy Roletter, Treasurer

Victoria Jicha, Member-at-Large & Newsletter Editor

Margaret Briggs, Member-at-Large

Fred Hauck, Ex Officio

Board of Directors, 2014-2015

Carol Gursslin, President

Betty Cowin, Vice President

Sharon Lesio, Sheila Trunzo, Dawn Helstrom, Secretary

Kathy Roletter, Treasurer

Victoria Jicha, Member-at-Large & Newsletter Editor

Marty Wieferich, Member-at-Large

Sharon Lesio, Member-at-Large

Fred Hauck, Ex Officio

Board of Directors, 2013-2014

Fred Hauck, President

Carol Gursslin, Vice President

Kathy Roletter, Secretary & Acting Treasurer

Marty Wieferich, Treasurer

Betty Cowin, Member-at-Large & Newsletter Editor

Marty Wieferich, Member-at-Large