Members of the Board of Directors for 2019-2020

Judy Weller, President

Judy lives in Hot Springs, SD with her husband Tom and 5 cats. Judy works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Hot Springs, trying to make a slow transition into retirement, and is counting the days to when she can pursue her hobbies full time. Judy is a mother of three and grandmother to ten awesome kids.

Her fiber journey began at age 6 when her aunt taught her how to crochet. She then proceeded to crochet doll clothes for her own as well as friend’s dolls. Growing up in Germany, she was also exposed to all manner of fiber craft – which she didn’t always appreciate. Her four brothers, the outdoor, and trees for climbing took priority for a while. She picked up the knitting needles again when she was pregnant with her oldest. Progressed from baby clothes to sweaters and learned very quickly to look for patterns to knit in the round as piecing was not her favorite. For many years projects were Fair Isle or Icelandic Sweaters and complex Aran knits. As life became busier with full-time work and growing kids, she switched to socks, knitting many pairs by hand. Judy was born and raised in Germany and every trip to visit family resulted in a suitcase full of Regia yarn hauled stateside – especially when the self-patterning and self-striping yarns became first available. Now with so many beautiful yarns available in the US, her hoard has grown to “Stash exceeds life expectancy” proportions.

Searching for a particular type of heel on youtube she found a video of a CSM and knew she had to have one. In 2014, after much research, a LeGare 400 found its way into her home and since has been followed by a variety of machines. A big part of her love of the old machines is the finding, cleaning, and getting them to knit aspect. A passion for teaching and helping others continues to bring her much joy as she shares her knowledge and often her machines with others.

Most recently spinning has been added to her fiber adventures and next up will be weaving. Retirement can’t come soon enough!

Email Judy at president@cskms.org.

Michelle Seigenthaler, Vice President

Michelle found fiber crafting while in the US Navy as a way to relax from the busy days at sea and fell completely in love with it. Then, through friends on Ravelry, she saw CSMs for the first time and loved the idea of a machine to make socks. She bought a refurbished Antique Gearhart and went to her very first crank-in. She loved learning more about these machines and decided shortly afterward that she truly wanted a Speedster. She has given that antique machine to her mother and now only uses that speedster for her cranking.

Michelle Lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and 4-year-old son and works as a contractor to the US Navy, trying to balance being a pre-school mom and wanting to craft! Find Michelle on Ravelry as MKGDolphin27.

Email Michelle at vp@cskms.org.

Kim Kieffer, Secretary

Kim KiefferIn April 2019 I ran across the CSKMS Facebook group and immediately became fascinated with the machine and set out to get one of my own. Within a few weeks, I had ordered a Native Stone (turquoise) Erlbacher Speedster and signed up for Beginner and Advanced Sock School in June. I joined CSKMS in May to be able to see all the wonderful resources while waiting for my machine to arrive. I also started watching SockTV which was another super helpful resource that had me really ready when my machine arrived with 6 days to go before Sock School! I was able to finally make a sad-looking sock before attending. I packed up my machine and drove all the way to Missouri. Four days of Sock School was a TON of hard work but I met some absolutely terrific people and really got to know my machine well. It was through this initial wonderful experience that I felt comfortable enough with my skills to complete the Beginner Skills Certification Program with CSKMS in the first session of the program in 2020.

I live in Fishers, Indiana with my husband Michael and stepdaughter Katie who will graduate high school in 2021 and then is off to Ball State. Find me on Ravelry as 4Kemma.

Email Kim at secretary@cskms.org.

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 Sheryl at treasurer@cskms.org.

Zoe Cohen, Member-at-Large — Newsletter Editor

Location, location, location! Living in Minnesota, I am fortunate to live near many long time, experienced, and helpful crankers. So I had a great support system to start. I was already an obsessed yarn collector, aka knitter, when I stumbled across Ravelry’s machine knitting forums. There I lurked for a couple of years until a Home Profit Master Machine fell into my lap.

My CSM obsession grew quickly. Now I’ve got a few more machines. And I spend too much vacation time each year attending crank-ins. Cranking is the perfect marriage of some of my favorite things: yarn, learning, teaching, socializing/not socializing, making things, and troubleshooting! It’s sort of like what I do for a living, except there’s not enough yarn in my workplace….yet.

Email Zoe at newsletter@cskms.org. Find Zoe on Ravelry as zed.

Rich McGeheran, Member-at-Large — Website

Rich McGeheranI hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I got into CSM when my wife, Jen, returned from a hand-knitting conference talking about a machine that makes socks. Long story short, I purchased Autoknitter from eBay. Thanks to the support of our robust Minnesota CSM community, Jen and I cleaned and learned to use the Autoknitter. I eventually bought my own machine, then another, then another. I currently use my NZAK Simplex and Erlbacher Erl to make socks. Jen and I are active CMSer’s. We sell our product online at events.

I have been a lifelong tinkerer and technology advocate. My full-time job is running the digital production team at an advertising agency.
Email Rich at web@cskms.org. Find Rich on Ravelry as rmcgeher.

Erica Rowe, Member-at-Large — Membership

From Staunton, Virginia. Started Cranking in November 2016.Erica Rowe

Erica was an avid hand knitter when she saw her first Circular Sock Machine at a local Fiber Festival. She was immediately captivated with the machine, and shortly thereafter acquired an antique Legare 400 on eBay. The machine was in need of some TLC, but she got it cranking after a couple of weeks and a lot of elbow grease. Erica sold her first machine a year and a half later and acquired a second Legare 400. In 2020, she sold that machine and acquired an Erlbacher Speedster (in purple!) and an Erlbacher ERL.

“It took me a long time to make my first pair of socks,” Erica says, “but crank-ins and the help of other crankers I’ve met through CSKMS have been invaluable. Be patient, practice, and figure out what works for you.”

Erica lives on 14 acres in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, mother-in-law, several cats, and a dog. She has two grown daughters, and two gorgeous grandkids, Aurora and Hunter, who live in California with her oldest daughter and her husband. When she is not cranking, Erica likes to garden, can, and yes, still hand-knit and crochet. She occasionally even sews.

Erica joined CSKMS just before she acquired her first CSM, and has been active ever since, attending a number of crank-ins, and serving as the membership coordinator on the CSKMS Board since November 2019.

Email Erica at membership@cskms.org. Find Erica on Ravelry as ericahb.

Dorinda Balanecki, Member-at-Large

From Orion, Michigan. Started Cranking in September 2018.  Dorinda Balanecki

Dorinda’s favorite aspect of cranking is learning to do new things with the machine and meeting new people.  Her favorite item to make is purses.  Her advice to her younger self, “Go slow it is not a race. Everyone learns at their own speed.”  The sound the machine makes is mesmerizing, like a kitten purring. 😍

Dorinda, along with some other local crankers, want to put together a Michigan Crank In. I would love to be able to make socks for my family as Christmas gifts. I would also love to be able to make socks for veterans and homeless shelters perhaps as part of a crank in marathon.

Email her at dorinda@cskms.org. Find Dorinda on Ravelry as Mshatbox.

Jamie Mayfield, Member-at-Large

Jamie Mayfield
Jamie Mayfield lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She is wife to Jeff and mom to two teenagers, Zak and Zoë. Jamie is launching her own business selling supplies, accessories, and coned yarn for circular machine knitters. She also travels the country teaching people to use their CSMs. Her motto is to leave no craft behind…current trends include hand knitting, quilting, machine embroidery, and always crochet. She dabbles in inkle weaving, weaving on a floor loom, painted rocks (or other surfaces such as gourds and flower pots), card making, several types of beading, and glass bead making. Rarely is there enough time in the day to get it all done, but she gives it her all!

Email her at jamie@cskms.org.

Candy Terry, Member-at-Large

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

Email her at candy@cskms.org

Kathleen Ducharmes, Member-at-Large

On Christmas morning, 2019, Santa delivered a large wooden crate tied with a bow with my name on it. As I unpacked the crate, I discovered a crank, assorted machine parts, three-round cylinders, a plastic foot, needles, yarn, and other assorted goodies. Santa stood by my side, just beaming. I was clueless. Finally, I saw the name, Legare, but remained clueless.

Santa had to explain the crate contained an antique circular sock machine! Now, I had never seen, tried one, or even mentioned wanting a sock machine. As always, Santa knew just what I needed. Little did I know how much enjoyment and hours of entertainment this machine would provide. (Okay … I’ll admit it …. a little frustration too!)

“Jack”, my Legare 400, is named after the character in the movie, “While You Were Sleeping”. He and I took a while to become besties. He sure helped me cope with the 2020 COVID pandemic at our home in Elk Rapids, Michigan. My love of hand-knitting, cross-stitching, and other crafty fun has been neglected now that Jack is in the picture.

Jack has brought lots of love to our home. My mechanical husband and teenage son enjoyed identifying all the parts and spiffying the machine. Our son, the physicist, is awed by the design and functioning of the machine. Jack can’t produce socks fast enough for our teenage daughter. My professional nursing skills have been utilized to deal with needle extractions from cuticles and aching toes from dropped weights. And, of course, our cat and dog love yarn balls!

Gotta go …. Jack is calling!

Ravelry ID – helloplease

Email her at kathleen@cskms.org

Kathy Roletter, President Ex-OfficioKathy 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 Pocahontas State Park in Virginia, and her daughter Emily works internationally in global public health for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).  Four adorable grandchildren get a lot of her attention:  Mara (17), Brady (14), Ryan (12), and brand-new Luca, born August 2019.

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.

Email Kathy at pastpresident@cskms.org. Find Kathy on Ravelry as kathycsmer.


Board of Directors, 2020-2022
Judy Weller, President
Michelle Seigenthaler, Vice President
Kim Kieffer, Secretary
Sheryl Campbell, Treasurer
Zoe Cohen, Member-at-Large – Newsletter
Rich McGeheran, Member-at-Large – Website
Erica Rowe, Member-at-Large – Membership
Dorinda Balanecki, Member-at-Large
Jamie Mayfield, Member-at-Large
Kathleen Ducharmes, Member-at-Large
Candy Terry, Member-at-Large
Kathy Roletter, President Ex Officio

Board of Directors, 2019-2020
Judy Weller, President
Michelle Seigenthaler, Vice President
Candy Terry, Secretary
Sheryl Campbell, Treasurer
Zoe Cohen, Member-at-Large – Newsletter
Rich McGeheran, Member-at-Large – Website
Erica Rowe, Member-at-Large – Membership
Dorinda Balanecki, Member-at-Large
Jamie Mayfield, Member-at-Large
Kathy Roletter, President Ex Officio

Board of Directors, 2018-2019
Kathy Roletter, President
Dara Wagner, Vice President
Candy Terry, Secretary
Sheryl Campbell, Treasurer
Margaret Briggs, Member-at-Large – Website
Zoe Cohen, Member-at-Large – Newsletter
Michelle Seigenthaler, Member-at-Large
Judy Weller, Member-at-Large
Victoria Jicha, President Ex Officio

Board of Directors, 2017-2018
Kathy Roletter, President
Candy Terry, Vice President
Dara Wagner, Secretary
Sheryl Campbell, Treasurer
Margaret Briggs, Member-at-Large
Lynn Israel, Member-at-Large
Kim Kulasa, Member-at-Large
Victoria Jicha, Ex Officio

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