Once upon a time, all the way back in 2000 and late, Megan-Anne and Jac lived in a world of knitted scarves and crocheted granny square blankets made of acrylic yarn. It was a sad and scratchy time full of snapped plastic hooks and needles. Regardless of the minuscule wool percentage in their yarn, they delved into design.
When they moved from Indiana to Pennsylvania in 2009 and stepped foot inside their first local yarn store, Megan-Anne and Jac were exposed to a whole new world of softer and more colorful fibers. They opened Knerdy Knits, an Etsy store that sold one-of-a-kind geeky knitted and crocheted items. However, as Megan-Anne finished her postbac in late 2013, they decided to take things in a different direction and formed Lattes & Llamas. They began selling their nerdy and classic literature inspired patterns to other knitters and crocheters and founded the Geek-A-Long.
Born from a highly under-caffeinated trip to Starbucks and what could be described as a lost bet, the Geek-A-Long exploded from a grassroots project to raise awareness for Child’s Play Charity to a worldwide knitting sensation. With participants on every continent and a lively Ravelry group, the Geek-A-Long grows every day and appeals to both experienced knitters and bright-eyed newbies ready to buy their first pair of needles. Through videos and picture tutorials, Megan-Anne and Jac enjoy taking fiber-virgins from making their first slip knot to doing advanced techniques such as double-sided knitting or turning a heel.
– – – The Lattes & Llamas Family – – –
Megan-Anne, Knitting Doctor and Queen of Dyes
Megan-Anne is a knitwear designer, former social worker, and unapologetic nerd, who gave up med school to pursue her yarny dreams. When Megan-Anne isn’t chasing her daughter around the studio, she is designing new patterns for Lattes & Llamas’s online store or hand-dying Lattes & Llamas Yarn. Megan-Anne was a top ten finalist in Vogue Knitting’s 2012 design contest and looks forward to releasing her first book of literature inspired sock patterns with Jac in 2017. You can also find Megan-Anne on Twitter, Instagram, and Ravelry.
Jac, Operations Mastermind
Jac is a writer, reader, crocheter, and dirty sock cleaner, who answers to Jacquline, Jac-Attack the Barbarian, Dr. Cappuccino, and ‘hey you’. When she isn’t working on her new novel or hiding all the candy like a squirrel, she is crocheting or dreaming up new variegated colorways. Jacquline has an unhealthy love of office supplies and her crochet patterns are available in the Lattes & Llamas store. You can also find Jac on Instagram, Ravelry, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Alena, Lab Assistant and Doodler
When Alena isn’t mixing dyes in the L&L lab or working on the next “Cat Theater” webcomic, she’s reading, working on her first novel, or learning to knit. Alena loves video games, especially Mass Effect and Zelda. You can find her on Instagram.
Also, since it’s a bizarrely common question: No, Megan-Anne and Jac are not twins. Yes, people ask them all the time. No, they don’t see it either.