Hitomi Shida is a well-known Japanese designer of hundreds of original knitting stitches and knitted garments. She has been teaching, designing and writing books for over 20 years and her work already enjoys a worldwide following among Japanese knitting fans. Gayle Roehm devotes herself to fiber arts and happily spends her days with yarn and needles. She has lived in Japan and studies the language for many years, and has knitted from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career. Gayle teaches at knitting gatherings around the country, and occasionally publishes her own designs.