And Paul, who received my first knitting efforts over 60 years ago—argyle socks!

Carol and her husband Paul, who received her first knitting efforts over 60 years ago—argyle socks!

Carol Anderson is the owner of Cottage Creations, designing and writing knitting instructions. Since 1983 her patterns have been sold in over 500 shops nationwide. With 60 years of knitting experience, her efforts have been greatly influenced by Elizabeth Zimmermann’s approach to knitting. Every July since 1981 she has attended Schoolhouse Press’ Knitters’ Retreat to learn and clarify her craft. Each of Carol’s patterns have been tested by a number of knitters in order to produce “trouble-free” instructions. The patterns range from scarves, community projects, socks, afghans and sweaters. Her signature design is no doubt the “Wonderful Wallaby Sweater for the Family.”

Carol Christoffersen was born in Ogema, WI, and moved to Iowa in 1951. As a junior in high school, a mere 60+ years ago, she learned to knit, cutting her “knitting teeth” on argyle socks! In 1957, after marriage to Paul Anderson, a teacher at Monona Grove High School, she returned to her Wisconsin roots. Knitting experiences include judging fairs, teaching 4-Her’s, adult education students, and conducting workshops for knitting guilds and conventions nationwide. At this time in her life her preference is to teach closer to home.

A graduate of UW-Whitewater, Carol taught special needs classes for Madison School District until retirement in 1993 when she and Paul moved to their farm near St. Ansgar, in North Central Iowa. Four children (three in Wisconsin, one in South Dakota), five grandchildren plus seven great grandchildren complete the picture.