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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.  The original Wonderful Wallaby has been retired and replaced with a new generation — Wonderful Wallaby for Kids (size 2 – 12) and Wonderful Wallaby for Grown Ups (5 sizes). The new versions feature a placket and button closure, built-in I-cord edging, 2 x 2 ribbing and a shaped hood.  There are 15 diagrams and a full color centerfold. (See “Sweaters” for more information.)

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. She spent sixteen years as a “stay at home mom,” twenty years as a para professional and later teacher of special needs students. As octogenarians, she and Paul celebrated their 62nd anniversary, June 2017. 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 eight great grandchildren complete the picture.

Throughout the years and up to the present, knitters have written comments about Cottage Creations’ patterns. Here are a few, and others are included with individual patterns.

“No matter how many patterns are out there, I always find myself reaching for one of yours.”
~ Lois H., Stevensville, MI

“I really enjoy your patterns. Each one can be knit with confidence, relaxation and joy. I have almost all of your patterns…keep them coming.”
~ Brenda Van P., Carthage, NY

“Here’s an order for five more patterns. I already have fifteen! Wish I could knit faster. Eighty to ninety per cent of my knitting goes to charity.  Thanks for your great ideas.”
Virginia P., Mattituck, NY

“Please keep designing patterns. I haven’t found one I don’t like!”
~ Shirley P., Parkersburg, IA”

“Thank you, New Englanders love your designs.”
~ Cathie H., Shop owner, Harwich, MA

“Love the notes you put with each set of patterns. I’ve learned a lot of knitting techniques from them.”
~ Karen B., Woodland, MI

“When I asked my daughter what she would like for a birthday gift, she said, ‘More of Carol’s patterns!’ So, I’d like to order…..”
Ruth, Hanover, NH

“You have the best and most creative patterns I have found…thank for your contribution to the knitting world…you have made a difference.”
~ Eva, Lakeland, FL

“If I could carry only one line of patterns, it would be yours.”
~ Pat, Shop owner, Exeter, NH

“You know, we’ve all come to anticipate another Cottage Creations pattern for our pleasure each year. What I love, especially when I go through the knitting magazines of recent years, is that you and precious few others are designing classics that are both attractive and practical…and ingenious as well!”
~ Judy W., Crossville, TN