A flinty New Englander turned DC beltway "insider," Beth turned to knitting then dyeing, for sanity's sake. After a career as a Marine Corps Officer she found her next calling as a school administrator and teacher (K-8 and preschool). When not knitting, dyeing or dogsitting, she spends time teaching local home school enrichment classes in science and literature, and after-school programs and summer camps in knitting and sewing. She ultimately expanded her teaching to seniors and the disabled for the purpose of peaceful and therapeutic leisure through knitting.
Born and raised in Tiverton, RI she obtained her Journalism degree and her education in FUN at UNC-Chapel Hill, and lived 6 years in Southern California before settling in Silver Spring, MD with her husband of 24 years, with whom she successfully raised, homeschooled and launched their two daughters. Beth draws her inspiration for hand-dyes from nature, friends and family. Colorways are often named for and through inspirational friends, places, experiences, customers and shop owners.
Family plays an important role in the business -- it's all hands on deck. We are truly blessed to have our daughters, mothers, sisters and cousins as part of the Susquehanna Knitting Company, LLC story and ever so grateful to David for his perseverance, brute strength, and tolerance for a whole lot of yarn.
Stella Skeining, Labeling, Shipping
A freshman computer engineering student at UMBC thrilled with small business opportunity Stella ensures efficiency and consistency in our labeling and skeining prior to shipping. Her hands are usually involved in spinning and drying the finished yarn and her careful and loving touch has been involved in almost every order over the years.
Graysie Marketing, Web Design and Photography
A junior business school student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Graysie provides all of our amazing photography and an expert eye for color, layout and design in our marketing materials. She's also been known to skein and dry yarn and she makes a mean cup of coffee when Beth's energy is flagging.
A sophomore biochemistry student at UMBC, Rita is our quiet and steady hand, jumping in to arrange and organize our inventory and displays with pleasing results and is the muscle and unsung hero behind much of our loading and unloading. Many a box has been broken down and a trash can emptied without fanfare as she tidies up behind us.