Meet The Team


Founding Members - Gabriel Pass, Aurora Pass, Amy Pass, Tesha Pettit
Team Yarn is made up of many individuals from across the country and around the world. We have had donations and support from more than 100 people since our beginning in January 2013. This page features just a few of the people that we have met face to face and who contribute a significant percentage of the handmade items we donate.  As we meet people and gather information, we will continue to add names and faces to this page so that you can "meet" the person who made you hat, blanket, shawl, scarf, or mittens!

Team Members are organized here alphabetically by first name...
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Alexys Tellinghusen
Alexys Tellinghusen
Oak Grove

My mom taught me how to crochet at age 12.

I am involved in Team Yarn because I love to crochet and help people in need.

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Amy Pass

Amy Pass 
Minneapolis, MN
 Why are you involved in Team Yarn? I'm a co-founder of the group! We started Team Yarn in honor of my mom, who had Merkel Cell Carcinoma.

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt and at what age? Team Yarn's co-founder, Tesha Mae, taught me to crochet in 4th grade!

Link to a favorite pattern: I really like the Morning Has Broken Prayer Shawl here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/morning-has-broken

Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn? We started this group to bring warmth and comfort. That's our motto, and that's what we truly hope our items will bring to you.

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Aurora Pass

Aurora Pass
Minneapolis, MN 
 
Why are you involved in Team Yarn? I'm here because it seems like the right thing to do.

Who taught you to crochet/knit? My mom taught me to crochet. I taught myself to knit.

Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn?  You have my prayers and blessings.
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Bernice Foster
Name: Bernice Foster
Hometown: Amery, WI

Why are you involved in Team Yarn? 

I love to crochet. I got involved through my niece Amy and sister Linda. I love to make things for other people especially those in need!! 

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt and at what age?
I learned to crochet from my grandmother and mom. Some self taught.


Link to a favorite pattern:
Most of my patterns come from Facebook or are free crochet patterns.


Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn?
I hope that my crochet brings joy and happiness. All from the goodness of my heart. l love doing for others!!

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Brad Slater
Brad Slater
Official Position: Yarn Detangler
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Brenda Lewis

Name: Brenda Lewis, "Auntie B" to many
Hometown: Fridley, MN

Why are you involved in Team Yarn? I enjoy knitting and hope that it can give someone comfort.

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt and at what age? My Mom taught me to knit in junior high. Stopped for awhile, then started again after I was married.

Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn? To those receiving my projects, I think healing thoughts your way as I knit. I wish peace and health to all.
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Jeanne Gehring

Jeanne Gehring 
Germany
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Jen Raborn

Jen Raborn

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Kelly McCully
Kelli McCully
Hometown: Cambridge, MN

Why are you involved in Team Yarn? I wanted to help provide comfort to those involved in potentially painful treatments.

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt and at what age? YouTube, my mom's quilt group and the gals in Team Yarn - I learned so I could join! smile emoticon

Link to a favorite pattern: http://littlehippiegirl.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/groovy-hat-in-a-flash-free-pattern/

Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn? Hang in there, and I hope the item you have received as well as the warm wishes that accompany it are a comfort to you. Every time I make something I try to imagine what it would be like to go through what you are going through and hope that this small gift can convey my support and care.

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Kelly Tellinghusen

Kelly Tellinghusen 
Oak Grove, MN

I got involved with Team Yarn because it's a wonderful cause and I enjoy crocheting and helping people stay warm and comfy while going through cancer.

I actually taught myself to crochet at age 35.

Favorite pattern: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/09/crochet-owl-hat-pattern-in-newborn.html
 

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Linda Moore
Name: Linda Moore

Age: grandma
Hometown: Mounds View

Why are you involved in Team Yarn? My sister-in-law died of cancer

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt? self taught

Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn?
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your daily struggles and hope that my items bring a little bit of comfort to you.
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Mary Bulfer
 Mary Bulfer
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Sandra Slater
Sandra Slater
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Sandy Woolard
Sandy Woolard
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Stephanie Griffith
 Stephanie Griffith
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Susie Haen
Susie Haen

Hometown: Cambridge. I graduated in 2000 from CIHS and now live in Renville, MN with my husband Ryan.

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt and at what age? Last year my interest was piqued in learning to crochet (after seeing all of the interesting projects posted on Pinterest). I received my first set of crochet hooks this last Christmas from my Dad and earlier this year my Mom taught me how to single crochet and I made a crooked little potholder (I didn't count my stitches.)

Why are you involved in Team Yarn? I saw Team Yarn's Facebook posts throughout the year, and was inspired by the good work (thoughtfulness/love and talent) of the group. My first opportunity to attend was this summer, Kelli invited me to go with her again and learn to crochet with this great group of people. I was drawn to the group because of the hometown connection and thought it would be a nice way to give back to the community and nice to come together while doing so. Kelli sat down with me at the first meeting I attended and gave me a refresher in crocheting and taught me how to half double crochet. From there, I worked my way through a pattern or two online at Ravelry and watched a few YouTube videos for help during the time between Team Yarn meetings.

Link to a favorite pattern: So far I have just made a lot of beanie hats, trying to learn how the different crochet hooks and yarn affect the pattern. Right now my favorite pattern is for the Kalispell hat that I found on Ravelry. The link below brings you to the pattern design:
http://web.archive.org/web/20061118064238/http://www.yarncat.com/Kalispell.html

Any comments for those that have received a handmade item from Team Yarn? I wish them health and love, and that the items from Team Yarn bring them comfort.

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Tesha Pettit
Tesha M. Christensen Pettit
Hometown: Cambridge, MN

Why are you involved in Team Yarn? After Amy's mom died, I wanted to partner with her to do something that would bring comfort to folks battling cancer. We knew from Cheryl's experience that little things like this make a difference. It's a way for me to DO something.

Who taught you how to crochet/knit/sew/quilt and at what age? My aunt Julie taught me when I was in fifth grade. I turned around and taught my best friend, Amy, and then didn't crochet again until last year. And then Amy returned the favor and re-taught me!

Link to a favorite pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/red-bulky-skullcap-with-big-black-button
I love this pattern because it comes together in an hour. I feel accomplished when I make this hat!

Any comments for those who have received a handmade item from Team Yarn?
I truly hope that this hat brings you comfort and peace during this tough time.

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; we humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon him in thy mercy; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; and give him patience under his affliction. In thy good time and using all wise means, restore him to healthy, and enable him to lead his life to thy glory; and grant that he may finally dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Book of Common Worship

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