Diane has been sewing and crocheting since she was seven and knitting since she was in her teens. She began her professional knitwear career in 1984 after receiving encouragement from Elizabeth Zimmermann to publish her unique designs. To date, over 600 of Diane’s designs have appeared in nationally recognized knitting magazines as well as numerous yarn company publications. She recently debuted her designs on Patternfish.com, as a complement to the print publications where her work has traditionally appeared and through which she continues to offer patterns.
Living on the edge of a national wildlife refuge, the changing colors and scenery of the Midwest’s four distinct seasons have a noticeable effect on Diane’s design aesthetic. Her philosophy is that of creating classic, yet current, garments that can be enjoyed across several seasons. Unique stitch combinations and knitting techniques are the hallmark of Diane’s designs resulting in truly distinct patterns such as the Bourne Lace Gansey, Loon Lake Pullover, and Checkerboard Stripes Set (children's pattern).