LORI IHNEN is a professional fashion designer of both hand-knit and sewn clothes. She holds a degree in clothing design from the University of Minnesota, and she specializes in creating intricate stranded designs, often inspired by nature. Her handwork is so intricate and precise that it is often mistaken for machine-produced knitting. Ihnen's designs have been featured in other books, including Top-Notch Knits; Bags: a Knitter's Dozen; A Garden Stroll: Knits Inspired by Nature; and the how-to knitting video, "Fair Isle Without Fear." She also designs for magazines, including Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Easy Knits, and Knitter's Magazine. An additional creative project included Ihnen being commissioned by the Minnesota Historical Society Museum to design a cardigan sweater for their permanent collection, Minnesota Female Fiber Artist.