About our Staff

Dona Zimmerman


Founder, Owner since 1984


Favorite yarns
An impossible question! I love all natural fibers from cashmere to linen and love combining yarns. For me, it is all about the right color and texture to create the end product.
How it all began
My great aunt taught me to knit at age 7. My spinning, felting and weaving adventures came in the late 70's and early 80's when we began raising sheep and angora goats. My first year as a spinner was completely on my own, making every possible mistake, but learning well from each challenge. Weaving and felting came a bit later, which I learned from many friends and teachers.
What is Web-sters?
Joyful and friendly. We are such a warm and caring community of creative artists. I adore the people and appreciate the challenge we have in the pursuit of finding and offering creative, beautiful things.
I wish…
Everyone knew how to knit their own socks.
Did you know?
I have way more ideas than time and I am happiest with knitting needles or fiber in my hands.

Laurel McKee


Web Sales Manager since 2008


Favorite yarns
Definitely Madelinetosh for the gorgeous colors. And Woolfolk for the incredible softness. I love Lang for the wearable textures. And of course Shibui for its limitless mix and match possibilities. Wait, is that more than one?
How it all began
I was a bit of a late-comer, I suppose. I learned to knit in Seattle in 2001. Lisa Bagnell taught me. She was my supervisor at the time and now we both work here at Web-sters.
What is Web-sters?
Vibrant creativity! There is nothing like helping a person discover fiber arts for the first time or introducing an experienced knitter to a new yarn or skill. We share our passion here. It’s all so visual and tactile. The joy and inspiration are contagious!
I wish…
People would slow down and be kind. Knitting helps with that. So does tea.
Did you know?
During the flood in 1997, the store lost a lot of merchandise but they salvaged what they could and ran the business via phones and personal deliveries for a while. Dona says it was actually pretty busy; people were looking for the comfort of their craft during a stressful time. I think that speaks to our resilience and dedication to our customers.

Karen Cipes


Sales Associate, Knitting & Weaving Instructor since 1996


Favorite yarns
Swans Island Natural Colors Worsted, Shepherd’s Wool Worsted and Gelsik Wool Cotton for its limitless mix and match possibilities. Wait, is that more than one?
How it all began
My grandmother taught me to crochet and I still have the covered hangers we made together way back then. My mother and aunt were knitting all the time when I was a kid, so learning was inevitable. The knitting stuck, the crochet, not so much!
What is Web-sters?
An absolute delight. The floor of the shop is so beautiful - the colors and textures draw me in and keep my creative juices flowing. Web-sters is so much more than just a store or a place to work. It’s a community. Because of Dona’s commitment to making the world a better place within the fiber arts community, we all benefit from this special place on the planet. I’m lucky to know some really amazing people because I taught them how to knit.
I wish…
Our world leaders would use the calming influences that knitting brings. I believe that peace is possible when we share our arts and crafts!
Did you know?
After the big flood in 1997, the store operated out of Dona’s home. We all pitched in and did our best to fill and ship phone orders to customers directly. In fact, my own garage was full of yarn for a while and it took months to sort through the damaged inventory to save what we could. We used my kitchen as our workshop!

Molly Hanner


Sales Associate & Display Manager


Favorite yarns
Habu because of its structure. It is an interesting, weird fiber.
How it all began
I originally learned to sew and weave from my mother. She also taught me surface design which I later studied at LA State College as well. I continued by learning throughout college and took workshops at The Yarn Depot in San Francisco whenever I could. I even studied dyeing and felting under Carol Beadle at California College of the Arts.
What is Web-sters?
Color, inspiration and community. Web-sters is busy beauty.
I wish…
Everyone made something by hand they could wear or use in their homes daily. It could change the world.
Did you know?
The store was named after the old English term describing those who knit, tat, weave - it literally means “to make webs.”

Erin Duffy


Sales Representative, Knitting Instructor since 2010


Favorite yarns
Anything by Madelinetosh or from the Malabrigo line because they are hand-dyed and so soft.
How it all began
I’m a knitter and felter, but I suppose it all began back when I learned to sew when I was ten years old. I didn’t actually learn to knit until I was 21. I’m still friends with Lynn Swanson who taught me and worked at my local yarn store back home in Iowa. I once made a knitted Wonder Woman costume. Still pretty proud of that one.
What is Web-sters?
Warm, friendly and the very best place to let your creativity go wild. I’m inspired daily by our customers and the people I teach. I love that we help bring such rich imagination to life.
I wish…
There was more time to knit and that everyone could experience the joy of finishing a sweater.
Did you know?
Web-sters started as a cooperative of weavers and spinners in 1984. It is still owned by Dona, one of the original owners and the business is stronger than ever.

Lisa Bagnell


Stockroom Manager since 2014


Favorite yarns
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, a perfect worsted-weight wool. It's so squishy, bouncy, and light.
How it all began
Let’s see, my mom taught me to knit in 1983. I relied on books, the internet and a friend more recently when I learned to crochet in 2011. Dona taught me to spin just this year! I’m particularly proud of a beekeepers quilt I am almost done with. It’s been six years in the making! I love being surrounded by people who are as interested in fiber crafts as I am.
What is Web-sters?
Welcoming, enticing and inspiring. I love seeing what customers make with all the new patterns and yarns that come in each season.
I wish…
My gauge matches the pattern.
Did you know?
When it first opened, the entire store fit into our current stockroom.

Debra Hockersmith


Sales Associate since 2017


Favorite yarns
Oh my. That's like asking which of my children I love the most! Impossible to choose.
How it all began
I’m a sewer, a knitter and a crocheter. I learned as a child growing up in Michigan. Mostly from my grandmother and Home Economics teachers, as well as from books.
What is Web-sters?
A very special place. It’s energizing! I love helping someone find just the right “something” for their next project. The products are beautiful. The people are welcoming and Dona is wonderful.
I wish…
More people could experience the joy of creating a project with their own two hands.
Did you know?
I formerly worked as a singer and actress.

Colleen Barnette


Web Maintenance & Design since 2013


Favorite yarns
Madelinetosh. It has a luxurious feel and gorgeous colorways.
How it all began
When I was a teenager my mother taught me to knit and sew, and I taught myself how to crochet.
What is Web-sters?
The ultimate selection of luxury yarns. The best part about working here is being surrounded by such creativity.
I wish…
That we would accept each other and celebrate our differences. It would be a much happier world to live in.
Did you know?
I previously worked in the cosmetic and fashion industry for over 20 years.

Corinna Pearson


Yarn Enthusiast since 2016


Favorite yarns
Malabrigo - hands down!
How it all began
My Oma taught me to knit and crochet when I was 9 years old. I learned to spin about a year and a half ago. I am especially proud of the afghan I knit for my daughter and am happiest when I have a project in my lap.
What is Web-sters?
Totally awesome. I love helping customers create the perfect project. Fantastic, beautiful, enriched, soft and valued.
I wish…
We focused on the small, meaningful things in life instead of the superficial.
Did you know?
At The Web-sters, we really do love playing in yarn.

Kris Founds


Ordering, Retail & Web Sales since 1984


Favorite yarns
That’s a tough one. Currently, I'd have to say Malabrigo Sock yarn. It's hand dyed and the colors are gorgeous!
How it all began
My great-grandmother and grandmother were excellent needle women, so I grew up around beautiful handmade items but I don't remember them teaching me. My mom taught me embroidery. I taught myself to crochet and someone in high school taught me to knit and purl. I didn’t really start knitting much until college and learned to weave and spin there as well.
What is Web-sters?
A riot of color and the yarn feels as good as it looks. The people are really fantastic, but it's the color and texture of the fiber that attracts me so much. I really love playing with color.
I wish…
Peace and yarn were more important than hatred, guns and war.
Did you know?
We opened June 27, 1984 with 5 partners, 4 weavers and 1 spinner. The spinner now owns the business!

Lura Mangelsdorf


Sales Associate, Knitting & Weaving Instructor since 1996


Favorite yarns
Anything by Madelinetosh or from the Malabrigo line because they are hand dyed and oh-so soft.
How it all began
In the late 1960s a coworker taught me to crochet and Sears taught me to knit. I am particularly proud of the first sweater that I designed and knit myself.
What is Web-sters?
A great place to work! I love helping customers in the store and being with my coworkers.