About Kristin


Kristin Nicholas

Kristin Nicholas is a western Massachusetts based internationally known knitwear and stitchery designer, artist, and author. Kristin has been involved with handmade textiles since she was nine years old, when her grandmother Frieda taught her to crochet. She has devoted her life to making, knitting, stitching, creating, writing and spreading her love and passion for colorful handmade textiles through teaching at national venues and at her own “Get Stitched on the Farm Retreats.”


The “Get Stitched on the Farm Knitting and Stitching Retreats” are held at Leyden Glen Farm, the farm, home, and studio that Kristin shares with her husband Mark Duprey and daughter Julia. Leyden Glen Farm is a working sheep farm tucked on the edge of an abandoned apple orchard in the bucolic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts close to the Vermont border.


The 1751 farmhouse and Kristin’s artwork have been featured in many national magazines including Country Home, Country Living Better Homes and Garden’s Embellish, Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Knitting, Knit Simple, Knitter’s Magazine, House and Garden and more.


Kristin is a Knitting Expert on PBS’s Knit and Crochet Now and has appeared as well on Martha Stewart Living (February 2004). The Boston Globe has called her “a guru of knitting.” She is the author and/or illustrator of 8 books including Color By Kristin, Kristin Knits,Knitting the New Classics, Colorful Stitchery. Knitting for Baby, and Kids Embroidery. For sixteen years, she was Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns.


Kristin is also the author and photographer of the popular blog “Getting Stitched on the Farm” where she chronicles her life as a textile designer and co-farmer of over 300 sheep at her family’s sheep farm Leyden Glen Farm.