Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In's, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market.
For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes in her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival.
Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled 'Double Knitting - Inside Out' which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and an employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.
What we today call the coffee break originated in Stoughton, WI in the late 19th century with the wives of Norwegian immigrants. The stripes (or color breaks) of this scarf represent the breaks from work normally associated with the term coffee break. And the unevenness of the stripes represents the difference in the way coffee breaks are taken from company to company and office to office. Unroasted coffee beans are green in color, which was the inspiration for the yarn chosen for some of the stripes. Who knew knitting could teach us so many fun facts?