A graduate of RISD, Tanis Gray lives in Fairfax, VA with her green Mechanical Engineer husband and young son. Having worked at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, in the art department in the film and television industries, and a 4-year career as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting and co-editor of Knit.1, she has been working in the creative field for many years.
Tanis has over 450 published knitting designs, and her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide, including 12 covers. She also edits and photographs other knitting books, plans and executes social media for numerous yarn companies and teaches advanced knitting often in and around the Metro DC area. Tanis has her own regularly-featured TV spot on PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell.
Check out her books Knit Local: Celebrating America’s Homegrown Yarns (2011, Sixth & Spring), the winner of a gold IPPY Award, Capitol Knits, (2012, Self-Published) a knitting and history book inspired by Washington, DC and national winner of the DAR American Heritage Women in the Arts Award, Knitting Architecture (2013, F&W/Interweave), a collection of designs inspired by well-known architecture, Cozy Knits (2013, F&W/Interweave), From Mama, with Love, (Self-Published) an ebook collection from designer friends and mothers, 3 Skeins or Less – Fresh Knitted Accessories (2014, F&W/Interweave), a modern collection of garments and accessories all knit in 3 or fewer skeins of yarn Wanderlust – 47 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style, (2015, F&W/Interweave), and Modern Baby Knits (2016, F&W/Interweave), a collection of knits for babies and children on the go with fuss-free designs.
Tanis is a proud member of the Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Washington DC Chapter of the Mayflower Society, enjoys digging in the garden, creating messes in the kitchen, hiking the mountains of New Hampshire, reading, sewing, taking photographs and chasing her son around the playground.