Nancie M. Wiseman worked her way through college making wedding dresses while she studied to be a registered nurse. In 1987 she opened her yarn shop, Nancie Knits, in Sacramento, California. The store has since closed, but Nancie continues to teach, design, and write. Winner of the The Knitting Guild of America International Design competition in 1992, Wiseman designs and writes patterns for Prism, Lorna's Laces, Rainbow Mills, Cascade Yarns and Trendsetter Yarns. She has published articles on knitting in Interweave Knits, Knit 'n Style, and Knitter's magazines, and an article on crochet in PIECEWORK magazine. She has also published designs for Knitters and Cast On magazines. In the fall 1997 issue of Martha Stewart Living, Wiseman was the consultant for the article “Knitting 101.” This is her fifth book.