Kathy Lashley is a left-handed crochet designer based in Alabama. She credits her seventh-grade teacher with teaching her how to crochet and says she had no idea what a significant impact it would have on her life. Kathy’s love of designing beautiful and useful crochet items led her to form ELK Studio in 2012 and take her beloved hobby to a professional level. She has a loyal following on her blog and Facebook page as she creates elegant crochet designs and leads her followers in charity projects, CALs (crochetalongs), and business-building activities. She has self-published over 85 designs, and one of her designs was recently included in the summer 2016 issue of Crochet! magazine.