About Us

Pinchknitter Yarns has been a locally owned and operated full-service yarn shop in the Stanwood community since 2007.


Sirkku Bingham – Owner and Operator

Sirkku Bingham - Owner and Operator of PinchKnitter Yarns in Stanwood, WA

Photo by Joscelyn Tarbox

A lifelong knitter, Sirkku learned to knit at the age of 7.  In her native Finland she attended a boarding high school with an emphasis on needle arts, including weaving, knitting and sewing.

An early member of the Seattle Knitter’s Guild, Sirkku has been active in the Seattle knitting community as a teacher and professional knitter.  She recently was one of the founding members of the North Sound Knitter’s Guild, which is rapidly growing in membership.

In 1995, Sirkku became a Craft Yarn Council of America certified knitting instructor.  In 2002, she attended a 3-day intensive basic techniques seminar on Couture Knitting with Catherine Lowe.

Sirkku currently resides on Camano Island, Washington with her husband, Perk.


June Dickenson – Knitting Instructor

June Dickinson learned to knit when she was ten. She became a productive knitter in college while studying to be an English teacher. Since then she has discovered that it is more enjoyable to teach knitting.

When her three sons were very young, she learned more about knitting while working on an afghan that had fifty different pattern squares. Lots of practice and reading have helped her continue to learn since then.

June has been teaching knitting for nearly six years in Stanwood, WA. She especially enjoys lace knitting, cable work and color stranding projects. If those techniques are combined with sock knitting, that is even better. Look for some of June’s patterns under the name “Dolphin Knits” over the next months at PinchKnitter Yarns!

Karen Pelletier – Knitting Instructor

Karen Pelletier was taught to knit and crochet by her Grandmother, Sigrid. Knitting and Crochet are affordable and portable hobbies with limitless possibilities. The community of fibre enthusiasts found at Pinchknitter continually inspire her with their creativity. Karen is excited to share her experience at Pinchknitter teaching and working at the shop. Her favorite projects are colorwork, sweaters and baby garments.


Karen Ratto-Whooly – Crochet Instructor

Karin Ratto-Whooly

Karen Whooley is an award winning Crochet Designer, Author and Instructor. She is the author of 6 titles, including the best selling book, I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks (2011 – Leisure Arts).  Her other books include:  Learn to Delta Lace Crochet (2011 – Annie’s Attic), Fair Isle to Crochet (2010 – Leisure Arts), Shower of Cables (2009 – Leisure Arts), Savvy Single Crochet (2008 – Annie’s Attic) and Top Down Sweaters to Crochet (2008 – Annie’s Attic).

A nationally recognized Crochet instructor, Karen travels the United States to teach about her passion at major events and yarn shops.  Visit her website, KRW Knitwear Studio, to find out more about what is new in her crochet world.