Michele has been an avid knit and crochet designer for Annie's since the 1980s. As she says, "There is nothing I'd rather do!" Michele's grandmother taught her and her sister to knit when Michele was just 5 or 6 years old. While Michele loved knitting right away, she didn't know much more than the knit stitch until she was 19. Her motivation for learning more about knitting came when another girl gave her boyfriend, Dick, a pair of handknit mittens. She knit Dick a new pair so he'd have to throw out the other pair. Her hard work must have paid off, as she and Dick have been happily married for many years and have three grown children and six grandchildren.
In her early 20s, Michele taught herself how to crochet, and now she equally loves both crafts. She has designed 100s of patterns and has been published countless times by Annie's, Better Homes and Gardens, Coats & Clark, Universal Yarn and Herrschners, among others.