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Kelsey Baird

Kelsey Baird is the editorial assistant for Country Sampler’s special home decorating publications. Inspired by the creativity and talent of the Country Sampler team and other crafters at Annie’s, Kelsey enjoys repurposing and creating unique home decor pieces. She has also recently taken up gardening and is excited to get creative with her small space!
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Molly Beals

Molly Beals is an advertising account manager at Annie's Publishing. She manages print and digital media marketing opportunities.

Her love of handcrafting started at the young age of six when her aunt taught her how to embroider, knit and crochet. Later in life she picked it back up when she had two children. Inspired to make items for her kids, family and friends, she picked up the needle and thread again and hasn't looked back! Creating heirlooms and preserving memories for others has become a passion, and she loves to share her journey!
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Peggy Benjamin

Peggy Benjamin was a hobby quilter at one time with a career in corporate marketing and brand management. Today she owns and operates a small quilting supplies online shop.

Peggy and fiance Rex Moreland created the Easy Binding Winder to meet Peggy's need for better binding management. Peggy understood the problem and Rex designed the prototype. When her quilting friends saw the winder, they wanted one too, and that's the beginning of the story of the Easy Binding Winder.

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Marly Bird

Marly Bird is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns and a published crochet and knitting designer. She is also an author, teacher, podcaster and blogger. Throughout the year, Marly travels the country teaching at national craft consumer shows and shares the love of Red Heart (including her new line called Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™) with her followers.

Marly's grandmother taught her to crochet in 1999, and a close friend taught her to knit in 2004. Marly found her calling in the yarn industry and had her first designs published in fall 2008, and she has not looked back.

You can find many of Marly's designs at and follow her video tutorials on her YouTube channel at

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Nancy Borsodi

Nancy Borsodi is a designer and photo stylist for Country Sampler's special home decorating publications. Nancy loves to create home decorating projects and ideas for others to incorporate into their own homes. Whether it's repurposing a piece to give it new life or creating a project from scratch, Nancy designs each idea with today's trends in mind. As a photo stylist, Nancy strives to bring those projects and ideas to life through inspiring images and room scenes.

Nancy has worked with the Country Sampler magazine for more than 18 years on various publications, both for consumer and trade, putting her skills to use creating DIY home decor and craft projects, incorporating inspiring home decorating ideas into various rooms, and fashioning unique retail props and visual displays. Nancy spent more than 16 years in visual display and design, merchandising and management in several retail environments. Her background in retail and visual merchandising as well as her current work in design and photo styling helps fuel her passion for creating and presenting unique and trend-inspired home decor.
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Debby Brown

Debby Brown's website summary describes her as a "designer and quilt enabler." Debby has been a Handi Quilter educator since 2005 and has inspired quilters all around the globe. In addition to teaching at retail shop events and guilds, Debby teaches at major quilt shows nationally and internationally, including International Quilt Festival (Houston), Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC), International Quilt Show Dubai, and American Quilters Society (Lancaster, Phoenix). She recently filmed a series of DVDs about sit-down machine quilting featuring the HQ Sweet Sixteen®.

Since Debby began quilting in 1986, she has completed several thousand quilts for herself and others. When not busy teaching, she is constantly creating in her studio in upstate New York. She and her husband were just promoted to "grandma and grandpa" and are very enthusiastic about their new roles!

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Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll is a noted entertaining expert, photographer, designer, writer and contributor to special decorating issues of Country Sampler magazine and is also the host of She is passionate about sharing recipes, decorating ideas, DIY projects and easy-to-implement tips to help make life sweeter and less stressful. As an event planner with more than 20 years of experience, Jennifer knows all the insider tricks and tips for turning a party into a celebration. "Beauty is inspiring and my ambition is to create as much of it as I can and share it with the world around me," she notes.

As a young adult, Jennifer worked as a model, and as a result was often invited to glamorous New York City parties, but rather than mingle with the elite, Jennifer often chatted with those behind the scenes to find out what made the parties absolutely sparkle. After modeling, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked at Davidoff of Geneva in Beverly Hills. At Davidoff, she organized and hosted countless celebrity dinners and special events. Missing the South, Jennifer moved back to Virginia and soon opened her own design and planning company, Jennifer Carroll Events. Her work received national attention and was featured in many magazines and websites. When her daughter was born, she stepped away from the event planning world and founded, a blog and online magazine.
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Emily Carter

Emily Carter is Senior Copy Editor at Annie's Publishing.

She learned to crochet in 2010 and to knit in 2015, thanks to the kindness and generosity of co-workers. Working for a craft publishing company, she's constantly surrounded by creativity and talent, and it inspired her to learn crafting. A yarnie at heart, she favors crochet and knitting but has played around with cross stitching and jewelry making. She wants to try her hand at sewing, too, and is currently in the market for a sewing machine. When she's not crafting, she's planning her next world travel expedition with her friends. In fact, one of the things on her ever-growing bucket list is to cover every page of her passport with stamps!
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Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula's path to her successful crochet design career began in architectural engineering. She pursued a career as a structural engineer specializing in historic preservation and renovation. Robyn has been a crochet expert on Annie's Knit and Crochet Now! television program, which appears on many PBS stations. She is also the instructor of Annie's Learn to Crochet Sweaters, Learn Yarn Substitutions for Crochet and Learn to Crochet Jewelry video classes and author of several books. You can find more of her designs at and
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Meredith Crawford

She's a successful blogger, author, designer and mult-talented crafter. She joins the team of experts on Knit and Crochet Now! for season 8.

She is a self-taught knitter with a little help from YouTube. She learned crochet and embroidery soon after.

For more on her work, visit
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Sherry Duncan

Sherry Duncan has an amazing wealth of craft knowledge. She not only brings experience and passion for quilting and sewing to the Annie's team and clients, but also an understanding of practical techniques in knit and crochet. She has published two knitting patterns.

Sherry began crafting as a teen. She started sewing vinyl tire covers using an old Singer sewing machine. This led to quilting and other kinds of sewing. After taking classes and learning wherever she could, she upgraded her machine to a Pfaff 1471, which she still uses today. Her husband came to love her sewing habits when she started sewing insulated coats for him. Those warm coats were perfect for all his outdoor activities.

Sherry has designed her own line of antique-looking dolls which required her to delve into decorative painting. From there she kept learning new techniques and crafts -- needlepoint canvas, needlework, embroidery, knitting, spinning, leather crafting, paper crafting and all other kinds of crafting.

She considers herself lucky to spend all day in the crafting world! She looks forward to continuing to learn and develop her skills and depth.
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Drew Emborsky

Drew Emborsky, (aka The Crochet Dude) is one of a few proud dude crocheters who is making a living doing what he loves.

Drew joined Knit and Crochet Now! for three seasons. He provided a unique perspective of expert advice, creative patterns and useful tips to help build the knowledge needed to create exciting knitting and crochet projects.

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Corrina Ferguson

Corrina is the Editor of Creative Knitting magazine and owner of Picnicknits.

She learned to crochet as a teenager, but didn't cross over into knitting until 2005 when she decided 60 degrees was cold and subsequently moved to Florida. Before that, Corrina used paper crafts and scrapbooking as her creative outlet. Now, after 200 published designs and one book, Corrina is a knitwear designer, editor and an instructor for Annie's Creative Studio. Currently, Corrina is learning to sew in between all of her motherhood responsibilities and designer demands!
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Carolynn Geesaman

Carolynn Geesaman is a photo stylist with Country Sampler magazine. Her love of decorating on a shoestring is a lifelong passion, especially as a homemaker raising her family for 20 years. Carolynn loves the challenge of finding new life in old pieces, and she repurposes interesting and everyday items into creative ideas for her home, for the magazine and for videos. She loves to use old scales which she finds at auctions, flea markets and antique shops, and has a special fondness for vintage cameras, which she uses in her decorating style at home. As a self-taught interior designer, Carolynn credits her eye for design as a gift from God.
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Ellen Gormley

Ellen Gormley's design career began in 2004. She stitched more than 80 afghans before becoming a full-time designer. Within the crochet community, Ellen is particularly well-known for her stylish bead crochet and join-as-you-go crochet and motif designs. Today she has more than 250 designs including garments, bags and accessories and home decor.

Ellen's original projects have been published in numerous crochet magazines, and she has written two books. She is instructor of several successful Annie's online classes: Learn to Crochet, Learn to Join Crochet Motifs, Granny Squares: From Simple to Sensational, Learn to Crochet Lace, Learn to Read Symbol Crochet Diagrams and Learn to Bead Crochet.

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Rene Haines

Rene Haines is a Country Sampler photo stylist whose career as a decorator has evolved over time. Her passion for repurposing and recreating serves her well in her current position where she arranges displays, decorates homes for the magazine and originates unique design ideas. Rene especially loves finding vintage pieces and turning them into creative home accents.

She taught high school science for 11 years before moving into the design field as a florist which sparked a love for creating and designing.
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Jenny King

Jenny King is Australia's most published international crochet designer, with more than a dozen books to her name. Jenny is an enthusiastic teacher with 30 years' experience both in Australia and the United States. She teaches Master Crochet classes for Crochet Guild of America conferences as well as at other conferences and local yarn shops. She has had designs published in major magazines in the U.K., United States and Australia. Her latest Annie's books include Fashions to Flaunt Crocheted With Noro Yarns, Learn to do Bavarian Crochet and Bavarian Crochet on-the-Go. See more of her work at
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Toni Lipsey

Toni Lipsey is the designer and instructor behind TL Yarn Crafts. She strives to inspire others’ creativity through online tutorials and modern, approachable crochet patterns. Toni learned to crochet from her mother as a teenager and has been exploring the possibilities of yarn ever since. She is currently obsessed with making shawls in fun shapes and cozy sweaters. Follow her daily crochet journey on Instagram and find her patterns and maker gifts on
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Kristen Mangus

Kristen Mangus loves all things creative and thoughtfully designed. She loves to help others find a creative outlet for themselves by teaching, which perfectly complements the team of experts at Knit and Crochet Now!

Kristen first taught herself how to finger knit as a child and even taught a few kids in her third-grade class! It stems from having a family on both sides who have been teachers and artists who love people.

Kristen Mangus is the face behind GoodKnit Kisses as a YouTube craft and loom knitting instructor. As a mom of three, her work is always designed with love wrapped in GoodKnit Kisses!

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Lindsey Manning

Lindsey Manning is the author and owner of the blog Repurpose and Upcycle. She loves simple DIYs, easy home updates, crafting and breathing new life into anything that has been previously tossed to the side. Her motto is, "If I can do it, you can too." She strives to create simple and reproducible projects that anyone can complete.

Her love for repurposing and upcycling arose shortly after she picked up a paintbrush to refinish her first piece of thrifted furniture.

You can find Lindsey at her blog Repurpose and Upcycle, creating new videos and sharing tidbits of her projects on Instagram and Facebook.
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Nancy McNally

Nancy McNally is passionate about every aspect of quilting -- designing, piecing, quilting and binding.

For nearly 20 years, Nancy has been fascinated with the idea of taking whole pieces of fabric, cutting them up and then sewing them back together into a beautiful quilt. Her exploration of the world of quilting has been successful. Nancy's quilt work has been published in various publications and magazines, including Annie's Quilter's World magazine. She gives credit to her husband, family, friends, shop owner and the Quilter's World editor, Carolyn Vagts. She could not have done it without them!

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Michele Muska

Michele Muska has been working with fibers since she was a young crafter! Continuing with that tradition, Michele will show you how easy it is to create fun and decorative projects with the Boye Pom Pom Tassel Maker.

She has worked for Simplicity and Boye as a designer and in the marketing department for over 10 years. She's an author, columnist and designer in the craft industry and lives in New England with her family where she enjoys gardening and baking pies.
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Kristin Nicholas

Kristin Nicholas is a consummate crafter. She has been sewing, embroidering, crocheting and knitting before it was popular to make things. She is an author and illustrator of books on embroidery and knitting.

For the first seven seasons of Knit and Crochet Now!, Kristin contributed regularly to the knitting projects which featured items for gift-giving and home decor, as well as afghans, shawls, hats, toys, artwork, socks and scarves.

Her family lives on a working sheep farm in Massachusetts. For more on Kristin Nicholas visit her website,
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Deborah Norville

Deborah Norville is well-known as a TV host and as a crocheter and knitter.

In 2016, she expanded her broadcast world experience into crafting by hosting season 7 of Emmy-nominated Knit and Crochet Now! The season 7 team demonstrated the most popular techniques for creating lace, purses, multicolored patterns, felting, socks and more. Field pieces also highlight the latest industry news, the best knitting and crochet blogs, and interviews with the top artists in color and apparel design.
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Sharon Oliver

Sharon Oliver is a social worker by day. She is also a reflection of the proverb that necessity is the mother of invention.

She planned to make a quilt to give as a wedding gift, but found it difficult to cut the fabric strips accurately due to being 5 months pregnant. She requested help from her husband, Jason, and explained to him that the strips needed to be cut precisely to measurement. He dove in, but after one cut he decided to create a perfect template to make the job easier. With this first Quilt Stick template he cut the fabric strips in record time.

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Maggie Pace

Maggie Pace is a knitter and crafter who is using her eye for design inside and outside the world of yarn.

Maggie joined the Knit and Crochet Now! team for the first four seasons. Her work spanned apparel, felting, lace, afghans, home decor and more. In 2003, she founded her knitting design company, Pick Up Sticks. As part of the process of marketing her company, Maggie began creating logos, pattern layouts and designing for web. This led to her offering these services to other companies, which she continues to do.

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Lee Sartori

Lee Sartori's passion is designing modern, wearable garments and adorable amigurumi. She is the crochet designer behind CoCo Crochet Lee. She is also the assistant editor of Happily Hooked Magazine, a popular publication for crochet enthusiasts. Along with her editorial position, Lee runs the social media department at Happily Hooked, which includes crochetalongs and live weekly video chats. She is a guest host on Season 9 of the popular PBS show Knit and Crochet Now!, as well as a crochet expert for Annie's Creative Studio, where she demonstrates fun crochet skills and patterns.

Lee lives in Ontario, Canada, with her two small children, amazing husband and adorable bunny, Neville. Her favorite social platform is Instagram, where she posts fun and whimsical takes on crochet.
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Laura Scott

Laura Scott is a lifelong crafter. She says, "On hot summer days in Pennsylvania, my best friend and I created 'stores' under several huge, old pine trees. We would gather leaves, flowers, sticks and pinecones to make artistic creations which we then bartered and sold to one other, each always vying to make the most original and unique pieces. A few years later, after learning cross stitch, needlepoint, sewing and embroidery in 4-H, I asked a friend to teach me to crochet. While the scratchy lemon-yellow scarf was never quite completed and certainly never worn, it helped me to learn how to hold the hook and yarn and work basic stitches."

After being hired by Annie's in 1992, Laura learned other crafts including watercolor painting, beading, floral arranging and most recently, quilting. During her career at Annie's, Laura has been a crochet, knitting, plastic canvas and general crafts magazine and book editor, product development director of Annie's Kit-of-the-Month Clubs, director of Online Classes and most recently, director of New Business Development, which has included developing Annie's Creative Studio. She considers herself blessed to have a career focused on arts, crafts and creativity, and believes firmly that video instruction is the best way to teach and learn new skills.
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Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott has two generations of quilting in her heritage. She owns Masterpiece Quilting and her business includes longarm quilting services using both computerized and free-motion patterns, custom-made quilts, show quilts and pattern design.

She was taught to quilt by her grandmother. By age 5 she was already helping layer the quilt backing, batting and top to get it ready for the frame.

Alongside her passion for quilting, Nancy is also an avid antique collector. After attending a workshop on chalk painting, Nancy discovered a second love. Her business has now expanded to include chalky finish painting and selling furniture pieces.

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Tammy Shupenia

One thing Tammy Shupenia loves about interior decorating is taking everyday items around the house and reusing them in new and imaginative ways. As a stylist for Annie's, Tammy puts her talent to use designing beautiful arrangements for fashion and home decor.

Tammy studied interior design at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Ind. and has worked in residential and commercial interior design. She has designed window treatments, laid out floor plans, arranged rooms, built vignettes and more to help clients and homeowners create beautiful spaces. "I love to take something that's discarded and turn it into a beautiful new piece," she says. "You can create new looks for your home without having to go out and buy all new furnishings; just give a face-lift to the items you already have, working them in with your current lifestyle." When Tammy isn't surrounding herself with layers of fabric, home accents and props, she enjoys traveling with her husband and sharing her love with her family.
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Kristi Simpson

Kristi Simpson enjoys creating original and current looks. From fresh fashion for infants and children to fun and flirty hats, shawls and some of the latest amigurumi shapes, her designs are approachable for beginners and stimulating for crocheters with a variety of experience levels.

Her crochet designs have appeared in many popular magazines including Crochet! and Crochet World, and she has authored hundreds of pattern books. Her Annie's titles include Happy Hats for Kids, Sweet Shoes for Wee Ones and In a Weekend: Baby Shower Gifts. She has also instructed the Annie's Online Class Learn to Crochet Flowers.

Visit for more details about her work.
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Lena Skvagerson

Lena Skvagerson is lead designer for Annie's exclusive pattern collection, Annie's Signature Designs. Lena is also producer and one of the hosts of Annie's popular TV show Knit and Crochet Now! Lena was born and raised in Sweden. She learned to crochet and knit at age 5, made her first sweater by the time she turned 15, and created her first knitwear collection at age 17! Lena worked for a Scandinavian yarn and design company for 25 years. She moved to the United States in 2007 and in 2014 she joined Annie's full-time.

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Rohn Strong

Rohn Strong is crochet and knitwear designer and yarn spinner who has been crocheting since he was 6. His designs reflect a desire to push the boundaries of the crafts. Rohn creates combinations of his two favorite things: color and fashion!

After he left his day job, Rohn dove deep into crochet and knit design. He has since authored more than 12 e-books and one full-length book. His patterns have appeared in Crochet Red and magazines such as Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, Inside Crochet and others. Rohn has instructed several Annie's video classes.

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Rose Tussing

Rose Tussing is an experienced crocheter and knitter. She likes to learn new skills so she has plenty of options when she wants to make something. She is a firm believer that if you have multiple abilities, it's easier to pick the right medium for a project. She occasionally creates her own crochet designs, but she has no patience for sewing, quilting or embroidery. She once made some booties for her newborn nieces and convinced her mom to sew on the buttons. And unless the project is for a specific purpose, she is abysmal at finishing things -- especially if they require blocking, sewing or weaving in ends -- which means she has an embarrassing number of UFO's in her craft room. However, she truly enjoys the process of making something beautiful that will be extra-special to someone, and she has a passion for fibers and the creative process. She also enjoys doing DIY projects around her home.
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Heather Valentine

Heather Valentine is the voice behind The Sewing Loft. This self-proclaimed fabric hoarder likes to stitch the night away and dreams of one day discovering a better way to detangle her thread collection.

After earning a degree in fashion design and pattern making from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heather took her talent to some of the top name brands in the apparel industry. She worked hand in hand with factories to develop new products, achieve the perfect fit and produce quality garments.

After 20-plus years in the industry, Heather created The Sewing Loft, an online sewing community filled with sewing enthusiasts of every skill level, from the small-business owner to the occasional stitcher. Her main goal is to promote awareness, provide education and, above all, encourage the community to move the needle forward.

These days, you can find Heather teaching at local shops and sharing her talent in online video classes. Her designs have graced the pages of many printed publications, including: Fat Quarter Projects, Fun-Size Quilts, Stitching Kitchen, and Crafts ‘n Things, and can be found in a store near you with the Simplicity Creative Group.
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Susan Wagner

Susan Wagner is the Special Projects Director for the Country Sampler brand of Annie's Publishing and the editor of various special decorating publications produced by Country Sampler. Susan has been involved in home decorating and publishing for the past 20 years and has seen various styles and trends shape the decorating world. She works with designers and decorating experts to stay on top of the trends and to constantly be thinking of new and creative ways to enhance your home.
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Vanessa Wilson

¡Hola! Introducing Vanessa Vargus Wilson, a creative sewer and quilter on the Knit and Crochet Now! team for season 8. She says her goal in life is "to learn as much as I can about as much as I can ... and then pass that knowledge to my kiddos."

Vanessa (aka Crafty Gemini) was born in New York City and raised in Miami, Fla. Her family is from the Dominican Republic. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Myra Wood

Myra Wood is an internationally known fiber artist, teacher and author. She teaches a wide range of classes in crochet, knitting, beading and embroidery, specializing in all things creative.

Myra was featured on the first season of Knit and Crochet Now!, has appeared on numerous episodes of Knitting Daily, Knit and Crochet Today, Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads for PBS, DIY and HGTV networks, along with publishing numerous patterns in books and magazines. She's also written three books: Knit in New Directions, Creative Crochet Lace and Crazy Lace. Myra has been crafting since she was young and enjoys any opportunity to inspire others creatively. See more at
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