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A B O U T    K 1 C 2
K1C2, LLC was founded as a partnership in 1996 by Susan Levin and Gloria Tracy. In 2000 the company became a California registered LLC.  Since 2008 Susan Levin has been the sole owner of K1C2.

In 2013 K1C2 purchased The Happy Brands, a company that specializes in accessories for crafters. The products are marketed under the Knit Happy™, Quilt Happy®, Stitch Happy™ and Crochet Happy™ brands. To support this new endeavor a new website that sells the entire range of K1C2 products was launched. Visit www.stuffyoulove.com to see all the products currently available.

Levin also provides craft stores, catalogs and manufacturers with custom products to promote their brand. She also helps companies develop unique products that offer exclusivity. K1C2 is a member of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the National Needlework Association (TNNA) and the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA).


HISTORY
Susan Levin and Gloria Tracy began their business by developing their own products – YarnBras® slipcovers for skeins, Spool Stockings® slipcovers for spools, MagniClips® clip-on magnifiers, PageMinder® book holders and Knit One, Crochet Too® Patterns. In 1999 the company added Knit One, Crochet Too® Yarn.


Recognizing crafters’ need to understand and use color successfully, in 2000 the partners invented and patented a “Device for Determining Color Combinations” which is marketed as the Rainbow® Pick Point and Match® Color Selector. This innovative product was quickly joined by companion products -- the Rainbow® Tonal Color Selectors and the Over the Rainbow® Masking Tools.


In 2000 they also published their first book, Crochet Your Way (Taunton Press). This comprehensive how-to guide contains over 20 projects and provides crochet instructions for both right- and left-handed crafters. The book remains in print.


In 2003 the company introduced Adornaments® embellishing fibers. Scrapbookers and general crafters used this wildly successful product when they only needed small quantities of fibers to complete their project.


In 2004 the partners sold Knit One, Crochet Too® Yarns and Patterns.
In 2005 the partners began to develop the ColorSense System, a method for ensuring that crafters can find a range of products from various manufacturers that are color coordinated. The system received a patent in 2009.


In early 2007 K1C2 introduced the 1-2-3D® Paper Crafting System. The system includes nine tools that provide a unique method for creating a multitude of two and three-dimensional projects including round, square and pillow shaped boxes, pop-ups and envelopes. This product was developed in conjunction with designer Pattie Donham creator of Pattiewack.com. In December 2007 the partners authored two how-to books for children, Show Me How: Knitting and Show Me How: Quilting (Sixth & Spring Publishing)


In 2008, after 12 successful years together, the partners found that their individual interests were diverging. Partner Gloria Tracy left K1C2 to pursue her interest in teaching and design. Levin’s newest book, ColorSense: Creative Color Combinations for Crafters (Sixth & Spring Publishing) was released in 2008.

Since 2008 Levin has provided business services to a variety of craft companies and continued to grow the business in new areas. 


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Susan Levin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and an Occupational Certificate in Graphic Design. Before becoming involved in the craft industry, her professional experience included department store merchandising; owning retail ready-to-wear stores; freelance art direction and graphic design; and Art Director and Corporate Marketing Manager for a large Los Angeles corporation.

She has had knit and crochet patterns published in consumer magazines including Knitters', Knit N Style, Piecework, Knit Simple, Cast-On,  and Womans Day. She has written craft-related articles for Piecework and Threads magazines. In addition, she co-authored a series of professional articles in a trade magazine titled “On Target”, an educational series that focused on the challenges that yarn and needlework shop-owners face. Issues such as customer service, pricing and consumer education were covered. 
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