Eunny Jang: Working In A Knitting Wonderland

Here she is! Eunny Jang

What if one day, someone called you on the phone, and asked you to be the new editor of Interweave Knits magazine? That's exactly what happened to popular blogger and oh-so-talented knitting designer, Eunny Jang. Talk about getting your dream job…

I'd had the pleasure of interviewing Eunny several months ago, right after she was hired–in fact, that first interview was part of one of the very first Knitting Daily newsletters. I thought it was time to check back in with Eunny again, especially now that her very first issue as editor, Fall 2007 Knits, is about to hit the store shelves. I wanted to know what it was like to literally be Alice in Knitting Wonderland…

Eunny, your fans in the blogosphere want to know: What have you been up to since you were hired as editor of Interweave Knits? Seems like Interweave kind of whisked you away to wonderland for a while there!

How do I even begin to answer this question? It's definitely been a busy last couple of months for me. Of course, there's the learning curve associated with coming into any new job in a new company, but with the added pressure (let's be honest, terror!) of coming into a magazine with such an amazing track record already, with such big shoes left to fill! I've been in the thick of editing the Fall issue, and Knits Gifts 2007, developing and working on the Winter issue, and concepting for Spring. I went to my first TNNA, which was just a little overwhelming. I've gone through two shoots now, for Fall and for Gifts, and am in the middle of planning Winter's shoot. I've taped segments for the NeedleArts Studio TV show. I've been working on my pattern book. I've met designers and knitting icons I'm completely starstruck by. I've been traveling a lot, like every couple of weeks.
Eunny's first issue of Knits
I've been working on a new blog(!!), which will launch soon. And trying to fit in sleeping and eating and breathing when I can.

What has been the most exciting part for you about working on the Fall issue of Knits?

I think I'd have to say the late-stage part of press week, when the magazine actually begins to look like, well, a magazine. That part is absolutely fascinating – seeing all these things you've been working on individually come together into one big bursting-at-the-seams book. I also loved working on the front part of the book, specifically the gallery with images of all the projects. Starting with this issue, we're really front-loading the magazine with all kinds of technical information, detail shots, and other knitterly tidbits of information in that space, which makes the photo gallery as rich as the patterns themselves. As much as I'm proud of it as its editor, I'm also just really excited about it as a knitter – you see a big, beautiful photo, but you also get notes on cool construction elements, stitch patterns, yarns, insights from the designer, etc.

Wednesday: Part 2 of Eunny's interview!

Do you have a question for Eunny? Leave a comment with your question, and Eunny and I will choose a few for her to answer in upcoming issues of Knitting Daily!

Bella Blouse

This week's featured free pattern: Bella! I noticed that a lot of you were asking for more patterns for short-sleeved tops–tops that might be flattering on a variety of body types. Erin, our web analyst, happened to mention that she was almost finished knitting the Bella Blouse, from the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Once I saw it, I thought, I bet the Knitting Daily folks would love that! Erin says it's an easy and fun knitting project–just stockinette stitch and some lace, all on mid-size needles so it knits up quickly. Enjoy!

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles today? The front of the Bonsai Tunic by Norah Gaughan. Almost done with the armholes!

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