Meet The New Tech Girl Behind Our Knitting Magazines
Hi There! I'm Holly, the new Project Editor for the Yarn Group and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.
What does a Project Editor do, you ask? Believe it or not, there are a lot of technical things that go on behind the scenes before a knitting pattern can be released – so many numbers that have to be checked, language that has to be clarified and techniques that need explaining. Just as technology and engineering firms need many eyes on designs before they release them to the world, so does knitting. Myself along with Joni Coniglio and a handful of freelance Technical Editors do just that for the knitting magazines published by F+W Media. Before I had this fantastic career, I began knitting as many others do – as a child with the help of older, wiser knitters.
I first learned to knit from my mom when I was about 9 years old and after I learned the basics, I began to teach myself new techniques and now I teach her. I've always designed my own patterns, but I didn't know it at the time – I was lucky enough to have knitters in my life who showed me, at that young age, how to figure the math to handknit a sweater so that it would fit just like the one I already had in my closet. I remember sitting around our dining room table with my mom's knitting friends taking measurements and learning the basic formulas, blissfully unaware that there were probably already instructions out there somewhere. I still have some of my first garments, they don't get worn, but I can't bear to part with them.
Throughout the learning process I would teach myself "new" ways to do things and thought myself a genius, only to find out with the rise of knitting popularity and the dawn of Ravelry that, hey, that thing you did back there, that was called cabling without a cable needle and that lazy bit you do, is just knitting backwards. Most of the tricks and techniques I'd finagled myself had names and had been around for centuries – both deflating and enlightening. I was never going to win a prize for inventing a new knitting technique, but I probably had more in common with my ancestors than I knew!
As a college student, I knit to help myself focus through my classes and I sold my knitted wares to help pay the bills. Later, I began to realize that the instructions I was making up for each piece could be written down and sold to other knitters and shortly thereafter began doing that for extra income. This path evolved to a point where I was called a Freelance Knitwear Designer, Technical Editor and Teacher. Now, as a Project Editor, I feel as if my career has been even more firmly set on the right track and I'm not looking back! Knitting has been a big part of my life for many years and I'm so excited to have found my dream job in my dream location! Colorado is the most beautiful place I've ever lived and the people I work with are so so nice, I'm lucky to be here.
While I've lived in parts of Colorado before, I've never been this far north, so exploring the area and the local yarn stores, cafes and boutiques has been all kinds of new and exciting! My dogs are getting in on the action too; they get to go with me just about everywhere I scope out. They don't knit, but they're good company and they make me laugh.
When I'm not knitting, the three of us can be found wandering around new places, hiking up mountains, drinking plenty of tasty beverages and traveling as much as possible. We all enjoy a good drive to a new place and the discovery that comes with it. Chad just wants to be friends with everyone he sees and this balances Mona Lisa's anti-social side. I blog about my knitting and adventures and can be found on Ravelry (and surrounding areas) under SillyLittleLady.
I look forward to getting to know you all and getting to share my new life and knits with you too!