New Interweave Knits Editor Says Hello!
The publishers of Interweave Knits are thrilled to announce a new editor for the flagship magazine: designer Meghan Babin. In addition to designing knitwear, Meghan has a worked in the yarn industry on the retail side for the past eight years, serving as manager of the Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall, New York. Former editor Lisa Shroyer says, “I’ve worked with Meghan for years—she has contributed some stunning designs to our magazines, and she has been an inspiration at every meeting I’ve had with her. She has a fresh but classic aesthetic, grounded in the good stuff of knitting—fiber, yarn choice, texture, silhouette, proportion, style. She is ambitious and driven and down to earth and funny, and she has some great ideas.” Meghan will report to Lisa, who now serves as Content Strategist for the Knitting group at F+W, which produces Interweave Knits, knitscene, Love of Knitting, knit.purl, and the new craft.girl. Read more about Meghan below.
Hello, my name is Meghan Babin, and I am a knitter.
Let me start from the beginning—the beginning of my knitting life, that is. On a fateful weekend over a decade ago I returned home from college for a visit. My mother was perched on the couch with a ball of fluff and some sticks clicking away, and I asked her what she was doing. She told me she had joined the prayer shawl group at her church and had learned to knit that week. Curiously, her look of concentration and tongue stuck out to the side did not dissuade me from asking her to teach me too. Teach me she did—and promptly stopped knitting right after. I wholeheartedly believe that it was her goal to teach me to knit in order to get gorgeous hand knits without having to make them. The evidence speaks for itself.
I started knitting in earnest after graduating college while commuting back and forth to New York City. It became my obsession, my passion, and my escape from the tortured existence as a bridge and tunnel commuter. Obviously, I didn’t last long. Soon after I left my city job, the owner of my LYS approached me with an offer. It went basically like this:
Gail: “I think you should work here.”
Me: “I should be working here.”
This discussion captures what my relationship with Gail and my life at the Cornwall Yarn Shop has been like for the past eight years. I was blessed to work with someone who encouraged me to grow in my design career and build the business with her—not just as an employee, but a partner (often in crime). Then an unexpected vacation took me along a path I couldn’t have anticipated.
Last year at this time, I had just turned 30 and was heading out to Colorado with my sister for a long weekend in Vail. The first of my designs had just appeared in Interweave Knits Fall 2014, and I was riding high on my new adventure as a hand knitwear designer. To celebrate, I went hiking in the Rockies and had my breath taken away and soul-sated by the awe-rendering beauty of Colorado. I got to experience what life was like there and realized it reflected back to me my own values and lifestyle desires for the future. I have to thank my family, my sister, and friend, Chelsea, who lived in that magical place, as well as the brief but lovely visit I had at Interweave Knits home office in Fort Collins, Colorado. It ignited the fire I needed for the year to come.
I left Colorado with my internal compass pointing westward as I flew back home to New York. Something inside me said it wouldn’t be long before I saw the Rocky Mountains again, but nothing I could have imagined would prepare me for what was to come.
Last month, Lisa Shroyer sent out an email to her colleagues and friends announcing her new role at Interweave and, sadly, that she was leaving her role as editor of Interweave Knits. After recovering from my disappointment, as Lisa has been a huge part of launching my design career (and she’s awesome), I had an epiphany—I could be the editor of Interweave Knits!
I emailed her back and asked her if she thought this was as great an idea as I did. She strongly concurred, and I sent in my application. After a whirlwind of interviews, vision boards and hope-filled dreams of knitting in the Rockies, I got a phone call from Colorado beckoning me to my new home.
So please let me re-introduce myself:
Hello, my name is Meghan Babin, and I am the new editor of Interweave Knits.
Can someone pinch me please?
Colorado, I’ll be home soon. I can’t wait.