2016: Interweave Family

Rewind back to a year ago: I packed up all of my belongings, left friends and loved ones behind in Madison, Wisconsin, and moved across the country to begin a new life in Colorado as an assistant editor at Interweave. 2016 has brought so many changes both for me personally and for all of us here at Interweave.

My first year at Interweave just happened to coincide with some big changes at Interweave, the most public of which is our brand spankin’ new website. All of our communities are now gathered together—Weaving, Spinning, Needlework, Knitting, Crochet, and Jewelry. After all, we are part of the Interweave family. All of the folks at Interweave have worked tirelessly to bring you the best content to help fuel your creativity. We are, after all, one of you. We are knitters and weavers, spinners and needleworkers, crocheters and jewelry makers—all immersed in craft, together.

Interweave Family: Leaf Cravat by Teva Durham Interweave Knits Winter 2002.

Leaf Cravat by Teva Durham Interweave Knits Winter 2002.

Interweave has always felt like a family affair. It was founded in 1975 by Linda Ligon at her kitchen table. Her voice still lends vital guidance to our family of magazines. My mother introduced me to Interweave in the mid-1980s. I was in high school when she began spinning and weaving. She subscribed to Spin Off and Handwoven. Back then, I was a photographer, and I photographed her working at the spinning wheel for the school magazine. In 1987, I never dreamed that I would one day be an assistant editor at Interweave.

I began knitting fourteen years ago. The first thing my mother did was buy a subscription to Interweave Knits for me, and she continued to do so every year until this year—the year I joined the Interweave family. My first project from the pages of the Winter 2002 issue was the Leaf Cravat by Teva Durham—I knit three until I got it right. In 2009, I began contributing to Spin Off. I wrote about my investigations as a newer handspinner. One of my favorites was learning how to spin long draw and the Seawall Scarf I designed for the Fall 2011 issue.

This year has flown by! I have learned so much from the pages of Interweave’s publications through the years. I am so grateful to add my voice to the mix and wake up each day sharing and enabling other fiber enthusiasts through the pages of Spin Off and PieceWork—with my community—my fiber family.

Happy New Year!

Featured Image: Seawall Scarf by Elizabeth Prose Spin Off Fall 2011. Photo by Joe Coca.

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