Linda Ligon (seated) and Bruce
By Bruce Hallmark, Guest Editor
I’m not Sandi Wiseheart. I’m not even close. She knows more about knitting (and “dare I say crochet”)
than most people I know. And that’s a pretty high standard considering
I’ve had the privilege of hanging around Interweave Press for a
combined total of seven years (1994-95 and 2002-present).
I've served as the business manager for Knitting Daily for
most of this year—a choice assignment I came to by way of the Sales
& Marketing Department and a long stint as “The Web Guy.”
I left Interweave in 1995 (after only about 18 months) because I had
the opportunity to travel to Europe and throughout the United States
with my then-significant-other-now-wife, Beth, before going on to
graduate school. It pained me to leave the company because I loved the
people (both co-workers and customers), our beautiful products, and the
passion for handcrafts that is so palpable here it practically oozes
out of walls. In 2002, I was lucky enough to come back.
Around Interweave, if you’re not a knitter, or a spinner, or a
beader, or a needle artist you can feel like you’re walking around in
the land of giants. And there be giants here: Linda Ligon, Marilyn
Murphy, Ann Budd, Pam Allen, Lily Chin, Nancy Bush, Amy Clarke Moore,
Eunny Jang... and the list goes on.
Yes, I’ve had the inside track for years. Being “The Web Guy” never
got me in to any exclusive clubs in New York City, but it did get me
invited to a lot of meetings in Loveland. No, I haven’t gushed or
swooned like some of you might have while rubbing elbows with fiber
royalty, rather I’ve had the opportunity to know many of them
personally. Back in 1994, Linda Ligon taught me to use a drop spindle
at the very same dinning room table on which she started Interweave
Press in 1977. That’s a memory I get to keep for life (and I still have
the yarn to prove it). I also have the much-less-spectacular but more
humorous memory of telling Sandi that the easiest way to make a poncho
was to knit a really big swatch, cut a hole in the middle and drop it
over your head... and, use duct tape on the neckline of it starts to
unravel. See, I really am "the web GUY."
(Left to right): Beth, Nathan, Bruce, and Luke
back, memories will be what I have. Today is my last day at
InterweavePress. I am headed off to other career pursuits. I already
miss everyone here (no crying please, there’s been enough of that
already). Sandi graciously gave me the opportunity to offer some
commentary and ride off into the sunset.... But this place is a part of
me, so I expect I will always be a dot somewhere on the horizon. I have
friends here and Interweave is family. Being around passionate
people—whatever their passion—is a life changing experience.
“What I know for sure” (hopefully Oprah won’t mind me borrowing
that) is that every knitter I know has heart, and knitting is an
integral part of their lives. It’s more than yarn and patterns; fashion
and drape; cotton vs. merino. Whether you wear your knitting or give it
away, anything handknit is tangible love. It’s a gift of self. And the
knitters of those garments are giving their wearers a permanent hug. I
can’t tell you how much I’m counting on that.
Thank you, Bruce, for everything, but especially for helping us to build the wonderful place that is Knitting Daily. You will be missed. (Who else will there be to advise me on the best uses for duct tape in my knitting?)---Sandi
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? I finished a UFO! Whoo! Done are the Waving Lace Socks that are destined for Michelle (shhh, don't tell her yet!). I am now swatching for Nicholas' cabled pullover.