Have you ever wondered, Who
are the people at Interweave? What do their rather fancy titles entail? Are
they... Unusually smart? Is everybody super creative? Are they funny? Stressed? Vegetarians?
Like to line-dance? Being curious (and a little nosy) myself about what makes
them tick, the hats they wear at Interweave, and what experiences they have in
their work...I will take you along to meet these folks in person. At the end of
this blog entry I will tell you who is next. If there is something that you
want to know, tell me early and I'll ask the questions, just like Oprah would!
First up: Me!
My name is Kathy and I have been the editorial assistant for Interweave Knits (and 6 other Interweave publications) for a year and a half. Prior to this, I was an administrative assistant at a public middle school, which was a blast. I'm a 50 something mother of three 20 somethings (first born a girl, then twin boys: all fabulous people in my tainted opinion). It has been over 26 years since I married my best friend Jon. We stay best friends because he travels a lot. Now we are semi-empty nesters living in a little house on a little lake in northern Colorado with a sweet little Shih Tzu named Libby. (see photo on the right)
My favorite past-time? Take a wild guess... knitting, just like you.
Can you imagine how difficult it must be for poor me to decide which knitting project to make next?
In the Spring 2011 issue, I can't wait to begin on the V-Yoke Cardigan
by Amy Christoffers. The overall simplicity and subtle yet totally cool
back design with its longer, soft drape is stunning. Anybody else out
there inspired to make this project?
Besides needle crafts, some of my other favorite things: antiques,
reading (this year my goal is to read Jane Austen), gardening, classic
rock n' roll (still love to crank up the volume and sing along in my car
when I'm all alone), Rocky Mountains, wild flowers, tame flowers, old
movies, dogs, honesty, integrity, and a seriously good brownie.
As editorial assistant several of my duties for Interweave Knits are:
- Monitor pattern mistakes to post corrections online for our readers.
- Send rejection letters. This is difficult for editorial when great ideas cannot be used.
- Make sure that the designers have received the yarn to knit up their project.
- Advise yarn companies that their yarn was used for a knitting project in an upcoming issue.
- Thank our contributors by contacting them after an issue goes to press.
- Answer customer e-mails.
The worst part of this job (I hesitate to mention, but want to be
real) is receiving unkind e-mails. Thankfully these are very rare.
The best part of my job is collecting information from designers. I
regularly ask them to share their inspiration, technical tips, how to
customize their design, and yarn thoughts on their latest project for Interweave
Knits. You will find these tidbits in each Knits issue. In the new
Spring issue, I just love Susanna IC's poetic description for sparkly
beads, reminiscent of spring dew drops, that you can add to the Rose
Lace Stole. It is so refreshing to think Spring, don't you agree!
In this blog post, you will meet a wide variety of people who play different roles to bring you Interweave Knits magazine. Feel free to let me know who you'd like to meet. See the magazine masthead on page 4 for an idea.
Rose Lace Stole
Next up: Editor Eunny Jang. She's got something special to share!