Greetings! As promised in my first blog entry, today you will meet Interweave Knits editor, Eunny Jang. As you will see, this is a woman who is uniquely talented. We are very fortunate to have her here at Interweave! I hope that you enjoy the following Q & A with Eunny. Look for her special (and may I say "tasty") contribution to this week's blog. We love it when she brings us goodies at the office!
1. What responsibilities rest on the editor of a knitting magazine?
Oh boy. As the editor, I my main responsibility is planning and executing the content for each issue. I come up with themes and ideas I think are worth exploring in a given season, work with designers to publish patterns that investigate those ideas, plan and work with authors to develop interesting articles, and then edit and shoot all of it. I'm a big believer in telling a story with each collection of garments-exploring techniques and fibers and other knitterly ideas. My hope is that readers will learn from each issue, discover something new, or knit something they may not have otherwise tried-every time that happens, the magazine builds community and connections among knitters.
I'm also responsible for developing and pitching new product ideas (and then making them), promoting the magazine, writing for the web, and a million other things that I can't think of right now because I'm busy packing for a week of shooting Knitting Daily TV, the PBS knitting program I host.
2. What is a favorite part of your job at Interweave? Least favorite?
I love working with designers. I'm inspired and excited every single time our editorial team sit down to review submissions for a new issue-I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to share ideas with such talented people who approach the craft in diverse ways.
The least favorite part is probably dealing with the business end of the magazine-circulation, budgets, all that stuff. But it has to be done!
3. How do you decide on a mood or theme of an issue?
A few different ways: we check out what's coming down the pipe for ready-to-wear in that season and take a look at what's happening on the runways, but mostly we think hard about what knitters seem to want to knit. Trends in the textile and yarn industries can inform us, too-if all the yarn companies are going to be offering big yarns or breed-specific wools or cotton/viscose blends in a given season, it makes sense for us to have patterns that support those yarns.
4. Can you offer insight in how you choose a particular yarn for a particular garment?
That's actually a really fun process. We look at the sketch and talk to the designer to get an idea of the kind of yarn that would show the design best-a plump, springy wool for cables, for example, or a slinky linen blend for a design with lots of drapey folds. Then we talk to the designer and look for a yarn that works. It's like planning your own knitted projects-except we get to do the planning for a hundred and fifty garments every year, more than the fastest knitter could produce.
5. Does anything stand out in the Spring 2011 issue production?
I will always remember that photo shoot as being the single most challenging one of my entire career at Interweave. My photographer was dreadfully sick the whole time, though trooper that she is, kept shooting. One of the models became very ill and had to go home midway through the day. Then I felt sick! It was pouring rain on the day we planned as our outdoor day. In the end, we got the shots we needed-but I don't want to go through that again anytime soon!
6. Tell us a little about your background.
Well, I've knitted since I was a little girl, and I've always been anxious to learn as much as I possibly can about knitting technique, what else can be done with an old method, pushing the craft to new places. When I first met Marilyn Murphy, the publisher of Interweave's fiber magazines at the time, something just clicked.
7. Finally, please share some little known facts about yourself.
I'm an avid sewer and quilter, long-distance runner, and a baseball nut. My favorite beer is an India Pale Ale from Odells, a local brewery. I can fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies all summer long in an attempt to eke the most out of Colorado's short growing season. I love cats. And I hate ketchup.
My partner, Terry, is an amazing baker of artisan breads. I make the sweet things in our house-we usually have a pie or cake or cookie experiment knocking around the house (hence the running!). Here's a recipe for grapefruit meringue pie that I made to take advantage of 6/$1 grapefruits the other week; it turns out that grapefruit curd is quite nice, with a gentle citrus-y pucker traced with bitterness.
I hope you have enjoyed meeting our amazing Eunny! Let me know if you make her pie! The next blog will be about Annie Bakken, marketing manager for Interweave Knits, Knitscene and Interweave Crochet and Knitting Daily TV associate producer.