Hi There! I'm Holly,
the new Project Editor for the Yarn Group and I wanted to take a moment to
What does a Project Editor do, you ask? Believe it or not, there are a lot of technical things that go on behind the scenes before a knitting pattern can be released - so many numbers that have to be checked, language that has to be clarified and techniques that need explaining. Just as technology and engineering firms need many eyes on designs before they release them to the world, so does knitting. Myself along with Joni Coniglio and a handful of freelance Technical Editors do just that for the knitting magazines published by F+W Media. Before I had this fantastic career, I began knitting as many others do - as a child with the help of older, wiser knitters.
I first learned to knit from my mom when I was about 9 years
old and after I learned the basics, I began to teach myself new techniques and
now I teach her. I've always designed my
own patterns, but I didn't know it at the time – I was lucky enough to have
knitters in my life who showed me, at that young age, how to figure the math to
handknit a sweater so that it would fit just like the one I already had in my
closet. I remember sitting around our
dining room table with my mom's knitting friends taking measurements and
learning the basic formulas, blissfully unaware that there were probably
already instructions out there somewhere.
I still have some of my first garments, they don't get worn, but I can't
bear to part with them.
Throughout the learning process I would teach myself
"new" ways to do things and thought myself a genius, only to find out
with the rise of knitting popularity and the dawn of Ravelry that, hey, that
thing you did back there, that was called cabling without a cable needle and
that lazy bit you do, is just knitting backwards. Most of the tricks and techniques I'd finagled
myself had names and had been around for centuries – both deflating and
enlightening. I was never going to win a
prize for inventing a new knitting technique, but I probably had more in common
with my ancestors than I knew!
As a college student, I knit to help myself focus through my
classes and I sold my knitted wares to help pay the bills. Later, I began to realize that the
instructions I was making up for each piece could be written down and sold to
other knitters and shortly thereafter began doing that for extra income. This path evolved to a point where I was called
a Freelance Knitwear Designer, Technical Editor and Teacher. Now, as a Project Editor, I feel as if my
career has been even more firmly set on the right track and I'm not looking
back! Knitting has been a big part of my
life for many years and I'm so excited to have found my dream job in my dream
location! Colorado is the most beautiful
place I've ever lived and the people I work with are so so nice, I'm lucky to
While I've lived in parts of Colorado before, I've never
been this far north, so exploring the area and the local yarn stores, cafes and
boutiques has been all kinds of new and exciting! My dogs are getting in on the action too; they
get to go with me just about everywhere I scope out. They don't knit, but they're good company and
they make me laugh.
When I'm not knitting, the three of us can be found
wandering around new places, hiking up mountains, drinking plenty of tasty beverages
and traveling as much as possible. We
all enjoy a good drive to a new place and the discovery that comes with
it. Chad just wants to be friends with
everyone he sees and this balances Mona Lisa's anti-social side. I blog about my knitting and adventures and can be found on Ravelry (and surrounding areas) under
I look forward to getting to know you all and getting to
share my new life and knits with you too!