Is that too intimate? Heck, no. I don't think so. After all, some of us have known each other for 10 years. So here. Take a little peck on the cheek from me -- a hug if you're open to that -- and my thanks for making my dream come true.
10 years ago, I didn't know it was my dream to run an online knitting magazine. After the first issue of Knitty went live, I realized that it was. Four years later, I was able to quit my day job [you can take another kiss for that one, because that was one of the biggest days of my life, and you all made it possible]. And here we are, 10 years on, and thriving.
So thank you.
But there's someone else I am so happy to publically thank, and I hope you will join me in making her aware of just how valuable her contribution is to Knitty. [I tell her all the time how much she means to me personally.]
Jillian Moreno is a huge part of why Knitty continues to grow and thrive. She has been here since day one, when she submitted a pattern to the first issue. There was a very short moment when I considered throwing in the towel after a few people got their panties in a knot about this or that, way back in the early days. Jillian helped me refocus and see what was important. She is creative, uber-organized and almost always right. She's the balance to my impetuous nature. She embodies sense and order at the same time as innovation and creation. She's a fixer. A doer. And she makes me laugh, especially when I need it most.
How all that cleverness and talent can reside inside one single human being, I have no idea. I am just endlessly grateful she is my friend, and that she chooses to work with me.
With unquantifiable thanks and love, I dedicate this Anniversary year to Jillian.
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Amy R Singer
10 years ago I was chasing a chubby legged toddler girl around Austin, Texas, about to get pregnant with number two and knitting to keep my sanity.
I submitted and got in the first issue of Knitty and have been involved deeper and deeper in every issue ever since.
As for my spinning 10 years ago – it was nonexistent. I was between bouts of spinning, having learned in the 'you must do this and only this' spinning atmosphere of the spinning 1990s (except for a class with Maggie Casey, the best beginning spinning teacher in all the land). I spun fitfully, and having fits of frustration for a while then just put it all away.
Until one day. Fast forward a couple of years to Ann Arbor, Michigan, the toddler is a kindergartener and number two is wee and napping. I was overcome with the desire to spin. I thank my pack rat ways that I still had a wheel and some fiber (I still had coned weaving yarn that was 10 years old!). I hauled it up from the basement sat down and spun.
That time around it felt like magic, my yarn looked like crap, but I was mesmerized by the process and by that fact it didn't have to be anything, with very little effort on my part and the fiber would become yarn. Magic!
Now I spin nearly every day and can spin a big variety of yarns, have lots of opinions on spinning things and get to obsess deeply about spinning for my job.
A huge thanks to Amy for taking me along on this ride and for giving me this chance to do a job I love!
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