help is hard to find.
for Knitty, though. Thankfully, we've been fortunate,
right from the start, to work with the best, the
nicest and the most talented.
Since before we were born, Kristi
Porter was our technical editor. And it was good.
But then we started taking advertising last issue,
and when it went well -- very well, in fact -- and
I knew it was time to put someone in charge of filling
our ad space. Kristi is that someone. As anyone
who has dealt with her knows, she's organized, professional
and personable. The perfect combination
for Knitty's Advertising Manager.
However, that left us with a little
problem...we needed a new Technical Editor! This
is not an easy position to fill, but turns out I
had the perfect candidate right down the street
[literally]. Kate Watson -- designer of such Knitty
favorites as Top
-- has a natural skill for visualizing every aspect
of a pattern and making sure it all works.
And the final, happy piece of
this puzzle is that all our staff are now being
paid. The designers, too. All thanks to the revenue
generated by our advertisers. Your patronage of
Knitty advertisers makes their investment worthwhile.
So shop with Knitty's advertisers,
and feel good knowing you're helping us to continue
to compensate our designers, writers and staff for
their Knitty best.
Last issue, I mentioned some happy
news. I seem to have written a knitting book! Me
and 23 fabulous designers, 2 great technical editors
and a kickass illustrator.
The book is called Knit
Wit and it will be published by HarperCollins
As you'd expect with that title,
the book is full of patterns with a little fun in
them. A twist where possible. Some of the patterns
were pulled from Knitty's pages, and updated with
new styling or sizing if possible. The rest are
brand new, some from Knitty designers and some from
designers you've not yet met. You'll love them.
One of the best features of the book, aside from
the illustrations by Erica
Mulherin and the great, knittable patterns,
is the format. This is a spiral-bound book, easel-style.
So you can leave it sitting open in front of you
as you work. I love that.
There's an instructional section at the beginning
of the book for those who've forgotten how to knit
or need to learn, but that's not really the focus
of the book. It's all about the patterns. And get
this...they've already listed the book on Amazon.com
Life, she is good.
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