& Bryce Thomas
This issue went live while
I sat in the Knitty offices [hint: they're very
close to where I sleep] in my bathrobe.
As of June 30th, I'm officially
a full-time Knitty editor and knitting book author.
I find this a shocking turn of events, and something
that seems so completely correct for me that I can't
imagine it wasn't supposed to turn out this way.
For years [a LOT of years,
people], I've been a full-time proofreader/ editor
in the advertising industry and Knitty's been produced
in my spare time.
Because it seems that every
Canadian advertising company has at least one big
bank as a client, that means I've been reading legal
fine print about the interest we're all paying on
our credit cards and what will happen if we stop
paying them. [It's ugly, trust me.] Years and years
of checking for typos, proper
apostrophes, incorrectly hyphenated compound
adverbs and other things that I don't even know
the official name for. I may have been sufficiently
skilled to hold the position, but I didn't really
enjoy my work. I did, however, have bills to pay.
This Monday, I woke up,
walked several steps to my tiny office and finished
making this issue. And this is happening because
you -- Knitty's readers -- have spread the Knitty
word and the Knitty love far and wide. Thank you.
We've grown enough that I can pay what I hope is
a fair honorarium to our contributors, Mandy [tech
editor who I will kiss on the lips one of these
days for her amazing work] and Stephannie [ad manager
and key person who made my leap to full-time editorship
possible] and Jillian [catalyst, who helps me think
beyond my tiny brain and aim for amazing things].
And I now can pay myself a full-time wage.
The first thing I've done
to thank you all is rejig the navigation just a
little. You'll now find a link to a search function
on every page [look over on the left]. Knittyspin
is linked from the top navigation bar, for easier
clicking. The Knitty blog is also linked from the
top, if you're the blog-reading type. And a few
other internal things that I thank, with rabid-gushing-love,
my husband for programming. He is a very clever
geeky man who made something challenging into a
simple, elegant solution.
So now, his geeky wife is
doing this for a living. The
rabbits are happier. I'm happier. And I hope
you're happier, too. Stay tuned: there's more good
stuff to come.
By the way -- we started
the tradition of the crazy summer issues way back
in our 2nd year. And after this issue, which covers
the ends of us, we figure it's time to bring that
to an end as well. So after the summer 2006 issue,
we'll be back to publishing quarterly -- every 3
months. And next summer's issue will be full of
hot-weather yums and neat layering bits.
doing it again! The 2007 calendar contest
is on! You could win some excellent prizes
if your photograph is chosen to grace the walls
of knitters all over the world.
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