Amy is the editor of Knitty. She's
also the publisher and founder of the magazine. In 2002,
it came to her in a dream while sitting on her living room
couch that she should start an online knitting magazine to
feature the knitting talent she'd been seeing on blogs all
over the world in one tidy, professional-looking website.
The rest is happy history.
She loves ukuleles, rabbits [her babies are 2 mini-rex sisters
named Squeeze and Boeing], scooters and shiny things. She's
allergic to wool and sensitive to all animal fibers, so she's
the non-wool knitter in the Knitty crew. Amy teaches knitting classes all over the place, focusing on learning neat new stuff without tearing your hair out.
She lives in Toronto
and can often be found hanging out, having an iced latte and knitting,
at The Purple Purl. She is frequently obsessed with technology
and gadgets, and quite likes shoes that don't hurt.
Jillian is the editor of Knittyspin,
Knitty's Ad Manager and Catalyst of the whole shebang. This means she is often the brains behind the exciting new ideas we implement at Knitty, like the blog-writing thing and the division of fall into two seasons that better describe what knitters really want. She's also the reason there is a Knitty -- her passion, brain and heart have helped Amy build the magazine and keep it on the grass-roots path we all feel is so important. If you ever meet her, thank her.
Jillian has been a knitter forever, and a spinner almost as long. Spinning is her current passion, and she spends part of almost every day at her wheel. She's on the Editorial Board of PLY Magazine, and is taking her spinning knowledge on the road, teaching classes all over the US.
She likes vintage dresses, Tim Burton, British murder mysteries and listening to her kids sing in the bathtub.
Kate is our Managing Technical Editor, as well as our Editorial Assistant. She is a mathematician, which comes in handy in all aspects of her knitting work. Kate is a highly regarded knitting teacher in Toronto, and offers her professional services through several Toronto-based shops and beyond.
Kate's first book "Beyond Knit & Purl" was praised as the 21st century "Knitting for Anarchists", and her second book "Knit Accessories: Essentials and Variations" was published in late 2012 to great acclaim. She's working on two new books: a guide to writing knitting patterns for publication in early 2015, and one about Custom Fit Socks, for publication in mid 2015.
She is an expert on all things deli, and is a regular at Caplansky's. She likes double-pointed needles, kitten heels and strong coffee. Abandoned in downtown Toronto by some misguided soul, Dexter the beagle mix calls Kate mom after being rescued on her front lawn.
Ashley is one of our two super-skilled Garment Technical Editors. Even when she's not tech editing (unlikely), she still manages to wax lyrical of her love of Excel, scientific calculators, and industry standard sizing charts.
American-born but naturalized Brit, Ashley spends most days in the Cotswolds in England with her husband and cat, working, writing novels, and designing classic knitwear with interesting constructions.
Ruth is the latest addition to the team and our other super-skilled Garment Technical Editor. Formerly a Process Change and Improvement Business Analyst for a F500 company, in 2009 she traded power-suits for yoga pants and heels for flip-flops, wearing make-up only when strictly necessary for photo-shoots.
As a knitwear designer, her strong spreadsheet skills and keen eye for garment fitting show up in well-written and mindfully sized patterns for her self-published line (rock+purl), magazines and books all over the world.
As a technical editor, you can make her happy with concise paragraphs and plenty of white space.
Knitting is not a passion but a way of life. She favors bright colors, new tools, stainless steel super sharp circulars, wooden dpns and talking about all things knit on her video podcast (rock+podcast).
Much to her delight, her husband's work took him from rainy UK to sunny San Francisco Bay Area, where they now live. Did we mention she was born in Spain? Ruth has moved countries a lot. She still hasn't gotten over the fact that Firefly and Dollhouse got cancelled, but a good latte, a Martini with extra olives or a nice Pinot Noir offer good consolation.