We’ve made a few changes in the office recently and I’m pleased to introduce you to one of our newest Knit Picks team members, Jennifer! Jennifer is brand new to our team, and has become a Jill-of-all-trades around the office. From processing all the new books we get in, to e-mailing with the designers in our IDP program, she’s quickly become an indispensable addition to our little group. We asked her some quick questions about her crafty background and her experience working here, so far!
Hi Jennifer! What sort of crafts do you love doing in your spare time?
My professional background is in the retail crafting world, so I’ve tried just about every craft out there! I like to dabble in a lot of different mediums. It all started in college, where I supported myself by teaching tole painting and t-shirt painting classes (I swear I’m not as old as that makes me sound). I also made and sold about a million raffia swags back in the day (Now that I think of it, I made those woven potholder things when I was a kid, so I’ve been at this a long time…)! In recent years I have mostly done beading and paper crafting such as cardmaking and scrapbooking. These days, I do a lot of knitting (imagine that) and what I call “lifestyle crafts,” for lack of a better word: flower arranging, semi-homemade baking, gardening, canning, random miscellaneous crafting… the list goes on and on.
There are never enough hours in the day, what do you wish you had more time for?
Now that I’m surrounded by gorgeous yarn and super-talented knitters all day, I am definitely inspired to up my knitting game. I am working on a Beachcomber Shawl, my first non-scarf item. It’s coming along nicely, and I can’t wait to see the finished result! I also plan to increase my vegetable garden size this year so I can freeze and can more yummy goodness. And I have this new obsession with rock art. I’ve made a few items myself, but MUST make this rock garden this year!
What has surprised you most about working here?
Two things really come to mind. The first is how dedicated our customers are to Knit Picks yarn. I really love to see how much customers love our products, yarns, and patterns. I’m inspired daily by seeing customer’s designs. The second thing is how much the staff here really, really loves what they do. In addition to being super-talented knitters, crocheters, and weavers, the staff here simply loves Knit Picks! They love the yarn, our customers, and what they do as a profession. That is something that makes me want to stick around forever!
Jennifer brought this adorable ornament to her group interview, we all thought it was so cute! I can’t wait to see what other crafts she makes, and to follow her adventures into knitting. She’ll also be contributing to the blog, so check out her upcoming posts introducing you to new designers and patterns in our IDP program! If you feel inspired, feel free to welcome Jennifer to the team, in the comments!