I’m a 40ish mom of a wonderful 10 yr old boy. I also have three cats, one of whom is an ancient retired Russian spy. I work in high tech as a technical PM; I have a deep engineering background, but I’ve found over time that I enjoy building teams more than writing code and designing networks. I’m also gluten free, and have been since 1996.
Since I’ve been in Seattle I’ve been restructuring my life as a part-time parent. Part of that is contemplating where I want to be in a decade, and I have figured out I want to move towards having a fiber centric career. To that end, I’m learning to write and publish patterns, and working to deepen my skill set. I wish both to increase my knowledge for my own sake, and to have more to share with people I teach, either through this blog, patterns and classes.
My personal focus in fiber arts is spinning, and knitting with what I spin, and writing patterns designed for spinners to knit what they spin. To my mind, the essence of this is creating patterns that can be knit from any size yarn to suit any shape of person, so I’m developing ways to create patterns designed to walk the knitter through the customization process with as little pain as possible. I expect eventually to find a way to also publish calculators to help, but in the meantime there is some minimal measuring and math involved in most of my patterns. I’ll always write out the exact details for the garment I created, and probably a couple more options as well, for those who have serious math allergies.
That said, I’ve decided to focus my current efforts in a different direction. There are lots of fabulous internet resources for knitting and a few for spinning, but I’ve found the internet resources for sewing are not as organized or accessible to interested but inexperienced folks. I’m creating www.hackyourclothes.com in the hopes that I can help address that need.
My goal of the moment for this blog is to track and record my explorations in the fiber world, and the personal side of my development of hackyourclothes.com. I’ll also be posting gluten free recipes and life stuff, because it’s my blog and I can if I wanna.