I owe a great deal thanks and gratitude to Lisa for helping launch my design career, but also for giving me confidence in my work, which has continued into my career at Interweave. Interweave Knits was the first hand knitwear publication I picked up as a novice knitter, and from that day until now has been my favorite knitwear publication. It’s an honor to be the editor of Knits, and I am thankful everyday to work alongside the talented, passionate, fun, intelligent people at Interweave.
Mari: Kate and Courtney have both been designing for Interweave Knits and Knitscene since before I really picked up knitting. My first ever stranded colorwork project was the Setesdal Love Hat from Knitscene. What has been your experience working with them? Had you worked with them before?
Meghan: I know that Lisa Shroyer has a few choice Kate and Courtney stories that will blow any story I've got out of the water, but I'll do my best!
I've known Kate and Courtney for several years. I met them while I was working at the Cornwall Yarn Shop in New York. I always liked them, but I really got to know them when I started working for Interweave. At my first TNNA as Knits editor, Lisa Shroyer, Kate, Courtney, Meghan Kelly, and I went out for dinner. I quickly realized that they were my kind of people; meaning, while they love fiber, yarn, and their business, there is much more to them than the yarn industry. Kate and Courtney are fiercely intelligent, compassionate, open-minded, savvy, and witty women (Meghan too!). They both live their lives with purpose, courage, laughter, and love. It's encouraging to know these women are raising children; it gives me hope for our next generation knowing that they, and others like them, are raising little women and men.
Mari: What's been your experience going from a contributor and designer for a magazine, to editor of the magazine?
Meghan: I’ve love working for Interweave; I came on-board as a designer with a vision, but I knew very little about the processes behind publishing. My publishing crash course was exhilarating and humbling, but ultimately the most rewarding year of my life. The patience, kindness, and friendship I’ve experienced among my colleagues is what makes Interweave Interweave. I had a taste of this working as a freelance designer, but I never imagined how rewarding it would be to work behind the scenes.
Mari: Of all the patterns in The Fibre Co yarns that you've featured in the magazine, do you have any favorites? Patterns that came out even better than you imagined?
Meghan: Two designs immediately pop to mind! The Donegal Sweater by Moira Engel in Knits Winter 2017 and the Rawah Pullover by Kate Gagnon Osborn in Knits Fall 2016.
I’ll start with the Donegal Sweater, because I love a good piece of menswear, and this sweater came out even better than I anticipated. It’s made in Arranmore, which is my personal favorite yarn of all time from The Fibre Co. Nice job ladies! The sweater is tailored perfectly; it’s surprising how hard it is to find designers who know how to knit for men, and Moira really knows how to make menswear. I’ve pulled in on several times in the office over the last few months to enjoy the soft blend of wool, cashmere, and silk.