Evolution

Hello again, lovely knitters!

I hope everyone had a great week, and a fun Halloween. I spent this past weekend in Santa Fe, soaking in the Southwestern sun and gazing at golden aspens – and teaching knitting, of course.



In knitterly news, I finished the last sweater sample for the next Ultimate Sweater Box on the plane. Now, I’m pulling together the remaining details:

This Box will be a November one: I’ll reveal it and list for purchase soon, and they’ll all ship toward the end of the month. I’m so excited about it, I’ve worn this cardigan a few times to knitting events and everyone has loved it.

Some News.

Those of you who have been following me for years know that until 2013, I balanced my knitting activities with a full-time career in computer security research. I loved lots of things about leading a large research portfolio, but my favorite was the creative dance of getting teams and pieces in place to solve a bigger problem than any one person could solve.

In September, an old friend reached out to me with a really special opportunity to rejoin the corporate world in a strategic, organization-problem-solving role. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m super happy with what I’m doing. I’m excited about this company I’ve built, I love soaking in the connections knitting gives me to all of you, I adore hearing your stories and helping change the way you approach your projects. Blending my creative side and my technical side to make software that I’m proud of, and seeing thousands of people use it. This is amazing.

On the other hand, I’m faced with a truly one-in-a-million choice. One of the (many) things that running Amy Herzog Designs has taught me is how to run a software organization that’s super-lean. We still don’t have a full-time coder on this project, and I’m able to keep small updates regularly going out to production as well as make steady progress on really big new features. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.

This new role focuses on helping lots of really large companies achieve the same kind of software development quality and efficiency that I have with a super-efficient, tiny team. It feels like such a perfect next step in the evolution of my career.

So I’ve done a lot of thinking, talking to people, and soul-searching since September, and I’ve decided to take the opportunity. Next week I’ll join Pivotal Software‘s Systems Advisory Group as a Director of Platform Architecture, working with a bunch of different teams to make software work better for the people who use it and the companies who make it.

What this means for you.

One of the nice things about working in tech is that it’s really common for people to have side-gigs, so Amy Herzog Designs is staying right where it is. I’ve got a fun set of improvements planned for CustomFit:

  • Continuing to improve the infrastructure around the account structure and make it easy to navigate where you need to go;
  • Expanding the engine to produce different kinds of patterns, starting with cowls;
  • Then, adding hats and other sweater constructions;
  • Expanding the kinds of pattern formats you can produce with the site, and the support for mashups.

That’s about a 3-year list of features at the rate we’re currently going, and I’m confident about our progress.

Some things will mutate and evolve, of course. The new gig requires a bunch of travel when I’m not working at home, so I won’t be accepting any new weekend teaching gigs. (I do have a handful of events on the books already, and I will be doing those.)

I’m not likely to do much deadline work (e.g. magazine designs and articles), but I will keep designing and knitting, and sharing them with you.

I’m excited to continue to share and chat on social media, though I may not always see your responses right away. (Ditto for email – I’m still going to be answering the inbox, though wait times might increase.)

Honestly, it’s possible that not much will change from where you sityour subscriptions, your patterns, our conversations online will all still be there and work just as they do today. But it felt wrong not to share this news with you.

I’m (still) so excited to knit with you.

I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, beautiful sweaters, interesting questions, and friendship as I’ve walked this 7-years-and-counting journey. While my 9-5 life might be evolving, our knitting together? Is full steam ahead.

21 thoughts on “Evolution

  1. That sounds like a fantastic opportunity, and we always need more senior women in tech. I hope this works out really well for you – best of luck!

  2. You go girl!! Congratulations…and enjoy this new (additional) chapter in your life.

    You were gifted with a ‘tech’ mind…it’s wonderful you were sought out, and are able to work with teams…and use your expertise!

  3. Congrats on the new job! Pivotal has good people and they’re lucky to have you! (and if you’re ever at the San Francisco office and you need a knitting buddy I work down the street!)

  4. Congratulations for being acknowledged for doing what you’re obviously so good at and what you love. I know you’ll make it all work. The best is yet to come!!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS, Amy!!! It definitely sounds like an awesome opportunity. So glad to know, however, that CustomFit isn’t going away. Your program has drastically changed my knitting world and has made me a better and more adventurous knitter.

  6. Will you still be doing your retreat after 2019? I’ll be really sad if you won’t be.

    1. Hi Gail- It’s unclear at this point – we’ll have to see how it goes. I’m so glad you like the retreat and want it to continue!

  7. Congratulations, Amy! This sounds like a wonderfully exciting opportunity. (You will still be at Madrona 2019, right?) I’ll be following along, as always, to see what gorgeous knitwear you come up with next.

  8. Good luck Amy. We love ❤️ You.

  9. Congratulations on the next exciting stage of your career and life! I wish you all the best! Thanks for helping me along in my knitting journey.

  10. You do what you gotta do. We love you!

  11. Congratulations!! I too used to work with teams. I miss the camaraderie of working with a team on a common vision or goal! So fun! Best of Luck to you!

  12. Congratulations on this opportunity. Director of Platform Architecture sounds like Lego building. I was excited to meet you at Rhinebeck and I’m reading my copy of your book. I’ve learned a lot from you thru your writings.

  13. I’m also a Knitter with a technical mind. I finished my career in tech and I miss it so much. Enjoy your time there and know that knitting will come back to you as a time of restful contemplation instead of rush and pressure.

  14. What a wonderful opportunity! My youngest son interned at Pivotal’s Denver office the summer between junior and senior years in college and loved the work environment and the city of Denver so much that he accepted a full time position post-graduation. If you go to the Denver office and see a really tall engineer named Justin, you can tell him that you know his mother. . I’m Jamie from the asilomar retreats.

    1. Aaaahhh, that’s excellent Jamie! Will do.

  15. Congratulation, Amy! What a great opportunity for you. Best of luck in your new job. ❤️

  16. Wow! Very exciting! Many wishes for much success!

  17. Congratulations Amy!! It’s as if the stars aligned just for you and your amazing skill set. You must be very proud of your accomplishments. We all wish you the very best, and will remain here as you are able to teach us more.

  18. Congratulations. I hope you are challenged and fulfilled in your new venture while still able to keep those knitting needles clicking away as time allows. Best to you.

  19. Congratulation Amy! Life is full of steps and I’m glade yours is Up! Keep knitting it will help to calm your soul. Thanks for all the sweaters and knitting advice you have shared with us all. March on Amy!

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