Welcome, Kate!

Happy new year, knitters!

(Is it still fair for me to say that even though it’s February?)

Knitting-wise, 2019 was a pretty strange year for me. I knit quite a lot, of course, but struggled to find the time to share it with all of you. I missed admiring your knitting, seeing what was popular and what was new, and generally being part of this community. Business-wise, while I managed to basically keep up with email and the monthly subscriber lessons, and run my final retreat… …but there were plenty more rough edges than I’m really comfortable with.

Three sweater quantities of yarn, in black, burgundy, and gray.
(I couldn’t decide which color when selecting some new yarn lately, so got all three. Seems fine, yeah?)

All of which is to say that by the time December rolled around, I had some serious thinking to do about how I wanted to continue Amy Herzog Designs in 2020. Ultimately, I decided to try and find a way I could start engaging with you more online, and improve my responsiveness, by getting someone to help out.

Welcome, Kate Atherley!

Once I’d confirmed that the business could afford a new financial commitment even after slowing down this past year, it wasn’t hard to settle on someone who could help. They needed to be knowledgeable about sweaters and knitting, of course. But also comfortable with software and typical tech support tools, and we needed to be able to work well together. I thought immediately of Kate.

Close-up of knitting author and teacher Kate Atherley

Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. She’s written a number of spectacular books: “The Knitter’s Dictionary”, “Custom Socks”, and “Knit Mitts!” are exactly the kind of no-nonsense, clever overviews of knitting topics that I most love. Her “Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns” is the first guide specifically written to help knitting designers create patterns others can easily knit. (It’s a book I personally go back to time and again.)

She was a no-brainer choice for one other reason, too: In her pre-knitting life, she worked in software for 15 years. She covered roles from technical support to documentation to product management. Really, she has an utterly perfect mix of skills to help me — and you — out.

I love working with Kate for her attention to detail, her humor, and the way she doesn’t let me get away with anything. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kate quite a lot over the last few years, both at my retreats and as a tech editor. I can’t think of anyone better to partner with.

Also, she’s already getting me into trouble – I was supposed to be seaming some sweaters this weekend, and found I had to swatch something she showed me instead:

Picture of a blue swatch in a welt-and-rib pattern against a tabletop.

When you reach out by email, you’ll almost certainly hear back from Kate. She also wrote January’s subscriber lesson and may handle more of the lessons going forward. It’s also possible you’ll see her here around the blog and online. So, please give her a warm welcome!

What will 2020 bring?

As I take on new responsibilities in The Day Job, I honestly don’t know exactly how things will look from here on out.

With Kate’s help, I’m excited to renew my knitting life online and share some exciting software stuff that I’ve continued to work on behind the scenes. I’m still knitting up a storm, of course, and have new design photos by the incredible Gale Zucker to share. I’ve resolved to pop my head up above the water more often here, and on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.

I’m incredibly grateful to still have this space to share and connect with you all. Here’s to a fresh 2020.

10 thoughts on “Welcome, Kate!

  1. I love Kate. I took one of her classes and really enjoyed it. She obviously is very knowledgeable and does beautiful work. I am so glad she is joining you. She just looks like someone you would want to spend time with knowing you would have fun and enjoy time spent.

  2. Love that swatch! I am glad to hear that things are going well for you and am anxious to learn from Kate too.

    Jan Frisch

  3. Yay! Welcome, Kate! What a brilliant partnership! I’ve been missing Amy and am happy you both have found this way to live all the lives.

  4. It is truly great that you are teaming up with Kate Atherley. A match made in heaven, and the potential for CustomFit is poised to soar!

    –Andrea Miller

  5. Kate is wonderful! Should be a great partnership.

  6. A perfect match! Congrats to you both. Well, and us too, really. 🙂

  7. What a wonderful collaboration! Now that Madrona is gone and I left my job at Churchmouse (I’m sorry I won’t be there to meet Kate) and moved across the state I have to resurrect my knitting/spinning/weaving life. Best to you Amy!

    Cornie Talley

  8. I can’t think of anyone better suited to be by your side. I look forward to seeing the trouble the too of you get into together!

  9. I’ve taken a couple of classes from Kate, and I’m a big fan! Excellent development. Thanks so, so much for your contributions to the knitting world, both of you!

  10. Two of my favorite people in the knitwear industry working together! How great! Best of luck in working together!

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