Hi, I'm Kirsten!
I am a chemical engineer turned technical editor who has loved the fiber arts since childhood. I have been knitting for 10 years, crocheting for 20, and in the last couple of years I've been learning spinning. My favorite things to knit are socks (about a gazillion pairs), and I have been crocheting afghans for my family and friends since I was a kid (currently I've completed 13).
I was very lucky to stumble across Joeli Kelly's Learn to Tech Edit course on Pinterest one day, and was fascinated to learn that this job exists. I had been looking for a change from my 24/7 engineering job in the semiconductor industry, hoping to find something that marries my technical brain with my creative side while allowing for more flexibility and time with family. I worked to learn tech editing in the evenings and completed Joeli's Learn to Tech Edit and The Tech Editor's Marketing Toolkit courses, and eventually made the leap to leave my engineering job and run my tech editing business. I love being able to contribute to the wonderful, kind, generous, and rewarding world of knit and crochet design.
I specialize in tech editing knit socks and accessories, although I occasionally do other types of patterns (see more on my Tech Editing page). My engineering background gives me very strong math and organizational skills, and a special knack for seeing all the different ways instructions may be interpreted (and then suggesting tweaks to make it all clear even for the novice knitter/crocheter). I can also help you with chart creation and schematic creation to give your patterns a visual aid for those of us who see better in pictures than in words. If I sound like a good fit for you, go ahead and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get started!
Yes, I was knitting socks at my own wedding, waiting to walk down the aisle. The wedding coordinator saw me knitting, ran up the stairs to grab the photographer, who came running back, "you're knitting!?" As if that's not the most natural thing in the world for calming nerves and killing time?
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in colorway "Handsome Man" ... appropriate? I think so :) He picked the yarn out himself.