Craft-ish Episode 24: Knitty Editor, Amy Singer

Knitty Magazine Amy Singer

A Conversation with Amy Singer, Founder of online knitting pub, Knitty Magazine.

This week Vickie talked with Amy Singer — the editor and publisher of Knitty Magazine, the longest-living, online knitting magazine. Amy’s publication gave Vickie her first break as a designer back in 2003, and their paths have crossed many, many times since then. We talked about her guest spot on a TV show Vickie used to host, Amy’s allergy to a material some would consider crucial in the knitting and crochet industry, what the genesis was for her launching a web zine pre-mainstream blog and social media days, how crowd funding completely changed her business, and about how some somewhat common –although not often-enough discussed — women’s health issues can really harsh a gals’ creative mellow. 

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Knitty Magazine-guitar-strap

Vickie’s first published knitting design, a guitar strap for Knitty (circa 2003)

Show Notes:

Amy Singer is the founder and editor of the online knitting magazine Knitty.com which has had well more than 150 million site visits since its launch in 2002. We finally stopped counting. It was getting silly.

Knitty was created to collect knitting talent from all over the web and publish it in one professional place where it would be properly vetted, showcased and get the recognition it deserved from knitters worldwide. It’s the online knitting magazine with a sense of humor and absolutely no doily patterns. 

 
Knitty Magazine

Laurel Cardi, by Amy Christoffers (Knitty, Fall 2016)

 

Most people who learn Amy’s a knitter, knitting teacher and knitting magazine editor who is allergic to wool think it’s hysterical. Ha. Never mind. She’s perfectly happy knitting with cotton and silk and lots of other stuff, and wrote a book on the subject (No Sheep for You; Interweave Press, 2007) and is now working on the second edition. It’s about time.

 
Knitty Magazine Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket, by Michelle Porter (Knitty, Fall 2016)

As a teacher of knitting stuff, Amy champions the joys of mindless [think relaxing] knitting, helping knitters to create beautiful things without tearing their hair out.
 
Amy lives in Toronto with her two rabbits, Boeing and Squeeze, and is frequently seen walking about shamelessly in public with her ukulele.
 
 
Knitty Patreon Campaign

Knitty Patreon Campaign

 

Knitty Magazine Links:

Knitty Magazine

Knitty’s Patreon Campaign

Knitty on Facebook (good convo there)

Knitty on Twitter

Credits:

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Produced by: Vickie Howell

Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell

Music Provided by: Explosions in the Sky

 

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