Meet the team
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Get to know the team behind your favourite Knitting magazine
Meet Knitting's Magazine Designer, Claire Stevens
Who are you and what is your role?
My name is Claire Stevens and I am the Magazine Designer on Knitting. I am the creative genius behind this title, ensuring your Knitting magazine looks fabulous every month. My colleagues prepare each article for me in getting the relevant text and images and then I put it all together to make a beautiful looking issue of Knitting.
Tell us something about your job that readers might be surprised at.
You may also like to know that I am the in house model here at Knitting. Before the patterns reach you they have to be checked by our pattern checker Rachel. She requires photos of these garments so she is able to check the garment against the written pattern, so this is where I come in, Katy preps my hair and lights, camera, action, she shoots. Hey presto, one gorgeous photo of resident model, modelling the garment ready for pattern checking.
The best thing about working at Knitting is...
I love seeing the garments coming in and seeing what I could secretly have my eye on to pop in my bag. I love seeing the results of the photo shoots too, and I just love designing the magazine. There are so many elements to it and I still keep learning new things everyday. But our office environment is so much fun too. We share an office with Making magazine and between us we reckon we could give David Brent and The Office a run for its money any day.
The worst thing about working at Knitting is...
Cutting out fluffy yarn... Pages like Spotlight On, In stitches etc can ask for many yarns and garments to be cut out, this is ok until you find you have the most fluffy yarn possible. This is where my patience runs out and I go crawling to the Production team asking them really nicely to do it for me.
When I'm not working I...
Am usually found in the gym, doing spin classes, boxercise or the new dance craze that is Bokwa. If I'm not there I'm always with my fiancé and his two boys on a football pitch somewhere. I ran the London Marathon this year in 3 hours, 53 minutes and 37 seconds raising £1300 for Cancer Research. Yep we love our sport!