Tuesday, February 5, 2013
All-round honourary Team Knitting member Jeanette Sloan
Who are you and what do you do for Knitting magazine?
Hi I'm Jeanette Sloan and I host the Ask Jeanette letters page, write the monthly Yarn Reviews and also put together the Gallery Garment Techniques.
What is the best thing about working for Knitting magazine?
Getting letters and emails from our readers and (hopefully) solving their knitting woes. I get a great sense of satisfaction when I hear from knitters who have been helped by my advice, some of them also send in pictures of their successes which I love. Also trying out the new yarns and getting to review them has got to be the dream job for any knitter hasn't it?
When and how did you get into knitting (the craft, not the mag!)?
My mum was a brilliant knitter and taught me to knit when I was 7. Although I knitted throughout my teens it became serious when I did a degree, then an Mdes, in Knitted Textiles. I'm fascinated by all types of knitting and whilst I enjoy the colour, texture and rhythm of hand knitting sometimes you can't beat a machine for speed!
When I'm not busy being part of Team Knitting I'm...
Running my business Jeanette Sloan Design which involves everything from packing up knitting kits, answering emails, updating the website or creating new designs for my range of alpaca based yarns. I also work part time on the Fashion course at Kingston University, helping students with everything from learning how to knit on a 10 gauge Dubied to creating finished garments. Away from knitting I LOVE to cook and (unfortunately for my waistline) to eat.
Describe your crafty self in three words:
Colour obsessed & patient (according to the students)
If you could only use one yarn and/or one stitch for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oh no, just ONE! Baby alpaca and slip stitch ribbing.