I was taught to knit as a child by my grandmother, Hilda Lowe. Hilda was a legendary knitter in her own right and I remember with great fondness all the sweaters she knitted for me. We took them for granted - we wore them, we grew out of them, we wore them out - and then they disappeared. I have just one of her sweaters left, and I treasure it.
A family legend - sadly unconfirmed - says that Hilda used to earn a penny turning the heel of socks for knitters in her neighbourhood, when she was a girl.
Me, I'm a mathematician and refugee from the technology industry.
I've written three books. The first two are friendly and easy-to-use books of patterns and guidance for knitters looking to expand their skills. Beyond Knit and Purl teaches a wide range of skills and Knit Accessories: Essential and Variations provides all your go-to patterns for winter accessories, and allows you to dip your toe into designing and customizing your own.
My latest book, Pattern Writing for Knit Designers is the industry's first guide specifically written to help knit designers of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns.
I'm Knitty's Lead Technical Editor and it's just about my dream job. I also do other freelance technical editing.
I'm a regular contributor to books and magazines, including most recently the Fall 2014 issue of Sockupied.
I teach regularly at stores around Ontario - I have regular gigs at The Purple Purl and Lettuce Knit in Toronto; and make frequent appearances at others shops, including Shall We Knit, Linda's Craftique in Port Credit and The Needle Emporium.
I also travel further: in the first half of 2015 you'll find me at Vogue Live in NYC, at Interweave's Yarn Fest in Colorado, and at Squam Art Workshops.
I live in Toronto with my husband and our challenging but mostly adorable rescue hound Dexter.