Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: Kimberly McAlindin, Editor in Chief at Crochet 1-2-3 and Knit 1-2-3!
Listen in below to hear Marly and Kimberly talk about how Kimberly learned to knit, how she got into designing, what she is up to now, the magazines, her own podcast and much more!
Kimberly learned to knit when she 9 in an after school program and actually remembers going to the store and buying size 9 Boye straight needles and Red Heart varigated yarn with her mother. She made blankets and dresses for her doll as a girl and kept knitting until high school when other things (wink) took over. Knitting has always made Kimberly feel grounded so she kept at through college. When she got married and it seemed like every one else was too, she started making afghans as wedding presents. Wedding season turned into baby season and at one shower she saw a basket absolutely full of crocheted baby things. She was so amazed, she when right out and learned to crochet and went gangbusters with crochet gifts as well.
Kimberly started teaching crochet at a local yarn store when she found out their crochet teacher was leaving. She became the crochet guru at the knitting shop. Soon after her daughter was born, the shop owners offered to take her with them to TNNA to help them pick out more “crochet friendly” yarns for the shop (we all know all yarns are crochet friendly now). Harriet and Susan, she shop owners, introduced her to the owners of Tahki Stacy Charles. Stacy of Tahki Stacy Charles found out she crocheted and offered to accept submissions for their new book. Although Kimberly had never designed anything at this point, she accepted. When she got home, she made designs for two tops and a belt, sent them off to Stacy, they were all accepted and were published in the first book of crochet from Tahki Stacy Charles. And that is how her design career started, by winging it. She kept going to shows and met more people in the industry which lead to more work with companies like Caron, Coates and Clark, and Crochet! magazine. A few of her designs are shown below.
Kimberly is now the editor of both Knit 1-2-3 and Crochet 1-2-3 magazines. She started out as the technical expert for Knit 1-2-3. The magazines are based on the principle that 1 is beginner, 2 is novice, and 3 is intermediate and every issue has a technique article that you can learn a new technique from. This technique article has a design to go along with it for each level. So Kimberly would write the article and design a piece for each level. The original editor moved to the magazine Knit Style and Kimberly became the full editor for both magazines, since she is bicraftual. The next issue of Knit 1-2-3 is coming next week and Marly has a design in that issue. Julie here, I made the sample for the So Easy Top that Kimberly’s daughter had to steal, it is super cute and you should go find it next week ;). In addition to her editor duties, Kimberly recently started designing again after her she made her Winter Olympics sweater (which she does every Winter Olympics) and her local yarn shop wanted the pattern. You can find her patterns on her website, Hooked on Knitting, link below.
- Ravelry designer page
- Facebook page
- Kimberly’s website, Hooked on Knitting
- Knit 1-2-3 website
- Crochet 1-2-3 website
- Address to get on the call to submissions list for the magazines, editors@Knit1-2-3.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Namaste Farms podcast, which Kimberly cohosts with Natalie Redding, owner of Namaste Farms
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