Things be changin around here (GOOD NEWS, do not panic)

Darling Readers,

Amy here, writing about a big freaking change to my life that I’m excited about and nervous and also yeah. It’s big. Biggy bigness.

I’m going back to work for someone else, in an office. An actual day job. I’ve accepted a contract position so that I can avoid living in a box around retirement age, which is not as far away as it was when I started Knitty 15 years ago. Taking this job will allow me to build a nest egg for my future by working for someone else (this place offers great benefits and treats contract workers very well). It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for almost 2 years, and after applying and interviewing, someone chose me and I start next month.

The most important question you all have is this: how does this affect Knitty?

Knitty goes on as before, mostly unchanged as far as Readers are concerned. I have someone in place to code the patterns and features, though I will touch and massage every page before we go live. I’ll also continue to do all the images. Knitty will look like Knitty. If I hadn’t told you, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have noticed anything was different. However, hiccups happen. I hope you will be gentle on our team if they do…we’re gonna try very hard to avoid the hiccups.

Jillian‘s role is changing, too. Because she has a super-exciting new position (she’ll tell you more about that later), she will be stepping away from her role as Advertising Manager, as soon as the Deep Fall issue is published (September). Jillian has done a stellar job for so many years, but as advertising has declined, she has been earning less and less for the same amount of work. (Knitty has been subsidizing her salary in order to compensate her for this drop off, because it’s beyond her control and she deserves to be paid.)

(the best long-term easter egg in television history, imo.)

Thankfully for us all, Jillian will continue as Editor of Knittyspin, goddess of Reviews, and general inspiration and idea generator (Catalyst) for Knitty as a whole. She’s also the Managing Editor (she manages the Editor) and that aspect of her job will become more essential as I go back into an office where I’m not the boss. Those of you who deal with Knitty by email may get responses from either Jillian or me. I’ll still be here, but during weekday office hours, my brain belongs to my new employer. They’re paying for the privilege. It’s all good, man.

Advertising at Knitty has declined to a level that requires us to rethink its place on our pages. You’ll notice a change (the most minimally disruptive change, we hope) by the time the Winter issue comes out, and I’ll talk more about that in a future blog post. Once again, I want to thank our Patrons for supporting us and allowing Knitty to continue. We would not be here without them!

Kate continues in her role as Managing Technical Editor, and Ashley and Rachel are the rest of our Tech Editing team. They’re doing a great job, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our team.

Chris, our beloved Systems Administrator, is on Family Leave for the foreseeable future.

So this is all big stuff. But I need to do this. I’ve been working at home for 11 years. ELEVEN. It gets lonely here. I’m restless. Tully isn’t much help when it comes to water-cooler chat or bouncing ideas back and forth. I also think a new challenge, new environment, new people will inspire and energize me, and I could use some of that. The place I’m going to work (I’ll share here when I’m able) is a good one, the commute is minimal (easy streetcar ride) and the hours can be flexible. I’m not sure I could have found a better situation anywhere. I’m lucky. (No, it’s not Starbucks.)

I was worried about telling you all this because what would you think? Except Knitty Readers are the best, and I’m pretty sure they don’t want me living in a box either. I like to be transparent about Knitty stuff when I can, and so now you know. I’ll keep you updated as things shift about a bit behind the scenes, but mostly, you can count on Knitty continuing for many years to come, looking pretty much like the Knitty you know today (or better).

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70 thoughts on “Things be changin around here (GOOD NEWS, do not panic)

  1. Kristi Gersbach

    Hey, Amy, good luck with the new venture! Looking forward to lots of great Knittyness. Don’t try to spread yourself too thin, now!

    1. Amy Singer

      Yeah! Where will i get my coffee, I wonder? Do I pack a lunch? All the choices! xo

      1. Kurt Siegel

        Gotta be either Starbucks, or 2nd Cup (if they are still around.) I’m not a fan of Timmy’s coffee, but the other two make good drip, and good lattes.

        And best of luck!

        I’ve been with Starbucks for 11 years, making coffee for others, and on my feet all day, every day. That’s my retirement job. (A lot less stress than the Fire Department). But I kind would l,ike to be able to sit and spin whenever I feel like it, or even finally dig the loom out from under all those clothes, and start weaving again…

        So yeah, change is good. And maybe you will start playing ukulele again! (But does this mean No Rhinebeck???)el

  2. Cicely Smith


    i’m so very happy for you and certain the new place will be 112 times better with you on the team!

  3. D

    You go girl. Congratulations and my best wishes for success at the new job and continued success at the old job!

  4. elizaduckie

    You do what you have to do. We all need a certain amount of change! Sounds like a great situation for you. I just hope you have downtime somewhere in what sounds like a very busy life. I’ve always appreciated your (and Amy’s) efforts. When there wasn’t much out there Knitty was IT! I still love it, and use it, and learn from it! Big Hugs and a Big Thank You for being there!

  5. regina

    Mazel tov, Amy. No boxes for you! xo

    Oh, and congrats to Jillian as well. You are both amazing, and I hope you know how much we appreciate all that you’ve contributed to our fiber arts community over the years.

  6. Amy

    Congratulations! And hurrah for you!

    I am so grateful that you and your fab team continue your commitment to Knitty, year after year.

  7. MaryEllen

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to hear what the new job is! I “re-learned” to knit via Knitty, and can’t be without it. I’m a proud Patron!!

  8. Lee Bernstein

    Amy, you are going to ROCK that job! Congratulations.

    I look forward to future issues of Knitty and to continuing to be a proud Patron. Thank you for all the good work you’ve done and for all the good work you will continue to do, at Knitty and otherwise.

    PS: You’re right about that Easter egg. Gotta love Saul.


  9. Sarah Dawn

    Congratulations on the New Job!

    Knitty was the first online knitting source I found (I found you folks even before I found Ravelry, gasp!) so you folks have a special place for me. I always learn so much from your articles, and have way too many Knitty patterns in my Ravelry Queue. Thank you for this amazing resource!

    And I definitely don’t want to see you living in a box, so go forth and be awesome. 😀

  10. Christine M

    Congratulations on your decision. Change is always two parts exciting and one part fear! You got this Looking forward to continuing my enjoyment of knitty .com

  11. Cheryl

    Looking forward to many more years of knitty goodness. In the meantime, I’m happy for you and your next adventure. You have many cyber friends that are rooting for you.

  12. Pat L

    Congratulations, Amy. I want to wish you the best of luck. Hopefully, Knitty will continue to be the best online ezine. Best also to Jillian, whom we have all known online for many years.

  13. Janis

    Congrats on the job! I wish you great success. I’m hoping you can upgrade from bag to shopping cart in retirement. 🙂

  14. Sherry Walls

    Good luck Amy. As I am one of those retired persons I know how important a nest egg is.

  15. Matt Waldrop

    Congratulations to you and to Jillian, Amy! You both have my very best wishes in your new positions. I have to admit that I was concerned about taking a job outside the industry, but it’s been a very clarifying experience. I don’t love tractors the way that I love yarn, but knowing there’s money in the bank is a welcome change. Much love to you, and I hope to connect with you soon.

  16. Shelba

    I looked at the old clock on the wall 14 years ago and knew I had to go back to a “real job.” The FICA folks have decided we all get to work a little longer. I hope you get a nice 401 K, a pension, and a really terrific healthcare package.

  17. Lisa Philpott

    It’ll be “WIN/WIN” on all fronts – congratulations on keeping our beloved KNITTY going – and ensuring that your future will be rosy, too!

  18. Jen

    Congratulations – I saw Knitty before Ravelry, so have always used it as a great resource – thank you so much for ensuring that it will continue as is! Have to take care of yourself first – can’t do anything if that fails, so good luck on the new job, they’re lucky to have you!

  19. Deb White

    Bravo!!! You have nurtured your “baby” (Knitty) and now you have to take care of yourself. As they say in my neighbourhood, Let ‘er rip!!!!!!! Congratulations.

  20. Jaxknitter

    I am always glad to hear that a younger woman is looking to prepare financially for her retirement. I’ve seen others make awful mistakes, because they did not do so. Warmest congratulations,, and take good care of yourself. As usual, that takes work and courage.

  21. Gayle Clow

    Congratulations on taking a decisive step to take great care of yourself. And for ensuring that your wonderful creation lives on and Knitty will continue to be the treasure it is.

  22. lisa santoro

    aw Amy, really we’ll all be ok out here. and you know, its ok to ask us for help. there’s so much talent in the blog-o-sphere, there’s plenty of people who can help with any slack needs. congrats on the new job, do they know how famous you are?

  23. Meg Bigler

    Dear Amy, you are SO worth letting go. Your work on is nothing short of universal. (I had to stop and think of something to compare to your work). The eight letters of thank you aren’t enough…so I will keep up my role as a patron. I hope many others will see this my way. My very best wishes to you in your “new digs”. Peace Love, Safety and Health. Uke On!

  24. Juti

    Congratulations! You’re being smart, and that’s the best plan for the longevity of this fantastic little corner of the ‘net.

    Honestly, I don’t know how any of you folks have done the massive job you have been doing for so long and with so little reward, and still come up grinning. Kudos to the whole kit and caboodle of you.

  25. Linda W.

    Amy, I’m really glad you’re taking an honest look at your life, Knitty, our Patreon perks, the whole shebang, and doing what’s best for YOU. As many have already said, we’re here to support Knitty, and that means we’re here to support YOU!

    Congrats and best wishes on the new job, and hugs all around to you and the Knitty staff. <3

  26. Mary

    Knitty is such an important and well-loved part of the knitting community and can’t say how much I appreciate your part in making that happen. A retired person now at one point I also got serious about saving and managed to save a fair amount given that I was middle-aged when I started. Making your future security a top priority is absolutely the right thing to do.

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