Rachel Vowles

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pattern editor extraordinaire #1


Who are you and what do you do for Knitting magazine

I am Rachel Vowles and I am one of the pattern editors who checks all the patterns when they come in and draws the charts and schematics. As a freelancer I don't work in the office but about 200 miles away in Devon!


What is the best thing about working for Knitting magazine?

Getting to see all the fab garments about 3 months in advance of them going into the mag. I love the feeling of satisfaction I get when I finish drawing up a complicated colour or lace chart. I love opening the files when they come through from Katy and always look forward to seeing designer Claire modelling them all so fabulously!


When and how did you get into knitting (the craft, not the mag!)?

My mum taught me to knit when I was about 7. I remember the first garment I knitted - I was 8 years old and it was a red and black striped hooded jumper with a pouch on the front. My mum still has the pattern! My old grannie was always knitting or crocheting - she had 14 grandchildren and we all had one of her famous crocheted granny blankets. I can't ever remember not having at least 8 wip's!


When I'm not busy being part of Team Knitting I'm… 

...working in professional theatre and education! My original background is in youth and community theatre and I always seem to have my fingers in many creative pies. Recently I have been doing a great deal of role play work - training doctors and medical students (amongst others!) in communication skills. I am a director and performer and work a lot in schools and within the arts scene in Devon. I also run a murder mystery company where I get to dress up in fab costumes and show off!! In between all of that I am a mum to two young children aged 5 and 7 - one who lives for gymnastics and the other for dancing - their dad and I are just the entourage to their hectic lives!


Describe your crafty self in three words: 

Never ending stash!


If you could only use one yarn and/or one stitch for the rest of your life what would it be?

Definitely would be a knit stitch on a circular needle using a lovely alpaca dk.


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