Happy New Year to you and yours! I’m really excited about 2014. 2013 was such a tumultuous year for our family, one of such massive change. Through it all, I managed to knit rather a lot of sweaters. And now after a lovely few weeks focusing on family and soaking up the time with my kids, we’re all ready to get back to “normal life”.

Of course, I’m sure there are changes lurking in the coming months, too, but for the moment it feels great to just pause, know the shape of the next few months, and dive into a wonderful, woolly pile of work. I love the New Year holiday every year for this reason: Somehow, I always start the year in a place of optimism, hope, and a readiness to dive in.

Naturally, I have a lot of travel coming up. Want to find me? I’ll be here over the next couple of months:

  • Jan 9-14: Winter TNNA show in lovely San Diego (which I will probably not see even a little bit of, so don’t get too jealous!)
  • Jan 16-20: Vogue Knitting Live, NYC
  • Jan 31-Feb 2:The Studio Knitting Retreat
  • Feb 19-24: STITCHES West – we’ll have a CustomFit booth in the marketplace!
  • Feb 28 – March 2: Classes TBA at Windy Knitty in Chicago
  • March 13 – 16: Vogue Knitting Live, Seattle
  • March 23: Stitch House, Dorchester
  • March 31: Iron Horse, Natick
  • April 10-13: STITCHES South – I’m the keynote speaker and will teach all weekend. Hope to see you!
  • April 30 – May 4: TNNA Summer show in Indianapolis
  • May 16-18: AR Fiber Festival
  • June 5-8: Squam!!!

And if you’re going to be any of these places, I’d love to see you. The next book is full-steam-ahead right now, too. Which is exciting in its own chaotic, inspiring, messy way.


(Ever wonder what a book looks like, mid-way through? There you go!)

Normally, this would make for a pretty crazy couple of months and you’d see me again in May…

…but I’m going to try to avoid a repeat of last fall and spend more time doing things that recharge my batteries and my creativity. I expect more knitting, more time soaking up great conversations with friends, and more time here on the blog. I’ve missed you all.

One of the by-products of this is that I’m likely to change my pattern releases to be more collection-based rather than one at a time. I think there’s something exciting about the promise of a group of sweaters, and I’m excited to share the first set with you. I think it makes sense to do the same thing with CustomFit Recipe releases. For future sweater collections, there will be an option for a “Recipe collection” at the same time.

In addition, lots of prople have asked about recipes for my previously-published patterns. I’m in the process of creating those now, and will be releasing them in in collections of five pattern “recipes” each.

There will be three sets:

  • Collection 1: Adelina, Ayana, Beacon Hill, Nantasket (both options), Newtowne.
  • Collection 2: Aislinn, Arm Candy, Caulfield (both options), Petrea, Seamair.
  • Collection 3: Alight, Alta, Sebasco, Trimmings (both options), Wintry Mix.
  • The Sebasco Collection will also be available as a recipe collection.

The first is ready for you, and I’m excited to share it!

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Please note that this collection is for CustomFit recipes ONLY. You will not get complete pattern instructions, and when you knit the sweaters an additional CustomFit pattern purchase will be required. On the up-side, the recipes give you instructions for creating these sweaters in your gauge, for your body, with no math required.

I hope you like the idea! You can find the e-book in my Ravelry store, and I can’t wait to share a whole new year of sweaters with you.

Intentions, Gratitude, Excitement

We’ve had a great week! Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful responses and conversations on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. You made this year-end social media party a blast.

Last week we asked you to consider your 2014 intentions for your knitting. Here’s what we came up with!

Ask any of my knitting friends, and they’ll tell you: I hate 80% of what I knit. I’ve given away more sweaters than many knitters have completed. Here’s my problem: I get too excited about what sweater I want to knit next! Rather than taking the time to think things through and really plan my sweaters, I jump into something that, halfway through, I realize I never would have worn anyway (striped orange pullover … I’m looking at you). In 2014 I intend to be more thoughtful and take more time considering what my options are, and not choose arbitrarily based on which pattern is popular or what needles I have free.

I’ve become so much more aware of how my clothes make me feel over this past year. I save the 20% of my wardrobe that I love for special occasions, and reserve my utilitarian wares for everyday living. But I don’t feel as good in my “everyday” clothes … they don’t fit as well, they don’t feel as good, and they don’t really represent who I am. (I shouldn’t cringe inside if I run into a fellow parent at the grocery on days when I don’t “see” anyone, right?) My intention is to make pieces that I’m happy to wear on any given day, and that make me feel great doing so. And since that’s a bit subjective, I’ll add that my specific, measurable goal is 1 sweater each month for 2014.

Working in a formal corporate environment, when combined with a modest clothing budget, means that your wardrobe tends to get fairly limited. I have suiting separates in somber colors, and some fun layering pieces, and jeans and t-shirts that I wear when I take care of the kids. When I left said corporate environment, I thought to myself: “I can dress how I want, now. How exciting!”

…and I haven’t really lived up to that opportunity and promise. I got a few pieces that I truly love, this fall, but they’ve mostly sat in my closet. Instead, I’m wearing (you guessed it) jeans and t-shirts most days. In 2014, I really want to change that. I love clothes, I love changing the way I think with some gorgeous sets of colors and a swishy bit of this or that.So in 2014 I want to take my hand-knits, and my purchased clothes, and really have fun with my own personal style.


(Amy here.) I wanted to take a moment, at the end of 2013, to express my sincere thanks for all of you who are here, reading, and coming along on this journey with us. You all mean so much to our team, and we can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.

I’m especially excited at all of the sweater buzz happening now that the holidays are over – here, in Ravelry, on Twitter and Pinterest and Facebook. (And yes, Lauren has convinced me to expand my curmudgeonly ways and now I’ll be trying hard to join the make wear love team and have some fun on Instagram, too.) So it felt fitting and right to end this year with a celebratory little pattern release. Something that helps me meet my own intentions for 2014, and maybe something that will inspire you too.


Moscato is a simple pullover with a few playful special touches. (If you want to know more about the knitting, sizing, or other technical details of Moscato, you can find them all on its pattern page, here.)

It came about because of that skirt, actually. It’s exactly the kind of thing I want to spend more time wearing. I love skirts, because they are comfortable and a little flirty and they make my legs look longer. And (though this would surprise the heck out of teenaged goth-Amy) I love color. So when this skirt went on sale a couple of years ago I jumped on the chance and clicked “add to cart”…

…and then didn’t really wear it. It always seemed a little too bright. A little out of phase with my life. Eventually I decided I’d make a sweater, just for that skirt. Something fun, with a drapey bit of neckline, that made me smile as much as the skirt does. I’m such a button freak, I thought it would be nice to have an excuse to put a bunch of buttons on a pullover. I chose one of my very favorite yarns, in a very favorite color that would go well with the skirt, and had some fun playing around.

And here it is. I love it. This outfit makes me feel like I’m a different person, for a little while. Someone who goes to cocktail parties and dresses up to go to the art museum. Someone whose life has a little less laundry.

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Happy New Year!


Christmas is almost upon us, which probably means your needles are frantically flying through your last gift (or three). How are your projects coming? (Hint: If that question makes you groan, you still have plenty of time to give someone CustomFit gift certificates. Even if that someone is yourself!)

Personally, I’m considering giving away my Noanet Peak set instead of keeping it all for myself. There is never much holiday knitting around these parts–a side effect of being busy with designs–and that’s especially true this year. I have been traveling an utterly insane amount (I was away from home for 3/4 of November and early December) and kicking into high gear on the next book at the same time.

So most of my knitting looks like this these days:


(These will hopefully be sweaters and swatches by the time I’m done with this trip.)

Thankfully, this set of projects is being completed on a different sort of trip. Back in September, when Jackie and I were planning out the fall and finally realizing exactly how crazy and intense the next year was going to be (in the best sort of way), we decided that when the holidays arrived, we would pause. Take a break. Spend time with our families. Remind ourselves what’s really important in this world. (In addition to the cashmere-silk blend, I mean.)

So that’s where we’ll be over the next couple of weeks. With our families, recovering from the insanity of birthing CustomFit and taking a deep breath before the winter/spring work travel starts, immersing ourselves in all that is important in this world. We’re still answering questions as we can (along with Lauren, we are the company at this point, after all)…

…but things might take a little longer than usual. If that winds up being the case for you, we ask for your patience and understanding, as we spend the season snuggling our kids and recharging our families. We can’t wait to share 2014 with you.

On knitting, gifts, and love.

I love the holidays for so many reasons. I adore the celebrations. The time with my family is the most precious thing in the world to me. I’m a huge fan of winter, and love the twinkly lights and evergreen smells that abound. There’s no better time to pull up with a warm mug of tea and some great wool.

But most of all, I love the gifts. I come from a family of gift-givers. There was very little to spare, when I was growing up, but we were constantly giving one another little gifts that we’d made, all the same – cards, little poems, bits of this and that we’d created with our hands.

At a very young age, I came to appreciate and understand what we’re truly doing, when we create something for someone else: We’re giving them the gift of love. We’re taking the wonderful feelings we have for that person and looping them through one another, creating an unbroken cloth of warmth and coziness. We’re giving time, and care, and thought, and love. It’s an incredible, powerful set of gifts for a person.

And when those gifts also happen to serve the purpose of keeping us warm on a blustery day? Well. There’s nothin’ better.


And if you’re in the mood for a last-minute holiday gift of warmth and love, I hope you find this hat/mitt set helpful.

The Noanet Peak set knits up quickly, is cozy warm, and has kicky stripes to keep you interested…

…while being easy enough to knit when you’ve got other things on your mind. It’s available in my Ravelry Store for US $5.00 or by clicking here:

Noanet Peak is worked in Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance, in Rosehip (MC) with Ceylon, Cream, Cappuccino, and Chai accents.


All pieces are constructed in the round, and offer a great way to use up small amounts of very special yarn. It’s also part of the Back Roads & Brownstones series of patterns that the wonderful Kirsten Kapur and I have been working on. (Wait till you see her final sweater!)


The hat and mitts are both intended to be just a little slouchy, just a little broken-in in feeling. They should give you a hug, rather than stretch sleekly over your skin. I wanted the fingerless mitts, in particular, to feel like legwarmers, but for your arms – so they’re shaped, with a long, slightly-slouched length.


I can’t say enough lovely things about the yarn. The Alpaca Elegance is soft, and ever-so-slightly fuzzy, and comes in a wonderful palette of colors. Can you imagine these in a lighter main color, with ombre stripes? Greens and browns? That beautiful blue, with red and tan accents?


All pieces are constructed in the round, and offer a great way to use up small amounts of very special yarn. And whoever you’re knitting for, they’re sure to be cozy and warm when they wear your gift. I’m thinking of making a couple of sets, this year.


Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday for me even in a good year, and doubly so as we’re celebrating our first holiday without my father. So like always, I’m knitting. And thinking.

I’m so glad you like Morning Coffee, and I’ve been knitting like a fiend, lining up a bunch more:



But today, I want to take a few minutes and reflect. I’m in a small island of stillness, right now: The last 6 months are over, the next 6 months likely won’t get crazy for a few weeks yet, even if we’re supremely lucky. 2013 has been intensely surreal, as years go:

  • In March, I was looking ahead to the book release, and wondering if there was any way at all to eventually be able to pursue my passions full-time. Jackie and I first started talking about what that might look like. I thought perhaps, in a year or two, it might work.
  • In April, Knit to Flatterwas released. Nearly 3 years after we’d started the project, Jonathan and I finished the rough implementation of the first CustomFit Elf and I started guesstimating mid-fall as a possible release date for the site.
  • By June, I created a rough set of wireframes to show around at the TNNA summer show. Everyone we showed was enthusiastic, and on the plane ride home Jackie and I talked seriously both about what it would take to get CustomFit live, and whether I might be able to pursue this full-time around January of 2014. I think we both knew, at that point, that managing the rest of the CustomFit release was unlikely to play well with my other career.
  • In July, my father passed away, and like many tragic events it was somewhat crystallizing for me. What am I here for, if not to pursue the things I love? We stepped up our planning and got a temporary team (and the resources!) in place that would carry us through the site’s launch.
  • August and September were this intensely wonderful mad rush. I left my day job. We were able to get a good-sized team of people working on the launch, if not full-time then at least a little every day. The sweaters produced by our amazing beta testers were wonderful. We identified problems, and fixed them, and generally hurled ourselves full-speed to launch.
  • Just six weeks ago, CustomFit went live to everyone. The amazing programmers behind-the-scenes melted away a bit (as expected) to their own day jobs and other projects. We’re now a much smaller, very part-time crew that (a) we can afford and (b) can take care of the few bugs and issues inevitable in any software project of this size.

I packed my fall schedule to the brim with classes, trips, CustomFit LYS trainings, and such. It’s been a whirlwind, and fun, and very unlike my previous job. My whole life looks so different than it did 6 months ago. (Both in the awesome way, and in the terrifying way. We’re far from out of the woods, yet.)

The next 6 months promise to be just as strange.

A quiet, industrious time, as I knit like the wind for the next book, and keep up pattern releases and preparation for the new year and a return to teaching.

Early next year (with luck), a business that’s strong enough to hire a programmer, so that we can go beyond (bare-knuckled) maintenance and create new CustomFit elves, so that everyone’s sweaters are as fantastic as possible. Shows (I’ll be at Vogue Knitting Live NYC and Seattle, and STITCHES West and South), travel, new features on the site, finishing the book, and sweaters, sweaters, sweaters. On the personal crafting front, I have high hopes for sewing and crochet.

I don’t have any idea where I’ll be in 6 months, really. Not just because nobody never truly knows where they’ll be, but also because so much of where I’m going depends on others. I can imagine all kinds of exciting things, and fervently hope that our fledgling little enterprise grows strong enough to allow me to throw myself at them with open arms.

I do know that despite the hardship and the fear and the sadness the last 6 months have held, they’ve also held intense joy, and purpose, and a greater sense of rightness with my world than I’ve ever had before. I’m thankful for that, in the here and now.


And whatever the outcome, I’ll keep on knitting.

If you’re in the US, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And I wish all of you some quiet happiness with your needles, the chance to pause with your thoughts, before rushing onward into the season.

Daydreams and Timelines

Thanks to the wonder of living in the time and place that I do, I am writing this post on a plane to San Francisco. Tomorrow Jackie and I will be doing a whirlwind yarn store tour (yay, CustomFit LYS!)…

…and here, on this plane, I’m daydreaming about my Knit-A-Long sweater. I have a couple of swatches here with me, and I’m trying hard to listen to them about what they want to be. Here’s the current best guess:


Though my ideas, here, require another swatch – so nothing’s final yet. This is one of my favorite bits of the process of making clothes, this daydreaming. Thinking, and feeling my fabric, and trying on a bunch of stuff from my closet while holding my swatch in my mind.

What do I want to wear? What does this little swatch want to be when it grows up?

I encourage you to give it a try, too. These questions are going to be at the forefront of the Knit-A-Long this week, and they’re your chance to truly understand and predict what your sweater will be, at the end.

We’ll talk fabric, and sketches, and clothes. These estimates might be a little rough due to the travel, but we intend to talk fabric on Tuesday, and translating your fabric into clothing on Friday. (Jackie will be authoring some of the posts here, starting with this Knit-A-Long, which I’m very excited about.)

Over the weekend, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of pattern choices.

And though it’s absolutely okay if your own timeline doesn’t work out this way, we’ll probably be ready to make our pattern choices and start our sweaters some time next week.

There’s no need to “officially” sign up–this is an open Knit-A-Long–but if you want to join in the discussion, comments here, on the Ravelry thread, or pinning on Pinterest are all great ways to do so. (If you want to pin directly to the Pinterest board, email us with the subject “Pinterest Knit-A-Long” and your Pinterest name, and we’ll invite you!)

I can’t wait to hear about your own swatches and fabric. Happy knitting!

Tearing along

The Knitter’s Review Retreat is a very special kind of event, for the teachers as well as the attendees. It truly carves out a separate space in time, special and honest and deeply personal. It’s a place for exploring big ideas, and reminding myself why I have made this my life’s work.


It’s restorative and I need it oh-so badly by the time I hit November, hurtling at break-neck speed through the many events and designs and interactions that make up the fall, in the fiber world. (Not to mention the new book and the new site.) The ability to not only spend that precious classroom time with students, but to also engage throughout the weekend, is a gift unlike any other.

Getting pictures of my next design, and sharing a few new sweaters with the group was all the more special.


And ending with a lovely drive home, filled with thoughts about clothing that truly honors who we are, while finishing one sweater and starting another?


Perfection in weekend form, really. I feel blessed to have been there, and so incredibly lucky to be chasing my passion. Even at break-neck speed.


Speaking of chasing that passion, thank you so much for the wonderful outpouring that has made the launch of CustomFit such a success. It’s thrilling beyond words to see the sweaters you’re all creating, and the happiness and pride with which you’re wearing them. I have so much planned and so much I want to share and experience and do with you all!

That doing has been hampered, recently, by the amount of time it takes to keep things running behind the scenes. So Jackie and I are very very pleased to announce that the wonderful Lauren is now working with us to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Please give her a warm welcome in the comments?

And may you all have a generous, warm, and restorative week, too.

As Seen on TV

This fall has been such a whirlwind, I feel like I haven’t really had time to pull up a chair and chat! Or even respond to the comments and questions that are coming in.

Case in point: The lovely yarn shown here:


From left to right: Woolen Rabbit Sporty Kashmir, in “Man Cave Blue” (I think). Indigodragonfly Octobaa in “The Brain in Maine Feigns Trading Pain for Skeins”. String Theory Caper Aran in Canyon.

What will they be? Who knows! I’ll be sure to share the process of my own CustomFit sweaters as they happen. I’ve just cast off my first, and can’t wait to seam it together.


But that will have to wait, because one of the things I haven’t told you about is that come February, you’ll be able to see me on your local PBS affiliate! I’m thrilled to join the cast of Knit and Crochet Now as one of their knitting experts. We’re filming this week, and it’s been a phenomenal experience so far. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!


I’m also going to be all over the place this fall.

Teaching classes and talking to knitters are some of my very favorite things in this world. There’s nothing like being there when someone puts on a garment that actually fits them, sometimes for the first time in their life. I’d love to meet you and talk sweaters if I’m going to be in your neighborhood! Here’s my schedule through November:

  • This Saturday, October 12, I’ll be at A Gathering of Stitches teaching a 4-hour Knit to Flatter class. I want to say that it’s not necessary to have knit a sweater before, though knowing basic knitting skills (knit, purl, increase, decrease) is definitely helpful.
  • Friday Oct 18 – Sunday Oct 20 I’ll be at The New York Sheep and Wool festival. I’ll write a bigger post on Rhinebeck later, as near and dear as it is to my heart. But in short, I’ll be signing books, giving a quick talk, and there will be lots of fun CustomFit happenings.
  • On Thursday October 24, I’ll be at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, giving a talk and signing books.
  • On Saturday, October 26, I have a full-day Knit to Flatter class scheduled at Hooked Knitting; as of right now it may be canceled due to low enrollment, so if you’re interested, definitely call!
  • On Monday, October 28, I’ll be at Iron Horse in Natick, teaching an evening Knit to Flatter class.
  • On November 3, I’ll be at Saco River Yarns for a 4-hour Knit to Flatter class. Can’t wait to be in this beautiful space!
  • I’ll be at the Knitters Review Retreat the weekend of November 7. It’s now full, but I am so excited to be joining this very special group again.
  • The weekend of November 23, I’ll be in Texas! WC Mercantile is hosting me for a super-fun weekend of classes. It’s my first time to Texas, and I’m super-psyched.

And that’s enough for one post, don’t you think? I hope to see you in class!


Finally, I’m excited to be a teacher at Vogue Knitting Live this January. Please, join me for a class or three!

  • On Friday, I’m teaching an all-day Custom Sweater Design class. We’ll talk about how to make garments you love to wear, and along the way we’ll be creating a custom (bottom up, in the round or flat) pattern for your own ideal sweater.
  • On Saturday, I’m teaching an all-day Knit to Flatter class. I never tire of these incredibly special days. Come along and learn how to knit sweaters you love to wear.
  • On Sunday, I’m teaching two 2-hour classes: One on Mindful Modifications (i.e., how to know what modifications you need, and then how to work them. And one on Fantastic Finishing (i.e., the simple things that can so often get between us and sweater nirvana).

All classes are suitable for all skill levels (though of course it’s helpful to have basic knitting technique down), and I can’t wait to see you all in NYC.


Whew! Let’s hope there aren’t too many more posts like this, eh? The weather here near Detroit (where we’re filming) is crisp, beautiful sweater weather. I hope your needles are happy and that you’re enjoying the weather too, wherever you are.

Blocking your 3D sweater

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful response to my last post. It’s an exciting time, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. I’m going to be posting some tutorials on the “extras” that come along with knitting. (I started with a post on swatching, a little over a week ago.)

Today’s topic: Blocking. And in particular, how to block sweaters with “non-edge” shaping.

All of my patterns are written with waist shaping located in the middle of the piece, and I strongly recommend it as a great way to get an easy, great sweater. Doing so (or adding bust darts) results in a more interesting blocking job, though! Because the sweater that’s produced by these methods is not a flat piece of fabric. It’s a 3D thing.

So here’s how I block my 3D sweaters:

  1. I start with nice, long soak.


    I use cold water and my favorite wool wash, for at least 15 minutes. Really soaking the fibers results in an amazing fabric. Then, I spin the excess water out in my washing machine’s spin cycle. (I have a front-loader and I use a low speed spin. Your mileage may vary; rolling up in a towel and stepping on the towel to remove moisture works too, but you need to get the sweater to the towel all in one clump to avoid stretching.)

  2. I remove it from the washing machine in a wadded-up ball and dump it unceremoniously on my blocking table.


    No really, this step is really important. Getting the sweater to my blocking board quickly and all bunched up means that I’m not stretching the still-wet pieces out. Stretching out is bad!

  3. I lay the pieces out roughly in shape, using a light touch.


    Again, the “light touch” part of this is important. Especially if your fabric is on the drapier side, you don’t want to stretch it out too much because it might not go back into shape.

    More important than the light touch, though, is to leave the sides of the sweater alone (where the waist shaping is). You’re no longer working with a flat surface. If you try to pin the sides (which are straight lines, when worn) into a straight line on the table, you’re likely to destroy the shaping of your sweater.

    Instead, let ’em roll:


  4. I pin to the correct hip width on the back.


  5. I pin the correct hip-to-armhole length, and correct bust width, on the back. These have to be done at the same time, and are the first part of ensuring your sweater is the correct length.


  6. I pin the correct cross-chest width and armhole depth at the same time. Again, you need to pin these at the same time. The hip-to-armhole length, plus the armhole depth, is the total hem-to-shoulder length of your sweater.


  7. Now, I’m done with the back! Notice that the sides are left COMPLETELY UNPINNED. This lets the fabric do what it should.


  8. I repeat this for the front.


    The only difference with the front is that if the sweater has bust darts, I literally pad the bust with paper towels so that the bust pins can be the right distance apart on the blocking board. (The “right distance”, here, is the same width as the back.) That looks like this:


  9. The sleeves are even less work. Essentially, I just pin out the bicep and cap dimensions, and make sure the sleeves are the same length.


Blocking this way isn’t a ton of work, and it’s well worth it. It will produce a sweater

  • with a polished, finished fabric,
  • that’s easy to seam,
  • and that’s shaped the way you’re shaped.

When sweaters are shaped the way you’re shaped, they give your figure a great set of curves without being tight or uncomfortable in any way.

…But that’s another post.


I have a new job. Or more to the point, I don’t have an old job anymore.

Though I may not have mentioned it often in this space, I’ve never exactly hidden the fact that I have a day job, either. I’ve been working, these past 15 years, as a researcher (first) and then a research manager (for the past 10 years) in computer security. For more than a decade I’ve published papers, designed prototypes and systems, and come up with creative ways to make systems harder to break into, to make it easier to catch the attacks that do succeed.

I’ve been knitting the whole time, of course, and blogging for much of it.


A few years ago now, I started designing patterns. And then came the classes, and the bookand all the rest. And so for the past few years, I’ve been juggling my knitting business and my other career, because I loved both too passionately to let either one go.

And now there’s this crazy software thing. And suddenly, juggling both careers was just too much, even for me. So I…

…well, let’s get real. First, I denied. And then I pouted. And then there was probably some wailing and gnashing of teeth. Some investigation of cloning machines. (“No!” my husband pleaded. “With two of you, can you even imagine how many side-businesses there would be around here?!”) And eventually, I made a really, incredibly, frustratingly hard decision.

As of a few weeks ago, I’m no longer a computer security researcher. Now, I’m running my own company. And it’s about the thing I’m most passionate about in this entire world (aside from family):

It’s about helping everyone love the clothes they wear. And changing the way we all perceive ourselves. And lots of other big, hairy, and maybe-not-totally-definable things.

This is the boldest thing I’ve ever done, and it may not work, but in this moment I’m having the time of my life.

I miss what I used to do, but only when I stop to breathe, which is not very often. I’m working with an incredibly incredible team. (Hm, please allow me to take this time to drive-by-introduce Jackie and Andromeda and Carrie and Anna and Marleigh and Kat and of course, Jonathan too. You’ll be hearing much more about them. Andromeda recently wrote up her thoughts on this company we’ve built.)

It’s been hard to write this post, because I haven’t really wanted to let the old stuff go. I’ve had an embarrassment of career riches, too many things that I am passionate about and that I love and that help me throw myself into this life head-first and with wild abandon. But the time has come.

I have a new job. It’s one that I love. And it wouldn’t be possible without you.


So thanks for being here, with me.