Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: Heather Zoppetti and Stitch Sprouts!
Heather learned to knit in college when she and her roommate decided they wanted to learn a craft. Her roommate wanted to learn crochet but Heather had tried to learn already from her mother and it just hadn’t worked out. Heather decided to learn how to knit instead of crochet. They went to the craft store and bought the I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting and I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting books by Leisure Arts. After learning how, Heather kept knitting, not letting so called difficult techniques stop her. For several years knitting was just a part of her life. She became a programmer after college and met and married her husband. One day Heather came to the realization that she enjoyed knitting and designing more than her job as a programmer. After talking with her husband, she decided to give designing as her full time job a try. As we know now, that was a great decision and she is still going strong.
Heather’s first published pattern was the Tamarix Quilt in the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Knits. She has continued publishing with Interweave and been in Knitscene, Jane Austin Knits, Holiday Knit Gifts, and knit.wear. Heather also worked for the Alpaca Yarn Company for a while and has several designs with them and has a pattern in the book Free Spirit Shawls 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day from Lisa Shroyer.
Heather’s newest venture is Stitch Sprouts. Part of Stitch Sprouts is a designer collective. Because there are so many things involved in publishing and distributing patterns, working together can help designers be stronger. Stitch Sprouts brings those people together and markets their patterns to yarns shops (the paper patterns you can get at a shop). Stitch Sprouts also offers a wide range of services for designers including tech editing, logo design, pattern layouts, chart making, and many more. In addition to the designer services, Stitch Sprouts also is the distributor for Crabapple Yarns and they just started offering stitch markers (both of these they distribute to yarn shops so check and see if your LYS carries them!). Later this year they will also debut their own yarn line!
You can find Heather many places on the web:
- Her website Hzoppettidesigns.com, (she doesn’t update that often so check out her other sites)
- Her blog, Digital Nabi
- Ravelry designer page
- Facebook page
- Stitch Sprouts website
And we won’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment on this post that includes Heather’s keyword for your chance to win 3 free patterns from her Ravelry store!
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