JC Briar has a very technical mind, she used to write software for a living. That ended with the ‘Dot Com Bust’ in 2002. It sounded like she was ready for that change in her life, because she felt burned out with deadlines and profits were all that mattered. She responded to an ad for a tech editor which expanded her knowledge of pattern development and writing.
She wrote a book, Charts Made Simple and worked really hard to make understanding charts a concise process (this was to topic of an earlier visit to the Yarn Thing podcast — link below). That has been a very helpful book many people may have it in their libraries, but not many know of her Stitch-Maps website. Stitch-Maps takes the grid out of knitting and shows the flow of the fabric, which helps a knitter to see where the directions are going. (At this point, not available for crocheting…) Seeing the way your lacework happens or cables, has made sense for so many knitters that there has been much excitement for every new development at the website. It’s not just JC’s work either, it’s a crowd-source of information, because many people have searched to find the patterns they are trying to figure out, and added it into the website themselves. Then it is there for others to find, understand, and use! The website is supported financially by subscriptions, not ads, as one caller commented during the visit, it’s a visually clean.
There have been a few magazines and books that using Stitch-Maps, for instance Hunter Hammersen’s ‘Curls’, in the e-book are helpful links to the website. JC also cited that Lorilee Beltman is using Stitch-Maps as she teaches her classes. We will be seeing this happen more and more….
JC has a BRAND-NEW Craftsy Class Socks My Way: Stitch Pattern Savvy (Marly’s affiliate link). JC says she was invited to teach this class as part of the Socks My Way series, and it was renamed from a workshop she teaches already (Socktastic Stitch Patterns). Much of
the class is understanding stitch patterns, choosing stitch patterns
that work well for socks, and choosing stitch counts that create socks that fit. She enjoyed it and hopes to do another class with Craftsy.
JC Briar tells us she loves the texture and patterning in her knitting and creating socks was a great way to do that on a small scale.
JC has visited the Yarn Thing podcast before, but it was in 2012 so it’s especially sweet to get caught up! (Tammy is sneaking the Fiber Hooligan’s visit ~ works better for me in iTunes ~ in here too, that happened in January 2014 and shared a LOT about Stitch-Maps!) You can follow JC Briar at her website, where there are links to her book and Stitch-Maps, also her designs are listed in Ravelry. You can also find JC Briar teaching at the Plucky Shindig (Starting Sept 11th), StitchesTexas in just a little more than four weeks (!), and at VKLive Chicago in October.
If you missed hearing this live, you can catch the archive where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/08/18/jc-briar-of-stitch-maps-has-new-craftsy-class or in iTunes.