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Hi! I’m Susan Moskwa. I started Rogue Editing & Design when it became clear that knitting & crochet were becoming a bigger part of my life than just a hobby. I love playing and working with yarn and the artistic folks that flock to it (pun intended). My history with fiber arts looks something like this:
- 1994: Learned to crochet.
- 2003: Learned to knit.
- 2008: Went to my first crafting circle/meetup. Got introduced to Ravelry. Outgrew my rectangles phase (scarves & blankets) and made my first 3-D project. Started knitting or crocheting pretty much every day.
- 2009: Published my first pattern, Karo Socken.
- 2010: Started editing patterns.
Qualifications I have a degree in linguistics and a minor in French studies. Since 2007 I’ve edited hundreds of blog posts, presentations, FAQs, video scripts, help documents, and more at my “other” job (the one that doesn’t involve yarn), so I have lots of experience editing for mechanics, content and style. In school I was that girl whose friends sent her their term papers and cover letters for a once-over before handing them in. One of my best qualifications is that I was a huge bookworm as a kid, the value of which I was never really able to put my finger on until I read this wonderful article (emphasis is mine):
Punctuation, including the use of apostrophes and hyphens, is governed by a fairly complicated series of rules and conventions, learned for the most part not in the classroom but by encountering and subliminally absorbing them again and again… Standard written English is a whole other language from its spoken (and texted) counterpart, with conventions not just of punctuation but also of many shortcuts to meaning—streamlined words and phrases, ellipses (omitted word or words), idioms, figures of speech—that have developed over many years. You learn them by reading.
As for fiber arts, I’ve crocheted and knit a wide variety of items—hats, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters, shawls, toys, and more—so I know what makes a good pattern and how to think like a knitter/crocheter. Everything I’ve ever stitched is on Ravelry; feel free to check out my work. Here are my designs on Ravelry, and here are my designs published through Knit Picks. These days I do more knitting than crochet, but I love and respect both crafts.
Friends & mentors
- Samantha Roshak (a.k.a. KnitQuest) first inspired me to design, and got me started with pattern editing. I owe a lot to her, including the idea that this was something I could do in the first place.
- Style maven Kathy Cadigan photographs knitwear with a skill I can only dream of. She’s also good at creating unexpected adventures.
- Seattle’s NorthEnd Knitters introduced me to Ravelry and encouraged me to be confident and try new projects. Through them I learned that I could knit pretty much anything if I just followed the instructions.
- The lovely and raucous West Seattle Needlers, my current home base knitting group.
- The Redmond Knitters, a.k.a. TOOTL, my home-base-away-from-home.