I have a degree in Biotechnology from WPI, and 20-odd years experience in software quality assurance. Knitting was a hobby for many years, a tangible complement to the mental engagement of software work.
A change of coasts in the ’90s prompted several bouts of self-examination (programmer? UI designer? creative writer?? what did I want to be when I grew up???) and a part-time job in a yarn store. Teaching inevitably followed (I like explaining things. If I can explain something to you, that means that I understand something. At least somewhat!). In 2002 I started a small business called See Jane Knit. I explored selling handknits, launched a very small pattern line, and began teaching at more places in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After attending my first STITCHES West in 2004 (and vowing never to miss another!) I sent in a resume, cover letter and list of courses to XRX, Inc, the folks who run the show. And so, in 2005 I began teaching nationally, at all 4 STITCHES events. One thing led to another, and I began technical editing and information design work with Knitter’s Magazine and XRX Books. In 2007 I began writing articles and designing accompanying projects for Creative Knitting Magazine. And that led to some technical editing for Coats and Clark… So, 10 years on, my small business has changed so much, it needs a new, more appropriate, more personal name.
Beth Whiteside Design brings these diverse avenues of business—writing, editing, instruction, garment and information design—under 1 roof, a fiber arts roof. Look for more information about my work in each of these areas as I build out this website!
Read more about me in this interview by Tabetha Hedrick in the Creative Knitting newsletter.