So here’s more about Jess.
When and how did you get started in the fiber arts?
My mom taught me how to knit when I was a child, but I didn’t pick it up with any enthusiasm until I had children of my own. I started off with crochet, and then expanded to knitting and eventually spinning because I found Ravelry and fell down the rabbit hole of fiber arts. That was about 14 years ago, and I’m so glad I did!
In about 2009, I started my own indie dyer biz – Storied Yarns – and I ran that for a few years before eventually packing up my dyes to pursue VA work instead.
What got you started with writing?
I’ve been writing for online magazines and other publications since I was in high school, actually. I was an English major in college, and I taught high school English for a few years but had trouble finding a teaching job when we moved from Florida to Tennessee about 10 years ago. So instead, I found freelance writing jobs online, and I started working on Storied Yarns more seriously.
What’s your favorite part about being a VA?
It has always been the people. I get to be part of so many amazing and creative businesses, and to “hang out” online with the amazing and creative women behind those businesses (all of my clients, currently, just happen to be women). It’s a real privilege.
What’s your favorite project you’ve made?
Oh wow, I don’t think I have one! That would be like choosing a favorite book – a nearly impossible task.
I like to think of myself as a selfish knitter, but most of the projects that make me smile the most are the ones I’ve made for other people. Hats to show appreciation to my co-workers, a shawl for a grieving friend, a sweater for my niece of a toy for my kids. It makes me feel good to show people I care about them through my knitting and crocheting.
What’s your favorite fiber blend to knit with?
I prefer wool blends that have sparkle nylon or