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Feb012012

Our Beginnings

Hello and welcome to Clotheshorse! Clotheshorse is a new fashion magazine providing knit and crochet patterns focusing on the season’s trends.

Throughout the making of the premier issue we have met and talked with people about our magazine and they always ask how we started. More importantly, people want to know how a fashion designer and a law student with a Ph.D. in Microbiology could meet and decide to start a magazine. Here is our story:

In the Fall of 2010, Heather Dixon, the creative genius behind Army of Knitters, made this pattern available:

I'm wearing my Parfait dress while celebrating New Year's Eve with my fiancé, Rob.

Well, I fell in love with it and HAD to make it! From that moment I was hooked on Heather’s patterns. Everything about them: the design, the color, the yarn, the fact that she presents her patterns in collections, literally everything!

I got to thinking that there should be more collections like this and that the knitting world really needed a fashion-focused magazine. As my search for such a magazine continued I started test knitting for Heather and through this process the two of us became friends. We talked about fashion and knitting and one day in an email I said,

“If I had the money I would start a fashion knitting magazine.”

Heather quickly replied,

“You could start small and publish one online.”

I thought this was brilliant! It never occurred to me to start a magazine online. So I began picking Heather’s brain about the knitting industry and she generously provided the information. I also started to realize that I definitely could not do this without her. One day (in another email) I said,

“Would you like to be a co-founder/contributor/advisor of the magazine?”

And she quickly (again) responded with, “ I thought I already was! I would LOVE to be a co-founder/contributor/advisor of the magazine! I already feel like a part of it!”

I was so relieved and excited! We became Co-Founders with an even split in the magazine and were on our way to releasing the first call for designs when we still hadn’t officially met. We knew it was going to be hard work, and eat up lots of time, but also loads of fun!

We finally met a few months later and both of us felt like we were on a blind date. Both pretty nervous, but once we met, felt like we had known each other for years. Working together has been so much fun and we each compliment the other because we have such different backgrounds. Our jobs definitely overlap and our strengths and weaknesses are a great match. I can’t imagine having a better business partner or friend!

We hope that our passion and desire to create the best magazine possible, positively comes through in our first issue of Clotheshorse! 

Heather and I at TNNA wearing a unibrow and mustache at Grace Akhrem's booth. (January 2012)

Me and Heather at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. (Fall 2011)

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Reader Comments (3)

Félicitations!!!!!!!!!!
You do such a great job.

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergyorgyi

Good for you guys! Takes a lot of gumption ... not to mention talent. Well done!!:)

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercw

The patterns in the magazine is really awesome. I really like beautiful photos and mix of fashion and knitting patterns. I especially like the really cute Sweet Meadows sweater and Morea necklace.

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaisiet

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