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Yarnish began almost 10 years ago when, after googling “how to knit”, I stumbled upon the world of knitting blogs.  I bought myself a copy of Stitch N Bitch by Debbie Stoller, joined the Yarn Harlot’s Thrummed Mitt KAL, and within a month I was having breakfast with some bloggy ladies who were destined to become some of my closest friends. jackiep 2012-10-23

(Yeah, it was strange meeting people from inside the computer.  I was afraid to tell my friends and family about it, because at the time it just seemed so WEIRD to meet up with people that you met on a website.  How things have changed!)

Anyway, as I got more tech-savvy, I moved from Blogger to Typepad, and eventually (December 2006) to my own domain at  About this time I took a hiatus from my career in financial services and wrote a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary called A Field Guide to Knitting.

Just as I was finishing up the Book in the spring of 2007, Eric (my husband) took a job in Manhattan, and within 4 weeks we had uprooted from Boston – sold the condo, hugged and kissed our family and friends goodbye, and found an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  After settling us in, I spent a year studying at the UCB Theatre, took an investor services position with a private equity firm in midtown, and got pregnant with our first child.  It was a great couple of years.

In the year after EJ was born, we moved back to Massachusetts to be near my extensive Irish-Catholic tight-knit family.  Tommy was born soon thereafter, and now the boys spend their days riding bikes on Grandpa’s deck, and getting Ton-Ton rides from their numerous uncles.

And I?  Well, I hung my shingle, and have spent the past few years providing strategic and financial consulting services to closely-held businesses throughout New England.

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  1. Chris Daly #

    jackie – congrats on the arrival of the lil dude! he’s a cutie.

    hope you guys are doing well and adjusting to life as parents – it’s quite the adjustment, eh?

    well we wanted to send you a gift and christmas card, but i don’t think that eric will ever respond to my emails asking for yoru address so i figured contacting you this way might be easier. sara brown told me about your site.

    anyways hope all is well and please send me your address when you get a chance. thanks!

    December 4, 2008
  2. Rochelle Rotenberg #

    Dear Jackie:

    Congratulations and Best Wishes on your beautiful new son. It’s really true, they do grow up quickly.

    I love your book “Field Guide to Knitting” but can’t find a site for any errata. I think on the Horseshoes pattern, there is the abbreviation “s2kp” . The beginning of the book “Pattern Abbreviations” has an abbreviation “sk2p” Are they suppose to be the same thing or something different?

    Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year!


    January 19, 2009
  3. Shari Smith #

    Just wanted you to know that I just bought your book, Field Guide to Knitting at JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft stores in Ocala, FL and it was printed with pages 153 through 184 missing….not sure if any others are like that, but I contacted Quirkbooks to let them know also. Thank you, Shari

    October 29, 2009
  4. Jackie!
    I came across your site by way of Your little one is adorable.
    I’m wondering if your BOB sweater pattern is available for purchase. I would gladly purchase it from you.

    November 22, 2009
  5. Hi, just wanted to say that I love your blog!

    March 17, 2010
  6. Melanie #

    I love your Field Guide to Knitting and have used if often as a reference for knitwear design. Is there a place to find errata for the book? I think there are a couple of errors in stitch pattern #157 Twin Leaf Edging on page 271 – in both row 6 (I think a k12 is meant to be a k2?) and in row 8 (not sure of error in this one but I end up needing 27 sts to knit in pattern as directed but only have 22 from the row before…) Please direct me to errata page or help if you can. Thanks!

    February 7, 2011
  7. chiaolian #

    I am working on one of knitting pat- called ship motif , and had a problem with the last row is it just not right .it said in the last part to k 7 and i only have 5 st .can you help.

    February 20, 2011
  8. Evol Jenius #

    I have also found an error (pretty sure, anyway) in Traveling Line Whorl, page 115. Should the second p4 in row 7 and the first p4 in row 15 be p2? If I use p4, I don’t have enough stitches. I must say, I love this little book, but I keep misplacing it. Then I have to tear my “knitting area” apart to find it.:^)

    September 10, 2011
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