Sarah Peasley

Sarah Peasley

Sarah Peasley honestly can’t remember how she learned to knit. Her mother was a knitter, so Sarah assumes she learned from her, but neither could remember for sure. In any case, she learned enough to knit clothes for her Barbie dolls and to send her sister off to college with handmade argyle socks.

She put the knitting needles away until she was pregnant with the first of her two sons. On her way home from work, she stopped by the local yarn shop, bought some yarn and a pattern for a baby blanket, and learned of a local knitter’s guild. That fateful stop launched her into a career as a designer, teacher, and technical knitting editor.

Sarah lives in Haslett, Michigan, and works at Woven Art, a yarn shop across from the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. She is a widely respected teacher whose passion is to make knitting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches and her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills. She has taught at yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy, and is now very excited to be available to a wider student audience via Zoom.

Appalachian Baby Design founder Diane Browning had heard about Sarah through a mutual acquaintance and, after meeting her at a trade show in 2013, hired her as ABD’s technical knitting editor. Although her role is exacting and not necessarily glamorous, Sarah‘s skills are critical to assuring that ABD’s patterns are accurate and organized in a consistent way.

“The patterns need to be correct and they need to make what they are supposed to make,” Sarah says.  “We want to be sure we have clear and accurate instructions so the consumer will be happy. And if a baby sweater comes in four sizes, I make sure all the numbers for all the sizes are there and are correct.”

Sarah's math and computer background and her attention to detail are apparent in her work as a technical editor of both knitting and crochet patterns. She says the time it takes to edit a pattern depends on its complexity. Editing a simple blanket pattern might only take two hours, but a complex colorwork Christmas stocking might take eight or nine hours, with lots of back and forth collaboration between ABD and the pattern designer, graphic artist, and editor.

Although not primarily known as a designer at ABD, Sarah did create the pattern for the Baby Bear Cardigan with little ears. But mainly, she sticks to what she knows best. “There are patterns that existed long before I came along, so I’m cleaning up older patterns to match the new style of the company,” she says.

“I’m trying to help ABD have a clear, consistent voice that reflects the elegance and simplicity of their yarn and patterns.”

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