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 www.yarnish.com.  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.