My Crafting Lineage: Meet Hilda

by | Jan 27, 2021 | Essays

When I first starting my knitting design career, I had in mind that I needed a Designer Name. At the time, I was working full-time in software, and I was trying to keep my two lives separate. I settled on Wise Hilda Knits. Wise was the last name of my husband’s (step-)grandmother, a wonderful woman who was an incredibly skilled knitter. Hilda was my grandmother, my mother’s mother.

Kate Atherley
Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley (she/her) is a co-founder, editor and publisher at Digits & Threads and Nine Ten Publications. She has worked in the crafts industry in one way or another since 2002 as a designer, editor, writer, and instructor. She’s authored eight books about knitting, from a next-steps guide for newbie knitters to the industry’s only guide to professional knitting pattern writing. Kate lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband.