Meet The Designer
My name is Ellen. I'm a fiber artist, teacher, wife and mother with a background in engineering and education.
Knitting holds a special place in my heart because of its inherent balance between past generations and the future, creativity and utility, physical motion and slow living.
Designing, teaching and technical editing have enabled me to stitch my love for the craft together with my nerdy, problem-solving tendencies.
Fun facts... I'm a mostly monogamous knitter. I don't stash yarn (GASP!). I loved my dog, but identify as a cat person.
Providing knit-worthy patterns, instructional resources and creative inspirations.
The Chilly DogEst. 2011
In 2011, I was working at a high stress, low pay job and I needed some sort of change in my life. The Chilly Dog was created as my personal balance between "do what you love" and "don't quit your day job". My hope was to share my general crafting knowledge, in blog form, and inspire others to create something wonderful with their own two hands.
In 2013, with the encouragement of my blog readers, I also began designing and self-publishing knit and crochet patterns, selling them first on Ravelry, then here in my online shop. (And, yes, I left the aforementioned job.)
2017 brought big changes to The Chilly Dog. After creating and hosting my first knit along for the blog, I realized just how rewarding it is to design a pattern and then produce all of the learning materials a knitter would need to successfully complete a project. I narrowed my focus from general crafting to knitting.
Now, I make the most of my time by designing patterns that focus on essential skills and stitches knitters may not be familiar with. Then I build a series of companion video tutorials demonstrating the techniques. This system gives you on demand support as you knit one of my patterns.
The Real Chilly Dog
The Chilly Dog's Cool Cat