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WRITE: 65 Glen Road, Burlington, VT 05401
I'm Maggie Pace, knitwear designer, founder of Pick Up Sticks, and a knitting expert on PBS's Knit and Crochet Now.
My single leaflet patterns have been sold in more than 850 stores nationally and internationally. In 2008 I was honored as a notable Women Entrepreneur for Country Living Magazine.
I've demonstrated my designs on several local and national television programs, including Knitty Gritty and Shaw Pendray's Needlearts Studio.
My products have been featured in national magazines including Country Living, ELLE, and Sunset.
My knitting designs have been featured on the cover of Interweave Knits and Knitting Today magazines.
I regularly post new projects, how-to tutorials, photos, and more on my blog. Please visit and leave comments. It's the best way I have of of keeping in touch with people who knit my patterns!
Two Births In One
I started Pick Up Sticks when I was five months pregnant with my second child. After working as an editor for 10 years, I was ready for something new. I had just discovered felting, and I found myself madly knitting gigantic, grocery-sized bags and shrinking them down into exciting smaller shapes. What I loved most was the transformation of the fibers: I could take a standard-looking wool handknit and turn it into a brand new textile, stiff, yet soft to the touch, with all the colors blending as if they had always been a single material. I was hooked, and literally felted everything that wasn't pinned down. This was the career I had been searching for, so I marched down to the city and got myself a business license.
Two weeks later, fate dealt a surprising blow: I was hospitalized due to complications with my pregnancy. There, doctors told me if I wanted to save the baby, I'd have to lie flat on my back for the next four months. No sitting, no working, no running after my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter. It was from this mandatory confinement that Pick Up Sticks! patterns were born—right along with my son, who entered the world full term and perfectly healthy.
My mom Joan has been working alongside me since the inception of the company, encouraging and helping in more ways than I can list. She's been a sanity check, has a sixth sense for when something is going to work or not, and she's tested every pattern.
My family moved from Oakland, Calif. to Burlington, Vermont in Dec. of 2010 and Pick Up Sticks came with me. Unfortunately Joan could not :( She decided to retire after so many years of helping Pick Up Sticks, and is now enjoying her new life in Santa Cruz, California.
Today I run Pick Up Sticks from my home office in Burlington, Vermont. When my mom comes to visit, though, she always puts in her two cents!
I hope you enjoy my patterns and that you get as much pleasure out of knitting them as I've gotten from creating them!