Every month we are going to post a profile of someone who is involved in the production of O-Wool! This month we are starting with Jocelyn Tunney, owner of Tunney Wool Company and new producer of O-Wool.
Please read these brief interviews and enjoy!
How did you get involved in the hand knitting yarn industry?
A friend of mine taught me to knit in college, but I fell into fiber arts as an art major in college and it evolved from there. After college, I moved to New York City and was lucky enough to be hired at Knit New York (now closed). After working there for a year, I moved over to work with Berta Karapetyan at School Products and Karabella Yarns. Berta is a fantastic designer and business woman, and my time spent working under her and with Karabella's gorgeous yarns was invaluable.
I decided to pursue a Master's Degree in woven fabric Textile Design at Philadelphia University and started working part-time for Lisa R. Myers at Rosie's Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia PA. When Lisa started Fairmount Fibers and took over the Manos del Uruguay US distribution, I began working for her full time. A blissful chain of events!
The opportunity to take over O-Wool arrived in May 2010 and, given my love of fiber, yarn, knitting, the organic mission and working the wholesale end of things, I decided to take it on. It's been an exciting and educational ride and I look forward to participating in this industry for many years to come.
What do you do when you're not working for O-Wool? Family, pets, hobbies, favorite place to go locally or on vacation?
When I'm not researching, designing and working a job I adore, I'm probably at home knitting. In between stitches I spend time with my dogs, cats and fantastic boyfriend, foster animals through the Pennsylvania SPCA (right now we have Peggy Olson and JMeoww), go out for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal, or have a good pint of beer at a small concert in the city. My favorite place to visit is Saratoga Springs, NY - it is the greatest small city in the world and I try to get up there as often as possible.