One knitting/crocheting material that is growing in popularity right now is plarn (plastic yarn). Plarn is made from shopping bags, something that we all have too much of in our homes. Some of the common items that crafters are using plarn for include rugs, sleeping mats for the homeless, bags, and baskets.
I had been knitting for a few years before I first heard of tech editors. As an English major, I had experience with proofreading students’ papers, so it made sense to me that anything that is written needs to be checked for errors. Two years ago I acquired Kate Atherley’s book The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns, and it really resonated with me. After reading it, I found myself critiquing the patterns I was knitting from.