Hilary Smith Callis aka The Yarniad (named in honor of Homer’s Iliad) first made her mark in handknit design after her first pattern, the Citron shawlette, was accepted for publication inKnitty’sWinter 2009 publication. Today that pattern continues to be very popular boasting more than 11,000 projects on Ravelry.
Hilary’s grandmother taught her to knit when she was young, but it wasn’t until just after she married in 2007 that she started making more than scarves. After finishing her first sweater, Hilary started improvising designs. And after her first pattern was accepted for publication, she got more serious about sharing her designs with others. Hilary now designs knitwear and writes original patterns, focusing on wearable, feminine garments and fun accessory pieces. You can find her patterns in publications includingKnitscene Magazine, Twist Collectiveand the bookBrave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere.
By day, Hilary work part-time as a Project Scheduler for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a 747SP aircraft housing a 2.5 meter telescope and suite of instruments that make astronomical observations from 41,000 feet in the air.
Originally from the Central Valley of California, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, Daniel.