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After enjoying international acclaim over the past fifteen years as a hand-knitting pattern designer under her MinnowKnits™ label, Jil Eaton is now producing a line of superfine superwash Jil Eaton MinnowMerino™ yarn. Produced in Peru, her extraordinary machine-washable hand-knitting yarn has a micron count one point away from cashmere. A lofty single ply, this lovely merino is a knitter’s delight, available in 28 gorgeous colors. www.classiceliteyarns.com


After a multifaceted education in art at Skidmore College, Colby College and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Jil Eaton’s professional career as painter, graphic designer, arts administrator and restauranteur has dressed her in many hats, most lately as an internationally acclaimed knitting designer. She designs, publishes and distributes an independent line of hand-knitting patterns for children and adults under the MINNOWKNITSTM label. A formidable knitter, Jil Eaton’s designs have a comfortable, but chic silhouette, encompassing both the traditional and the newest trends, adapting everything in easy-to-knit projects with great attention to detail, fresh styling and unusual colourways. Fascinated with color and fashion, Jil’s inspiration comes from many diverse directions, including everything from the bold designs of French sailor suits to richly hued Andean tapestries. Never at a loss for ideas, Jil produces two collections annually, designs for VOGUE KNITTING INTERNATIONAL and other publications, and is busy with her tenth book. Her Learn-to-Knit Kits are distributed nationally and internationally. Jil has a feature column, “Ask Jil” in Vogue Knitting’s magazine Knit Simple. Always returning to her deep-seeded love of knitting, designing knitwear focuses all her talents. Her spacious studios are clean and white, full of sketches, drawings, photographs, and delicious yarns. Jil juggles work for the collections, travel, life with her husband David, her son Alexander, and a charming Cock-a-poo, Rexi-Martine. Bibliography MinnowKnits, Uncommon Clothes to Knit for Kids, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 1996. MinnowKnits, Too, More Uncommon Knits for Kids, Big and Small, Clarkson Potter, NYC, 1998. Big Fish Little Fish, QuickKnits for Kids and Grown-Ups, NTC/Contemporary, Chicago, IL, October 2000. Minnies, Handknits for Babies and Toddlers, NTC/Contemporary, Chicago, IL., October 2001. Simple Chic, Designer Knits, Super Quick!, Breckling Press, Chicago, IL, September 2003. After Dark, Uncommon Knits for Night Time, Breckling Press, Chicago, IL, October 2004 PuppyKnits, 12 QuickKnit Fashions for your Best Friend, Breckling Press, Chicago, IL, October 2005 Top Dog, 12 Qicknit Fashions for your Big Best Friend, Breckling Press, Chicago, IL, October 2006 Pipsqueak Knits, 12 Deluxe QuickKnits for your Baby & Toddler, Breckling Press, Chicago, IL October, 2008

MinnowKnits separates, chic and charming handkitting patterns in clear colorways and simple silhouettes, for children’s wear. Available throughout the US and Canada in fine yarn and crafts shops. Distributor – Books & Patterns & Yarn

Classic Elite Yarns 122 Western Avenue Lowell, MA 01851 800.444.5648


For more information contact: Stephanie Doben jil@minnowknits.com www.minnowknits.com

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Jil Eaton 2009 Press Kit After a multifaceted education in art at Skidmore College, Colby College and the Graduate School of Design at Harva...

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