Donna Druchunas began her career as a technical writer for large corporations such as Pyxis, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, Top Gun Fighter Weapons School, and a few other small companies. She then worked for Medialab (a small software company) out of her home in Colorado. At Medialab Donna wrote copy and manuals for software.
With over 25 years experience in technical writing, she has carried her knowledge over to the knitting world, writing patterns and developing books for fellow knitters. Her second book, Arctic Lace (about a knitting co-op in Alaska), is a smashing hit and has been in publication since 2004. After working with large knitting publishers, Donna has decided to try her hand at self-publishing.
She has made several trips to Western and Eastern Europe seeking out the international history of knitting. Currently (2019) she & her husband take 15-17 knitters to the Eastern European country of Lithuania every two years to meet with fellow knitters and see the sites in Lithuania.
Some of Donna’s career highlights:
- Indie Yarn Dyer
- 11 Knitting books
- Audio CDs
- Knitting DVDs with Interweave
- Countless knitting articles in various periodicals
- Knitting teacher (retreats, wool markets, shops, guilds, craftsy.com)
- Various Knit Alongs on Ravelry.com with many patterns (Ravelry: druchunas)
- Online sock knitting videos with Craftsy.com
- Translation of German knitting books to the English language
- Successful website (sheeptoshawl.com) chock full of knitting information
- Worked with various knitting publishers as a tech editor in the industry
- Recently opened up a local knitting studio in her hometown of Barton, Vermont
And so much more.
Crafting has always been with Donna since her elementary school days.
Donna was born in New York City, but today lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with my husband and three cats, who are very helpful when it comes to testing new knitting designs.
Want to pick Donna’s brain? Want to know how to self publish your book? How about learning how to be in front of a video camera? Publish your knitting patterns, articles, or books with large publishers? Learn about her failures and successes?