TORRINGTON — British-born Jody Long loves to tell how his nan taught him to knit at the age of seven. His first disastrous bunny sweater made him more determined to master his craft. By the age of 14, Long was knitting for the neighborhood, earning himself pocket money to feed his creative passion.
Long went on to college, but after only two months, he was offered a job in the knitting industry. He worked for Woolcraft, King Cole, Stylecraft , and Sirdar as a designer. Magazine work soon followed, which he said he found unsatisfying creatively, since magazines are specific about what they want rather than what a designer wants to create.