Yarn Careers: Jessica Hough – Tester at Happily Hooked

Hey there Jessica! You’re a tester for Happily Hooked aren’t you?

I am ? I absolutely love it!

When did you begin testing for Happily Hooked?

I began this summer at Happily Hooked.

Did they approach you or did you apply to a job offer?  How did you make that all important connection?

I saw my friend Amanda on the team and asked her how to get on the testing team. She spoke to Emily and I did. I gave her my background info along with studying at ACA and YPS. I was already sharing them around on my media and Emily said yes! I almost dropped my phone lol

Oh how exciting! It always pays to speak up. What is the testing process?

A very close team with no sharing projects till release date of course. The editors let us know which patterns are up for testing.

Do you get to choose which pattern you will test or is it chosen for you?

You get it to choose and comment you would like to test that project. They have a limit to make sure one doesn’t get too many at once and get overwhelmed. It’s pretty neat. I’m working on a design by Lee right now.

This sounds really fun! Do you get paid, copies of magazine, yarn support or do you do it for the fun of it all?

I don’t want to get into details, as I can only speak for myself.  The bonus I love most is getting a copy of the issue issue I test for free on Ravelry.

I don’t test for the money but the experience and relationships one can build is priceless! I couldn’t imagine not being their team now.

I’m so glad you look at it that way! Being part of a team is so important and there are many ways of being compensated that are not only financial.

Yep! It’s the relationships and team work that one can build from. If you’re just after the money it may not go the way you want to go.

How long to you get to complete a test piece?

You have ten days to submit your final pieces sometimes more time is given depending on what the project is. I usually complete it within 5 days or so for small projects depending how many questions are bought up.

Do you often have to go back with questions or are the patterns normally well written?

They’re usually pretty well written.  Sometimes a piece of the pattern is forgotten or a number was typed wrong so the numbers don’t line up.  Their pretty good at responding quickly and willing to help figure things out if one gets stuck.

That’s good to know, as a designer with Happily Hooked my patterns disappear once submitted in the magazine with no clue as to what happens before they re-emerge in the magazine.  Is this a job you would recommend to others?

I would definitely recommend it, especially if you follow a magazine already 😉 I love being behind the scenes.

Do you have any plans submit any designs yourself?

I would like to. I have a Star Stitch Pullover I’m planning.  I showed Lee and she said it’s worth a try to send in.  I just don’t know how to write patterns …

Ohhh… as an aside the first course offered with Yarn Academy membership is how to write professional patterns. Just sayin’

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to become a tester?

I recommend they’d be comfortable reading patterns and their heart to be in the right place and they can go far. ? If they don’t know how to read patterns, I highly recommend checking out American Crochet Association with Salena Baca. That’s where I learned.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me Jessica.  I  always find it thrilling to glimpse behind the scenes and testing is a really important part of the design process.

So there you have it, being a tester for a magazine means working fast and you can network and learn from the best!

Let me know in the comments if there is a career in yarn you want to learn more about.














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The Founder of Yarn Academy Babs is all about inspiring others to find their creative juices. Babs finds it exhilarating to learn as many new techniques and skills as humanly possible and explore the entire world of yarn. Babs is always looking for the win win solution to any situation so we can all grow together in the wonderful world of fibre and colour.

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