I've retired from a wonderful career in graphic design and now spend my time volunteering for local animal-related organizations -- from fostering tiny kittens for adoption to assisting visitors at Seattle's award-winning Woodland Park Zoo. My knitting experience goes back decades, and includes co-authoring the now classic how-to book "The Knitters Guide To Sweater Design," published by Interweave Press. Almost all of my knitting goes to help non-profit groups, especially my "cat hats" which are sold at fairs and special events. All proceeds from these patterns go directly into the PayPal account of South County Cats, an amazing all-volunteer non-profit that provides free and low cost spay/neuter, TNR (trap. spay/neuter and rescue/release) of feral felines, plus foster/adoption of adoptable kittens and cats.