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Meet Kristen, the newest addition to our team!


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I’m thrilled to introduce you guys to Kristen, who just joined us last week at CPHQ!

We’d only just begun thinking about hiring someone and writing a job description before the holidays when Kristen emailed us. Her skills and background were a great match, but what may have clinched the deal is discovering that she too has a grey cat named Basil.


(That’s Kristen’s Basil on the left and ours on the right.)

Kristen studied fashion design at FIDM and has worked doing fashion design, fashion illustration, and designing hand knits. Like everyone else at CP, she loves cats and coffee.

Kristen is going to be focused on helping design and develop new patterns. She’ll be working on everything from the initial design and sketching, all the way through creating instructions and doing layouts.

Since she’ll be working on this sort of nitty gritty behind the scenes magic, I’ll still be doing the blogging around these parts (and still working on patterns myself, of course). Having her help means we can explore all kinds of new ideas, though, which I am extremely excited about. I think you guys will love some of the stuff we have planned for the rest of this year.

Please welcome Kristen aboard!

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Hello Kristen (big ole wave from VA)…….. while I am a dog person, a cat named basil (a delicious food item) is a super duper plus!!!!!!

Johanna@projects by me

Hi Kristen! It must be awesome to work at Colette patterns and with Sarai! Good luck!
BTW I have grey cat too, but she’s named Siri (which is kind of an old-fashioned Swedish name).


I’m very excited that CP is growing! Welcome Kristen. I look forward to wonderful new patterns in the months to come.


How very exciting! Can’t wait to see the new designs. Congrats to you Sarai! And a very warm welcome to Kristen ~


Welcome Kristen, but more importantly – your (Sarai’s) Basil looks just like my Bailey!


Welcome Kristen…. how exciting and wish you the best of luck!!!


Welcome Kristen! Good luck at Colette Patterns.


Welcome aboard! I can’t wait to see what kind of goodies you guys come up with! :)


Aw.. Her Basil looks like my Leo!


welcome Kristen! good luck with team Colette! Sarai and Kenn are some of the nicest people ever, so I’m sure you’re going to love it!


Indeed, they are! I am very lucky to be working with such great people!


Welcome, Kristen! Nice to hear a little about you, and I look forward to getting to know you better through the exciting world of Colette Patterns!! :)


Exciting news! Welcome, Kristen!


Welcome, and have fun (sounds like a dream job)!


Thank you! It really is a dream job, and I am very excited to be here!


welcome Kristen. I’m super jealous of your job!


Hello and welcome Kristen,
Wishing you all the very best in your new and exciting post.
Enjoy :)


Welcome Kristen to the wonderful world of Colette Patterns! We are all very excited that you are joining the team, look forward to getting to know you. Love to see the CP team grow!


Hi from Wales, Kristen! Looking forward to seeing your future creations.


Thank you so much for the warm welcome, everyone! I am very excited to be here!


Congratulations Kristen! It is so exciting to see the new developments at CP. (A blog follower from the heart of Cheshire in the UK.)


Welcome, Kristen! She sounds like a fantastic addition to the team!


Hip Hip Hooray for Kristen! And for new Colette patterns!


Hi, Kristen! About those handknits mentioned above, are there patterns somewhere we can peek at?


So only the cat pictures showed up in my google reader feed, and the headline says “newest addition” and that made me think you added kitties to the team!

Congrats to Kristen, even if she’s not a kitty :)


Yay, Kristen! I so look forward to seeing what you and Sarai (and Kenn!) cook up. People who have cats named Basil are the best sort. (Though, I might be biased.)


Yay Kristen! super exciting new developments indeed!

but don’t work on those patterns too too fast! I still have a few more hazel dresses that I want to make ! I’ve been wearing a flannel one everywhere right now!


Welcome Kristen and Basil

I hope you enjoy your new job


Welcome Kristen! Very excited to see what’s up next :)


Welcome Kristen. I’m sure you will enjoy working with Sarai and Kenn. They are good people and I know you will make a nice addition to the team.


Nice to meet you Kristen! Hope you settle in quickly and have fun in your new job.

P.S. Basil is very handsome (I hope he wasn’t named after Basil Fawlty!)

Merryl Chantrell

Hello Kristen and a big welcome from Downunder and I love Basil. He looks like a Russian Blue? BTW I love Ginger Basil too :-)


I think she is a Russian Blue, but I’ve never been totally sure!

Rachel Marie

Ooooh, that must mean more new patterns, hooray! Welcome, Kristen!


Welcome Kristen, I can’t wait to see your input reflected in the new patterns to come.


Welcome Kristen. You are so blessed to have such an awesome place to work (if that’s what you call it). Also, I can only imagine that Sarai is terrific to work for.


Welcome Kristen!
Love both your gorgeous Basils :))


Yay for Kristen! From what I’ve read, you should have a total blast working there! :)


Congrats! Also, right when I saw this post I thought: Kristin looks like she could be my sister (a younger, prettier sister)! Danish/scandinavian ancestry? Anyway…good luck to you both!


Wellcome kristen!

Hope you enjoy in such sweet team and job!

I really envy you! (in the good sense)

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