We are very excited here at ALTERKNIT NEW YORK to launch our new blog!
One of the things we love is getting to know our customers. We fix clothes
belonging to some very interesting people. So interpersed with different
types of entries we’re kicking off our blog with one of our favorite customers
We’ve reknitted a hole in one of her leg warmers and altered a pretty green striped dress. Jessica McNamara is the founder and beekeeper at the Honey Bee Local a local source of honey in New York City.
We interviewed Jessica to learn more about her about her and her business.
AlterKnit: What inspired you to start your business?
Jessica: I used to be a lawyer, but I wanted to live a different kind of life. I had already been beekeeping for a few years, and I quit my job to grow my beekeeping business. Honey bees are incredibly important not because of the honey they produce, but because they pollinate many of the plants that we eat. Right now they are struggling to survive in our industrial food system that relies on monocrops (growing one crop on acres of land) and pesticides. In a very small way, by raising bees without antibiotics or chemicals, I’m trying to shift how people think about food so we can make better choices about how it is produced.
AlterKnit: What’s your favorite favorite color?
Jessica: My favorite color is blue.
AlterKnit: What food is your favorite?
Jessica: That’s a hard one! I have many favorite foods.But I’ll choose a vegetable since they are underrated. Kohlrabi is amazing. Its a member of the cabbage family that looks a bit like an alien. It’s sweet with a mild pepper taste. I usually slice the base and roast it with olive oil, salt, pepper and Parmesan. You can eat the greens too.
AlterKnit: What do you do in your spare time?
Jessica: I spend most of my spare time biking, doing yoga, growing food, cooking, and traveling.
AlterKnit: Which is your favorite sweater brand?
Jessica: Anything I can find in my mom’s basement.
AlterKnit: What is your favorite holiday?
AlterKnit: What was your first job?
Jessica: Working for a supermarket as a cashier.
AlterKnit: What was the last book you read?
Jessica: Right now I’m reading The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan. It’s about the evolution of human intelligence.
AlterKnit: Whole Foods or Trader Joe?
Jessica: Whole Foods, although I prefer local farmer’s markets.
AlterKnit: Cow Milk or Almond Milk?
Jessica: Almond milk. I make my own, because the commercial brands are filled with sugar and other fillers. It’s easy – just blend almonds and water and filter it.
AlterKnit: Flats or heels?
Jessica: Flats. I like being comfortable!
AlterKnit: Dye hair or go gray?
Jessica: Haven’t had to worry about that yet!
AlterKnit: Botox or not?
Jessica: Not. I look forward to embracing old age.
AlterKnit: Regular or diet?
AlterKnit: Favorite sports team?
Jessica:The one my boyfriend cheers for.
AlterKnit: What did you have for breakfast?
Jessica: A homemade kale shake.
AlterKnit: Who is your favorite superhero?
Jessica: Kamala Khan.
AlterKnit: What is your favorite website?
AlterKnit: If you could live in another place where would it be?
Jessica: Somewhere on the Mediterranean.
AlterKnit: If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Jessica: A Modern Day Nancy Drew. (I like investigating things.)
AlterKnit: Can you tell us a few places where we can buy your product ?
Jessica: Right now I sell my raw honey, candles, lip balm, and propolis mostly through word of mouth. People can contact me through my Facebook page (Honey Bee Local), or email (email@example.com). I will also be selling honey at the annual NYC Honey Fest at Rockaway Beach on September 12.