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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/23/13) my very special guest will be my own father, David Xenakis--one of the founders and one the Xs in XRX, Inc. (home of Knitter's Magazine, XRX Books, & STITCHES Expos). David has been 'retired from the industry' for almost 7 years now... but he's been a busy boy! He was one of the original members of the Board of Directors of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. After serving for several years as a member of the board of directors of the South Dakota Symphony, he served as Interim Executive Director of that organization from Dec. 2009 to June 2010. He is in his 3rd year as a member of the Husby Performing Arts advisory board of the Washington Pavilion of Sioux Falls. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Washington Pavilion's magazine Now!Pavilion. He is also a member of the advisory committee for the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA). For those of you who don't know his story prior to his retirement, you have no idea just how cool it (and he) really is. And for those of you who have never heard him speak… all I can say is that if you like my voice, his velvety tones put my voice to shame (I swear that I could sell classes, at STITCHES, of David just reading the phone book). He is truly a renaissance man… classical pianist, composer, mathematician, historian, graphics expert, computer geek, author, master weaver, expert knitter, world traveler, entrepreneur, and a man that fills a room with his poise and presence.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/16/13) my guest will be the incredibly talented artist and dyer, Babs Ausherman… otherwise known as Miss Babs. Miss Babs is, of course, the owner of Miss Babs Hand- Dyed Yarns & Fibers in Mountain City, Tennessee. 'Miss Babs' was started by Babs in 2003. In 2005 'Miss Babs' morphed into 'Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers' as she developed the business and found that placing color on yarn and fiber had become her core focus. This was also the year that she moved from being a full-time adjunct instructor in marketing at a local university to fiber as a full-time passion and occupation. We're going to talk about her long and varied work experience… as a chef's apprentice, a real estate agent, an insurance agent, an office manager in a mental health facility, director of staff development in a hospital, teaching business courses at a community college, teaching marketing at a university, and finally becoming a dyer of some of the most beautiful yarn and fiber that can be found. We're also going to be talking about her philosophy as a business owner and as an artist. Babs is a fascinating lady. And I hope you'll tune in next Monday for what should be an exceptional show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/09/13) my guest will be the very talented Amy Herzog. Amy is passionate about sweaters people love to wear. She is the author of Knit to Flatter and designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. She is also a knitting expert on American Public Television's ?Knit and Crochet Now?. She teaches classes across the country and on craftsy.com, and her figure-flattering pattern designs have been published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty, and more. After several years of teaching knitting classes, she realized that knitters will skip modification math if they can but would really like to wear sweaters that fit them well. So she created CustomFit, a website that produces custom sweater patterns. It can be found at customfit.makewearlove.com. Amy will be with us to talk about all of that, the Opening Day presentation she's planning for STITCHES South, and much more. This will be a great show. I hope you'll join us.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/02/13) my guest will be my dear friend, Betsy Hershberg. Betsy is an award winning designer, teacher and author of Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-brained Knitter, published by XRX Books. After more than 50 years of knitting she is thrilled to have discovered a creative process that allows the left and right sides of her brain to play together nicely. She has yet to encounter a knitting project that cannot be enhanced by the judicious application of beads. She is a staple and a favorite at STITCHES Expos. And her Craftsy.com class Brilliant Knit Beads, has allowed her to share her innovative techniques with thousands of students. Betsy has also recently launched her own e-commerce site, The Studio B Knits Shop, where her original patterns, materials kits, limited edition and the occasional piece of her highly regarded, one-of-a-kind jewelry is available for sale. And since this show is airing on cyber-monday… I encourage all of you folks to save a few of your online dollars. Because I think you might find yourself infected with bead-mania by the time this show is over. Beyond the artistry that Betsy has to share, she has a message of empowerment that you will NOT want to miss. I hope you'll join us for this very special show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/25/13) my guest will be Theresa & Ron Miskin from the Buffalo Wool Co. Ron & Theresa have been playing with bison fiber for almost 10 years now. In addition to their 6 hand-knitting yarns, they have a line of American made ready-to-wear bison products… from socks & gloves, to felt hats and insoles. They work very closely with the American Bison Association as well as ranchers from Kentucky to Nebraska. They are dedicated to promoting and conserving the American Plains Bison and supporting the ranchers that raise them. They are exceptional people… people of the finest character. And I'm eager to interview them so I can share with all of you just how amazing and generous they are.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/18/13) my guest will be erudite Heather Ordover. Heather is a writer of stories, teacher of things, knitter of socks, designer, podcaster, spinner, weaver, mother of boys, tutor, and all around interesting person. I've listened to her CraftLit® podcast, read her knitting blog 'Mama O Knits too Much', and read her last book Grounded. She's eloquent and funny. I know you're going to love her. I can't wait to have her on the show so I can share the interview of this very classy lady with all of you.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/04/13), my guest will be the very talented Fiona Ellis. Fiona is a British trained knitwear designer & has been designing commercially since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Knitwear Design from DeMontfort University.Her original designs have been sold to major fashion houses in New York, London, & Paris for mass-market production and have been widely published through premier knitting magazines such as Vogue Knitting International, Interweave Knits, and Knitter's Magazine, also online at twistcollective.com. You can also find her patterns being carried by many leading yarn companies.She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits & Inspired Fair Isle Knits, both published by Potter Craft. They each contain instructions for 20 all new patterns with the addition of written & visual materials reflecting her design philosophy. Fiona has an innate creative flair, a keen sense for developing trends & trend prediction, and a unique talent for being able to communicate not only design ideas but also the principles of creativity. She's also just a lot of fun to talk to. I hope you'll join us next Monday for what should be a wonderful interview with a remarkable lady.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/28/13) my guest will be Kelly Wetherbee Lealos, one of the founders and owners of Namaste, Inc. (the folks who make the beautiful Namaste bags).Kelly is a former Occupational Therapist. She considers herself and all the like-minded fans and Namaste lovers to be "Namasterians"- beings who appreciate the human connection; those who are determined to kindle kindness and practice positivity and gratitude in daily life. Kelly believes that life is too short to sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff. She's a lucky mother of 1 and wife to a talented cameraman and co-founder of Namaste.Kelly is using the #Namasterian pedestal as a way to spread love, goodwill, and good karma in her little corner of the world. Namaste is a family owned and operated "shindig" and all materials are vegan and many materials are recycled.I'm very eager to interview this wonderful lady. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/21/13), Benjamin is back and will be interviewing Steve Malcolm, host of the very popular website ItTakesBallsToKnit.com and the brand new online knitting variety show - It Takes Balls To Knit - The Show.What can we tell you about Steve? There is so much to say. He's Canadian. He is a proficient knitter. He is a showman and a wonderful communicator. He has style. He has passion for the fiber arts world. And he is here make a difference.I hope you'll join us for this great show when we'll talk to Steve about his story and his adventure… as one man aspires to knit the world together, one stitch at a time!
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/14/13), Ron & Theresa Miskin will be interviewing Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. The Crochet Dude™).Drew has gone from unknown crafter to world-famous lifestyle guru in just a few short years. Fans know him from his many published books on crochet and knit, PBS television show, blog, line of products distributed worldwide, and his hand-dyed yarns.Drew is currently working on increasing distribution of his line of hand-dyed yarns; getting ready for STITCHES East; and taking care of his new puppy Tamaya.He'll be joining us to talk about is work and his 'Man of the Year Chemo Cap Challenge' for Halos of Hope.Drew is alway an exciting guest to have on the show. We hope you'll join us so you can hear from this icon of the fiber arts world.

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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/7/13), Ron & Theresa Miskin will be interviewing Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. Cornelia is now in the 30th year of her design career. She started in New York where she developed her talent during the early 80's. There she designed for knitting magazines, specialty shops and a private clientele. The high point of her time in NY was a hand knit collection under her own label that was sold to select boutiques in 20 states from Florida to Alaska. A move over the Atlantic from New York to Sweden 26 years ago gave her the peace and harmony to raise a family and further develop her artistic creativity. The business diversified and she started distributing the artisan yarn collections from Noro, Colinette, Koigu and Malabrigo in Scandinavia. Cornelia has 12 pattern books to her name. The last - Noro: Meet the Man was published by Soho Publishing in the fall of 2009. A new book will be released next month using the Poems Collection from Universal Yarn. For the past two years Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton has been focussing more of her efforts in designing for & promoting her own yarn label - Heaven's Hand. Please join us for what we know will be a wonderful show.
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Next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/30/13) my guest will be the very talented and very sweet Andi Smith. Originally from Yorkshire, England, she now lives in Ohio with her husband, two sons, dog, two cats and 14 chickens. She thoroughly enjoys exploring the different techniques that knitting, crochet and embroidery present and is always eager to share what she learns with others. Andi is an amazing designer and prolific knitter. Constant knitting is a family trait which she learned early from her mom and grandma. We're going to be talking about her fiber arts story. We're going to be talking about her first book, Big Foot Knits from Cooperative Press… which gives you all the tools you need to create a custom fitted sock that fits your individual shape and curves. And we're going to be talking about some other great design collections that she's working on.Andi is a delight and I'm looking forward to our conversation. I hope you'll join us for the show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/23/13) my guest will be my friend Johnny Vasquez. Johnny is the lead instructor at the Yarn Craft Academy and co-author of The 30 Day Sweater. As Head Honcho at Yarn Nation he works to provide resources that help grow the fiber arts industry and allow yarn lovers to enjoy their craft more fully. Johnny will be joining us to tell us about his work and a new project he's starting… The 30 Day Sweater Challenge… a month knit-a-long where he's going to try to get 5,000 knitters to make a sweater during the month of October. Johnny is a lot of fun. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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On a special Thursday edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/19/13) my guests will be some of the gang from Team STITCHES. I get lots of requests and suggestions about who to have as guests on the show. The one that has been most requested is the team that makes STITCHES Expos happen. People have told me that they want to hear how the shows work and what it takes to make an event like STITCHES happen. So I've decided to have Mavis Smith (our customer service manager and the person who takes care of the teachers), Lisa Mannes (who does a lot of our marketing & PR and who takes all the pictures at the shows), Kristi Miller (a.k.a. Knitters Brat who takes care of all the vendors and sponsors in the Markets) on the show next week for a special (extra) episode on Thursday at 11:00 am (central time). They are going to be talking about all thing STITCHES and giving highlights to our upcoming show in Hartford, CT in November. With a little luck they won't tell too many stories about me (smile). Oh right… And we're probably going to be giving away a few prizes for our live listeners. These are remarkable women. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/16/13) my guest will be Meg Swansen of Schoolhouse Press.Meg was taught to knit by her mother, British-born designer/writer Elizabeth Zimmermann. Meg & her mother began to work together in 1965 & ran their knitting-supply mail order business, Schoolhouse Press, until Elizabeth's retirement in 1990.Meg was the first to be profiled in Vogue Knitting's ?Master Knitters of the 90's? series and her designs & articles have appeared in Knitter's, Vogue Knitting, Threads & Interweave Knits magazines. Elizabeth, Meg & Chris (Meg's husband) began to produce books & instructional videos in 1981. At present, Schoolhouse Press has published 34 books, & 16 knitting DVDs.Schoolhouse Press supplies handknitters with books, wool, buttons, needles, kits, DVDs & assorted tools. Meg continues to publish books, design for & produce her semi-annual booklet, Wool Gathering, import wool from Iceland, Finland, Canada & the Shetland Islands, produce a free eNewsletter through her website, write articles for Vogue Knitting magazine & run four sessions of summer Knitting Camp.Meg has written 5 knitting books & lives with her cats in an old schoolhouse in central Wisconsin.I have had the great privilege & pleasure of knowing Meg for most of my life. I'm very excited to have her as my guest. You won't want to mis
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/9/13) by guest will be the lovely Anne Hamilton Bean. Anne will be joining us to talk about the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza, taking place in December.After leaving the teaching profession in 2007, Anne became active in the needle arts world and has worked with many companies and people in the industry. Currently, she works from home, serves on the board of the Extravaganza, and enjoys spending LOTS of time knitting. For those of you who don't know about the event, the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza is a yearly gathering of knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and all fiber arts lovers. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds come together to enjoy a special community with classes taught by nationally respected teachers, top-notch vendors, 2 fashion shows, a keynote address, door prizes, and other fiber-related fun. This year's event will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 5-7, 2013. Sally Melville is their special guest teacher this year.The Extravaganza is an up-and-comer in the fiber events world. And my good friend Anne speaks very passionately about what she and the board are trying to do with this event. I hope you'll join us to listen to this great lady.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (8/26/13) my guest will be designer, author, and owner of Trendsetter Yarns, Barry Klein. For those of you who don't know about Barry, he grew up in the knitting industry by working in his mothers' knitting store. With special training and the love of creating things by hand, Barry learned how to custom design patterns and create knitwear for customers and the movie industry. Barry and his Mom started Trendsetter with the idea of bringing the most exciting textured and fashion yarns to the knitting customer. 24 years since the start of his company, Barry continues to guide Trendsetter Yarns and create yarns that truly set the trends. He is a published author of 5 knitting books, T.V. knitting personality, knitting spokesperson/teacher at STITCHES Events, Vogue Live events, in store Trunk Shows and more. Barry has been a voted member of ?Top 10 Men who Knit Throughout History.? He is also good friend… and I'm very excited to share him with all of you. I hope you'll join us.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (8/19/13) my guest will be the very talented Susan B. Anderson. Many people know Susan from her popular knitting blog at www.susanbanderson.blogspot.com. Her designs have appeared in Knit Simple, Interweave Knits, Parents, Crafts Beautiful, and elsewhere. She is the author of Spud & Chloë at the Farm, Itty-Bitty Toys, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Hats, and of course her newest book, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. We'll be talking about her designs, her teaching schedule, and her newest book. Susan is one of those really talented and sweet people in the industry. I'm really looking forward to this show. I hope you'll join us.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (8/5/13) my guest will be my dear friend Pamela Haschke, founder of Halos of Hope. Pam's inspiring story of beating stage 3 breast cancer—nine years now in fact—then turning that experience into advocacy through Halos of Hope always touches my heart. We're going to talk about some of the strides that Halos of Hope has made, since the BuZZ shaved my head last year, including a review of a wonderful in-store event that just recently took place at Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, CA. And we're even going to be announcing a fun new campaign, working to help more cancer centers across the country, with a very special opportunity for our Hooligans for Hope. This show will be an affirmation. I hope you'll join us for what I know will be an inspiring episode.
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Chelsea King was a 17 year old fatal victim of a sex offender. But she was a lot more than that. She was a beautiful soul who loved & was loved by everyone. When her life was cut tragically short, her family wanted to do something to carry on her spirit & help protect other children. So they created Chelsea's Light Foundation. Chelsea's Light's mission is to unite & lead people who are passionate about protecting children. Chelsea's Light has been instrumental in passing stricter sentencing laws for sex offenders & providing scholarships for young adults.When Nancy Leuer & Veronica Van from Dream In Color wanted to honor Chelsea's life & support the foundation, they decided to create a one of a kind accessory dyed in an exclusive color… Chelsea's Shawl. Stephen West graciously agreed to help by donating the proceeds from one of his patterns.My guests for the next show (7/29/13) are Veronica Van from Dream In Color, and the founders of Chelsea's Light Foundation, Kelly & Brent King, Chelsea's mother & father, who will be joining me to talk about Chelsea, the foundation, & Chelsea's Shawl.I have rated this pre-recoreded show mature. Some of the subject matter on this show could be upsetting. This is not a show for little kids. This may not be an easy show to listen to for some adults. But this is an important story to tell. So if you think you can handle it, I hope you'll listen to my courageous & inspiring guests.

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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (07/15/13) my guest will be Laura Wilson-Martos from Dizzy Blonde Studios. Laura is an indy dyer and an aspiring knit designer based in Southern California. She started Dizzy Blonde Studios in 2008 and she refers to it as her ?Kitchen Sink? business.Laura specializes in hand-painted and hand-dyed yarns in various weights. Each of the colorways in the 2 main lines have been inspired by one sort of blonde or another. Dizzy Blonde Superwash sock are all classic/classy blondes. The Dirty Blonde Superwash DK have been inspired by blondes who have a bit of a ?reputation."Laura is well know for her annual yarn club; The Mean Girls Yarn Club. The colorways are inspired by villainesses in literature, in both the written and visual mediums. As fun as this sounds her newest endeavor is even more fun… the KnottyGirls Knitcast (a podcast which Laura co-hosts with Jen Moraca). Laura describes her new podcast as a place… "Where Knit Culture and Geek Culture collide…and ADD meets OCD on the OC."If you haven't already figured it out, this podcast is going to be very funny. I hope you'll tune in for this episode.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (07/08/13) my guest will be designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit. Franklin is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. He recently founded Yarn Shaming, because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him back. Franklin's varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective; and a regular columns for both Knitty.com and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com. He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Midwest, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.I'm very excited that he could fit the show into his very busy schedule. I hope you'll join us for what should be an historic episode.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (07/01/13) my guest will be the very talented and dynamic, Becca Smith, owner of BagSmith. One of the things that I love about Becca's company is that it's really a family operation… Becca's mother, son, and husband have all be involved in the business. BagSmith is perhaps most well known for Big Stitch projects and yarns, worked on size 11 needles and larger (and their size 35 and 50 needles are also very popular). Becca, herself, is a lifelong knitter and longtime fixture in the fiber industry. Becca & BagSmith offers fun, innovative, and creative challenges to an ever-changing market through a line of unique products featured at more than 600 independent yarn shops throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and France.Becca is not only a good friend, she's an 'out of the box' thinker… and it shows in her products and ideas. I hope you'll join us for what should be a very unique episode.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (6/17/13) my guest will be my dear friend and 'Dye Pot Goddess', Jeannie Randolph, owner of Fiesta Yarns. Jeannie has been the owner of Fiesta Yarns for over 12 years and is the driving force behind the amazing colors that her company produces… if you've ever picked up a skein of La Boheme, you'll know what I mean. Jeannie is also one of the most savvy marketing minds that you could ever meet. I hope you'll tune in next week when I'll have the distinct pleasure of sharing one of my best friends with you.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (6/10/13) my guest will be Lindsey Martin of Erin Lane Bags. Lindsey is an 8th grade teacher by day and organizational superhero by night. Armed with a sewing machine and design prowess, (from her mom) she is solving the organizational problems of the knit/crochet community. She founded Erin.Lane with her mom 4 years ago with just 5 products. Since first exhibiting at STITCHES, they now have 19 products that organize everything from notions to large blanket projects. Lindsey runs the studio after school & during her planning period (please don't tell her principal).Lindsey is unlike any business person that I know. She's charismatic. She's outspoken. She's more interested in what's real than what is politically correct. And find her a 'breath of fresh air' in the business community. Like most things in Lindsey's life she doesn't do anything the way you would expect. How else can you explain a full teaching schedule & running a small business--total insanity and a dash of creative drive. This show should be a lot of fun. I hope you'll join us to see what Lindsey will say (I know I'm curious about how it will go).
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (6/3/13) my guest will be designer, teacher, and entrepreneur Gwen Bortner. Gwen is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaching at venues, including STITCHES, throughout the country and is the author of Entree to Entrelac. Her designs can be found in a variety of knitting magazines and through her business, Knitability, LLC. Education is probably the most important component of the Knitability business plan as all efforts focus on the company motto of "Taking Knitters to the Next Level". Whether teaching at a local yarn shop or at a national knitting convention, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys. Gwen's teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, ?My job is to make the students' toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! In the process of providing options, more skills are developed and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is knitting is fun, if you added something to your toolbox and had fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class.? Gwen has a lot to say about designing, teaching, and the teaching of teaching. I hope you'll tune to hear what she has to say on what should be an exciting and insightful episode of Fiber Hooligan.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (5/20/13) my guests will be the marketing powerhouse duo, Kathy & Steve Elkins who are the co-owners of WEBS - America's Yarn Store located in Northampton MA & online at yarn.com. WEBS was founded in 1974 by Steve's mom. Kathy & Steve took over in 2002. Prior to WEBS, Steve was Director of On-Premise Sales in CT for Pepsi while Kathy was Director of Marketing for Tommy Hilfiger Footwear. They both hold MBAs. When not at WEBS you are most likely to find them in a hockey rink cheering on their two boys. Steve & Kathy continually bring excitement & energy to the fiber arts world. They're also really sweet people who are always willing to support worthwhile charities. Their own podcast, Ready, Set, Knit!, is one of my favorites. I've been privileged to have been a guest on their show where they let me ramble on about me. I'm thrilled to be able to have them on Fiber Hooligan so we can talk about THEM! Please join us for this very cool show.

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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (5/13/13), my guest will be Laura Bryant, owner and creative force behind Prism Yarns. Laura specializes in color & hand-dyed yarns, and has published over 70 pattern booklets for Prism. Laura has written six books, including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Her newest book newest book is Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books. She teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her very popular classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.Laura will be sharing her story with us… and talking about her inspirations and her take on the fiber arts world. She is one of smartest people in the industry. You owe it to yourself to NOT miss this podcast episode.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guest will be Nathania Apple, co-owner of Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, California. Her designs have appeared in Knitty, Twist Collective, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and on Ravelry.com. Her passion for color & texture meet in the intricate workings of lace, cables & colorwork. Nathania is an award-winning image consultant, certified color designer, and yoga instructor. When not in the shop, she spends time with her husband, three daughters, and three dogs in downtown San Jose?and teaching Yoga Tune Up®, a therapeutic yoga technique. Nathania is also one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. She'll be talking with us about what it's like to run a yarn shop, her philosophies on the industry, her approach toward customer service & building a community, and about a charity project that she's working on in her store with her partners. Everyone who meets Nathania falls in love with her… and if you tune in next week, you will too.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guest will be the very funny and talented Myra Wood. Myra is a fiber artist, both a knit and crochet wear designer, and author of Crazy Lace and Creative Crochet Lace along with numerous published patterns in magazines and books. She's appeared on numerious TV shows including Knitty Gritty & Knit and Crochet Now. Myra teaches a wide range of inspiring knit and crochet classes for STITCHES Expos and Craftsy.com. She'll be joining us to talk about her design sensibilities, how she approaches design, as well as to talk about a special project that she's working on. We'll also be having the winner of the guest co-hooligan contest, Mary Sarnese, on the show to help with Myra's interview. You won't want to miss this episode.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guest will be Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. The Crochet Dude™). Drew is going to talk to us about his career as a designer, teacher, and as an icon in the fiber arts world. He's also going to be talking about his new line of yarns and the other great things he has planned for this year. This is going to be a show you will not want to miss!

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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan my guest will be the very talented designer, teacher, podcaster, and entrepreneur, Marlania Bird. We'll be talking about her designs, the work she does with yarn companies & publications, and the classes she does at events and on Craftsy.com. Marly is one of the most positive, energetic, and creative people in our industry. And my conversation with her is not only going to be interesting… it should also be a lot of fun! Oh yeah... And there WILL be prizes given away on this show!
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Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guests will be some of the gang from Team Ravelry. We're going to talk about some the things that they are working on, their philosophy on the fiber arts community, and their most recent milestone of getting to 3 million users on Ravelry.com. I'm not exactly sure who from this dynamic team will be joining us on the show, but I know it's going to be great. You'll want to tune in for this episode.
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This week we have some very special friends joining us to talk about our 'Under the Sea for Kids' campaign - a hat and toy bombing for children who are being treated for cancer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston & Scottish Rite.BeLinda Creech of Elephants Remember Joplin, Pam Haschke of Halos of Hope, and Marian Rose from the Atlanta Knitting Guild have partnered up with XRX, Inc. to make this spring special for the youth of Atlanta as part of our program for STITCHES South 2013.We are excited about this opportunity for four great groups to come together to do something fun for these kids and the Atlanta community. Please join us!
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For our next show, my guest will be Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter's Magazine. He'll be talking about K110, the Spring 2013 issue, in local yarn stores and on newsstands now, as well as teasing you with what you'll see in the upcoming Summer issue. We invite you to listen as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter's Magazine. Gain insight on how it all comes together—stitch, color, and silhouette—along with logical approaches to what appears on the page and why. You'll want to have your hard copy or digital edition (on your iPad, or computer) of Knitter's 110 at hand for the full experience of Rick's visit with us. (Note: If you don't have a copy of K110, you can follow along with the projects on the K110 patterns pages on Ravelry.) Besides being our editor, he is a creative designer with lots to share. And I know you'll love his insights as much as I do.
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Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

I'm pleased to announce that I have scheduled the premiere podcast of Fiber Hooligan. And we've got an amazing show planned. My first guest will be the incredibly talented author, Debbie Macomber. Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that comprise family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope. Please join us on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 am (Central Time) as we talk about knitting, her own story, her beautiful yarn store, her most recent book, the wonderful work that she's doing with World Vision, and much more.
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