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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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Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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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Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5078819.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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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Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT