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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.
Direct download: show_5457533.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5438633.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5412109.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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
Direct download: show_5397335.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5388163.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT