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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.
Direct download: show_5822009.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5805037.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5777123.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5740505.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT