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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/22/14) my guest will be Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces and Dave Van Stralen from Louet North America. Beth and Dave are joining me on the show to talk about TNNA… The National NeedleArts Association.
 
In case you’re not familiar with TNNA, it was established in 1975, and it serves as an international trade organization representing retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, manufacturers’ representatives, publishers, teachers and wholesalers of products and supplies for the specialty needlearts market.
 
These businesses create and market hand painted needlepoint canvases, hand-dyed and specialty crochet and knitting yarns, embroidery, needlepoint and cross-stitch materials, kits, furniture, notions, gifts, books, publications, accessories, tools and more.
 
Beth, Dave, and I are going to be talking about the upcoming show in Phoenix, AZ in January as well as all the other great things TNNA has to offer. I hope you’ll join us for what should be a fun and informative show.
 
About Beth Casey…
The owner and creative force behind Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby, Beth Casey is an artist's artist. She and her crew provide the yarn community with beautiful colors, fabulous yarns and generous smiles. Always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas, Beth is constantly dreaming up something new, from colorways to yarns, to partnering with local yarn stores to bring innovative products to stitchers everywhere. She lives in Chicago where she shares her life with her husband and a dog named Sam.
 
Abou Dave Van Stralen…
Working in the Fiber Arts industry for the past 20 years.  All of this time working for Louet North America, a family business.  Took on President of Louet North America in 2008. Attended TNNA shows since 2000. Member of Spinning and Weaving association from 2000-2011 holding different positions on committees and eventually Chairman 2010-2011. Helped transition the Spinning and Weaving association to become a Product segment group of TNNA in 2011. Spinning and Weaving Group Chair 2011-2013. TNNA director at large 2014-2017. TNNA VP 2014/15
Direct download: FH_73_TNNA.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/15/14) my guest will be Tina Newton. Tina considers herself foremost, a colorist and dyer. She is also the owner of Blue Moon Fiber Arts which will be 14 years old this year. She brings to the yarn world a wealth of fiber knowledge that she has collected through her experiences running Blue Moon and her successful sock club, The Rockin’ Sock Club.
 
As she describes it, her fiber love affair began as soon as she sat down in front of a spinning wheel with a handful of wool. Soon after, she began dyeing her own roving and discovered not only a talent but a red hot passion. She then began translating her color inspiration and theory from her own handspun onto mill spun yarns, Blue Moon Fiber Arts was born and her world exploded.
 
Tina has a fertile imagination and the practical creativity to support it, her energy is contagious and inspiring. Community has always been an important factor Tina’s life and work. Whether through events, yarn or teaching she loves sharing her vision and working with others to spread the love of fiber, yarn, knitting, spinning, and dyeing.
 
Tina is someone that I’m pretty fond of. And I can’t wait to have her on the show. I hope you’ll join us.
Direct download: FH_72_TinaNewton.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/08/14) my guest will be designer Kyle Kunnecke. Kyle spent his childhood as the creative kid who wouldn’t sit still. As an adult, he's always working on multiple projects, including designing knitwear patterns, creating products for his shop, teaching, and helping others find ways to use the fiber arts as tools to combat depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
 
His passion for using creativity to help others began in high school. While living in Phoenix, AZ in 1989, he was involved in peer educational theater; teaching about issues such as teen pregnancy, date rape, prejudice, homophobia, HIV/AIDS and peer pressure. Realizing the value of connecting the arts with education, Kyle continues to use his work as a mechanism for change.

In 2003, after moving to Los Angeles, he learned to knit from his former theater director, and began to contemplate the ways the craft might be used to share information and unite communities. As the years progressed, he worked to increase his knowledge, starting a website, blog, and attending the first Men’s West Cost Knitting Retreat.  In 2009, he organized a worldwide project receiving more than 200 squares from over 50 knitters and crocheters to make a blanket for a knitter who was battling testicular cancer in Holland.

In 2010, Kyle moved to San Francisco to pursue work in HIV prevention and public health, and also began releasing knitwear patterns. Original designs can be seen published in numerous knitting and fiber arts magazines, in books, and under the Kyle William label on his website www.kylewilliam.com.

In 2013, he curated Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Connections; a Palo Alto, CA based nonprofit that helps folks touched by breast or ovarian cancer. The collection of 15 knit and crochet patterns includes information about the organization as well as facts and resources related to breast cancer. 
 
Kyle believes creativity has the power to heal, and that when we share our story with others, the world becomes a better place. I think is a pretty remarkable guy. I hope you’ll join us for what I know will be an inspirational show.
Direct download: FH_71_KyleKunnecke.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/10/14) my guess will be the very talented crochet designer Ellen Gormley. Ellen has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written two books, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, published in 2011, and recently released Learn Bruges Lace. Now, Ellen is an instructor for Annie's Online Classes and is the editor of Crochet! magazine.
 
Ellen is also very sweet… with a tenacious spirit. I hope you’ll join us for the show.

Direct download: FH_70_EllenGormley.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/03/14) my guest will be my dear friend and Dye Pod Goddess, Jeannie Randolph, owner of Fiesta Yarns. Jeannie has been the owner of Fiesta Yarns for over 13 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.

She is also one of the most accomplished marketing minds that you could ever meet. I hope you'll tune in next week when I talk to one of the best people I have ever met.

Direct download: FH_69_JeannieRandolph.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (10/27) my guest will be David Babcockthe Knitting Runner.
 
David is the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he did in Kansas City last October.
 
Coupled with a great deal of skill and endurance, David credits his choice in using Lion Brand’s Hometown USA as a factor in his amazing accomplishment!
 
Lion Brand is sponsoring David in the New York City Marathon on November 2nd, 2014. He is committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.
 
I hope you’ll join us for what I know will be an inspirational show.

Direct download: FH_68_DavidBabcock.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/20/14) our guest will be designer, author, and teacher, Jen Lucas.
 
Jen Lucas has been knitting since 2004 and designing since 2008. Her designs have been seen in several magazines, including Knitscene, Love of Knitting, and Knit Simple. Her best-selling book, Sock-Yarn Shawls, was released in January 2013. You can also find dozens of her self-published patterns on Ravelry.  When not knitting, Jen can be found at her spinning wheel, reading or pinning crock pot recipes on Pinterest. She lives in Fox River Grove, IL with her husband, Alex.

Jen is also just a really good person. And I know you’ll enjoy hearing from this very talented designer. I hope you’ll tune in.

Direct download: FH_67_JenLucas.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/06/14) 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 (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), 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.
 
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 Expos, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.
 
I'm very excited that he could fit the show into his very busy schedule. It will be great to have him back on Fiber Hooligan just before STITCHES East 2014.

Direct download: FH_66_Franklin.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (09/15/2014) my guest will be Art & Barbara Elkins… the founders of WEBS - America’s Yarn Store.
 
We’ve had Steve Elkins (their son) and his wife, Kathy Elkins, on the show before to talk about WEBS. But this is going to be a fun, almost prequel to that show.
 
Art & Barbara are going to share with us the history and the evolution of WEBS… from a basement business to the industry leader that it has become over the last 40 years. And for those of you who may have missed it… this is the 40th anniversary of WEBS.
 
These are two remarkable business people who I remember meeting for the first time when I was a teenager. 
 
I’m so please to have them on the show so you can hear how they defined an innovated their business model in the fiber arts world. I hope you’ll join us for this very special show.
Direct download: FH_65_Art_Barbara.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (09/15/2014) my guest will be Andrea Marquis of YarnSuperhero. She is a long-time knitter crocheter, and newly impassioned spinner. She loves to make things and grow things, and her superpowers include working with what is available, seeing the bright side, and helping people reach their 'Next Great Idea'.

With twenty years of business to business sales experience, Andrea approaches the yarn business and the rest of life with an improvisational spirit. An unrepentant optimist with a weird love for spreadsheets, she is a member of the small but mighty Spinzilla committee.

Andrea will be joining us to tell us more about herself as well as telling us all about Spinzilla. This will be a first for us Fiber Hooligans… delving into the world of spinning.

I can’t wait to have Andrea on the show so we can learn more about her and this growing (even international) event that is Spinzilla.

Direct download: FH_64_Spinzilla.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

This week my guest is Karin Skacel the president of Skacel Collection, Inc.
 
The Skacel Collection has been supporting Local Yarn Shops as a wholesaler of high-end yarns and needles for over 27 years. 
 
Skacel is the sole North American distributor for the addi Turbo® line of hand-knitting needles and accessories, as well as the Zitron, Schulana, HiKoo®, artfelt®, and Schoppel yarn lines.  As a family owned and operated entity, they strive to provide top-notch customer service world-class products and cutting-edge designs
 
Karin has been involved in the artistic crafts industry her entire life. Prior to taking over Skacel, she taught classes in glass fusing and lamp work, clothing design, sewing, knitting, crochet, and pottery painting. She is also the leading authority on art felt® in North America. She was the first to experiment with the paper and through trial and error has discovered many amazing possibilities using the paper as a base for felting. She is currently working on an artfelt® book and has been teaching classes and doing demonstrations throughout the United States.
 
Although her resume and credentials are impressive… it doesn’t do justice to this remarkable and generous lady who does so much to support the entire fiber arts industry. I can’t wait to have her on the show so you can learn more about Karin and her company.
Direct download: FH_63_Karin.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (08/25/14) my guests will be knitwear designer and author, Deborah Newton.

Deborah has been designing knitwear for the yarn industry and Seventh Avenue for over 30 years. Her book DESIGNING KNITWEAR (Taunton Press) has been in print since 1990. Her most recent book FINISHING SCHOOL (from Sixth & Spring) was chosen by Amazon to be one of their Top Ten Craft Books of 2011.

She lives in her favorite city Providence, Rhode Island, with writer and book reviewer Paul Di Filippo. She is an avid gardener and also works daily in her family's business Maps for the Classroom.  

Deborah has been a collaborator and ‘friend of the family' for decades. And I’m so pleased to be able to share this wonderfully talented lady with all of you. I hope you’ll join us for a great show.

Direct download: FH_62_Deborah.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

Next week (08/04/13), my guest will be the very talented Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter’s Magazine. He’ll be talking about upcoming Fall 2014 issue. We invite you to listen as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter’s Magazine.

Rick, who also is the co-host of STITCHES, will also be giving us his take on what we’ll be seeing at STITCHES Midwest in early August… from the market to the fashion show.

He’s one of the smartest and most creative people in the fiber arts world. And I know you’ll love his insights. I hope you’ll join us for the show.

Direct download: FH_61_Rick.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (07/28/14) my guests will be Veronica Van from Dream In Color Yarn andSteve Elkins from WEBS - America’s Yarn Store.

These returning champions of the show are back to tell us how they are going to work together to help support Chelsea’s Light foundation with a new beautiful kit… which includes the Rivington Cowl pattern from Kirsten Kapur.

We’ll also be talking about new fibers from Dream In Color as well as some great stuff from WEBS as part of their year-long 40th anniversary celebration.

This is going to be a fun show. And it should be a great time to catch up with two of our favorite past guests. 

I think these are two of the very best people of the fiber arts industry. I hope you’ll join us for the show!

Direct download: FH_60_WEBS_DIC.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

OK…  my guests (07/21/14) today are the newest dynamic duo to hit the fiber arts scene, Steven Be & Stephen West.

These two amazing fiber artists are on an epic fiber tour across the United States — the Stephen & Steven Tour - 2014To imagine it fully, you have to first conjure up thoughts of a traveling rock band, then take away the bus, the sweaty roadies, and the music. Add instead two jet setting, fabulous Steph(v)ens (one with a 'v' and one with a 'ph'), luscious yarn and wild creative abandon and then... you’re almost there. 

I managed to catch up with these fiber artist road warriors in Denver, CO. I hope you'll tune so you can hear from these inspiring men yourself.

Direct download: FH_59_Stephen_Steven.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

Next week (07/14/14) my guest will be the very talented Australian crochet designer, teacher and author Jenny King.


She has been designing in crochet since about 10 years of age… well before she knew it was called designing… just making what she wanted without a pattern. Then, at age 12, she made her first crochet bikini from a pattern in a magazine. There were lots of designs in every magazine as it was the 70’s and crochet was supreme! Then the patterns for crochet dried up so she just grabbed a Vogue Knitting magazine and crocheted to the schematics in Vogue. Didn’t everybody? Apparently not.

She crocheted her first bikini commercially and sold it to a boutique in Byron Bay at age 15. Many years have passed and many projects have been created.

Now Jenny is all about teaching crochet and writing the patterns for others to make her designs.  And the reason for this is that she would like everyone to feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from creating a work of art, the sense of peace that comes from crocheting and the ability to open up the brain with the satisfying rhythm of repetitive stitching.

She believes that taking time out each day to stitch is both therapeutic to the body and brain and will always keep it young.  So she is attempting to take over the world one crocheter at a time so that everyone can have this pleasure. 

Jenny will be our first guest from Down Under. And I’m delighted to be able to share this preeminent crochet designer with all of you. I hope you’ll tune in for this show. It should be a lot of fun… and heck… you’ll love her accent.

 

Direct download: FH_58_Jenny2.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

Next week (07/07/14) my guest will be the very talented and stylish Kristin Omdahl.

Founder of StyledByKristin.com and design company KRISTIN, Kristin Omdahl frequently contributes to the website that bears her name.  In addition to showcasing her designs, Kristin serves up terrific articles about knitting, crochet, yarn and even a few sneak peeks at what's new.  

Kristin Omdahl designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN, and is the author of “Knitting Outside the Swatch" (Interweave, October 2013), "The Finer Edge" (Interweave, December 2012), "Seamless Crochet" (Interweave, December 2011), "A Knitting Wrapsody" (Interweave, January 2011), "Crochet So Fine" (Interweave, July 2010) and "Wrapped In Crochet" (Interweave, 2008). 

She was the crochet expert for 8 seasons on Knitting Daily TV on public television, and she conducts seminars around the country on crochet and in her DVD workshops, "Crochet Basics and Beyond with Kristin Omdahl" (Interweave 2011) and "Innovative Crochet: Motifs" (Interweave, 2009). Kristin’s work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Vogue Knitting, plus books including "Blueprint Crochet Sweaters" (Interweave 2012), "Unexpected Afghans" (Interweave 2012), "Crochet Gifts" (Interweave, 2009) and "Crochet Me" (Interweave, 2007). 

Passionate about design, Kristin seeks inspiration in textures and geometric shapes found in nature. Her quirky fondness of mathematics and attraction to natural fibers make knitting and crochet heaven on earth for this talented designer.

She’s got a lot of projects going right now. She also has some big announcements that we will be lucky enough to hear directly from her. I hope you’ll all tune in for what I know will be a remarkable show.

Direct download: FH_57_Kristin.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (06/30/14) my guest will be very talented and effervescent crochet teacher, designer, and author Stacey Trock.

Stacey has been bringing cuteness into the crochet-world with her adorable stuffed animal designs since 2008. Her website, FreshStitches.com is a premier destination for crochet patterns, tutorials and kits. She is the author of Cuddly Crochet, Crocheted Softies and Modern Baby Crochet.

Stacey firmly believes that there's no 'right way' to crochet and enthusiastically experiments with a variety of techniques (even less-popular ones!) to achieve the desired finished product. This philosophy spills over into her teaching style: she encourages students to discover what works best for their own crocheting style for maximum crochet enjoyment!

A passionate crafter and advocate for self-sufficient living, Stacey and her husband live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she also knits, bakes bread, makes jam and tends to her garden!

Stacey personifies cute… and that cuteness is infectious. I hope you’ll join us for a healthy dose of both creativity and enthusiasm.

Direct download: FH_56_Stacey.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (06/23/14) my guest will be very funny and enthusiastic Nicole Snow.

Born in central New Jersey where she grew up in a log cabin and spent hours playing craft corner with an old fashioned cash register and her parents office supplies, Nicole Snow is the founder and CEO of Darn Good Yarn  the world's greatest online recycled silk yarn company. Nicole had known since the seventh grade that she wanted to serve as an officer in the United States Air Force; she started taking flying lessons when she was 13, dreaming of flying KC10's. Nicole attended college on a Full United States Airforce Scholarship at Clarkson University in upstate New York, where she played on the tennis team and was a Resident Advisor.  She also met Mike, a fellow Resident Advisor who became the love of her life and now husband while at Clarkson. Nicole received a Bachelor's of Science in Business and Technology Management with Honours, with a concentration in International Business in 2004.

Nicole served two years of active duty service as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, before launching ‘ round the Om', a general imports from around the globe company in 2006. Mike’s career as a Civil Engineer has taken Nicole to California, Alaska, Utah, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. Wanting to create a business that she could take anywhere with her and fulfill her goal of creating social consciousness through crafting and design, Darn Good Yarn was founded. Since 2008 Darn Good Yarn has saved over 25, 000 pounds of material from ending up in landfills, recycling it, and employing over 300 women in India and Nepal who create Darn Good Yarn's hand-spun, hand-dyed silk yarn and craft supplies.

Nicole is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Policy Commitee, and in 2013 was the $25,000 Grand Prize Winner of FedEx's inaugural Small Business Grant Contest. She has worked closely with Maine’s Governor Paul LePage since 2013 to grow Micro-Businesses in the state, and has passionately shared her own micro-business expertise as a consultant.

Nicole and the Darn Good Yarn gang are currently moving—bringing Darn Good Yarn operations to Schenectady, New York, where Darn Good Yarn will open their first retail location in the historic downtown business centre this month. But she’s be taking a break from unpacking & renovating to talk to us about her story and the amazing business that is Darn Good Yarn.

I’ve had a chance to talk with Nicole… she’s not only an amazing entrepreneur, she’s a kick! I hope you’ll all tune in next week so you can hear from this dynamic woman yourself.

Direct download: FH_55_Nicole.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (06/16/14) my guest will be very talented and versatile Edie Eckman. Edie grew up in Georgia but has spent most of her adult life in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She learned to knit and crochet from her grandmother, who lived with the family, and to sew and needlepoint from her mother. While she always had some kind of craft going as a child and teen, it wasn't until she was a young adult that knitting became a passion. One of the first sweaters she made was a complex fingering-weight shawl-collared vest made with a combination of fair isle and intarsia. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best choice for a beginner, but she didn't know any better than to try to attempt it.

Edie serves as a technical editor for yarn companies and independent publishers and writes columns for both Creative Knitting and Crochet! magazines. Her designs have appeared in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Creative Knitting, Knit N Style, and many other publications. She has taught at STITCHES events, The National Needlearts Association, The Knit & Crochet Show, Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair, New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck), Fall Fiber Festival (Montpelier), and other national venues.

She considers herself fully bi-textural, and likes to serve as a Knit-Crochet Diplomat, easing the schism that can exist between the two disciplines.

Edie is one of the smartest and hardest working people in the fiber arts world. She’s also very sweet and someone I consider a friend. I hope you’ll join us next week so I can share this very special lady with all of you.

Direct download: FH_54_Edie.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (06/09/14) my guest will be nationally known knitting instructor, Anne Berk. Anne was born in Grinnell, IA., and learned to knit at age 8, from her friends’ mom. She did lots of crafts, growing up… crochet, embroidery, counted cross-stitch, macramé, sewing. She moved to Portland, OR at age 10. In college, she was a camp counselor at Camp Namanu in Sandy, OR, and was a craft director for a few summers. Her main interest besides school and crafts was singing, playing guitar, and writing songs, and she worked her way through college and grad school by performing (weddings, restaurant sets, musical theater, etc.).

Anne majored in Natural Science at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, pre-med. Her junior year was spent studying abroad, in Ireland, where her interest in fiber arts was re-kindled. While there, she knit and crocheted all year, but on returning to the States, she didn’t have time or resources to keep it up, and went back to studying (and singing) full-time.

Anne attended Pacific Univ. College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR, becoming an Optometric Physician in 1985, and also married Bill Berk, a fellow student, that same year. They set up private practice together in Portland, and expanded to a second office in Clackamas a few years later. They now live in Clackamas and still run both practices full-time.

When her now grown children started school, she felt the urge to start crafting again. She did a lot of needlework, and decided to start knitting, also. When Anne ran out of space on the walls for the needlework, she got serious about knitting, and decided to enroll in the TKGA Master Handknitting program. As she worked through the program, a patient of hers, who owned an LYS, asked if she would be interested in teaching in her store. It turned out that she not only enjoyed teaching… she was pretty good at it. By the time she graduated from the Master Handknitting program in 2003, she was teaching at events in the Northwest, and had a busy sideline doing commission work for yarn store customers who needed hand-knits finished, repaired, restored, or custom-made.
 
She is a problem-solver by nature, which makes her a very good doctor, and has also informed her path as a knitter.  She builds knitting courses based on problems that knitters have, trying to solve issues in the most efficient way possible.

For the past three years she has been working on her self-published book, Annetarsia Knits, a hardcover, 224 page resource for intarsia instruction at every level.

Anne has to be one of the busiest people I know. But she’s going to take a break from her practice to tell us her story and talk to us about her new book. I hope you’ll join us for what I know will be a fun show.

Direct download: FH_53_Anne.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (06/02/14) my guest will be Patty Lyons. Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

After deciding to leave her previous life as a Broadway stage manager to follow her passion and work in the knitting world, Patty managed a New York yarn store, and then in 2008 she joined Lion Brand Yarn to create the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City, where she served as the Studio Director for five years.

Patty now teaches nationally at guilds & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and STITCHES. Patty’s popular classes can also be found online at Knitting Daily (Interweave Press) and Craftsy, and her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Patty designs for yarn companies like Cascade Yarns and Takhi Stacy Charles, and her designs and knitting articles can be found in Vogue Knitting, Creative Knitting, Knitter’s Magazine, Knit 1,2,3, and KNITStyle magazine.

Patty loves to knit, crochet, spin and has even dabbled on the knitting machine. She is currently attempting not to get sucked into another yarncraft, but weaving is looking pretty interesting.

Patty lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a room full of yarn, and her rooftop garden. But she’ll be taking a break from her busy schedule and her rooftop garden to join us for what should be a great show. I hope you’ll tune in so I can share this wonderful lady with all of you.

Direct download: FH_52_Patty.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (05/26/14), 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 line of yarns, his new Craftsy.com class and the other great things he has planned for this year. This is going to be a show you will not want to miss!

Direct download: FH_51_Drew.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (05/12/14), my guest will be Stuart Hochwert, President and Founder of Prime Publishing. Stuart is an expert and really a cutting edge entrepreneur in world of internet marketing and content creation. He's also, in my opinion, a giant in the online fiber arts world. Prime Publishing is his 4th media start-up. Their group of 27 cooking and crafting properties creates, aggregates and reviews original content. The brands span digital websites, e-mail newsletters, social media, licensing, e-commerce, business information, and marketing services. If you don't recognize the name, Prime Publishing, that's because you probably know them from their more well know online presciences like favecrafts.com, AllFreeKniting.com, AllFreeCrochet.com, StitchAndUnwind.com, and the Knit Picky Patterns eNewsletters… to name just a few. He and his team are great folks that do a wonderful job reaching millions of knitters and crocheters with killer content. And they've been great partners me, to our company (XRX, Inc.), and to many of our STITCHES vendors and sponsors that we work with. I'm excited to have him on the show to talk about himself, his company, and something new that we have planned. I hope you'll join us for what I can guarantee will be an exciting show.

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

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (04/28/14) my guest will be Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool. Originally from North Carolina, Laura earned a Master's in Poli Sci but switched gears while earning her PhD to computer programming (a favorite subject of hers). After lots of hard work, she landed a software developing job in Palo Alto, which is where Laura met her future husband, Doug! Wanting a change from the hectic pace of Silicon Valley, they moved to scenic Tahoe where Laura started to design websites for small companies. During this time, she learned to knit and loved it, which is how Laura met Lorna - owner of a local hand-dyed yarn company. She encouraged Laura to follow her true passion (knitting!) and voila! Doug and Laura emptied their savings account and Jimmy Beans Wool was born! We're going to be talking about the evolution of Jimmy Beans Wools, Sitch Red, her philosophy on business, the fiber arts industry, successes, challenges, and what's in store for the future. Laura is one of the most savvy business people in the fiber arts world. She's also someone who's courageous and generous of spirit. I'm so happy to be able to have her on the podcast. I hope you'll tune in for what should be a great show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (04/17/14) my guest will be Julia Grunau of Patternfish.com. Julia grew up amongst engineers (dad & brother, summer jobs). She got an English degree, then worked for some R&D tech companies before 1990 becoming (as far as she knows) the first woman to sell printed circuit boards in Canada (having become interested in knitting two years before). After seven years, she decided that she would rather sell yarn instead of torpedo and telecommunications parts, so she became an outside sales rep, selling yarn to yarn stores in the Toronto area. In 2005 Julia became frustrated by having to go to 40 different websites to find PDFs to buy. She wanted a kind of Barnes & Nobles for knit/crochet PDFs and there wasn't one. It occurred to her that she might be well placed to do it (techie background, techie friends, lots of knitting contacts by then). So Patternfish.com was incorporated in October 2006 and launched a year and a half later, in June 2008. Since then Patternfish.com has become the largest pay-only site on the internet for knit and crochet designs, with over 16,000 top-notch patterns from hundreds of fine publishers (both corporate and indie) including Sirdar, Knitting Pure and Simple, Mirasol, Prism, Classic Elite Yarns, Lucy Neatby, Anne Hanson's Knitspot, Rowan, both the Noro and Debbie Bliss Magazines, Cabin Fever, Bergere de France, the UK Hand Knitting Association, and many others. Over 6,000 of them are exclusive to Patternfish.com as digital downloads, so there's a lot of unique things to see. Julia is really smart and a lot of fun. I hope you'll join us so you can hear from this remarkable woman.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (04/07/14) my guests will be Pam Haschke of Halos of Hope and Marian Rose from the Atlanta Knitting Guild. We're going to be talking about our ‘On Safari for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta' campaign; an animal themed hat drive for children who are being treated for cancer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston & Scottish Rite. These ladies are not only dear friends of mine... they both inspire me. And you're going to want to tune in to hear their stories and how these amazing women are once again helping the community of Atlanta.
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Next week my guests will be my dear friends BeLinda Creech and her wonderful daughter Cee Cee, now famous for her Elephants Remember Joplin campaign. Eleven year old Cee Cee Creech started her journey with elephants as a little girl with a big vision. In 2011, at the age of eight, she became aware of the disaster that was unfolding in Joplin in the aftermath of a devastating tornado, and she was sure that she could do something to help. She started knitting elephants for the children impacted by the tornado, while people caught her enthusiasm and spurred her on by donating money to the Red Cross for each elephant she brought to life. Since then, Cee Cee has been featured in 6 national publications, was a runner up for the Hearthsong Heroes award, and was the 2013 Jay Buckey Humanitarian Award recipient. She has also been interviewed on numerous radio programs, and even managed to get an elephant to NBC's Brian Williams as a reminder about the needs remaining in Joplin. With the support and encouragement of her mother, BeLinda, and much of the knitting community at large, Cee Cee has continued to give to others through the simple gift of creating things with yarn. Cee Cee has raised over $12,000 and donated more than 1450 handmade toys for a variety of charities. Currently, Cee Cee is working with Ty Pennington (formerly of ABC's ?Extreme Home Makeover?) on his Pencils of Promise fundraiser, with the goal of building schools in Guatemala, and her ?Elephants for Guatemala? campaign has a new herd in the making. I hope you'll all join me next week for what should be a wonderful and heartwarming show.
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On the next pre-recorded edition of Fiber Hooligan (airing on 03/24/14) my guest is the iconic Barbara Walker. Mrs. Walker has been an idol and guru to knitter's worldwide for decades, the first of her many comprehensive collections of knitting patterns appearing in 1968. But that's only part of her impressive list of achievements in a variety of fields. Born in Philadelphia in 1930, she studied journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and later worked for the Washington Star in Washington, D.C. It was there in the 1970s that she became interested in feminism, while working with a local hotline that helped battered women and pregnant teens. After relocating to Morristown, New Jersey, Mrs. Walker became a teacher of the Martha Graham dance technique. The first of her many notable and respected books on feminism, spirituality and myth was published in the mid-1980s, as was the Barbara Walker Tarot Deck, for which she supplied the illustrations. Her complete writing career has been split between knitting books, produced in the late 1960s through the mid-80s; and women's studies and mythology books, produced from the 1980s through the early 21st century. And her influences continue to be felt by more than just the fiber arts world. It was a rare privilege to interview her for Fiber Hooligan! I hope you enjoy this very special show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (03/17/14) my guest will be Mary Colucci. Since the mid-1990s, Mary Colucci has served as the Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council (CYC), a nonprofit trade association that represents major yarn resources, needle/hook manufacturers, publishers, and consultants to the yarn industry. In that capacity she oversees all educational and promotional campaigns for the industry association, as well as monitors consumer research and retailer initiatives. She is also Executive Director of the Warm Up America! Foundation, one of the industry's leading charities. Prior to joining the CYC, she was president of CM Communications, a consulting firm, which was formed in 1988 with her business partner Christina Holmes. They handled a wide variety of consulting assignments, including product development and product launches, market research and numerous public relations campaigns. From 1975 to 1988, Colucci served as Executive Director of The National Needlework Association, another industry group. She organized an extensive network of trade shows, education and public relations programs. Prior to joining TNNA, she was editor of Sew Business, an industry trade magazine. Mary will be joining us to talk about the CYC, Warm Up America!, and the newest CYC initiative… Changing Global Health One Stitch at a Time. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (03/03/14) my guest will be designer, teacher, and now author Brooke Nico. Brooke began her designing activities by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost 10 years ago, first exploring modular construct, then lace. In 2006 Brooke became part owner of Kirkwood Knittery in St. Louis, MO. Brooke got inspired by the intricacies and challenge of lace knitting in 2008. This is really where she has made her mark on the knitting world. She sees the patterns in small mathematical blocks & creates some of the most beautiful flowing garments in the field today. Her talent has been recognized by Vogue Knitting, Knitter's Magazine, & Debbie Bliss magazines. She taught at the first VKLive event in New York City in 2011 and at VKLive L.A., as well as many STITCHES events. Her first book, Lovely Knitted Lace (published by Lark) is being released as we speak. The sub-title of the book is ‘A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables'. I have a pre-release copy of her book and I have to tell you that it's just beautiful. Brooke is a lot of fun. She enjoys giving me a hard time, which should make for an interesting episode. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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Next week (02/17/14) my guests will be Barbra Pushies & Maridee Nelson, the creators & owners of the Yarnover Truck. The story behind this is great. They met in 2010 at a Tuesday night knitting group & became fast friends. One night at group, Maridee mentioned she was thinking about opening a yarn store. She had a name and a location all picked out, but the financial realities of a brick and mortar yarn store seemed overwhelming. During her weekly knitting class at work, Barbra brought up her friend's yarn store idea. It was always a dream of Barbra's, too, but, like Maridee, it always seemed just out of reach. One of the members of the knitting group suggested a yarn truck and immediately Barbra was enamored with the idea. Hours of Google research on mobile retail business and one overwhelmingly long email to Maridee later, they found themselves on Melrose talking with one of LA's first mobile boutiques. On July 5, 2012 the Yarnover Truck was born. This year the Yarnover Truck team, as well as the Yarnover Truck itself will be on the STITCHES West Market floor. These ladies have a lot planned for the weekend. I'm looking forward to having them on the show so they can tell us what they've been up to and what we can expect at STITCHES and in the future. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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On this re-recorded edition of Fiber Hooligan (02/11/14) my guest is Anne Kuo Lukito. Though she's been crafting & sewing all her life, Anne did not get into knitting until mid-2006. After teaching herself, she could not stop thinking about knitting and began making up patterns almost immediately. In early 2008, she submitted a few designs for publication and by late 2008, her designs appeared in Knitty, Interweave Knits & in 101 Luxury One-Skein Wonders. Since then, Anne has designed for several yarn companies and her work has also appeared in many other publications, including several books and magazines like Twist Collective and Knitscene. Her designs generally have a modern and fresh sensibility with a fun and innovative twist. One of the things Anne really enjoys is the opportunity to share and exchange knowledge with other knitters and with students. Anne teaches at knitting shows (including STITCHES), yarn shops, guilds and has also presented at a BlogHer conference and at Craftcation. Anne continues to develop her self-published designs under her independent design label and she also operates a small boutique distributorship, Crafty Diversions, which represents highly talented knitting designers in distributing their patterns and products to yarn shops. Anne's patterns, tutorials and blog can be found on her own website.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (02/03/14) my guest will be the lovely and talented Myra Wood. If you haven't met Myra, you're going to love this lady… she's extremely charming and very funny. Myra is an internationally know fiber artist, designer, author and teacher. She teaches a wide range of classes in knitting, crochet, embroidery and beading… specializing in all things creative. Her online class, "The Perfect Fit Seamless Crazy Lace Cardigan" is available at Craftsy.com. Myra is the author of Creative Crochet Lace and Crazy Lace along with numerous published patterns in books and magazines. Myra's been a guest instructor on numerous episodes of Knit and Crochet Now, Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads on PBS, HGTV and DIY Network. Most recently Myra has just finished a new book with XRX Books (my company), Knit In New Directions, which will be debuting at STITCHES West… where she'll also be presenting a killer Opening Day program. We're going to be talking about all that and more on this show. I hope you'll join for us so I can share this exceptional lady with all of you.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/27/14) my guest will self confessed "technique freak" and "skill junkie," JC Briar. JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. She shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops & fiber festivals and through her book Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, & beauty. At Stitch-Maps.com, you can browse through a collection of over 500 stitch patterns, each displayed in the form of a stitch map. We're going to talk to her about her plans for the future of Stitch-Maps.com as well as the other cool stuff she's been up to. If you've met her, then you already know that JC is scary smart. She is also someone that I feel very lucky to call a friend. I hope you'll join for us for this show so I can share this exceptional lady with all of you.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/20/14) my guest will be Rosemary Hill from Designs by Romi. Romi was born into a crocheting family and learned in preschool, but the call of the needles was always strong, and her mother finally relented & taught her to knit as well. It was love at first stitch. She knit off & on until 2002, when she resumed knitting passionately after a long hiatus, discovering the internet knitting community in the process. Learning to knit lace prompted the 2005 founding of her company, Designs by Romi, selling handmade shawl pins & sweater closures. She is currently working on a lace book for Interweave and 2 subscriptions: her latest Small Shawl eBook (Y4, also an app!) and The Great Oddments Knitdown. Her patterns have appeared in books, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knitty, and Twist Collective. Interweave Press published her first book: Elements of Style: Knit + Crochet Jewelry in late 2008. We'll be talking about all of this as well as her Craftsy class! Besides being uber talented, Romi is also one of the sweetest people you could meet. I hope you'll join us for this show.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/06/14) my guest will be John Levisay, CEO of Craftsy.com. John co-founded Craftsy in 2010 because he believed that there was a better way for people to learn and interact around their passions & hobbies. Prior to Craftsy, John held executive roles at eBay.com and servicemagic.com. He joined eBay in1999, as head of Strategy & BD. He helped launch eBay Motors, growing it into a $14 billion a year global business. John later ran the Business, Photo, and Music categories on eBay and served as CEO of Kruse International, a 100-employee subsidiary of eBay Motors. Prior to eBay, John spent 6 years at General Electric, graduating from GE's Financial Management program and Corporate Audit Staff. John received his MBA from The University of Michigan and his BA from Colgate University. He grew up in Spring Valley, IL and comes from a family of crafters. John lives in Denver, CO with his amazing wife and two children. His hobbies include history, music, photography, movies, cooking, and cake decorating. John is not only an interesting man, he's also a really good guy. He has helped to bring so much to the fiber arts community. And I'm pleased to finally have him on the show. I hope you'll join us for what should be a great interview with a remarkable and visionary man.
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