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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.
Direct download: show_5964737.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5948989.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_5881551.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT