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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.
Direct download: show_6065701.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_6062893.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_6006147.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT