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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.
Direct download: show_6374113.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_6339507.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.
Direct download: show_6293337.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT