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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