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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/23/13) my guest will be my friend Johnny Vasquez. Johnny is the lead instructor at the Yarn Craft Academy and co-author of The 30 Day Sweater. As Head Honcho at Yarn Nation he works to provide resources that help grow the fiber arts industry and allow yarn lovers to enjoy their craft more fully. Johnny will be joining us to tell us about his work and a new project he's starting… The 30 Day Sweater Challenge… a month knit-a-long where he's going to try to get 5,000 knitters to make a sweater during the month of October. Johnny is a lot of fun. I hope you'll join us for this show.
On a special Thursday edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/19/13) my guests will be some of the gang from Team STITCHES. I get lots of requests and suggestions about who to have as guests on the show. The one that has been most requested is the team that makes STITCHES Expos happen. People have told me that they want to hear how the shows work and what it takes to make an event like STITCHES happen. So I've decided to have Mavis Smith (our customer service manager and the person who takes care of the teachers), Lisa Mannes (who does a lot of our marketing & PR and who takes all the pictures at the shows), Kristi Miller (a.k.a. Knitters Brat who takes care of all the vendors and sponsors in the Markets) on the show next week for a special (extra) episode on Thursday at 11:00 am (central time).
They are going to be talking about all thing STITCHES and giving highlights to our upcoming show in Hartford, CT in November. With a little luck they won't tell too many stories about me (smile). Oh right… And we're probably going to be giving away a few prizes for our live listeners.
These are remarkable women. I hope you'll join us for this show.
On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/16/13) my guest will be Meg Swansen of Schoolhouse Press.Meg was taught to knit by her mother, British-born designer/writer Elizabeth Zimmermann. Meg & her mother began to work together in 1965 & ran their knitting-supply mail order business, Schoolhouse Press, until Elizabeth’s retirement in 1990.Meg was the first to be profiled in Vogue Knitting’s “Master Knitters of the 90’s” series and her designs & articles have appeared in Knitter’s, Vogue Knitting, Threads & Interweave Knits magazines. Elizabeth, Meg & Chris (Meg’s husband) began to produce books & instructional videos in 1981. At present, Schoolhouse Press has published 34 books, & 16 knitting DVDs.Schoolhouse Press supplies handknitters with books, wool, buttons, needles, kits, DVDs & assorted tools. Meg continues to publish books, design for & produce her semi-annual booklet, Wool Gathering, import wool from Iceland, Finland, Canada & the Shetland Islands, produce a free eNewsletter through her website, write articles for Vogue Knitting magazine & run four sessions of summer Knitting Camp.Meg has written 5 knitting books & lives with her cats in an old schoolhouse in central Wisconsin.I have had the great privilege & pleasure of knowing Meg for most of my life. I'm very excited to have her as my guest. You won't want to mis
On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (9/9/13) by guest will be the lovely Anne Hamilton Bean. Anne will be joining us to talk about the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza, taking place in December.After leaving the teaching profession in 2007, Anne became active in the needle arts world and has worked with many companies and people in the industry. Currently, she works from home, serves on the board of the Extravaganza, and enjoys spending LOTS of time knitting. For those of you who don't know about the event, the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza is a yearly gathering of knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and all fiber arts lovers. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds come together to enjoy a special community with classes taught by nationally respected teachers, top-notch vendors, 2 fashion shows, a keynote address, door prizes, and other fiber-related fun. This year’s event will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 5-7, 2013. Sally Melville is their special guest teacher this year.The Extravaganza is an up-and-comer in the fiber events world. And my good friend Anne speaks very passionately about what she and the board are trying to do with this event. I hope you'll join us to listen to this great lady.
On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (07/08/13) 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, 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. He recently founded Yarn Shaming, because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him back. 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 Midwest, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.I'm very excited that he could fit the show into his very busy schedule. I hope you'll join us for what should be an historic episode.
Exene is a singer, artist and poet whose work traverses virtually every aspect of those disciplines. Best known as the singer for X, one of the leaders of the late-'70s/early-'80s California punk explosion, Exene Cervenka has also issued solo albums, launched several side bands (The Knitters), and penned books. X just announced plans to join their east coast comrades, BLONDIE, as a Special Guest on their fall U.S. “No Principals Tour.” Set to kick off September 5th, the bands will hit U.S cities including Atlantic City, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta and Philadelphia before wrapping October 4th in New York City at Roseland Ballroom.
Three decades after the inception of X, songs written during the group’s inception are as relevant and inventive now as they were in 1977. The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.
John Doe found her in Venice Beach at a poetry reading. He liked her poems so much he offered to perform them in his band. The poet, Exene Cervenka, had just moved to town from Florida and she told him, no offense, but if anyone was gonna perform her poems, it would be her, and she soon ended up in the band.
The band’s early albums, LOS ANGELES (1980), produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors, WILD GIFT (1981), and UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN (1982) explored dark love and an even darker L.A. with the unflinching eye of a Raymond Chandler novel.
Doe and Cervenka would marry and later divorce, but they’d always remain soulmates. As they released each ensuing album, MORE FUN IN THE NEW WORLD (1983) and AIN'T LOVE GRAND (1985), the band continued to grow sonically and politically, fearlessly mixing genres without ever losing its center.
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) is a group of guerrilla knitters who have been collaborating since 2010 to stage public installations and performances to help expand the definition of public art to include self initiated, temporal urban interventions.
Guest Arzu Arda Kosar, a founding member of the group, will discuss the origins of the collaborative and their recent project CAFAM Granny Squared - the yarn bombing of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Over 500 crafters from 50 states and 25 countries joined to crochet 12,000 granny squares to cover the facade of the building.
The project is designed to bring together a community of artists and crafters who otherwise might not have had access to exhibit their work in a museum. After de-installation, the crocheted squares will be sewn into blankets and distributed to the residents of Skid Row.
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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (6/3/13) my guest will be designer, teacher, and entrepreneur Gwen Bortner. Gwen is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaching at venues, including STITCHES, throughout the country and is the author of Entree to Entrelac. Her designs can be found in a variety of knitting magazines and through her business, Knitability, LLC. Education is probably the most important component of the Knitability business plan as all efforts focus on the company motto of "Taking Knitters to the Next Level". Whether teaching at a local yarn shop or at a national knitting convention, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys. Gwen’s teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, “My job is to make the students’ toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! In the process of providing options, more skills are developed and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is knitting is fun, if you added something to your toolbox and had fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class.” Gwen has a lot to say about designing, teaching, and the teaching of teaching. I hope you'll tune to hear what she has to say on what should be an exciting and insightful episode of Fiber Hooligan.
A Yarn Thing Podcast favorite, Gwen Bortner joins Marly to talk about how to teach what you love.
Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaches knitting and business classes at venues throughout the country, has been published in a variety of knitting magazines and is the lead designer for her business, Knitability, LLC.
Education is probably the most important component of the Knitability business plan as all efforts focus on the company motto of "Taking Knitters to the Next Level". Gwen's passion is teaching and enjoys every opportunity she has to share her love of knitting with others. Whether teaching through the local community education program or at a national knitting convention, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys.
Her most recent endeavor was converting her class “Share Your Passion, Teach!” into an online offering via Craftsy called “How to Teach It” Good teachers of all handcrafts are critical to ensuring these creative skills continue to be practiced.” Listen Live for chance to win great prizes!
Like this podcast? Be sure to leave a comment/review on iTunes to let other know about it! Stay up to date with the Yarn Thing podcast with the App available on iTunes and for Droid. Find our more about Marly at www.MarlyBird.com or follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/marlybird This podcast is sponsored by: Knitter's Magazine, Craftsy.com, Fiesta Yarns, Kollage Yarns, Decade by Drew Emborsky, Love of Knitting, Love of Crochet and Bijou Basin Ranch.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit 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. He recently founded Yarn Shaming (yarnshaming.tumblr.com), because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him back. 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 Midwest, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. The amazingly talented Franklin Habit joins the podcast to talk about everything he has going on...including a new Craftsy class and a CRUISE with Melissa Leapman!
Stay up to date with the Yarn Thing podcast with the App available on iTunes and for Droid. Find our more about Marly at www.MarlyBird.com or follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/marlybird
For our next show, my guest will be Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter's Magazine. He'll be talking about K110, the Spring 2013 issue, in local yarn stores and on newsstands now, as well as teasing you with what you'll see in the upcoming Summer issue. We invite you to listen as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter's Magazine. Gain insight on how it all comes together—stitch, color, and silhouette—along with logical
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