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  • 01:13

    Anne Kuo Lukito redux

    in Knitting

    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.

  • 02:01

    Myra Wood

    in Knitting

    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.

  • 01:26

    Romi Hill

    in Knitting

    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.

  • 01:05

    Amy Herzog

    in Knitting

    On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/09/13) my guest will be the very talented Amy Herzog.

    Amy is passionate about sweaters people love to wear. She is the author of Knit to Flatter and designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. She is also a knitting expert on American Public Television’s “Knit and Crochet Now”. She teaches classes across the country and on craftsy.com, and her figure-flattering pattern designs have been published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty, and more.

    After several years of teaching knitting classes, she realized that knitters will skip modification math if they can but would really like to wear sweaters that fit them well. So she created CustomFit, a website that produces custom sweater patterns. It can be found at customfit.makewearlove.com.

    Amy will be with us to talk about all of that, the Opening Day presentation she's planning for STITCHES South, and much more.  This will be a great show. I hope you'll join us.

  • 01:24

    Nathania Apple

    in Knitting

    On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guest will be Nathania Apple, co-owner of Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, California. Her designs have appeared in Knitty, Twist Collective, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and on Ravelry.com. Her passion for color & texture meet in the intricate workings of lace, cables & colorwork. Nathania is an award-winning image consultant, certified color designer, and yoga instructor. When not in the shop, she spends time with her husband, three daughters, and three dogs in downtown San Jose?and teaching Yoga Tune Up®, a therapeutic yoga technique. 
    Nathania is also one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. She'll be talking with us about what it's like to run a yarn shop, her philosophies on the industry, her approach toward customer service & building a community, and about a charity project that she's working on in her store with her partners. Everyone who meets Nathania falls in love with her… and if you tune in next week, you will too.

  • 01:14

    Myra Wood

    in Knitting

    On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guest will be the very funny and talented Myra Wood. Myra is a fiber artist, both a knit and crochet wear designer, and author of Crazy Lace and Creative Crochet Lace along with numerous published patterns in magazines and books. She's appeared on numerious TV shows including Knitty Gritty & Knit and Crochet Now. Myra teaches a wide range of inspiring knit and crochet classes for STITCHES Expos and Craftsy.com. She'll be joining us to talk about her design sensibilities, how she approaches design, as well as to talk about a special project that she's working on.
    We'll also be having the winner of the guest co-hooligan contest, Mary Sarnese, on the show to help with Myra's interview.
    You won't want to miss this episode.

  • 01:44

    Tour De Fleece; The Gatekeeper; Star Athena

    in Education

    Please join Natalie Redding and Kimberly Mc Alindin for a chat with Star Athena.  Star Athena has many credits but the one you may be particularly interested in is the Annual Tour De Fleece.
    Star Athena is also a very accomplished pattern maker and writer for such publications as Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Vogue, knitty, Ravelry. The books where she's creditted are  "Knitting Socks From Around the World", "Joy of Sox," and “Expectant Little Knits”.   Beyond this, if you are a sock knitter, Star Athena teaches and lectures about sock design.
    As always, join Namaste Farms Blogtalk radio on Thursday night 6:00 pm Pacific.  We have a super active chatroom and we will take callers for this live interview.  Shaaazamm!

  • 00:41

    Jennifer Hansen: Stitch Diva

    in Knitting

    Jennifer Hansen lives in California's Santa Cruz Mountains where she is a full-time crochet and knit designer, teacher and writer.  Her innovative crochet work has been featured in various books, magazines and television shows including Vogue Knitting, Interweave Crochet, The Happy Hooker, The Encyclopedia of Crochet and Knitty Gritty.  She has been described as “One of the names that immediately comes to mind when thinking of the creative forces that have helped transport crochet from the realm of acrylic afghans to the sexy world of figure-flattering fashions.” (Yarn Market News)  Her professional background is in Architecture and Information Technology.
    Jennifer is passionate about the craft, and wants to contribute to the joy you'll find in creating beautiful things.
    Like this podcast?  Be sure to leave a comment/review on iTunes to let others know about it. Stay up to date on the Yarn Thing Podcast with the Yarnthing App, now available on iTunes and for Droid.  Find out more about Marly at www.marlybird.com The Yarn Thing Podcast is sponsored by: Knitter's Magazine

  • 00:45
  • 01:00

    White Lies Designs: Joan Mcgowan Michael

    in Hobbies

    You may have seen her designs grace the covers and pages of magazines, or maybe seen her on your favorite episode of Knitty Gritty television show or purchased one of her patterns at your LYS. Now it is time to meet the woman behind some of the sexiest knitted clothing I have ever seen.

    Joan Mcgowan Michael is joining me tonight to chat about her pattern line, http://whiteliesdesigns.com/, her book and about designing clothes that flatter ALL sizes.

    She is a bundle of fun and a fountain of information. Please, join in the conversation in the chat room or call in to ask Joan a direct question :-)

  • 00:30

    Discover the Heart of Art with Kim McCool

    in Art

    Kim McCool interviews Althea Crome, contributing artist to the "Coraline" film. Althea has a unique talent - she designs and knits her creations in 1:12 scale, or as she calls it "bug knit scale". Now that's TINY!!
    Her work is at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale taking place in Korea from September until November.
    She is included in several books: the upcoming Ripleys Believe it or not published by Scholastic in 2010 and was in last years Ripleys Believe it or Not book called "Prepare to Be Shocked." Althea's work is also included in "The Culture of Knitting" by Joanne Turney-- which was released in October 2009; "Merge" which is being put out by Basheer Graphc Books (release date not set yet). Althea has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows: Martha Stewart Show, "The Yarn Show", March 23, 2009 and Knitty Gritty Knitsters on the DIY network in July, 2008, to name a few.