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A Chat with the Oink Pigments team (08-10-2020)

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Next Monday (08/10/2020) my guests will be the Oink Pigments team. Est. in 2010, Oink Pigments is a purveyor of small-batch, hand-dyed yarns with over 140 bright & playful colorways, available on over a dozen yarn & fiber bases.

Alexa Wilson (she/her) learned to knit in 2009, & knew from that moment she wanted to build a career in fiber arts. She started dyeing in 2010, & has been in love with adding color to life ever since. Alexa continues to work hard to grow Oink Pigments, along with the rest of Team Oink. You can find her on the couch starting another project, buried under doggos, or both.

Helena Bristow (she/they) has been Vice Pigmentologist at Oink Pigments since its inception in 2010. She learned to crochet at age 4, & taught herself to knit when she started graduate school for the first time. She often jokes that ‘knitting stuck; grad school did not’. Helena has dropped out of 2 different graduate programs because she would rather be playing with yarn. Helena can usually be found driving all over the country in her yarn van.

Julie Gillespie (she/her) is the Chief Oink Operator & head of Social Media & Marketing. She started knitting in 2007 on a whim & has been collecting different crafty skill sets ever since. Julie first joined Team Oink at STITCHES West 2015. She was immediately told she was not allowed to leave. She manages the Oink Pigments social media accounts, surrounded by pugs. Founder of Sparkle Saturday, she encourages others to shine bright.

Harper Hodes (they/he) has been a member of Team Oink for years. They have been knitting since they were in high school & are strongly involved in advocacy for mental health issues, the LGBTQIA+ community, & disability access. Harper is a process knitter who enjoys color work, but much prefers petting & buying yarn. They can often be found in their wheelchair at the Oink booth.

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