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

    10/08/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    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 f

  • Diane Ivey (08-03-2020): Lady Dye Yarns

    03/08/2020 Duração: 01h05min

    This Monday (08/03/2020) my guest will be Diane Ivey. Diane Ivey is the owner and Creative Director of Lady Dye Yarns, an indie-dye yarn company started in 2010. A knitter for 18 years and a dyer, spinner and crocheter for 13, Diane looks forward to not only expanding her company but using her expertise in growth and expansion with other BIPOC businesses to grow on a national scale. She spent 16 years in the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism from Georgia College & State University. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Suffolk University. “Our freedom and our equality is tied to each other no matter what race, gender identity, socio economics, or background. If we all want equality in pay, work, reproductive rights, and more, we must work together as one.” Diane has a lot going on right now, and I so pleased she was able join us. I ho

  • Jennifer Wenger-Turchen (07-27-2020): Jennifer Knits

    27/07/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    Monday (07/27/2020) my guest will be Jennifer Wenger-Turchen from Jennifer Knits. Jennifer has worked in the knitting industry since 1985. This year she is celebrating her 20th anniversary as the owner of Jennifer Knits, a fabulous, one-of-a-kind knit shop located in Brentwood Village, Los Angeles. She is known for her custom patterns—from her imagination, or inspired by your favorite ready-to-wear designer, and tailored to your gauge and measurements. Over the years, she has developed relationships with textile mills in Italy and imports the finest cashmere and merino directly to her shop. In 2005, she authored Teen Knitting Club, with Maureen Lasher and Carol Abrams, and embarked on a nationwide book tour, inspiring the creation of more than 500 knitting clubs in colleges and high schools across the country. She also offers a “How to Make a Profit” seminar, teaching women how to run successful small businesses (not just knit shops). Jennifer believes that anyone can have their dreams come true with hard w

  • Adella Colvin (07-20-2020): LoLaBean Yarn Co.

    20/07/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    Monday (07/20/2020) my guest will be Adella Colvin of LolaBean Yarn Co. LolaBean Yarn Co. (formerly Adella’s Crochet Cottage) began 5 years ago with a single stitch; that quickly turned into a thousand stitches as Adella contemplated on what she would do to pass time while her husband was away in Afghanistan. Adella first learned to crochet and knitting soon followed. She became obsessed with all of the different colors, textures and compositions of the different yarns she came across. One day, she came across a YouTube video of someone dyeing yarn, and she thought to herself…  “Hey I should try this!” So she did. Dyeing came very naturally to Adella and she was encouraged by her friends and family to start her own business and sell her hand dyed creations. The rest is history. After the birth of her daughter, Adella realized that she had much more to live for and be grateful about. She decided to rebrand her company in honor of her little princess, in hopes that one day she would be able to pass somet

  • Heavenly Bresser (07-13-2020): Spinning & Inspiring

    13/07/2020 Duração: 01h45min

    Monday (07/13/2020) my guest will be the very talented and genrous Heavenly Bresser. Heavenly Bresser is a self-taught, well-rounded fiber artist from Chicago. She has over 10 years of experience with crochet and knitting, but also loves dyeing fibers, hand spinning, weaving and repairing spinning wheels. Working from fleece to project is one of her favorite things to do. Her passion for fiber arts and the joy of seeing others grow in their craft is part of her motivation as an instructor. Heavenly’s goal is to uplift, inspire and encourage those around her and challenge them to think outside the box and to do things they’d never imagine could be done. Outside of her fiber adventures, her time is spent caring for her husband, two young boys, and Morkie named Samson. As most of you know, Heavenly has been on the show once before—but we really didn’t get a chance to talk about many of the things she’s doing in the fiber world. I’m so pleases she can join us again. Please tune in to hear from this gracious a

  • Anna Zilboorg (07-06-2020): Elder, Author, Designer, Teacher, Knitter

    06/07/2020 Duração: 54min

    Next Monday (07/06/2020) my guest will be the talented designer, author, and teacher Anna Zilboorg. Anna's pronouns are she and her. Anna, an Elder of the knitting community, is an Anglican solitary who now lives on the seaside town of Rockland, Maine. According to a quote by her (that I found online), she says that she was… "Born and reared in New York City; educated at Harvard; taught at MIT. Fled from the madding crowd's ignoble strife until I found myself in Big Stone Gap, VA. Got religion. Returned to my childhood love of knitting; became a hermit." At this point, Anna is retired. Before she retired, she devoted her energy to teaching the living craft (as opposed to just following directions). She has been called the Anarchist Knitter because of her book Knitting for Anarchists, and the 'Mad Bobbler' due to her love of three-dimensional stitches. Other books include Magnificent Mittens and Socks and Splendid Apparel, both available, as well as Sock for Sandals and Clogs, Fancy Feet, and 45 Fine &am

  • Karida Collins (06-29-2020): Knitters get shit done!

    29/06/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    On Monday (06/29/2020) my guest will be Karida Collins from Neighborhood Fiber Co. Karida learned how to knit immediately after finishing college, and fell in love. Hard. Enamored with knitting, she set out to create her own hand-dyed yarn business in 2006. She taught herself how to dye yarn and thus, Neighborhood Fiber Co. was born. Karida's love of saturated and vibrant colors is what gives her yarn it's signature style. Stirred by her surroundings, Karida set out to provide the world with hand-dyed yarns inspired by and named to reflect the natural beauty and diverse neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital. Since then, she has added many more colors to reflect a multitude of neighborhoods, both inside and outside of DC. Now based in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co. continues to offer vibrant, one-of-a-kind colors inspired by urban landscapes. Karida is an amazing person. I hope you join us for what I know will be a great show!

  • Heavenly Bresser (06-04-2020): A Special Pre-Recorded Show

    04/06/2020 Duração: 48min

    Hello Friends! Here is the special episode with Heavenly Bresser. Thank you. - Benjamin  

  • Charan Sachar (05-25-2020): Creative with clay & so much more

    25/05/2020 Duração: 01h34min

    Monday (05/25/2020) my guest was Charan Sachar from Creative with Clay. If you’ve been to a STITCHES West in the past couple of years, you might have met him & seen his wonderful work first hand. Charan Sachar lived in India for a significant part of his life where his mother ran a boutique, designing clothes for brides and bridesmaids. The designs, colors, fabrics, and embroidery he came across then have a strong impact on his work now. In 2014, Charan took up knitting as a hobby and very soon the knit patterns started making an appearance into his work. Very soon, he purchased a floor loom and a spinning wheel. Now he obsesses over dyeing fiber and is fascinated about color mixing and different spinning techniques which change the appearance of the final yarn. The transformation of fiber to yarn and yarn to fabric inspires him further regarding the textures and colors in his pottery. He uses a combination of techniques such as wheel throwing, extrusions, slab constructions and alterations to creat

  • Debbie Macomber (05-18-2020): Catching up with my favorite author

    18/05/2020 Duração: 01h03min

    Monday (05/18/2020) my guest will be author, Debbie Macomber.  Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot. In 2020, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications include A Walk Along the Beach (July) and Jingle All the Way (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published three bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books. Celebrated as "the official storyteller of Christmas", Macomber's annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber i

  • Gaye Glasspie a.k.a. GGMadeit (05-11-2020): A force of nature in orange

    11/05/2020 Duração: 01h18min

    On Monday (04/11/2020) my guest will be Gaye Glasspie a.k.a. GGmadeit or GG. Gaye is a 50-something-year-old who fell in love with knitting late in life—in just the last 9 or 10 years. She is also a force of nature! GG is self-taught via YouTube, some wonderfully friendly yarn stores... and she is obsessed with all things orange. GG discovered knitting during a very challenging time in her life. She says that knitting is her ride or die, her BFF, her kind of therapy. Knitting has also become a beautiful bridge into a world of wonderful people and a way to universally connect with others through knitting. If you’ve ever met her before, you know that Gaye’s enthusiasm is irrepressible. I’m so pleased that she that she will be on Fiber Hooligan. Please put it on your calendars… it should be a great show.

  • Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (05-04-2020) A tale of 3 Shiba Inu & 2 designers

    04/05/2020 Duração: 01h56min

    On 05-04-2020 my guests will be Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz… the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz Studio. Their award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010. Currently, they are finishing work on a new book with C&T Publishing scheduled for release December 2020. In addition to their design work, the Shibaguyz are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having crafted books and photography for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like

  • Cecilia Nelson-Hurt (04-27-2020): At the intersection of passion & purpose

    27/04/2020 Duração: 01h07min

    Monday (04/27/2020) my guest will be Cecilia Nelson-Hurt. As a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt has over 15 years of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion experience. Currently, Cecilia serves as the Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at L'Oréal USA where she is responsible for shaping diversity efforts through innovative initiatives that underscore the company’s commitment to creating an equal opportunity workplace. In addition to leading the company's affinity groups for the LGBTQIA and Women of Color employees, Cecilia is also responsible for the curriculum development and facilitation of all L’Oréal USA Diversity & Inclusion trainings, having trained over 15,000 employees to date.  Her maternal grandmother first introduced Cecilia to the fiber arts, she learned to crochet when she was very young. Cecilia later taught herself to knit and has been an avid knitter for over 20 years.  At the intersection of passion & purpose, Cecilia combines her love fo

  • Louis Boria (04-19-2020): Diversity & making the most of your moment

    19/04/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    This Sunday (04/19/2020) my guest was Louis Boria—AKA Brooklyn Boy Knits. Louis is a self-taught fiber artist who has been in the industry for 12 years. In 2017, Louis went viral after being photographed on a NYC subway by actress/singer, Frenchie Davis. With his newfound fame, Louis decided to use his social media platform to do something positive and so began working with local New York public schools, teaching children to knit.  He has worked closely with with campaigns such as Hat Not Hate, Cancer Awareness Programs at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital and with LGBTQIA young adults by promoting knitting as a therapeutic outlet. As well as working in the community, Louis is a knitwear Designer of both custom pieces and knitting patterns that range in style from streetwear design to runway couture. In April 2019 Louis did his first Tedx Talk, "Making The Most of Your Moment". Later that year, he became one of the founding members of Soho Publishing’s Diversity Advisory Council which was set up to address th

  • Laura Zander (04-13-2020): Business not as usual

    13/04/2020 Duração: 01h07min

    Laura Zander, is the co-owner of LYS & market leading online retailer of yarn, Jimmy Beans Wool. Laura, along with her husband Doug, worked as software engineers during the dot-com era in the San Francisco area. When they saw the dot-com boom turning to a bust, they decided to leave their jobs, move to their second home in the Lake Tahoe area, and begin a new adventure by opening Jimmy Beans Wool. They started the business, which has been named four times to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. list, with a $30,000 personal investment and have since grown it debt free to a booming operation. Laura is one of  Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurial Winning Women and was  invited to the White House for a forum addressing the American Jobs Act where Jimmy Beans Wool was recognized as a notable Nevada business. An innovator in the Needlearts industry, Laura has created successful national high-profile campaigns such as Stitch Red, Stitch Mountain, & Beans for Brains. She authored and