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Fiber Beat, Episode 18: “Spinna Outta Carolina” featuring Merike Saarniit

Media Link: Spinna Outta Carolina (44:44)

Fiber Beat, Episode 18: Spinna Outta Carolina

There’s a million crafters in Fiber City and we’ve all got a yarn to spin.


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin’s Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin’s Nest is a fabric and yarn store specializing in: knitting, sewing, crochet, and hand embroidery. Now available in the store, be sure to check out the new Po Campo bicycle bags (which also make great knitting bags) as well as new yarns from Sweet Georgia!


What do Carolina Homespun, The Unique Sheep Yarns & Magnificent Mittens & Socks all have in common? They all have been influenced by the creative talent of Merike Saarnit. For this episode of Fiber Beat we visit with dyer, spinner, entrepreneur and teacher, Merike Saarnit. We talk about her first fiber business, the iconic Carolina Homespun, her dyed yarn kits for Anna Zilboorg’s “Magnificent Mittens” and her work with Liisu Yarns which evolved and merged with the Unique Sheep. Merike also tours the US Stitches events teaching drop spindle spinning as well as leading fiber vacation groups to Estonia. In fact, she is so inspired by her Estonian heritage, she is working on a text for XRX about the history and designs of her native lands.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:


YOUR turn to share!

How does your heritage or your family influence your crafting choices and designs? For me, it was my grandmother and her love of crochet and her generosity in sharing that passion. It established my love of fiber crafts when I was little boy and planted the seed that would blossom many years later into my current love of knitting and spinning. I’d love to know your stories!

You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum.


The winner of the Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 17 is Erin. Her signed copy of Magnificent Mittens is on its way to her home. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Erin.


A very special tänen or thank you in Estonian to Merike Saarniit for her passion for spindle spinning and her patience as a teacher. I’d like to give a shout out to sponsor extraordinaire Bobbin’s Nest for their continued support. Finally, I want to thank you, our fantabulous listeners, for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-FIVE episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat! If you like what we do, please consider leaving a review on iTunes.


We used snippets of all the songs below in this episode. As examples of the music of Estonia, we selected two different performances of “Lauliku Lapsepõli (The Singer’s Childhood)” by Veljo Tormis, one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Additionally, we found a gorgeous performance of “Mu Mano Tulge Latse (Come unto Me, Ye Children)” which is a traditional Christmas hymn. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I’ll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Fiber Beat, Episode 17: “Anna-archy for Knitters” featuring Anna Zilboorg & Lucy Kaplan

Media Link: Anna-archy for Knitters (47:16)

Fiber Beat, Episode 17: Anna-archy for Knitters

There’s a million crafters in Fiber City and we’ve all got a yarn to spin.


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin’s Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin’s Nest is a fabric and yarn store specializing in: knitting, sewing, crochet, and hand embroidery. Coming in April, be sure to check out the new Po Campo bicycle bags (which also make great knitting bags) as well as new yarns from Sweet Georgia!


In this episode of Fiber Beat, I sat down with knitter, designer, dyer, teacher, author & everyone’s favorite knitting anarchist – Anna Zilboorg. Her book Magnificent Mittens has just been lovingly reworked by Anna and re-issued by XRX Publishing. We talk about breaking the knitting rules, the magnificence of mittens and whether or not knitting is a spiritual or meditative practice. Next on the episode, I had a conversation with my friend, Lucy Kaplan, who is a practicing Buddhist and an avid practitioner and teacher of meditation. We spoke about whether crafty pursuits can be similar to meditation.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:


Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 16

I have a signed copy of Anna’s original hard copy edition of Magnificent Mittens for one lucky listener. All you have to do to enter is tell us what is it about your fiber craft that brings you bliss. One of my favorite things about knitting is the elegance and simplicity of stockinette. I love how it looks, how it drapes and how it grows from my needles. Now, it’s your turn.

To enter the drawing, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS April 15, 2011.


The winner of the Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 16 is Dawna. Her signed copy of Respect the Spindle is on its way to her home. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Dawna.


I would like to thank sponsor Bobbin’s Nest for their continued support and to thank you our awesome listeners for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-FOUR episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat! Finally, I’d like to extend a anarchic armload of thanks to Anna Zilboorg and a contemplative word of gratitude to Lucy Kaplan.


We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I’ll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in podcast

 

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Fiber Beat, Episode 16: “Spin, For the Win!” featuring Abby Franquemont, Denny McMillan & Jeremy Armstrong

Media Link: Spin, For The Win! (39:54)

Fiber Beat #16, "Spin, For The Win!"

There’s a million crafters in Fiber City and we’ve all got a yarn to spin.


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin’s Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin’s Nest is a fabric and yarn store specializing in: knitting, sewing, crochet, and hand embroidery. If you’re in town for Stitches West, come visit Bobbin’s Nest for the Hazel Knits and Three Irish Girls Trunk Show. This event is Thursday, February 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You can also visit the Bobbin’s Nest crew at the Jordana Paige Booth on Saturday, February 19th.


Fiber Beat, Episode 16: “Spin, For The Win!” featuring Abby Franquemont, Denny McMillan & Jeremy Armstrong

In this episode, I spoke with an artist whose work on promoting RESPECT for the spindle, has been a life’s journey for her and her family, Abby Franquemont. I sat down with Abby and her trusty sidekick, Denny McMillan, after a Sock Summit beginning spinning workshop. Next on the show, I chatted with one of the most innovative spindle makers creating right now, Jeremy Armstrong, known to his Etsy customers as Trindleman. Jeremy has updated the spindle design by creating a highly efficient, lightweight and collapsable tool that he has dubbed the Trindle. A picture of the Trindle appears in Abby’s “Respect the Spindle” and he got early mentions in Spin-Off magazine & on the Yarn Harlot’s blog. I spoke with Jeremy about his foray into spindle design and production.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:


Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 16

I have a signed copy of Abby’s Respect the Spindle for one lucky listener. All you have to do to enter is tell us which of all your spindles, is one of your favorites. One of my favorite spindles is my Tracy Eichem Kokopeli themed top whorl spindle. I love the theme of the design but I also appreciate the superior craftsmanship that makes this spindle a LONG spinner. Now, it’s your turn.

To enter the drawing, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS March 7, 2011.


The winner of the Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 15 is Lisa. Her signed copy of Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts is on its way to her home. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Lisa.


I would like to thank sponsor Bobbin’s Nest for their continued support and to thank you our awesome listeners for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-THREE episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat! Finally, I’d like to extend a whirling dervish of thanks to Abby Franquemont, Denny McMillan & Jeremy Armstrong.


We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I’ll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in podcast

 

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Fiber Beat, Episode 15: “Chromaphilia” featuring Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably

Media Link: ChromaPhilia (66:50)

Fiber Beat, Episode 15: ChromaPhilia

There’s a million crafters in Fiber City and we’ve all got a yarn to spin.


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin’s Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin’s Nest is a fabric and yarn store specializing in: knitting, sewing, crochet, and hand embroidery. In 2011 they will be hosting Sharon McMahon of Three Irish Girls and other independent fiber artists for Stitches West in Santa Clara. Join them in February 2011 for this exciting event.


Welcome to Episode 15: ChromaPhilia which is double long episode with two colorful interviews back to back.

This past October I was given the most perfect of presents for my birthday: I was granted an audience with two men who are huge proponents of color and fiber expression: Brandon Mably & Kaffe Fassett. First up on the episode is an interview with Brandon. We spoke about his work as manager of the Kaffe Fassett Studio and his evolution as a knitwear designer, author & workshop leader.

Next on the episode is an interview with the celebrated artist Kaffe Fassett, who has published designs in knitting, embroidery & quilting. We spoke about many things, including his current book on simple shapes producing spectacular quilts, his development as a fiber artist and how he became the only living artist to have a solo show at the Victoria & Albert museum.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:


Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 15

I have a signed copy of Kaffe Fassett with Liza Prior Lucy’s Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts for one lucky listener. All you have to do to enter is tell us which of Brandon’s or Kaffe’s designs brings you the most joy. My favorites are Kaffe’s Icon sweater and Brandon’s Jester sweater. If you’d like to see examples of their work, you can search on either designer’s name in the pattern section of Ravelry. Now, it’s your turn.

To enter the drawing, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS February 8, 2011.


The winner of the Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 14 is Heather of the colorful In Case of Zombie Apocalypse blog. Her signed copy of “It Itches” is on its way to her home. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Heather.


I would like to thank sponsor Bobbin’s Nest for their continued support and to thank you our awesome listeners for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-TWO episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat! Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to extend a 70 mm, surround sound, technicolor thanks to Brandon Mably and Kaffe Fassett. 


We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I’ll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in podcast

 

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Fiber Beat, Episode 14: “Wool Gone Wild” featuring Franklin Habit

Media Link: Wool Gone Wild (48:44)

Fiber Beat #14, Wool Gone Wild

There’s a million crafters in Fiber City and we’ve all got a yarn to spin.


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin’s Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin’s Nest is a fabric and yarn store specializing in: knitting, sewing, crochet, and hand embroidery. In 2011 they will be hosting Sharon McMahon of Three Irish Girls and other independent fiber artists for Stitches West in Santa Clara. Join them in February 2011 for this exciting event.


Welcome to Episode 14: Wool Gone Wild, featuring one of my favorite comic artists and raconteurs, Franklin Habit. Franklin is a spinner of both tales and wool and it is his love of all things primitive, irreverent, & fantastic that endears him to so many readers of his blog, The Panopticon. It’s the reason I first made his acquaintance and why he’s an honored guest on the Fiber Beat.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 14

I have a signed copy of Franklin’s “It Itches” for one lucky listener. All you have to do to enter is tell us the WILDEST thing you’ve ever done for your art or your craft. I mentioned two examples in this episode, one music related and one fiber related. Now, it’s your turn.

To enter the drawing, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS January 15, 2011.


The winner of the Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 13 is Jan. His luxurious Three Irish Girls yarn will be on its way to his European home. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Jan.



I would like to extend a proper thespian’s thank you to aspiring actress Emily McKeown for being in this episode’s opening sketch. And a massive merci beaucoup to the charming and witty Franklin Habit. Thanks to you our awesome listeners for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-ONE episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat

As we near the end of 2010, Anthony and I would like to thank you all for downloading, listening, viewing, commenting and donating to the Fiber Beat. Have a very safe and happy new Year.


We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I’ll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2010 in podcast

 

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