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Fiber Beat, Episode 27: "The Manly Art of Retreat" featuring Jon McCoy & Doug Upchurch
Media Link: The Manly Art of Retreat (44:20)

Fiber Beat 27, "The Manly Art of Retreat"

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue Four featuring Stella Lange, Rosalind Aymes, Jacey Boggs and Donna Druchunas is out now and available through Zinio



This year marks the 5th year of the Men's Knitting Retreat events. The spring retreat will be happening in upstate New York this coming May while the Men's Fall Knitting retreat will return to dreamy WA state in early September. Other retreats across the US and even around the globe, while not as established as the spring & fall retreats, are gaining popularity and promise to continue this worthwhile practice.

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2011 - Day 3

In September 2011, the 4th annual Men's Fall Knitting Retreat was host to two very special gentlemen & entrepreneurs: Jon McCoy of Pocket Wheel & Doug Upchurch from White Bear Fibers. Jon was a guest lecturer & workshop leader, while Doug was attending his very first Men's Knitting Retreat. I spoke with both them during breaks in the manly activities of the event.

You know, I met both of these gentlemen at a Men's Knitting Retreat and I cannot stress enough what an enriching experience it is for men to come together and celebrate their creativity. This year we are very fortunate to be able to offer a scholarship to attend the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat this September over Labor Day Weekend. If you know a male knitter whom you'd like to nominate - even if it's yourself - do so on the Men's Knitting Retreat site or send me, WonderMike, a private message on Ravelry.

I recently ordered some yarn from Doug called Texas Wild Flowers and it's such a great name and a fabulous colorway. If you haven't seen or heard about White Bear Fibers, do we have a special treat for you. Check out the contest for this episode and see what cool yarn from White Bear Fibers you can win for yourself! Details below.

White Bear Fibers - Texas Wild Flowers colorway

The following people, places & things are mentioned in this episode:



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 27

Doug has generously offered 4 skeins of White Bear Fibers' Northern Silk Sock (BFL & Silk) in a custom dyed colorway chosen by one lucky winner. This is an incredibly generous offer from Doug and we're excited to be able to offer it as prizing. In addition to this, I'm going to offer the two spindles that yours truly made during Jon's "Make Your Own Spindle" workshop.

All you have to do to enter this contest is answer the following question: Who is ONE of your favorite guy knitters & why? One of my absolute favorites is my friend and designer, Kyle Kunnecke . He's such a generous soul and a crazy talented artist. I recently did a little photoshoot with him where I saw his latest hand knit design which he is submitting for publication. Hopefully you'll be seeing it soon too. I'll keep you posted. Now, it's your turn. You can leave your answer in the website shownotes or in the Ravelry Fiber Beat forum. One winner for each prize will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS APRIL 30, 2012.



I'd like to give a tip of the hat to wheelsmith Jon McCoy and a big bear hug to Doug Upchurch for allowing me to interview them at last year's MFKR. Big shout out to Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the most manly embrace to all of you, our loyal and patient listeners, for downloading and listening to our first THIRTY FOUR 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. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I'll see you at the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat and the Men's Rocky Mountain Retreat & the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat AND on the Fiber Beat!!

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Fiber Beat, Episode 26: "Red Hot" featuring Ysolda Teague
Media Link: Red Hot (62:48)

Fiber Beat, Episode 26: Red Hot

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue Four featuring Stella Lange, Rosalind Aymes, Jacey Boggs and Donna Druchunas is out now and available through Zinio



Just the mention of Ysolda Teague sets many a knitter's heart to fluttering. She's new to the scene but already firmly established. Ysolda has impressed her fans with clever and classic designs that enhance the figure but never compromise on style. Most people will know her from one of her very first designs, a lovely shawl called Ishbel, but others have fallen under the spell of the Whimsical Little Knits series and her contributions to books such as My Grandmother's Knitting & Brave New Knits.

Me & Ysolda sporting our Lopapeysa

If you've listened to the previous episode of Fiber Beat, "Fiber Best 2011" you already know that my favorite e-Book from 2011 is Ysolda's Little Red In the City. And, there's a funny RELATED story behind why this episode has taken a bit of time to actually come to fruition.

I was fortunate enough to attend the Southern California TNNA in January 2011 and it was there that I first met Ysolda and interviewed her. When I found out that Little Red in the City was coming down the pike (and saw the beautiful galleys), I decided to hold off on publishing the episode until the book was out and I could offer it as a prize. Well, what started off being a slight delay, ended up being quite the wait, but all of it was of my own devising. We did indeed wait until the book was coming out, but since Ysolda was going to be in the Bay Area, I asked if we could do a little humorous sketch for the intro and, ever the playful actor, Ysolda agreed. As you will hear, I asked my other talented voice actors, Kristine & Aday (from A Verb for Keeping Warm) to join in to create the intro for this episode.

I hope you think it was worth the wait.

The following people, places & things are mentioned in this episode:



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 26

Now, for this episode's contest, we've got a signed copy of her book - her tour de force - Little Red in the City. Included with this hard copy (and, in fact, with all hard copies) is a code for a PDF version of the book. It is storable in your Ravelry library and compatible mobile devices.

All you have to do for a chance to win is answer the following question: What's YOUR favorite fairy tale/children's story and why? I think my favorites are any of the really gruesome Grimm's Fairy Tales. You know the ones where no one makes it out alive and someone gets eaten. But, my absolute favorite is Struwwelpeter, or Shockheaded Peter by Heinrich Hoffmann. :) I know, I'm a gore hound kicking it old school and I LOVE a good scary story! Now, it's your turn. You can leave your answer in the comments section OR in the Ravelry Fiber Beat forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS MARCH 30, 2012.



A whimsical little hug to Ysolda, Kristine & Aday for performing the opening Little Red Sketch. Big shout out to Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the most fairy-tale revivifying kiss to all of you, our loyal and patient listeners, for downloading and listening to our first THIRTY THREE 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. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I'll EAT you, er, see you on the Fiber Beat!!

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Fiber Beat, Episode 25: "Fiber Best 2011" featuring my media faves of 2011
Media Link: Fiber Best 2011 (26:44)

Fiber Beat, Episode 25: Fiber Best 2011

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue Three featuring Margot Selby, Rachel Lawrence, Jacey Boggs and Donna Druchunas is out now and available through Zinio



Hello everyone and Happy New Year! As the title of this episode suggests - today Iʼll be doing an overview of the books, ebooks and DVDʼs that I thought were standouts this past year.

I've divided my selections into 3 categories: first Books, then E-books, & finally DVDs. The majority of these items were published in 2011 but a few of them were slightly older but nevertheless discoveries that I made only this year. Now keep in mind, listeners, this is not intended to be a definitive list but rather a tip of the hat to my personal favorites.

My top books (from number 10 to number 1) are:

My top E-books from (number 10 to number 1):

My top DVDs & Multimedia (in no particular order):

If I had to choose the one publication that simply slayed me, it would definitely be the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook paired with the Handspinning Rare Wools DVD. Both of these gems were the product of a massive amount of research and writing from Deb Robson (F&FS/HRW) & Carol Ekarius (F&FS only). If you have the opportunity to acquire any of these pieces for your personal library, you will be most pleased. I encourage you to explore the book section of your local yarn store. If they don't have them, I bet they can order them for you. You might pay a bit more than ordering them online from a certain discount seller, but you'll be supporting a local economy & quite possibly make some new fiber friends in your own backyard.



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 25

For this episode we've got an awesome contest for amazing prizes. I've got (1) a signed copy of Stephen West's WestKnits Book One & Two, (2) a copy of 10 Secrets of Laidback Knitters by Lisa Souza and Vickie Steifel, (3) a copy of Knitter's Life List by Gwen Steege, (4) a copy of Maggie Casey's Getting Started on a Drop Spindle DVD AND (5) a copy of Beth Brown Reinsel's Knitting Ganseys DVD.

All you have to do to enter is answer the following question. What are YOUR favorite media picks for 2011? They can be print, digital or video. You can give me as little or as much information as you like but be sure to include authors and/or publishers so we can get our own copies. You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One unique winner for each of the five prizes will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS FEBRUARY 22, 2012.



A warm hug to Rodrigo for letting me use some of his photographs from the "Ornaments & Patterns found in Iceland" book. Big shout out to Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the most rejuvenating hug to all of you, our loyal and patient listeners, for downloading and listening to our first THIRTY TWO 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. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

  • "Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2011)
Happy Holidaze Everybody!!! #igerseastbay #bigup #salvador84 #berkeley #stroll #me #anto #portrait #sp



From all of us at Fiber Beat (Anthony & myself), we wish you the most fiber-tastic New Year and a Prosperous 2012.

My name is WonderMike and I'll see you on the Fiber Beat!!

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Happy Holidaze Everybody!!! #igerseastbay #bigup #salvador84 #berkeley #stroll #me #anto #portrait #sp

Hello Everybody,

I wanted to take a little time today (while we’re enjoying new toys, fabulous treats and the company of loved ones) and post this message to the Fiber Beat web page.

This past year has seen the Fiber Beat staff (i.e. Anthony and I) produce exactly 12 episodes so far. I was a little disappointed with our output, but considering I work full time and my editor is a full-time student at University, I think we did okay. In a more perfect world, I’d love nothing more than to produce all sorts of fiber-loving content all the live-long day, but real life sometimes intervenes.

We wouldn’t have a show, if it weren’t for all of you lovely, supportive and enthusiastic listeners. Thanks for your lively discussions, your funny comments &, always, the generosity of spirit and, oftentimes, pocketbook. Hearing from you really does make all the hard work worthwhile.

Of course, we also wouldn’t have exciting content without the amazing artists, dreamers & entrepeneurs who have graced our program. So, we’d like to give them some love at this time, too. MWAH!!!

Anthony and I wish you all the most festive, the most loving and the most fiber-filled holidaze for the end of 2011. May your 2012 be even more dazzling than the previous year. I hope Fiber Beat can be a part of the magic.

Much Love & Lots of Woolly Hugz,
~Michael

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Fiber Beat, Episode 24: "Haiku to Habu" featuring Takako Ueki & Darlene Hayes
Media Link: Haiku to Habu (52:24)

Fiber Beat, Episode 24: Haiku to Habu

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue Three featuring Margot Selby, Rachel Lawrence, Jacey Boggs and Donna Druchunas is out now and available through Zinio



One of my favorite things about local yarn shops - and a big reason why I think we should all support our local fiber retailers - is the fact that they bring authors, crafts people, knitters, quilters and fiber artists from all over to our communities where we can interact with them. The fiber arts are all about community - whether it's mothers teaching their children to knit or quilting clubs making quilts for ailing friends - these are activities we share with each other. Your local yarn store is the logical place for those interactions. I am lucky inasmuch as my local yarn store - A Verb for Keeping Warm - takes this responsibility very seriously and they go out of their way to bring artisans and manufacturers from far and near to the store to show their wares.

Habu Yarns

I first came into contact with Habu yarns several years ago. When I saw a compact ball of Habu Yarn with it's butcher block paper label and black san serif type, I was immediately intrigued. Then, when I saw the fiber content of that yarn (pineapple ramie, wool and steel, cotton tape) I had to learn more about the business and the people behind it. At that time, Habu creator and owner Takako Ueki, taught a class here in the Bay Area on how to read and use Japanese knitting patterns which are really architecturally and mathematically concise illustrations. The class was lively and Takako was a fabulous instructor giving us some insight behind the Habu mystique.

Most recently, I attended a "yarn tasting" at a Verb for Keeping Warm, my LYS, where I sampled some of the most intriguing new yarns I have seen in quite a while, yarns made of copper, linen paper & even recycled fishing nets. These yarns are not to be found at your regular wool shop. After the yarn tasting, I sat down with Takako to talk about the inspiration for Habu and what we can expect in the future from her creative mind.

Darlene Hayes - Knit Cook

One of Takako's friends and colleagues is Darlene Hayes (pictured right), whose name is familiar to you if you were a fan of Hand Jive/Nature's Palette naturally dyed yarns (sniff, sniff). Darlene helps Takako at trade shows and she was also on hand for the Habu trunk show.

My personal association with Darlene began with my very first spinning guild meeting right here in East Bay: Spindles & Flyers. Darlene was president during my first year of membership and she made sure that the guild experience was dynamic and enriching. It dramatically underscored the importance of community in these fiber pursuits.

I had the chance to chat with Darlene about her new venture, Knit Cook.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:



Winner of Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 23

We had a $15 gift certificate courtesy of Anne Hanson for her Knitspot pattern library. The winner is Carol. Congratulations to the winner and thanks to everyone for participating!



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 24

We have two prizes for this episode: (1) courtesy of A Verb for Keeping Warm, we have a sampler of Habu's latest yarns from the yarntasting mentioned in the episode AND (2) we have the Fameuse cardigan pattern from Knit Cook, featuring Habu yarns and a recipe for brandied cherry ice cream

All you have to do to enter is answer the following question. What is YOUR favorite Habu yarn? My favorite (or one of them, at least) is the Cotton Gima: soft, delicate, but surprisingly study.

Now, it's your turn. You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS DECEMBER 5, 2011.



An enormous thanks to Takako and Darlene for joining us on the Fiber Beat. Big shout out to Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the most fashionable hug to all of you, our loyal listeners, for downloading and listening to our first THIRTY ONE 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. 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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Fiber Beat, Episode 23: "KnitSpot On" featuring Anne Hanson
Media Link: KnitSpot On (37:02)

Fiber Beat #23, KnitSpot On

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue Two featuring Wool & the Gang, Wooly Wormhead, and Donna Druchunas is out now and available through Zinio



Anne Hanson. never. stops. Those photographs she just took, will appear later on her blog. That class she just taught? She'll be teaching it again in another city in two weeks. That shawl she's wearing? It will be sold in her shop next week. And that yarn she's fawning over? It's going to be offered in her new yarn club. No rest... for the obsessed.

In fact, I had to steal her away from a lively cocktail party to conduct this interview and, true to form, she never put down her knitting needles. Anne Hanson is a vivid embodiment of the protestant work ethic… on steroids. If she's not designing, teaching, knitting, or photographing… she's blogging about all of it. As she says, she's constantly writing a book and giving it away for free each and every day online at knitspot.com.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:



Winner of Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 22

We had a rare, out of production tote bag from Ravelry for this episode's contest. It was the Fiber Animal Parade tote and it will not be made again (at least not in this fabric and by these folks)! The winner is Antony. Congratulations to him and thanks to everyone for participating!



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 23

As a prize for this knitspot episode, Anne has offered us a $15 gift certificate to her pattern shop for one lucky listener. All you have to do to enter is answer the following question. What is YOUR favorite Knitspot pattern? As I've said, there are a LOT to peruse, over 200 designs. My favorite is one her men's designs that was also a Men's Fall Knitting Retreat donation: the Longjohn Sock: rugged, manly & stylish.

Now, it's your turn. You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS September 30, 2011.



A prodigious remerciement to Anne for taking time from her cocktail party to be on the Fiber Beat. Big shout out to new Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the most industrious hug to all of you, our loyal listeners, for downloading and listening to our first THIRTY 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. 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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Fiber Beat, Episode 22: "Ravel-ution" featuring Jess & Casey Forbes
Media Link: Ravel-ution (49:47)

Fiber Beat, Episode 22: Ravel-ution

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue Two featuring Wool & the Gang, Wooly Wormhead, and Donna Druchunas is out now and available through Zinio



I’d like you to stop for a moment and think about your fiber journey, passion, obsession, call it what you will. If you are a relatively new knitter such as me (I started in 2004), it’s hard to remember life Before Ravelry. How did we organize patterns, find errata support, show our finished projects to others & interact with our fellow fiber junkies?

It wasn’t until Ravelry, that we actually had a nice digital clubhouse to hang out in, get to know one another, learn about yarn, patterns & tools and share all that information with everyone. Ravelry’s ethos supports the underdog, the indie designer, the local yarn stores, the podcasts or a kid who’s just discovered knitting and wants to know MORE. All across the country and even across the globe users have found friends and fiber crafters online when they couldn’t find them in their own towns.

Today on Fiber Beat, I catch up with the founders & creators of Ravelry, Jess & Casey Forbes. We talk about the RavAdventure thus far and what the future might hold.

Ravelry is truly more than the sum of its parts: Jess’ inspiration, Casey’s innovation and the input of thousands upon thousands of users. These initial elements have combined to create something bigger, a social media phenomenon that is fun AND productive. This is NO facebook for knitters. Thank you Jess & Casey (and also Mary-Heather & Sarah) for this most wonderful gift of Ravelry. I really can’t thank you all enough!

The following people, places and things were mentioned:



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 22

We've got a rare, out of production tote bag from Ravelry. It's the Fiber Animal Parade tote and it will not be made again (at least not in this fabric and by these folks)!

All you have to do to enter the drawing for this prize, is answer the following question: What is the thing you find most indispensable, the thing that you could NOT live without on Ravelry? My favorite tool is the user groups which enables Fiber Beat to interact with our listeners. . You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS August 31, 2011.



A massively organized thank you to Jess & Casey for being on the Fiber Beat. Big shout out to new Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the most sociable media-tastic wave to all of you, our loyal listeners, for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-NINE 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. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I'll definitely see you on Ravelry... AND the Fiber Beat!!

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Fiber Beat, Episode 21: "Seduced by Bohus" featuring Susanna Hansson
Media Link: Seduced by Bohus (33:30)

Fiber Beat #21, Seduced by Bohus

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue One featuring Claudia from Wollmseise, the history of Saori weaving, and all about Angora rabbit fiber is out now and available through Zinio


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is also 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. Bobbin's nest is pleased announce the Honorary Bobbin Program, where you will enjoy limited edition patterns, special shopping days, invites to exclusive events, bonus coupons and giveaways. For more info, visit the Bobbin's Nest blog



My introduction to Bohus Stickning or Bohus Knitting was through the beautiful book by Wendy Keele entitled Poems of Color from Interweave Press. In it, I learned about the Swedish design house created by Emma Jacobsson and her commitment to this vital cottage industry during World War II and after. But, what really took my breath away, were the extraordinary designs: painterly, impressionistic, architectural and perhaps most of all, stylish to this day. There were hats, gloves, scarves and sweaters that were knitted from custom-milled yarns of fine wools and angora bunny fiber. With names like Blue Shimmer, The Wild Apple, The Mists & The Swan, evoking images of the mystical, the magical and the mythological.

Wendy Keele's book contains re-workings of the original vintage Bohus patterns with heavier gauge yarns from contemporary manufacturers. I didn't truly understand the difference (between the vintage and newer updates) until I was able to see a true Bohus sweater in person. That opportunity, came during a Stitches West workshop with Susanna Hansson , focusing on the history of Bohus Stickning.

Today on fiber Beat, join me for a conversation with Susanna Hansson, tireless advocate and passionate chronicler of the history of these famously beautiful garments and the people who made them possible.

Susanna is a wonderful teacher and advocate for the Bohus Stickning tradition. If you have the chance to take a workshop with her, DO IT, you will NOT be disappointed. Check out the show notes for links to Susanna's workshop calendar and her original patterns. You'll also find links to Solsilke, where you can purchase kits to knit your very own Bohus work of art.

NOTE: As this interview is one from the archives, the exhibit at the Swedish American Museum is no longer showing.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:



Winners of Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 20

We had two copies of "Knitting It Old School", each signed by Deb, Caro, Tammy & Stephen. The winners are Knit1Eat1 & Ayla. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for participating!



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 21

We've got the dvd documentary, "Bohus Knitting: From Relief Work to World Success" by Kjell Andersson

All you have to do to enter the drawing for this prize, is answer the following question: What is your favorite Bohus design? My favorite design is the Wild Apple. I love the juxtaposition of the hunter greens, golds, and reds that make up the abstract yoke pattern. Now, it's your turn! You can peruse examples on Solsilke's site or on Ravelry. You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS August 7, 2011.

ETA: We have an additional contest and some VERY SPECIAL PRIZES. Details can be found here



An huge TAK to Susanna Hansson for being on the Fiber Beat. Big hugs to new Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine and to our continuing sponsor Bobbin's Nest. Finally, the fondest embrace to all of you, our loyal listeners, for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-EIGHT 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. 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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Fiber Beat, Episode 20: "Old Skool Rules!" featuring Caro Sheridan and Deb Brisson
Media Link: Old Skool Rules!(46:10)

Fiber Beat #20 "Old Skool Rules!"

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



Entangled Magazine - new sponsor

This episode of Fiber Beat is made possible with the support of Entangled magazine, our brand new sponsor from New Zealand! Entangled is a new digital only, quarterly fibercraft publication. Issue One featuring Claudia from Wollmseise, the history of Saori weaving, and all about Angora rabbit fiber is out now and available through Zinio


Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is also 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.



Episode twenty - that's got a nice ring. It’s sweet to be outta the teens, let me tell you. A nice even twenty. A twenty year old can be a diligent student working hard to get through college or it can be a deadbeat sleeping till noon, eating junk food and watching reruns all day long. Hopefully you kind listeners will think of us as the former: studious, productive, disciplined and ready to go to school! On today’s episode we do just that - as a matter of fact, we go Old Skool. After years of following their exploits on the web, I finally met and interviewed the talented Caro Sheridan (aka Splityarn) and her partner in crime, the hilarious Deb Brisson (aka Stitchy McYarnpants).

Earlier this year, I attended my very first TNNA, which stands for The National Needlearts Association trade show in Southern California. I went as a journalist, but also as a worker bee/teacher/advocate for the Verb for Keeping Warm posse. The event was a veritable Who’s Who in the world of fiberarts. Luckily for us, Caro & Deb flew in to promote their latest collaboration, a book of patterns entitled Knitting It Old School featuring modern re-interpretations of vintage & kitschy classics. And, it turned out that TNNA was the opportunity I'd been waiting for to sit down with Deb & Caro. We talked about sewing, knitting, photography & all the hard work that went into their latest opus: Knitting It Old School.

KIOS features the work of many talented designers from all over - with patterns ranging from cheeky hot pants to his and hers sweater sets. It just so happens that two of the designers featured in “Knitting it Old School” are friends of mine. Tammy George (known to her Etsy fans/followers as Punk Rawk Purl) and Stephen Houghton (guy knitter/designer and the first boy on the Blue Moon, hizKNITS). I bribed them into the Fiber Beat studio one Sunday morn with coffee & croissants. We talked about their backgrounds, their designs & their work for Knitting It Old School.

Knitting It Old School is not your regular pattern book. It’s a stylish, humorous romp through the history of a select group of vintage garments totally retooled for a modern sensibility. While it may not appeal to the less adventurous, it definitely has something to delight the knitting thrill seeker, the fashionista and the retro-hipster who wants a breath of fresh air.

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Winners of Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 19

We had three great prizes to award in conjunction with the previous episode. The prizes/winners are:(1) Set of two tickets to the see the Primary Structures go to CraftyAndy & Elword; (2) Souvenir catalog of the Primary Structures show go to Ditetre; (3) Cause & Cure hat patterns (designed by Kyle Kunnecke) go to TurtleKnit, Suzanne, JudyG & Holli. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for participating!



Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 20

We've got two copies of "Knitting It Old School", each signed by Deb, Caro, Tammy & Stephen!

All you have to do to enter the drawing for these prizes, is answer the following question: What vintage garment or pattern would YOU like to redesign for a modern fashionista? It can be a more well-known pattern or classic pattern (like the granny square jacket) it can be more of a silhouette (like empire waist dress). You can leave your answer on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS JULY 7, 2011.



An old school & Emily-Post-approved note of gratitude to Deb & Caro for being on the Fiber Beat. A super stylish merci beaucoup to glamour pusses, Stephen & Tammy. Big hugs to new Fiber Beat sponsor, Entangled magazine. Finally, the warmest embrace to all of you, our loyal listeners, for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-SEVEN episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat! If you like what we do, please consider leaving a review on iTunes.


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My name is WonderMike and I'll catch you on the FLIP SIDE on the Fiber Beat!!

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Hi Everyone,

As some of you know I was fortunate enough to attend the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat this past May. During that time, the Men's Knitting Retreat organizers Ted Myatt, Joe Wilcox and I were interviewed and featured on The Quest of Life Radio Show.

We talk about the history of the Men's Knitting Retreats and what it's like to be a male knitter.

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