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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.

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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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  • I'm excited to add your podcast to my listening list. I do not have a history of crazy fiber stories but I'm about to do something a little odd I suppose. I'm moving to Italy in February and out of fear of the movers/shippers losing the yarn I bought for specific projects, I've decided to buy a bunch of space bags so I can try to have yarn AND winter clothes in my suitcase. The family pictures and things from my son's childhood are going on the boat but I'm space bagging my fiber??? /helpless shrug

    posted by: Heather on 2011-01-15 16:15:44

  • The craziest thing I have ever done for fiber, well actually with fiber and really it wasn't all that crazy when you think about it. I was just moments away from surgery last week (really this just happened) and the techs were trying to make sure they had me nice and relaxed for the laser eye blasting. So after they handed me the happy pill to dissolve under my tongue, what do I do? I pulled out my knitting. Genius. I am moments away from laser eye surgery, narcotics coursing through my bloodstream, and I think I am going to get some work done on my cardigan. Luckily my hands couldn't figure out how to function or else no telling what kind of mess I would have had to untangle a few days later.

    posted by: Katie Schulz on 2011-01-14 01:48:55

  • Wildest? Hmmm. Be some people's definitions most everything any of us do under the influence of a wool haze woud be cnosidered wild. I think that agreeing with Judith MacKenzie that Ishould purchase a fleece to hand wash and card, then spin into 5-ply (5-freakin'-ply!) gansey yarn would be right up there at the top of the list. I have yet to spin anything other than the samples....

    posted by: Lisa K on 2011-01-13 20:08:20

  • Love your podcast, Mike! Hmmm... craziest things I've ever done for crafting? Well, a few years ago, I spent the last $20 in my back account on yarn. Luckily, payday was only a few days away. Later on, I bought 50 packets of Kool-Aid for, well, you know why. Now, I'm studying chemistry at UALR to (1) learn the science behind fiber dyeing and (2) get a better job with a bigger paycheck so I can afford more fiber crafting supplies!

    posted by: Mei on 2011-01-08 01:57:15

  • I haven't been knitting long enough to have had a wild experience myself yet. But learning has been a wild ride. I've made more mistakes than I can count, and probably picked out more stitches than I've knit, but every time has been a learning experience. I've met some wild knitters too. So maybe my wild experience is yet to come. Thanks much. Happy New Year.

    posted by: Savannagal on 2011-01-03 17:09:37

  • Great episode. Franklin is one of a kind. I think one of my wildest fiber experiences is the fact that our car was stolen with a WIP in it. When the car was retrieved a month later, the airbags were gone, but believe it or not, the thieves had not wanted my sweater-in-progress. I finished it and wear it proudly!

    posted by: Deb on 2011-01-01 00:11:38

  • Oh oh ... what a fabulous episode. And so full of info, not to mention the usual "mixed media" that I love LOL. You and Franklin should do a regular show together! Anyway ... for the contest: the wildest thing? I'm pretty conservative I guess, but the most nail-biting thing I ever did was lend 31 fiberart/textile related books to an exhibit in a Central Asian country and bit my nails the whole time that none of them would be walked off with ... turned out, there was a dedicated "book watching lady" and all the books were returned, in excellent shape. And, as Franklin notes in this podcast, well, there are those who are followed home by books. What can I say? :)

    posted by: MaryjoO on 2010-12-30 06:07:19

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