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Fiber Beat Episode 27: The Manly Art of Retreat (44:14) April 07, 2012 | 8:21 pm

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

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

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.

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.

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

Nominate a man for the 2012 Men's Fall Knitting Retreat Norm Abrams/This Old House Cat Bordhi Judith MacKenzie Oregon Flock & Fiber festival Whidby Island Spin In Amelia Garripoli aka Ask the Bellwether WooLee Winder Will Taylor's Clever Kate Tour de Fleece blog, last updated 2009 Tour de Fleece Ravelry forum, active & current Spin Off magazine Ravelry Pocket Wheel forum Skacel's Artfelt Men's Rocky Mountain Retreat

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 MARCH 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):

"Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2011) "The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side" performed by The Magnetic Fields from 69 Love Songs (Merge, 1999) "Do It For Love (Edit)" performed by Sheena Easton from Sheena Easton: Greatest Hits (EMI, 2003) "Kate" performed by Bing Crosby from Bing Crosby with Judy Garland & Al Jolson (Avid Records, 1997) "Anything You Can Do" performed by Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton from Annie Get Your Gun - Original Broadway Cast (Decca, 1946) "Inner City Boundaries" performed by Freestyle Fellowship from Innercity Griots (Fontana, 1993) "Little Wheel Spin And Spin " performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie from Little Wheel Spin And Spin (Vanguard, 1992) "Seattle" performed by The Hot Toddies from Smell the Mitten (Asian Man Records, 2007) "Seattle" performed by Bobby Sherman from Bobby Sherman (K-Tel, 1969) "September In Seattle" performed by Shawn Mullins from Soul's Core (Sony, 1998 ) "Viva, Sea-Tac!" performed by Robyn Hitchcock from Jewels For Sophia (Rhino, 2005)

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!!

Fiber Beat Episode 26: Red Hot (1:02:40) March 04, 2012 | 3:07 pm

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

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

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.

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:

Ysolda's very first Knitty pattern: Arisaig New York Sheep & Wool festival aka Rhinebeck Maryland Sheep & Wool festival Bosworth Spindles Gudrun Johnston aka Shetland Trader Knitting Iceland

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):

"Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2011) "On the banks of Helicon" performed by The Baltimore Consort from Early Music of Scotland: On the Banks of Helicon (Dorian, 1992) "Little Red Hen" performed by Malvina Reynolds from Ear to the Ground (Smithsonian Folkways, 2000) "Authority Song" performed by John Mellencamp from Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits (Island, 2004) "The Books in My Library" performed by Nuala Kennedy from Tune In (Compass Records, 2010) "You're As Pretty As A Picture" performed by Al Bowlly with Geraldo & His Orchestra from Al Bowlly With Geraldo and His Orchestra (Ideal Music, 2011) "bob" performed by The Merry Poppins from Inspector Malosso (Scream Records, 2009) "Sheep" performed by The Housemartins from London 0 Hull 4 (Deluxe Edition) (Go! Discs, 1986) "Little Red Corvette [Dance Mix]" performed by Prince from Ultimate Prince (Rhino, 2006) "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" performed by Bing Crosby from One Hundred Hits of Bing Crosby (TV Music, 2011) "In My Little Red Book" performed by Perry Como from Golden Lovesongs, Vol. 5 (The Great Perry Como Story) (H.O.T.S (Home of the Stars), 2011) "Li'l Red Riding Hood" performed by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs from The Best of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Island/Mercury, 2003)

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

Fiber Beat Episode 25: Fiber Best 2011 (26:45) February 01, 2012 | 1:42 pm

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

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

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:

10 Secrets of Laid Back Knitters by Lisa Souza and Vicki Stiefel Knit Local by Tanis Gray Westknits Collection, Book Two by Stephen West Wool People & Loft Collection from BrooklynTweed et al Knitter's Book of Socks by Clara Parkes My Grandmother's Knitting by Larissa Brown Charts for Color Knitting by Alice Starmore Spin Art by Jacey Boggs Knit One Knit All by Elizebeth Zimmermann The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deb Robson & Carol Ekarius

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

More Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson Teeny Tiny Mochimochi Knits by Anna Hrachovec The Shetland Trader by Gudrun Johnston A Life in Stitches by Racheal Herron Cat's Sweet Tomato Heel Socks by Cat Bordhi 7 Small Shawls to Knit by Rosemary (Romi) Hill Knitter's Life List by Gwen Steege Ornaments & Patterns found in Iceland Extreme Double Knitting by Alasdair Post-Quinn Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague

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

Handspinning Rare Wools by Deb Robson Spinning for Lace by Margaret Stove Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel by Beth Brown-Reinsel Getting Started on a Drop Spindle by Maggie Casey Spinning Cotton by Stephenie Gaustad Knit Your Own Lopapeysa by Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir Emags: Colorways, KnitSpin, & Sockupied by Interweave Press

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.

Happy Holidaze from Fiber Beat!!! December 25, 2011 | 6:18 pm

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

Fiber Beat Episode 24: Haiku to Habu (3137) November 20, 2011 | 2:23 am

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

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

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.

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.

One of Takako's friends and colleagues is Darlene Hayes (pictured right), whose name is familiar to you if you're a fan of Hand Jive/Nature's Palette naturally dyed yarns. 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. Darlene made sure that the guild experience was dynamic and enriching and it really 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:

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2011 Knitting Iceland Setsuko Torii's (designer for Habu), book: Hand Knit Works Julie Weisenberger, aka Cocoknits Ori Ami Knits by Olga Buraya-Kefelian & Vanessa Yap-Einbund Knitting & Stitching Show, UK Kirsten Johnstone's (aka Assemblage) patterns More Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson San Francisco Zoo Habu Fern Silk yarn Knitting Languages

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):

"Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2011) " Tunglið" performed by Olafur Arnalds from ...and they have escaped the weight of darkness (Erased Tapes, 2010) "Kumoi jishi" performed by Toshimitsu Ishikawa & Reisho Yonemura from Japan (Koto - Shakuhachi - Shamisen) (Playasound, 2008) " Habu" performed by DJ Yuki from Kibou (Hope) (Elektrax Music, 2011) "Theme From New York, New York" performed by Liza Minnelli from New York, New York [Soundtrack] (Capitol, 1977) "The Work Of The Weavers" performed by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem from The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (Rykodisc, 1996) "Everybody's Talkin'" performed by Bill Withers from Just As I Am (Columbia/Legacy, 1971) "The Pink Panther Theme" performed by Henry Mancini from The Pink Panther (Music from the Film Score) (Columbia, 1963) " Nagasaki" performed by The Mills Brothers from Selected Favorites, Volume 3 (Charly Records, 1994) "Waste Not Want Not" performed by The Pretenders from Pretenders II (Sire, 1981) "What Is That?" performed by Superstereo from Funk That (SuperstereO, 2007) " Willie & The Hand Jive " performed by Johnny Otis from The Greatest Johnny Otis Show (Ace, 2004) "Theme from Love Story" performed by Francis Lai from Love Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Paramount Records, 1970) "French Lesson" performed by Comden And Green from Comden And Green Perform Their Own Songs (DRG, 1998) "Big In Japan" performed by Alphaville from Big In Japan / Seeds (Rhino Atlantic, 2009)

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

Fiber Beat Episode 23: KnitSpot On! (2217) September 11, 2011 | 6:15 pm

Fiber Beat, Episode 23: "KnitSpot On" featuring Anne Hanson Media Link: KnitSpot On (37:02)

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

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:

Knitter's Review Fleischer's Sampler Afghan Book, one of many... 4-H Elizabeth Zimmermann Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting Wing of the Moth Shawl. Happy 5th Anniversary! Les Miserables, Broadway Musical Phantom of the Opera, Broadway Musical Project Runway CookieA, designer, author, teacher Janel Laidman, designer, author, teacher Fall In Full Color, Anne's yarn & pattern club Wool People, catalog from BrooklynTweed publishing Anne's Hourglass Throw design, from Wool People Brave New Knits, collection featuring Anne's work Sock Knitting Master Class, collection featuring Anne's work & instruction My Grandmother's Knitting, featuring a pic of the afghan & Anne as a child Knitter's Book of Socks, upcoming book featuring Anne's work Knitter's Review retreat, November 18-20, 2011 Knitspot Free Book! Knitspot Ravelry pattern listing
Fiber Beat Episode 22: Ravel-ution (2980) August 09, 2011 | 3:21 pm

Fiber Beat, Episode 22: "Ravel-ution" featuring Jess & Casey Forbes Media Link: Ravel-ution (49:47)

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

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:

Knitter's Review Stitches Events SOAR aka Spin-Off Annual Retreat Rhinebeck Fiber Festival Taos Wool Festival Black Sheep Gathering WonderMike's Facebook WonderMike's Twitter WonderMike's Pinterest WonderMike's Flickr

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):

"Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2011) " bob" performed by The Merry Poppins from Inspector Malosso (office4music.com, 2009) " Better Together " performed by Jack Johnson from Rhythms del Mundo Cuba (Ape Vision Ltd, 2006) " Surprise, Surpise " performed by The Rolling Stones from Singles Collection: The London Years (Remastered) (Abkco, 1989) " It's A Wonderful World" performed by Irene Kral with the Junior Mance Trio from Better Than Anything (Time Records, 1964) " Cloud 5" performed by Brian Eno from Drums Between The Bells (Warp, 2011) " Ba Ba Black Sheep" performed by MusicBoxfrom Music Box Lullabies (Octagon Music, 2009) " Pretty As A Picture " performed by Dean Martin from The Capitol Years (Capitol, 2004) " Walkabout " performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers from One Hot Minute (Warner Brothers, 1995) " Chatterbox " performed by Al Bowlly from Blue Skies (Classic Records, 2007) "Viva Las Vegas!" performed by Elvis Presley from The Essential Elvis Presley (RCA, 2009) " Facebook Girl " performed by Slow Children at Play from Facebook Girl (Slow Children at Play, 2009) " Friends" performed by Elton John from Rare Masters (Polydor, 1992) "Eloise" performed by Dave Frishberg from Dave Frishberg At The Jazz Bakery: Retromania (Arbors Records, Inc., 2006)

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

Fiber Beat Episode 21: Seduced by Bohus (2010) July 24, 2011 | 4:04 pm

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

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

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

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:

Bohuslans Museum's brief history of Bohus & example garments Solveig Gustafsson's Solsilke site, where you can purchase your own Bohus Knitting kits Sigmund Freud, Emma's therapist University of Vienna Haute Couture definition I. Magnin department store Nieman Marcus department store Meg Swansen & Schoolhouse Press Doctor's Without Borders Stephanie Pearl McPhee's Bohus Guld sweater American Swedish Institute Susanna Hansson's workshop calendar

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.

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):

"Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2010) Spoken dialog excerpts, featuring Liv Ullman and Bibi Andersson, from the Ingmar Bergman film Persona (MGM/Svensk Filmindustri, 2004/1966) "Oh! Susannah" performed by Fats Waller from Fine Arabian Stuff (HighNote Records, 2000) "I Got Stripes" performed by Johnny Cash from Songs Of Our Soil (Columbia, 1959) "Early-Bird Whirly-Bird" performed by Bob Thompson from The Sound of Speed (Bacchus Archives, 1960) "Haute Couture" performed by The Original Broadway Cast from Skyscraper (Original Broadway Cast) (Capitol, 1965) "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: Greatest Hits (Motown, 1981) "Mickey Mouse Club Theme" performed by The Original Mouseketeers from The Best of the Original Mickey Mouse Club (Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2005) "From All Over The World" performed by Jan and Dean from Jan & Dean: Golden Hits, Vol. 2 (Capitol, 1965) "Oh, Susannah" performed by James Taylor from Sweet Baby James (Warner Brothers, 1970) "Ring Ring (Swedish/Spanish/German Version)" performed by ABBA from Thank You for the Music (Box Set) (Polydor, 1995)

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

Fiber Beat Episode 20: Old Skool Rules (2764) June 18, 2011 | 12:09 am

Fiber Beat, Episode 20: "Old Skool Rules!" featuring Caro Sheridan and Deb Brisson Media Link: Old Skool Rules!(46:10)

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

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

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.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:

Marnie, speak! Good Girl blog James Lileks Debbie Stoller You Knit What? Moose Knuckle Jean Leinhauser Putt Putt Golf Tin Can Alley Shelby Free wearing Stitchy's gown @ 1:01 mins!!! Rhinebeck Bingo Grant Lee Phillips Possum Dixon Magic Castle Article Pract, Oakland LYS TKGA The Knitting Guild Association Knitty Gritty Franklin Habit John Brinegar South by Southwest aka SXSW Cascade 220 yarn Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Summit 2011

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 20

We've three 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.

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) "Kisses In The Wind (Extended Album Version)" performed by Neneh Cherry from Raw Like Sushi (Virgin, 1989) "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" performed by Dinah Shore from Popular Hits of the 40's, Vol. 1 (Dobre Records, 2011) "You Always Hurt The One You Love" performed by Spike Jones from Strictly for Music Lovers (Proper, 1998) "Theme from Love Story" performed by Francis Lai from Love Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Paramount, 1970) "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" performed by Nino Rota from Romeo & Juliet [Soundtrack] (Capitol, 1968) "Don't Say Nothin' (Bad About My Baby)" performed by The Cookies from The Very Best of the Cookies (Master Classics, 2010) "Why Wait" performed by Pérez Prado from Big Hits By Prado (Marathon Media International Ltd., 1960) "I Like Pie I Like Cake - But I Like You Best of All" performed by The Goofus Five from Goofus Five 1924-1925 (Timeless Records, 2002) "Goody, Goody" performed by Della Reese from Della [Original Recording Remastered, Extra Tracks] (RCA/Bluebird, 2002) "We All Work Together" performed by Ramblin' Jack Elliott from Woody Guthrie's Songs to Grow On (Folkways Records, 1961) "Star Fire (Jet Plane)" performed by Bob Thompson from The Sound of Speed (Bacchus Archives, 2003) "Une Very Stylish Fille" performed by Dimitri From Paris from Sacrebleu (Atlantic, 2001)

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

Quest of Life radio program (WRPI) interviews QueerJoe, Knitterg June 09, 2011 | 3:11 pm

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.

Quest of Life radio program (WRPI) interviews QueerJoe, KnitterguyTed & WonderMike June 09, 2011 | 3:11 pm

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.

Quest of Life radio program (WRPI) interviews QueerJoe, KnitterguyTed & WonderMike June 09, 2011 | 3:11 pm

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.

Fiber Beat Episode 19: Art is Primary (2072) June 03, 2011 | 11:16 pm

Fiber Beat, Episode 19: "Art is Primary" featuring Deborah Corsini and Kyle Kunnecke (Media Link: Art is Primary (34:37))

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

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 Wollmeise, the history of Saori weaving, and all about Angora rabbit fiber is out now and available through Zinio

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. This summer Bobbin's Nest will release a line of their own patterns AND will redesign the store! Come check out all the excitement in person!

When I was first told I should visit the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, I envisioned a meticulously displayed and tastefully curated collection of traditional quilted pieces. But, as this recommendation was coming from my multi-crafty poly-artistic friend, Kyle Kunnecke, I knew that there must be more edge to it than that. And boy was I in for a tasty textile treat!!! For my first trip to the museum, I saw two side-by-side shows. The first show was "Eden Re-imagined" showcasing the embroidered art of Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone. The sister show in this exhibition was called "Earthly Paradise" and it was a dazzling display of quilted tapestries from the two-woman collective A Bee (aka Carrie Houseman and Darbury Novoselic). These two shows were enough to convince me that the SJMoQ&T must have a passionate curatorial staff that I had to meet. Fortunately, I had an introduction (through my buddy Kyle) to Deborah Corsini, the visionary behind the first show that I experienced at the museum. My talk with Deborah is the subject of the first half of this episode of Fiber Beat. For the second half the show, I chatted with Kyle and about his workshops, his designs and his journey through the worlds of art, textiles & knitting If you are fortunate enough to live in the San Jose/Bay Area, I encourage most strongly to go check out Primary Structures, the brand new show at the Museum of Quilts & Textiles featuring knitted and crocheted artwork. You can also sign up for workshops with Kyle & even check out the “Southwestern Banded Blankets” exhibit that is showing concurrently with the PS show.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:

Primary Structures, the new knitting & crochet show @ the museum! Kids Create calendar at SJMoQ Press Release for Eden Re-Imagined and Earthly Paradise shows @ the museum Short video from A Bee collective ITAB, International TECHstyle Art Biennial jacquard weaving Museum Calendar including June events and workshops Mary Walker Phillips, pioneer in knitting art Men's Knitting Retreats Men Who Knit Skacel Knitting Navajo Churro Yarns by the Black Mesa Weavers Cause hat pattern by Kyle Kunnecke Cure hat pattern by Kyle Kunnecke Kate Godfrey: graphic designer, artist & author

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 19

We've three great prizes to award in conjunction with this episode:(1) Set of two tickets to the see the Primary Structures show that will be up through August 7, 2011. This is obviously for local folks; (2) Souvenir catalog of the Primary Structures show. This should be for those people who cannot attend the show in person; (3) Cause & Cure hat patterns designed by Kyle Kunnecke. I have two each of these for a total of 4 pattern prizes.

All you have to do to enter the drawing for these prizes, is leave a comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS JUNE 21, 2011.

An intricately woven thank you to Deborah Corsini for showing us her lovely studio and for being on the Fiber Beat. A huge hug to fiber artist and teacher Kyle Kunnecke. And massive thanks to our continuing sponsor, Bobbin Nest, and to our new sponsor,Entangled magazine. Finally, I want to thank you, our patient listeners, for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-SIX 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 (2010) "Flute Salad" performed by Sven Van Hees from Carte Blanche 2 (Astralwerks, 2001) "Pomp and Circumstance" performed by The USAF Heritage of American Band from Ceremonial Music (Altissimo Records, 2006) " The Elements" performed by Tom Lehrer from An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer (1959, Reprise) "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" performed by Latin Piano Band from Latin Nights (Music Factory Entertainment Group, 2000) "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" performed by Burt Bacharach from What The World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach Classics (A&M, 2003) "Kyle" performed by Taste from Rock is Dead (GoSet Music, 2007) "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" performed by Ella Fitzgerald from Twelve Nights In Hollywood (Verve, 2009) "I'm Learning About Love" performed by Brenda Lee from The Definitive Collection (MCA Nashville, 2006) "Primary" performed by The Cure from Staring At The Sea: The Singles 1979-1985 (Elektra, 1986) "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" performed by Croisette from Eurobeat Hits (Motorcity, 2011)

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

Fiber Beat and WonderMike in latest KnitCircus! May 05, 2011 | 11:58 am

Hello Fiber Beat friends and family,I just received the latest issue of KnitCircus (Summer 2011) and I was so pleased to see my interview on page 59!!! Jaala Spiro (the Editor-in-Chief) did such a wonderful job with the interview and formatting. I couldn't be more chuffed. If you're not familiar with KnitCircus, it's an independent online publication. I'll let Jaala tell you exactly about the publication (snipped from their FAQ): Knitcircus is an independent online magazine; we publish quarterly and knit every day. Knitcircus features knitting and sewing patterns, interviews, articles, and reviews, with an eco- and socially-responsible bent. Check out the interviews, reviews, articles, recipes and pattern previews for free! If you like what you see, the pattern collection is available for purchase while that issue’s live.Go check them and out and support this wonderful publication! Oh, and be sure to check out the excellent interviews with Kieran Foley of knit/lab and Sharon McMahon of Three Irish Girls.

Fiber Beat Episode 18: Spinna Outta Carolina (2678) April 24, 2011 | 6:56 pm

Media Link: Spinna Outta Carolina (44:44)

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

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:

Limestone College Louet Hollandia Loom Rita Buchanan Ashford Handicrafts & Spinning Tools Hands On Spinning by Lee Raven Raising Sheep the Modern Way by Paula Simmons Indigo, Madder, Marigold by Trudy Van Stralen Handpaint Country by Cheryl Potter Henry's Attic Yarns XRX & Stitches Events Folk Knitting in Estonia by Nancy Bush nupps demoed by Nancy Bush! patent or brioche stitch Janel Laidman Priscilla Gibson-Roberts Sock Summit 2009 Lily Chin

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):

"Fiber Beat theme" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2010) "Carolina In My Mind" performed by James Taylor from James Taylor: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Warner Brothers, 1988) "Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm ("My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy") - Estonian National Anthem" performed by Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra from National Anthems of the World, Vol. 2: Cambodia - France (Marco-Polo, 1998) "You Really Got Me" performed by The Kinks from Kinks (Pye, 1964) "Baa Baa Black Sheep " performed by Lullaby Land from Lullabies for Baby - Music Box (Octagon Music, 2010) "Carolina in the Morning" performed by Bing Crosby from A Southern Memoir (Collector's Choice, 2011) "C'est Magnifique" performed by Bobby Short from The Cafe Carlyle Presents Bobby Short: You're The Top (Telarc, 2009) "Take My Breath Away" performed by Berlin from Count Three & Pray (Geffen, 1986) "Lauliku lapsepõli" performed by La Choraline, Benoît Giaux and Florence Huby from Babel - Around the World In 19 Songs (La Choraline, 2006) "Prologue - Tradition" performed by Gino Conforti from Fiddler On The Roof (1964 Original Broadway Cast) (RCA Victor, 1964) "Stone Soup" performed by Celia Evans from So Many Seasons (Celia Evans, 2006) "Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella" performed by The Andrews Sisters from ALBUM (Master Classics, 2009) "Lauliku Lapsepõli (The Singer's Childhood)" performed by Tõnu Kaljuste- Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir from Tormis/ Litany To Thunder (ECM, 1999) "Mu Mano Tulge Latse (Come unto Me, Ye Children)" performed by Josef-Stefan Kindler & Andreas Otto Grimminger from Carols For Christmas (K&K Verlagsanstalt, 2008) "Carolina in the Morning" performed by Judy Garland from Bing Crosby with Judy Garland & Al Jolson (Avid, 1997)

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



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