Rank #1: Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude
Today's episode was such a good one! I have Andrea Mowry of all the knitting fame. She left me feeling so inspired by the life that she and her family have crafted just as they want it. There were 2 powerful themes that ran through this interview and left me even more in awe of Andrea than I was when I went into our call. Stick around for the end when I dive into these in a little more detail. I loved getting to know Andrea on a deeper level from what I see on social media and I know you will too!
Visit my site for the show notes and a few pics of Andrea and her family.
Rank #2: Kristy Glass: Youtube, Rhinebeck Sweaters and Saying YES
Today on the show I have Kristy Glass. Kristy does a lot, she is best known as a youtuber with a focus on yarn and knitting but she does many things far beyond this – my favorite being the baby wrangler, who knew that was a job. I also think you’ll enjoy hearing about the wonderful yes attitude her parents embraced and raised her with as a child.
Rank #3: Andrea Mowry is BACK!
In today's episode I bring back previous guest, Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits for a deep dive on burnout and what methods she's found to help her work through it. Get ready to be inspired!
Rank #4: Julie Weisenberger: From her own knitwear line to building Coco Knits
Today on the show I have Julie Weisenberger, the pattern designer and creator of Cocoknits. She is, I think all of us will agree a knitting legend and we have so much fun as we dive into how she came up with her fancy Cocoknits technique and of course what lead her to create her gorgeous line of knitting related products. Lots of take aways and things to learn from this one! I think the knitters out there are really going to enjoy this one as she goes deep into the details. Let's dive in! Show notes here.
Rank #5: Karen Templer: growing Fringe Association, the Field Bag and why less is more
Today on the show Karen Templer, the creator the Fringe Association Blog and of the infamous Field Bag. Her business arose from her almost instant interest in knitting and a wish to create practile and beautiful products she didn’t see in the world. Wether your a business owner looking for fantastic advice or you're just curious to hear more of Karen’s story, this is the podcast for you!
Rank #6: Bristol Ivy: Homeschooling, woofing in NZ and of course, designing
Today on the show I have Bristol Ivy, pattern designer, teacher and author. We dive into her childhood in Maine and what that was like as well so many more experiences that lead her to where she is today. I especially loved hearing about the year off she took in New Zealand to work with sheep and how that experience shifted her course. Stick around for her final words of wisdom too!
Rank #7: Tina Tse: Juggling day & night jobs and cultivating community on IG
Today on the show I have Tina Tse, she is a creative pattern designer who designs in her free time and works in the knitting machine world by day. I love this episode for a bunch of reasons – she touches on and explains what it’s like to juggle her side/night time business of designing new patterns and also cultivating a vibrant and inclusive community on Instagram. Her joy for everything she is doing will leave you wanting to knit every single one of her patterns. Show notes here.
Rank #8: Hannah Fetig: Flowing into a design career + all the messiness it comes with
Today on the show I have Hannah Fetig, the designer behind Knit Bot and so many beloved patterns. We trace the steps of her career which all seemed to flow together seamlessly over time. I especially love when she admits to her creative process as being messy and a little chaotic – it’s always so interesting to get a glimpse into how others work. Show notes here.
Rank #9: Kristal Hill ~ Free People Creative Director on diving in to release worry & stress
Today on the show I have Kristal Hill, the creative director of lifestyle & design at Free People. Kristal tells a story I bet all of us can relate to – how stress can affect our health. The way she got well is a huge inspiration that has left me feeling not the least bit guilty about taking time for myself. For show notes follow this link:
Rank #10: EPISODE 100 - SOLO EPISODE!
Hi friends! Someone this is episode 100 of this podcast. I can hardly believe it. In this episode I talk about what this podcast means to me and how I plan to take it to a whole new place with (I hope!) your support. Then I take some time to let you know where I stand (and where my business Knit Collage) stands on the huge conversation happening right now in the knitting work around race, diversity and inclusion. Show notes here.
Rank #11: Gina Bonomo: Evolving businesses through Skein Cocaine
Today on the show I have Gina Bonomo, she is the creator of Skein Cocaine. Gina has done so much in the fiber world from designing her own patterns to owning a yarn shop for 18 years and now dying her own crazy beautiful yarns. Right from the beginning of the interview, we go deep - into her businesses and burnout. You know I love talking about burnout!!! I can't wait for you to hear this one. Show notes here.
Rank #12: Lavanya Patricella: The art of staying genuine & fun as a pattern designer
Hi everyone! Today on the show I have Lavanya Patricella. She is teacher and knitting pattern designer with a flair for all things brioche and colorful. I've admired her work from afar for so long, especially because she mixes in some bulky yarns and that beginner brioche cowl is the perfect gate way drug into brioche!
Show notes here.
Rank #13: Steven Berg: On being Steven Be - inside & out
Today on the show I have Steven Berg, the man and the legend behind all things Steven Be. This is a really special episode for me. I’ve known Steven since my first Tnna tradeshow in 2010 where he was instantly friendly and enthusiastic about my business. In this interview we go back to where it all started for him – much of the way he is because of his incredible Mom but what got me time and again during this episode is how knitting and yarn is his safe space as a child and now he’s created that at Steven Be Studios. Steven has a way of just being himself, completely extravagant and fabulous in all that he does. It’s fun, totally unique and so incredibly Steven. And that’s what I really want this podcast to be about, shining a light on people doing their own creative things out in a world where it’s not that easy to do that. I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO HEAR THIS ONE! Show notes here.
Rank #14: Susan B Anderson: The routines, attitudes and influences that helped her
Today on the show I have Susan B Anderson, author, designer and now the owner of Barrett Wool Co. She opens up about a lot during our chat – from her morning routine that helped her juggle raising 4 kids and her growing her business to her mantra of WHY NOT ME – when it comes to just starting new things and putting yourself out there. I know you'll love this one and leave feeling more than a little inspired!
Show notes here.
Rank #15: Elise Cripe: On planning your creative time & so much more
Today on the show I have Elise Cripe, the creator of the Get to work planner, the Elise gets crafty podcast and newest to her repertoire her ‘Encouraging creative kids e-course’. The epidsode is jam packed with good stuff. She gives us great tips for prioritizing creativity, productivity and shares many of her favorite books and podcast with us, all of which I had not heard of. For show notes, follow this link:
Rank #16: Rachel Denbow: On her journey & why you must take time out for your creative curiosities
Today on the show I have Rachel Denbow, the lady behind so many things – she’s a weaver, an author and ongoing contributor to the ABM blog. Stick around for the end when she give us her best advice for living a more creative life – it’s gold. Let’s dive in.
Show notes at: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/29
Rank #17: Lindsey Campbell: Growing Hello Hydrangea and throwing out your to-do list!
Hey there! Welcome to episode 48 of the Collage Creative Podcast, hosted by myself Amy Small. This podcast is a weekly interview show dedicated to uncovering the stories, motivations and practices of women and men who are living life on their own terms through work they love. Today on the show I have Lindsey Campbell, of Hello Hydrangea, she’s a weaver, designer and teacher. You’re going to love her advice on throwing out your to do list!
Rank #18: Elizabeth Duvivier: On Owning your Happiness
Today on the show I have Elizabeth Duvivier. She has many hats that she wears- from writer to teacher, teenage wisperer and of course she is founder of Squam, the beloved art retreat that happens twice a year on Squam Lake in NH. She’s recently relinquished her role there and we get into this decision and many more of the fascinating jumps she’s taken in her life. From sacred mornings to owning her own happiness, we cover so much to inspire you. Show notes here.
Rank #19: Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes
Today on the show I have Meghan Fernadez, the co-founder and editor of Pom Pom magazine, the stunning knitting magazine that so many of us love so dearly. She is also a knitting designer with the most gorgeous knits up on Ravelry. She has such an interesting story full of adventure and new beginnings. I can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better. Head on over to my blog for the show notes:
Rank #20: Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses
Today I have a very special guest, Genevieve Day, the owner of JP Knit & Stitch a fanastic LYS here in Boston and New England Farm to Fiber a shop at Boston’s Public Market that specializes in farm yarn. She’s been a long time friend, supporter and incredible inspiration into what running a business and juggling a family looks like. Best part, she is right here in person with me!
Find out more about Genevieve in the show notes here: