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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.

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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.

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Great show

By Rachael0128 - Apr 14 2018
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So glad I found you. Love your yarn and now your show. Thank you!

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By Labknit - Nov 21 2015
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Love the new podcast! Her voice is so beautiful & she has really wonderful guests!

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Great show

By Rachael0128 - Apr 14 2018
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So glad I found you. Love your yarn and now your show. Thank you!

Love

By Labknit - Nov 21 2015
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Love the new podcast! Her voice is so beautiful & she has really wonderful guests!
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The SweetGeorgia Show

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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.

Rank #1: 002: Kate Atherley on Knitting Custom Socks

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Kate Atherley is a knitwear designer and teacher who has become an expert on knitting socks. Specifically socks that will fit all different shapes and sizes of feet. Listen to this episode to learn how to make adjustments to your own sock knitting methods to get a better fitting, better wearing pair of socks!

Jul 22 2015

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Rank #2: 074: Seasons of Craft with Felicia Lo

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Thank you for joining us this season on The SweetGeorgia Show! This is the last episode this season and we are doing things a little differently from usual. This week, Felicia is by herself and wants to share with you the idea of “seasons”, why we do this podcast, and why we make it in the way that we do. Perhaps this discussion of seasons will inspire you to think differently about your own crafting life.

Please join Felicia this week as she discusses the Seasons of Craft!

In this episode, Felicia talks about:
  • 1:58 The first season: Seasons of Life
  • 7:17 The second season: Seasons of Creativity
  • 10:55 The third season: Seasons of Productivity
  • 14:26 The fourth season: Seasons of Rest
  • 18:58 Felicia’s Final Notes
Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining me this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow knitting friends. And if you like what I’m doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. I read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so I welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your support of the third season of The SweetGeorgia Show! Until we meet again, enjoy colour!

Jan 23 2018

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Rank #3: 073: Weaving What Makes You Happy with Jane Stafford

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This week Felicia is joined by Jane Stafford: production weaver, teacher, and business owner behind Jane Stafford Textiles on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. For over 35 years, Jane has been exploring weaving and has built the most extraordinary career in textiles. Jane is the instructor for Louet dealers in North America and you might recognize her from her teaching on Louet’s instructional DVDs and videos. It’s also no coincidence that Jane shares her name with Louet’s newest table loom. The Jane loom is an acknowledgement of Jane Stafford’s years of contributions towards weaving loom design. Seriously, how many people can say that they have a weaving loom named after them? Jane is also the recipient of teacher of the year award from Handwoven Magazine and now teaches exclusively from her studio on Salt Spring Island and her online weaving guild.

Join Felicia and Jane this week as they discuss Jane's humble beginnings of weaving her first piece of fabric to creating an online guild so she can reach weavers all over the world!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:22 Felicia reminisces how she first learned about Jane from a book on a coffee table many years ago
  • 3:27 Jane discusses how she first got introduced to weaving
  • 9:00 Did Jane ever feel like quitting during the long process to becoming a weaver? Jane also discusses the frustration of having so many teachers with different methods.
  • 11:15 Weaving is attractive to many different kinds of people. Some are very exact and precise, some are very free and unstructured. Felicia asks Jane what her personality is when it comes to weaving. Also, the method Jane used to save herself from the tedium of production weaving.
  • 20:02 Is Jane still into production weaving?
  • 21:32 How Jane started to teach weaving to others
  • 25:20 Jane gives advice on how one can start something as seemingly-complex as weaving
  • 29:04 Jane and Felicia discuss Jane’s online weaving guild she’s developing
  • 34:38 The ladies discuss mistakes and problem solving in weaving and the dangers of perfectionism
  • 38:02 Chatting about how weavers can find support when they are learning online
  • 40:28 Jane discusses her plans for the guild for 2018
  • 44:00 Felicia asks Jane what she considers is good design for weaving and how people can get there
  • 47:17 Jane created the online guild so she could reach more people and have more time for her own personal weaving projects. Felicia asks Jane what she is looking forward to making.
  • 51:49 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here's where to find Jane online:

Jan 16 2018

55mins

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Rank #4: 027: Jacey Boggs Faulkner of PLY Magazine

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Jacey Boggs Faulkner has been spinning for 13 years, teaching spinning for 11 years, writing about spinning for 10 years, and running a magazine about spinning for 3 years. As the founder and editor in chief of PLY magazine, you might say her whole life revolves around spinning, that is when it’s not revolving around her wonderful husband, her amazing 3 kids, and her ever-growing homestead and animal collection. 

Dec 31 2015

38mins

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Rank #5: 063: Planning Your Knitting Life with Martina Behm

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This week Felicia is talking with knitwear designer Martina Behm. Martina, a mother of two who currently resides in Northern Germany, has been knitting since she was 12 but started getting serious about it in 2006.  Since that time she has developed many fun and well-loved knitting patterns including the Trillian shawl, theBrickless shawl, and the Hitchhiker shawl (which has been knit nearly 28,000 times on Ravelry alone!). In addition to designing knitting patterns, Martina has expanded her online store to include new items such as a paper planner for knitters.

Please join us for this week’s conversation about keeping your “knitting mojo”, massive yarn stashes, and utilizing organization tools to make more time for knitting!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:49 Martina tells Felicia how she first started knitting
  • 4:15 Felicia asks Martina to describe her style and aesthetics behind her knitting patterns
  • 7:04 Martina describes how she transitioned from knitting baby patterns for her children and being a freelance journalist to designing her own patterns
  • 11:17 Felicia and Martina chat about how Martina started a knitting blog in her own unique style
  • 12:40 Martina tells Felicia about her large yarn stash and how important impulsivity is to her creative process
  • 17:00 Martina and Felicia talk about how Martina prioritizes time for knitting while being a busy mother of two and a knitwear designer
  • 21:18 Chatting about Martina’s new Strickplaner knitting planner and how it can keep knitters organized
  • 28:50 How Martina gets her “knitting mojo” back when she loses inspiration
  • 30:50 Where to find Martina online and where you can order your own Strickplaner!
  • 32:10 Felicia’s final notes
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Here’s where to find Martina online:

Nov 07 2017

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Rank #6: 071: Finding What Sings to You: Romi Hill on Shawl Design

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This week Felicia is joined by Romi Hill, a knitwear and jewelry designer. Romi is an inspiration as a knitwear designer who has been working in a very specialized niche in the knitting world. She designs gorgeous shawl pins that go with her equally gorgeous lace shawl patterns. Romi’s work is breathtakingly delicate and awe-inspiring so it’s no surprise her Ravelry group is over 9,000 members strong!

Please join us today as Felicia chats with Romi about how she found her passion in designing lace shawls and crafting exquisite shawl pins.

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:22 Felicia asks Romi how she first got interested in knitting and jewelry making
  • 9:02 Romi describes how she changed her career from music to knitwear and jewellery design
  • 16:25 Romi and Felcia chat about Romi’s Pins and Lace Club which is now in it’s 9th year!
  • 19:44 Felicia chats with Romi about her subscription based business model, her e-book subscriptions, her 7 Small Shawls to Knit collections, Romi’s secret “sock hate”, and her 7 reSizeable Shawls pattern collection
  • 27:24 Felicia asks Romi how she writes her lace patterns (chart VS written)
  • 30:13 How to choose yarn for lace projects
  • 37:06 How Romi chooses colours for her lace projects
  • 38:52 Where to find Romi online and keep up with her latest works
  • 41:45 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Romi online:

Jan 02 2018

43mins

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Rank #7: 047: Espace Tricot on Building a Yarn Shop Fueled by Friendship

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These days, there are so many sad notices and posts about yarn shops closing and one might think that the future of knitting and brick n' mortar stores is bleak. But today on the show, I chat with two passionate knitters and shop owners who are doing it right and have seen year-over-year success with their yarn shop, Espace Tricot.

In July 2017, Melissa Clulow and Lisa di Fruscia will celebrate the 7-year anniversary of their yarn shop, Espace Tricot. Located in Montreal, Canada, this store has become an incredible gathering place for the knitting community as much as it is a retail space. And at the heart of Espace Tricot is this friendship that Melissa and Lisa share and the community that they have created.

See all our show notes at: http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/podcast/episode-047-espace-tricot-yarn-shop/

Feb 28 2017

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Rank #8: 043: Find Your Fade with Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits

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Meet Andrea Mowry, the knitter and designer behind Drea Renee Knits. Discover how Andrea came to knitting, designing, and juggling it all with family. Finally, hear all about her latest shawl design, Find Your Fade, and how she works with colour.

Jan 31 2017

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Rank #9: 064: Masterful Weaving with Laura Fry

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When you think of mastery in the fibre arts, a few names may spring into your mind. You might think of experts in the field who are working professionally, proficiently, and prolifically. In the field of weaving, you may think of Laura Fry.

Laura Fry is a full-time professional hand weaver who started weaving in 1975. In her 40+ years of her weaving career the focus of her weaving has evolved and, in addition to still being a production weaver, she is a dedicated teacher in the field and currently teaching the master weavers certificate program at Old’s College. Laura herself earned certification as one of Canada’s master weavers in 1997 and was the 27th weaver to achieve this honour. Laura has also created two series of videos with Interweave: The Efficient Weaver and Wet-Finishing for Weavers.

Please join us for this week’s discussion as Laura chats with Felicia about her journey to becoming a master of her craft.

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:56 Laura discusses how she discovered weaving and decided to make it into her career
  • 4:44 Laura chats about how health issues in the last few years has gotten her back into spinning
  • 6:40 Felicia asks Laura about her training and education as a weaver
  • 9:45  Laura breaks down the Old’s College Master Weaver Program
  • 14:12 Laura gives advice to those who would want to learn weaving through self-study instead of a school program
  • 20:25 Discussing how Laura keeps herself fit and healthy enough to keep  up with the intense physical demands of production weaving. Laura also gives Felicia some tips on posture while weaving.
  • 24:15 Felicia asks Laura how she chooses colours for the pieces she will weave and sell
  • 32:30 Laura chats about efficiency in her weaving
  • 37:30 How Laura manages the busy schedule of being a business owner and a production weaver
  • 41:28 Chatting about Laura’s current work in progress: a book called The Intentional Weaver
  • 46:27 Is there anything Laura would have done differently looking back on her career in the fibre arts?
  • 53:16 Felicia’s final notes
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Here’s where to find Laura online:

Nov 14 2017

56mins

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Rank #10: 089: Spinning up a Storm with Spincycle Yarns

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This week, Felicia is chatting with Rachel Price and Kate Burge of Spincycle Yarns. Spincycle Yarns is a very unique yarn company as they create small batch mill-spun yarn, spun from fibre that they hand dye so the yarns look and feel like handspun! You have probably seen Spincycle Yarns featured in such designs like Andrea Mowry's The Shiftcowl and Nightshift shawl among many others. Join Felicia, Rachel, and Kate as they chat about all things colour and spinning!

  "...the first time we ever hung out  it was Easter Sunday and we went to my... house... and we had... a pound of fibre and we're like 'Alright, let's go crazy and dye it' and we did and it was like so much fun  and we just... I don't know like as opposed to crafting by yourself, when you find your crafting soulmate to work with it's so much more fun." -  Kate Burge on meeting her best friend (and future business partner) Rachel Price

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:21 Rachel and Kate introduce themselves
  • 3:05 Rachel and Kate chat about how they started spinning yarn
  • 4:32 What made Rachel and Kate make the decision to go into business together?
  • 7:03 How do you go from selling handspun yarn to production dyeing and spinning?
  • 9:33 Sport Weight vs Fingering Weight: What's the difference and does it really matter?
  • 11:43 Where Spincycle Yarns sources its fibre from and how they choose what fibre goes into their millspun yarns
  • 15:30 Can yarn construction techniques be experimented with when you have your own mill?
  • 17:34 How many colourways is Spincycle Yarns producing right now?
  • 20:32 How do Rachel and Kate draw the boundaries between work and play when running a yarn business?
  • 26:36 Felicia asks Rachel about how she learned how to weave in Harrisville
  • 30:07 Do Rachel and Kate teach textile arts to the public?
  • 32:35 What changes have Rachel and Kate seen in the knitting world over the years? And the fun of collaborating with Andrea Mowry
  • 40:10 Where to find Rachel and Kate online! Also you can find Spincycle Yarns at Knit City in Vancouverthis year at the Starlight Knitting Society booth!
  • 43:32 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Spincycle Yarns:

Website: www.spincycleyarns.com

Instagram: @spincycle_yarns

 

Enter the Giveaway for 2 Free Skeins of Spincycle Yarns:

If you want to get your hands on Rachel and Kate's beautiful yarn, enter our contest to win 2 free skeins of their brand new colourway: Castaway! Thank you so much to Rachel, Kate, and the hardworking Spincycle gang for making this giveaway possible!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

  Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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Aug 27 2019

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Rank #11: 060: Patty Lyons on Teaching the Mindful Knitter

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Today Felicia is chatting with Patty Lyons: a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in the pursuit of training the mindful knitter. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches at knitting shows around North America including Vogue Knitting Live, Stitches, and more. She can also be found teaching online through Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy. Patty’s “Improve your Knitting” Craftsy class was named “the most popular Craftsy class” in 2013. These days, Patty is also sharing a lot of her knowledge and instruction through her knit alongs on Ravelry.

Please join us today as Felicia chats with Patty about her experiences teaching in the knitting industry!

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:47 Felicia and Patty chat about the first time they met
  • 5:50 Patty chats about how she got into the knitting industry from her previous career as a broadway stage manager
  • 10:50 Patty’s experiences in running a yarn store in New York and how it set her knitting teaching career into motion
  • 13:20 The ladies chat about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”
  • 17:18 Discussing Patty’s obsession with the finishing stages of a project
  • 18:13 Patty chats about her most popular Craftsy class: Improve Your Knitting
  • 23:20 Patty discusses knitting without flipping your work
  • 26:37 Felicia and Patty discuss the endless learning possibilities of knitting
  • 27:52 Patty talks about the various forms of classes she offers and the advantages and disadvantages of these different forms
  • 33:00 Chatting about Patty’s online knit alongs and how she brings something different to the table
  • 39:55 How to find motivation to finish knit alongs projects
  • 43:45 What knit alongs Patty has planned for the future
  • 45:10 Patty’s advice for knitters who want to become teachers
  • 48:52 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Patty online:

Oct 17 2017

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Rank #12: 069: Preserving Natural Dyeing Traditions with Kristine Vejar

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This week Felicia chats with one of her personal heroes in the world of hand-crafted colour: Kristine Vejar. Kristine is a natural dyer, teacher, owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm and the author of The Modern Natural Dyer. She is also the founder of many thoughtful projects including The Seam Allowance and The California Wool Project.

Please join us as Felicia and Kristine discuss Kristine’s rich and fascinating journey through textiles, yarn, and colour.

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:24 How Kristine got into natural dyeing and created A Verb for Keeping Warm
  • 9:26 Describing the set up of the studio at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, California
  • 11:42 Felicia asks Kristine how she learned natural dyeing
  • 13:29 Discussing the difficulty of doing natural dyeing on a large scale and the issues that come with natural dyes like colour consistency
  • 19:57 Felicia and Kristine chat about Kristine’s book: The Modern Natural Dyer and the challenges that came with creating it
  • 27:57 Felicia asks Kristine what she learned on her trips to Iceland, Indonesia, Oaxaca, and Japan
  • 34:16 What Kristine plans to do with all her natural dyeing research
  • 36:38 Discussing the “universal truth” of makers around the world
  • 39:33 Kristine discusses the keynote address she gave in June 2017 at the Flag and Wool Fiber Festival
  • 44:08 Felicia and Kristine discuss what the value of the things we make
  • 47:35 Where to find Kristine online
  • 49:25 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Kristine online:

Dec 19 2017

51mins

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Rank #13: 026: Sonia Ruyts of Stash and the Stash Podcast

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Today I’m talking with Sonia Ruyts, the owner of a yarn store in Oregon called Stash. Sonia is a passionate knitter, business owner, and mother and this past fall, she started a podcast called “Stash, Creative Conversations with Makers and Doers”. 

Dec 29 2015

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Rank #14: 082: Crafting a Creative Business with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp

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This week Felicia is chatting with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp who runs HLH Designs: a project bag and knitting tool company. Alongside HLH, Hanna Lisa also runs a successful coaching practice for creative business owners and co-founded and currently runs Making Stories: an independent knitwear design publishing company.

Join Felicia and Hanna Lisa as they discuss how to start, run, and sustain a creative business.

 “Starting off a production based business, starting off small and really focusing on making products that are really really good that you’re proud of… even if that’s in just really small batch numbers… that’s key and that will allow you to then gradually… make more sales and then reinvest the money… into more raw materials and then figuring out what kind of business model really works for you… wether it’s a shop update based… wether you’re doing wholesale or not… I think that can all gradually come as long as you’re really focused on making a really good product and figuring out what your unique story… your niche is. ” – Hanna Lisa Haferkamp on production based businesses

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:12 Felicia reminisces about how she first found out about Hanna Lisa and her work
  • 2:17 Felicia asks Hanna Lisa to introduce herself to the audience and how she got started in the creative world
  • 10:06 Hanna Lisa discusses what kind of clients she supports through her coaching practice and the financial problems experienced when trying to be a knitwear designer or small creative business owner
  • 15:15 What is Hanna Lisa’s advice when it comes to becoming a top knitwear designer?
  • 18:05 Felicia and Hanna Lisa discuss pattern pricing: What’s a fair price to charge?
  • 20:27 Hanna Lisa chats about what it’s like to start a manufacturing business like HLH Designs
  • 23:44 Hanna Lisa describes her main product: her project bags
  • 26:32 Hanna Lisa and Felicia chat about the “Slow Business Experiment”
  • 35:15 How Hanna Lisa splits her time between 3 businesses
  • 39:00 Hanna Lisa’s advice to those that want to start a creative business
  • 42:55 Felicia asks Hanna Lisa what her plans for 2019 are
  • 49:19 Felicia’s Final Notes

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Hanna Lisa:

Website: www.hlh-designs.com

Business Coaching Website: www.hannalisahaferkamp.com

Making Stories: www.making-stories.com

Business Instagram: @hlh.design

Personal Instagram: @hannalisahaferkamp

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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May 21 2019

51mins

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Rank #15: 038: Inside Knitwear Design with Ysolda Teague

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Ysolda Teague might very possibly be one of the most well-known, well-established knitwear designers of our time. Like perhaps many of you, I was first introduced to Ysolda's work through her shawl pattern, Ishbel. To date, it is one of the most widely knit shawl patterns on Ravelry. It's been knit nearly 14,000 times since she published it in 2009. Since that time, she has re-written the rules of knitwear design and self-published a number of collections, built a design studio and team, and also created her own custom yarns. Join Felicia and Ysolda on The SweetGeorgia Show to listen to Ysolda's stories of how she got started and how she established such a successful design career. 

Dec 13 2016

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Rank #16: 087: Exploring Norwegian Colourwork Knitting with Eli of Skeindeer Knits

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On this week's episode, Felicia is chatting with Eli: a London-based Norwegian knitting pattern designer highly influenced by traditional Norwegian knitting. She is also the hostess of the Skeindeer Knits podcast and has published over 100 episodes! Join Felicia and Eli as they chat about colourwork knitting!

"...me personally I think you can change things that have been a certain way and it will still be that thing and ok but even if it's not that thing anymore... that's how things take on new forms and become interesting and new things... either way I think that's cool" - Eli on wether a design is truly considered a traditional Selbu mitten or not

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 0:49 Felicia and Eli chat about Vlogmas and when Eli visited the SweetGeorgia studios for a knit night
  • 3:30 Eli discusses how she first got into knitting and knitwear design
  • 9:37 Felicia and Eli chat about Selbu mittens and why Eli is hesitant to accept her nickname "The Queen of Selbu Mittens"
  • 14:30 Discussing the thumb of the Selbu mitten
  • 15:43 Eli discusses the unique features of Norwegian stranded colourwork knitting
  • 20:05 Felicia asks Eli if she feels any pressure as a Norwegian knitwear designer to uphold the traditions of Norwegian knitting styles
  • 21:24 Felicia asks Eli about how she started her YouTube podcast
  • 27:04 Eli gives advice to anyone wanting to start their own YouTube channel
  • 30:50 Eli chats about being a PHD student and knitwear designer at the same time
  • 33:10 Felicia asks Eli about her plans for after she gets her PHD
  • 34:47 Where to find Eli online
  • 36:12 Felicia's Final Notes

 

Here's Where You Can Find Eli:

Website: www.skeindeer.com

YouTube Podcast: www.youtube.com/skeindeerknits

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/skeindeer-knits

Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/skeindeer-knits

Instagram: @skeindeer

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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Jul 30 2019

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Rank #17: 065: Slow Fashion and Mindful Making with Emma Welford

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This week Felicia is joined by knitwear designer, Emma Welford. Emma lives in Western Massachusetts and has been knitting since 2007 and designing since 2011. She is a fellow multi-craftual maker who also sews her own clothes, crochets, and spins on her Lendrum spinning wheel. Emma is no stranger to SweetGeorgia as she has designed two amazing patterns for us in the past: her Fall Break socks and the adorable Ribbonscardigan.

Please join us this week as Felicia and Emma discuss slowing down and enjoying the process of creation!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:39 Emma chats about her main passion before she started knitting seriously: sewing without patterns. Felicia also asks Emma how she got into knitting in 2007.
  • 5:11 Felicia and Emma talk about slow fashion, mindful making, and wearing your handmade knits more by examining if they truly fit into your everyday wardrobe. The ladies also ponder if one can truly have too many sweaters.
  • 9:12 Emma and Felicia discuss the “instantaneous pattern lust” on Ravelry and if it causes knitters to make before thinking
  • 11:05 Talking about minimalism and how Emma tries to slow down the process of creation to enjoy it more
  • 15:15 How Emma chooses her colour palettes and her suggestions to others on how to pick yarn colours for projects
  • 20:50 Frosting VS Cake: the struggle of choosing neutral yarn colours in a store
  • 23:12  Emma chats about her time working at Webs – America’s Yarn Store
  • 26:16 Emma gives suggestions on how to balance working a day job and designing knitwear
  • 30:00 Chatting about Emma’s latest project: a collaboration e-book of patterns called Join Hands (Proceeds from this project will be shared equally between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center)
  • 31:10 Felicia and Emma discuss bullet journalling
  • 34:26 Where to find Emma online to keep up with all of her latest designs and projects
  • 34:05 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Emma online:

Nov 21 2017

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Rank #18: 046: Joji Locatelli on Knitwear Design and "Interpretations Vol 4"

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Joji Locatelli tells the beautiful story of how she got started knitting, designing, and collaborating with Veera Välimäki on the Interpretations collections.

Feb 21 2017

39mins

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Rank #19: 084: Slow Fibre in a Fast World with Katrina Stewart

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This week, Felicia has a special in-studio guest: Katrina Stewart of Crafty Jak's. Crafty Jak's was founded by the mother-daughter team of Judi and Katrina as a way to share the things that they love about crafts and the fibre arts such as hand-dyed yarns, as well as hand-dyed and hand-carded spinning fibre. Katrina also teaches various spinning classes at our SweetGeorgia studios as well as other yarn shops in town. We have also recently released a video-based online workshop called Carding for Colourwhere Katrina teaches fibre preparation techniques.

Join Felicia and Katrina as they chat about fibre, spinning, colour, and everything in between!

 "...When you've put so much time and energy into something... it feels like you can't just throw it away. But I think too if you can look at it from 'What did I learn from that experience?' and take that knowledge away, then it really hasn't been wasted in the same way... It's one of those things where if we look at it as a learning experience then it's not wasted." - Katrina Stewart on felted fibre and learning

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:52 Katrina chats about how she got started with fibre arts
  • 6:29 Felicia asks Katrina what end results she is looking for when making her carded fibre and preparing fibre
  • 8:52 Katrina talks about her steep learning curve she encountered on her spinning and dyeing journey and all the felted fibre along the way
  • 12:29 How did Katrina make the transition form having a photography business to a fibre business?
  • 17:06 What Katrina brings from her career as a photographer to her fibre arts business and competition in the hand-dyed industry
  • 25:39 Felicia asks Katrina how she balances the slow nature of carding fibre with the business requirements for efficiency
  • 30:50 Katrina chats about her new book she published with Rachel Smith - Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour
  • 34:07 How Katrina and Rachel met and became friends and collaborators
  • 38:05 The difficulties of managing a business and raising a family
  • 46:53 Katrina's plans for 2019
  • 51:42 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway

 

Here's Where You Can Find Katrina:

Website: www.craftyjaks.ca

Instagram: @craftyjaks

Order a copy of Unbraided here: www.craftyjaks.ca/ourstore/books/unbraided-the-art-and-science-of-spinning-colour/

Order an e-copy of Unbraided here: www.blurb.ca/b/9456971-unbraided-the-art-science-of-spinning-colour?ebook=695655

  Enter the Giveaway for a free copy of Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour:

Katrina and Rachel are giving away a copy of their new book: Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour! If you'd like a chance to win an e-book copy, click the link below and enter this episode's secret word. Thank you so much to Katrina and Rachel for donating this prize to our listeners!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

  Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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