Mon, 25 April 2011
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:
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.
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):
My name is WonderMike and I'll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!