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Fiber Beat is not your regular knitting podcast. In fact, it covers a range of crafts using the fiber medium, such as spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, shepherding, & crocheting. You can expect interviews with designers, authors, farmers, & businesses. WonderMike, editor-in-chief and intrepid reporter presents instructional video podcasts as well as product reviews. If you have a story, you'd like to share, give WonderMike a shout on Ravelry or leave a comment in the show notes!


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~WonderMike


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Media Link: Let's Shear It For The Boys! (40:50)

Fiber Beat #10, "Let's Shear It For The Boys!"

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


Bobbin's Nest Studio

I am pleased to introduce our first sponsor of the Fiber Beat, Bobbin's Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin's Nest is a yarn and fabric store, specializing in materials for knitting, crocheting, sewing and hand embroidery. They are excited to announce their new personalized online shopping experience called eNest.


The Men's Knitting Retreats have entered their third year with the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat this past May. What began as a simple desire to gather men who have a shared fiber interest, has blossomed into a global phenomenon. In 2009, David Reidy, from the Sticks & String podcast, hosted the Men's Australian Knitting Retreat. This year, James Herbison, hosted the first ever Men's New Zealand Knitting Retreat. If you'd like to host your own men's knitting retreat, contact myself or Joe Wilcox for ideas, learnings and moral support.

For this episode, I've assembled a cast of retreat coordinators, attendees & sponsors. We talk about why the Men's Knitting Retreats are so special and so very necessary.

The following places, people and things were mentioned:


The first ever Fiber Beat SCHOLARSHIP for Episode No. 10 / MFKR 2010

This year, the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat will be held just outside of Seattle in the City of Federal Way at the Dumas Bay Centre from September 16-19. We still have regular paid slots available with all the costing details on Ravelry and on Flickr. However, we are thrilled to announce have a special scholarship to the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, provided by XRX, Inc. This scholarship includes full retreat fees plus a stipend of $400 for travel and transportation. You can nominate a friend, a family member or yourself. The nominee must be a man and over 21 years of age. Please confirm that your guy has agreed to be entered into the nomination process. A sample nomination will be the first entry in the comments section below.

One scholarship recipient will be selected from all the nominations by a panel of Men's Knitting Retreat coordinators (Joe Wilcox, Ted Myatt, James Herbison & myself). DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS August 6, 2010. The winner will be officially announced on August 15, 2010.


A big manly thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first SIXTEEN episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

So. Many. Generous. People. To. Thank. For. This. Episode:

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is WonderMike and I'll see YOU at the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat... AND on the Fiber Beat!!

Direct download: fba010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:53 PM
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Media Link: A Tweed Glows in Brooklyn (39:50)

Fiber Beat #9 "A Tweed Glows in Brooklyn"

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

Jared Flood, better known to the knitting world as BrooklynTweed, is a much admired and sought-after designer, blogger, teacher & photographer. He truly is a one-man, A-to-Z fiber phenom. Jared can spin the yarn; he can design the garment; he can knit it up; and he can photograph it all to perfection, ready for glossy full-color fashion magazines. And, if you're lucky, you can have him show you how to did it. I have a secret suspicion that Jared has eliminated the need for sleep... or cloned himself. At least that's what my ego is hoping.

I spoke with Jared while he was on the Left Coast for a series of sold-out workshops in the Bay Area.

The following places, people and things were mentioned:


The WINNERS of our eighth Fiber Beat CONTESTS were as follows:

Thanks to everyone who facebooked, tweeted and shared all their fears and trepidations. Never fear. We'll get you ALL spinning!

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 9

I have a signed copy of “Made in Brooklyn” for one lucky winner. Here’s all you have to do to enter: tell us the name of the photographer or photographers who have influenced your aesthetic, craft OR for whom you just FLIP! For example, I adore the work of Richard Avedon (fashion), Ron Fricke (film) and Julius Shulman (architecture). Now, it's your turn.

You can leave us pictures, links, text or all of the above, but please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS July 31, 2010.


A classically elegant thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first FIFTEEN episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

As it happens, we're posting this episode on Jared's birthday, so Happy Birthday, Jared. Special thanks to Jared for his time and for his modern interpretations of the classics!

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

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

Direct download: fba009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02 AM
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Episode 8: PGR, In a New Way (featuring Priscilla Gibson-Roberts) Media Link: PGR, In a New Way (30:32)

Fiber Beat No. 8 "PGR, In a New Way"

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

Meeting your gurus can be a bit nerve-wracking, but in this case, it was more like a homecoming. This episode’s guest is truly an icon in the knitting and spinning world: Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. She has written books about traditional & historical sweater design, top-whorl spindle spinning and ethnic sock construction. In all that Priscilla produces, there is a love and respect for doing things “in the old way”. Fortunately, for us, she’s also interested in preserving their technical details and sharing them with future generations.

I spoke with Priscilla during breaks in her lecture schedule and my classes at Sock Summit 2009. We actually stayed until the lights went off, but I would have continued recording in total darkness had I been giving the chance. We, as crafters, artists and artisans, are indeed richer and more knowledgeable, thanks in large part to the work of PGR and Deb Robson (Nomad Press). I feel honored to have met them both.

The following places, people and things were mentioned:


The WINNER of our seventh Fiber Beat CONTEST is heknits and he receives a signed copy of Jacey's "Sit & Spin" dvd. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 8

We have a signed copy of “Simple Socks: Plain & Fancy” for one lucky winner. Here’s what we’d like for you to do: simply thank the person who got you started in the fiber arts. It can be anything you like: a phone call, a letter, cookies, crafts or a meditation. For example, I want to thank my MawMaw Ellen Ruth for showing me the path to fiber fulfillment. Since she's no longer with us, I'm offering this up to the cosmos for her to hear. Now, it's your turn.

You can leave us pictures, links, text or all of the above, but let us know that you did. To enter, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS June 30, 2010.


A good old-fashioned serving of gratitude to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first THIRTEEN episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. You kids are the BOMB! Let me know what you think and please do leave a review on iTunes!

Special thanks to Priscilla Gibson-Roberts for her time and for all the years of hard-work and inspiration. I am indebted to Deb Robson of Nomad Press for the introduction to PGR and for the wonderful signed pieces for our contest prizing. A shout-out to our PGR vox pops: Susan, Karen & Jenne. Finally, thanks to Sharon (gerstperson) for the lovely photograph of Priscilla from Sock Summit 2009.

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

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

Direct download: fba008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:59 AM
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Episode 7: The Art of Yarn (featuring Jacey Boggs)(33:48)

FiberBeat #7 "The Art of Yarn"

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

Hey there spinner! Why you down? Have you heard who’s rolled into town? It’s the hippest, the swingingest, fiberista with the chula vista: Jacey Boggs

Who’s that you say? I’ve not heard a single hep cat say An unkind word about Madame J

But hold up, Daddy o Have you seen the video That this spinner and knitter did deliver?!! It’s a stone cold winner.

You might as well let go, Baby Bro Of the worsted, woolen, two-ply & Navajo Cos we got coils, beehives, and halos; Making ‘em thick and thin or With tiny circles and auto-wrapping tornadoes.

Some naysayers bray, “What’s the point?” But don’t bring that bad vibe into my joint. Other worrywarts say, “But what will it make?” Brothers & Sisters, can you dig, “Hip for hip’s sake?”

Is it craft, is it art? Women’s work or Essential PART? What can I do with it? Where should I start? Does it really matter when you chart An outrageous yarn that stands apart?

Listen up guys & gals, young & old to this hip chick, to wit May we present Jacey Boggs dba Insubordiknit. Come on in, please do, and for a spell sit And spin a tale of wool and thread and felted bits All mapped and wrapped and trapped in it!

Jacey Boggs is blogger, podcaster, spinner and teacher who works under the name Insubordiknit. In this episode, I talk with this DIY Diva about art yarns, teaching workshops, making DVDs and living the fiber dream.

The following places, people and things were mentioned:


The WINNER of our sixth Fiber Beat CONTEST is TailorTodd and he receives a signed copy of CookieA's "Sock Innovation". Thanks to everyone who entered!

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 7

I have a signed copy of Jacey's instructional dvd "Sit & Spin" for this episode's contest. All you need to do is tell us the story of when you were first challenged by a new art form (can be any discipline, such as music, film, literature, painting, etc.).

To enter, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS April 30, 2010.


A HUMONGOUS thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first eleven episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

A very special tip of the inspiration hat to Ken Nordine. I tried to channel Ken while writing and performing my Jacey Boggs beat poem, but I'm nowhere near as brilliant as he is. If you have a chance, you should check out his Word Jazz opus.

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

They call me WonderMike on the mic. I'll see YOU coming down my street, on the Fiber Beat!!

Direct download: fba007.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:06 AM
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Episode 6: One Smart Cookie (featuring CookieA) Media Link: One Smart Cookie (28:58)

Fiber Beat Episode 6, "One Smart Cookie"

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

CookieA is the designer of dozens of sock patterns, including the iconic and wildly popular Monkey pattern. She co-blogs with Kristi Geraci at Knitter's Anonymous and teaches all over the world. This episode I talked with Cookie at Bobbin's Nest Studio on the occasion of her launch and book signing for "Sock Innovation" (Interweave Knits, 2009).

The following places, people and things were mentioned:


The WINNER of our fifth Fiber Beat CONTEST is Tina and she receives 1 bag (13 skeins) of Silky Merino along with the latest pattern book number 2 featuring designs by Melissa Leapman. These prizes have been generously donated by Malabrigo Yarns. A huge GRACIAS to everyone who entered the contest. We were OVERWHELMED with the enthusiasm for both shows (English & Spanish language versions) and, in particular, for this contest!!!!

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 6

I have a signed copy of CookieA's "Sock Innovation" for this episode's contest. All you need to do is tell us your favorite innovator (can be any discipline, such as music, film, literature, painting, etc.).

To enter, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS MARCH 21, 2010.


A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first nine episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

A very special thanks to our actor: PunkRawkPurl.

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

  • "Fiber Beat theme (salsa caliente mix)" performed by Anthony Bonet from exclusive to Fiber Beat (2010)
  • "Theme from Rome" performed by Jeff Beal from Rome: The Complete Series (HBO Home Video, 2009)
  • "Anon: Alleluya: A Nywe Werke " performed by Anonymous 4 from On Yoolis Night (Harmonia Mundi, 1993)
  • "C is for Cookie" performed by Marilyn Horne from Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (Children's Television Workshop, 2009)
  • "If I Were a Bell" performed by Blossom Dearie from Once Upon a Summertime (Verve, 1958)
  • "Shades of Gray" performed by Monkees from Headquarters (Colgems, 1967)
  • "A Case of You" performed by Joni Mitchell from Blue (Reprise, 1971)
  • "This Is My Idea" performed by Sandy Duncan, Howard McGillin and cast from The Swan Princess (Sony Wonder, 1994)
  • "Dance Dance Revolution" performed by Adam and Andrew from Still Not Famous (Adam and Andrew, 2007)
  • "Me Going to Munch You, Munch You, Munch You" performed by Cookie Monster from Born to Add (Children's Television Workshop, 1995)
  • "Fractal Zoom" performed by Brian Eno from Nerve Net (All Saints Records, 1992)
  • "Cookie Jar" performed by Gym Class Heroes from The Quilt (Fueled By Ramen, 2008)

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

Direct download: fba006.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49 AM
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Episode 5-5: Se Habla Buenabrigo (featuring Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao) Media Link: Se Habla Buenabrigo (28:44)

Fiber Beat Episodio 5, "Se Habla Malabrigo"

NOTA: Este episodio es una edición especial de Fiber Beat. Registramos una entrevista en español con el fundador de Malabrigo, Antonio Gozález-Arnao. Hemos querido presentar sus respuestas en su idioma original para nuestros oyentes en español. Esperamos que disfrute!

Malabrigo Hilos debutó en 2005, cuando Tobias Feder y Antonio González-Arnao, decidió iniciar un negocio familiar de producción de la más fina lana y hilados. Provienen de Montevideo, Uruguay, pero ellos viajan por todo el mundo para promover sus fibras lujosas, suaves y de tonos deslumbrantes.

Para este episodio yo hablé con Antonio, el jefe actual de Malabrigo Hilados, a Stitches West en la primavera de 2009.

El siguiente libro se menciona:


El ganador de nuestro cuarto concurso de Fiber Beat es Carol y ella recibe 1 bolsa (suficiente para un suéter completo) de Zitron Unisono generosamente donado por Skacel Knitting.

Fiber Beat CONCURSO para Episodio No. 5

Tengo 1 bolsa (13 madejas!) de Silky Merino junto con el último panfleto de patrones de Malabrigo y los diseños de Melissa Leapman. Estos premios han sido donados generosamente por Malabrigo Hilos para el concurso de este episodio. Todo lo que necesitas hacer es decirnos cual es su artista favorito en el idioma español (puede ser cualquier medio, por ejemplo música, cine, literatura, pintura, etc.).

Para entrar, por favor deje su comentario en fiberbeat.com o en el Ravelry Fiber Beat foro. Un ganador será seleccionado al azar de todas las entradas. PLAZO PARA LA ENTRADA ES 28 DE FEBRERO 2010.


Un ENORME agradecimiento a todos nuestros oyentes de los primeros ocho episodios (audio / vídeo) de Fiber Beat. Déjanos saber lo que piensan y, si pueden, dejen un comentario en iTunes!

Un agradecimiento muy especial a nuestros agentes de aduanas en el aeropuerto: Taylor y Madeleine. La voz de WonderMike en español fue proporcionada por Anthony. Muchisimas gracias a Andy, Max y John por sus extraordinarios talentos lingüísticos!

Hemos utilizado fragmentos de estas canciones en este episodio. Si le gusta la música, por favor, apoyé a los artistas (los vínculos proporcionados para su conveniencia):

  • "Fiber Beat theme (salsa caliente mix)" realizado por Anthony Bonet del álbum exclusive to Fiber Beat (2010)
  • "Rapper's Delight" realizado por Sugarhill Gang del álbum The Best of Sugarhill Gang (Rhino Records, 1996)
  • "South American Way" realizado por Carmen Miranda del álbum Radio Days Soundtrack (Novus, 1987)
  • "Los Feos Pa' La Cocina" realizado por Moscovita del álbum Me Estoy Poniendo Viejo (Musart-Balboa, 2008)
  • "Cunado" realizado por Banana Hammock del álbum Spanglish 101 (Kool Arrow Records, 1999)
  • "Cholito Toca y Retoca" realizado por Cuadro Torres Bermejas del álbum Los Tres Magos de Oriente (Bela Records, 1970)
  • "Fire Down Below" realizado por Lord Panama and the Stickers del álbum Panama! 3 (Sound Way Records, 2009)
  • "Dime Cuando" realizado por Trio Universal del álbum Requerdos Del Mundo (Crownstar Records, 2006)
  • "No Hay Palabras" realizado por Pop Orange del álbum Pop Party Hits (Meta/Difosa, 2008)
  • "Uruguay" realizado por Mochicas del álbum Musique et Chants d'Amerique Latine (Agorlia, 1990)
  • "Canción del Cantor Errante" realizado por Carlos Rodriguez del álbum Un Poco De Uruguay (RGS Music, 2006)
  • "Upa Nega" realizado por Ruben Rada del álbum Antología del Candombe (Orfeo, 1991)
  • "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" realizado por Sara Montiel del álbum Mala Educación/Bad Education soundtrack (Sony, 2004)
  • "Nitro" realizado por Contra Las Cuerdas del álbum Sound Trip Uruguay (Reise Know How Sound, 2009)

Mi nombre es WonderMike y TE veré en el Fiber Beat!!

Direct download: fba005-5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:22 PM
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Episode 5: Buenabrigo (featuring Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao) Media Link: Buenabrigo (24:58)

Fiber Beat, Episode 5: Buenabrigo

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

Malabrigo Yarns debuted in 2005 when Tobias Feder and Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao decided to start a family-owned business producing the finest wool and yarns. They hail from Montevideo, Uruguay but travel around the world to promote their luxuriously soft and dazzlingly-hued fibers.

For this episode I chatted with Antonio, the current chief of Malabrigo Yarns, at Stitches West in the spring of 2009.

The following book was mentioned:


The WINNER of our fourth Fiber Beat CONTEST is Carol and she receives 1 bag (enough for a full sweater) of Zitron Unisono generously donated by Skacel Knitting

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 5

I have 1 bag (13 skeins!!) of Silky Merino in the Gray Green colorway along with the latest Malabrigo pattern book number two featuring designs by Melissa Leapman. These prizes have been generously donated by Malabrigo Yarns for this episode's contest. All you need to do is tell us your favorite spanish-language artist (can be any medium, such as music, film, literature, painting, etc.).

To enter, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS FEBRUARY 28, 2010.


A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first seven episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

A very special thanks to our airport customs actors: Taylor and Madeleine. The voice of Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao was provided by Anthony. Special thanks to Max and John for their above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty linguistic talents!

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

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

Direct download: fba005.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:59 AM
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Episode 4: Skacel-ebrate! (featuring Karin Skacel)
Media Link: Skacel-ebrate! (32:11)

Fiber Beat, Episode 4: Skacel-ebrate!

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

Skacel Knitting is a family-owned business that has been going strong for over two decades. They introduced Addi Turbo needles to the United States but they also distribute a range of fine yarns, patterns and tools for knitting, crocheting and, now, felting.

This episode I talked with Karin Skacel, the current chief of Skacel Knitting at Stitches West in the spring of 2009. I also spoke with Brian Kohler on the telephone about an ambitious sock knitting project he has begun with a specially designed Addi Turbo circular needle.

A bit of trivia for the active listeners. Near the end of the interview, I ask Karin a somewhat odd question about what makes Skacel "delightful". The reason for this construction was that I originally conceived of the new podcast being named "Fiber Delight" (like Rapper's Delight, my first 12" single AND where I took my online/Ravelry name). But, I decided to go with a more film noir name, "Fiber Beat" and the idea of asking the "delightful" question fell away. In this instance, I really liked Karin's answer because it speaks to her business philosophy which I personally find.... delightful. So, I kept it in the final edit. I hope you like it!

The following people, places and things were mentioned:


The WINNER of our third Fiber Beat CONTEST is Kristin and she receives 1 oz. of delicious Bison fiber from Judith Mackenzie McCuin's company, Buffalo Gals. We also did another Twitter promotional contest for the podcast. Our two winners for the contest were Shannon and Jenny. Shannon receives a batt of Faerie Mountain Fibres and Jenny receives my handspun from a batt of Faerie Mountain Fibres. CONGRATULATIONS to our three winners and thank you to all who entered.

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 4

I have 1 bag (enough for a full sweater) of Zitron Unisono. It has been generously donated by Skacel Knitting for this episode's contest. All you need to do is tell us your most ambitious project (can be any level/fiber medium). Be sure to include pictures or links to your Ravelry project page, Flickr, etc.

To enter, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. The winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS JANUARY 21, 2010.


A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first five episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

A very special thanks to our bedtime story actors: Kristine, Adrienne, Debbi, Becca, Karen, Nam, and Anthony!

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

My name is Michel de Merveille and I'll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!

Direct download: fba004.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02 AM
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Episode 3: Intent to Spin (featuring Judith Mackenzie McCuin)
Media Link: Intent to Spin (32:21)

Fiber Beat, Episode 3: "Intent To Spin"

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

If you are a spinner, weaver or fleece lover, you will very likely recognize (and revere) the name Judith Mackenzie McCuin. She's the author of two books on different aspects of spinning: an introductory book, Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and the more recent and holistic The Intentional Spinner. A familiar face at Spin-Off Annual Retreat (SOAR) and and co-founder of the Golden Gate Fiber Institute, she remains one of the most sought after instructors and speakers and is one of spinning's most tireless advocates.

This episode I talked with Judith after her presentation on sheep and human co-development at the Spindles & Flyers guild meeting in El Cerrito, California.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:


The WINNER of our second Fiber Beat CONTEST is Katrina and she receives Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott. We also did another Twitter promotional contest for the podcast. Our winner for the that contest is Maryjo and she receives a skein of Curious Creek's Wasonga sock yarn in the exclusive "Happiness Is..." colorway. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to our two winners!

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 3

I have 1 oz of delicious Bison fiber from Judith's company, Buffalo Gals. All you need to do is tell us who your favorite instructor was (can be any discipline/level/school) and what they taught you.

To enter, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. The winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS DECEMBER 21, 2009.


A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first four episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

A very special thanks to our "potential" student actors: Chris and Barbara!

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

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

Direct download: fba003.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35 PM
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Episode 2: Sock Options! (featuring Charlene Schurch)
Media Link: Sock Options! (30:01)

Fiber Beat, Episode 2: "Sock Options"

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

For many sock knitters, their first book of patterns is Sensational Knitting Socks by Charlene Schurch. In some ways, it's the only sock book you'll ever need, but fortunately, you don't have to settle for just one. There's More Sensational Knitted Socks, Little Box of Socks and the forthcoming Sock Club. And when you tire of socks (heaven forfend!), there are pattern collections devoted to hats and to mittens. This episode I sat down with Charlene Schurch before her Sock Summit class on durability. We talked about Charlene's journey into knitwear design and her strategies for creating durable socks in a variety of configurations.

The following people, places and things were mentioned:

The WINNER of our first Fiber Beat CONTEST is Tamara and she receives the Moccasin Sock pattern along with two skeins of Schoolhouse Press Quebecoise. We also dipped our toes into the world of Twitter and had a promotional contest for the podcast. Our winner for that contest is Tim and he receives 2 wheels of Un-spun Icelandic wool in the denim colorway.

Our next Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 2

I have the Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott. All you need to do is tell us what advice you'd like to help face your sock challenges?

To enter, please leave a comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. The winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS NOVEMBER 30, 2009. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to say!

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first two episodes of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

A very special thanks to our Townspeople actors: Seana and Ron!

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):

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

Direct download: fba002.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:38 AM
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