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Power Purls Podcast - Empower your creativity from the inside out

EMPOWER your creative life in this bi-weekly podcast with editor, designer and business coach Kara Gott Warner. Get the tools and advice to finally start and ROCK your fiber-loving crafty-preneur lifestyle!
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Dec 28, 2015
Rachael Herron, is an insatiable knitter and internationally bestselling author of the literary novels Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon (both from Penguin), the five-book Cypress Hollow knit-lit romance series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and when she’s not busy writing (or knitting), she’s working her other full-time job as a 911 fire and medical dispatcher for a Bay Area fire department. She’s a New Zealand citizen as well as an American, and she is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board. To get the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/015-Rachael-Herron/ To subscribe to the podcast: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186 Please leave a Review & Rating!
Dec 13, 2015
Meet visual designer and entrepreneur, Felicia Lo, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. In 2005, she founded Sweet Georgia Yarns, an artisan hand-dyed yarn company that expresses her passionate, relentless, and unapologetic love of color. In this episode, Felicia explains why she got into and an industry "saturated" with hand-dyers (no pun intended). Driven by a desire to dye yarns that she wanted to work with personally, she became passionate about the process and hand-dying her own yarns became an artistic expression. Felicia followed this as her compass, which led to the success she experiences today. To get the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/014-felicia-lo To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Nov 27, 2015
In today's edition of Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything, we answer your questions about where to find the best trend sources, what to do if you're stuck on finding the right pattern, and why there are NO RULES in knitting! If it weren't for those willing to be a little daring, we wouldn't have the many exciting stitch patterns available to us today, so embrace making mistakes and the mystery of not knowing what comes next. Mentioned in this episode: Yarn substitution made easy: Yarnsub.com Fashion trends: www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/ Color inspiration: Pantone.com [Tweet "Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything! on the #PowerPurls #Podcast."] Get the FREE Guide to Creating a KILLER Design Proposal! www.powerpurlspodcast.com To get the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/013-ask-kara-and-tabetha-anything To subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Nov 16, 2015
Meet Tabetha Hedrick, who I like to fondly call my Creative Knitting magazine "sidekick in crime." She is also the new Design Director at Sweet Georgia Yarns and has been published in numerous books, magazines, and yarn company collections and designs distinctively-classic hand-knitting patterns. You can also find Tabetha spinning yarn, creating some of her magnificent zen tangling, and teaching knitting, all while being a busy wife and mother to two gorgeous girls. Tabetha lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment and "adding a dose of design in the fiber realm that takes that joy to pure bliss," says Tabetha. To listen to the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/012-tabetha-hedrick To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Oct 30, 2015
Laura Nelkin is possibly best known for designs that incorporate beads into her knitted jewelry and shawl patterns. She believes that knitting crosses boundaries and brings people together. Laura tries really hard to say no to what does not excite her, and yes as often as she can to things that set her on fire! To read the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/011-laura-nelkin/ To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Oct 18, 2015
Today I’m chatting with Laura Scott, Co-Chair of Annie’s Craft Festival, debuting in Ft. Wayne Indiana, October 30th through November 1st. This is a really exciting world-class crafting event, and Laura was able to take the time out of her busy schedule to share the details about this really unique Festival. Annie's is one of the largest and most diverse sources of craft designs, instruction and supplies in the U.S. Annie’s produces a catalog, several craft publications, such as Creative Knitting, Crochet! Crochet World, Quilter’s World, Cardmaker and Just Cross Stitch. Annie’s also has a kit club, a fiction book series, video classes and the popular PBS TV show series, Knit and Crochet Now! with Deborah Norville, who will be the new host starting this coming January. To listen to the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/011-annies-craft-festival/ To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Oct 8, 2015
Beth is a knitting teacher, designer, and technical editor whose curiosity has led her to visit many countries (stranded color, EPS, k1b, lace, ...) on the knitting-world map. Originally from New England, she now lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. Her designs have been published in Creative Knitting and Knitters' magazine, as well as by Cascade Yarns, Claudia's Handpaint, Fiesta Yarns, and Red Heart. She has been teaching locally since 2003, and nationally at STITCHES Expos since 2005. What she loves most about teaching is finding ways to make light bulbs pop on in her students' heads and helping them grow as knitters. What we can do in our knitting, we can do in our lives. Throw the spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks. Keep what works, throw out the rest. To get the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/009-beth-whiteside/ To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Oct 7, 2015
Jeanne Carver, along with husband Dan, own and operate the historic Imperial Stock Ranch in north central Oregon. Established in 1871 as a homestead claim, it became Oregon’s largest individually owned land and livestock holding by 1900, running tens of thousands of sheep. Located in a high desert climate, the ranch has maintained production in sheep, cattle, grains and hay throughout its history of more than 144 years. The ranch headquarters are a National Historic District. The Carvers have been awarded numerous honors in their conservation work. Jeanne was awarded an Orchid Award, given by the Portland Business Journal, for Women of Influence for 2014; and Dan and Jeanne were awarded the Oregon Agriculture Connection Award in 2014, for their leadership in connecting consumers to the source of food and fiber. Imperial Yarn was chosen to provide the yarn for the Opening Ceremony uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren for Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. To read the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/008-jeanne-carver/ To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Oct 5, 2015
In this episode, I'm chatting with Norah Gaughan who is perhaps best known for her book Knitting Nature and a nine year stint as Design Director at Berroco. Today, Norah works as an independent designer, with her current ventures including: being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team and designing a collection of pieces in collaboration with The Fibre Co. In my own knitting journey, I first stumbled across Norah in the book: Knitting in America. I so captivated by her story because it was at that time that I knew I wanted to embark on a career in the needle arts, and it's one of the earliest books I acquired on the subject of what it means to be a knitwear designer, and reading Norah's story set a fire inside of me, which is why I'm so honored to have Norah on Power Purls! To read the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/007-norah-gaughan/ To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 28, 2015
In this episode I'm joined by Patty Lyons, a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her 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 nationally at guilds & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, STITCHES, and the Knit and Crochet Show and her popular classes can also be found online at Interweave, Annie’s and Craftsy. To read the show notes: www. powerpurlspodcast.com/006-patty-lyons To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 27, 2015
In this episode I talk with cancer researcher, Dr. Krag, knitwear designer, author and breast cancer survivor Cat Bordhi, and Susan Sullivan, a 27 year veteran of the craft publishing about a groundbreaking program calling all knitters and crocheters to cast on to Cast Off Chemo! Through his amazing research, Dr. Krag has discovered that the key to curing cancer actually lies within our own body. The ultimate goal of this program is to raise 1 million dollars by October 2015 to begin treating those afflicted by this terrible disease. To read the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/005-cast-off-chemo To listen to more like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 27, 2015
It's time to say yes to your knitting. Forget about NO! You're in for a treat with this episode, which was first published on The Morning Cooldown podcast, www.morningcooldown.comand was one of the most viral episodes to date! I thought you'd love it, so I'm sharing it here for all you Power Purlers to enjoy! In this episode I chat with Steven Berg, also known as StevenBe and knitwear designer Stephen West, on a pit stop during the Stephen & Steven Tour, in February 2015. They live life by the beat of their own drum, and deconstruct the rules. Improvisation and using patterns "loosely" is their mantra. To read the show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/004-stephen-steven To listen to more like this: http://www,powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 27, 2015
In this episode I’m chatting with knit, crochet, and craft expert, Vickie Howell, a mother of three and a penchant for Lifestyle culture, creative parenting, and social media marketing. Vickie is most well-known as the Host and Creative Consultant of DIY Network & HGTV’s show, Knitty Gritty. Vickie is also the International Spokesperson & Creativity Guide for the largest, North American yarn company, Yarnspirations (home of Patons, Bernat, Caron, Lily Sugar n’ Cream), Yarn Arts Ambassador for Clover Needlearts, Inc., and knitting with viewers nationwide as the Host and Co-Executive Producer of PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell. To read the full show notes: http://www.powerpurlspodcast.com/003-vickie-howell For more episodes like this: http://www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 26, 2015
In this first edition of Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything, Kara and Tabetha chit chat about the design proposal process and the key components that go into a professional knitting proposal. Kara and Tabetha also talk about the importance of a clear sketch, a swatch, the schematic and why it’s so important to articulate your vision clearly and they also answer one of the most daunting questions new designers often ask: I want to start designing, but I don’t understand how to grade my pattern? To read the full show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/002-ask-kara-tabetha-anything To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 26, 2015
Today is the first official episode of Power Purls and you are in for a treat! I'm chatting with Trisha Malcolm, editorial director of Vogue Knitting about the design proposal process and what it really takes to put together a top-notch design proposal that gets an editor's attention! Learn what the number one struggle editors face when it comes to the design submission process. Learn to put down on paper what you envision from sketch and swatch through completion. To read the full show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/001-trisha-malcolm To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
Sep 26, 2015
My name is Kara Gott Warner, Chief Purl Girl of Power Purls, a bi-weekly podcast, featuring interviews with savvy knitwear designers sharing the biz side of design and everyday knitters (like YOU) with compelling lifestyle stories. In this first episode, I take just a few minutes to introduce myself, and my journey to knitting. I also share details about the Podcast so you know what to expect. I'll be sharing with you stories about knitters who have intriguing stories about how knitting has helped them through a time of struggle, or has been a source of inspiration that has transformed their life. To read the full show notes: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/000-welcome To listen to more episodes like this: www.powerpurlspodcast.com To subscribe on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/power-purls-podcast/id1043956186
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