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Power Purls Podcast - Knitting, Crochet and Yarn Podcast

EMPOWER your knits and purls in this 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 business and lifestyle!
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Sep 30, 2016

Brooke Nico is the co-owner of Kirkwood Knittery, where she uses her eye for detail and fashion experience to keep her store ahead of trends in knitting. However, lace is where Brooke has really made her mark, and her talent has been recognized by Vogue Knitting, Knitters, and Debbie Bliss magazine. She has taught lace classes at VKLive, VKLive LA, and several Stitches (XRX) events. Brooke lives in Kirkwood, MO.

I think you have to keep the big picture in mind, so over the course of a year, I have a work/life balance. Today, I may feel guilty because I'm missing a soccer game. But next week I'll make the soccer game and have something else to do. I can't take each day as a snapshot. I have to look at the whole picture.

 

Episode Highlights:

03:50 Brooke and Kara discuss how they met.

05:00 Kara digs into Brooke's extensive knitting background.

06:40 Brooke talks about purchasing Knitting for Dummies as her intro to knitting.

08:45 Kara asks if Brooke took to knitting right away or if she was frustrated at first.

09:30 Brooke says to "Pick something that you will love" as a project.

11:16 Why lace? Does Brooke find it similar to Cablework?

12:30 What advice Brooke gives to intimidated newbies.

15:10 Designing and authoring books vs. opening Kirkwood Knittery.

17:30 Brooke's work/life balance mindset.

19:20 How knitting "chose" Brooke.

22:00 What advice would Brooke give her future self?

24:47 Is Brooke afraid of losing her passion for knitting?

26:35 What's the best piece of advice she's ever been given?

 

Resources:

Brooke Nico designs at Ravelry 

Kirkwood Knittery 

Kirkwood Knitter Twitter

Brooke Nico on Twitter @bdnico

Brooke Nico on facebook  

Knitting for Dummies

Sep 24, 2016

Robyn Chachula is the author of Vintage Modern Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Unexpected Afghans, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. Her work has also been featured in many popular crochet publications such as Crochet! and Vogue Crochet.  Robyn is also a contributing crochet designer in Annie's Autumn Bliss, a stunning collection of 40+ knitting and crochet patterns and is one of the crochet experts on the Annie's PBS television show Knit and Crochet Now!. She is also a crochet instructor for Annie’s Online Classes.

Episode highlights:

  • 03:10 Robyn shares her excitement for crochet and other types of crafting.
  • 04:09 Robyn tells about her positivity while working on Knit and Crochet Now!
  • 04:44 Robyn describes when crochet entered her life.
  • 06:41 When to decide to turn crochet design into a business
  • 10:04 Robyn discusses the TV show, Knit and Crochet Now!
  • 11:48 Robyn shares her viewpoint on rejections.
  • 13:26 Finding the balance between your day job and creating a business
  • 16:07 Robyn elaborates on how she became involved with Knit and Crochet Now!
  • 30:12 Robyn describes her biggest challenge as a designer and business owner.
  • 32:05 Annie’s Autumn Bliss Collection
  • 36:03 Robyn describes her online teaching style.

Receive a 20% discount on any of Robyn’s Annie’s Online Crochet Video Classes with coupon code: 20offrc. Click here to learn more!

Sep 2, 2016
Welcome to Power Purls Unplugged! You asked, I'm answering! If you signed up for the Power Purls Podcast newsletter, you know that I asked you this question: What kind of podcast topics appeal to you most? 65% of you want lifestyle stories and 63% want to know about the business side of design. So I spent some time digging into your comments and questions and today I'll be answering them here and then turning the tables and asking you --  What kinds of topics appeal to you most as a Power Purls listener and what do you want more of?
 
Catch me live at 12pm EST Fridays, on Facebook.com/PowerPurlsPodcast. To watch past broadcasts, you can find them in the video library on the Power Purls Facebook page.
 

Episode highlights:

  • Kara answers one of the biggest questions: How do I start a knit design business?
  • Kara says: Just start! -- let your passion drive you.
  • Put yourself out there with just one idea and get started.
  • Don't put a dollar sign on your passion!
  • How you can sign up for my newsletter and get my free designing guide.
  • Why it's important to tell YOUR story
  • We don't need another pattern, so what is it that makes you different?
  • Listen to my episode with Vickie Howell who is a great example of how you are your brand. 
  • Don't give your patterns away for free as your main business model.
  • How to work with magazine like Creative Knitting -- and use the guidelines to help develop your skills.
  • Join Facebook Groups like The Fiber Boss Collective to learn the biz and network with other designers.
  • Get scrappy and use mainstream models to grow your design business.
  • The myth of work/life balance- it's more about knowing when to make the right choices at the right time.

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