Here is what WWKIP 2008 looked like in Boston:

Behold, David Sedaris’s willy warmer

This is swatchy

Watch out for these guys when knitting in public

Check out the birds dirty work

Finally, I saw this later that day at Foxwoods and had to share:

Here are some links from the show:

Boston Hand Made

Sarah Mac Band

Wendy’s Modest Dress

Boston Handmade and some other notes

First, an announcement:

Boston Handmade Marketplace

Union Square ~ Somerville, MA

Saturday, June 28 ~ 3pm to 7pm

This event should be a lot of fun. it’s happening in m neighborhood, but sadly I think I have to go to a company picnic. But you should check it out if you are in Boston. Jessica, the ring leader, is a powerful fore of creativity and has a wonderful website the shows off many projects that are done by her group.

So other notes…

I was on the phone with a friend yesterday talking about the show and knitting, and I realized that I hadn’t done much of either in a while. It made me kinda sad.

It’s not that I have dropped of the face of the earth. I still get out to a lo of events locally, I just haven’t felt the creative juices power through the WIPS both knitting and blogging/podcasting. I have a lot of yarn and recording and would like to put to good use, but I find it hard to focus these days.

So… what I want to let you know is that I will be back as soon as I have the energy, and when I get back here is what to expect:

  • WWKIP 2008
  • NENA
  • MSKR 2008

See you around the neighborhood…

Man Handeled

The guys are knitting

I would like to report on the wonderful weekend I had at the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat at Easton Mountain, but I find myself at a loss for words.

Everything went as well as expected, even though Alasdair couldn’t make it up. The guys were nice, the food was good, and the fiber was plentiful.

I did some recording, so there will be a show that shares some of this stuff. For now just enjoy the photo. It really says a thousand words about how the weekend unfolded.

iapm51:MA Sheep & Wool 2008

Today’s show is all about the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Show. My three Guest will be participating in the event which happens over memorial day weekend in Cummington, MA. It’s a great show and if you are in the new england or New York area it is a great way to spend the day. My punkin and I had such a great time last year that I offered to help promote the show this year. I am glad I did, it has made for a great chance to meet some new people and catch up with friends. I hope you enjoy the podcast and come out to Cummington to check out the sheep show.

In this episode I speak with Gale Zucker one of the authors of Shear Spirit. She has traveled to many farms and has brought back the stories and photos of people living their passions. She will be signing books on Sunday morning at the Botanical Shades booth.

My second guest, Andrea Colyer, is one of the owners of Greenwood Hill Farm. You may remember Andrea from episode 33. We catch up a little and talk about the MA Sheep show. I also gush about how much I love the Merino yarn that she makes on her farm.

My final guest, Louise Walsh, of Evergreen Farm shares her stories about being in the small and fuzzy business. She is a crafty and powerful force in the bunny business and has a lot to tell us about how wonderful the community at the MA sheep and wool is.

Thanks to all the vendors who were willing to be on the show. I hope that we get to visit in the future in person.

taking the week off

I’m proud of the recent consistancy to the show. But I need a week off.

Soon I will be winding down a bit for the summer, perhaps an every other week schedule will come into play again. we’ll see.

In the mean time… I am starting a summer hope chest knit along… so if any of you artsy people in the crowd feel like making some badges please post them on your blog and let me know about them in the comment notes.

iapm50:Baby Boogy

First, many thanks to my special guest/co-host Susan B. Anderson. She is the wonderful author of Itty Bitty Hats and Itty Bitty Nursery. She is also one of the first people in the knitting world to trust me with a book review, even after listening to the show. I love her books and can’t get enough of them.

Susan joins me via phone/skype and Alasdair mans the sound board for me. (My apologize for the sound, but I tried my best…) Alasdair also is the voice of the chat room who joined durring the live… live… live… recording.

Other things that came up during the show:
Viking Chicken Hat
Lucinda Guy
Roo Designs
Debbie Bliss
Elizabeth Zimmerman
Susan’s Booties
Saartje Booties
Candi Jensen
Erika Knight
The Knitted Farmyard
World of Knitted toys

Finally I would also like to thank Hapto for turning me onto her sister’s new CD, go and check it out. I played The Bird Song and C’est Noye from her new album Chameleon by Victoria Vox, Hapto’s sister.

one more thing… I am going to start a summer hope chest knit a long, I will put up some notes on this in the coming weeks


On today’s show I sit down with Annissa at Stitch House Dorchester. Her store is the newest kid on the block in Boston. It’s a great space and a lot closer than I thought.

The song I played is Don’t Loose Touch by Against Me.

Finally, I am working with others on starting a Friday night knitting guild in Boston and we need space… if you work at a local college or large corporation near a T stop and can provide some space, please email me at podcast at itsapurlman dot com.

iapm48:Sheep and Goat Retirment Home

This episode is about Google Maps and Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. Susan, from Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm, explains how a sheep CSA works and tells us about the vibrant agricultural community on the Vineyard. Also,

Go to the Inaugural:

Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Fest
April 19, 2008
at the New Ag Hall in W. Tisbury
The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are doing a day trip from Boston or other points in Massachusetts my friend Alanna is organizing a trip. There is also a weekend package if you are interested that can be found on the fiber festival website.

I am still collecting entries for the 50 episode drawing which will now include fun toys donated by my friend Hapto, some books, and some fiber…. To add yourself to the entries please comment on this episode letting me know when you have added a review to Google Maps for your LYS (I will believe you because fiber people are an honorable sort, right). If you would like to learn more about how to do the Google map edit thing please check out the Google Tutorial(it’s not as cool as my demo, but it will do).

Finally, if you would like to record an intro for my 50th episode, or record your version of the purl man song I would be happy to play it on the 50th episode. Please send it to me at podcast[at]itsapurlman[dot]com.

oh yeah…

11:00AM EST

There will be a live drawing for some good stuff that was not included in the big drawing.

iapm47:Knitini and other Drinks

Yarn's in the farms

Todays episode is a little bit of rambling on my part about Pawsox stitch and pitch and wecansolveit.org.

Tink and Wink sit down to talk about there shop Yarn’s in the Farms.

Music today was provided by Dust Rhinos (Jedi Drinking Test)

more show notes later.