IAPM53: Local Yarn Shops at NENA 2008

The ladies from Creative Warehouse
The ladies from Creative Warehouse and their Kuku knitted dolls

Many thanks to Jan Anderson super yarn rep of “All About Yarn” for inviting me to NENA. She is a gracious host and very proud of the yarn companies that she reps. Also, many thanks to the folks at Blue Heron for giving me a table and hanging out with me during the day.

Thanks to those of you who sat down with me at NENA, including:
Monica from Stix and Stitches from Montclair, NJ (the better Montclair)
Helen from Mt. Laurel Yarn Boutique in Sturbridge, MA
Cynthia from Knitting Central in Westport, CT
Janet from Country Village Yarn shop in Groton, MA
Laura from Creative Fibers in Windsor, CT
Elissa from Creative Warehouse in Needham, MA

Other stuff I talked about during the show:
Knit out 2008 in Lexington
on October 5th from Noon to 5pm
Y Knit Podcast has a great episode about the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat

Franklin Habit is speaking at the first Common Cod Fiber Guild meeting on September 12th


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

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.

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.

iapm46-Two Year Pod-O-Versary

 Moving Forward Image

My special guest Sarah (Haptotope) joins me for a little two year gittyness. I have been working really hard to get this out, I have also been working really hard to get some much needed excercise in so I don’t get mcuh time at night to work on this and need to get some sleep.

I will update the show notes tomorrow night.

also… there is a drawing for lot’s of good stuff please listen to the show for information about the drawing.

also… there are lots of fun people at the end of the show who I would like to thank… Kat at Let’s knit 2gether has some video of the show being put together.

Intro Music
Please send in what you want

tree knitting




bike gang



haptotrope.etsy.com (check sold items)



Pluckyfluff/ INtertwined:




Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band



Saturday Evening Live 03-08-08 17:00EST

I’m going to have a two year podcast birthday party next week and you are all invited. I have a special guest coming over to my house to celebrate with me. We will be talking about knitting, design, india, chopped bicycles, tree knitting, and abuse of a serger.

The anniversary show is going to be live, next Satruday, March 08th at 5:00pm EST. So come on by to my live channel and check it out.All you need is a web browser and a flash player (it’s free and self installs).

Join the fun of a live recording of the show. We will have some live drawings for a book an some notions. There is a chat room and if you have a video camera you too can stream.

I hope you decide to join me on Saturday for the fun. I look forward to chatting/seeing you there.

Also, so I hav an idea of how many cupcakes to make(wink), please RSVP in the comments.

iapm45-The Live One

Jackie at Wild and Woolly
Jackie at Wild and WoollyOn todays show I feature an interview with Jackie of Wild and Woolly. Today’s show was broadcast live and it was a lot of fun, I hope that people join me as I try this again next Saturday, time is going to be TBD.
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