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Today on the show I have Emma Janet of Bloom and Create. She is a therapist, knitwear designers and soon to be mindfulness collaborator for our upcoming knitalong. She tells us the story behind how she came to knitting and impact it’s had on her – get ready to be inspired. Stick around for the end where I’ll share some detail into what she’ll be di…
 
It's been a while since I got on here for a solo episode. Way back when I was more regular about releasing this podcast, I'd get on every 10th episode. My plan is to bring that back! In this episode you'll hear about why it's been tricky for me to release these every week or every other week and why life is pretty darn messy right now!…
 
Today on the show I have Keith Leonard. Keith is the yarn designer and teacher behind Yarn Snob, his own hand dyed line of yarn. Keith tells us the story behind his yarns – how working at a yarn shop organically led into his business. He kept listening to what knitters wanted! I can’t wait for you to hear his top tip for maintaining his sanity thro…
 
Today on the show I have Suzan Colon. Suzan is a creativity lover just like I know many of you are - she's an author, creator of meditation (which while dive into), yoga teacher and an artist! I'm excited for you to hear about how she's woven all of her interests into a career and life that brings so much joy. Show notes here.…
 
Today on the show I have James N Watts, musician and knitwear designer extraordinaire. From growing up in a creative household, becoming a musician (and playing recorder!), to finding knitting and embracing that absolutely perfect haircut – we cover it all. I can’t wait for you to hear all about this creative journey and maybe most excitingly, Jame…
 
Today on the show I have Anne LaFollette! After years working in the corporate work and an unexpected layoff, Anne turned to the art supplies that had been collecting dust in her basement. She is now a surface pattern designer and teacher with a thriving business. AND if you're wondering just what surface pattern design is - we are going to get int…
 
Today on the show I have Kelly Brooks, the owner and founder of Knitbrooks. She is a woodworker, and along with her partner they create gorgeous hand carved crochet hooks and knitting needles. She is also a crochet and knitting designer. Kelly takes us behind the scenes into the many evolutions of her business throughout the years to where she is n…
 
Today on the show I have Jake Kenyon, the owner and founder of kenyarn where he dyes all the gorgeous handspun yarns and gets inspiration from wherever his imagination takes him. What I think might resonate with you most is what he’s learned about staying true to himself and finding that unique voice through his craft! Show notes here.…
 
Today on the show meet Shala Jones! Shala is the founder of Black Purl Magic, where she designs and sells all the knitting accessories like project bags, stitch markers, enamel pins and more! Shala takes us through her story, from having kids early to finding her tribe in the knitting community- and so much more! Show notes here.…
 
Today on the show I have Kristine Rodriguez, the designer behind the knitwear brand, Declarative, the label. As we go back in time and dive into her story, I think you’ll be inspired by her brave decisions that pushed her design company along. She says that she looks back on that first collection and cringes, just a little. I think what we can all …
 
Today on the show I have Safiyyah Talley aka the Drunk Knitter. There is a beautiful recurring theme that runs throughout her story and it’s a theme of creativity – coming out of the womb designing, needing to create – it never feels like work. It’s so beautiful and inspiring to see how she’s prioritized this within her own life despite the mom jug…
 
Today on the show I have Chirstine Chitnis. Christine is an author and photographer with a passion for all things floral and India. Her latest book Patterns of India is just a feast of color and beauty for your eyes! In this conversation Christine and I go far and wide, we talk about her creative roots and getting started as a writer as well as how…
 
Today on the show I have Marceline Smith of Hey BrownBerry. Marceline is a content creator, designer, event host and so much more. We talk about her creative roots, vulnerability, daily rituals and small business. After the show ended she summed up this conversation to me in an email as nourishing. I could not agree more and cannot wait for you hea…
 
Today on the show I have Anushka of the Crimson Stitchery. Anushka is a knitter, designer, youtuber, musician and writer. We travel all over the place in this conversation – in the best possible way – from growing up with a family of creative dabblers, to lifelong learning, sock knitting, stream of consciousness writing…the list goes on. Anushka is…
 
Today on the show I have Joji Locatelli – the designer behind countless knitting patterns that so many of us know and love - I know you’ll love hearing her unique story of growing up with one incredible mother to saying goodbye to the medical profession to embrace – KNITTING! Powerful stuff! Show notes here.…
 
Today on the show I'm excited to welcome Lizzie Shriner, the brains behind cult yarn store The Mermaid's Purl in Wickford, RI. Lizzie tells us about buying the shop at age 35 and what her journey has been like including all the ups and downs, plus how she's coping in current, covid times. I cannot wait for you to hear about her favorite way to rela…
 
Today on the show I have the Samantha Brunson, the founder of Bobble Club House, a social group that gathers around crafting and chillaxing (think Netflix binging!) She is also a blogger and designer too. What I’m most excited for you to hear about here is how from day one she built in fun, community and creativity into her business. So many times …
 
Today on the show I have the Grocery Girls!!!! Also known as Tracie Millar and Jodi Brown! If you’re anything like me, you spend time with these ladies on YouTube and Instagram, know a fair amount about them and yet you WANT to know a lot more! That’s where this podcast comes in...and we go deep. We cover their creative stories, how the YouTube cha…
 
Today on the show I have Gavriella Treminio – she is a knitwear designer, natural hand dyer and much more – we’ll get into all of it! I’m excited for you to hear about the first sweater she knit and how that design by a previous podcast guest resonated with her. AND how scratching her own creative itch has served her business so well. Show notes he…
 
Today on the show I have Amanda Hsiao, the co-owner of the Observatory Shop – but really it’s a lot more than just a yarn shop and you’ll hear about that soon. Amanda’s story has this powerful theme of turning hard things into opportunities – from finding knitting in the wake of 9/11 to starting her business after she got laid off from her corporat…
 
Today on the show I have Jacqueline Cieslak. She is a knitwear designer with a passion for making the world more body positive – this means inclusive sizing, modeling all of her designs on herself and so much more. As usual, I am thrilled for you to hear this episode but also a little nervous. I get vulnerable her, Jacqueline gets vulnerable – it i…
 
Hi there! Today on the show I have Marisa Morisson Stein. She is the creator of the Neon Tea Party, a business that is all about celebrating your creativity in a colorful happy way. At the Neon Tea Party you'll find craft supplies and DIY kits. She also hosts virtual workshops where she teaches things like how to make fancy pom pom designs. YES, th…
 
Today on the podcast meet Virginia Johnson. She is the founder, along with her partner Noah, of Gather Here, a craft supply store in Cambridge, MA, chock full of the latest and greatest yarns and fabrics. Her shop goes WAY beyond just a physical space and stuff. It's a community bursting with creativity and a huge love for making of any kind. OH YE…
 
Today on the show I have Toni Lipsey, AGAIN. She is a crochet designer and the founder of TL Yarn Crafts! She was originally guest number 18 and here she is again. Since that episode, her business has sky rocketed into a full time career. I loved hearing this next chapter in her career but more than that, her perspective on how she's coping with th…
 
Today on the show I have Whitney Crutchfield of We Gather – weaving and textile company that is all about the magic and joy of making. Whitney’s got such a good story – from puff paint, to the crafts dept at Martha Stewart, she has a lot of making experience under her belt! I am excited for you to hear her inspiring story – especially the small ste…
 
Today on the show I have Diane Ivey. She is the owner and founder of Lady Dye Yarns, based right out of Boston a hop and a skip away from me. For a long time now, I’ve wanted to have Diane on the show and FINALLY here she is! Here are some of the topics we cover: coping during Covid, her best advice for starting a creative small business, how to ma…
 
Today on the show I have Nancy Ricci the creator of Getting Purly with It! Nancy is a designer and blogger based in NYC. I’m excited for you to dive into this one – Nancy has a story to tell that is full of adventure! Her heart led her to NYC and then to yarn. As I relistened to this episode, I kept thinking, even though she is not elderly at all, …
 
Today on the show I have Tara Morris. Especially now, I am so excited for you to hear this episode. Tara is a yoga teacher, photographer and world traveler. I am in awe of the way she’s woven all of the things she loves into her life and career. She tell us how she came to photography and yoga and why yoga is so important to her. She helps give us …
 
Today on the show I have Sabrina Ward Harrison and woah friends this is a good one. It's a long episode that is just jam packed. Sabrina is an author, artist and teacher. Through her work, she encourages us to get vulnerable, lean into our true selves and let whatever it is inside out – messy, random – in whatever way. Speaking to her felt like one…
 
Today on the show I have Melissa Jenkins. Melissa is the owner and founder of Melissa Jenkins Designs – a jewelry company that makes stunning brass and yarn jewelry! I cannot wait for you to hear her story – from her creative childhood to how she balances owning her business and being a mom to two little kids. There’s a lot of us to resonate and le…
 
Today on the show I have Shelley Brander. She is the founder of Knit Stars which 10,000 people have participated in (which is insane, percolate on that). She is also the owner of the Tulsa based yarn shop Loops, as well as an online knitting community called Loops Together. Oh and she is also a published author with another book all about her story…
 
Today on the show I have Gaye Glasspie aka GG Made It. She’s a prolific knitter, a designer and a youtube podcaster. Her impact on our community reaches far – her work packs a punch and in this episode you’ll see why. Learn about why orange is so meaningful to her, the double meaning of GG Made it and so much more. What I love the most is her authe…
 
Today on the show I have Chiwei Ranck, she is the creator of 1 dog woof. She’s a designer (crochet and knitwear!) and a blogger. I love this episode A LOT because Chiwei really goes deep with me. She opens up about moving and how hard transitions are in the midst of being a mom and trying to grow an online business. I love her vulnerability and wil…
 
Today on the show I have a new friend that has an amazing business story to tell us! Her name is Cripsina ffrench and she is zero waste designer and teacher. I encourage you to stick around to the end when we get into mindest, the power of what we think and how we feel. Show notes here.By Amy Small
 
Hi there! Welcome to Episode 112 of the Collage Creative Podcast. Today I am thrilled to have Yasmenda McCoy on the show. She is the crochet jewelry designer behind Designs by Yasmen. I’m so excited for you to hear Yasmenda’s stories – she tells amazing stories! And how she gets through rough months is priceless advice for all of us....well for all…
 
Today on the podcast, I have London Kaye. London is a crochet artist with a specialty in yarn bombing and fiber installations. Her work is happy and brings those who encounter it unexpected little joys! In this episode we go deep into her story which is fascinating. I love how she pushed herself to find that thing that lights her and was open to th…
 
Jessica Carey of the Hook Nook is BACK. Her original episode, episode #8 aired over a year ago. Do not miss this gem where she fills us in on how she founded the Hook Nook. In today's episode she guides us through the next stages of growing her business which includes designing her first line of yarn in partnership with American Craft as well as bu…
 
Repeat episode - one of my favorites with Paul Goodnight. Perhaps my most favorite? I am not sure. I miss seeing his face every day. After 2 weeks off, I’m so happy to be kicking things off again today with a very special episode. Last Thursday during the bomb cycolone snow storm that hit the east coast, I sat down with Paul Goodnight. He's my neig…
 
Today on the show I have Julie Duffy. Julie is a writer – our first ever write on the show! She is the founder of a Story A Day which is a creative writing challenge that happens twice a year. At the heart of what she does is helping writers get their creative groove on – nothing not to love. I cannot wait for you to hear this one friends. She take…
 
Today on the show I am re-airing one of my most favorite episodes- my interview with Kristal Hill. I have old friend and colleague, Kristal Hill, who also happens to be the creative director of lifestyle & design at Free People. Yes, she really has that amazing dream job! We talk about the details of her role but the what I think you'll resonate wi…
 
Today on the show I have Mary Jeanne Packer! I’m really excited for you to hear this episode because this is the first time I’ve ever had a mill owner on the show! Mary Jeanne owns a mill in upstate NY (Battenkill Fibers Mill) where she spins all sort of yarn – yarn for farms, yarn for indie dyers and for her own company. You’ll see her at Rhinebec…
 
Today on the show I have Paula Pereira! She is a knitwear designer based in Brazil who has published countless patterns on her own and with other large publications. Her story is fascinating – she began her career in retail and through burnout found yoga and totally by accident knitting too. Her story has an element of happy serendipity. Show notes…
 
Today on the show I have Katy Westcott, the incredible business lady behind Katrinkles. Her company focuses on accessories that work with your knitting – think laser cut wooden buttons and gauge tools. This is a special episode because we actually got to meet up in person. It was simply amazing to see her space and how it all works. I cannot wait f…
 
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