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036 Power Purls Unplugged: Pivotal Knitting Moments

037 Meet Tina Whitmore, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer at Freia Fine Handpaint Yarns



TIna Whitmore Freia Fine Handpaint yarns

Tina Whitmore is the owner, lead designer and chief cook and bottle washer at Freia Fine Handpaint Yarns, the premier dyers of long gradient and ombre yarns in the US. She has been designing knitwear and accessories for over 30 years. Her designs have been published in American Vogue, Italian Glamour as well as popular print and online knitting publications. She has been a guest on Knitty Gritty and Shay Pendray’s Needle Arts Studio. More recently she completed a selection of instructional DVDs for how best to work with Gradient and Self Striping Yarns.

Tina was born in London but grew up on both sides of the Atlantic. After graduating with a BFA in photography in 1988, and a few brief stints in various film production jobs she did what every good art student does and got a job in retail. She eventually settled in Emeryville, CA across the bay from San Francisco. In 2003 she started Knitwhits, a knitting pattern and kit company. In 2010, after 7 successful years, she expanded and started a second company, Freia Fine Handpaint Yarns (named after her dog, Freia). Freia rapidly outgrew the in-home loft studio space and now is based in a large warehouse/artist space in Oakland. Her current staff of 10 employees keep everything humming and yarns cooking 6 days a week.

“I live and breathe what I do. If you start something and it takes off, really takes off, you will probably lose any sort of work-life balance. For me, my work is my life so I’m OK with it, but it can be hard and a lonely path as no one outside of this field really will understand 
what you do and what it takes to make it go.”

–Tina Whitmore

036 Power Purls Unplugged: How Does Your Passion for Knitting Drive Your Life?


Welcome to another edition of Power Purls Unplugged on this #FreeformFriday! Today’s episode is short and sweet! I ask you what that pivotal moment was that brought you to knitting. Was it the loss of a loved one, change of career, the birth of a child? Whatever it is, I want to dig deep with you! In this episode I share mine with you and go back in time to the moment that changed it all for me. 

Join me every Friday at 12pm EST on Facebook.com/PowerPurlsPodcast for my live broadcast. To watch past videos, you can find them in the video library on the Power Purls Facebook page.

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035 Power Purls Unplugged – Taking a Deep Dive into the 8 Essential Steps to Designing Knitwear


Welcome to another edition of Power Purls Unplugged on this #FreeformFriday! This episode is a mixed bag of topics. First on the list, I’ll be breaking down The 8 Essential Steps to Creating a Killer Proposal which is a free guide offered to anyone wanting to start working with magazines and book publishers. In this episode, I also share details about upcoming trends for the fall knitting season, and the exciting things I found on my trip to The National NeedleArts Trade Show in Washington DC in June. I’ll also be sharing a preview of my next interview with Tina Whitmore of Freia Handpaint Yarns which goes live on July 25th.

Join me today at 12pm EST on Facebook.com/PowerPurlsPodcast for my live video because I’ll be doing a deep dive into the best practices when it comes to creating a design proposal and all the  necessary components you’ll need to get started as an independent designer. You don’t want to miss it, because it’s your chance to ask me your biggest knitting and  designing questions. To watch past broadcasts, you can find them in the video library on the Power Purls Facebook page, and if you missed me live, you can join me every Friday at 12 noon EST to watch live! 

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034 Power Purls Unplugged: Sharing Your Most Authentic Stories + Podcast Movement Chicago Recap!


Welcome to another Power Purls Unplugged #FreeformFriday! Today I’m recording from Podcast Movement Chicago! I’m thrilled to be here meeting fellow podcasters and learning how I can fine tune Power Purls Podcast so I can continue doing what I do best and that is getting behind the mic to share my most authentic stories. I’ll be talking more about this in my live video as well as sharing other powerful takeaways, so please join me today at 12pm EST on Facebook.com/PowerPurlsPodcast and every Friday. To watch past broadcasts, you can find them in the video library on the Power Purls Facebook page.

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033 Power Purls Unplugged: TGIF! Book Giveaways + Short Break


Welcome to another Power Purls Unplugged #FreeformFriday where I share my random ramblings about what’s happening on the podcast, and what I’ll be talking about on Facebook Live. In this episode, and the video I’ll be talking about the book and giveaway I shared in episode 032 with Carol Sulcoski. Also, in this episode I ask you a question that I’d like you to answer in the comments today on my video. I hope you’ll chime in on today’s convo! To join in, visit me at: www.Facebook.com/PowerPurlsPodcast.

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032 Carol Sulcoski, Author of Knitting Ephemera, a Treasure Trove of Knitting History & Trivia



Carol J. Sulcoski is an attorney by day, and spends the rest of her time as a knitting author, hand dyer and designer. Her most recent book, Knitting Ephemera, is a volume of facts, anecdotes, historical tidbits, and other fun information about knitting and the fiber world. Carol has also authored a variety of other books such as, Lace Yarn Studio (Lark Crafts 2015); Sock Yarn Studio (Lark Crafts 2012); Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarns (Interweave 2009) and Knit So Fine (Interweave 2008). Self Striping Yarn Studio will be released by Lark Crafts in August 2016. In addition to writing about knitting and the yarn industry for magazines like Vogue Knitting. Creative Knitting and Yarn Market News, she teaches at national shows and local yarn shops; sells unique hand dyed yarns as Black Bunny Fibers; and has many published pattern designs. Carol lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

“You build a career, it doesn’t happen overnight. You start with a little at a time and then you cultivate and build relationships.”

–Carol Sulcoski

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