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The Episodes

045 Meet Crochet Expert and Designer Robyn Chachula

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Robyn ChachulaRobyn 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.

One thing I try to impart to all my students is that the only difference between professional designers and them is that we have perfected how to make major mistakes look intentional.  So instead of getting frustrated and down that your doily now fits your bed, giggle and rejoice at your new bedspread!

–Robyn Chachula

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044: Power Purls Unplugged: You Asked, I’m Answering! How To Start a Knit Design Biz & Find Work/Life Balance

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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?
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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.

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043 Barb Demorest of Knitted Knockers: How a Simple Gift of Comfort and Dignity Changed Her Life

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Barb DemorestBarb Demorest, founder of Knitted Knockers is a wife, mother, grandmother and knitter living in Bellingham, Washington. She recently retired from her thirty-year career as a CPA and owner of a tax practice in order to pursue her passion of connecting volunteer knitters and crocheters with breast cancer survivors to provide free knitted knockers to those in need of them. Her mission is now to inspire the caring knitters and crocheters who can provide these gifts of love to women in their own communities. She no longer gets paid in dollars for her work but the rewards are priceless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A simple gift of comfort and dignity knit by a caring friend changed my life. — Barb Demorest

 

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042 Power Purls Unplugged: Your Knitting Questions Answered with Kara & Tabetha!

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I’ve gone a little crazy pants and broadcasted live on Facebook, and… turned it into this podcast episode with Tabetha Hedrick! I thought it would be an interactive way to bring you another edition of Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything. Tabetha Hedrick is Contributing Editor of Creative Knitting and Design Director of Sweet Georgia Yarns. Together, we answer a listener question about pattern grading and how to create balance between life, work and finding time for our knitting.  
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.

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041 Power Purls Unplugged: Letting Go of the End Result with Your Knitting

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faith_2Today I continue with this topic of knitting with a mindful intention on today’s edition of Power Purls Unplugged #FreeformFriday! Do you struggle unless you see the end result? Is starting with the end in mind always the right way to start? Paying attention to what’s happening moment by moment is what this episode explores today and the idea of deciding in advance to “cultivate not knowing” in order to discover special surprises. Not knowing the next step in both life and knitting can be a roller coaster ride of uncomfortable and exciting feelings, but so worth experiencing this as part of our life’s journey. 
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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040 Ask Kara and Tabetha Anything: The Hottest Fall Knitting Trends Found in Washington DC!

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It’s another Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything! In this off-the-cuff convo-style episode, we chat about Tabetha’s recent move and our experiences this past June at the The National NeedlArts Trade Show (TNNA) in Washington DC. We both consider going to the show like “Vegas for knitters,” so you definitely want to have a listen to learn about the exciting products we saw there. We share our thoughts about what stood out the most, and hands down that was gradient yarn mini skein sets. We also saw a few companies rolling out fine-gauge interchangeable knitting needles (finally!) and we spotted the hottest trends coming this fall.  
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