066 Beyond Knitting & Crochet: Weaving It All Together with Yarnworker Liz Gipson

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In this episode, we’re talking all things weaving with special guest, Liz Gipson, known as Yarnworker in the yarn universe! We go beyond knitting and crochet and explore the influence that weaving has had in the yarn crafting world over the past several years. Liz shares her experiences, passion and knowledge as an expert weaver, editor, author and teacher. Liz writes a popular weaving for knitters column for Knitty and regularly contributes to blogs and fiber-related publications. She’s the author of A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching and has had numerous appearances on PBS, DIY and HGTV networks, where she introduced weaving and spinning to the yarn  world. Visit her Patreon Community and help Liz build her online weaving school!

“Developing a strong responsible relationship with your readers and asking them to support you takes guts, but it’s worth it. Authentic reader relationships pay off in so many unexpected ways and are infinitely satisfying—I firmly believe that community-funded content is the new black.”

 

-Liz Gipson

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065 Top 10 Mistakes New Knit Designers Make and How to Avoid Them

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In this episode, Kara puts on her editor’s hat to talk about the top 10 mistakes new knit designers make and how to avoid them. In her experience as editor of Creative Knitting magazine, there are several of common proposal issues she would encounter. As you’ll learn, some are very simple and easy to implement, but … often easy to forget! 

 

The world doesn’t need another boxy sweater pattern. Tell the unique story behind your design. You are your own best marketing machine, and the design proposal is your best first impression.

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064 Knitting It All Together with Holistic Yarn Crafting

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Makers and yarn crafters are talking more and more these days about how their craft is helping them to de-stress and create a sense of calm, and many use it as a vehicle to mindfulness and holistic living. In this episode, Kara chats about how our knitting can be that bridge to a more meaningful and integrative approach to all aspects of our life. How it can help us be happy and well and connect body, mind and spirit. 

Knitting often dictates life, and life often dictates knitting.

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063 Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything – Get Your BURNING Knitting Questions Answered!

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In this Q&A-style episode, Kara welcomes returning guest and “sidekick in crime,” Tabetha Hedrick for another edition of Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything! Kara and Tabetha answer questions from live video audience during the live version of Power Purls Podcast, airing every Friday on the Power Purls Facebook page. Click here to watch the video and chime in with your own questions, or leave them in the comments below. 

How you put it all together thorough your own style, voice, and construction is what makes a design unique.

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062 How to Become an Intuitive Knitter in 7 Steps

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In this episode, I share how to become an intuitive knitter in 7 steps. As a former knitting magazine editor, it’s all about the pattern, but sometimes relying only on a pattern can become like a crutch because we can get caught up in focusing upon what the pattern says instead of trusting our own wisdom. 

Patterns have their place, they are the beginning tools to help us learn, especially when you are new to the craft, but moving in the direction of trusting what’s on your needles is what this episode digs into, along with and tips for how you can take some tiny steps down that path.

Knitting patterns are the gateway to help us learn. Once you learn the tools, begin to question and reimagine them.

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061 Tara Swiger: Marketing Expert, Author & Host of Explore Your Enthusiasm Podcast

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Meet Tara Swiger, marketing expert, author and host of Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast. Tara works with makers and artists to create a sustainable, lovable businesses. She does this through her books, the weekly podcast, online classes, and her in-person workshops. She leads adventures for makers who want to explore your own definition of success!

In this episode, Tara shares tips and strategies from her new book, Map Your Business a workbook of exercises designed to help you create your own personal blueprint to reach goals that are important to you, and how you can use it to define success, set goals and make a plan that you can stick with!  In this book, Tara takes an integrative approach, encouraging you to align your life and business, and she invites you to take a look at your progress each quarter to make sure you’re on track. 

“Your thoughts impact your feelings, which impact your actions.”

– Tara Swiger 

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065 Top 10 Mistakes New Knit Designers Make and How to Avoid Them

  In this episode, Kara puts on her editor's hat to talk about the top 10 mistakes new knit designers make and how to avoid them. In her experience as editor of Creative Knitting magazine, there are several of common proposal issues she would encounter. As you'll...

064 Knitting It All Together with Holistic Yarn Crafting

Makers and yarn crafters are talking more and more these days about how their craft is helping them to de-stress and create a sense of calm, and many use it as a vehicle to mindfulness and holistic living. In this episode, Kara chats about how our knitting can be that...

062 How to Become an Intuitive Knitter in 7 Steps

  In this episode, I share how to become an intuitive knitter in 7 steps. As a former knitting magazine editor, it's all about the pattern, but sometimes relying only on a pattern can become like a crutch because we can get caught up in focusing upon what the...

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