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Fiber Hooligan is a 1 hour (or so) podcast that airs Monday mornings and is hosted by Benjamin Levisay. This podcast is dedicated to bringing you interviews with the best of the fiber arts world, including knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, & anything else that we think is interesting.

Latest Episodes

Debbie Macomber

On the final edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/19/15) my guest will be Debbie Macomber… who was the very first guest on the show. Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot. In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October). In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonf...

84 MIN2015 JAN 20
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Debbie Macomber

Gryphon Corpus

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/12/15) my guest will be, Gryphon Corpus, co-owner of The Verdant Gryphon. Gryphon is originally from Austria, of Romanian family among whom all the women were knitters. Her education is in philosophy, but she talked her way into a job as a molecular biologist for a few years, before moving to rural Maryland to raise a child and dye yarn. The Verdant Gryphon is an independent textile & dyeworks company, developing fine yarns, creating extraordinary color palettes, and designing unique knitwear. They’vebeen in operation more than 8 years, since Gryphon originally founded the company in 2006. They’re based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but retail only online on their website, through The Yarn Company in Manhattan, at trade shows, and at their once-a-year studio open house. Gryphon has always been a friendly face in our industryand I have know her as avendor at STITCHES Expos for several years. She’samazinglytalented andshe’s a lot of fu...

56 MIN2015 JAN 13
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Gryphon Corpus

TNNA

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/22/14) my guest will be Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces and Dave Van Stralen from Louet North America.Beth and Dave are joining me on the show to talk about TNNA…The National NeedleArts Association. In case you’re not familiar with TNNA, it was established in 1975,and it serves asan international trade organization representing retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, manufacturers’ representatives, publishers, teachers and wholesalers of products and supplies for the specialty needlearts market. These businesses create and market hand painted needlepoint canvases, hand-dyed and specialty crochet and knitting yarns, embroidery, needlepoint and cross-stitch materials, kits, furniture, notions, gifts, books, publications, accessories, tools and more. Beth, Dave, and I are going to be talking about the upcoming show in Phoenix, AZ in Januaryas well as all the other great things TNNA has to offer. I hope you’ll join us for what shou...

87 MIN2014 DEC 23
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TNNA

Tina Newton

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/15/14) my guest will be Tina Newton. Tina considers herself foremost, a colorist and dyer. She is also the owner of Blue Moon Fiber Arts which will be 14 years old this year. She brings to the yarn world a wealth of fiber knowledge that she has collected through her experiences running Blue Moon and her successful sock club, The Rockin’ Sock Club. As she describes it, her fiber love affair began as soon as she sat down in front of a spinning wheel with a handful of wool. Soon after, she began dyeing her own roving and discovered not only a talent but a red hot passion. She then began translating her color inspiration and theory from her own handspun onto mill spun yarns, Blue Moon Fiber Arts was born and her world exploded. Tina has a fertile imagination and the practical creativity to support it, her energy is contagious and inspiring. Community has always been an important factor Tina’s life and work. Whether through events, yarn or teac...

73 MIN2014 DEC 16
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Tina Newton

Kyle Kunnecke

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/08/14) my guest will be designerKyle Kunnecke. Kyle spent his childhood as the creative kid who wouldn’t sit still. As an adult, he's always working on multiple projects, including designing knitwear patterns, creating products for his shop,teaching, andhelping others find ways touse the fiber arts as tools to combat depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. His passion for using creativity to help others began in high school. While living in Phoenix, AZ in 1989, he was involved in peer educational theater; teaching about issues such as teen pregnancy, date rape, prejudice, homophobia, HIV/AIDS and peer pressure. Realizing the value of connecting the arts with education, Kyle continues to use his work as a mechanism for change. In 2003, after moving to Los Angeles, he learned to knit from his former theater director, and began to contemplate the ways the craft might be used to share information and unite communities. As the years prog...

112 MIN2014 DEC 9
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Kyle Kunnecke

Ellen Gormley

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/10/14) my guess will be the very talented crochet designer Ellen Gormley. Ellen has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written two books, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, published in 2011, and recently released Learn Bruges Lace. Now, Ellen is an instructor forAnnie's Online Classes and is the editor of Crochet! magazine.Ellen is also very sweet… with a tenacious spirit. I hope you’ll join us for the show.

79 MIN2014 NOV 11
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Ellen Gormley

Jeannie Randolph

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/03/14) my guest will be my dear friend and Dye Pod Goddess, Jeannie Randolph, owner of Fiesta Yarns. Jeannie has been the owner of Fiesta Yarns for over 13 years and is the driving force behind the amazing colors that her company produces… if you've ever picked up a skein of La Boheme, you'll know what I mean. She is also one of the most accomplished marketing minds that you could ever meet. I hope you'll tune in next week when I talk to one of the best people I have ever met.

98 MIN2014 NOV 4
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Jeannie Randolph

David Babcock

Next week (10/27) my guest will be David Babcock… the Knitting Runner.David isthe Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he did in Kansas City last October.Coupled with a great deal of skill and endurance, David credits his choice in using Lion Brand’s Hometown USA as a factor in his amazing accomplishment!Lion Brandis sponsoring David in the New York City Marathon on November 2nd, 2014. He is committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.I hope you’ll join us for what I know will be an inspirational show.

62 MIN2014 OCT 28
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David Babcock

Jen Lucas

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/20/14) our guest will be designer, author, and teacher, Jen Lucas.Jen Lucas has been knitting since 2004 and designing since 2008. Her designs have been seen in several magazines, including Knitscene, Love of Knitting, and Knit Simple. Her best-selling book, Sock-Yarn Shawls, was released in January 2013. You can also find dozens of her self-published patterns onRavelry. When not knitting, Jen can be found at her spinning wheel, reading or pinning crock pot recipes on Pinterest. She lives in Fox River Grove, IL with her husband, Alex.Jen is also just a really good person. And I know you’ll enjoy hearing from this very talented designer. I hope you’ll tune in.

68 MIN2014 OCT 21
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Jen Lucas

Franklin Habit

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/06/14) my guest will be designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit. Franklin is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective; and a regular columns for both Knitty.com and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the facultie...

78 MIN2014 OCT 7
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Franklin Habit

Latest Episodes

Debbie Macomber

On the final edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/19/15) my guest will be Debbie Macomber… who was the very first guest on the show. Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot. In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October). In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonf...

84 MIN2015 JAN 20
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Debbie Macomber

Gryphon Corpus

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (01/12/15) my guest will be, Gryphon Corpus, co-owner of The Verdant Gryphon. Gryphon is originally from Austria, of Romanian family among whom all the women were knitters. Her education is in philosophy, but she talked her way into a job as a molecular biologist for a few years, before moving to rural Maryland to raise a child and dye yarn. The Verdant Gryphon is an independent textile & dyeworks company, developing fine yarns, creating extraordinary color palettes, and designing unique knitwear. They’vebeen in operation more than 8 years, since Gryphon originally founded the company in 2006. They’re based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but retail only online on their website, through The Yarn Company in Manhattan, at trade shows, and at their once-a-year studio open house. Gryphon has always been a friendly face in our industryand I have know her as avendor at STITCHES Expos for several years. She’samazinglytalented andshe’s a lot of fu...

56 MIN2015 JAN 13
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Gryphon Corpus

TNNA

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/22/14) my guest will be Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces and Dave Van Stralen from Louet North America.Beth and Dave are joining me on the show to talk about TNNA…The National NeedleArts Association. In case you’re not familiar with TNNA, it was established in 1975,and it serves asan international trade organization representing retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, manufacturers’ representatives, publishers, teachers and wholesalers of products and supplies for the specialty needlearts market. These businesses create and market hand painted needlepoint canvases, hand-dyed and specialty crochet and knitting yarns, embroidery, needlepoint and cross-stitch materials, kits, furniture, notions, gifts, books, publications, accessories, tools and more. Beth, Dave, and I are going to be talking about the upcoming show in Phoenix, AZ in Januaryas well as all the other great things TNNA has to offer. I hope you’ll join us for what shou...

87 MIN2014 DEC 23
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TNNA

Tina Newton

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/15/14) my guest will be Tina Newton. Tina considers herself foremost, a colorist and dyer. She is also the owner of Blue Moon Fiber Arts which will be 14 years old this year. She brings to the yarn world a wealth of fiber knowledge that she has collected through her experiences running Blue Moon and her successful sock club, The Rockin’ Sock Club. As she describes it, her fiber love affair began as soon as she sat down in front of a spinning wheel with a handful of wool. Soon after, she began dyeing her own roving and discovered not only a talent but a red hot passion. She then began translating her color inspiration and theory from her own handspun onto mill spun yarns, Blue Moon Fiber Arts was born and her world exploded. Tina has a fertile imagination and the practical creativity to support it, her energy is contagious and inspiring. Community has always been an important factor Tina’s life and work. Whether through events, yarn or teac...

73 MIN2014 DEC 16
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Tina Newton

Kyle Kunnecke

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/08/14) my guest will be designerKyle Kunnecke. Kyle spent his childhood as the creative kid who wouldn’t sit still. As an adult, he's always working on multiple projects, including designing knitwear patterns, creating products for his shop,teaching, andhelping others find ways touse the fiber arts as tools to combat depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. His passion for using creativity to help others began in high school. While living in Phoenix, AZ in 1989, he was involved in peer educational theater; teaching about issues such as teen pregnancy, date rape, prejudice, homophobia, HIV/AIDS and peer pressure. Realizing the value of connecting the arts with education, Kyle continues to use his work as a mechanism for change. In 2003, after moving to Los Angeles, he learned to knit from his former theater director, and began to contemplate the ways the craft might be used to share information and unite communities. As the years prog...

112 MIN2014 DEC 9
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Kyle Kunnecke

Ellen Gormley

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/10/14) my guess will be the very talented crochet designer Ellen Gormley. Ellen has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written two books, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, published in 2011, and recently released Learn Bruges Lace. Now, Ellen is an instructor forAnnie's Online Classes and is the editor of Crochet! magazine.Ellen is also very sweet… with a tenacious spirit. I hope you’ll join us for the show.

79 MIN2014 NOV 11
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Ellen Gormley

Jeannie Randolph

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/03/14) my guest will be my dear friend and Dye Pod Goddess, Jeannie Randolph, owner of Fiesta Yarns. Jeannie has been the owner of Fiesta Yarns for over 13 years and is the driving force behind the amazing colors that her company produces… if you've ever picked up a skein of La Boheme, you'll know what I mean. She is also one of the most accomplished marketing minds that you could ever meet. I hope you'll tune in next week when I talk to one of the best people I have ever met.

98 MIN2014 NOV 4
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Jeannie Randolph

David Babcock

Next week (10/27) my guest will be David Babcock… the Knitting Runner.David isthe Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he did in Kansas City last October.Coupled with a great deal of skill and endurance, David credits his choice in using Lion Brand’s Hometown USA as a factor in his amazing accomplishment!Lion Brandis sponsoring David in the New York City Marathon on November 2nd, 2014. He is committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.I hope you’ll join us for what I know will be an inspirational show.

62 MIN2014 OCT 28
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David Babcock

Jen Lucas

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/20/14) our guest will be designer, author, and teacher, Jen Lucas.Jen Lucas has been knitting since 2004 and designing since 2008. Her designs have been seen in several magazines, including Knitscene, Love of Knitting, and Knit Simple. Her best-selling book, Sock-Yarn Shawls, was released in January 2013. You can also find dozens of her self-published patterns onRavelry. When not knitting, Jen can be found at her spinning wheel, reading or pinning crock pot recipes on Pinterest. She lives in Fox River Grove, IL with her husband, Alex.Jen is also just a really good person. And I know you’ll enjoy hearing from this very talented designer. I hope you’ll tune in.

68 MIN2014 OCT 21
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Jen Lucas

Franklin Habit

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/06/14) my guest will be designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit. Franklin is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective; and a regular columns for both Knitty.com and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the facultie...

78 MIN2014 OCT 7
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Franklin Habit