Hooray! Another crochet chat!
This week is another fabulous week for the podcast! You know that I’m passionate about where our yarn comes from. I love learning about the breeds of sheep, knowing how the wool is processed into yarn and I’m tickled pink when the processing is done in a sustainable way.
I was absolutely delighted to Tanis Gray’s book, Knit Local, was published (November, 2011). It’s an amazing piece featuring American yarn companies that source their wool and processing locally. And don’t worry… despite the title, it’s not just for knitters!
I’m super-excited to have gotten the chance to talk to Tanis about her passion for local yarns and the research that went into this book. I’ll also be chatting about my preparations for moving (to NY!) and TNNA (a huge yarn conference that’s this weekend) and my current project: boot liners crocheted with Buffalo Wool!
Helpful listening tip: the recording software works slightly differently for capturing phone conversations… so you may want to turn the volume up a notch once the interview with Tanis begins.
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Hi! (00:00), Did you know I’m moving? (00:07), Preparing for TNNA (00:44)
On my hook (03:38), FreshStitches Cow Crochet-a-long (03:53), Buffalo Wool Boot Liners (05:31), Notes on the episode (11:16)
- Cow Crochet-a-Long
- Jackie the Cow pattern
- Crocheter’s Tool Tin
- The Buffalo Wool Co.
- My hot pink Hunter rain boots
- Pattern for Boot Liners
- My Buffalo Wool boot liners
Feature topic (14:16), Not just about knitting! (14:35), Inheriting the love of crochet (15:23), Why choose local? (17:20), The Ravelympics (20:40), Is local gaining momentum? (23:45), The different sizes of local (31:44), Research for the book (34:03), The advantage of small (39:06), Ravelry and substituting yarn (44:11)
- Knit Local
- Imperial Stock Ranch
- Stacey’s Ravelympics Team
- Tanis’s Ravelry Page
- Zero Waste Home
- Stonehedge Fiber Mill
- Stituary.com (website for artisan/farmstand yarn)
- Tanis’s Website: tanisknits.com
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