October 29, 2007

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fiber Harvest Announced

Plans were unveiled today for the first-ever "Fiber CSA" where knitting enthusiasts can purchase membership shares in the Spring 2007 "harvest" of fiber from the angora goats and fine wool sheep of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. Purchased for yourself or as a gift, share ownership lets members become "vicarious shepherds" without ever having to feed a sheep or shear a goat. Best of all, after shearing, each member will receive an equal portion of the clip in the form of unique, one-of-a-kind yarns.

A CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a share of the harvest. This arrangement gives the farmer a direct connection to and relationship with the consumer.

The CSA concept is quietly sweeping the country with families who are looking to help small farmers stay profitable while taking advantage of all the benefits of buying local.

A limited number of shares will be pre-sold at $100 per membership share. Shareholders can choose to take all of their share of the harvest in one type of yarn or receive a sampler pack that includes mohair, kid mohair, Cormo, Cotswold, and fine wool yarns. The purchaser will receive a shareholder’s certificate, weekly email updates on the animals and farm, and an invitation to the farm’s Shearing Day Celebration. For more information, or to purchase a share while they last, visit our website at marthasvineyardfiberfarm.com, or call 845.625.7075 before the holiday rush

October 16, 2007

Vickie Howell Podcast

Vickie Howell, host of Knitty Gritty, will be releasing her first podcast on November 1, 2007.

Season One will include 7 original podisodes that will be released on Thursdays in November & December.

The line up for the episodes is:

Podisode 001: Dia De Los Crafty!
Begins airing 11/01/07
Guest: Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka Crafty Chica)
Topic: Latina inspired crafting, Dia De Los Muertos and Kathy and Vickie’s Latin roots. Kathy also fills us in with her brand spankin' new line of craft products!

Podisode 002: Eco-Create
Begins airing 11/08/07
Guest: Adrienne Armstrong (Owner of Atomic Garden/First Lady of Green Day)
Topic: Scoop on knitting, crochet and crafting with eco-friendly materials. We’ll also chat about Adrienne's new sustainable living boutique and her work with Habitat for Humanity!

Podisode 003: Man, you’re the Knit!
Begins Airing 11/15/07
Guest: Will Forte (Saturday Night Live)
Topic: Why one man knits as well as how to hook-up with the male-knitting community. Will also gives us the scoop on SNL, his movie Brothers Solomon and his other upcoming projects!

Podisode 004: Bringing Home the Crafty Bacon
Begins Airing 11/29/07
Guest: Jennifer Perkins (Host of Craft Lab/ Owner of Naughty Secretary Club)
Topic: Grass roots info on starting a crafty business. Jen also talks about the current season of Craft Lab and her upcoming jewelry book!

Podisode 005: From Make to Mags
Begins Airing 12/06/07
Guest: Adina Klein (Editor in Chief of Vogue Knitting & Knit.1 Magazines)
Topic: Advice on getting knitwear designs published and what editors are looking for when it comes to submissions, style and execution. Adina will also give us the hot gossip on upcoming VK and Knit.1 issues!

Podisode 006: 3rd Wave Femiknits
Begins Airing 12/13/07
Guest: Debbie Stoller (Editor-in-Chief BUST Magazine/Author Stitch 'N Bitch books)
Topic: Feminism and this generation’s crafty revolution. Discussion about the need for community, the desire to create and the new genre of careers emerging, all in the name of knit. Debbie also fills us in on her upcoming book, the knitting cruise she’s hosting and the scoop on what’s next for BUST!
Plus, tips on starting your own SnB group and seeking out community on the web!

Podisode 007: Book Deal
Begins Airing 12/20/07
Guest: Kelley Deal (The Breeders /Author)
Topic: Trials, triumphs and tribulations of writing a knitting book. Vickie and Kelley swap tales from the book writing trenches and talk about upcoming projects including Kelley's upcoming handbag how-to and the much anticipated Breeders return.
Plus, tips on landing your own book deal!

More info on Vickie Howell's Podcast is available on her website at:

Stitch 'n Bitch Audiobook Released

Knitting Out Loud publisher Kathy Goldner announced today the audiobook release of the New York Times best-seller Stitch 'n Bitch read by the author.

"Stitch 'n Bitch is a very funny, very sassy, knitting guide. Yet the moving story of Debbie's Dutch grandmother weaves through it. Stoller's reading brings the material alive," said Goldner, "and when I listened to Debbie Stoller read, techniques I had puzzled over suddenly became clear."

Debbie Stoller comes from a long line of Dutch knitters.

She is the co-founder, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the feminist magazine BUST and the co-author of The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order. She is the author of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker and Son of Stitch 'n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men, coming November 2007.

"Debbie Stoller, the founder of the popular Stitch ‘n Bitch knitting circles across the country, has been credited with jumpstarting the knitting rage with her popular series of Stitch ‘n Bitch books." New York Times