Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Help Fiber Beat Upgrade Its Technology!!!

Hallo Possums,

Just wanted to send out a quick email about upcoming Fiber Beat episodes.

As fate would have it, our production machine, the venerable Mac G5 (old AMD processor) is now making sounds like it’s preparing to take off from SFO airport. We’ve had it into the Apple Store for diagnostics and it seems like we’ll be needing to get a new machine. Unfortunately, this could not have come at a more inconvenient time with Anthony (my editor and production assistant) in school full-time AND with my finishing up Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat 2010 administrative bits.

What does this mean for you, our patient listeners and viewers? Well, it will likely result in some delays for our next episodes but it might force us to “shut down” for a bit as we figure out the costs for a new machine with proper video card, RAM and editing software. We were hoping to make this machine last through 2010 and start a fund raising campaign in 2011 but the current situation has made a more speedy switchover and purchase necessary immediately.

Please rest assured that we are not going away but getting all our ducks in a row for a better, brighter, faster production process. I hope it results in more professional video and faster turnaround times for audio episodes.

If you’d like to support us on this journey, you can help by donating any amount to the “Help Fiber Beat Upgrade” fundraiser. We’ve added a DONATE button to the homepage of and you can give any amount that you feel comfy giving.

Thanks so much for listening and for continuing to support Fiber Beat with your emails, recommendations and reviews!

Onwards and upwards!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

FiberBeat #11, "New & Neatby Nitting"

Media Link: New & Neatby Nitting (44:23)

FiberBeat #11, "New & Neatby Nitting"

There's a million crafters in Fiber City and we've all got a yarn to spin.

Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin's Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin's Nest is a yarn and fabric store, specializing in materials for knitting, crocheting, sewing and hand embroidery. This fall, Bobbin's Nest celebrates it's third anniversary of bringing fiber and fabric sophistication to the Bay Area.

In this episode I spend some quality time with two very imaginative and colorful characters, Debbie New & Lucy Neatby. What I love about both Debbie & Lucy is their playfulness in design and their fearlessness in color exploration. I spoke with both of them after completing Stitches West workshops in Northern California. This episode is another gem from the vaults, so from time to time there might be references to items that are "coming up" that have already passed (i.e. Think Outside the Sox book, etc.).

The following places, people and things were mentioned:


The first ever Men's Fall Knitting Retreat SCHOLARSHIP Winner

The 2010 Men's Fall Knitting Retreat benefitted tremendously from the generosity of XRX, Inc. in the form its very first scholarship. The unanimous decision of the judges was Rusty Boyd hailing from Murfreesboro, NC. Rusty joined us for a fun-filled fiber extravaganza in the beautiful pacific northwest.

Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 11

I have two instructional DVDs from Lucy Neatby, "Intarsia Untangled" (volumes 1 & 2). Here’s all you have to do to enter: tell us the name of your favorite museum. It can be one that you've physically been to OR one that you hope to visit in the future. For example, I love the DeYoung Museum DeYoung Museum in San Francisco but I hope to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Now, it's your turn.

To enter, please leave your comment on or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS October 15, 2010.

A big rainbow-hued thank you to everyone who downloaded and listened to the first SEVENTEEN episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat. Let me know what you think and leave a review on iTunes!

An many-colored merci to Debbie New & Lucy Neatby. Special spelling love to my favorite grammar school girls, Kristine & Adrienne.

We used snippets of the songs below in this episode. If you like the music, please support the artists (links provided for your convenience):


My name is WonderMike and I'll see YOU on the Fiber Beat!!