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CraftSanity Episode 133: A conversation with Runaway Press artist, Michelle Terry

Messy inks and a collection of wood and lead type eventually lured Michelle Terry, 30, of Wyoming, away from spending her professional life in front of a computer screen.

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 132: Conversations with ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ authors Rebecca Yaker and Trish Hoskins

This episode of CraftSanity features mini-interviews with Twin Cities authors of “Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids.” We start the show with a chat with Patricia “Trish” Hoskins, co-owner of Crafty Planet in Minneapolis, and then continue with another chat with Rebecca Yaker, a crafty lady […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode #131 – A conversation with Ambrose founder Adam Weiler

A summer camp romance and a $5,000 grant have given arts education a boost on the lakeshore where a small business is providing opportunities for kids to express themselves creatively. This is what happens when cupid and a creative guy named Adam Weiler cross paths with a lovely lady on a basketball court. But more […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode #130: A conversation with ‘A Garden to Dye For’ author, Chris McLaughlin

Hello, hello! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back recording podcast interviews with artists and crafters. On episode #130, I’ll introduce you to California garden writer and fiber enthusiast Chris McLaughlin. A long-time gardener, Chris loves to extract color from her plants and recently wrote a book about it so others can swan dive into the […]

Remembering Kathreen

I don’t usually listen to my old podcasts, but today I listened to episode 19 an interview I recorded in 2006 with Kathreen Ricketson, the whipup.net creator, author and mother of two. Back then our kids were little and we talked about motherhood and crafting and the adventures she had before she become a mom. I […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 129: A Conversation with ‘Extra Yarn’ Author Mac Barnett and Illustrator Jon Klassen

If you found a box “filled with yarn or every color,” what would you do? When this happened to Annabelle, the little girl featured in the new picture book “Extra Yarn” written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, she decided to knit herself a sweater. There was extra yarn left over, so she knit […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 128: A Conversation with Knit Designer Jean Moss

Yesterday I made a last-minute scramble to interview British knit designer Jean Moss via Skype. I had previously agreed to be part of her blog tour for her new book “Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets and More” and had planned to post a Q&A with her today. But then I started […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 127: A Conversation with Cookbook Author Diane Morgan

On this episode of the podcast I chat with award-winning cookbook author and culinary instructor, Diane Morgan, about the joys of gifting food for the holidays and her inspiring book on the topic: “Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving.” This interview was recorded last year and I’m so glad to finally post it so you […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 126: A Conversation with Artist and Cook, Yvette van Boven

As time passes I’m getting more and more into cooking and canning and baking. And some of my most recent cooking experiments have been inspired by Yvette van Boven, author of “Home Made: The Ulitmate DIY Cookbook, Featuring Over 200 From-Scratch Recipes.” What I love about Yvette’s book is that it truly unique. Her easy […]

CraftSanity Episode 125: A Conversation With Craft Book Author and TV Host Brett Bara

Hi folks! Today I’m bringing you a new episode of CraftSanity featuring a conversation with Brett Bara, crafter, author, TV host and jello mold enthusiast. This podcast is part of Brett’s blog tour to promote her new book “Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick & Crafty Projects You Can Make By Simply Sewing Straight.” I […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 124: A conversation with Aimee Ray

After a short hiatus, the CraftSanity Podcast is back with an interview with Aimee Ray, a graphic designer, crafter and embroidery book author. You may know Aimee from her blog and you may have shopped for crafty wares at her Etsy shop, too. Aimee is the author of “Doodle Stitching” and “Doodle Stitching: The Motif […]

CraftSanity Episode 123: Catching Up With Soft Sculpture Artist & Author Abby Glassenberg

Soft sculpture artist Abby Glassenberg is back to chat about her new book, “The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Sew and Make.” On this mini-episode of the podcast, we catch up on the latest exciting developments in her life including the birth of third child and the experience of becoming a published author. If you […]

CraftSanity Episode 122: Greetings From Anna Hrachovec’s Mochimochi Land

On this episode of the podcast you’ll hear from Anna Hrachovec, a 29-year-old Brooklyn-based artist who really knows how to bring her knitting to life. The author of “Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi,” Anna has gained a reputation for knitting humorous and quirky designs from pigs with wigs to intricately detailed […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 121: A Conversation With Betsy Timmer

We’re going to time warp just a tad on this episode of the podcast. We’re going back to a coat closet inside the Grand Rapids Public Art Museum (GRAM) where I interviewed artist Betsy Timmer this past fall about “Rag Rug,” the piece that she entered in ArtPrize, the international art competition held annually here […]

CraftSanity Podcast 120: A day in the life of Chris de Longpre, pattern designer, business owner and self-published author

After Chris de Longpre “retired” from a career in information technology she decided to make the most of her free time. She started knitting – a lot. And Chris, of Kentwood, Mich., wasn’t content to follow a pattern, so she kick up the degree of difficulty and started writing her own patterns. She kept designing […]