Friday, November 6, 2009

Episode 27: Online Classes with Stefanie Japel

I had the privilege to chat with THE Stefanie Japel last night about her new online classes.

Have you wanted to learn how to knit items that Fit and Flatter your body? Well, that is what Stefanie wants to teach you. There are only a few classes being offered right now but more will soon come.

The classes are wonderful in these economic times and a great way to take your knitting to the next level. Go, Take a look at her new site and sign up for a class :-)


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Episode 26: Let the new season begin!

Yep, I am back and it is time to chat about knitting and crochet.

I talked about a lot of different things in this episode but some of the stuff I can think about off the top of my head are... BEST BLOG EVER! NEW CROCHET MAGAZINE (I have a couple of pieces in this one) THE UNOFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE CROCHET LIBERATION FRONT AWESOME NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE FOR CROCHET AND CREATIVE LIVING NEW WEBSITE FOR SUSAN (Pigeon Guts Purple Lady :-) NEW DVD WORKSHOP CLASSES: Cables, Fair Isle, and the different seasons GET SEASON 1 & 2 ON DVD! WANT TO SEE THE LIST OF PEOPLE ON THE SHOW THIS SEASON? BOOKS ON CD...Love them!!!

OH...I made a bag for the new season of Knit and Crochet Today (I think the name is changing but I am not sure what it will be called). Do you want to see it? I can give you a peek!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Peek-A-Boo Chevron Tunic

Yep, I am still here. I have been very busy finishing up a book I am writing with Jill Write for Leisure Arts and various other patterns for magazines.

Here is my newest published pattern. It is in the newest issue of Inside Crochet. You want the Ravelry links? The Peek-A-Boo Chevron Tunic is what I called it but in the magazine it is the Chevron Tunic I hear (I don't have the magazine yet) but you can find it in Inside Crochet, Issue #4 October/November

Here are some pictures on flickr I took of it before I sent it to the UK.

To tell the truth, I am not totally happy with the color choices that we used over the left boob. It would have been cuter with a blue instead of the green but the color cards we used to choose the colors made it look like the green would be perfect. The hard part is that the yarn is kettledyed and each skein is a little different from the next so even though one skein of the multy looked great with the green the others didn't. Does that make sense?
Here, I took pictures with a blue held up to it so you can see what it would look like in a different color.

So, I know some of you will be wondering, "why make one side different than the other?" Well, you don't have to do that at all but I thought it was a cool way to make an everyday chevron piece different. Actually, that is how I got the Peek-A-Boo idea. To me, the idea that only one boob has a striped chevron is like a game of peek a boo.

What do you think? You can be honest with me. I know that some of you will just LOVE it and some will HATE it. I am prepared for that as I too am in a love/hate relationship with it.

The only other thing that I might change when I publish this pattern myself is the way I did my decreases. I think they are a little too drastic and I think that I will do a little more math to make them a little more subtle in future patterns.

Other than that...I hope you will go to RAVELRY and favorite it right away :-)

I will try to update you all more soon with all the other things I have been up to lately!

OH...the podcast is scheduled to start up again in OCTOBER!!


Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Do any of you Tweet? It is pretty cool. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I am on twitter under...wait for it...YarnThing :-)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ep. 13 Sally Melville

What a wonderful woman. I have learned so much from her and I have never actually met her. Joy to talk to Sally Melville about designing, teaching, and her uber famous books!
  • The Knit Stitch
  • The Purl Stitch
  • Color
  • Mother and Daughter Knits
It was a good show if I say so myself! Go, have a listen.

You can find more information about Sally at

If you are in a town where Sally is teaching I encourage you to Run, not walk, RUN to her class!

Ep. 12 Tasty Crochet

Ep. 11 Robyn Chachula

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ep. 10 Donna Druchunas

Wow, I fell in love with Donna during this podcast. So much talent in one almost isn't fair.

This capital K Knitter is not only writing pattern books but offering us knitters a true history about what it is we love! Seriously, these books are a MUST HAVE for any knitters library!
OH...I guess I should tell you what books I am talking about huh, lol.

The Knitted Rug
Arctic Lace
Ethnic Knitting Discovery
Ethnic Knitting Exploration

You can read more about Donna and what she is up to on her blog

She also teaches several classes at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins in Boulder, CO.

Ep. 9 Kate Jacobs: The Friday Night Knitting Club

Did you read this book? Did you fall in love with Georgia and Dakota? Did you wish that you had a Walker and Daughters Yarn Shop near you? Well, you are not the only one.

I had the privilege of chatting with the beautiful Kate Jacobs about her New York Times Bestselling book The Friday Night Knitting Club, the sequel Knit Two, and her recent book to hit paperback Comfort Food.

Listen to the show and have some of your questions finally answered.
  • Does Kate know how to knit?
  • Did she create any of the characters after anybody she knows?
  • Is there a really a movie in the works?
  • Can we expect more books about the ladies we love?

Ep. 8 The Crochet Side

I got a chance to talk to the wonderfully talented Briana Mewborn of the Crochet Side Podcast and the uber successful the Yarn Side!!!

Have a listen to the show ;-)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ep. 7 Keep the Fleece

Hi, I wanted to let you all know that I got to chat with Linda Cortright, editor of Wild Fibers Magazine on the podcast this week! Here is the 411.

Have you heard that it is the International Year of Natural Fiber? Seriously, it is a United Nations sanctioned event. How cool is that?

Not sure what that means for you? Well, that is why I am leaving this post :-) In today's world we are all trying to think more green, we are trying to have a better awareness of our carbon footprint and are much more conscious of the global impact we are making vs. just local. Not to mention we LOVE NATURAL FIBER! Put all of this together and we have more than just a Kal-Cal for shopping bags to use at the grocery store...we have a movement for social awareness beyond anything that has been done in the fiber world.

Okay, I am not the most knowledgeable person about this so I went to the person who was! I had a chance to talk with Linda Cortright, the head honcho of the Keep The Fleece organization, about what it is they do and why we should be involved.

Please, go have a listen to the podcast all about these natural fibers we love!

If you want to read more about Keep the Fleece go to their website at and see what you can do to be a part of the Worlds Longest Scarf, Natural Fiber Contest, or the TNNA Benefit Dinner!

Think about putting together a team for yourself and join in the fun!

HEY, If you make a team let me know (leave a comment either here or on Ravelry) and I will give you a FREE copy of my Sweetheart Tunic Pattern (ravlery link) made out of the wonderful Yak/Bamboo blend yarn by Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns!!!!


Ep. 6 Amimono Kimono

LOOK, I have a pattern with Classic Elite Yarns.


Listen to me chat with my friend Jenn about the whole experience :-)


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ep. 5 Marly is my Teacher

Okay, first of all I am SO SORRY that the last 15 minutes were crap. My connection was lost and I just couldn't get it back. BUT, I feel like the rest of the 45 minutes that you can listen to turned out really well so please, go have a listen!

Book I use to teach knitting it Stitch and Bitch

Book I use to teach crochet is Teach Yourself Visually Crochet


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ep. 4 Go Crochet aka Ellen

I had the pleasure of talking with the very talented Ellen Gormely aka Go Crochet and I hope you will go and have a listen!

Show Notes will be available soon ;-)


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ep. 3 Candi Jensen

She is THE BEST! Yep, I really got to chat with Candi Jensen! Please listen to the show!

Show Notes will be available soon ;-)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kristin Omdahl Wrapped in Crochet

Come on, you know you want to listen to here!

Kristin Omdahl joined me for the show today to talk about her new book Wrapped in Crochet!

Show notes will be available soon.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's a Brand New Day! Ep. 1

Technical Difficulties! Just so you know...this is my first episode so it is not my best.

Who was that I was chatting with?

Betsy Kleger aka Becky Fillange here Ravelry name is BetsyK. She is the Namaste Queen!

Namaste Zumi Bag! LOVE IT!!! This is a picture of the new Eggplant Color! I want one!

Thrummed Mittens! Yep, that is me, I am the one who made those! If you want to get the pattern it is in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2008. Find it now! Want to see what Knitting Daily had to say? Click Here!


Fino Mitones! My very first pattern ;-) I am so happy that FigPox made them for her wedding day and LOVED THEM!


YAK YARN!!! Bijou Basin Ranch Yarn! LOVE IT!!! I made the Sweetheart Tunic and the Dual Cable Hat. Go, buy them now :-)


Carl and Eileen Koop are the wonderful owners and trust me when I tell you that they are AWESOME! I will get them to join me for the show!! The yarn is worth the money! I even started a FAN CLUB group for this yarn on Ravelry! Come and JOIN US!

KIM GUZMAN! OMG...I love the work that Kim does! Thank you so much for callin in and Yaking about Yak with me my dear!!! LOVE You MUCH!

DAVID BURCHALL!! The new leader of my Fan Club ;-) He has coined a new work...cro-tainment! LOVE IT! Take a look at the wonderful work he is doing with slip stitch crochet. B-E-A-U-tiful work. Love this guy! Gotta get him on the show.

Funny thing, when Betsy and I looked up David's profile on Ravelry it turnes out that she has already been a fan of his after reading some of his posts in groups they are both in on there. Small world huh? It always amazes me how different our worlds can be and yet we all still get along. Hey David...I don't forget to contact me so we can chat on the show officially. Okay?

Yep, I have a pattern coming out on the Classic Elite Yarns Web Letter. So, do me a favor and sign up for it so you can be the first to get it! In the meantime...get yourself some Cotton Bam Boo yarn by CEY! This is good stuff! BTW: you gotta love CEY as a big girl because they actually use larger models to model their stuff!! The Curvy Knits booklet is wonderful. But that is neither here nor there.

I talk about my first crochet is a picture.

Blue and White Navajo_2

TNNA: The National Needlearts Association. If you are a designer you have to go!

Crochet Insider...Dora is the best!


TNNA in is link to my pictures of the dinner I talked about...loads of people!

Up Close and Personal with Nicky Epstein!

Nicky Epstein

Hey, take one of my classes at Knit Knack in Olde Town Arvada. You can find the class list here.

Okay, I think that is it! Thanks for joining me for the show and if you didn't get a chance to join me live I hope you like listening to the show!

See you next time when I talk to Kristin Omdahl!!


It's a Brand New Day!

Join me tonight, LIVE for the NEW Yarn Thing Podcast!

11 EST!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Changing Host :-)

Well, given the problems with my old podcast host I have decided that it is time to change host...and format while I am at it.

It is no secret that I have spent a LOAD of time on editing my podcast but no more. It is time to get Marly LIVE you think you can handle it?

Join me, and let's chat...yep, you and me...together. And maybe a few of my designer friends thrown in the mix.

It will always be the same BAT CHANNEL but the BAT TIME may change depending on my schedule. So, stay tuned

Here is the new link...

Friday, February 27, 2009

CLF Flamies...I was nominated!!!

Hey everybody,

Do you still remember me? I am here...promise. Been so super busy. But hey, check this out...I was nominated for the CROCHET LIBERATION FRONT FLAMIE!

I can't believe you all really like me ;-) I am so honored! I was nominated for BEST NEW DESIGNER and BEST CROCHET PODCAST!

Wondering what a Flamie is? It's the Crochet Awards given out by the Crochet Liberation Front (CLF) on Ravelry. Think Oscars for crocheters. Want to learn more? Here's the Ravelry link. Want to vote? Here's the link to the ballot (which is not on Ravelry, so anyone can vote).

Pretty cool, huh?

So, please, go vote :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I was on TV

Crazy thing, I was watching the newest episode of Knitting Daily to record on my DVR yesterday when OMG...look what I saw!!!

Take a survey will ya?

Well, the wonderfully talented Mary Beth Temple, owner of Hooked For Life and host of the Getting Loopy Podcast, has put together a survey asking how people purchase patterns from indie designers/publishers.

And wouldn't you know that smart little cookie also added a little contest thrown in at the end to encourage people to fill it out!

So, will you do that for me? Just Click Here!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Knitting Daily...GET IT!

Okay, I can't say much but I can strongly encourage you to sign up for the Knitting Daily Blog updates! Especially before MONDAY!!

That is all I can say ;-)


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Off to TNNA

Well, I am sure you all have been wondering where I have been. Life has been so busy that I have not had the chance to do a podcast in a while...but you all know that.

What you don't know is that I recently had a new pattern published in Interweave Crochet Winter 2008. Did you see it? Do you love it?

I am also on my way to the TNNA trade show in San Diego...TOMORROW! I will have a BEAUTIFUL Tunic on display at the Bijou Basin Ranch Booth so if you are there come and take a look at it. Seriously, it is stunning; if I say so myself.

Well, there you have it. I am hoping to get my MOJO back while at TNNA so I can come back and get back to podcasting.

I hope to talk to you all soon!