Power Purls Podcast - conversations with savvy knitwear designers and everyday knitters with compelling back stories
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Join Kara Gott Warner, host of Power Purls for this bi-weekly podcast, and listen to candid conversations with savvy knitwear designers and everyday knitters with compelling back stories. Visit www.powerpurlspodcast.com and sign up for Kara's FREE Guide: 8 Essential Steps to Creating a Killer Design Proposal. You’ll also be signed up for show updates to stay in the loop on all things knitterly!
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053 Lessons Learned from Pizza Making & Yarn with Amy Gunderson of Universal Yarn
Do you love working with beautiful yarns? And have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a yarn manufacturing company? Then join Kara Gott-Warner as she goes one on one with her guest for today, Amy Gunderson. The topic of today’s discussion is the yarn industry and Amy has a few insider tips for you! Amy, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the creative director for Universal Yarn. When she's not at her day job, she spends her time doing freelance design work for a number of publications, as well as doing tech editing for indie, knit and crochet designers. She's also a freelance graphic designer, focusing mostly on crochet charts. She is the author of two books and has been published in most major knit and crochet magazines, including Creative Knitting and Crochet. She's also done some teaching and article writing for magazines. On today's show, Kara asks Amy for her perspective on the yarn industry. Join Kara and Amy as they discuss: What it's like to develop a collection for a yarn company. What attracted Amy to the world of yarn. The magic of taking some yarn and turning it into a garment you can wear! The different approaches people have to knitting. The blend of art, tech and practicality in knitting. Amy's role at Universal Yarn. How Amy started out- designing patterns and submitting them to magazines. The process of creating a new collection at a yarn company- how the elements all work together. How themes create parameters and so help in creating a collection. Who determines the color palettes for each season. The freedom Amy enjoys in her freelance design work. How collaboration between designers can add new dimensions to design. Ways that you can break into the design world as a new designer. Amy's awesome, simple advice about how to make it in any work situation. The challenges that freelance designers often face. How knitting can teach you patience. Links: Amy on Ravelry: Amy Gunderson Free giveaways from Universal Yarn: www.powerpurlspodcast.com/universalyarn Amy's blog: www.universalyarn.com – go to the Blog option.