This last Monday (06/29/2020) my guest was Karida Collins from Neighborhood Fiber Co. Karida joined me from her studio in Baltimore, MD.
If you’ve been to a #STITCHESWest in the past couple of years, you might have met her and seen her wonderful work first hand.
This show lasted just about and hour and twenty minutes. And we talked about a lot of things.
Karida told us about going to school and deciding she did NOT want to be a lawyer. She talked about her time in Columbus, OH. She talked about coming back to Baltimore, MD to take care of her grandmother who was dying of cancer.
Karida talked about her first TNNA show and the growth of her business--admitting that she made some mistakes early on in her career as an entrepreneur.
Karida talked a lot about racism within the fiber arts industry as well as racism in America. We talked about the her activism and the way she's used her voice to talk about these important issues.
We talked about her amazing GoFundMe campaign and how quickly it grew. Karida let us know that GoFundMe had made her a 'GoFundMe Hero'.
I asked Karida about her outlook on our progress, as a people. She continues to be optimistic... especially about the fiber arts world. As she says... "Knitters get shit done!"
Karida is incredibly busy. And she was very generous with her time. She was also wonderful to talk with. I hope you'll listen to the show so you can hear Karida's word yourself.
Karida Collins' Biography: Karida learned how to knit immediately after finishing college, and fell in love. Hard. Enamored with knitting, she set out to create her own hand-dyed yarn business in 2006. She taught herself how to dye yarn and thus, Neighborhood Fiber Co. was born. Karida's love of saturated and vibrant colors is what gives her yarn it's signature style. Stirred by her surroundings, Karida set out to provide the world with hand-dyed yarns inspired by and named to reflect the natural beauty and diverse neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital. Since then, she has added many more colors to reflect a multitude of neighborhoods, both inside and outside of DC. Now based in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co. continues to offer vibrant, one-of-a-kind colors inspired by urban landscapes.
During the show we talked about a lot of things. Here are the resource links to some of those things...
Hello Friends! This is a very different show. I want to thank Heavenly Bresser for this special episode.
Instead of the usual show notes, below you’ll find a compilation of Black Lives Matter and anti-racism resources. Please share this podcast episode and resources with your friends.
- Benjamin Levisay
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