If you are in the DC Metro area this weekend, consider stopping by the Takoma Park Community Center on SUNDAY Saturday (Thanks, Cici!) afternoon for the Homespun Yarn Party:

What: Yarn Party! Check out local yarn vendors, sit and knit, meet new people!

Who: All your favorite local yarn dyers and spinners, plus some extra crafty goodness! And all our knitting/crocheting/spinning friends (you!) of course!!

Where: 7500 Maple Avenue | Takoma Park, MD | 20912 — Metro accessible, plenty of parking!

When: March 30, 2008 – 2 PM to 6 PM

Why: Who needs an excuse to get together and craft?! We wanted to get together and spread some fiber love!

I’ll be there selling real-live-paper (recycled, of course) versions of the patterns you can normally only get via PDF, and you’ll be able to touch and try on many of the sample garments, including the Half Crazy Sweater, and many others. I’m even debuting two new patterns at the Party: the Men’s Raglan and the Antique Triangle Lace Shawl. If you bring hook and yarn (or buy it there), and want to learn to crochet, I’ll get you started.

Hope to see you there!

In other fiber-y news, the irrepressible Marly over at Yarn Thing interviewed me last week for her Podcast! (This despite being in a car accident the day of our originally scheduled interview–she’s fine). Marly also just got her first design accepted at Interweave Crochet–woohoo! Listen Tomorrow for the podcast. If you haven’t ever listened to Yarn Thing before, you should check out some of the archived episodes with fun interviews with Robyn Chachula, Kim Werker and more. Marly is so personable and fun, and gets us all giggling.

Speaking of podcasts, when I got asked to be on Marly’s show, I started listening to podcasts again after a long hiatus. I really have only had one that I consistently loved, and that was Cast On. In the past few months some new ones of note have sprouted up. I discovered (late, I know), Stash and Burn, and I enjoy it, but not as much as the new YKnit–a podcast by two men knitters in San Francisco. YKnit is extremely well produced and funny. They just interviewed Jess and Casey from Ravelry last week. Jess and Casey–congratulations–you sounded so eloquent and thoughtful about Ravelry, it was really nice to listen to.

–Don’t forget–you still have a few hours to comment on and win the Apron Kit!

Yarn Party and Podcast!