Episode 054: The Season 2 Q&A Finale with Felicia Lo

So what’s today’s podcast episode going to be about? Well, this is our first ever Q&A episode and Felicia answers YOUR questions! I received nearly 750 question suggestions and finally picked a few popular questions to answer… Questions about craft and creativity, getting creatively unstuck, starting and growing an indie yarn dyeing business, and how I feel about the future of fibre arts, to name just a few! I absolutely loved being able to answer your questions and I hope you enjoy this episode!

Spinning in the attic on that Lendrum Saxony wheel

Spinning in the attic on that Lendrum Saxony wheel. Photo by Josh Yong.

That is the Spinzilla 2016 colourway, Tea Leaves on Yak+Silk fibre, waiting to be spun

That is the Spinzilla 2016 colourway, Tea Leaves on Yak+Silk fibre, waiting to be spun. Photo by Josh Yong.

Spring cleaning in the attic craft room to make room for more projects. A DIY frame loom with some handspun yarn on it, waiting to be finished.

Spring cleaning in the attic craft room to make room for more projects. A DIY frame loom with some handspun yarn on it, waiting to be finished. Photo by Josh Yong.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • 3:30 Question: How do all your different craft practices inform and inspire the others? (link: Emma Welford’s Ribbons Cardigan)
  • 6:15 Question: Can you offer three tips for getting unstuck? When you are stuck in a rut or a having a creative block. (link: Episode 44 with Shannon Cook on meditation for creativity)
  • 11:45 Question: Did you study color theory? How do you go about creating colours … How do you arrive at the choices? Where do you take your inspiration for colours? (link: http://www.xrite.com/hue-test and http://www.color-blindness.com/farnsworth-munsell-100-hue-color-vision-test/)
  • 15:35 Question: Do you EVER do muted colors ? (LOVE the brights — but I am just curious) (link: sweetgeorgiayarns.com/colours/)
  • 16:00 Question: You are strongly focused on color. What about neutrals or monochromatic yarns? Could these have a place in your creative thinking?
  • 18:15 Question: I would love to know more about your own business process: how did you get started and grow your business? How do you keep things fresh? what percentage of your work is delegated and how much do you take on? Do you (still) love what you do?… How did you take your interest and grow it into a business, and have that confidence that you’d be successful? Did you ever imagine the business would be what it has become?
  • 22:00 Question: How hard it was to start your business? Did you ever think about giving up?
  • 24:30 Question: Your work is clearly fulfilling. What is it about yarn, dyeing, customers, etc. that makes your work so satisfying?
  • 25:45 Question: Do you think there is room for more indie yarn dyers? It seems that there are so many already but not sure if it will happen for me but one day maybe.
  • 27:20 Question: Are you hopeful or fearful for the future of the craft? Has the new generation embraced the fibre arts well enough to ensure that it endures?
  • 28:30 Question: What have you learned about yourself since you started doing the podcast? What do you cherish the most about these conversations?

The SweetGeorgia Show // podcast announcement, end of Season 2…

So that’s it! This is the last episode of Season 2! I hope you have enjoyed this massive Q&A episode. I totally loved doing this and hope that you guys might recognize your question being answered. There are so many more questions that I want to answer and I’ll definitely put those together in future episodes or future videos. Now, I would LOVE for you to leave me a comment about something that resonated with you from this episode. Maybe it’s about getting creatively unstuck, or maybe you’re interested in dyeing and it’s about feeling like it’s all been done before, or maybe it’s about how you can use neutrals together with bright colors. Whatever you’re thinking, I would love to hear about it. Just leave me your comment here on this page. I read every single comment and would love to hear your thoughts.

Over the next couple of months, I’m going to republish some of our episodes from the archives and perhaps you’ll hear an episode that you previously missed. And then in the fall, I’ll be back with more new content for Season 3 of this podcast.

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining me this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow knitting friends. And if you like what I’m doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. I read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so I welcome your comments.

Music Credits:

The Young and Beautiful – by Ivory Hours
Obsolete — by Sara Groves (on Noise Trade)

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  • Joji Knits

    I loved listening to this episode so much. I loved hearing all your story and the way you tell it… I felt identified with so many of the scenes you described. Thank you for sharing it with us!
    It especially resonated with me when you talked about getting creatively stuck, and I will put some of your tips into practice.
    Love, Joji

    • Thank you so much for listening, Joji! And thanks for all your inspiration with the MKAL! I feel like I’m being drawn into the light with all this good knitting about to happen…

  • Just listened to it today, and found myself thinking about my past 2 years of semi hiatus from designing due to changes in my personal life. Couldn’t have agreed more re creative rot or trying to find a voice among so many wonderful, talented knitwear designers. I also love trying different creative outlets (sewing, spinning, baking…) Thanks for the great episode!!!

    • Thank you so much Jean… I feel you. I think I read one of your blog posts last year about how hard it was to try to work and take care of littles and it resonated so much with me. It’s a big change and I’ve been so inspired by your ability to do it all, as it were. Thanks so much for listening!!