Episode 080 (An Interview with Lorri Helberg of Arkansas Yarn Company)

Episode 080 (An Interview with Lorri Helberg of Arkansas Yarn Company)

Recorded Saturday, July 4, 2020

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Hello to josiewilz (Ravelry link)! That’s Josie, living just outside London. If you haven’t already done so, please say hello in the Kino Knits Ravelry group Introduce Yourself thread (Ravelry link)!

June 2020 profits from the sales of Kino Knits self-published patterns went to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which “is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.” Sales plus a $25 donation from a follower totaled $850.

Screen shot showing an $850 donation was made to the Southern Poverty Law Center

The Knitting on Safari Collection (Ravelry link) is complete with the Zanzibar Waves (Ravelry link) shawl! One of the things I love about knitting is the chance to truly customize what I make. I’ve set you up for success with this three-color rectangular wrap. Mix and match seven wave-themed motifs for a choose-your-own-adventure experience. (And who says you have to use just three colors? Scraps and leftovers are just as good!)

But if you’re hankering for something new, Arkansas Yarn Company has put together some three-color kits from various dyers, including themselves, which you can find here.

There are lots of ways to get this shawl and/or collection:


Henry’s Hat (Ravelry link) by Joanna Johnson ($3 via Ravelry) in 100% Cormo rainbow handspun (Ravelry link), spun in 2015.

My seventh (Ravelry link) and eighth (Ravelry link) Garter Ear Flap Hats (free via PurlSoho) 100% Cormo rainbow handspun (Ravelry link), spun in 2015.

Sport weight hat (Ravelry link) for upcoming hat collection on US 2 (2.5 mm) in Abstract Fiber Chagall (Ravelry link) (80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon, 280 yards/115 g) in colorway Lichen.

DK weight hat (Ravelry link) for upcoming hat collection on US 4 (3.5 mm) in Savvy Skeins Optimum DK (Ravelry link) (100% merino, 250 yards/113 g) in colorway Blue Jay.


Socks from a Tube (Ravelry link) by Danielle Thuen (free via Ravelry) (Ravelry link) on US 1 (2.25 mm) 9″ circulars in Round Table Yarns Merlin (Ravelry link) (75/25 merino/nylon, 463 yards/100 g) in colorway Grete Chere. Counts for #itwspotlightkal2020.

Two striped socks with toes but no heels yet.

New blanket design I can’t talk about… yet. Release date August 5.

Pecola (Ravelry link) by Safiyyeh Talley (The Drunk Knitter MKAL Book Club) (free via Ravelry but with a donation to Black Lives Matter) on US 5 (3.75 mm) in Suburban Stitcher Sock 50s (Ravelry link) (75/25 merino/nylon, 231 yards/50 g) in colorways Beachy, Boaty, and Floaty.

A triangle of blue knitted fabric with a project bag in the background


#sistersheepspin: 7 of 9 bobbins done, and, as of July 3, 2020, I’ve spun 93 days out of my total goal of 200 for 2020.

Finish or Frog?

Karin Tote (Ravelry link, pattern discontinued) by Nina Isaacson in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky (Ravelry link) (100% wool, 137 yards/100 g) in the Wallaby colorway. Waiting for buttons from Melissa Jean.


A few more masks from Craft Passion for my kids.


New cushions (foam and everything) for a secondhand chair. Plan to use Design Sponge tutorial for a box cushion. (If you’re interested in anything on that site, download it now! Looks like it won’t be around for much longer.)

A long piece of fabric hanging on a clothesline

Knitting on Safari/Woolpiggery

Zombie Knitpocalypse @home

StarKnits basket

A fabric basket with llamas, filled to overflowing with unspun wool

Lola Bean Yarn Company


Logo for Arkansas Yarn Company: shows the words "Arkansas yarn co." in front of the shape of Arkansas in pink with pink flowers

Arkansas Yarn Company website

Arkansas Yarn Company on Instagram

Arkansas Yarn Company on Facebook

Zanzibar Waves kits through Arkansas Yarn Company

Three skeins of vibrantly colored yarn from Arkansas Yarn Company

Where to Find Me

Kino Knits Ravelry group


Email: kinoknits (at) gmail.com

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