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Fiber Hooligan Podcast Reaches New Heights

July 22 , 2014
Fiber Hooligan Northbrook, IL — The Fiber Hooligan podcast, sponsored by Prime Publishing, has flourished in recent weeks, landing the #5 spot on the top iTunes podcasts in the Hobbies Podcast category, the highest the podcast has ever ranked on iTunes. Fiber Hooligan airs a one-hour podcast every Monday at 11am CST, hosted by XRX, Inc. CEO Benjamin Levisay. XRX, Inc. is the home of Knitter’s Magazine, XRX Books, and STITCHES Expos. Each podcast features the latest fiber-related news from the latest trends to interviews with industry experts to tutorials and much more. Guests have included Drew Emborsky from “The Crochet Dude;” Kristin Omdahl from Styled by Kristin; Nicole Snow, CEO of Darn Good Yarn; and Stuart Hochwert, President and CEO of Prime Publishing, LLC, among others.

Levisay covers the entire gamut of the fiber industry, discussing topics regarding crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving, and more. Each episode is accompanied by a written biography about each yarn enthusiast or designer and is featured regularly throughout Prime Publishing’s yarn-related newsletters. The podcast has experienced consistent growth with each successive show since moving over to AllFreeKnitting. iTunes has also featured it as “New & Noteworthy” on their hobbies podcast section.  

Reader feedback has also been overwhelmingly positive. “The hooligan is a great way to hear what is going on behind the scenes in the fiber and yarn industry,” said iTunes user, Rmiskin. “[Levisay] knows EVERYONE. Each episode he invites a friend on to share some of their experiences. They are fun, informative, and really a great way to spend 60 minutes.”

The podcasts aren’t just for idle listening. Listeners have shown an active interest in the innovative products discussed in the episodes. Ravelry user SallyG commented on Fiber Hooligan’s January episode with Romi from Designs by Romi that she “Loved this episode especially since I’ve enjoyed Romi’s designs for years. Great to hear her story, what a fascinating woman! It cracks me up how this is a free podcast but it ends up costing me money. This week it was Romi’s Craftsy class (which I thankfully got on sale) and the Knit Companion app. Do I dare listen next week?”

Listen to a sample episode of Fiber Hooligan’s podcast below.

This is not Prime Publishing’s first successful partnership with Fiber Hooligan and XRX, Inc. AllFreeKnitting.com has, in fact, put together three free eBbooks for the annual STITCHES shows for the East, Midwest, and West, which have generated around 240,000 downloads in total.