Participant's Guide

Thank you so much for letting me interview you on Tightly Spun! This podcast can only continue when amazing people like you step up and share your story with our listeners. I am so grateful for you! Here is a guide to help you know what to expect.

After conducting several interviews, I have found that Skype is the preferable way to hold interviews to maintain audio quality. If you cannot use Skype, please use the "Call for Interview" button to call me on a phone line. I can also be found on Skype as (Emily Jackson).


**If you would like to use your own recording equipment, we will need to conduct our interview on Skype. Both parties will need to record our own audio. Please email me the finished .wav file so I can put it together with my own.**

Before our Interview

  • Please go over this entire guide. Read through all of the interview questions and think about your answers. 
  • Email me at least two photos you would like to use for your episode. They can be photos of yourself, your family, your favorite project, or anything else that represents you and your knitting. Both photos should be well-lit and in natural light. I will select the photo I feel is more fitting to the episode and the feel of the overall blog. This image will also be used on social media to promote your episode. If you are having trouble selecting an image, please email me so I can look at your Ravelry or Instagram pages and make suggestions.
  • Please make sure to read the Participant Agreement at the bottom of this page and electronically sign it. This must be completed before we conduct our interview. If you need to move or cancel our interview, please email or call me as soon as possible.

Getting Started

By this point, you and I should have scheduled a time to sit down and conduct our interview. If we have not scheduled a time, please email me as soon as possible so we can both be prepared. Please allow at least an hour of uninterrupted time for our conversation. Noise in the background such as wind, animals, children, washing machines, etc. will make the audio quality deteriorate. You do not need any special recording equipment. However, if you have equipment and would like to use it on your end that is fine with me. Please let me know ahead of time if you do, as this will alter a few of the instructions for you and my editing process. 

When it is time for our call, please call (507) 556-7786. This number is a Google Voice phone number and will allow me to record our phone call on my computer. If we are unable to record our conversation over Google Voice, I do have other options available. When our call has started, you will hear a voice say that the phone call is being recorded. I will be recording our entire phone call. We will use the first few minutes to go over any questions you may have and check the recording equipment. After that, we will proceed to the interview.


Questions for Your Interview

I ask the same questions from every guest on Tightly Spun. Please go over them ahead of time and think about your answers. You do not need to know all of the details of each project (yarn, designer, etc), but you will need to describe it so listeners can create a "mental image" of it. Try to think of descriptive adjectives. For example, instead of saying "my hat was blue" you could say "The hat was heavily cabled in a robin's egg blue." I may ask you to repeat your answer with a little more description at some point. Don't let this worry you, the episode will be edited to flow smoothly. If you need to grab a drink or cough, we will take a quick pause so I can see where I need to edit it out. Here are the questions, along with ideas for how to expand your answers:

  1. Please tell the listeners your name and where you are from. (How long have you lived there? What brought you to that area? Did you grow up there? Whom do you live with?)
  2. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about where you live?
  3. What fiber arts do you enjoy? (Please note in all further questions, fiber arts will be called "knitting" on this list. I will use your answer from this question to ask further questions.)
  4. What does your typical day look like, and how does knitting fit into it?
  5. What kind of knitter are you? (Do you work on one project at a time, or several? Do you mostly knit for yourself or for others? Is knitting a side hobby for you, or is it incorporated into most of your lifestyle? What type of projects do you knit most often?)
  6. What is your all-time favorite project? (What was the pattern? What color was it? Please describe it in detail, even if it's a "well-known" project.)
  7. What project are you most proud of? (If this is the same as the last question we can skip this)
  8. What is your favorite technique? (Where did you learn it? What was the first project that made you try it? What other projects have you used that technique on?)
  9. What is your least favorite technique?
  10. What has knitting meant to you in your life?

At this point we will take a break. I will check in with you to see if you have any questions or if you want to elaborate on anything we have discussed so far. You can also grab a drink here.  After the break we will continue.

  1. What else, besides knitting, brings you joy? (Do you have any other hobbies? Are there other things you enjoy trying or exploring? )
  2. What is something that you have found recently that you would like to share with listeners? Bonus points if it is not something we have to buy! (Is there a daily practice you have found to be beneficial? Have you read a book or seen a movie you loved recently? Is there something that you use to contribute to your daily life?)
  3. If money, time, and other commitments like housework or jobs were not an issue, what would be the ultimate knitting project for you? 
  4. What is a way you like to "Spread the Warmth?" This is a way you bring joy to other people. It can be knitting-related or not. 

After this question I will remind listeners to check out the Spread the Warmth page on the website and thank you for chatting with me. I will also ask you how listeners can find you on social media (Ravelry, Instagram, Etsy, YouTube, etc.) You do not have to give out social media information if you do not want to! Then we are done! See how easy that was?


After our interview

After our conversation is done, I will thank you again and we will sign off. I will download the recorded phone call from Google Voice and edit it Audacity. (If you used your own recording equipment, please email me the .wav file.)I f you do have Ravelry project pages for your projects, I link to them in the shownotes. I will schedule the episode to go up on Podbean and the blog and will email you the date when it has been finalized. Here is what you can expect when the episode goes up:

  • A social media post on Instagram and Facebook will go up using one of the images you sent me before our interview.
  • A thread on the Ravelry page will open to give listeners a chance to leave (positive) feedback and answer the "Question of the Week" themselves.
  • A blog post here on the site will go up that includes at least on of the images you sent me, along with links to project pages and the social media links you feel comfortable with me posting.

Thank you again so much for letting me interview you on Tightly Spun! If everything on this page looks good to you, please read and electronically sign the Participant Agreement below. 

Participant Agreement

By signing below, you are acknowledging that you have read all of the information above. You agree to have your voice recorded via phone call or other software (ex. Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.) and you understand that not everything recorded will be included in the podcast. Should you be unable to make our appointment, you agree to let me know with as much notice as possible. You also agree to let Tightly Spun post at least one of the two images you have sent to me on the blog, social media, and the podcast. I agree to record our conversation and edit it to the best of my ability to maintain audio quality and content flow. I also agree to use this recording as a part of an episode of Tightly Spun and post the episode on iTunes, as long as the interview is usable. Should the recorded file corrupt or the interview not be usable in any way, I agree to contact you and let you know. I am not liable for any consequences that may arise from having you on the podcast, and I agree to only post links social media accounts with your permission. Guests of Tightly Spun do not receive monetary compensation for participating. 

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