You can tell a lot about Marly Bird just by the hats she wears. She is an avid crocheter and knitter who loves to share her passion with students on her YouTube Channel and in classes she teaches around the nation. Balancing her day as wife, mommy, designer, National Spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, teacher and podcast host is a challenge, but Marly wouldn’t change any of it.
Marly learned to crochet in 1999 from her grandmother and in 2004 learned to knit from a dear friend. From the moment she picked up the hook and needles Marly knew that she had to be a part of this industry. In 2006 she quit her job to do just that.
Marly Bird Blog & Yarn Thing Podcast
This is where it all started for Marly Bird. In 2006 she decided to start 2 blogs, one for knitting and one for crochet. It wasn’t long before her passion for both crafts made her decide to make the 2 blogs into 1 and call it Yarn Thing since it’s all about the yarn, not the craft you do to use the yarn.
About 6 months into blogging, another blogger suggested that Marly start a podcast. After asking Jeeves, “what is a podcast?”, Marly started what is now known as The Yarn Thing Podcast in 2007. With a BA in Speech Communication from Colorado State University, it seemed that a podcast all about Marly’s love for crochet and knitting was a logical step for her to make.
In 2018, after the success of her YouTube Channel, Marly changed the podcast from an audio only format to a video format and now hosts the show on YouTube. The show is now better than ever as the guest can not only talk about what they love but show us the listeners/viewers the items as well. Check out the Yarn Thing Podcast playlist on YouTube to catch up on some of the latest episodes.
Marly Bird Crochet
But how did she become a crochet designer?
Wanting to move even farther into this industry, Marly decided she would venture into the world of design. After all, she never really followed patterns instead choosing to alter this, that, and the other to make a piece her own. Well, after some gentle prodding from some of her friends and family (as well as a couple of her favorite designers) she attended her first TNNA in June of 2008 and published her first crochet pattern in the fall of that same year.
Marly Bird Knitting
But how did she become a knitting designer?
At the same time Marly started designing with crochet, she jumped in the knitting pool as well. The same fall as her first published crochet design, she had her first knitting pattern!
Since then, Marly has been published in many magazines and written several books. She has also designed exclusively for yarn companies as well as her own Marly Bird Design collection.
Marly Bird YouTube
In June of 2014, Marly started the Marly Bird YouTube channel. She teaches you how to become a better knitter and crocheter with detailed instructions and close up visuals. Her teaching style is to not only show you how to do something but explain why you are doing it. There is a free video every week. Don’t miss out, subscribe to the Marly Bird YouTube Channel and learn from the best.
Marly Bird Red Heart
Marly Bird and Red Heart Yarn have a long history. It was a skein of Red Heart Yarn that she purchased to make her first crochet stitches. She had also designed several pieces for Red Heart before becoming their National Spokesperson. When the team at Red Heart heard that Marly was making her own YouTube channel they eagerly made arrangements to be the sponsor of the channel.
Once they saw the quick success and fast growth of the Marly Bird brand, and hearing how much their fans LOVED her, Red Heart and Marly decided to combine their voice and she became their National Spokesperson in 2016.
Marly Bird Chic Sheep Yarn
Chic Sheep Yarn by Marly Bird™ is the name of Marly’s own yarn line that she collaborated with Red Heart Yarns to distribute. After 3 years as the national spokesperson for Red Heart, Marly and they released a new yarn to the market.
The one thing missing from the line of wonderful yarns that Red Heart offered at the time was a natural fiber. So when Marly was given the chance to make her own yarn, she chose a 100% washable merino yarn in vibrant colors that make her happy!
What is next for Marly Bird
After only a few short years, this talented designer, teacher, author and spokesperson has accomplished so much that it is not hard to believe that the sky is the limit for her. Marly believes that with the grace of God nothing is impossible and that it is never too late to make something that is your passion into something that is your profession! Since she becoming a designer in 2008, Marly is getting paid to actually play with yarn; what could be better than that?
We want to leave you with Marly’s favorite quote: Don’t put God in a box!