Woolful Podcast

Episode 71: Deborah Robson – Weaving, Editing, Heritage Conservation and the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

November 21, 2016

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Sponsor: Taproot Magazine, is a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. The content in each issue consistently blows me away. It is fulfilling and inspiring. This coming weekend, Nov 26th is Small Business Saturday and Taproot will be launching their pop up shop, featuring all kinds of handcrafted goodies from tea to jewelry to ceramics and even a lip balm making kit. Make sure to visit taprootmag.com on Saturday to shop and support this very special curated selection of goods from makers we know and love. 

And later this month the next issue of Taproot magazine SHARE will be arriving in your mailbox. And if you’re not already a subscriber, they’re offering $5 off a subscription or renewal with the code WOOLFUL. There is so much goodness in each issue. You can visit Taproot Magazine online at Taprootmag.com and on Instagram @taprootmag.

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Fiber folk: There’s a very good chance today’s guest Deborah Robson is someone who you’re familiar with from her incredible book Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, written in partnership Carol Ekarius. This book became a staple in my fiber library, introducing me to the vast array of sheep breeds and the qualities of their fibers. There’s a special story behind how this book came to be, along with Deborah’s rich fiber journey as a weaver, spinner, knitter and editor. I hope you enjoy getting to know this incredibly knowledgeable woman as much as I have. You can find Deborah at drobson.info.

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Photos from: Deborah Robson, Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, Mary Macgregor, and tomofholland

 

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Sponsor: I want to thank Taproot Magazine again for sponsoring this week’s episode. With the natural, easygoing and heartfelt focus of each issue, I find myself continuing to go back to it throughout the quarter, gaining a little something each time and looking forward to the upcoming issue. Make sure to renew or subscribe and receive $5 off with the code WOOLFUL. You can now also find the 2017 Taproot calendar with art by Jessica Roux. Visit Taprootmag.com and on Instagram @taprootmag.

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Giveaway: The winners of last weeks giveaway are Leslie and Sara. Leslie you’ve won the Churchmouse Pressed Rib Cap pattern along with two skeins of mYak medium yarn and Sara you’ve won a caddy of Harney & Sons Cranberry Autumn Tea. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Taproot Magazine and we’re giving away a year subscription to this wonderful publication. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

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Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 70: Paola Vanzo – Rural Italian heritage, Tibet, Family and mYak

November 4, 2016

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Sponsor: Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is nestled in the little alcove of Madrone Lane on the beautiful Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound. Just up the street from the ferry, this was my first local yarn shop…a place I remember visiting in my teens, mesmerized and enchanted by this cozy yarn and tea emporium. It was what I dreamed of aspiring to as a knitter, a place I visited often over the years as I grew up and now look back on as a key memory in my fiber journey…a push in the right direction.

Churchmouse opened in 2000 with the intention to help people make their lives beautiful by making beautiful things. From their carefully curated selection of yarns, patterns, gifts and tea, it’s easy to see why Churchmouse has become a favorite for both local and distant knitters. Make sure to visit Churchmouse Yarns and Tea when in the Seattle and Olympic Peninsula area and visit online at churchmouseyarns.com to experience a bit of the magic from the coziness of your chair. And make sure to follow on Instagram @churchmouseyarns, and join the Churchmouse group on Ravelry for knitalongs and support from the design team.

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Fiber folk: Paola is an amazing woman with an amazing story, from growing up in rural Italy to immersion in Tibetan life to finding herself in Brooklyn, with a family and a rich history and future for her fiber and textile company mYak. Like with many yarns, mYak has a rich story and impact on our global fiber community and I hope you enjoy getting to know Paola and the mYak vision as much as I have. You can find Paola at mYak.it and on Instagram @myak_us.

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Sponsor: Flying Fibers is brought to you by the mother-daughter team of Jeri Robinson-Lawrence and Irina Lawrence. Both women are passionate about providing beautiful products to crafters of any skill, as well as promoting the preservation of rare breed sheep. In the yarn store, you can find a range of British yarns, including their exclusive yarn line, Yorkshire Medley. 

In addition to owning a yarn shop, Jeri and Irina have a flock of rare breed Wensleydale sheep, and endangered Leicester Longwool sheep that they raise on their farm in York County. You can hear their fiber journey in episode 21 .

You can find Jeri and Irina at their yarn store in Landisville, PA, or in their booths at Maryland Sheep & Wool, and the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Visit flyingfibers.com and follow along on Instagram @flyingfibers

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Fall/Winter Woolful KnitalongThis week was the kickoff of the year long Woolful and Biches & Buches knit along. Let’s celebrate the cooler seasons, casting on one of Biches & Buches patterns or with one of their yarns. You choose how you’d like to join the knitalong and then we’ll get started. Visit bichesetbuches.com to be inspired and find your project kit or yarn and look at the previous post for more info on this knit along.

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Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Nicki Norris, you’ve won the Mae Pullover pattern designed by Andrea Mowry along with the yarn to make it from YOTH, and a set of Petoskey stone stitch markers from Wool and Honey. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Churchmouse Yarns and they’re giving away the Churchmouse Pressed Rib Cap pattern along with two skeins of mYak Medium yarn needed to make the hat. They’re also giving away a caddy of Harney & Sons Cranberry Autumn Tea. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

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Music by Jónsi.

Knitalong

Woolful x Biches & Bûches Knitalong

October 31, 2016

 

It’s been nearly a year since the last Woolful Knitalong and what a year it’s been. As we embark on these cozy wool filled seasons, it felt like the perfect time to celebrate with a special year-long knitalong, inspired by one of my favorite new companies, Biches & Bûches.

If you haven’t already listened to the story behind the mother-daughter company Biches & Bûches, you can listen here. Their natural aesthetic strikes such a strong chord with me, the designs, the fiber and the photography.

I’ve chosen to knit their no. 3 pullover, but here are some of my other favorites…

no. 1 pullover
n0. 5 pullover
no. 17 pullover
no. 30 shawl
no 43. hat
no. 50 pullover
no. 56 mittens

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And here are the details…

How: To participate in this knitalong you can do so by: knitting a Biches & Bûches design/kit OR knitting with Biches & Bûches yarn. It’s up to you, so go take a look at bichesetbuches.com and find your yarn or kit.

When: November 1st, 2016 This is a year long knitalong. Take 3 months, take a year!

What: Prizes and such will be given throughout the year, including Biches & Bûches and Woolful yarn and kits, and more. We’ll also be sharing special behind the scenes and stories with Biches & Bûches, and some fun design collaborations over the year.

Where: Make sure to post photos of WIPs and finished projects on Instagram or on the Knitalong Ravelry page so we can all follow along. Use hashtag #woolfulxbichesKAL. Post on your blog and share as well, just make sure to link back to this blog post. We can’t wait to see!

So what are you going to knit? Share in the comments!