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Coltrane-and-I

My name is Ashley Yousling. I live in beautiful North Idaho, with my loyal companions David and Coltrane. I have been a maker since I was a child, creating things I found interesting and beautiful, and sharing them with the world in hopes they would find them valuable as well. My creative endeavors have taken many paths, starting in music, then leading to a design career in the digital space, designing experiences for a music service and now working at a startup.

In 2013 I became a mom. Intent on not losing my identity or aspirations as a woman or creative, these past couple years have taken me on a wild ride of learning and at times failing to do both.

Sometimes it feels as though I lead a secret life. While my affection for knitting is no secret, most don’t understand it. How it’s both a comforting diversion and labor of love. How it’s an obsession not only in the craft, but in the medium itself…fiber. Particularly wool in my case. This is in small part why Woolful was created. To help inform and inspire. My fiber journey has taken many turns and each year it becomes more and more apparent that a life around fiber is where I’m meant to be. Last year we bought a 40 acre ranch in North Idaho, with the hopes and plans of building a fiber mill, a flock of sheep, and becoming soil experts, amongst the myriad of other animals. Here is where we’ll share each step of that journey, our plans, progress, mis-steps, and discoveries.

Whatever your walk of life, locale or creative pursuits, I would love to hear about your journey, your thoughts and your passions. Life is far more enjoyable (and sometimes bearable) knowing there are others experiencing and learning just like yourself.

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  • Reply What do you want to be when you grow up? | Orcas Island Knitting September 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    […] like Karen Templer and her small business Fringe Association she moved to Nashville, Tennessee and Ashley Yousling of Woolful who has recently moved to Idaho (a place I worked so hard to get out of) to start a […]

  • Reply Stefanie November 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    What a big difference moving from San Francisco to Idaho. I’m glad you are happy in your new home and have found your calling. Been looking for knitting podcasts so I will give yours a go. You were mentioned on Tanya’s Little Things Blogged. Your biography caught my eye as I’m a native San Franciscan.

  • Reply Karen Mullen December 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I am a gal who loves modern conveniences, but yearns for slower times. I have a few antique pieces from family and friends that are farm inspired. I love them all. I would love to live in a Tiny House, but where would I put all my beautiful antiques?! I was taught to crochet by my Grandmom when I was very young (maybe 7 or 8) and I am now 43. I took crochet back up about 15 years ago. Then I wanted to learn to knit. I moved from my home state of Pennsylvania to New Jersey (not a far trek) when I married. Even though my family and friends were only an hour or so away, I felt alone still in my state. So, I decided to find a crochet group (I didn’t knit yet). There were none around me, so I started my own on Meetup.com. About 3 ladies joined. We met for about 1 year or so once a month, but I yearned for a larger group. So, I disbanded my group when I found a local knitting /crochet group that met once a week at a coffee shop. I shyly walked in and was greeted by warm hellos! For several years after I hung with this group (and learned to knit while with them) till the coffee shop closed and so did the group. That’s when Ravelry came to my rescue. I found another local group of knitters that met at a local bookstore (I love to read) and I have been with them ever since. It’s with them that my LOVE of fiber has grown. They took me along on trips to the Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck NY and I have been obsessed ever since. After a trip to Ireland a few years back, my hubby and I joke that we need to raise sheep. I would love to do so, and use their wool to have a side business/full business, but I’m not that motivated or daring to go that far yet. Right now, I’m still learning how to knit since it takes me so long to finish projects. LoL. But, a gal can dream! So, right now, I just enjoy meeting with my group once a week and squeezing in knitting whenever possible each week. But I’m still loving the craft and I am thrilled to have found your site/podcasts.

  • Reply Friday Inspiration: You Are Your Children's Inspiration - oysters and pearls February 19, 2016 at 3:00 am

    […] favorite podcast evar is the Woolful podcast by Ashley Tousling.  Ashley works from her homestead new home in Idaho, where she and her husband are raising sheep, […]

  • Reply a little crafty nest March 22, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Ashley…ahhhh, you are a kindred friend I’ve never met, I’m certain! I live on a mere 5 acres up in British Columbia, Canada. I have a small fibre flock of merinos, gotlands, and romneys. In a few weeks, I anticipate my flock will double in size with lambing season underway. I also have a small yarn business through the Mama Collaborative on Etsy which is a way to begin sharing my own love of all things woolly. My business is Wool Maiden Handcrafted Fibre and Yarn and I am often inspired by Woolful…so thank you for your dedication to spreading the wooly word!
    xo Jules (aka Wool Maiden)

  • Reply a little crafty nest March 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Ooops…I wanted to mention that I added you to my new pinterest page dedicted to all things woolly…I have a board that is just for bloggers who work with wool. If you would not like to be included, just let me know and I can take you off…though I think you’d be a great addition. My pinterest name is woolmaiden.
    xo Jules

  • Reply Jennifer Lee March 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    The Woolful podcast is like a wardrobe in a CS Lewis novel. I’m finding a whole new world! Thank you for being here!
    I fell in love with wool accidentally. I wanted to make felt play food which led me to penny rugs then up cycled wool sweaters, crochet, needle felting wet felting. My husband found your podcast and gifted it to me. Now I know about sheep breeds, mills and makers of all kinds. I am on the Dottie Angel episode and you have bother moved me with your honesty. Thank you again.

  • Reply Pearls of Wisdom: You Are Your Children's Inspiration - oysters and pearls April 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    […] favorite podcast evar is the Woolful podcast by Ashley Tousling.  Ashley works from her homestead new home in Idaho, where she and her husband are raising sheep, […]

  • Reply Tiffany W June 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I found your podcast three weeks ago. I have listened to episode 44 forward which is what iTunes had available. I am very thankful to find the rest of the episodes on the website. The podcast are inspiring and educational. Living in Florida, one doesn’t find may people to share their love of all things fiber. I want to learn more about the raising of sheep, milling the yarn, other’s journey in fiber and their creative process. Thank you for the podcasts. It was a gem to find and filled a need in my life.

  • Reply Carol Hershey October 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hi Ashley,
    I continue to be so thankful for all the work and information you share about our beautiful fiber community. I love fiber for so many reasons, starting with the animals all the way to the finished creations. Fiber arts have become a therapy for me; it began with my grandparents and sisters and has evolved since. Practicing as a young veterinarian has been the most passionate and challenging journey I have been through in the past decade. I have found that fiber centers me after heartbreaking days, while helping gain physical strength as a surgeon. I found your podcast a place of reflection for me after losing my first Newfoundland ( and best friend, Hobie) in February of last year. As I evolve at work I have come to accept the hard reality that I am not only a pediatrician, but a general practitioner, surgeon, behavioralist, oncologist, and hospice counselor, which is the hardest part of my job. Even after losing battles, I have few greater joys in life than sitting with my Newfoundlands, knitting and crocheting. I am so happy to hear the journeys of makers, designers and other knitters around the world. Listening to Woolful continues to bring me joy and calm in a hectic world. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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