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Episode 58: Rachel Bingham Kessler: Plants, Ireland, Natural Dyeing and Motherhood

May 19, 2016
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Sponsor: Sunday Knits has quickly become one of my new favorite yarns to knit with. Started in 2008 by Carol Sunday, Sunday Knits is a collection of 4 merino and merino blend yarns and beautiful patterns designed by Carol. 100% extra-fine Australian merino to the French Angora, all their fibers are humanely sourced and then milled in Italy to Carol’s meticulous and caring specifications. Aside from this yarns obvious qualities, they’re a dream to knit with…so soft yet sturdy and the breadth of colors are beautiful and perfect for color work…I have yet to move beyond swatching, as there are so many great uses for this wholesome yarn. And if you enjoy knitting vests, make sure to take a look at Carol’s latest pattern, the Nancy Vest, a little warmth and a lot of style makes this classic best a wardrobe staple, and an enjoyable knit, in any of Sunday Knits’ 3-ply yarns. Visit Sunday Knits at sundayknits.com or if you can make a trip to Roscoe, Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, make an appointment to visit the gorgeous Sunday Knits studio. You can follow on Instagram @carolsundayknits

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Fiber folk: Just a few miles from Portland Maine and a short ferry ride away is Peaks Island. Here is where natural dyer, fiber artist and mother Rachel Bingham Kessler makes her home and business and explores the intricacies of natures relationship in dyeing and spinning. Rachel shares her journey with such love and thoughtfulness, and I hope you enjoy learning more about this Maine fiber maven as much as I have. You can find Rachel at 44clovers.blogspots.com and at her Etsy shop, 44 Clovers. And follow Rachel on Instagram @44clovers.

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Sponsor: Portfiber, a wonderful shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in one of a kind, hand-dyed fiber and yarn. Casey has curated an incredible collection of spinning fiber including yak, Chiri, Alpaca, Polwarth and hand-dyed blends. Portfiber offers something very special to the Portland community, helping foster the fiber arts through various classes and events and encouraging the connection between maker and medium. Make sure to visit Portfiber’s shop where you can be a part of their Maine Fiber Club each month, where you study a particular Maine sheep breed with Portfiber each month. This is the perfect way to become familiar with a variety of wools without having to commit to a large fleece. You can find the monthly wools as washed locks or batts, great for any spinner. Visit Portfiber in person when in Portland Maine and shop online and find a list of classes at portfiber.com. Follow along on Instagram @portfiber.

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In Residence: I’m excited to share a new weekly addition to the Woolful podcast, In Residence. Each quarter we’ll be joined by a farmer, designer, entrepreneur and artist in residence…discussing topics and questions asked by you the listeners. In Residence features the best of the best in business, farming, knitwear design and fiber arts and this is your opportunity to ask and learn from these incredible folks. 

This Summer quarter we welcome Entrepreneur in residence Veronika Jobe of YOTH, Farmer in residence Tamara White of Wing and a Prayer Farm, Photographer in residence Kathy Cadigan and Designer in residence Mary Jane Mucklestone. 

So now it’s up to you, these wonderful women are ready to answer your questions and discuss your areas of interest. Do you have a question or topic regarding farming, knitwear design, fiber business or photography that you’ve always wanted to know more about? Email them to hello@woolful.com and beginning in June, tune in to hear their answers. 

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Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Sophie Bertolotti, you’ve won the Vintergronn knit kit from Spincycle and the knitter tools set from Fuzzy Goat.  Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Sunday Knits and they’re giving away a project kit for their newest released pattern the Nancy Vest, which includes the pattern and yarn to knit the vest. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. 

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Episode 57: Rachel Price & Kate Burge: Oil industry, tree-sitting, wannabe Amish, farmers market and Spincycle Yarns

May 11, 2016
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Sponsor: Fuzzy Goat is a charming yarn shop in Historic Downtown Thomasville, Georgia created by Cadence Kidwell in 2014. Their whimsical lodge, luxurious yarns from independent, Southern and US sources, including Spincycle Yarns and focus on attainable challenges makes them a fun and memorable place to drop in. Whether you’re new to handcrafts or an experienced knitter, crocheter or weaver, you’ll find an appealing space to build your fiber community and exquisite materials and classes at Fuzzy Goat. Make yourself comfortable and feel welcome to discover your next project, letting the yarns speak for themselves and the Fuzzy Goat team will find the right moment to help you turn an idea into a project ready to cast on. Make Fuzzy Goat a destination when near Thomasville, Georgia and find a list of classes and other info at fuzzygoatyarns.com. And follow along on Instagram @fuzzy_goat

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Fiber folk: I had a great time visiting spinsters Rachel Price & Kate Burge in their cozy studio in downtown Bellingham earlier this year. Coincidentally, the very building that their studio resides in is where I met my husband 11 years ago. It was great to be in these old haunts with new friends and to hear their personal journeys and story, from meeting and working together at the Bellingham food coop to starting a hand dyed and handspun yarn company, Spincycle Yarns. These two special ladies have created something quite amazing, and I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I have. You can find the spinsters at spincycleyarns.com and on Instagram @spincycle_yarns.

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Sponsor: Plum Deluxe hand blended organic tea is like a good friend – one that you always look forward to hearing from. Plum Deluxe was founded in the Pacific Northwest by Andy Hayes, with the intention of creating a community online that you always look forward to visiting, whether that’s exploring their blog, joining their tea of the month club or creating a rich experience with their organic tea blends. It’s all about making moments that matter, whether with a warm cup of their Hammock blend black tea or an iced glass of their Vista blend herbal tea. Just as you can never have enough yarn in your stash, the same goes with tea…at least that’s what my cupboard says. Visit plumdeluxe.com to explore all their amazing tea and add a few to your stash, and make sure to stop by their blog for lots of helpful info and tasty recipes that pair perfectly with tea. And find them on Instagram @plumdeluxe

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Update: Later this week I’ll be making some exciting announcements about some upcoming additions to the Woolful Podcast. If you’re on Instagram, make sure to follow along @woolful or visit the blog at the end of the week for this fun update. 

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Erin Elizabeth, you’ve won The Mayhaps Shawl Kit from Romi Hill and Elemental Affects. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Spincycle Yarns and Fuzzy Goat and they’re giving away a Vintergrønn knit kit using their Independence yarn and a Fuzzy Goat knitter tools set a stitch marker. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.

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Episode 56: Romi Hill – Black sheep, Metalsmithing, Cowboy boots and Lace Knitting

April 29, 2016
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Sponsor: Every year there is a special place, on a lake in New Hampshire, where people gather to explore their creativity, healing and community. This place is called Squam. Behind this goodness is one remarkable woman by the name of Elizabeth Duvivier, someone who’s sought out to find her path and enlightenment in this creative world, bringing souls together and taking just as much away from each experience as those who attend. The Spring Squam retreat is taking place this June, complete with twinkle lights, generous teachers, sweet walks through the woods, vintage cottages, laughter on the dock, some very incredible workshops and ending with the Squam Art Fair and Ravelry Reverly. Join classes with incredible fiber folks like Gudrun Johnston, Kate Atherley, Andrea Rangel, Kristine Vejar, and Mary Jane Mucklestone to name just a few. And there is still time to register and make your travel plans to attend this June retreat, so visit squamartworkshops.com for more info on this incredible retreat and to register.  

Fiber folk: Romi Hill first caught my attention on Instagram a few years ago when I came across of photo of her cowboy boots paired with some beautiful yarn. As time went on became more and more fascinated with this seemingly extensive cowboy boots collection and even more so with her incredible knack for composition and color theory and of course, knitwear designs. Lace knitting has always appeared intimidating to me, but seeing Romi’s designs come to life has been an increasing temptation and getting to know her more, and her sweet spirit has only been even more encouraging. I hope you enjoy getting to know this amazing woman and the story behind all she does, as much as I have. You can find Romi at designsbyromi.com, her latest book “New Lace Knitting” and patterns on Ravelry and on Instagram @romidesigns.

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Sponsor: A Verb for Keeping Warm is a utopia of fiber and fabric, with the most incredible collection of yarn and goods, including their own exquisite naturally dyed yarns. Kristine, the owner and her team, have created a one of a kind holistic learning and making environment. I took my first spinning class from Verb when I was living in San Francisco and I was always amazed at the wonderful and informative events Kristine hosted and was a part of, including Fibershed, an organization key in my knowledge around wool. Most recently Kristine released her first book “The Modern Natural Dyer”, a comprehensive guide to dyeing silk, wool, linen and cotton at home, a gorgeous visual journey through natural dyeing accompanied by a collection of diy projects. In addition to her book, she’s released natural dye project kits for the projects found in the book and you can also find individual natural dyeing supplies at averbforkeepingwarm.com. If you’re in the bay area or just passing through, make sure to make A Verb for Keeping Warm a destination. You can find their online shop and class list at averbforkeepingwarm.com and follow them on Instagram @avfkw

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Fiber friends: This past week one of our Man on the Street members and fiber friend Kerry Robb released her Natural Home Collection, a collection of patterns using all natural, organic and otherwise ethical yarns to make beautiful and functional items for your home. You’ll find patterns for felted Lopi bowl using Hinterland’s Churro Lopi, Hemp Scrubbies using Darn Good Yarn’s Hemp and Nettle yarn, and a Linen placemat using Quince and Co’s Kestrel yarn. These are just gorgeous Kerry, you should be so proud. And if you’d like to make her felted bowls pattern, you can find Hinterland’s Churro Lopi in my shop, woolfulmercantile.com

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Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Mary Moury, you’ve won the West Water Tunic pattern from Squam, designed by Samantha Lamb and a $30 gift card towards fabric at Fancy Tiger Crafts. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Romi Hill and Elemental Affects and they’re giving away a Mayhaps Shawl kit, which includes Romi’s beautiful Shetland Hap inspired shawl along with the Elemental Affects Shetland Rustic lace yarn to complete the pattern. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.

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