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Episode 63: Marta Bahillo – A grandmothers legacy, Spanish linen and artisans, entrepreneurism alongside motherhood and babaà

July 22, 2016
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Sponsor: Wool Days is an Australian based wool company, co founded by Megan Elizabeth with a mission to create a purposeful connection between where things come from and the people who love them and share the message that wool has the ability to heal, warm and delight. To connect with people who adore those special days spent slow dancing with the things that bring them true happiness. There is a world of inspiration and joy that fuels kindness and creativity in all of us, and the hope is that Wool days is a source of inspiration and joy for those who love good wool. Wool Days has created a most comforting and beautiful yarn, Scout, a single source, Australian Merino yarn. Our wants are simple, and they are grand – give us good wool and our imagination to please. A pot of tea and our knitting. Everyone has their own special ingredients for elevating their day, and the honest hope is the Wool days will be an essential part of that experience. You can find out so much more about Wool days and Scout yarn at wooldays.com, and follow along on Instagram @wooldays

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Fiber folk: Our fiber world is far stretching and diverse, and learning about our farther reaching fiber folks is one of my favorite parts of this podcast. Marta Bahillo dwells in Madrid with her husband, and young daughter and son. Her textile adventures and efforts came across my radar a couple years ago and I was fascinated by her commitment to sourcing and production through local artisans as well as the rich story behind her clothing brand babaà. She’s navigating relationships, motherhood and building a business with a fiery passion and grace and I hope you enjoy hearing a bit of her journey as much as I did. You can find Marta at babaa.es and on Instagram @babaaknitwear

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Sponsor: Wing and a Prayer Farm is a fiber farm with beautiful pastures in Shaftsbury, Vermont and maker of some of the most delicious Shetland and true farm yarns I’ve had the privilege of using. The owner and operator of Wing and a Prayer farm is Tammy White, an incredible woman with a huge heart for both human and animal and everything in between. I’ve had the privilege of watching part of her fiber journey unfold as she shared a bit of her story in Episode 16 and has taken such care in creating a collection of yarns from her fiber flock which consists of Cotswold, Cormo, Shetland, Corriedale, Merino, Mohair and Alpaca…resulting in yarns that are a pleasure to knit with and wear. 

Join Vermont farmer Tammy White at Wing & A Prayer Farm on Sunday, July 31st for a Natural Dyeing Workshop. You’ll learn sustainable methods, and experiment with locally foraged dye-stuffs to produce rich, natural colors with her farm’s yarn. Visit wingandaprayerfarm.com or more details or email Tammy at hello@wingandaprayerfarm.com to register. 

You can also follow along with all the Wing and a Prayer Farm shenanigans on Instagram @wingandaprayerfarm

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Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Tera, you’ve won a skein of Qiviut and Stinging Nettle yarn from the Large Animal Research Station in Alaska. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Wool Days and they’re giving away 10 skeins of their new and very amazing Scout yarn, a dk weight 100% Australian Merino yarn. You’ll receive 2 skeins in each of their 5 color ways. You’ll also receive a copy of cabinfour’s newest sock pattern, Sunday Morning Socks, designed in Wool Days Scout yarn.

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Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 62: Avril Freeman – The Last Frontier, Volunteering, Motherhood, and Qiviut farming

June 30, 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 FALL SQUAM RETREAT is taking place this September, complete with twinkle lights, generous teachers, sweet walks through the woods, vintage cottages, laughter on the dock, some very incredible workshops and ending with a Gather Here Bash pre-fair party and the SQUAM ART FAIR Saturday night. Join classes with incredible fiber folks like Maryanne Moodie, Anne Wood, Arne + Carlos, and Norah Gaughan – also on hand will be Jared Flood, Tif Fussell, Jaime + Amber of Fancy Tiger and so many other lovely spirits. There are still a few spots open so if this has been calling to you there is still time to register and make your travel plans to attend. Visit squamartworkshops.com for full details.

Fiber folk: It’s always inspiring to receive emails from young fiber folks finding their way in this fiber world, hearing their story and being inspired as I continue to on my own fiber journey. Avril Freeman is one such person, having found herself in Alaska working with Muskox and Reindeer at the Large Animal Research Station (LARS). Her involvement in the Fairbanks fiber community spans from collecting Qiviut fiber from the Muskox, helping organize the Fairbanks Fiber Festival and making fiber goods for the Large Animal Research Station’s shop. And with her new adventures in motherhood, she has en exciting future ahead of her. You can find Avril at muskoxuaf.org and on Instagram @avrilcultural.

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Sponsor: Yarn Along the Rockies is a yarn crawl on the front range of Colorado that features 18 shops from Colorado Springs to Boulder. YATR spans 9 days from August 20th – 28th. Yarn Crawl participants can take a Passport Tour of participating yarn shops for a chance to win one of five grand prizes as well as enter to win prize baskets at each store and participating shops will each have a free pattern available for crawlers as well as a free shop pin. If you visit 4 stores or more during the 9 day yarn crawl to get a free commemorative stitch marker. If you’re a Colorado resident or visiting in August, you don’t want to miss this fiber community event. Visit yarnalongtherockies.com for a printable list of participating shops and more info on this exciting event. And find them on Instagram @yarnalongtherockies.

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In Residence: And for those anticipating the start of the new “In Residence” podcast segment, we’ve been receiving some great questions for our residents and decided to leave it open a little longer to collect more feedback from listeners…so the first In Residence segment will air in July! I’m looking forward to it, I hope you are too. 

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is April, you’ve won 10 skeins of Acadia yarn in the color Driftwood from The Fibre Company and East London Knit’s Zen Variations collection. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Avril and the Large Animal Research Station and they’re giving away a precious skein of blended Qiviut and Stinging Nettle yarn.

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Music by Jónsi.

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Episode 61: Saremy Duffy – Fashion school, Farm life, Pattern Drafting and Chicken Boots

June 23, 2016
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Sponsor: Yarn, a sweet shop for yarn addicts, created by Sunni Scrivner in Eureka, California. Sunni’s love of color is reflected in her warm and soulful shop. Her in-shop pattern line called, Sweet Shop Patterns is available in the store and on their website at yarn-fun.com, where you can also find information about classes and other special events, including their week long “Craft Camp for Kids”, which begins this upcoming Monday and covers fun fiber crafts such as finger knitting, weaving, felting, and more. Call the shop to reserve a spot for this fun event. Make sure to visit Yarn when in Humboldt county and follow along on Instagram @yarnfun418.

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Fiber folk: I love meeting people in this the fiber industry that surprise you with their story, and Saremy is one of those people. From fashion school to farm life, articulation pattern drafting and now Chicken Boots, her life has been full of adventure and a lot of hard work. It’s inspiring to watch someone who is so dedicated to domestic production, working for themselves and creating a high quality product. You can find Saremy at chickenbootsusa.com and on Instagram @chickenbootsusa.

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Sponsor: East London Knit was founded by Renée Callahan, a knitwear designer and teacher living in England. After studying fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins college, she began to hoard yarn and a range of knitting machines. The machines are mostly gone now, but her love of knitting and textiles grew more than ever before and she finds the technical challenge of knitting and the unlimited potential of a skein of yarn one of life’s great pleasures. She’s just released her latest knitwear designs, The Zen Variations, a collection of sweaters featuring The Fibre Co. Acadia yarn that embraces the idea that knitting is a physical meditation. Each sweater begins in the same way with a top-down, set-in sleeve construction, and then develops with variations on the theme of Zen. Each pattern has a simple, clean design to showcase the rustic beauty of the Acadia yarn. You can find Renée and The Zen Variations at eastlondonknit.co.uk, on Ravelry and on Instagram @eastlondonknit

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This week’s giveaway is sponsored by The Fibre Co. and East London Knit, and they’re giving away The Zen Variations collections and 10 skeins of Acadia yarn in the color Driftwood.

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Music by Jónsi.