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Episode 74: Shannon Hayes – Professorship, Genetic Legacy, Multigenerational farming, and the Radical Homemaker

January 26, 2017

Sponsor: Designs by Romi came about serendipitously in 2005 when designer Romi Hill began creating a collection of simple and elegant shawl pins as a solution to her problem of the shawls she’d worked so hard on, not staying put. What started as a bespoke side project, soon turned into passion, leading to knitwear designs many of us have come to love. Romi’s style transcends the common wardrobe, appealing to both novice and seasoned knitters. Her most recent eBook from the 7 Small Shawls Series, Asymmetry is a celebration of lace, a brilliant collection incorporating lace patterns with some of our favorite yarns. Make sure to check find this eBook on Ravelry. And on February 1st Romi will be releasing a new eBook subscription. And Feb 24-26, if you find yourself at Stitches West, make sure to stop by and say hi to Romi in person who will be at the Verb for Keeping Warm booth #917,919 and 921. You can find Design by Romi at and follow her on Instagram @romidesigns

Fiber folk: I first became captivated by Shannon Haye’s work when I came across her site after searching ‘Multigenerational Farming’ and quickly became engrossed in her blog and books. Shannon is an amazing storyteller, living and operating a multigenerational homestead and farm to table cafe with her husband, two daughters and parents in rural upstate New York. From meat to fiber, homeschooling and running a farm based business, I hope you enjoy hearing Shannon’s fiber and farm journey as much as I have. You can find Shannon, all their farm goods and her books at

Photos by: Shannon Hayes, Stewart Cairns, Daily Gazette

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. From the 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. And if you enjoy knitting shawls, make sure to take a look at Carol’s latest pattern, Soutache, featuring a 2-color brioche design…a little warmth and a lot of style makes this beautiful shawl a wardrobe staple, and an enjoyable knit, in any of Sunday Knits’ 3-ply yarns. You can also find kits for this design on their website. Visit Sunday Knits at or if you can make a trip to Roscoe, Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, make an appointment to visit Sunday Knits gorgeous studio. You can follow on Instagram @carolsundayknits.

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Judith B. You’ve won a Reindeer doll from Erika Barrett and two skeins of Brooklyn General’s Barnwool. Congratulations! 

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Romi Hill and The Radical Homemaker and they’re giving away Romi’s 2016 eBook, a subscription to this year’s eBook club and a copy of Shannon’s book Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 73: Erika Barratt – Grandmothers, Cirque du Soleil, West Elm and Heirloom dolls

January 10, 2017

Sponsor: Located in Historic Downtown Laramie, Wyoming, Cowgirl Yarn is a fiber-lover’s paradise. Their unique collection of scrumptious yarns, luxurious needles, fashion-forward patterns, one-of-a-kind accessories, and oodles of inspiration provides the ideal home for any and all knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners. They are proud to offer a large and exclusive selection of yarns and fibers that are produced in Wyoming. They also represent over 25 brands that are made in the USA as well as stock goods from 6 out of the 7 continents. Enjoy a taste of the world, of the United States, of Wyoming at Cowgirl Yarn. Make sure to visit for a list of their gatherings and classes, including their community gathering everyone Monday evening. And follow along with their fiber exploration on Facebook, Instagram, the Cowgirl Yarn blog or join our Email list.

Fiber folk: Erika Barratt has created a whimsical world from natural fibers and dyes, trimmings, buttons and do-dads. What began as a fiber fascination early in life, bloomed into a beautiful fiber journey that’s lead her to create heirloom dolls, each with their own story. I’ve long admired her attention to detail, use of natural fibers and the playfulness she brings to her work. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I have. You can find Erika at and on Instagram @erika_barratt.


Sponsor: Brooklyn General Store was created in 2002 and is owned and operated by Catherine Clark. Tucked away on a sweet block West of the Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill neighborhoods, Brooklyn General Store is the enchanting fiber and textile emporium we all dream of. Dreams full of wooly goodness, yards and yards of fabric, felt, dyes, patterns, tools, and handmade gifts. A little old and a little new…a classic general store for the maker who loves to make their own everything. With a charming studio, the shop hosts a variety of wonderful classes taught by special folks including Cal Patch, Nguyen Le, Heather Love and many more. With it’s floor to ceiling shelves, old rolling ladders, and old wood floors, it feels as though you’ve stepped into a wooly wonderland…I so wish I lived closer and could adopt this shop as my own lys, but thankfully they have an online shop filled to the brim with all of their fiber and sewing goods and gifts…including their own yarn, Barnwool. So if you’re in the Brooklyn area or just passing through, visit Brooklyn General Store in person and find them online at and on Instagram @brooklyngeneralstore

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Hd. You’ve won the Ossify Mitts kit, featuring Stone Wool Cormo yarn in Tobacco 3 and Twig and Horn stitch markers and Brittany double point needle, congratulations! 

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Erika Barratt and Brooklyn General Store and they’re giving away Erika’s Reindeer doll and two skeins of Brooklyn General’s Barnwool. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 72: Whitney Hayward – Small town roots, Japanese, Photojournalism, and Stone Wool

December 12, 2016

Sponsor: By Hand is a series of lookbooks that focus on different fiber and fabric “making communities” around the country. Each serial features photo journals and interviews with both up-and-coming and well-known yarn designers and dyers, local yarn stores, knitwear designers, fabric artists, and other makers who share the same philosophy and aesthetic of hand crafting functional forms to share and connect with others in the community. Projects, patterns, classes, and opportunities to purchase the artists’ work are also included, as well as opportunities to share what is beautiful and unique about each locale.

Issue #1 features Portland, Oregon – meet local yarn dyers, designers, companies, and an amazing local yarn store. Find recipes, exclusive knitting patterns made from our featured yarns, and other hand craft projects.  Learn about some of the artists who make up Portland’s creative community, including a pastry chef, an indigo dyer, a letterpress designer, and a team of ceramics artists.  Find hand making classes in Portland that will inspire and challenge you.  Take a photographic day trip to Timberline Lodge and enjoy the beauty and diversity of Portland. 

Coming up:  Issue #2, featuring Portland and mid-coast Maine (to be released late Jan. 2017), and Issue #3, featuring Nashville (to be released May 2017). Learn more about By Hand at and follow on Instagram @byhandserial

Fiber folk: Whitney Hayward has her hands in a lot of fiber goodness these days and if you’re on Instagram you may be familiar with her journey, from photojournalist and spinning maven to Twig and Horn and now the launch of her yarn line, Stone Wool. Whitney’s ambition and passion is evident as she tells her special story, one I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to. You can find Whitney at and and on Instagram @whit_knits, @stone_wool and @twigandhorn


Sponsor: Tightly Knit Designs is a line of patterns by Sloane Rosenthal, a knitwear designer and lawyer in Northern California. She’s just released her first book of patterns, Independent Fabrication, a collection of accessory patterns using lovingly-chosen small-batch yarns. The collection includes five quick-knitting, textured accessories, including two hats, a cowl, and two pairs of mitts, showcasing dramatic cables and other knitterly details that are surprisingly straightforward to work. The patterns feature yarns from outstanding producers of thoughtfully-made, responsibly-sourced small batch yarns, including Sincere Sheep, Elemental Affects, Miss Babs, Alpenglow Yarns, and Jill Draper. The collection is available as a print and eBook bundle, a standalone eBook, and in individual patterns. You can find Sloane and the Independent Fabrication collection at, and on Ravelry and Instagram @skrosenthal

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Teresa Cochran. You’ve won a subscription to Taproot Magazine, congratulations! 

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Twig and Horn and they’re giving away the Ossify Mitts kit, featuring Stone Wool Cormo yarn in Tobacco 3 and Twig and Horn stitch markers and Brittany double point needles. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

Music by Jónsi.