Woolful Podcast

Episode 24: Hanahlie Beise – Alpacas, Canadian fiber production, Animal-Caretaker Relationships, and Natural Dyeing

June 2, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twenty-fourth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet a special woman, Hanahlie Beise who’s passion has led her to dive into the world of fiber, raising a herd of alpacas and creating her yarn, Hinterland.

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors of this week’s episode, Tin Can Knits. Alexa and Emily have created several endearing collections of modern, clearly written patterns that feature accessories and garments each sized for babies, all the way up to 4XL. I really love their Road Trip and Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe collections, and hope to make the Fly Away blanket this Fall. They’ll be releasing the final pattern of the Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe collection on June 11th, so make sure to find this and their other collections on Ravelry and to keep up with all the going ons visit tincanknits.com.

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Fiber folk: I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Hanahlie since before the podcast launched, when she reached out to share what she’s been up to, raising Alpacas in British Columbia and creating yarn from her fiber and fiber she sources from other North American farms. As I learned more about what she was up to, I was moved and asked Hanahlie if she’d be interested in selling me her yarn so that I could offer it in the Woolful Mercantile. What a special thing it is to create something from a yarn that was dreamed up and created by a now friend, a woman who’s heart is so kind and her determination to help the Canadian fiber industry, so inspiring. You can find Hanahlie at hinterlandfarm.ca and on Instagram @hinterland_textiles.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “If you could create your own yarn, what would it be? We had some great answers from Nikki @woolenviolets, Jessica @northernheritagefarm and Abby @abbygoodknits

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Karen Latuchie! You’ve won the Moon Sprites hat pattern designed by Dianna Walla and three skeins of Lettlopi from Tolt Yarn and Wool. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by yours trulyand my little shop, the Woolful Mercantile, and I’m giving away 3 skeins of Hinterland yarn, including two of the Targhee – Columbia – Rambouillet -Alpaca blend Ravine and a skein of the Churro Lopi, Cabin. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the post page here.

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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank our second sponsor today, Knitterly…a special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California. I am always amazed at the well curated selection of yarns, fibers and classes Shelli works so hard to provide all us fiber enthusiasts. Make sure to visit when in Petaluma and online at shop.knitterly.net. This coming weekend on Saturday June 6th, Knitterly is hosting a workshop by Andrea Mowry of Dreareneeknits. As a part of the workshop you’ll get to learn from Andrea and you’ll also receive the entire Radius pattern collection. If you haven’t already listened to both Andrea and Shelli in episode 14, you really should. I hope to see you this Saturday at Knitterly!

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Music by Jónsi.

 

Transcription coming soon!

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173 Comments

  • Reply Pernille June 2, 2015 at 1:00 am

    As always the podcast made my day 🙂
    Now I want to visit an alpaca farm and hug all the fluffy alpacas!

    • Reply jenny June 5, 2015 at 5:43 am

      I so appreciate your guests of all your podcasts and this weeks’ guest, Hannahlie, was inspirational as well as interesting. Hats off to folks who rescue animals. Going from 6 animals to 46, without a doubt, took courage and kindness.

  • Reply Sara Jonsson June 2, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Great podcast!

  • Reply Wintiliviknits June 2, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I always enjoy your podcast, and your post on superwash wool completely transformed my relationship to knitting and has sent me off on a lot of local fibre-hunting adventures. Thank you. I feel really lucky to have been exposed to this way of thinking so early on in my knitting journey.

    It has been nice to see some Canadians interviewed on your podcast. As a Canadian overseas, I enjoy learning a bit about what is going on in my home country fibre-wise!

  • Reply Marci June 2, 2015 at 4:41 am

    yippeee! another great excuse to relax and listen!!! Can’t wait!

  • Reply Joyce June 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Still trying to keep up with your wonderful podcast – can’t wait to listen to this episode!

  • Reply Renee June 2, 2015 at 5:58 am

    The Hinterland yarn looks absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Claire June 2, 2015 at 6:22 am

    The hinterland yarn looks and sounds beautiful. I look forward to meeting you at Knitterly this weekend.

  • Reply ABBY June 2, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I would LOVE to win! Alpaca blends are the best. 🙂

  • Reply Heather June 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I would love to have some luscious new yarn for my summer knitting!

  • Reply Mathurine June 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Super!!! Clue 3 or Purbeck tales MKAL and a new Woolful podcast in a same day!!! Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Barbara June 2, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Great podcast and terrific pictures of the alpacas. I’d love to try the hinterland yarn.

  • Reply Monica June 2, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Alpaca is lovely and soft, I would love to win some of this yarn. Loving the podcasts, look forward to them every time!

  • Reply Tamara H. June 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for the podcast. I would love to win some of your yarn, it is very nice!

  • Reply Sharlene Siders June 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Would love to try any of those beautiful yarns.

  • Reply Erin June 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

    How lovely to hear the back story on the Ravine yarn! I’d love to try it some time.

  • Reply Bridget June 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Hope I’m not too late to enter! I’ve never experienced alpaca fiber but have long wanted to. I’d love to win. And thank you for your podcasts- they are my favorite wind down from a crazy day indulgence!

  • Reply Brittany June 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hannahlie’s yarn sounds and looks heavenly.

  • Reply Kim June 2, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I would love to try the hinterland yarn, we have alpacas and I am finding that blending it with wool makes it more versatile, I believe there are sheep in our future as well!

  • Reply emily falke June 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for such a great podcast. You’ve really inspired me to work toward having my own fiber farm one day. I also really like your new format of only interviewing one fiber folk per episode.

  • Reply Britney June 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Can’t wait to listen to this on the ride home!!!

  • Reply Rowena June 2, 2015 at 8:53 am

    WOW that yarn looks wonderful. Looks like a dream to knit. Love the little vests as well. Thanks for the wonderful podcast. I love listening to it when I’m knitting. I live by myself and this is such a treat. Its like I’m sitting their with you while your talking about people’s lives.

  • Reply Sara June 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for the great podcast! I just found your podcast and am enjoying working my way through past episodes. It’s interesting to hear about the choices Hanalie Beise has made regarding the way she works with her alpacas & the fiber blends she chooses for her yarns. Also her passion for locally produced & sustainable fiber is inspiring!

  • Reply Sarah June 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I ran across Woolful today on iTunes, and so this was the first one I listened to! I loved it so much that I immediately subscribed, and I really enjoy the wide range of wooly topics that you cover. Looking forward to making my way through the archives!

  • Reply Meg June 2, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Oh my goodness, I would love to try the Hinterland yarn!!

  • Reply Tobie June 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Your wool looks wonderful! I’d love to work with it.

  • Reply Ginni June 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Yay! Canada <3 I follow Hanahlie's work and farm on Instagram and just feel so excited that it's becoming easier to connect with fibre farms in Canada. My hope is that the trend continues for things to become less "primitive" and more accessible to those who are interested in connecting and collaborating. =)

  • Reply AE June 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

    SO happy to hear a shout out to MacAusland’s! I get to visit the mill whenever the mood strikes, and it is like stepping back in time in the very best way. Wonderful podcast, as always. Thank you for this effort.

    • Reply kelsey sylvia June 2, 2015 at 11:09 am

      THIS NEW FORMAT IS VERY PLEASANT AS EACH FIBER FARMER AND MAKER IS FEATURED IN A MORE PERSONAL WAY.THANK FOR INTRODUCING YOUR FANS TO SUCH AN ECLECTIC ARRAY OF PRODUCERS.I WOULD SO APPRECIATE A WIN .DECONSTUCTING SWEATERS FOR YARN AT THIS POINT AND WOULD BE MORE THAN DELIGHTED TO RECEIVE A GENUINE SKEIN OF YARN.LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT PODCAST.

  • Reply Sophia S June 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I love that Hanahlie mentioned the idea of fiber folk and animals working together in harmony to create something. Its such a primitive concept that I think is really beautiful. Such a great episode! Thank you!

  • Reply Annie June 2, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love hearing about the wonderful bond between animals and their caretakers

  • Reply Patty Gnass June 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    It was nice listening to Hanahlie’s journey in the fiber world.

  • Reply Grace June 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Another great episode. Would love to try your yarn!

  • Reply emily June 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Alpacas sound like so much fun… the yarn is beautiful!

  • Reply Alison June 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Interested to hear the desirable mix of alpaca and wool. I have some alpaca fleeces as well as my own sheep’s fleeces; I will experiment with blending this summer. Love the episode and the podcast!

  • Reply Tonya June 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Can’t wait to listen and knitting with that amazing yarn would be a blessing.

  • Reply Kristin June 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Lovely episode! I don’t have much experience with alpaca yarn so far, but this episode really makes me want to venture out and try some. 🙂

  • Reply Emma June 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Ooo that looks yummy!

  • Reply Jamie Dear June 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I enjoyed this episode very much. Thanks for seeking out these wonderful people to interview.

  • Reply Samantha June 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I just discovered your podcast, and it’s really great! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Jennie June 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I enjoyed listening to Hanahlie’s stories about life on her farm. I LOVE the photos of her alpaca herd. They each look like they have unique & charming personalities. Like people!

  • Reply Paula Garner June 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    She is awesome!!!

  • Reply jonatha June 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    morels and alpacas, oh my!

  • Reply Reb June 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for bringing a little bit of BC to those of us who are far from there. Rambouillet-alpaca yarn? Smooth and bouncy? Curious!

  • Reply Jessica June 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Another great podcast! As an alpaca and heritage sheep farmer myself, I am so heartened to hear more and more people are starting to take the fiber seriously. Hanahlie’s passions and goals are so similar to my own. I love that more small fiber farmers are collaborating and celebrating these unique and special animals!

    Also, thanks for featuring me in “Man on the Street.” Nikki’s and Abby’s yarns sound amazing and they’re so much more detailed than I was! 🙂

  • Reply Kristen Couchot June 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    This is only the second time I’ve listened and I love your guests. Thanks!

  • Reply Naomi June 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Lovely as usual

  • Reply Susan June 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    How appropriate to be listening as I spin some Canadian wool (Ontario Romney) dyed with sumac berries as I listen to the podcast. Would love to have the prize yarn come back to Canada!

  • Reply Alexandra BG June 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Yay for more Canadian fibre folk! Always an abundance of inspiration. Thank you <3

  • Reply Dana June 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Yay, more Canadians, I love it! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Dominique June 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Can’t wait to listen, I’m still catching up!

  • Reply Andee June 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Oh what a wonderful episode. We just finished shearing our alpacas and I can’t wait to turn their fiber into beautiful yarn. I’d love to win this giveaway. I have recently befriended some sheep farmers that I would love to blend some of their wool with mine. I’d love to see the Hinterland yarn in real life!

  • Reply mzry knzpp-samet June 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    listening to your podcast, please enter me in tlhe drawing!!

  • Reply Camanoah June 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Yet another wonderful episode. It is so great to hear about more and more people working toward bringing the fiber industry back to North America. Thank you!

  • Reply pika June 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Sarah vPopta June 2, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    great episode!

  • Reply Bente Simone June 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I love your podcast. And I love to try new yarn.

  • Reply Cindy Conner June 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I’m going to manage these classic socks, thank you!

  • Reply Anna June 3, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I never do that but I always enjoy your podcast and the prize mthis week is so special !! So, fingers crossed !

  • Reply asteride June 3, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Yes! Alpaca is very soft and is one of my favorite fibers for knitting sweaters.
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  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack June 3, 2015 at 4:26 am

    I’d love to invite some Alpakkas into my garden to have a party, oh sweetness!

  • Reply Melissa Kattenhorn June 3, 2015 at 4:48 am

    I loved hearing about Hanahlie’s journey. What a great find!

  • Reply Sindy P June 3, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Another great podcast, always inspiring and making me proud to be a fibre folk!

  • Reply Samantha Rowbottom June 3, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Natural dyeing and alpacas just make my heart sing <3 I'm still catching up on episodes but I look forward to my subscription updating every week! You have created so many beautiful things. 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn D June 3, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Another wonderful podcast! Love to hear about the alpacas!!

  • Reply Màiri June 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for another great podcast Ashley! Such lovely listening on a quiet, sunny afternoon… 🙂 x

  • Reply Jenny June 3, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Great interview. Alpacas definitely make the cutest fiber farms, in my opinion.

  • Reply Charlotte June 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Another fascinating podcast. Thanks!

  • Reply Tessa Ranish-O'Donnell June 3, 2015 at 9:27 am

    i just started listening to your podcast, and im totally addicted! love hearing about all the small producers and yarn companies that are new to me….such a great resource and an amazing way to find out about so many fascinating people in this industry. Very inspiring! Thank you so much.

  • Reply Arlin June 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

    you are always coming up with great heretofore-unknown-to-me fiber folk.
    Hinterland sounds awesome and I hope I win one of the yarns!

  • Reply Elaine June 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I really, really want to win this! I look forward to listening to your podcast every time. I always find the people you interview fascinating and truly inspiring. Thank you.

  • Reply Rain June 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Adorable alpacas! I dream of a PNW coastal/island fibershed that goes from at least Northern California up to Prince Rupert, B.C. Thanks for more inspiration!! Would love to win Hinterland!

    Thank you!!

  • Reply Angela June 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Wonderful podcast! Amazing giveaway! I would love to add them to my stash!

  • Reply Lesley June 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    As of yet I haven’t listened to the latest podcast but that will happen asap. But I didn’t want to miss the chance of winning this giveaway. I would love to knit with some of your wool – it looks so very luscious.

  • Reply Susan June 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I loved listening to this interview. Now I’m really really curious about watching someone shear an alpaca…I’ve seen lots of sheep shearing demos.

  • Reply Sally Rawlings June 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I adore Victoria and Vancouver Island, I have spent some great times and can see more great times If I can swing a chance to meet and see the lovely folks and animals !! Another awesome episode!!

  • Reply Alyce June 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Sweet alpacas! Thank you again, Ashley! Such a joy.

  • Reply Emily June 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    First time listener–such a pleasure! Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Reply Marina June 4, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Great podcast! Really loved the idea of growing own alpacas!

  • Reply Ida Nielsen June 4, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I just love your podcast so very much, Ashley! Each episode is so inspiring (this one included!!)

  • Reply Megan June 4, 2015 at 4:14 am

    So looking forward to listening to this episode! I have a little catch-up to do first though 🙂

  • Reply Annalee June 4, 2015 at 5:16 am

    As always I felt inspired after listening to your podcast. I have been thinking about raising a few alpacas for years now and think this upcoming year may finally be the right time to give it a go! Thank you for your wonderful addition to this community!

  • Reply Deborah W. June 4, 2015 at 6:07 am

    What beautiful Llamas!

    • Reply Dee June 4, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Love your podcasts! They inspire me.

  • Reply Jocelyn June 4, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I just started my first Tin Can Knits pattern — Harvest — and I can already tell I’ll be knitting more. She’s got some great patterns, and they’re so well put together. Glad to see them as a sponsor!

  • Reply cat June 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Looking forward to learning a bit about alpacas.

  • Reply Neza June 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Lovely, Ashley! I look forward to listening to the new episode all week!

  • Reply Karli June 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Terri June 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Interesting as always. Alpacas are adorable!! I’ve only knitted with it once though, and it was 100%… would love to try it in a blend.

  • Reply craftyone June 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I am not sure if I have used alpaca yarn. this would be terrific.

  • Reply Meghan June 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I’m new to podcasts and I’m loving woolful, I work from home (with fabric though!) but I’m also a knitter. it’s been beautiful and inspiring hearing how people spend their days with fibre 🙂

  • Reply Erika June 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Alpacas are the best!!!!!!!!!! Awesome episode.

  • Reply Julia June 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Looks like gorgeous yarn. Love your podcast!
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    • Reply Deborah Francis June 4, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      I would love to knit with Hinterland, and someday meet those beautiful alpacas! Inspired by you, as always.

  • Reply Sarah J June 5, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I had no idea about the sorry state of mills in my country. How do we turn this around? Where is the best place to spend our money? Who do we write letters to?

  • Reply Mandy Bee June 5, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Loved this interview! I’ve been dreaming of having my own alpacas for the past couple of years (no offense to sheep), so this was particularly inspiring. 🙂

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  • Reply Angela Digmann June 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Just downloaded this week’s podcast last night so looking forward to the morning drive!

  • Reply Janet June 5, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I loved hearing about Hanahlie’s fibre operation. Her yarn sounds lovely to work with and despite my overflowing stash I am looking forward to getting some of her yarn to try. I always want to support the Canadian fibre industry and find it quite frustrating that it can be quite limited for the average consumer.

    This was my first time listening to the podcast and I am so glad that it was suggested to me.

  • Reply Candace June 5, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I was at the local knit shop yesterday, and after hearing this podcast, I was more drawn to the alpaca yarn than ever before. I would love to try the hinterland! What an inspiring podcast.

  • Reply Suzy June 5, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Great podcast as always, Ashley. I love alpaca yarn but especially when it’s blended with other yarns. The yarn blend in the giveaway sounds so interesting, not something you see at all. I especially love that none of the fibers are superwash.

    I wanted to add that I think it’s way more reasonable that you are now interviewing one person at a time. Your two person interviews were utterly delightful but I kept wondering how you were going to keep that going while raising a beautiful boy, working full-time, working your farm when you get to it and having an online shop. On top of that, sometimes I was overwhelmed by the beauty and inspiration bubbling out of me as I heard one and I didn’t think I could take another that was just as good as the first and it always was. My cup runneth over with just one, it was almost a transcendental experience sometimes. Too much!! So one person per podcast is plenty. Haha.

  • Reply Vicki June 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I loved listening again. Hinterland’s yarn looks amazing and one I’d like to try. The episode has also inspired me to make time to spin more too.

  • Reply Michelle Smit June 5, 2015 at 7:12 am

    This was a very inspiring interview. I loved how just everything just came together for her and the alpacas! I would love to hear more about the dye garden!

  • Reply Anna Marie June 5, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I’m so encouraged after listening to such creative movers and shakers on your podcast! I just bought 4 alpaca of my own, so this episode was especially inspiring for me to listen to. Looking forward to trying Hanahlie’s lovely yarn soon.

  • Reply Eva Landeo June 5, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I love alpacas, vicuñas, guanacos, and llamas! But, I also fear them when their ears are down . . .

  • Reply Bonobo June 5, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I loved this episode, I grew up near an alpaca farm and they’re wonderful animals!

  • Reply Kristie Statuto June 5, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    It’s so lovely to hear the stories of how people in the industry have gotten started. i don’t think I’ll ever get tired of listening! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  • Reply Amanda June 6, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Great podcast! Hinterland’s yarn looks wonderful.

  • Reply Kathleen Oliver June 6, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Love the peak into the lives of other fiber folk. Working on my own sheep farm can be isolating at times…you bring to fiber community to me..thank you.

  • Reply Emmaline Long June 6, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Loved hearing about her different blends. I use MacAusland’s in PEI for my blankets and besides the long turnaround time, they are great to work with! Highly recommended.

  • Reply Beth June 6, 2015 at 6:10 am

    As always, really enjoyed today’s podcast. Would love to try out the hinterland yarn!

  • Reply hd June 6, 2015 at 9:19 am

    So curious about navajo churro wool! Thanks for another inspiring podcast!

  • Reply ikkinlala June 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Always nice to see some Canadians!

  • Reply Carrie June 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I have been drooling over that alpaca/rambo/targhee blend–it looks so squishy and wonderful!!

  • Reply Rebecca J June 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I absolutely love this yarn, and have always been a huge fan of alpaca fiber. I’m only 14, but my lifelong goal is to have my own fiber farm, and everything you do is just reaffirming this. Thank you!

  • Reply michelle June 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I love that you interview people from all round the world! I’m interested in the nationalist bent I see cropping up round the place–I think I’ve heard people talk about (trying to) work within the US, Australia (but using NZ mills) and now Canada on your podcast. That makes heaps of sense in terms of using national pride to drive a revival in the whole yarn ecosystem, but the long border between the USA and Canada also bring ups the issue of thinking/working regionally rather than nationally. So rather than ship yarn from Victoria to PEI (a fair hike), working within the Northwest also makes sense. Then you get product that reflects the local conditions/cultures right through the whole process. I’m not saying one is better than the other, just that thinking regionally across national borders might also make sense

  • Reply Claire June 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Awesome podcast, thank you! Alpaca is one of my favourite fibres, I love knitting with it. Will definitely have to try Hinterland!

  • Reply Traci June 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I have been knitting less than two years. It is so much fun diving into this unknown territory. Just fascinating.

  • Reply Marguerite Leahy June 7, 2015 at 1:25 am

    It was great hearing about alpacas. My only experience with them, is a crazy one that lived in a paddock near me. He was a wee bit angry whenever you went past! Thanks for another great episode.

  • Reply Alisa June 7, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I so love listening to your podcast every week! It truly inspires me!

  • Reply Alisa Cutcher June 7, 2015 at 4:04 am

    just found your podcast via Gridjunky on tumblr, can’t wait to listen.

  • Reply Karin June 7, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Thank you so much for creating this podcast, I have no idea how you got it in among raising children, sheep, and starting a wool mill: but it’s a wonderful part of my week. To have a podcast that actually talks about the aspects of knitting and wool that we all fell in love with, it’s a dream! Thank you!

  • Reply Clara June 7, 2015 at 6:12 am

    This yarn is beautiful. I just rediscovered alpaga, thanks to a very good fleece, and i’m happy that I did 🙂

  • Reply Sandy Blake June 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

    love all your podcasts! So inspiring!

  • Reply Marielle Milot June 7, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi Ashley, I love your podcasts. When I listen though, I often find myself reaching for the volume button. Even turned all the way up, I have trouble catching some of the words. I don’t have that problem with other podcasts. If at all possible, can you please increase the volume of the recordings? Thanks so much.

  • Reply LuisaM June 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Very interesting episode.
    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Kim G June 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

    This is so inspiring to hear how a passion and business grow together. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Reply kimbuktu7 June 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    What great photo’s of the alpaca’s and the process of harvesting their fleece. I enjoyed hearing about how this week’s guest and her husband got into raising them.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some of their yarn.

  • Reply Rachel Boville June 7, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Another inspiring podcast today! Didn’t want it to end.

  • Reply Alisa Cutcher June 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Dont’ think my last post made it on the page…hope this one does. Found your podcast via Gridjunky on tumblr.
    LOVE it!!

  • Reply Anna (meckmama on ravelry) June 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I’m a huge fan of alpaca yarn, and your podcast! Always inspiring to get aquainted with the artisan yarn producers and animal caretakers you interview. Thanks!

  • Reply Cassandra June 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the podcast! It was great hearing from a small Canadian yarn company.

  • Reply D Louise Gerlach June 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I’m a huge fan of your podcast, and I’ve shared it with a number of fiber friends. Keep up the great work. I’m in awe of what you’re taking on and what you accomplish each week/season.

  • Reply ElaineChicago June 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Such beautiful animals and yarn!! A blend of alpaca and wool would be a delight to knit with!!

  • Reply Ines June 8, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Now I need alpacas 🙂
    And I’d love to try out that wool.

  • Reply Linda June 8, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for this podcast! I’ve learned so much. The yarn looks so lovely and warm. Thanks for the chance to be part of the drawing! Happy Knitting!

    • Reply Kim wilkinson June 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

      i loved the show and am envious to some extent. It is my dream to have a fully self sustaining farm as well. How lovely

  • Reply Katie S June 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Thank you for another podcast! Always enjoyable.

  • Reply LIly June 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Thank you for another podcast! They help to make my crafting day! 🙂

  • Reply Lynne Fallon June 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I’m currently making a shawl out of the black Ravine Hinterland yarn and absolutely love it! Listening to the podcast and learning more about the farm and how the yarn came to be makes it even more special.

  • Reply Erika June 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    As always loved the podcast! I’ve been listening for a few months now and it was so lovely to hear from a fellow Canadian fiber folk! I will be moving out west soon and would love to try the yarn – and will definitely visit them once I am there! 🙂

  • Reply Anika Young June 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Love that you are featuring Canadian fiber folk

  • Reply nobutterfly June 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I only just realised how adorable I find pictures with alpacas, and ther I thought I only liked their wool

  • Reply Alison Collins June 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Great podcast!

  • Reply Nichola June 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I was so excited to listen to this episode and learn about a yarn producer thst is local to me (I also live on Vancouver Island). I can’t wait to try this yarn 🙂 Thanks for featuring some Canadian based folks on your podcast!

  • Reply Amaya June 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Excited for the opportunity to win a masterful blend like Ravine. I imagine knitting it with some artisan coffee for a full experience. Thank you

  • Reply Emily G June 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Loved the podcast! I adore alpacas!

  • Reply Chelsea Berkompas June 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Wonderful podcast Ashley! And such beautiful yarn 🙂

  • Reply Camille W June 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I have a friend with “rescue” alpacas – they are so cute and provide wonderful fiber!

  • Reply Heather June 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Alpaca fiber is my faaaaavorite! And those sweet faces are to die for.

  • Reply Charlotte June 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Those alpaca photos are so cute! Another great podcast!

  • Reply Dorie June 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    As always, your podcast is so inspiring! Like others, I now want to go visit an alapaca farm…

  • Reply Rachel June 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I’m excited to look for Hinterland Yarns. Sounds lovely.
    Thanks Ashley for giving us their story!

  • Reply JessanneS June 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    This podcast was really great for me since my dream is to own( and learn to shear myself ) a few alpacas when I move to Vermont next year! Thank you for the great cast.

  • Reply Karla June 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Lovely podcast, so happy to hear about Canadian grown fibre. In headed to the island this week and will be in search of this wonderful yarn. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jessie June 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Love the earthy, farmy goodness of this yarn!

  • Reply Dona Carberry June 8, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Love the podcast! New to it, although I feel very attached to it already. Would love to have some of Hannahlie’s beautiful yarn, but really I would love to have a sheep of my own, so I could make my own beautiful yarn!! Someday.

  • Reply Carmen N June 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Love the rainbow of colors!

  • Reply Karen June 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Oh how I so enjoy your podcasts…….every.single.one!

  • Reply Anna June 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Those are beautiful!

  • Reply Alex June 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I would love to get to work with this yarn! I will be purchasing some at some point anyways- would love to support both you and Hannahile!

  • Reply britt June 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    That alpaca yarn sounds amazing and not just because alpaca is my favorite fiber

  • Reply Judy June 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I want to thank you for opening my eyes yet again to another fiber to try! You really have interviewed some amazing guests and Hannalie is no exception! Those pics of alpacas just make me smile!!!

  • Reply Mimi June 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Looking forward to listening to this podcast.
    mimifan on rav

  • Reply sophie (kamalalotus on rav) June 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Alpacas really grow on you, and I’d love to try hinterland yarns!

  • Reply Alyssa June 9, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I just recently found your podcast and I am starting to go through all of the old episodes. I am learning so much about fiber and this community that I love. Thanks for such a great podcast!

  • Reply Bente Simone June 10, 2015 at 6:10 am

    always exciting podcasts and giveaways.

  • Reply Katie Emma June 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    lovely podcast as always!

  • Reply Eliza June 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful! So good to hear!

  • Reply Kim June 12, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I would love to try this yarn!

  • Reply Regina Casner June 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for another great podcast. I look forward to them each week! Thanks also for the opportunity to win some knitting goodness. 🙂

  • Reply Emiko June 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    lovely podcast, now I want to move to Canada!

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