Woolful Podcast

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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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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Music by Jónsi.

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107 Comments

  • Reply Dee April 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Loved this episode. And the cowboy boots! thanks for creating this wonderful opportunity to learn.

  • Reply Karen April 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Just finished listening to the Squam podcast with Elizabeth… and now can’t wait to hear all about Romi Hill. Yarn and cowboy boots, what a great combination!! And that shawl is gorgeous.

    Thank you for you podcast too – it cheers me up on my commute to the city.

  • Reply Gerri Lesley April 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I love this episode! It has inspired me to try my hand at knitting a shawl! What a wonderful designer!
    Gerri

  • Reply Kathy Stepp April 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Love Romi Hill designs, they are always clear and well charted. Loved this episode.

    • Reply Kathy Stepp April 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      ok, I figured it out now 🙂

  • Reply Rachel April 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I’m so glad I had the opportunity to “meet” Romi! I love her patterns and it was wonderful to get to know the person behind the designs.

  • Reply Inês April 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    absolutely love Romi’s designs!

  • Reply Annette April 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Loved listening once again. Thank you Romi !

  • Reply Zsuzsa April 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Friday evening could not have gotten any more perfect – new Woolful podcast! Woo-hoo!

  • Reply Carrie Proulx April 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Your guests are always so inspiring!! Thank you for brightening my days with your intuitive discussions, you know how to bring out the best in people and show their gifts!! OK I am off to buy another pair of boots, or at least browse a bit!

  • Reply Andee Fagan April 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I can’t say enough about Romi. I love her and all her designs!! I have made many of them. I have done all of her MKALs and I can’t say enough wonderful things about her and her amazing group on Ravelry. It was so wonderful to hear her voice! Since I have been knitting her patterns for years it is so fun to put a voice with the patterns. Also a funny side note is no one knows how to pronounce her name correctly! So it was so great to hear it here on your wonderful podcast. You absolutely need to try her patterns. What I love most about her patterns is that I learn something new every time I knit them. ps- If you curse and complain about any of the hard parts of lace work….. it will totally be forgotten after the thousands of compliments you will get when they are done! You won’t wear anything prouder!!!!

  • Reply Susan April 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Listening to this episode really put me in the mood to knit a lace shawl — perhaps an excuse for a new cast-on this weekend?

  • Reply Ellen April 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Love Romi! Thanks for having her on – and Romi, thanks for sharing your story. I’m a confirmed lace knitter & love your work

  • Reply Louise Landry April 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I just discovered your podcast a couple of weeks ago and am intent on listening to every one! I loved hearing Romi’s story and am also a big fan of both fiber and boots!

  • Reply Gail April 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Really enjoyed listening and really love Romi’s designs!!!

  • Reply Laurie in Maine April 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    (omg) BLOCKING THINGS!
    This spring I blocked my first thing (ever): early handspun shawl – Nurmilintu. EYES OPEN! (omg) So hooked. 🙂 Just enough lace with many rows of garter to “rest” before more lace. Lace pattern books calling my name for more epic challenge ahead.

  • Reply Lea Dietzel April 30, 2016 at 1:23 am

    I also have the “fear” of lace, this episode made my wanting to try it out
    So hopefully in the not so far future there will be a handkitted lace shawl in my possession

  • Reply Brooke Parkhurst April 30, 2016 at 2:34 am

    I loved this episode! And now I can’t wait to get New Lace Knitting … I’ve been wanting to do some lace shawls but find so many of them impractical. I live in a rural area and need both warmth and practicality, I don’t always want something that’s just decorative. Lovely interview, thanks! Though I do wish you’d asked her about music school!

  • Reply Lynn April 30, 2016 at 4:43 am

    A great podcast. I’ve been a big fan of Romi for a number of years now and continue to be awed by her creativity.

  • Reply Megan M April 30, 2016 at 4:51 am

    My favorite part of the Woolful podcast is discovering new-to-me designers, especially when they have Instagram feeds as beautiful as Romi’s! Can’t wait to try one of her beautiful shawl patterns.

  • Reply Lynn P April 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This was great! Thank you!

  • Reply Terri Smith April 30, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Oooohhhh, I love Romi’s patterns, and have been wanting to knit this style of shawl for a while now. Jut gorgeous!! Thank you for another wonderful episode.

  • Reply Margaret April 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Another wonderful podcast. I enjoyed learning about Romi’s history and her boot collection.

  • Reply Julia April 30, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I love the approach of everyday lace, so nice to enjoy it without keeping it for fancy. Thanks!

  • Reply Rain April 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I have just started a hap class and think I’m going to be addicted, so would love to win! Thank you!

  • Reply Diana April 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I very much enjoyed hearing Romi’s story. I have many of her patterns (and her book) and am currently working through the border of her latest mystery shawl. Thanks for having her on!

  • Reply Lydia April 30, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Wonderful interview with Romi, I especially loved to be able to listen to her while I knit on one of her upcoming patterns. So excited to learn that she’s working on a new sweater design!

  • Reply Terri Geroux April 30, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Romi is one of my favorite designers to knit. This was wonderful to hear her story!

  • Reply Danica April 30, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I’m always glad to see a new Woolful podcast on my list. What a delight to meet Romi this week and hear the story behind her book. I love lace knitting and hope to make more time for it in the future.

  • Reply Anne April 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Another great episode!! I loved hearing Romi Hill and I have knit two of her patterns. Thank you for wonderful content!

  • Reply Debra Sewell April 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Listening to Romi talk about lace knitting is inspiring. A shawl worn with jeans, a pair of cowboy boots, not put in a drawer for a special occasion. I love it! I’m going to give it a go. Thank you!

  • Reply ikkinlala April 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Interesting interview… and pretty boots!

  • Reply Mary Anne April 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Since Idaho and Nevada are neighbor states I think of Romi as a neighbor. Really, I wish she was my neighbor! Thank you for another great episode.

  • Reply Brenda F April 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for doing this interview. I can’t wait to listen. It sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Bowen Gibson April 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Another great episode. Thank you!

  • Reply Amber May 1, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I’m looking forward to finding a little down time to listen to this. I remember first coming across Romi’s patterns in Knitty.. Can’t wait to hear her journey!

  • Reply Cindi Brown May 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

    The Mayhaps is beautiful. Would love to knit it!

  • Reply Sarah Beth May 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    What a beautiful shawl!

  • Reply Cynthia May 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I rally enjoyed this podcast. Thanks so much to you and Romi. I’m so inspired by her designs! It was nice to hear more of her story. My grandmother also crocheted with those very tiny hooks…

  • Reply Tracie M. May 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    This is the first fiber podcast I have ever listened to. Well done!

  • Reply Yvonne May 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I love Romi’s designs. Thanks for another wonderful podcast and the terrific give-away!

  • Reply Terri May 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve been getting to be a Romi fan, even though I’ve only knit one of her patterns so far. The owner of my LYS was knitting Romi’s latest mystery KAL last time I was there. She said she usually doesn’t knit mystery KALs–but she trusts Romi.

  • Reply Theresa Schoen May 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Great episode! Thank you!

  • Reply Cary May 2, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I got a little behind on woolful, so I’m playing catch-up. Can’t wait to listen to this episode!

  • Reply Rebecca Seifert May 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Great episode! I haven’t knit one of Romi’s patterns yet, but I hope to soon! Such beautiful designs!

  • Reply Susan May 2, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Enjoyed hearing about Romi’s design process. Thank you!

  • Reply Kathleen May 2, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Wow, didn’t think I could love Romi more, but really enjoyed hearing her story.

  • Reply Erin Elizabeth May 2, 2016 at 8:12 am

    What a great podcast! Enjoyed hearing about her process. I’m excited to check out her new book.

  • Reply HeiM May 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful shawl and wool, love Romi’s designs, especially Brandywine and Muir. Great episode. Thank you.

  • Reply Amy May 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Love that rustic wool – it would make a beautiful shawl.

  • Reply Orlane May 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I love lace so much and Romi’s shawl are amazing. I remember seeing the collaboration she did with Miss Babs and it took my breath away and I really wished I had the money to buy the kit that time.

  • Reply Barb b May 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Enjoyed Romi’s interview and love her designs.

  • Reply Camille May 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for another great episode. It was great to hear from Romi Hill.

  • Reply Lori May 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I loved the podcast. I am tempted to try lace knitting now!

  • Reply Cyndi May 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Loved the podcast! Thank you!

  • Reply Caileigh May 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Such an inspiring episode! Thank you!!

  • Reply Steph Nappa May 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I haven’t done much lace knitting yet, but I’m trying some out on Mandarine’s Moonlight Garden Shawl for her knit along. I’m definitely liking it and would love to try some more! I’ll definitely be checking out the New Lace Knitting book. I love that it’s inspired by the wide open spaces of the west. Thanks for another great episode

  • Reply Johanna Giesbrecht May 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Great episode ❤️

  • Reply Juliet May 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I’ve been a big fan of Romi’s designs for a long time–it was great to hear more about her journey. Thank you as always!

  • Reply Wendy May 3, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Love those boots in the photos! Such an inspiration to lace knitting – makes me want to give it try after listening to this episode!

  • Reply Brittany May 3, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I haven’t ventured into lace knitting yet, but I might need to try! Thanks for another lovely episode!

  • Reply Thekla May 3, 2016 at 8:30 am

    What a lovely, relaxed interview. Thank you.

  • Reply Anita May 3, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love following Romi on IG. I have never been a big fan of cowboy boots but she could make me a convert. I have knit one of Romi’s patterns twice and it is lovely. I plan on knitting more.

  • Reply Meagan Radford May 3, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Wonderful interview, I love hearing about other peoples journeys through their career. Thank you for the great questions and thoughtful answers.

  • Reply Janice Stokes May 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Another great podcast! Thank you,

  • Reply Joanne May 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Great interview. Love Romi’s patterns.
    Plan to knit from the book next month.

  • Reply Celine May 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Great interview! I look forward to using some of Romi’s advice for choosing the right yarn for lace.

  • Reply Carrie May 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    loved hearing about Romi this week! And love shetland, love shawls, love lace!

  • Reply Yasmin May 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Great episode, she is one of my favorite designers! I have been planning to knit the squall line shawl ever since I first saw a picture of it!

  • Reply Sandra May 3, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for a brand new obsession – cowboy boots!!!!! I have one pair but clearly I need to get going : ) I so enjoyed Romi’s story and hearing about life now. I do love your interviews so much – off to knit…. Sandra (haveyarnwillfly on Ravelry)

  • Reply Marina Gvozdeva May 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Love Romi Hill designs! amazing episode!

  • Reply Laura Griffin May 3, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful knitting and photos. Makes me want to better my skills and learn how to knit details!

  • Reply Doreen MacL May 4, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Interesting interview with Romi, thanks! But I was completely distracted by the blog post below about your lamb drowning, sad lesson learned.

  • Reply Becky Slack May 4, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Love boots and lace….I am an avid lace knitter, so this just captured my heart….

  • Reply Kristina J. May 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Great interview! I also love the cowboy boot photography. 🙂

  • Reply Kim Schroeder May 4, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Beautiful show today. Thank you for giving us giving us some insight on Romi

  • Reply Tera May 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Now I need to buy cowboy boots! Stunning.

  • Reply Erin May 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I’ve never heard an interview with Romi before, and it was delightful.

  • Reply Suzi May 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I’m usually not a fan of shawls, but I love the Mayhap!

  • Reply Stephanie May 4, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Great episode! Thanks so much.

  • Reply Emily May 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I love the learning and relationship focus each podcast …thank you!!!

  • Reply Heike May 5, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Great episode! I love Romi shawl designs

  • Reply Ramona May 5, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I just love Romi’s designs (and her boots!). It was great to hear about her journey and how she got started. I would have never guessed she came from a crochet family.

  • Reply Lynda Thompson May 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for the lovely interview with Romi, it was my first time listening to you and it was a good introduction to you!

  • Reply Morgan May 5, 2016 at 8:23 am

    This looks like a really good one (and I’m totally obsessed with shawls these days, yay!)

  • Reply Tina L. May 5, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for another wonderful Woolful episode. Each week, I squirrel away a bit of quite time to listen without distraction as I want to soak up every bit of goodness. I placed Romi’s new book on hold at my library and look forward to challenging myself and learning a new knitting skill.

  • Reply Janet May 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I am so glad to hear about Romi’s evolution as a designer. I would love to hear more of the knitty gritty details of being a designer or fiber person, in the future!

  • Reply Abigail B May 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Lovely blues and greys in that shawl!

  • Reply Kim May 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Those pictures are amazing, looking forward to listening to the podcast

  • Reply monica brandau May 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    love Romi’s design! Beautiful photographs!

  • Reply Gigi Wansor May 6, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Another wonderful episode! Love Romi’s designs! Thank you for all the effort you put into these great podcasts.

  • Reply Sindy P May 6, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Another great informative podcast., Thank You!

  • Reply Cathy B May 6, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Ooh! That is just beautiful! Would love to win.

  • Reply Linda Gesling May 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

    another inspiring interview. Thanks!

  • Reply Gail Jaffa May 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Love the idea of a Romi Hap Shawl!

  • Reply teegan May 6, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Catching up on my loaded podcast playlist this week, and these last two episodes have been so delightful. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Arlin May 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I wouldn’t have associated Romi’s voice to my image of her, LOL. thanks for another great episode.

  • Reply Katrina May 7, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Now I just want to buy shoes… 😀

  • Reply Vicki Lynch May 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I have one well worn pair of cowboy boots that I love, but Romi’s collection is one I’d love to see. I’m inspired to give lace knitting a go this summer. I may need to work up to Romi’s designs. They’re so pretty.

  • Reply Jenny May 8, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Always such wonderful people! So much joy! Thank you for all you do to create this podcast!

  • Reply Jody Goodrich May 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Wonderful episode with Romi! Being raised in the northwest mountains (born & bred Idahoan girl and loving every moment of it) I enjoyed hearing about Romi’s love of the high desert areas. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely prize! Happy fibre crafting!

  • Reply Penny May 10, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I loved this episode! Romi seems so nice and genuine.

  • Reply Katie Schippers May 10, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Enjoyed listening while on a run–thanks for that!

  • Reply asteride May 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Rome’s patterns are always beautiful and well written. Now I want to knit more….

  • Reply Margo May 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I’m very excited to hear Romi’s story!

  • Reply Stefanie May 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I’d love to go to Squam one day. Romi, kudos to you on navigating through your way through the many challenges of your journey so far and on finding your true voice and confidence.

    • Reply Stefanie May 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Sorry, wrong podcast. This comment is meant for Elizabeth Duvivier’s podcast.

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