Woolful Podcast

Episode 81: Melanie Berg – A career in IT, Germany, Yarn Weights and Self Publishing

June 23, 2017

Sponsor: Shibui Knits was born in 2007, in the basement of Darcy Cameron’s yarn store Knit Purl in Portland, Oregon. Faced with the limitations of yarn from big-brand companies, she started her own label, bringing yarn of the highest quality to small, independent stores like her own. Shibui Knits has since grown to represent timeless sophistication in local yarn stores worldwide. All of the Shibui yarns are designed to become unique, luxury fabrics in a coordinated palette made for mixing, at any gauge. Each pattern is tailored with thoughtful techniques, resulting in an intuitive knitting process and garments with optimal fit. Today, they continue to be grounded in the concept of simplicity well executed, with loving attention to detail. In March of this year Shibui launched the SS17 collection along with their newest yarn Lunar, a lace weight merino and silk blend. You can view the SS17 lookbook along with the full line of Shibui yarns at shibuiknits.com and make sure to follow along on Ravelry and Instagram @shibuiknits

Fiber folk: When I think of shawl designers, Melanie Berg is one of the first to come to mind. Her work has inspired a generation of shawl knitters and her soft and sweet presence charms anyone who’s had the opportunity to talk with her. From her life in Germany with her family to exploring new European yarns, I hope you enjoy hearing Melanie’s story. You can find Melanie on Ravelry and on Instagram @mairlynd.

Photos by Melanie Berg, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Whitney Hayward, Pam Allen, Woolfolk

 

Sponsor: The Yarn Collective is a new fibre and design company focused on working with the best independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colorways. The Yarn Collective has kicked off the launch with a trio of designers representing the best of modern knitwear design: Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Bristol Ivy. The first of these international designers is Melanie Berg from Germany, who has launched Portland Lace, a fine yarn spun from the softest merino wool to create a wonderfully soft handle that is suitable for all types of knitting and crochet. The yarn is available in 10 shades, picked by Melanie Berg herself. The Yarn Collective has had the pleasure in collaborating with a family run mill that has been established for over 85 years in Peru. Now run by the third generation, their passion for ethics matches The Yarn Collective’s own commitment to environmentally safe practices and social responsibility. The yarn is accompanied by the Secretkeeper Lace shawl pattern, which Melanie named as “sometimes knitting can feel like weaving in little secrets into fabric as you go. Thoughts that you won’t share with anyone, just your knitting..” Visit theyarncollective.com and follow along on Instagram @theyarncollective and you can purchase the yarns at loveknitting.com

Giveaway: The winner of our last episode’s giveaway is Lianne Scott. You’ve won Taproot’s GROW project kit for the Summer Rain Shawl, Thread and Ladles autographed copy of MAINE Knits and 4 skeins of Wing and a Prayer Farm’s Shetland DK to make Beatrice’s Gentle Ewe Shawl pattern. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaways are sponsored by Shibui and The Yarn Collective. Shibui is giving away a project kit featuring Melanie’s Whiteout Shawl along with their Lunar yarn. The Yarn Collective is giving away Melanie’s Secretkeeper shawl along with their Portland Lace yarn. To be one of the winners of this weeks giveaway, enter by leaving a comment on this blog post. And if you’re on Instagram and would like another chance to enter, see our giveaway post on Instagram for more info.  

Music by Jónsi.

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390 Comments

  • Reply Vera June 23, 2017 at 9:52 am

    another lovely give-away. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Reply Ginette Richard June 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      I agréé, great give away!

    • Reply Susan Gustavison June 24, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you for profiling Melanie Berg. I have made about 15 of her shawls – more projects than from any other designer.

    • Reply Marianne Povey July 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      I love this pattern. If I don’t win it I will buy it. I think purple and plum would be glorious.

    • Reply Catherine July 15, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Melanie Berg was a delight to listen to. Thank you for this wonderful interview with this talented lady. I really love knitting her patterns.

  • Reply Susan June 23, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Two of my favorite shawls, what a great giveaway!

  • Reply Kevin June 23, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Oh my word! How freaking beautiful and nice of you and sponsors to offer this chance! Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Heather Mitchell June 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I agree that this is a lovely giveaway!

  • Reply Julia Burgess June 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

    This is one of my most favorite patterns-would love to knit it!

  • Reply Noelle Jenkins June 23, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This sounds like it will be a good episode. I’m looking forward to listening and maybe get inspired for my next project.

  • Reply Zsuzsa June 23, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Just in time for my Friday evening knitting on the porch! Thanks for another lovely episode. And oh, that Shibui yarn…I would love to have it!

  • Reply Elaine Tom June 23, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I love Melanie Berg’s designs. I’ve made 4 Drachenfels.

  • Reply Nicole Acuna June 23, 2017 at 11:43 am

    These patterns are truly special and absolutely stunning! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!

  • Reply Marie June 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

    The 2 shalws are very beautiful. Thank you four the contest

  • Reply Marie Parke June 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Love Shibui yarns and Melanie Berg’s designs.

  • Reply ngs June 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Ohh! would love to win

  • Reply Sara Denbo June 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve always loved this shawl! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Reply Shannon Yeaton June 23, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Love her work! Looking forward to hearing what she has to say. Thank you for a great giveaway as usual!

  • Reply Caitlin June 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    What a wonderful episode – and thank you for the giveaway!

  • Reply Barbara Bullemer June 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Great podcast beautiful shawls

  • Reply Nicole Creamer June 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    What a magnificent giveaway!!! Thanks to all the sponsors!

  • Reply jonatha m foli June 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    melanie berg & shibui all in one…wow!

  • Reply Donna Nicholaides June 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity. What a great giveaway!

  • Reply virginia Sattler-Reimer June 23, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    What a gift for a Friday! Thanks for the lovely episode and the awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Leslie June 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Best giveaway Ever!

  • Reply Wies June 23, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a beautiful pattern by Melanie and the most gorgeous yarns

  • Reply Tina W June 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    What a wonderful interview! I have so many of Melanie Berg’s shawls in my favorites. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway.

  • Reply Laura S June 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    These are such lovely shawls! I love the whiteout shawl especially!

  • Reply Wendy booth June 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Happy Friday., thanks for the podcast and giveaway!

  • Reply Peggy June 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Such a gift to hear Melanie’s voice. Its exactly how I thought it would be. I have knit a couple of her shawls, tamdou is the latest and a sweater also. She is such a thoughtful designer. Thank you for another interesting podcast. I am soooo hooked! Ha!

  • Reply Stefania June 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Inspiring to hear Melanie’s story. I have been wanting to knit one of her shawls for a while. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

  • Reply Meagan Radford June 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Lovely interview, it is always so interesting to hear how people’s careers ebb and flow.

  • Reply Louise June 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I hadn’t come across Melanie before but now after listening to the podcast and exploring her ravelry page I’ve had to add to my project wish list! Her patterns are just heaven and combined with the sublime shibui yarn…well you know that feeling of a slightly racing heart when you start thinking about new yarn and a new project to pop on the needles…

  • Reply Marcy Werth June 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I saw the photo of this shawl on Instagram and had to come over and hear all about it. Thanks for doing the work you do.

  • Reply Diane m Damon-Horstman June 23, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I just liseneted to this weeks podcast, it was my first time. I will be listening to more of these in the future! I would love a chance to knit with the new shibui yarn! Thanks for the opportunity to join the giveaway. Happy knitting!

  • Reply Christine Nordell June 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I always enjoy your podcasts This one was no different Very enjoyable

  • Reply Diane Z. June 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Such a beautiful pattern and yarn! Thank for you hosting the giveaway.

  • Reply Colleen Cuccarese June 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Love ❤️ the clean looks and drape of your yarn!

  • Reply Beth June 23, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Such beautiful designs!!!

  • Reply Gail June 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Ah Shibui!!! There is no other yarn that makes my fingers happy!! And to be able to use Shibui yarn to create a beautiful shawl like this would mean happy fingers AND happy eyes – not to mention being fashionable.

  • Reply Roz June 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    So generous, what a beautiful giveaway.

  • Reply Stephanie D'Souza June 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I’m knitting Rheinlust by Melanie at this moment 🙂 She is so creative!

  • Reply Kate June 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I love shawls…this is a great giveaway! Thank you!

  • Reply Karen June 23, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Love Shibui and love Melanie’s big shawl designs. I am knitting Secretkeeper while listening to the post!

  • Reply Lisa B. June 23, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I loved this episode! I had never heard of the guest before, and now I can’t wait to knit her shawls.

  • Reply Emily June 23, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Another fantastic glimpse into the lives of those who bring such beauty!! Thanks!! Oh, and lovely photos. They always leave me wanting more!

  • Reply Pernille Bratved June 23, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I loved this episode, and especially Melanie’s perception of the different groups of knitters in Germany and her gorgeous story of being able to change her career due to good conditions in Germany – how awesome is that? Both prizes are so beautiful, I hope to dive into one of them!

  • Reply Polly June 23, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I loved this episode – so interesting to hear a European perspective, so lovely to hear the generations of knitting that have inspired

  • Reply Kerrie Brown June 24, 2017 at 2:26 am

    I admire Melanie Berg’s shawls. She designs are striking and memorable!

  • Reply Annette June 24, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Longtime fan of Melanie’s work…. Want to make all the shawls!! What a terrific give-away.!

  • Reply Judy Maloney June 24, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Just a wonderful shawl with a beautiful yarn!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Teresa June 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I’d like acknowledge your commitment Ashley, for these wonderful podcasts! I know what it’s like to have little children. a home to run, animals to care for and a career to nurture! Good job and know that we appreciate it! Love from Wyoming!

  • Reply Jane June 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    These look lovely!

  • Reply Diana Brewer June 24, 2017 at 7:59 am

    What a great giveaway! I love Melanie Berg’s designs and would be so happy to make one of her shawls with these incredible yarns!

  • Reply Helle Hansen June 24, 2017 at 7:59 am

    What a great give away! I love both Melanie’s designs and how she takes responsibility.

  • Reply Christine Rasch June 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I love Melanies work. I already finished the Drachenfels and Oceanwave shaws. And there are definetly more to come!

  • Reply Kristine June 24, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I LOVE Melanie’ patterns…one of my absolute favorite designers. This is a fantastic give-away! I’d love to be the lucky winner:)

  • Reply Dacia Haning June 24, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter! Love Melanie’s work!

  • Reply Kelly Moynahan June 24, 2017 at 8:05 am

    This is such a great giveaway!! Thank you!

  • Reply Jennifer Ingalls June 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I love Melanie Berg’s designs!

  • Reply Renee June 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    So exciting!!! Love designer, love the yarn, love the patterns.

  • Reply Madison Moe June 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    What a great giveaway, thank you!

  • Reply Iris June 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    What a fantastic yarn ♥️

  • Reply Allyson June 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I would love a chance to make this beautiful shawl. I travel all the time and was realizing the other day that a beautiful shawl would be the perfect addition to my suitcase.

  • Reply Tara June 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Shibui and the Yarn Collective… how awesome. Thank you for the opportunity to win these beautiful kits!

  • Reply Brandi Stone June 24, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Both shawls are gorgeous! What a treat it would be to win either kit!

  • Reply Jenny June 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Melanie’s shawls are consistently beautiful. I want to knit all of them!

  • Reply Pam Lambert June 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Amazing shawls, love them

  • Reply Jill Barrakling June 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Such a great episode and I love Melanie’s work! Would love to win, too, of course!

  • Reply Annette June 24, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love the designs of Melanie. She always arranges beautiful yarn into beautiful patterns. Thanks for opportunity.

  • Reply Inger June 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

    What a great givaway. I have never been disapointed knitting a shawl by Melanie.

  • Reply Heidi June 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I love Melanie’s designs and I love that she gives back.

  • Reply Anna Chiara June 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Didn’t know that Melanie hada career in IT… but it makes sense! so many of us women in IT are knitters 🙂

  • Reply Holly Vanzant June 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I love Melanie Berg patterns! It’s great to learn more about her.

  • Reply Megan Smith June 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful shawl and lovely yarn colors. I feel like I have already won just seeing this. Thank You!

  • Reply Annika June 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Such pretty shawl and yarn. Both are on my list

  • Reply Christine Hegarty June 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Her shawls are truly amazing!

  • Reply Nicole June 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I love Ms. Berg’s shawls! They make me feel better about all the pretty yarn I’ve bought over the years without knowing what I’m going to use it for. Her designs require lovely fibres, and I have those in abundance.

  • Reply Amanda June 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Such beautiful yarn and beautiful shawls! Great combination. ☺️

  • Reply Vivienne June 24, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for a wonderful interview!

  • Reply Katherine June 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

    A beautiful episode and beautiful giveaway!

  • Reply Cailan June 24, 2017 at 9:02 am

    What an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Reply Hazel Donnelly June 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Wonderful episode, fantastic prize giveaway

  • Reply Bri June 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I love Melanie’s patterns. What a nice podcast! Between her and Beatrice last week, it’s just so much awesome.

  • Reply Amy June 24, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Two of my favorite things: Melanie Berg shawls and Shibui yarn!

  • Reply Christine June 24, 2017 at 9:11 am

    What an awesome opportunity! Lovely yarn, lovely shawl!!

  • Reply Katherine June 24, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I love Melanie Berg’s shawls. I have so many of her patterns but not these. Would love to win!

  • Reply Alex Monnin June 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I bumped into your podcast after seeing one of Melanie’s Instagram posts and really enjoyed listening! I’ve added it to my que and look forward to hearing more episodes!

  • Reply Leah C June 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful episode and lovely giveaway!

  • Reply Samantha June 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I’m not sure which I’m more excited about; the give-away or finding a new podcast to knit to. Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Reply Kate Hoffman June 24, 2017 at 9:24 am

    What a great giveaway. I love your podcast and look forward to new episodes to make my last my work commutes more enjoyable. Thank you!

  • Reply Naomi June 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Lovely giveaway. Melanie is one of my favorite designers.

  • Reply Karin June 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Wonderful giveaway!

  • Reply Judith Keith June 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply KateP June 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Melanie is the source of so many amazing shawl patterns – I want to knit them all! This is such a nice giveaway; many thanks to the kind sponsors and Woolful!

  • Reply Tanis Comrie June 24, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Love it!

  • Reply Gretchen June 24, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I am so happy to have this to listen to today while I am knitting. I love Melanie’s clean and clever designs. Shibui yarns are wonderful! I so appreciate the work you put into your podcasts. Keep up the wonderful work. I am always so excited to listen to a new one and I have revisited several podcasts to listen again!

  • Reply Melissa JeepKnitter June 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

    A fabulous podcast, gorgeous yarns and a beyond talented designer, what more could a gal ask for any day of the week! I absolutely LOVE Melanie’s designs. She is so inspiring and makes me want to step outside of my comfort zone. Thank for the giveaway and a chance to listen to my favorite designer.

  • Reply Kathrin June 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

    What a wonderful podcast. I’m a huge fan of Melanie’s designs and hearing her talk about her journey is quite inspiring. And how lovely of the sponsors to offer such great giveaways. Both shawls are on my wishlist!

  • Reply Cady June 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Oh my fingers are crossed for this one!!!

  • Reply Betsy June 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I look forward to listening to the podcast later while knitting. I have one of Melanie’s patterns at the top of my queue but trying to finish up a couple of WIPs first. The giveaways look marvelous and such generosity from the sponsors!

  • Reply Rebecca June 24, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Both shawls are gorgeous – I love Melanie’s designs!

  • Reply Isabelle Kremer June 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Wow! Whatsapp a great podcast and giveaway! Thank you

  • Reply Sarah June 24, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Such a beautiful giveaway and what a great episode!

  • Reply Lucie Paquet June 24, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Love Shibui and love Melanie’s big shawl designs. I would be so grateful to win this!

  • Reply Laura Pavola June 24, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I was so happy to listen to Melanie’s interview. I love hearing about all of the winding roads that designers take. Her shawl patterns are so lovely. I think I could spend the next year just knitting her shawl patterns.
    I could spend the rest of my life just knitting with shibui and be happy.

  • Reply Marla Rosenlieb June 24, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Two shawls I haven’t made – yet! What a great giveaway. Thanks to all.

  • Reply Kelly Haskell June 24, 2017 at 10:06 am

    What an amazing giveaway! Have always wanted to try these yarns and Melanie is THE BEST!! Kdhaskell5@gmail.com / @haskellyknitz …. thank you

  • Reply Monika June 24, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Melanie Berg is one of my absolutely favorite designers! What a treat to knit one of her yarns in such fantastic yarn!

  • Reply Anne Gott June 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Melanie’s designs are beautiful – I’m looking forward to learning more about her. And you giveaways are great too – thank you!

  • Reply Andrea June 24, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I really love Melanies patterns! Interesting podcast and even more interesting giveaway! Thanks a lot for the chance!

  • Reply Maryia June 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    What a wonderful podcast! Thank you so much for it! I love Shibui and Melanie’s designs so much!

  • Reply Esther June 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I just listened to your podcast with Melanie Berg while on my morning walk. I like so many of your episodes, some that have moved me to tears, but I have to say that this one is my favorite. Melanie is so thoughtful, intentional and principled. I found this interview so inspiring. I’m so appreciative of the giveaway offer.

  • Reply johanne groulx June 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I am never disappointed with Melanie Berg pattern and Shibui yarn.

  • Reply Donna Gerber June 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

    What lovely items for a giveaway. I’ve just recently discovered Melanie Berg’s beautiful designs and can’t wait to try one.

  • Reply Jessica johannesen June 24, 2017 at 10:38 am

    What a great interview! I would love to win some of these lovely yarns!!!

  • Reply Hedvig Kärnekull June 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Lovely! I keep my fingers crossed and hope to be a winner 🙂

  • Reply Emma Knowles June 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Fab podcast! I was fortunate enough to attend one of Melanie’s courses last week – I learnt loads.

  • Reply Erin June 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Beautiful yarn and patterns! Also love Jonsi!

  • Reply Claire June 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I love, love, love Melanie’s work and her work ethic. Amazing designer! I love how she gives back to the community and to those in need. She is an inspiration. Thanks for this great interview and what a generous giveaway.

  • Reply Adrianne June 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

    These shawls are so beautiful!

  • Reply Amanda Johnson June 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

    What a fabulous prize!

  • Reply Kaarina June 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Thank You for another great episode! Melanie is an amazing designer! Thank you also for the chance to win a fabulous prize! Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

  • Reply Anne Stange June 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Would sure like to win this beauty.
    Maybe it could get my knitting mood back on track ❤️

  • Reply Aidan June 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I love Melanie. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  • Reply Becky June 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Love her designs! What a beautiful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Cari June 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

    These shawls are absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Carol Freshley June 24, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Melanie is more than a great designer. Her commitment in support of organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Greenpeace make me proud to own her patterns (a few now). I was introduced to Shibui fiber this summer at Jessica’s Knits in Scottsdale, AZ. Lovely fiber!! I did not have a project in mind at the time and my ample stash precludes my purchasing new fiber without a designated project. Then along came Whiteout! What a great combination.

  • Reply Leslie June 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’ve been wanting to knit one of Melanie’s patterns.

  • Reply Margaret June 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I enjoyed hearing about Melanie’s life. Love her shawls.

  • Reply Amy June 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Such an interesting podcast — great topics, great designer and such soothing voices. Thank you for an enjoyable hour!

  • Reply Jessica Roble June 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Melanie’s shawls are so inspiring. I don’t usually knit or wear shawls, but I want to make ALL the shawls after seeing her work. Thank you!

  • Reply Trina June 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

    So in love with the contrast of stripes and lace and would love to make this shawl❤️❤️

  • Reply Jennifer Dutka June 24, 2017 at 11:50 am

    What a lovely giveaway! ❤️

  • Reply lisac June 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Beautiful interview. You both seem to flow together with ease and naturalness.

  • Reply Robyn Kirk June 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I loved this podcast as Melanie is my favourite shawl designer. Thank you for this chance of winning. Thank you. The Secret Keep is so special.

  • Reply josephine June 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Wonderful interview of one of my favorite designers. Thank you for your podcast as its my favorite one of knit. Thank you to Shibui for supporting this great podcast and offering a great kit in the giveaway.

  • Reply Corinne June 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I really enjoyed this…it was like sitting down to tea with two great knitters and getting to
    listen to them dialogue…enjoyed the conversation about stretching each others abilities
    and how community knitting does that….nothing like sharing hobbies and work with
    other like minded fiber folks……very encouraging!
    Thank you!

  • Reply Clare June 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    First time listening to your podcast. Loved it! Now I need to go and listen to the previous episodes.

  • Reply Erika Rocks June 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Great post! I LOVE Melanie’s designs.

  • Reply Venice Smith June 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I really love Melanie’s designs and have knitted a couple of them. I would be thrilled to knit another!

  • Reply Marieke June 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Lovely show, thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Reply Anna Ridley June 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    What a fabulous giveaway!

  • Reply Anne June 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I enjoyed the podcast since I Ardmore many of Melanie’s designs and recently made Rheinlust. Thanks for entering me to win one of these lovely kits.

  • Reply Lauren R June 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Another great episode! I love this podcast so much!

  • Reply Vicki Williams June 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    What a great giveaway! Beautiful yarn and patterns. I love Melanie’s designs.

  • Reply Lina June 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I love this episode and what a wonderful giveaway. I love knitting shawls! To knit them would be an amazing treat.

  • Reply Virginia Gomez June 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I love these patterns, thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Reply Lisa June 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The pod cast was great.Melenie’s patterns are wonderful. So far , I finished one shawl. I’m certain a new one will be on my needles soon.

  • Reply Zoi June 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I love both Melanie and Shibui yarn, really enjoyed interview 🙂 Thank you!

  • Reply Jaime June 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I loved hearing Melanie’s story. I am slowly working my way through her entire collection. Melanie is an inspiration to knitters, women and women in business! Thank you Ashley for featuring her!

  • Reply Irmgard June 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I would be thrilled to win a beautiful pattern by Melanie and to get the opportunity to knit it with the one of the gorgeous yarns. I’ve already knitted some of her patterns and love them all.

  • Reply Anna June 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing Blog! Thank you for that well written Informations and inspiration!

  • Reply Diane June 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Melanie’s one of my favorite designers, love her “kfbf” increases. 🙂

  • Reply Natalie June 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve been admiring these shawls for some time, planning the day when my knitting branches out to include shawls and lace. Maybe the time has finally come, giveaway winner or not! They’re too lovely to pass up!

  • Reply Elly June 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I love Melanie Berg’s scarves and shawls. Great podcast.

  • Reply Johanna Ylistö June 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I loooove Mairlynd’s designs and I’ve knitted quite a few of them! But your podcast is new to me and I will listen to this episode tomorrow. In Finland we are having an increasing trend of video podcasts but I’ve been missing something to LISTEN while I’m walking or cycling so this might be it! Lovely pictures, following you now on Instagram too 🙂

  • Reply Arlene June 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love Melanie’s designs and love Shibui. I’m not familiar with the yarn collective- I must check it out! Nice give away, would love to win!

  • Reply Neza June 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Ooooh, I love Melanie’s designs, nice to hear her story!

  • Reply Angela Wiggers June 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I’m a newby to all the woolliness in the world and love it. Would like the give away a lot! So I’m sending woolly smoke signals from Rotterdam.

  • Reply Jennifer June 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Love Melanie’s shawls!

  • Reply Jelleke June 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    What a great podcast and giveaway. I love Melanie’s designs! I’ve never been able to score some Shibui over here, and I’ve only vaguely heard about The Yarn Collective before until now!

  • Reply Shirley June 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Currently knitting On the Spice Market. What a joy. Thank you for the great listen.

  • Reply Carla Lockwood June 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Can’t believe I’m just finding this podcast! Excited to have some back episodes to listen & get caught up with. Thank you for sharing

  • Reply Miriam Bradley June 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Love Melanie Berg designs ! Can’t go wrong ! Such class and style !

  • Reply Karen Tait June 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    My go to shawl designer, fab giveaway too

  • Reply Conniecgi June 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Love that spark of willow green yarn; it’s lovely! Thank you both for the awesome giveaway and for writing such fashionable, functional patterns!

  • Reply Carroll Birk June 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Fabulous giveaway! I’ve knit four MB patterns and already have yarn for more. I’m very excited to have found this podcast!

  • Reply Jill June 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    A really great episode. So enjoyed listening. Fantastic competition thanks for a chance to win such great prizes. ridgestitch on Rav and Instagram

  • Reply Lisa June 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Loved listening to this podcast. Melanie Berg is one of my favorite designers; I’m currently knitting Drachenfels and it is probably my favorite project to date! The yarn is lovely, and I would be so happy to win this giveaway!

  • Reply Penny Schumers June 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Great podcast. Love Melanie’s shawl designs.

  • Reply Marla June 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway thank you for the opportunity and for a delightful and informative podcast.

  • Reply Jessica F June 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    It’s so crazy I just bought some yarn to start two shawls she designed, Rheinlust and Ingwer, they’re to be Christmas gifts. I’ve got to start early and sometimes even then I don’t finish in time! Thanks for the giveaways, I don’t know how you think of new ones for each episode.

  • Reply Teresa June 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    What a beautiful giveaway on all levels. Those yarns and Melanie’s shawl designs are just excellent.

  • Reply Brenda June 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Beautiful shawl, beautiful yarn, great designer, wonderful combination !

  • Reply Samantha June 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I’m looking forward to this Podcast. I love Melanie’s designs. What a great giveaway!

  • Reply Laura M June 24, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful shawls from an amazing designer, and such a generous giveaway!

  • Reply Rachel June 24, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I love Melanie’s designs! Can’t wait to get the next one on the needles.

  • Reply Anja June 24, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I would love to get Melanie’s designs, are a great fan of her on the spice market. Knitted it a coupke of times, completely different outcome. Love her colors . 😉

  • Reply Caroll June 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Melanie Berg fan here! Hope I win! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • Reply June June 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Great episode. I’m a big fan of Shibui and Melanie’s designs.

  • Reply Ann-Marie June 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Wonderful interview! Melanie is such an inspiring designer!

  • Reply Lesley June 24, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks to Melanie for introducing me to it – I can see it’s going to become a regular spot for me.

  • Reply Anja Aussem June 24, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    What a great and genorous giveaway!
    Thanks, Anja

  • Reply Linda June 24, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for another interesting episode. Melanie Berg has lovely designs and this is a fabulous giveaway.

  • Reply Anna June 24, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I love Melanie Berg’s designs. I can’t wait to cast on Ashburn, Dranchefels and many others.

  • Reply Jenny Lycken June 24, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    What a lovely episode!

  • Reply Katja June 25, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for the wonderful Podcast and sharing your thoughts about design, yarns, producers and ecological standards.

  • Reply Germaine Irwin June 25, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Just saw this shawl the other day on Instagram and then found this post! I think its kismet.

  • Reply Wendy P June 25, 2017 at 3:14 am

    What a wonderful episode! I’m very familiar with Melanie’s designs, but I’ve never heard her interviewed. Thanks for adding another dimension to my knitting; I’m more inspired than ever.

  • Reply Lynne June 25, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway ☺

  • Reply Nicole June 25, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Thank you for another great giveaway!

  • Reply Oomen June 25, 2017 at 4:21 am

    What a beautiful giveaway! Love both patterns and the yarn: oooh

  • Reply Leena June 25, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Melanie Berg, such an inspiration. Her eye for colour and the way the patterns within her designs compliment each other, wow. A true artist and craftsperson. Thank goodness she didn’t stick with IT.

  • Reply Danyelle June 25, 2017 at 5:27 am

    What a perfect match of pattern and yarn! Thank you for being so talented, and so generous!

  • Reply Heike June 25, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Love Melanie’s designs, and also the yarn companies.

  • Reply Joan Summerside June 25, 2017 at 5:41 am

    This is my first episode of Woolful podcasts that I have listened to. I just found you! (Crazy, I know). I saw the reference to the interview on Instagram and was interested to here the interview. I enjoyed it so much! Thanks, I will be back!

  • Reply Linda Schumm June 25, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I love Melanie Berg patterns. So enjoyed listening to the podcast. Wonderful giveaway.

  • Reply Lea June 25, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I only discovered your podcast and blog two weeks ago – I love it!!!!! I love Melanie’s design and her attitude towards yarn, sheep and the environment. I often found myself nodding in agreement about what she said. Thank you very much!!!!

  • Reply Jennifer Lui June 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I love Melanie’s patterns and Shibui yarns and would love to enter the giveaway contest. Thank you!

  • Reply Brynn Waite June 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I’ve made several of Melanie’s beautiful patterns and have a few in my “queue”. So talented!

  • Reply Debbie June 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Thank you for profiling Melanie! I find her patterns fascinating! Thank you and your sponsors for a great give away!

  • Reply Judy N June 25, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I always look forward to your podcasts, as you feature fiber enthusiasts with a mindful outlook. I have at least one of Melanie’s patterns already, but her outlook on her craft and the world of knitting makes me even more likely to follow her career going forward. Thank you, Ashley, for expanding our collective knitting world by showcasing these mindful people.

  • Reply Carrie June 25, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I always look forward to listening but this week I am really excitedly anticipating an excellent podcast. I love Melanie’s patterns. As always the blog pictures are gorgeous!

  • Reply Sylvia molina June 25, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I really enjoyed this pod cast. I got to know Melanie a little better today and feel that as I knit her patterns I will appreciate them even more going forward.

  • Reply Julia June 25, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I like shawls designed by Melanie, they are not only beautiful but also very wearable. Thank you for this give away.

  • Reply Dana Bakke June 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I so love Melanie’s designs and Shibui yarns have always been one of my favorites. This podcast was inspiring and I loved hearing Melanie’s story.

  • Reply Heather Hersey June 25, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful shawls and yarn!

  • Reply Linda West June 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Love the podcast! I really enjoyed listening to Melanie’s story! So inspirational and I love her patterns. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know her a little better!

  • Reply Gaby June 25, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I loved your latest episode. Thank you so much for the chance to win one of these prizes.

  • Reply Emma June 25, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Another fab podcast, thank you for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway xx

  • Reply Steffi June 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Vers interessting Podcast.

  • Reply Kelsey June 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I love Melanie’s designs – was so excited to see her appear on Woolful!

  • Reply Mary Annese June 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

    One of my favorite designers, happy to learn more about hwr

  • Reply Kathy June 25, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I very much enjoyed this episode featuring Melanie Berg. Her designs are beautiful; and ditto to her comments regarding big shawls. Thanks, Ashley.

  • Reply Annemarie June 25, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Great podcast and great giveaway. Would live to make a chance.

  • Reply colleen conlan June 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I listened to this podcast while weeding my garden and ran in to enter my name in the giveaway. Melanie is so modest and soft spoken. I loved hearing her story after admiring so many of her designs.

  • Reply olga June 25, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Melanie is one of the most interesting designers to me, so I;m happy to listen. Also the giveaway is awesome! Thanks for that!

  • Reply Sarah S. June 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    What a great and inspiring episode!

  • Reply Phoebe June 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Such a great episode! Melanie has a lovely manner and it was encouraging to hear her story. What beautiful patterns and yarns these are in the giveaway – they would be very special to knit with!

  • Reply Brenda F. June 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I enjoyed hearing Melanie’s story. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Reply Brigittte June 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Such a lovely interview with an amazing designer. Thanks for the awesome give away.

  • Reply Karrie June 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    This was the first time I have listened to your podcast and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be sure to tune in again. I really like Melanie’s patterns, it was wonderful to learn a bit about how she got into designing. Thank you so much. What’s not to love about Shibui!

  • Reply Susan Crosby June 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Melanie has such a sweet voice. I could listen to her all day.

  • Reply Lori Parker June 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Can’t wait to listen to your interview with Melanie. I love her designs (and knitting them!), especially love listening to her voice. Thank you!

  • Reply Susan June 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I really enjoyed how this podcast felt at times more like a conversation than an interview, with Melanie posing questions to Ashley. I would love the opportunity to knit one (or two!) of Melanie’s shawl patterns.

  • Reply Patty June 25, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you for all that you do to bring so much creativity and inspiration into our lives.

  • Reply Shari (irishpogue on Rav) June 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I always look forward to your podcasts, Ashley This was another goodie, thanks, Melanie. I especially loved the shoutout you gave to your man for his support ❣️

  • Reply Amanda June 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Good things come to those that troll around Instagram looking at knitting pics! New listener . I tuned in to listen to Melanie and it was a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. Thank you!

  • Reply Lisa June 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the podcast. Love these giveaways. Great patterns and yarn.

  • Reply Faye June 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    My first time listening to your podcast! Love it! Amazing giveaway! thank you for the chance to win!

  • Reply Tisha June 25, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Loved this podcast! Thank you :):):)
    Finishing a Shibui project now and would love to cast on another!

  • Reply Lígia June 26, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Thank you for this moment and for the good company it provided 🙂

  • Reply Christine Newpower June 26, 2017 at 2:19 am

    These yarns look absolutely decadent! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Isa June 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Thank you for yet another wonderful podcast. Melanie’s fiber story was enlighteningl and inspiring

  • Reply Stacy June 26, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I love Melanie Berg’s designs. They are all so beautiful. This podcast is an inspiration. Thank you.

  • Reply Sandra June 26, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I also love Melanie’s designs – she is amazing. It was a bit challenging listening to this episode on my road trip but so worth it! I am striving to make my creations reflect my care & concern for how animals are treated, that true value is given to people’s work & that our world is also cared for. Thank you Ashley & Melanie : )

  • Reply Ellen June 26, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Hi, I just dicovered your potcast through an instagram post by Melanie. Very well done! Can’t wait to catch up with the other episods. And I wanted to cast on a Drachenfels Shawn for ages.

  • Reply Amy Palko June 26, 2017 at 6:34 am

    So enjoyed listening to Melanie talk about her journey into design. Really inspiring! Care, compassion and creative confidence. Love love love!

  • Reply Geneviève June 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! The yarns and patterns are beautiful!

  • Reply Amy B. June 26, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I am just finishing up a big project and would love to kick back and knit one of Melanie’s designs.

  • Reply Sandra June 26, 2017 at 6:55 am

    My first podcast experience ever! And I could not have chosen better!
    A true enjoyment. I just love Melanie’ s design and general aesthetics. And she always manages to install a new fibre love in me. Like that Shibui gorgeousness of a yarn. Um, coveting this very much

  • Reply Liz June 26, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Such a generous and beautiful prize! Melanie’s designs are wonderful 🙂

  • Reply Olivia Eaton June 26, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Thank you for this interview! Melanie sounds like a lovely person and that is definitely reflected in her designs.

  • Reply Laurel June 26, 2017 at 8:11 am

    What a giveaway! Thank you for all the generosity of the sponsors! Melanie Berg is amazing!

  • Reply Sarah Dawn June 26, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This was my first episode of Woolful and I don’t know how I missed it! It was a great interview!

    I’m looking forward to going through the back episodes!

  • Reply NutmegOwl June 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

    What a lovely post here and on the podcast! Thank you for adding beauty to my day!

  • Reply Tamara Snell June 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Thank you, as always, for the giveaway! It was a joy to listen to this podcast, and Melanie was an inspiration!

  • Reply Amanda June 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Lovely episode! Thank you!

  • Reply A E Anderson June 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    What beautiful pictures! The yarn colors are fabulous. Thank you for this podcast. I love hearing stories from designers, dyers, and other fiber artists.

  • Reply michelle June 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I have a number of Melanie Berg’s patterns–so nice to hear her speak and get a sense for who she is. thanks!

  • Reply Shibui Knits June 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Reply Marilynn Hart June 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Love these yarns and Melanie’s designs! Great episode and thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply Ariel Brandt Lautman June 26, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I love the contrast between Beatrice last week and Melanie this week. In many ways they feel like two complimentary ends of the spectrum, one with young kids, without the bandwidth for firm deadlines, the other with older kids, seeing the benefit of outside deadlines.

  • Reply Stephanie Sicat June 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for interviewing Melanie. I love her shawl patterns. They are unique, fun and beautiful! White out is already in my favorites on ravelry and hope to get started once I finish my find your fade shawl!

  • Reply Marý Björk Steingrímsdóttir June 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Melanies designs are so beautiful – love those yarns too. Great podcast really enjoyed it

  • Reply Ali June 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Really enjoyed this episode. I love Melanie’s designs and socially conscious business practices. Thanks also for the fabulous giveaway.

  • Reply Lynda Thompson June 27, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Listening to this episode made this morning’s commute from Durham to Newcastle most pleasurable, despite the traffic. Thank you! Wonderful giveaway as ever.

  • Reply Janet Effron June 27, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Really enjoyable podcast, and some great knitting inspiration in the photos!

  • Reply Nadia Létourneau June 27, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Very interresting to see the Melanie inspirations.
    Thank you for this nice podcast.

  • Reply Louise Gingery June 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Another great podcast…a fascinating story. Thanks for all you do.

  • Reply Kim June 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I enjoyed this podcast on my morning walk, very inspiring!

  • Reply Kathryn June 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I loved listening to this week’s podcast! I’m new to your podcast and I really enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Reply Laura P June 27, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Love Melanie’s designs and loved hearing all about her and how she works. Thanks for another interesting podcast!

  • Reply Bridget June 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

    All of these projects and the yarn are so lovely!

  • Reply Amber June 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Beautiful patterns!

  • Reply Joanna June 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I always love listening and learning about people’s journeys.

  • Reply Sue June 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I have drooled over Melanie’s ‘Caress My Soul’ shawl ever since I found it so I was verrrrry excited to discover your podcast. Absolutely mesmerized by your conversation, to the point of nearly missing my stop on the early morning train ride into Sydney for work. I have now subscribed and plan to go back and listen to many more. Thank you for offering the opportunity to go in the draw for such a wonderful giveaway.

  • Reply Robyn June 27, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    So fabulous. I found you through instagram, and now I’m working my way through your podcast oeuvre on my morning hikes. This one’s so timely, as I just started knitting with Shibui yarn for the first time, making a grellow (grey and yellow) Amecameca cowl out of their Lunar, and loving how it’s knitting up so far.

  • Reply Karen June 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway opportunity–really enjoyed listening to your interview with Melanie Berg!

  • Reply Rebecca June 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Great episode! Melanie Berg is pretty cool! Thanks

  • Reply Monica June 27, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Another fantastic and informative podcast!
    Thank you!

  • Reply Loretta June 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Fantastic podcast as always!

  • Reply Cathy B June 27, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I am a fan of Melanie Berg.

  • Reply Leslie Caponey June 28, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Thanks so much for the chance to win, I love Melanie Berg!

  • Reply Barbara June 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

    What a wonderful interview with Melanie Berg.

  • Reply Jenna June 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I love Melanie Berg and Shibui. Great giveaway!

  • Reply Meredith S June 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Great episode and wonderful giveaways!

  • Reply Linda June 28, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Just discovered this lovely site with inspiring interviews, podcasts and woolie news. Thank you!

  • Reply Hannah Hawks June 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Love the podcast, and love that you do these giveaways!

  • Reply Josh B. June 28, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Another wonderful episode! I love hearing how people get away from the jobs they aren’t happy with, to do something that makes their passions soar!

  • Reply Elizabeth R June 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    A great episode! Such beautiful shawls.

  • Reply Nola June 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I’ve long been a fan of Melanie Berg so was happy to listen to her story, thank you! Great giveaway too 🙂 Thanks!

  • Reply Vanessa DeRocco June 28, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Wonderful podcast! I checked out your episode because Melanie had posted a link from her FB page. I’m hooked! I loved listening…and did so while I snuck in a little knitting time!

  • Reply Nancy H. June 28, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Another great episode and giveaways!

  • Reply Savannagal June 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I really like Shibui. Their yarns are always so interesting. Melanie has so many lovely designs. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Jennifer Garcia June 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Another lovely episode. I loved it when Ms. Berg flipped the interview and asked about your knitting. The dialogue you inspire is fantastic.

  • Reply Ann Sheehan June 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway. Fabulous prizes

  • Reply Jodi June 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Cathy Wist June 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Once again, you allow us listeners to feel like we’re in the room talking and knitting with you and your guest, even with the sweet baby coo! Melanie was fascinating, as are her designs.

  • Reply Traci June 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    So lovely, in so many ways.

  • Reply Claudia June 29, 2017 at 3:55 am

    I just discovered this podcast and it is so wonderful. A great opportunity to get a glimpse into the lives of other fiberfolk. Thank you, woolful, for bringing this to the knitting community. I love Melanie’s designs and am a proud owner of an Ingwer myself.

  • Reply Tessa June 29, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I love her patterns and this yarn!

  • Reply Carolyn June 29, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful shawls AND yarn…

  • Reply Katie S. June 29, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Great topic–gorgeous photos and projects!

  • Reply Kelly June 29, 2017 at 11:48 am

    What a treat! Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  • Reply Vlasta Cadieu June 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!! Beautiful shawls.

  • Reply Margaret Guillen June 29, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Love love love!

  • Reply Paola June 30, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Such an inspiring story! I was so inspired, I actually started jotting down notes for my own design projects (more like dreams, right now) while listening. Thank you Ashley and Melanie for the lovely interview – the fact that the questions came from both sides made it even more interesting!

  • Reply Cynde Davis June 30, 2017 at 5:02 am

    As stated throughout these comments, and I say again, Melanie Berg and Shibui! My favorites….thanks for the wonderful interview. Looking forward to continued listening. Thanks for the generous offerings.

  • Reply Gigi W June 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    What a great interview. I love Melanie’s style and have made several of her shawls. I also enjoyed the insight into your life.
    Thank you for another great interview.

  • Reply Orlane June 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    great episode! I have been following Melanie and love her work.

  • Reply Pili Grace July 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    The shawls are gorgeous! Thank you for a great interview!

  • Reply Am July 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    As always, loved listening to this episode!

  • Reply Juliet July 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Wonderful episode as always! Thank you to Ashley and Melanie!

  • Reply Kathy Spitlr July 2, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I Love Melanie Berg and Shibu Yarn. I’ve had the pleasure of knitting with Shibu yarns and Melanie’s patterns! Always a wonderful creative experience!

  • Reply Bonnie July 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

    First time I’ve listened to this blog. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

  • Reply Annie July 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I loved listening to this episode.

  • Reply Claire H July 2, 2017 at 11:44 am

    What a beautiful shawl! And always love Shibui yarns.

  • Reply Mirja July 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I just found your podcast thanks to Melanie. Will def. tune in from now on + am I patiently waiting for a her shawl design to be released. Thanks for a great episode!

  • Reply Ann July 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Great episode! I was very interested that Melanie only knits what she designs. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  • Reply Jennafer July 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Wonderful episode this week. Really empathized with your story.

  • Reply Rain July 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I was just thinking the other day…would love to hear from Melanie Berg. Thank you for delivering! 🙂 And for another amazing giveaway!

  • Reply Julia July 3, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Modern knitting really is a global culture these days. Thanks!

  • Reply Joanna July 3, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I enjoy all your podcasts but this one is great. Love all Malanie’s shawl patterns. So nice to hear her story.

  • Reply Lydia Sheffield July 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Love her designs!

  • Reply Melissa Weaver D July 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I have been really enjoying your podcasts, thank you so much for all that you do! And giveaways, too!

  • Reply Abbie B July 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    What a wonderful podcast. Melanie Berg is one of my favorite designers. It was really interesting to hear about her design process and also the knitting culture in Germany.

  • Reply Olga July 4, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Enjoyed so much to hear Melanie’s story! Thank you!!

  • Reply Corrina McMath July 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Love so many of Melanie’s shawls so it was fantastic to hear a little of her back story and process!

  • Reply Laurie July 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Wow! I could listen to Melanie’s voice all day. So soothing and pleasant. Not to mention her beautiful story, patterns, and interests. I didn’t want the interview to end. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Reply Amy Carlson July 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you for interviewing Melanie. I knitted her Drachenfels for my sister, and of course before I sent it I had to “test drive” it for a few days. Loved wearing it and started one for myself with yarn I love, but it wasn’t a great match. I have fantasized about using Shibui for it. As a mohair junkie Silk Cloud is a favorite yarn, and Shibui’s color palette is divine. So pairing Melanie Berg and Shibui . . . awesome! And now I finally know the proper way to pronounce Shibui. 🙂 Thank you Ashley!

  • Reply Stefanie Bold July 5, 2017 at 1:32 am

    A big thanks to the sponsors, this is a great giveaway!

  • Reply Robyn July 5, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Love all Melanie’s shawls. Love shibui yarns too. Just finished linen sweater. Thank you!

  • Reply Tonya July 5, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for these wonderful podcasts!

  • Reply Arianne July 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Lovely episode as always. Hope I win!

  • Reply Cathy B July 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Would love to be the chosen one.

  • Reply Celia Edwards July 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    What a wonderful podcast and episode with Melanie Berg! I have loved knitting her shawls! Thank you for this lovely escape into her world!

  • Reply Tina Bury July 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview with Melanie. I loved it!

  • Reply Jan July 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Wonderful episode! Wsnt to knit all the shawls ftom Ms. Berg!

  • Reply M Lee July 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I enjoyed the podcast very much. Thank you having the giveaway.

  • Reply Gigi W July 6, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Love Melanie Berg! Thank you for another great podcast.

  • Reply Leslie July 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Wonderful podcast greatly improved my lunchtime! So nice to put a voice to Melanie’s beautiful designs. Love Shibui yarns!

  • Reply EM July 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks you for your podcasts! I love them, and shawls, and Melanie Berg, and Shibui yarns!

  • Reply Lisa Fall July 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    So many beautiful shawls!

  • Reply Rose Young July 6, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Amazing podcast! Amazing designer! Amazing prize! Thank you!

  • Reply LisaRR July 7, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Great contest – thanks very much!

  • Reply rachels July 7, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I came across this podcast through the Shibui knits page (I’m knitting one of their sweaters). I’m so excited to find a new place to hear about fiber! I think that may not be the correct direction for sponsoring, but I’m okay with it.
    I look forward to a whole lot more listening enjoyment!

  • Reply Mickey Schumm July 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I love your podcast. I can’t wait to knit one of Melanie’s patterns.

  • Reply Cindi Brown July 7, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I always enjoy knitting with Shibui yarn! Podcast / interview was wonderful.

  • Reply Jennie July 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

    What an enjoyable interview! I have knit several of Melanie’s shawls. It was nice getting to know her a bit through this interview. And is it just me, or does she not have the sweetest, most soothing voice ever?!

  • Reply Caitlin July 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I loved this episode!

  • Reply Frankie July 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    It is so nice to hear from Melanie’s knitting journey into design, Thank you for sharing!
    Frankie

  • Reply Sue July 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Love Melanie’s designs…thank you!

  • Reply Kathleen July 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Best giveaway ever!

  • Reply Erica M. July 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    What a great giveaway! Just found this podcast and am looking forward to hearing more.

  • Reply Agnes July 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This was a wonderful episode, thank you!

  • Reply Monica G July 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I just loved everything about this woman… so well spoken and. Joy to listen to.

  • Reply Candice July 11, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Two beautiful shawls! Gorgeous yarn and a wonderful interview to knit by .

  • Reply Judith B July 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Lovely interview, Melanie was so sweet! Naturally the two of you interviewed each other so it became a conversation like you 2 were sitting together and enjoying tea and sharing ideas. I always learn something new when listening to Woolful. Thank you as always.

  • Reply Connie July 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I love all tour podcasts!! Thank you so much for sharing. I would like be to knit these patterns.

  • Reply asteride July 13, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Thanks so much for the podcast, the beautiful pics and the giveaway!

  • Reply Georgina July 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Starting a socked beanie and enjoying (finally) this episode. Wonderful giveaway as ever. Melanie Berg patterns are always intriguing but did not try to knit one so far.

  • Reply Naomi July 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Great to hear from Melanie Berg who is a favorite designer of mine.

  • Reply Francesca July 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Melanie seems like such a lovely person, I lust after her patterns!

  • Reply Calypso July 14, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Mairlynd and Shibui, definitely a great combination. I’ll keep this in mind. Loved to listen to Melanie Berg and her childhood in Bonn in the 80’s. Thanks for this lovely giveaway, as always.

  • Reply Trish Southerland July 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for the insightful interview with Melanie Berg. Her story is inspiring, as I began knitting for my children as well. I really enjoyed her comments regarding mindful purchasing and whatiI call’voting for your ethics with yourprofile dollar.’

    And I mustsay say, it was a joy to hear your baby cooing in the background.

    Best regards,

    trish-tricoteuse on Ravelry

  • Reply Allison July 15, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Melanie’s designs are so beautiful. I would love to knit so many of them! Thanks for featuring her!

  • Reply Rachel Tuck July 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Melanie does indeed have a gentle way in her speaking & such lovely shawls! Thanks for a great episode.

  • Reply LEANNE GODDARD July 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Really enjoyed hearing Melanie’s story. Her designs are beautiful!

  • Reply Tracy C. July 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Lovely episode, I enjoyed listening! Going to check out her patterns now… I’m just starting to get interested in making shawls and also want to make big rather than little ones!

  • Reply Dinah demers July 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Melanie’s shawl patterns are original and beautifully wearable!

  • Reply Mary Ann Pastene July 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Would love to win this give away.

  • Reply Doreen MacL July 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Catching up on podcasts and enjoyed this interview as always. Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Karin July 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you as always for such a thoughtful interview. Listening to Melanie was delightful , inspirational and such a soothing voice. Lovely.

  • Reply Julie July 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    love melanies shawl designs, i’ve made drachenfel and have cast on the love of spiders!

  • Reply Sarah Dykeman July 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for the great give away. Loved hearing about Melanie’s story,

  • Reply Cheryl July 23, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I really enjoyed this interview and the opportunity to know more about Melanie Beth especially since my current project is her Qwist mitts and hat.

  • Reply Sarah Laidley July 23, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I love your podcast! I’ve been catching up since I wanted to start at the beginning and follow you the whole way! Love Love Love this podcast….gives me so much inspiration.

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  • Reply Susan Seward July 27, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Thank for another great listen!

  • Reply Maria July 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

    loved what Melanie had to say about Macron’s cabinet picks – indeed a bright spot in this year’s news cycle! wonderful listen and exciting giveaway! (holy cow I’d love to knit one of these shawls!)

  • Reply Shannon Yeaton July 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Great story on Melanie, have always loved her work! Thanks!

  • Reply Kimsy_g July 27, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    When I first started knitting I was clueless but woolful and Melanie were the first voices in this community that resonated with my values and aesthetic. Needless to say I could not have imagined a podcast I would want to hear more. Thank you!

  • Reply Danielley July 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    What lovely shawls!

  • Reply Paula W. July 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Loved the interview and getting to know more about one of my fave designers. Thank you Woolful Podcast and Danke Schoen Melanie!

  • Reply Friederike July 28, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    lovely yarn and patterns!

  • Reply Stefanie B.. July 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I kept hearing Melanie being mentioned in other podcasts and finally checked out her Ravelry site. Wow! Beautiful designs. Now I see why her name keeps coming up. Really enjoyed your interview with her and learning more about Shibui and the Yarn Collective.

  • Reply Helen July 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, what a great giveaway, the colours of this wool are so rich, I’d love to knit one of these loveky shawls for myself!

  • Reply Angela Ox August 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Happy to have found this podcast!! Would also love to hear more crocheters on the show.

  • Reply Laura Rogers August 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my goodness those colors are gorgeous!

  • Reply Cathy S August 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Would really like to win those patterns.

  • Reply Jeanette August 9, 2017 at 12:10 am

    What a great episode, it was very interesting hearing Melanie, and thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Lucinda Frachtenberg August 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Oh I love Melanie’s designs and was so happy to listen to this podcast (as always!).

  • Reply Martha Donley August 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Just discovered your podcast. I love hearing the stories of the people in our industry. Thank you for gifting us this wonderdul pocast.

  • Reply sonja loyd August 12, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Shes amazing! Love the yarn ,patterns! Her journey is completely inspiring .

  • Reply Kait Hilliard August 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    My favorite part was about her relationships with ethical wool producers and also the contrast between working for yourself and stretching yourself when working with others. So thoughtful and thought-provoking. I have my open waters shawl on the needles. Can’t wait to finish it now!

  • Reply Kara Monaroe August 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    This interview made the miles of my long run melt away!

  • Reply Elizabeth August 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Reading this blog and listening to the podcasts, inspire me to want to knit more and more and more!

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