Woolspiration

Woolspiration: Knitting Pretty c.1955

March 4, 2017

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted a Woolspiration post. I’ve been gathering an archive over the past year and am looking forward to sharing these videos, articles and books with you more regularly.

Today we have a great film from the past, ‘Knitting Pretty‘. This charming piece is filmed in Kodachrome and features a woman named Patricia Scott. She is a knitting adviser for Lavenda and her job is to visit conferences and shops, helping customers choose wools, needles, patterns and answer questions. The film gives some background on wool processing, choosing ply, the best way to wind the wool, how to calculate gauge, and even how to wash your woolens. While all of this information we find readily available today online, in your LYS or in a book…’Knitting Pretty’ takes you back to a day when this information wasn’t as easy to come by, yet creating your own garments was just as sought after, if not more so.

To watch the extract of the film, go here or click photo below.

 

Woolful Podcast

Episode 76: Matthew Cox & Christina Miller – Arts, Food Justice, Icelandic sheep, and Greenbow Farm

March 2, 2017

Sponsor: Taproot Magazine, is a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. The content in each issue consistently blows me away. It is fulfilling and inspiring. The most recent issue WEAVE features a collection of wonderful finds as we close out Winter and step in Spring. With lessons in growing Cosmos, Paleo and homemade bitters recipes, Wendell Berry and Tasha Tudor essays, and a collection of knitting and crochet how-to’s. There is so much goodness in each issue. You can visit Taproot Magazine online at Taprootmag.com and on Instagram @taprootmag.

Fiber folk: Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Matt and Christina of Greenbow Farm…first discovering their yarn, visiting their farm and following their incredible journey on Instagram. This first generation family run farm is an inspiration, that with hard work, sacrifice, gumption, drive and business savvy, you can achieve your farm dreams. They are ‘doing it’, creating a living on and from their farm. I hope you’ll take some time to visit their site, Instagram and shop and if you’re in the Seattle area, you can find them at the West Seattle Farmer’s Market every Sunday. Visit greenbowfarm.com and find them on Instagram @greenbowfarm.

Sponsor: I want to thank Taproot Magazine again for sponsoring this week’s episode. With the natural, easygoing and heartfelt focus of each issue, I find myself continuing to go back to it throughout the quarter, gaining a little something each time and looking forward to the upcoming issue. Make sure to check out the most recent issue WEAVE, featuring the Quill hat pattern from Andrea Mowry knit in Stone Wool, Three French Hens knit toy pattern from Susan B Anderson knit in Bartlett Wool Co. and the Rosemound Scarf crochet pattern from Ashlynn Holmes crocheted in Quince and Co. I highly recommend you visit Taprootmag.com and renew or subscribe. 

Knitalong: This past November we kicked off the year long Woolful and Biches & Buches knit along. You can join any time this year by casting on one of Biches & Buches patterns or a project with one of their yarns. Visit bichesetbuches.com to be inspired and find your project kit or yarn and visit Woolful.com for more info on this knit along. This week we have another knit along giveaway winner, Theresa L. You’ve won a $30 gift card to the Woolful Mercantile. Congratulations!

Giveaway:The winners of last weeks giveaway are MaryBeth, Danna and Becky. You’ve won a copy of Sylvia McFadden’s Shawl Joy and a Skein of Woolful’s Cottage yarn. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Taproot Magazine and Greenbow Farm and they’re giving away a 2 year subscription to Taproot, 2 skeins of Stone Wool yarn to knit Andrea Mowry’s hat patterns in, and 2 skeins of Greenbow Farm Lopi yarn. To enter leave a comment on this blogpost. 

Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 75: Sylvia McFadden – Vancouver, Mentorship, Analytics and Shawls

February 15, 2017

Sponsor: Scratch is an innovative new yarn and craft supply shop located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. They’re committed to providing a beautifully curated selection of yarns and supplies for knitters, as well as roving, tools, and kits for needle felters. Their shop also features embroidery, sewing, and select fine art supplies. Scratch operates with the guiding notion that makers are curious and creative, and  should be able to find exciting, high quality materials to work with all in one place.

Scratch is also home to the areas only handcraft focused makerspace–home to a sewing bar, multiple looms, common workspace, a tool library, and more! Explore their full schedule of classes, and weekly Craft Night focused on building the creative community in the Upper Valley.

You can find Scratch online at www.scratchmakerspace.com, and on Facebook & Instagram: @scratchmakerspace

Fiber folk: Sylvia McFadden has a gift…evoking grace, calm and desire by combining wool, imagination and a keen eye for color and composition. I’ve been a big fan of Sylvia’s work for some time and am enamored by her designs and most recent book, Shawl Joy. Her tenacity for life and her various photography and youth based programs gives you a bit more of a glimpse into her life and heart. I hope you enjoy hearing from her as much as I have. You can find Sylvia at softsweaterknits.com and on Instagram @softsweater.

 

Sponsor: Amirisu is a beautiful bilingual knitting print and digital magazine founded by Meri and Tokuko and created in Japan. Amirisu plays an vital role in this international fiber community of ours, is a key player in this editorial and inspirational world and one of my favorites. Each issue features patterns in both Japanese and English accompanied by beautifully written articles and photography. Currently out is the Winter 2017 issue, with Iceland inspired essays, articles and designs from Alice Caetano, Ash Alberg, Bethany Hick, Courtney Cederholm, Enjolina Campbell, Fiona Alice, Melynda Bernardi and Rie.You can find this and past issues, along with Japanese knitting and sewing books, Tulip Needles and other notions in the Amirisu shop at amirisu.com and a selection of local yarn shops. And make sure to follow Amirisu on Instagram @amirisushop to keep up with all the going ons.

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Morgen Daily. You’ve won a copy of Shannon’s book Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously by Shannon Hayes and a subscription to Romi Hills 2016 eBook, ‘7 resizable shawls’. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Sylvia McFadden and Woolful and we’re giving away a copy of Sylvia’s book Shawl Joy and a skein of Woolful’s Cottage yarn, a 50/50 blend of Cormo and Organic Cotton, to three lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

Music by Jónsi.