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.

Woolful Podcast

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

January 26, 2017

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

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

Photos by: Shannon Hayes, Stewart Cairns, Daily Gazette

Sponsor: Sunday Knits has quickly become one of my new favorite yarns to knit with. Started in 2008 by Carol Sunday, Sunday Knits is a collection of 4 merino and merino blend yarns and beautiful patterns designed by Carol. From the 100% extra-fine Australian merino to the French Angora, all their fibers are humanely sourced and then milled in Italy to Carol’s meticulous and caring specifications. Aside from this yarns obvious qualities, they’re a dream to knit with…so soft yet sturdy and the breadth of colors are beautiful and perfect for color work. And if you enjoy knitting shawls, make sure to take a look at Carol’s latest pattern, Soutache, featuring a 2-color brioche design…a little warmth and a lot of style makes this beautiful shawl a wardrobe staple, and an enjoyable knit, in any of Sunday Knits’ 3-ply yarns. You can also find kits for this design on their website. Visit Sunday Knits at sundayknits.com or if you can make a trip to Roscoe, Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, make an appointment to visit Sunday Knits gorgeous studio. You can follow on Instagram @carolsundayknits.

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

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

Music by Jónsi.