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Fiber friends: cabinfour and my shawl addiction

February 8, 2015

In the past several months I’ve developed a bit of a shawl addiction. It all started with a photo Lori posted last July when she deemed Wednesday’s “Wear your shawl Wednesday”. I actually had never really considered knitting shawls, I’m not entirely certain why, but that post opened a whole new world for me. All the sudden they were everywhere and everyone was knitting or wearing one. So I cast on a shawl that night, after meticulously finding a very intimidating pattern, full of many charts. I worked on it off and on for a couple months and then ended up frogging it, deciding I needed to start with something simple. Modern, fresh, clean and simple. It was then that one of my favorite designers, Deneise of cabinfour released her “Pure” shawl pattern. It was perfect. I had a stash to use up and a 17hr road trip to knit my little heart out. That was just the beginning.

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Next up was the textured shawl by Orlane. I began this as a Christmas for my mother, knit with 3-ply Beaverslide in a beautiful eggplant color. I am nearly done with this one, I made it very large, to help keep her extra cozy with those cold Idaho Winters.

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In January we had the first Woolful Knitalong, which featured the Nordic Wind shawl pattern, also by cabinfour. I came across this pattern when looking for one to knit up with the most beautiful Lopi from Greenbow Farms, which I was fortunate enough to have some to carry in the shop. Even better, my friend Annie had picked the same pattern to knit with her Greenbow Lopi…so I knew it would make the perfect knitalong pattern. Boy were we right! There were so many incredible Nordic Wind projects made last month, I couldn’t believe it…and in so many beautiful yarns.

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Now it’s February. I was anxious to cast on another shawl for myself and when we got the Moeke yarns in the shop I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them…cabinfour’s Wapiti shawl. It’s the perfect blend of two soft neutral colors and light weight, which is great for living and layering in San Francisco. The Moeke yarns are more rustic than most I knit with, but the Wapiti was a perfect match. Thankfully I’m able to wear the more rustic yarns next to my skin, although most of the time I tend to wear my shawls on my shoulders anyhow.

And this brings us to today. You may have seen a few sneak peeks Deneise shared via her Instagram, of a new pattern she’s been working on, the Farmhouse shawl. I was lucky enough to be a sort of fly on the wall, getting to watch a bit of the journey this shawl took from inspiration and conception to this now stunning design. Deneise, your ability to deliver the most elegant simplicity astounds me. It’s knit up with one of my all time favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed. And fringe! Needless to say, yes, this too has been added to my queue.

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So I started a new years resolution…I will always have a shawl or wrap in progress. It’s the perfect project to pickup when you’re in need of good wool therapy or waiting for that sweater swatch to dry. And one can never have too many shawls, I’m convinced.

Sidenote: Farm yarns often come in small batches and so we sold out of the Greenbow quite fast. I’ve started a waiting list for folks who’d like to know when we have it back in stock which will be closer to the Fall. Email me if you’d like to be added to the list, hello ( at ) woolful ( dot ) com 

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Episode 6: Jennifer King & Bristol Ivy – Generational gaps, fiber industry passion, building a fiber farm and sheep dreams.

January 6, 2015

I’m very excited to share the sixth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two fiber folk that inspire in different ways. Jennifer King of The Sachem Farm and Bristol Ivy.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Yarn, a charming online and local yarn shop based in Eureka, California. Yarn was created by Sunni Schrivner who has a dedication for natural fibers and supporting local yarns. Make sure to visit Yarn in person when on the coast in hum bolt county and online at yarn-fun.com.

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Fiber folk 1: Bristol is a designer, spinner, jack of all trades for Brooklyn Tweed and lover of cats from Portland, Maine. You can find her at blackbirdturning.blogspot.com and on Instagram @bristolivy. And with that, here’s Bristol…

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Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer the following question, “What fiber aspirations do you have for the new year?” We had many amazing replies from Andrea (@dreareneeknits), Nikki (@woolenviolet), Sonja (@atreebytheriver), Andi (My Sister’s Knitter) and Brittney (Wool + Wood).

Fiber folk 2: Our next guest I met through the Woolful blog, after she wrote me one of the most encouraging notes, shared from her heart as a woman and mother. As time went on and I got to know Jen a little better, I came to learn more about her amazing journey at The Sachem Farm in Warren, Connecticut and as a mother of three boys. You can find her at thesachemfarm.com and on Instagram @thesachemfarm. And with that, here’s Jen.

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Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is @anna_dandelion! You’ve won two skeins of Rambouillet fingering yarn dyed in indigo from Local Color Fiber Studio. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Sunni Scrivner of Yarn. We’re giving away the Trelawney Mitts project kit which includes a skein of knitted wit Welterweight Rambouillet and Sunni’s beautiful Trelawney mitts printed pattern. To enter this giveaway, visit the giveaway post on Instagram @woolful and tag a friend in the comments. You can also enter by leaving a comment on this post.

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The past couple of week’s, my family and I were at our ranch in Idaho, working on the cabin, soaking up our first white Christmas and naturally dyeing over 60 skeins of yarn using plant matter found on our property, for the Winter quarter natural dye club. It was quite the undertaking and we had a blast doing it, even in the sub zero weather. This week I’ll be sharing a preview of Spring quarter’s Natural Dye Club which has some pretty exciting yarn bases. To be a part of this sneak preview, signup for the newsletter in the sidebar.

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Episode 5: Julie Hoover & Deedee Morris – Fiber communities, dyeing, discovery and design

December 23, 2014
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I’m very excited to share the fifth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two amazing and talented women, Julie Hoover and Deedee Morris.

 

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts, a beautiful yarn shop based out of Denver, Colorado, who recently launched their online shop, fancytigercrafts.com. They have an amazing selection of fabrics and yarns, including their own Heirloom Romney Yarn, which is grown, milled and dyed here in the US. Make sure to visit Fancy Tiger Crafts in person when in Denver and online at fancytigercrafts.com.

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Fiber folk 1: Deedee is an amazing photographer, fiber dyer, passionate gardener and explorer in the kitchen hailing from Halifax Nova Scotia. You can find her at deedeemorris.com and on Instagram @diemorr.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer the following question, “How has your fiber community inspired you?” We had some amazing replies from Andrea (@dreareneeknits), Barbara (@stixandstring) and Beatrice (@threadandladle).

Fiber folk 2: I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know our next guest over the past few months as she shared her humble fiber journey, and it really struck a chord with me, as I know it will for many of you. You might be most familiar with Julie Hoover as a designer for Brooklyn Tweed, but more than that, she’s spent her lifetime making her way as a creative, while raising three boys and most recently, building her dream home in Ann Arbor. You can find her at juliehoover.com and on Instagram @jgourmet.

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Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is…@bethanydean. You’ve won a copy of Mandarine’s Pinecone and Mulberry hat pattern and 2 skeins of Quince and company’s Owl tweet. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Local Color Fiber Studio, an amazing fiber and natural dye farm located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. We’re giving away two skeins of their US grown, spun and dyed Rambouillet wool yarn in fingering weight, dyed with Japanese Indigo from Local Color’s farm. To enter this giveaway, visit the giveaway post on Instagram @woolful and tag a friend in the comments. You can also enter by leaving a comment below.

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Next week I’ll be taking a little break to spend some quality time with my family, record a couple more amazing fiber folks and naturally dye my little heart out as we complete this Quarter’s Naturally Dyed Yarn club. Make sure to follow along as I share on Instagram @woolful.

I also wanted to mention the two Woolful knit-alongs that will be taking place in the coming months. Next week we’ll be starting our first knit-along, the Nordic Wind Shawl pattern designed by Deneise of cabinfour, using some amazing new single farm Icelandic Lopi yarn which will be in the Woolful Mercantile tomorrow. You can find kits that include both the knit along pattern and Lopi yarn, or you are always welcome to use your own favorite Lopi yarn. You can find more information on this knit along and our next Little Woolens hat pattern knit along in our Woolful Ravelry group.

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