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Woolful Podcast

Episode 21: Flying Fibers – Heritage breeds, Amish pastures, English roots and Building family legacy

May 12, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twentieth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two special women, a mother and daughter team who have created a fiber farm and shop in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Jeri Robinson-Lawrence and Irina Lawrence.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Knitterly, a very special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California and online at shop.knitterly.net. I am always so amazed at the well curated selection of yarns, fibers and classes Shelli works so hard to provide all us fiber enthusiasts. Make sure to visit when in Petaluma and online at shop.knitterly.net

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Fiber folk: I first met Jeri when she emailed me last Fall before the podcast even began. I was intrigued by the heritage breed sheep she and her daughter were raising and their efforts in creating awareness about these wonderful breeds and their wool. Their passion around education and breed preservation is a great thing, but even more great than that is their dedication to doing what they do, in whatever capacity they can. You can find Jeri and Irina at flyingfibers.com and on Instagram @flyingfibers.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “How has your family been involved or interested in your fiber interests? For example, have they joined you at fiber festivals or knit your designs or dyed or began knitting/weaving/crocheting, etc.” We had some great answers from Melissa @hey_lday_hey, Nikki @woolenviolets, Kirsten @littlepennycress and Amber @dapperewe!

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Colleen Davis! You’ve won a Westknits e-book of your choice and a Wiksten Tank pattern from Have Company. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Flying Fibers, and we’re giving away two skeins of some very special, Wensleydale yarn. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.

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This week we had a few exciting updates in the Woolful Mercantile, with the addition of some new yarns, in particular a fingering weight Cormo and Organic cotton blend. We’ve also released the Summer quarter Natural Dye Club which features this same fingering weight Cormo and Organic cotton yarn. We have updated project kits, including cabinfour’s Pure shawl project kit that comes with 3 skeins of Ravine, a Targhee – Columbia – Ramboulliet and Alpaca blend in Aran weight. We’ll also be updating our cabinfour Nordic Wind shawl project kits later next month when we get the next batch of Greenbow Farm’s Icelandic Lopi yarn…I know you all have been waiting and excited for this, and we’re very excited too! This Summer and Fall we’re expanding our online shop and I’ve been busy meeting with different farmers and producers as we get ready to bring some very special yarns your way. Thank you for all your support thus far of our little venture.

I apologize to everyone who’s been attempting to listen to the podcast via iTunes or Stitcher for the past few episodes and weren’t able to. We had some security issues with the site a month back and due to our enhanced security measures we didn’t realize iTunes and Stitcher had not been able to access our feed. It’s since been fixed and you can now access each episode.

 

Music by Jónsi.

 

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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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Music by Jónsi

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