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Woolful Podcast

Episode 45: Angie Lenoir and Stephanie Stotts – Family farms, friendship, yarn stories and Kismet Fiber Works

January 6, 2016

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Sponsor:  Fancy Tiger Crafts is a special yarn, fabric and notions shop based out of Denver Colorado. This inspired place is owned and operated by self proclaimed fiber nerds, Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran…two women who’s hope and journey have allowed them to share their knowledge, adventures and passion in fiber, and this is reflected in their beautiful shop as well as their endeavors in creating their own farm yarn Heirloom. Fancy Tiger Crafts is one of my favorite places to shop online for fabric, patterns and yarn, and I recently attended one of their craft nights and it’s even better in person. I’ve just began cutting out the Fen pattern and excited about their #fancykal that just started which you can find more info about on their blog. And make sure to mark your calendars for January 21st, where Fancy Tiger is hosting Superstar Knit Night with guests Laura Nelkin, Romi Hill, Miriam Felton, Jill Draper, Anne Weil and Lorilee Beltman. Grab your project and come hang out with knit with all these amazing fiber folk. Make sure to visit Fancy Tiger Crafts in person and online at fancytigercrafts.com and on Instagram @fancytigercrafts.

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Fiber folk: You know I love yarn with a story. There are so many facets of these stories…where it came from, who raised the fiber animals, who spun the yarn, dyed it, designs with it and so on. But what makes a yarn story even more exciting and the knit more satisfying, is the impact these yarns have. Angie Lenoir and Stephanie Stotts are two friends who created a fiber company which grew into focusing on creating yarns with a story and a mission. You can find Angie and Stephanie at kismetfiberworks.com and on Instagram @kismetfiberworks.

On January 15-17th Kismet Fiber Works will be at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City at the Yarn Culture booth #713. And a special surprise, several of the Tajik women who spin the Pamiri yarn will be flying from their home in Tajikistan to New York City to attend Vogue Knitting and meet those who attend the event. I would encourage anyone who is near NYC or plans to visit, to stop by on Sunday from 10-2 and welcome them and to show your love and support of what they’re doing.

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Sponsor: Feel Good Yarn Co, the creator of SilverSpun yarn. This incredible cotton and silver blend yarn is produced using only American sourced fibers and is spun by the folks at North Carolina State University. Aside from it’s beautiful texture and stitch definition, SilverSpun yarn has some pretty amazing therapeutic and thermal properties because of it’s unique silver content, which you can hear more about in episode 33. They’ve introduced two new products, a colored version of their flagship product, the sport weight SilverSpun yarn and a new fingering weight version of the SilverSpun…perfect for socks, shawls and other knits. I recently knit Gudrun Johnston’s Hermaness hat in the SilverSpun and am in love with the soft and sturdy fabric. Make sure to visit feelgoodyarnco.com for more information and to buy this very special yarn.

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Woolful Knit-a-long: And if you’ve seen the latest issue of Taproot, Shelter, then you know of the most recent pattern from Carrie Bostick Hoge, the Portland Pullover, designed in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn. I’m in love with the elegant yoke of this design, and it’s neckline. So much so that I started the next Woolful knit along featuring the Portland Pullover. I’ve just received my yarn and began swatching. You can find more details here. And if you don’t already subscribe to Taproot, visit taprootmag.com to subscribe or grab the latest issue Shelter which is where you can find this pattern.

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Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “What fiber skills or techniques do you hope to tackle this year?”. We had some great answers from Sonja (@atreebytheriver), Kristi (@kristi_sweetkm), Amy (@urban_farm_wife), Beatrice (@threadandladle), Maria (@ninja.chickens), and Barb (@stixandstring).

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is Jenifer, you’ve won a 2 year subscription to Taproot magazine. Congratulations! 

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Kismet Fiber Works and they’re giving away a skein of their Pamiri Cashgora yarn. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on today’s episode’s blog post.

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Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 27: Brittany Cole Bush – Modern shepherding, Land stewarding, Urban grazing, and Holistic hides

June 23, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twenty-seventh episode of the Woolful podcast. Each and every week I’m so eager to introduce you to a special guest and this week I’m as excited as ever…meet modern pastoral maiden, Brittany Cole Bush.

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors for this week’s episode, Kismet Fiber Works. A collaboration between Angie LeNoir and Stephanie Stotts of Buchanan Virginia, Kismet Fiber Works sources their fibers from local, family owned farms and a Women’s Cooperative in Tajikistan. They recently launched a very special new yarn called Rooted, a minimally processed Alpaca yarn made of fiber from Stephanie’s family farm and milled at Echoview Mill in North Carolina. They’ve also released a series of beautiful patterns that highlight the unique qualities of Rooted, make sure to check these out on Ravelry. This is a yarn with a story…and one you really need to experience for yourself. You can find Kismet at kismetfiberworks.com and on Instagram @kismetfiberworks.

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Fiber folk: It’s been wonderful to follow Brittany’s journey on a local level, being that she and her operation are located here in the Bay Area. When she reached out earlier this year and shared what she was up to, I knew you all would enjoy hearing about it just as much as I. Brittany is a self proclaimed Shepherdess, pastoring flocks and purveying fleeces. Her enthusiasm for everything from landscape to animals to people is infectious and I hope you’ll be just as inspired by her story as I was. You can find Brittany at brittanycolebush.com and on Instagram @brittanycolebush and @shepherdesshides.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a follow up to last week’s question: “If you could work within the fiber industry what would you choose?” We had some great answers from Leanne @leannecoppola, Amy @urban_farm_wife, Barbara @stixandstring, Beatrice @threadandladle, and Sonja @atreebytheriver.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Kathleen! You’ve won Hannah Fettig’s new book Home and Away, and yarn for the pattern of your choice from Quince and Co. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored Kismet Fiber Company, and we’re giving away the beautiful Flambeau shawl kit, which includes the Flambeau pattern and Kismet’s Rooted yarn. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the post page.

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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank our other episode sponsor, Ambatalia. Created by Molly de Vries and located in Mill Valley California. Ambatalia has had a rich history, with it’s roots as a modern ecological textile good company, focused on pioneering sustainable, multi-use, everyday linens to support a non-disposable life. I know many of you are familiar with the popular Bento Bags, created by Molly for so many uses…from produce to project bags. They’re so handy, much like everything else in Molly’s shop, including the smocks and aprons I’ve had my eye on for some time. Make sure and visit Ambatalia in person when in Mill Valley and find all the goods in the online shop at ambatalia.com and on Instagram @ambatalia.

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Knitalong: Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the details of the newest Woolful Knitalong on the blog. Beginning July 1st we’ll spend the next couple months knitting a pattern from Hannah Fettig’s book, Home and Away. And the best part? You get to pick the pattern! So start looking for the pattern you want to knit, get your yarn in order and check back for more details on Wednesday.

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Events: I wanted to bring your attention to a few events taking place. On June 27th, the first annual Eastside Fiber Festival will be held in Nashville. Organized by Meg Anderson of Nutmeg, it’s sure to be a wonderful time. So if you’re in the Nashville area, make sure to stop by and support these fiber folks doing something amazing.

Also on June 27th, if you’re in the Grand Rapids area, make sure to visit Have Company who is having a release party from 4-8pm, celebrating the launch of the newest addition to this lovely shop, yarn, yarn and more yarn. You’ll find a beautiful selection of Quince and Co and Camellia Fiber Co yarns, and Brittany needles…so go have what’s sure to be a great time!

 

Music by Jónsi.