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Woolful Podcast

Episode 64: Takako Ueki – Japanese childhood, Catholic boarding school, discovering in America, fiber fascination, and Habu

July 28, 2016

 

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Sponsor: Knit Purl is a wonderfully motivating yarn shop in Portland, Oregon founded by Darcy Cameron in 2004, with the intention to create a unique curated experience for yarn buyers. They’ve worked closely with local, regional and international makers and designers to provide a one of a kind experience, to fuel creativity for fiber and design enthusiasts. Each month they offer a great calendar of classes and events, and every other Wednesday you can join other fiber folk for Knit Night at 6pm. Make sure to stop by in person when in Portland and shop their large selection of yarns including Habu yarns at knit-purl.com. And find them on Instagram @knitpurlpdx

And from now until July 31st, Knit Purl is offering a 10% discount on all lace weight yarns, including some of our favorite Habu yarns. Use the code LACE2016 in all caps during checkout.

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Fiber folk: Fiber fascination is something we can all relate too, discovering new yarns both rustic and soft…but Takako of Habu Textiles and yarns takes that fascination to a completely new level, resulting in over a hundred varieties of silk, stainless steel, paper, linen, bamboo, cotton, hemp and even pineapple fiber. If you’ve ever come across Habu in your local yarn shop and stood in wonder at all these incredible yet sometimes intimidating yarns and wondered who is behind all this? Well that someone is Takako Ueki, and she’s a wonder in herself. I hope you’ll be inspired by her story and explore her amazing yarns and all the gorgeous garments and projects designed in them. You can find Takako at habutextiles.com and on Instagram @habutextiles.

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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank today’s sponsor again, Knit Purl. Along with their impactful presence as a local yarn shop in Portland, Oregon, they’ve put together a dream collection of yarns in their online shop, including some of my favorites, Woolfolk, Habu, Brooklyn Tweed, Sincere Sheep, Swans Island and Twirl. To find these yarns, along with patterns and notions visit knit-purl.com. And through the end of this month, Knit Purl is celebrating Lace Month, use code LACE2016 for 10% all lace yarns.

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In Residence: I’m excited to finally share the newest addition to the Woolful podcast, In Residence. Each quarter we’ll be joined by a farmer, designer, entrepreneur and artist in residence…discussing topics and questions asked by you the listeners. This week we’ll be hearing from photographer in residence, Kathy Cadigan…superb photographer, stunning knitter, and a great listener and friend. Our questions this week comes from Amy Tozer, you can find Amy on Instagram @urban_farm_wife.

Amy asks: How do you approach photographing knitwear? Do you try to capture the garment or are you trying to evoke a feeling? With pattern photography, I feel the need to create both compelling photographs, but also honest and complete photographs of a garment, and sometimes these are separate photographs. I would love to hear all about Kathy’s process. Does she do the styling, or does the designer do that?

Tune in to listen to Kathy’s reply. You can find Kathy at kathycadigan.com and on Instagram @kathycad

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Shop update: It’s been a long time since I’ve given an update on the Woolful Mercantile, my little shop of farm yarns. As we begin to gear up for Fall I’ll be sharing a variety of new and restocked yarns, all of which I’m very excited about. Check woolfulmercantile.com later this week for all the updates. 

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Michelle, you’ve won 10 skeins of Wool Days Scout yarn and a copy of cabinfour’s sock pattern Sunday Morning Socks. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Habu and they’re giving away a bag of assorted Habu yarns to three listeners. This is an excellent opportunity to experience a taste of all Habu has to offer. To enter and be one of the three winners, leave a comment on this blog post.

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Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 30: Kristin Ford – Architectural influence, Northwest palette, Patagonian Merino, and Bleacher projects

July 28, 2015

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank this week’s sponsor, Knit Purl in Portland, Oregon. A wonderfully motivating yarn shop founded by Darcy Cameron in 2004, with the intention to create a unique curated experience for yarn buyers. They’ve worked closely with local, regional and international makers and designers to provide a one of a kind experience, to fuel creativity for fiber and design enthusiasts. Each month they offer a great calendar of classes and events, and every other Wednesday you can join other fiber folk for Knit Night at 6pm. Make sure to stop by in person when in Portland and shop their large selection of yarns including Woolfolk yarns at knit-purl.com.

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Fiber folk: Kristin is an architect, mother, maker, farmer, entrepreneur and inspiration. Design has been a thread deeply woven in the fabric of her life…from her career as an architect to her recent entrepreneurial endeavors with Woolfolk Yarn, an incredibly thoughtful and beautifully created and curated yarn brand with focuses heavy in sustainability and softness. Her mile a minute life has been fun to keep up and hearing her passion and witnessing her gumption for life is pretty awesome. You can find Kristin at woolfolkyarn.com and on Instagram @woolfolk_yarn.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “What are some of your non-fiber inspirations…what feeds your creative voice besides yarn/knitting/weaving itself?” shared by Mary in our woolful raveler grow.” We had some great answers from Maria @fernfiber, Amy @urban_farm_wife and Lauren @woolpickle.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Amanda! You’ve won a skein of Swans Island Natural Colors Worsted weight yarn in Garnet and the Olivia Cowl pattern from NorthCoast Knittery. Congratulations!

This week we’re giving away 2 skeins of the Woolfolk yarn Tynd in #7, along with Fure Armwarmers pattern, designed especially for Woolfolk by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. 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 today’s sponsor again, Knit Purl. Along with their impactful presence as a local yarn shop in Portland, Oregon, they’ve put together a dream collection of yarns in their online shop, including some of my favorites, Woolfolk, Brooklyn Tweed, Sincere Sheep, Swans Island and Twirl. To find these yarns, along with patterns and notions visit knit-purl.com. And coming this Fall and Winter, Knit Purl has some very exciting events and classes featuring Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed, Shellie Anderson of Shibui, Cecilia Compochiaro of Sequence Knitting and designers Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Melanie Berg. Sign up for their newsletter at knit-purl.com to learn more, get updates and receive details on how to register. And through the end of this month, Knit Purl is celebrating Lace Month, use code LACEYARN for 10% all lace yarns.

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Events: This September 20th -24th, enjoy 4 evenings & 3 full days of fiber fun with lessons and supervised hands-on practice of needlefelting, handspinning yarn and hooking a wool rug sampler at Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, VT using wool that was grown on the farm & sourced locally.  Novice fiber-enthusiasts will build fundamentals, while experienced students can focus on improving and picking up new techniques.  There’ll be traditional rug hooking design and needle felting in addition to basic principles of spinning, learning about the tools, equipment, carding, combing, yarn design, color & dyeing.

There’ll be plenty of time for spinning, and, as a bonus, you will be welcome to enjoy walks about the farm and local country roads, self-touring to include Wing & A Prayer Farm’s fiber flocks. Many of the flock are very keen to snuggle with visitors, so you’ll want to make sure to bring along some boots for the outdoors and pack your flannel for crisp Vermont fall days, pack your camera for beautiful foliage.  All meals & snacks are home cooked and farm stay accommodations are included in the registration.  Fresh air, starry nights, & making new friends are on the house. A limited number of signups are available and more information is on the Wing & A Prayer Farm website at wingandaprayerfarm.com.

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Music by Jónsi.