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Woolfolk FW16: LØS and KURV

September 8, 2016

How is it September already? It’s officially Fall here on the ranch, and on the turn of a dime. Last week we went from the 90s to the low 50s…leaves are turning and falling…the stove has been lit…all the animals are ready for hay…and my knits are out of the drawers. Mmm I love this time of year, and even more so when the seasons are so distinct and welcoming.

I’ve actually been dreaming about this time of year since January when I began designing two pieces for Woolfolk’s FW16 collection, which made its debut today. What an honor to be alongside inspirational folks such as Julie Hoover, Michele Wang, Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Laura Chau, Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Antonia Shankland.

But none of this would be possible without the dynamo that is Kristin Ford, creator of Woolfolk – a woman with impeccable taste, skilled designer, cattle rancher, arborist, and friend who’s always good for a laugh. You can listen to her story here.

So without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce LØS and KURV.

LØS is a simple pullover that incorporates sequence knitting principals, specifically a serpentine pattern. I was inspired to design this piece after getting to know Cecelia Campochiaro and her book, Sequence Knitting. Woolfolk yarn makes the perfect pairing. You can find LØS, here on Ravelry.

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KURV is an oversized study in the relationship between Får and Hygge, worked in a low contrast diagonal weave pattern, creating a lofty all encompassing scarf. This design had been floating around in my head for nearly two years and when I received my first skein of Hygge, I knew this was the yarn to make it happen. You can find KURV, here on Ravelry.

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And here are a few of my favorites from the collection, though each are so lovely in their own way.

woolfolk_fw16BIRK by Olga Buraya-Kefelian // DRYS by Melanie Berg

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TORV by Antonia Shankland // REB by Norah Gaughan

And last but not least, here is a list of past Woolful podcast sponsors and friends who stock all these amazing Woolfolk yarns and patterns.

A Verb for Keeping Warm
Purl Soho
Fancy Tiger Crafts
Knitterly
My Sister Knits
Brooklyn General
River Colors Studio
Knit Purl
Blazing Needles
Tolt Yarn and Wool
Cream City Yarn
Sunspun
L’Oisivethe
Walnut
Loop London

 

 

 

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 47: Anna Maria Horner – Planless, intellectual property, Motherhood, and Craft South

February 4, 2016

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Sponsor: Chicken Boots came to be from a love of all things functional and fiber. Creator and founder Saremy Duffy started her career in the fashion industry and as a designer and pattern drafter in apparel and outerwear. With a longing to bring her own designs to market, combined with her love of knitting and sewing comes Chicken Boots was born, fun and carefully crafted cases to store your most prized knitting and sewing notions. The effort and passion Saremy puts into her products is evident and I encourage you to find the Chicken Boots booth at Stitches West later this month, check out all the handy bags and cases and show her some love. You can find Chicken Boots at chickenbootsusa.com and on Instagram @chickenbootusa

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Fiber folk: Behind every name, achievement or brand is a person. A person with a very real story…a story of where they are today in life and the journey that got them there. Anna Maria has a smile and voice that shines as bright as the fabrics she designs, but more than that, she has a personal story – from traversing early motherhood and 7 children through a career in design, to marriage, entrepreneurship and making. I hope you feel the passion and inspiration. You can find Anna Maria at annamariahorner.com and craft-south.com and on Instagram @annamariahorner and @craftsouth.

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Sponsor: Craft South is a destination for makers and a supply shop for locals, located in Nashville Tennessee and founded by Anna Maria Horner. I always love finding shops that combine both the love of making from fabric and fiber, and Craft South is a gem in our community and I’m excited for you to hear a bit more about it’s story and founder in today’s episode. A well curated shop featuring fabrics, yarns, embroidery and Janome sewing machines. And most importantly you’ll find all the tools to support your making, including a calendar full of workshops and weekly classes in sewing, patchwork, knitting, embroidery, and kids camp and taught by some of our favorites including Rebekka Seale, Jen Beeman, Karen Templer, Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner and more. Make sure to visit Craft South in person when in Nashville and online at craft-south.com and follow along on Instagram @craftsouth.

craftsouthMan on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “If you’re a sewer, how does sewing play into your textile or fiber journey?” We had some great answers from Amy @urban_farm_wife, Beatrice @threadandladle, Hope @hopehawley, Abby @abbygoodknits, Sam @samanthamaylamb.

Woolful Knitalong: It’s been fun to see so many folks joining in on the latest WoolfulKAL where we’re knitting the Portland Pullover designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn and featured in the latest Taproot magazine issue “Shelter“. The knit along goes to the end of March so there’s still plenty of time to grab the issue and knit along with us. If you’re on Instagram make sure to checkout the hashtag woolfulKAL to follow along with all the beautiful knits. To find the Portland Pullover pattern, head to taprootmag.com and look for the latest issue “Shelter”. 

woolfulkal52 Weeks of Wool: If you follow me on Instagram or my blog than you may have seen a fun project I’ve taken on this year called 52 Weeks of Wool. Each week I hand spin a new wool breed from a fiber flock from here in the US or abroad, and share my experience on the blog and Instagram. My goal for this project is to handle as many different types of wool as possible, and share a bit about each farm and flock that the wool comes from, helping bring light to many sheep breeds and producers. If you have a flock, fiber farm or know someone who does, I hope you’ll consider joining me on this project by sending me a small tuft of fleece to spin. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at hello@woolful.com.

52weeksofwoolGiveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Kristin, you’ve won a skein of Suri Alpaca yarn from Old Homestead Alpacas. Congratulations!

This week we’re giving away a $25 gift card to Craft South! To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.

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Music by Jónsi.