Woolful Podcast

Episode 15: Kim Goodling and Sue Blacker – Gotland sheep, building a fiber mill, raising kids on a farm and rare breeds.

March 17, 2015

I’m very excited to share the fifteenth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two fiber folks, both women with a special love for Gotland sheep and both with unique fiber journeys that have taken them to interesting and inspiring places…Sue Blacker of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company and Kim Goodling of Vermont Grand View Farm.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Portfiber, a wonderful shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in one of a kind, hand-dyed fiber and yarn. Casey has curated an incredible collection of spinning fiber including yak, Chiri, Alpaca, Polwarth and hand-dyed blends. You can visit Portfiber in person when in Portland Maine or shop online at portfiber.com

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Fiber folk 1: Kim is a passionate ambassador and breeder of Gotland Sheep, dyer, entrepreneur and hardworking mom. She runs a beautiful farm in Vermont where she hosts farm stays and a great selection of fiber related classes. She recently launched her online shop of Gotland yarns and fibers at gotlandwoolcompany.com You can find her at grandviewfarmvt.net and on Instagram @vtgrandviewfarm.

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For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer a question, shared by Cady in our Raverly group. “What advice would you give to someone just starting their fiber journey?” We had some amazing replies from Sonja, Samantha, Beatrice, and Abby.

Fiber folk 2: Our next guest, Sue has a pretty amazing and adventurous fiber journey, beginning with her flock of Gotland sheep and life as a fiber farmer in the UK, where she runs her fiber mill, The Natural Fibre Company and specialty breed yarn company, Blacker Yarns. She puts an incredible amount of work into spreading the word and love of Gotlands and other rare sheep breeds. You can find her at thenaturalfibre.co.uk and at blackeryarns.co.uk.

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The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Madeline Fidler! You’ve won the Radius pattern collection from Dreareneeknits and two skeins of Radius Yarn Bulky from Knitterly. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Blacker Yarns, and we’re giving away 5 skeins of their Westcountry Tweed. All the fiber from this yarn comes from within a 100 miles of the Natural Fibre Company mill in the UK, made with intentions to have the smallest footprint possible. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.

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Music by Jónsi

Transcription to follow shortly…

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157 Comments

  • Reply Charlotte March 17, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Another excellent podcast – I look forward to listening to each woolful episode. I am looking forward to trying Blacker Yarns, I am also based in the UK & love the chance to try a UK wool.

    • Reply jenny March 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Always a special treat to listen to your podcast. Can’t tell you how much I love to listen to others as they talk about their fiber story.

    • Reply Carleigh March 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Absolutely loving the podcasts with my morning tea!

    • Reply Liz April 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I live in PA currently… I have so much respect for Kim’s thoughts about this state. I feel completely out of place in this area! My fiance and I hope to live in Vermont some day (he’s in forestry; here’s hoping!). She definitely nailed the typical Pennsylvanian woman on the head. SO not me! I’m surrounded by these women! This podcast is such a lovely getaway from my office cubicle. Thanks for sharing. Kim. I hope to be like you one day.

  • Reply inês g. March 17, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I love the colors on that yarn!

  • Reply Rebecca March 17, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I have admired Sue Blacker for a long time now. This yarn would be a treasure indeed.

  • Reply Kaat March 17, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I would love to visit this woolfarm one day and be able to buy all those lovely yarns!

  • Reply Ellen March 17, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Excited about this giveaway!

  • Reply Sara March 17, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Great podcast! Nice to hear about our swedish sheeps!

  • Reply Jennifer March 17, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Thank you for again sharing the stories of such inspiring wool folk! Such a tonic for the soul!

  • Reply Torill H. March 17, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Would love to enter the giveaway!

  • Reply Naomi March 17, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I love getting the email letting me know a new podcast is ready.

  • Reply Bev S. March 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Oh I love blacker yarns!

  • Reply Ellen March 17, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Looking forward to learning more about Blacker Yarn – thank you!

  • Reply Margaret March 17, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Can’t wait to listen to this episode. Heard of Blacker Yarns through KnitBritish so am excited to hear more.

  • Reply Karen March 17, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Beautiful tweedy yarn! And a wonderful podcast, thank you!

  • Reply Marci March 17, 2015 at 6:14 am

    so exciting – I have the morning off! Guess what I’ll be doing…. knitting and listening!

  • Reply Heather March 17, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Oh my, I love single breed wool. I’d especially like to win this one!

  • Reply Kimberly March 17, 2015 at 6:43 am

    ahhhh I love listening to the podcast and the possibility of adding to my yarn stash!

  • Reply melanie Jackson March 17, 2015 at 6:55 am

    this looks like a wonderful squishy woolly yarn. Would love to win.

  • Reply Paula Castro March 17, 2015 at 7:32 am

    This yarn is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Jessica March 17, 2015 at 7:51 am

    This podcast is fantastic! I was driving home from a trip on Sunday and listened to a few in a row. (It made the drive feel soooo much shorter and more relaxed!) I haven’t listened to this week’s yet, but now I can’t wait. I am doing Ysolda’s shawl club and our first yarn was a specially blended blacker yarn–LOVELY!

  • Reply Savannagal March 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Could that little lamb be any cuter? So adorable. Blacker yarn looks lovely and rustic. I would love to knit a cardigan with their yarn.

  • Reply Melissa Gregoire March 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

    This was my first real podcast… Heard of them, but never used them… Have never worked really with rare breeds in my spinning, yet, but would love to add to my yarn with some beautiful tweed!!!

  • Reply Brittany March 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

    This podcast made me want to run away and start a farm!

  • Reply Nancy March 17, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Another fantastic episode! Loved learning more about Blacker Yarns since they have been on my radar for a while.

  • Reply Antje March 17, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Would LOVE to win this! Thank you for the chance!

  • Reply Rain March 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Oh I’ve heard great things about Blacker! Would love to win and try it out!! 🙂

  • Reply Karyn March 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations on another fabulous podcast! My eyes have been opened to so many possibilities through your podcast. Thank you.

    I’ve had Sue Blacker’s book, Pure Wool, for a little over a year and I would love to be able to knit one of the projects from the book with her wool.

    Thank you again for a wonderful podcast.

  • Reply Alison Collins March 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

    That is some lovely looking yarn. Another very interesting show. Thank you

  • Reply Karli Jo March 17, 2015 at 9:48 am

    The colors are gorgeous. I wonder what I’d make with 5 skeins…!

  • Reply Dee March 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This podcast is the greatest! It’s so inspiring to hear the stories of like minded fiber folk. And I’ll take that yarn please!

  • Reply Tonya March 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I can’t wait to find a quiet time to listen!

  • Reply Reb March 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Our family got a generous tour from the Goodling’s a few summers ago so hearing Kim’s voice brings crystal clear images of their beautiful farm, greenhouse, hen house, pigs, Romneys, Alaska (and Tere and Tess, in memory). On to Gotlands! Congratulations.

    • Reply Kim Goodling March 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Perhaps it is time to make another visit to Grand View Farm Reb.

      • Reply Reb March 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

        It’s on our “dreamy vacation” list. Some day!

  • Reply cat o March 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Would love to visit Grand View Farm!!
    I so appreciate that you continue this podcast. I look forward to listening every week!

  • Reply Shanna March 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Look forward to your podcast every week.
    Thank you all for the chance to win. Beautiful.

  • Reply Marissa March 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Beautiful yarn.

  • Reply Alma March 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I look forward to every Tuesday, knowing there will be more inspiring stories to shore me up for the week. Thank you for all your efforts in putting the podcast together.

  • Reply Jo March 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Just can’t get enough of your podcasts. Thank you! My inspiration has been fired up listening to such passionate people living their fibre dream!

  • Reply mary knapp-samet March 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Loved your interviews this week. Please enter my name in the raffle

  • Reply Kate March 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I LOVED last weeks podcast! I had been following both women on Instagram for a couple of weeks and it was so neat to be inspired by their stories and how they got to where they are! So encouraging for a still improving knitter! Can’t wait to hear this weeks stories!

  • Reply Ady Simmons March 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I love your podcast and Blacker Yarns looks amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Christina March 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    love the concept of leaving a minimal footprint when it comes to yarn. How beautiful!

    • Reply Susan C. March 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Love listening to the stories about these adventuresome woman and their sheep. The yarns are beautiful, and so are the sheep. Am so glad that Casey of Portfiber, Portland, Maine is sponsoring this podcast too, she is amazing to spin with! 🙂

  • Reply Helen March 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Who knew there was such a variety of sheep breeds at our fingertips. And a place with so many breed choices in one place! Thanks for this podcast!

  • Reply L March 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    beautifuous and wantedferous!

  • Reply maggie March 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    #addictedtowoolful

  • Reply Connie Wood March 17, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    This Blacker tweed is gorgeous. I can totally pull a pattern from my queue for this!
    Really enjoy your podcasts !

  • Reply Lily March 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Excited about this week’s giveway and podcast!

  • Reply D Louise Gerlach March 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    You DO find THE most interesting people to interview! Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Susan March 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    The yarn looks lovely — and I’m sure it would be lovely to make a project from it. Fingers are crossed!

  • Reply Juliet March 17, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    This podcast makes me look forward to Tuesdays. LOVE. I’ve been a long-time admirer of Blacker yarns and it’s so exciting to hear more about what and who are behind the brand! Thank you again!

  • Reply DaAnn March 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Such pretty yarns! I enjoyed this podcast – I would love to tour a fiber mill.

  • Reply Kathy McKibben March 17, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Wonderful podcast as usual. Thank you for introducing us to these remarkable women.

  • Reply Lili Christensen March 17, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    As I listen, I sit on my bed knitting a hand spun wool shawl. Feels so cozy and friendly. Thanks.

  • Reply Charly March 18, 2015 at 1:00 am

    What a great episode, thank you for a wonderful podcast to look forward to each week.

  • Reply Meg March 18, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Lovely hearing about Gotland sheep, and also about homeschooling and the alure of the farm. I am living in the city and I would just love to move to a place with the space to have a big dye garden and maybe a small flock 🙂

    Thanks Ashley 🙂

    Meg x

  • Reply Elaine March 18, 2015 at 3:32 am

    I have to have this yarn! Please, please!

  • Reply Alison March 18, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Loved this weeks podcast! Kim’s story was very inspiring! I am amazed at how many folks find their love for fiber arts, and farming, later in life. The pairing of two stories about Gotland sheep was brilliant. Sue is amazing. Keep up the great work

  • Reply Jo March 18, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Lovely yarns, it’s so great to hear about UK wool. And I have a soft spot for Gotland sheep having visited Gotland – it’s a beautiful island.

  • Reply Amy D. March 18, 2015 at 8:42 am

    These podcasts are so inspiring. They’re taking my knowledge and passion of knitting beyond “just” knitting–into how my yarn is made and where my needles are coming from, etc.

    Thank you.

  • Reply Camanoah March 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Another wonderful podcast and another opportunity to possibly increase my tiny, but ever-growing “farm” yarn stash. Thank you so much, Ashley!

  • Reply Clara HUYNH March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I am so glad I discovered your podcast! I was looking for spinning podcast, possibly with an orientation on breeds and how to use specific wool… that made my day!

  • Reply Rebecca March 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I love hearing about the different sheep breeds – and of course about these fabulous women!

  • Reply Madeleine Fidler March 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Another great episode! Thanks Ashley! And thanks again for last episode’s giveaway! So excited! 🙂

  • Reply Theresa Pilsbury March 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Loved podcast and adore Blacker Yarns.

  • Reply Caitlyn March 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Loving every ounce of woolful. Thanks for sharing, inspiring and the giveaway!

  • Reply Katie Emma March 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

    looking forward to listening to this podcast – I think I’ll save it for my upcoming flight on Friday!

  • Reply Kirstie March 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    First time I have listened to your podcast.
    Love to hear Sue Blacker talking about different breeds and the way they are spun to get the best out of them. It makes you realise how unique each sheep and each fleece is.
    Thank you

  • Reply Diane@The Shepherd's Studio March 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Awesome!!!

  • Reply hd March 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    tweedy goodness! thanks for the inspiration and the great podcasts!

  • Reply Jenny Berman March 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Wednesday morning might by my favorite time of the week. I do yard work and then sit and knit and listen to woolful. I loved hearing about the farm life and feel inspired to go stay on a farm even more now. Then I went in and made lunch and smiled at using produce from either my own backyard plot or the local farmer’s market. Bless you Ashley for all you do to share this goodness with us all.

  • Reply Josh March 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love hearing about this women who do follow their dreams! And the yarn looks gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Cait March 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I would love to try this out! Yes Please! Hooray for another great episode!

  • Reply nobutterfly March 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I really loved this episode, I know Blacker thanks to Knit British and I have ordered from them before. It’s always lovely to hear the story behind great yarn.

  • Reply Sharon March 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I was so excited all through listening because it’s with Sue at Blacker Yarns! I’ve been looking at her yarns and books though I haven’t bought any yet, unable to decide which one to try first 🙂

  • Reply Patty Gnass March 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Oh what lovely yarn.

  • Reply robin March 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Awesome podcast! Thanks for starting it.

  • Reply Baamekniits March 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    So enjoyed this week but I did have some trouble hearing Sue’s interview. My boys have started listened to to your podcast with me in the car and they are also loving hearing about different peoples fibre journey. They too wait eagerly for each new episode. They say with amazement, Mum your not the only one! Lol

  • Reply Jess March 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Just perfect that I am knitting a shawl out of Gotland yarn, and it’s from Blacker Yarns no less. 😀 I would love to get my grubby little hands on some of that tweed for sure!!!

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) March 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Loved the podcast again this week! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah March 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    This wool sounds amazing! I’d love to give it a try 🙂

  • Reply Kristie Statuto March 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I so love this one evening a week when I can cuddle up with my yarn and needles, and listen to your podcasts. They’re so inspiring. So thank you!

  • Reply Susan March 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely interviews as usual! Thanks Ashley.

  • Reply Claire March 18, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    My commute is so much more enjoyable when I listen to your podcast. Thank you!

  • Reply Jacqueline March 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I adore Blacker Yarns! I love listening to your podcasts as I walk or run along the river near my home.

  • Reply asteride March 19, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Never tried this yarn before but looks wonderful!
    asteride on ravelry

  • Reply Jocelyn March 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I love listening to your podcast each week. Each week I feel more inspired than the last. I would love to get my hands on some Blacker Yarn 🙂

  • Reply Terri March 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I won two balls of Blacker Yarns a year or so ago from another podcast… is it greedy of me to want to win more? 🙂 What I got then was a ball of Teeswater and a ball of Wensleydale. I just love checking out different breed wools.

  • Reply hannah March 19, 2015 at 8:17 am

    That yarn looks loooooooovely!

  • Reply Barbara March 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Great podcast – once again.
    Thanks Ashley.

  • Reply Katie March 19, 2015 at 9:54 am

    We moved to a small bit of acreage last year and are getting to know the land and what we can do with it. I often dream of sheep and guard llamas. This episode made me do a little serious research. As usual so inspirational.

  • Reply Kris March 19, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Loved hearing about the different kind of sheep!

  • Reply Amy C March 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Great podcast – always a favorite listen! I have had my eye on the Blacker yarn for some time now. Lovely stuff!

  • Reply Pat March 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I saw something about your show on Instagram and the person said you were wonderful. This was my first episode to listen to and she was right! Now I need to catch up on the previous episodes!

  • Reply Kelly Swinn March 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I am loving these podcasts. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Elaine Vandiver March 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Another great podcast! Thank you!

  • Reply Char Jennings March 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I just love this podcast. I am a fiber nut and love everything WOOL!

  • Reply Karen Latuchie March 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks so much for a wonderful podcast! I’ve been knitting for many years, but am enjoying learning so much about wool and fiber folks! Some of my family comes from the island of Gotland, so this episode was particularly interesting!

  • Reply Molly March 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I really enjoyed learning about Gotland sheep this week! It came full circle for me when my co-worker and fellow wool enthusiast finally started listening to your podcasts, and while we listened and sewed all day she recalled her own trip to Gotland Island several years back! Thanks for another great listen!

  • Reply Fine Lightness March 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    This is so lovely! I adore Blacker Yarns. And their mill. And the cooperation with Benjamin Hole. All amazing fibre stories.

  • Reply Lydia March 19, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I loved hearing all about Gotland sheep, their personalities and fleece – and also hearing all about Blacker Yarns and their creator … a great show today with fascinating guests. Thank you.

  • Reply Sally March 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    First time listening to your podcast. Loved it and I am now looking forward to listening to many more. The interviews were fascinating and now I am off to do some research on all the different sheep.

  • Reply Andrea Madden March 20, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I am so glad that i found your podcast. Now I will knit more and learn more.

  • Reply Megan March 20, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Wonderful episode! I live just a short drive away from Grand View Farm – such an inspiring story! I must visit now!

  • Reply Patty March 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Thank you for the giveaway, the yarn is fabulous!
    patmom on Ravelry

  • Reply Elly March 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

    this is always one of my favourite time of the week, relax, turn this podcast on, coffee on the side table in knit my way through. Thank you so much

  • Reply Mandi Abramson March 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Great advice from the Man on the Street segment!

  • Reply Morgan March 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    This is the sixth Woolful podcast I have listened to and I’m officially hooked! Your podcasts are wonderfully informative–I’m so interested in small batch local yarn now! Love your work.

  • Reply Linda Healey March 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Ashley, terrific podcast, I loved listening to both of your guests and am so pleased that Casey was your sponsor this episode; she’s a friend and I spin at Portfiber every week!

  • Reply Julia March 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Loved the podcast and would love to try Blacker Yarns.

  • Reply Stacey Fisch March 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I really enjoyed this week’s episode! I’d love to get my hands on some of that yarn.

  • Reply Zena March 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I want to thank you so much for opening my eyes to this wonderful world of fiber. I have been knitting for almost two years but the stores where I used to live only sold acrylic yarns, and because they were so cheap and I was broke I didn’t really mind (until now!). I can honestly say that I am a happier person knowing the things I know now and I am certain that I will always be learning more every time I tune in to your newest podcast. I can’t believe it took me this long to begin my fiber journey, but I’m so glad that I’m starting this amazing adventure knowing exactly how encouraging and supportive this community can be.

  • Reply Traci March 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I came across Grand View Farm website awhile ago, how fun to hear Kim’s voice and story.

  • Reply Katie S March 21, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Lovely interviews, as usual! Thank you!

  • Reply Stephanie S. March 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I look forward to your podcast each week! It has been such an inspiration and has rekindled my love for wool. Thank you!

  • Reply Carrie March 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    what a fascinating episode! Thanks so much for another amazing giveaway!!

  • Reply jan March 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    what a wonderful podcast — I would love to knit the Westcountry tweed in that luscious green although it’s all beautiful!

  • Reply Pukemoana March 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Just finished catching up on the recent podcasts (while knitting!). Great to hear of Blacker yarns–now I know what to hunt for the next time I’m in the UK. Also hadn’t heard of Gotland sheep before so lots of learning going on . . .

  • Reply lesley lyon March 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Loved hearing more about Blacker yarn. Both interviews were great.

  • Reply Maylin March 22, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Oops, entered on the wrong podcast page – love listening! I’ve used Blacker Yarns on several occasions and really love both the sturdiness and softness . Not tried the tweed yet though.

  • Reply Michele March 22, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Love.This.Yarn!

  • Reply Lynne Fallon March 22, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for another inspiring podcast about two very dedicated women.Learning about the different breeds of sheep is so interesting and gives me a greater appreciation for the yarn produced from them.

  • Reply Vicki March 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I enjoyed both interviews and learning about a new breed of sheep. I loved Kim’s story of her family, farm, homeschooling, anyhow they made it work so she wouldn’t have regrets when she’s 70.

  • Reply Alina March 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    What an amazing episode! I really enjoyed listening to Kim talk about the difference she sees in her kids and the ones form the urban area. And I learned so much new from Sew! Blacker yarn looks amazing!

  • Reply Joyce March 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    The yarn looks lovely, another inspiring episode.
    Thank you for this great podcast

  • Reply Annie D March 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I especially loved your interview with Kim this week–what a wonderful woman who has shared her passion for the farm (I lived in Vermont a few years, the farming really gets under your skin!). I really appreciate her thoughts about accepting what you want in life and coming to understand the education she was giving her kids, while different, was no less valid. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Cclynn14 March 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I look forward to your podcasts every week. Thank you for all you do!

  • Reply Connie March 23, 2015 at 4:22 am

    The Woolful Podcast has changed the way I look at yarn. I’m slowly replacing my over-processed stash with more natural choices. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Kelly H March 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Thanks so much for another wonderful podcast!!!

  • Reply Heather smith March 23, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I am now obsessed with getting my hands on Gotland fiber. I just moved to Montana so my que is full of new wonderful local fibers to play with and now I need to find a local Shepard with Gotland sheep. Your podcast is amazing thanks for allowing me to spend te with you and your friends each week.

  • Reply Kim March 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    thank you so much for these podcasts!

  • Reply Katrina March 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    That was lovely. I think I’ll curl up with a cup of tea and make a hat now.

  • Reply appaloosa13 March 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Just downloaded, can’t wait to listen tonight with my knitting and some tea. <3

  • Reply Doreen MacL March 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks again for a most interesting episode and lovely photos too. And a chance for beautiful yarns. Off to browse those websites now.

  • Reply Elizabeth Langlitz March 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for always having such amazing podcast topics and such inspiring people on them!

  • Reply Jax Taylor March 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Hopping up an down, can’t wait for the open day. Trying to get as many natural samples of wool as I can for my NVQ in Knitting.

  • Reply T Bullock March 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I loved every second of this podcast. It was so informative and engaging. I ook forward to future episodes.

  • Reply Gale longley March 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    What beatiful yarn would love to try.

  • Reply Carlene March 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I received my order of black Gotland sheep roving from Kim over the weekend, which I ordered immediately after hearing her story on the podcast. Mmm it’s delicious, looking forward to spinning it! A farm stay is definitely on my to do list.

    I love how Sue began her story with “It started because my husband is left-handed”…it really demonstrates how all of our journeys (both in fiber and life) have unique, serendipitous, magical moments!

  • Reply Hanna March 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Just found this website and podcasts. Truly enjoyed every minute!

  • Reply Natalie March 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    So cool. There is always more too learn.

  • Reply Mary Ellen Kirkendall March 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Farmstay is now on my vacation list!

  • Reply Vivian March 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    What a great podcast! I’ve been enjoying the episodes while collecting data for my masters research. It inspires me to remember to take time to knit and just breathe.

  • Reply Sarah March 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Great podcast!

  • Reply Nora March 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    This was a very rich and lovely podcast to listen to. Gotland sheep and Blacker yarns have fascinated me since I read their PureWool book and started looking at their yarns and patterns online. A sweater I lust after mightily is the magnificent “Rita’s Aran” by Sue Blacker, and I deeply support her efforts to preserve/promote breed sheep and yarns. It was equally interesting to hear the “Yank” version of Gotland sheep raising from Kim, and to resonate with so many of the stories she told about her business and the home schooling she has done. It’s quite miraculous to me how these stories and love of fiber can draw people together and connect urban “wannabes” like me, with people who live miles away in a very different environment. Thank you so much for presenting this!

  • Reply inge March 28, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This yarn looks really tempting! I enjoyed the podcast and have been a lover of Gotland wool for a long time, having spun some in the 80’s.

  • Reply Dana Herbert March 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    So glad I found you! I am new to knitting and love wool! It is all I want to use in my future endeavors♡♡♡ And I am now in love with Taproot!!

  • Reply Robin March 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Oh woolful how I love you so! Very inspiring, beautiful website and lovely guests!

  • Reply Morgan March 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this most recent podcast. This made ME want to start a mill! Keep them coming–I love listening to your podcasts!

  • Reply Arch'na mohan March 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Look forward to catching up on past podcasts

  • Reply Gwen Dreyer March 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Taprootmag and Woolful: the perfect marriage!

  • Reply Michelle March 31, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Great, love this. Looking forward to more 🙂

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