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Episode 8: Ioana van Deurzen – Woolen heritage and legacy, Romanian sheep, purpose and Moeke Yarns

January 20, 2015

I’m very excited to share the eighth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today’s episode is a little different. As I’ve gotten to know today’s guest, Ioana van Deurzen of Moeke Yarns, and spent time hearing her incredible fiber journey, how it shaped her childhood and ultimately her life as an adult, I felt this story deserved it’s own space…it’s own episode.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Tolt Yarn and Wool, my favorite yarn shop. In 2013, Anna Dianich opened Tolt Yarn and Wool. a local yarn shop in Carnation Washington. Most recently she launched an online shop, full of yarns each with their own story and each handpicked by Anna. You couldn’t ask for more soul when it comes to a yarn shop. Visit toltyarnandwool.com

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Fiber folk 1: Ioana van Deurzen is an amazing woman, as you’ll soon learn. A little over a year ago she embarked on a journey with her brother and parents to create the  yarn company Moeke Yarns, to bring something back to her community that had been lost and honor her grandmother, Elena. You can find Ioana at moeke-yarns.com and on Instagram @moekeyarns.

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Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is @kelseyleftwich. You’ve won the Paffuto hat pattern by Michele Wang and a skein of Quince and Co Puffin. Congratulations!

This week we wanted to give away some of the very special Romanian yarn, our guest Ioana has created, Moeke Yarns. We’re giving away a skein of each the Elena and Stela yarns. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.

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Update: As you’ve heard me talk about already, I am smitten with this amazing yarn. Not only because it feels and smells so good, but because of it’s story. It’s rustic qualities lend so well to certain projects and I plan to start on a pair of socks tonight. I’m very excited to have partnered with Ioana, to bring Moeke yarns here to the States. You can now find both Elena and Stela in our shop at, Woolfulmercantile.com

 

Music by Jónsi.

 

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143 Comments

  • Reply kelsey sylvia January 20, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Just became aware of your fabulous podcasts and as a former merino shepherdess from vermont am thankful for the enrichment you are promoting within this community.

    • Reply Susan jayson January 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      I too just learned about your podcast. I was skeptical about podcasts in general but you got me hooked! And then to top it off fringe supply co is my favorite!!!!! Keep up the wonderful, earthy, centered and peaceful podcast!!!!!

  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack January 20, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Can’t wait to knit and listen, thank you!

  • Reply Inês January 20, 2015 at 3:33 am

    So excited to cast on a new pair of socks and listening to this episode! Love from Portugal! xxx

  • Reply Donna January 20, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Would love to try this yarn! Thank,you!

  • Reply Anne January 20, 2015 at 4:28 am

    I would love to try knitting with this yarn. Thanks for bringing us the story.

  • Reply Maria January 20, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Can’t wait to listen! I love Moekeyarns!! Thanks for all you do.

  • Reply Marci January 20, 2015 at 4:44 am

    can’t wait to sit down and enjoy another woolful podcast! thanks for bringing these to us!

  • Reply Margaret January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Looking forward to listening to this episode! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply colleen January 20, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Just finished EP 7, and these pics give a nice taste of the next one. Love this podcast and the immersion into these fiber workers’ lives. I’d love to win these skeins!

  • Reply Alison January 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Yum! I am intrigued by your description of this yarn. It looks a lot like the yarn I spin from my Cheviot and would love to compare. Thanks for your podcast!

  • Reply Alison January 20, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Ashley, I was noticing that the Moeke yarns are single ply. You talk about using them for socks. Single ply does not usually hold up for the wear in socks. Is it the characteristics (durability) of the wool that makes you want to use them for socks? Just curious.

  • Reply Shannon Y. January 20, 2015 at 6:05 am

    This yarn is beautiful! What a great story!

  • Reply Mary Moury January 20, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Oh, this looks lovely. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Reply Hannah Jeanne January 20, 2015 at 6:19 am

    There is nothing better than sitting down somewhere cozy in the winter with a cup of warm, a great podcast, and a wooly smelling yarn on the needles. Looking forward to listening!

  • Reply Naomi January 20, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I just love your podcasts. It is wonderful hearing about your adventures and the adventures of your guests.

  • Reply ErinJoelle January 20, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Hi Ashley, I enjoyed hearing Ioana’s story and thinking about her grandmother, Elena. Two of my great grandmothers came from Eastern Europe/Russia and I have been searching for information and yarns from over there for some time now. It is amazing how crafts like knitting can help us connect with our loved ones through time and space.

  • Reply Jennifer January 20, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Hoorah! A new Wooful podcast! It’s going to be a good day.

  • Reply Madeleine January 20, 2015 at 6:58 am

    The highlight of the week is upon us! Thanks again for your amazing podcast. Looking forward to cozying up with my knitting by the fire while listening to your podcast tonight.

  • Reply Kathy January 20, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I love your podcast – it sparks my creativity every time I listen, and as I knit while I listen, I find myself appreciating each stitch even more than I did before. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Cait January 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Great podcast and beautiful yarn! Thanks again for all your hard work!

  • Reply Mimi January 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I loved this episode! So glad I started to listen to this podcast.

  • Reply rgoriginals January 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Just spent the last two days listening to your podcasts, love what you’re trying to do and I think it’s great. You’re doing a great job, and I’ll be listening to your podcasts from now on. Love all the stories I’ve heard so far from the people you’ve interviewed.

  • Reply Katie January 20, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Found a great new way to get my oven cleaned post-holiday baking.
    1. Drink two cups of tea.
    2. Check for new podcasts and happily discover a new Woolful episode.
    3. Start the podcast, grab the baking soda & sponge and start scrubbing.
    When the episode ended I was rewarded with a sparklingly clean oven and a happy heart from listening to this terrific episode.

  • Reply melody January 20, 2015 at 8:21 am

    This was such a wonderful episode. Listenning to Ioana’s story has been so inspiring and humbling. Thank you ladies!

  • Reply Katey January 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

    This has to be one of my favorite episodes thus far! As others have said, this podcast has become one of the highlights of my week, and makes Tuesdays so much more bearable! I would love to try out Ioana’s yarn. 🙂

  • Reply marisa January 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story about Ioanna and her grandmother’s legacy. This inspires me to explore my cultural heritage more.

  • Reply Shayla January 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I can’t wait to listen to this episode today! This yarn look great!

  • Reply Judy January 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I love listening to all of your podcasts, but this one was especially wonderful! Ioana has such a rich history in fiber, and she is willing to share that with future generations, as her grandmother did with her. My Swedish grandmother taught me to knit when I was a young girl, and now even my 4-year-old grandson wants to knit! You will love this: he had a ball of kitchen twine and told me that it was yarn that he had spun at his own mill. I didn’t know that he knew that yarn was spun at a mill, but we talked about it, and he has the right idea. (Maybe this came from reading Woolbur to him over and over again!) My daughter took him to a grist mill yesterday, so he knows a bit more about mills, but sadly, there are no woolen mills nearby.
    If I don’t win the yarn, I will purchase some, because your description was just too wonderful!
    Keep up the great work with your podcasts, and your dream. You are an inspiration!

    xxoo

  • Reply Savannagal January 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

    What a wonderful story. The yarn looks really yummy. I will definitely check it out in your store. Thanks for the opportunity to win the skeins.

  • Reply Josh Moll January 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Love the wool, and your podcasts!

  • Reply pika January 20, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Looking forward to listening to this podcast still playing catch up on the others.
    You have helped answer some questions through these great interviews. I grew up with
    sheep and my husband and I are looking to get our first flock this year. Yikes which one so many
    yummy choices.

  • Reply Janis January 20, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Thank you so much for another delightful podcast! I feel I am spending my hour listening to an educational seminar while I knit, and I guess I am! I learn so much from your in depth interviews with all these interesting fiber enthusiasts. Please accept my gratitude for you labor of love!

  • Reply Fine Lightness January 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

    A peaceful evening ahead, knitting and episode 8. Finding your fascinating podcast has opened new doors. Thank you for introducing me to a whole new community. All the best for you.

  • Reply clare January 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Just listened to episode 7 last night, and as always, looking forward to the next.

  • Reply Nikki Solomon January 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Oh this is so wonderful!! And that lovely yarn!!

  • Reply Phoenix Tarampi January 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    This story is wonderful, and it’s driving me to search for locally-raised, heritage-inspired fiber folk near me.

    xo

  • Reply Cille Andersen January 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I have a weakness for coarser, natural, “sheepy” wool, just like you and Ioana. Locally bred, spun and processed. I’m so over merino and super wash. I have made the decision not to buy yarn in 2015 but use my stash instead, but this podcast made me itch for the Romanian wool! Winning is not buying…right?
    Anyway THANK YOU for making these podcasts. You are such an inspiration.

  • Reply Jennifer Sloane January 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    What a beautiful story. I love listening to your podcasts, it is so wonderful to hear so many different journeys through the fiber industry.

  • Reply Erin January 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    What lovely yarn!

  • Reply Vasilia January 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I am excited to listen to this week’s podcast, knit, and drink a cup of tea this evening. For the first time I have started to look forward to Tuesdays!

  • Reply Katharina January 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    What a lovely story! Thank you for bringing it to us. It was a pleasure to listening to the interview!

  • Reply Megan Asa January 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I am loving this podcast! I am a beginner-intermediate knitter, and already am so inspired to challenge myself with more difficult yet rewarding knits, and also to make patterns more my own, with personal details or changes. Thanks for all you do! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  • Reply Megan January 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Ioana’s story of searching for passion and interest in her everyday work that led to this incredible journey is such an inspiration for someone like me – in my mid-twenties trying to find my sea legs. It’s great to hear how people discover their passions!

  • Reply mzry knzpp-samet January 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    great interview, please enter me in the raffle

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) January 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Can’t wait to listen, thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply emilie January 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I can’t wait to listen, I love rustic yarns 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea Berkompas January 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    What a beautiful story and a beautiful yarn! Oh I just loved it. 🙂

  • Reply Emma January 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Oh, I’d love to try Ioana’s wool! Thanks for the giveaway and for your lovely podcast.

  • Reply Anna January 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I love hearing where the yarn I knit with comes from, and I am in such admiration of the people who make it happen! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Terri January 20, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I love a rustic traditional yarn! This sounds lovely… thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply Sarah January 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Oh my, what luscious looking yarn! I’ve been catching up on episodes each evening after work – listening for a bit and knitting a few rows on my Nordic Wind shawl. Something I would be very interested in is hearing reccomended books/magazines/blogs for patterns, resources, and memoirs!

  • Reply Rose January 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    This episode definitely pull your heartstrings. Listening about family, heritage and love is so amazing. Specially when you are working with a yarn so full of soul and feel like you are there with them just says so much about it. Keep up your amazing podcast. I love it. Always waiting for the next one and very knowledgeable. Ioana, I hope to try your yarn soon. 🙂

  • Reply LaurenV January 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    This yarn and the history behind it looks lovely. I’m listening to the podcast right now!

  • Reply Samantha Rohrich January 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Her yarns look wonderful! I would love to try it! As always, I love this podcast. It is the perfect thing to listen to, relax, but always keep me engaged and interested. So many amazing and inspiring stories. Thank you!

  • Reply chatti January 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    this was a great end to a good day. feeling very inspired to really take on knitting again. and this was one of the more emotional episodes of woolful. so heartwarming. thank you!

  • Reply Meg January 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This lovely yarn would be the most exciting prize! I would love to knit a sweet dishcloth or soap cover out of it.

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful story with the world 🙂

    Meg x

  • Reply Gazelle January 21, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Hello There,

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy listening to each and every one of your podcasts. I’m a Canadian whose husband moves her around this big world every couple of years and now I live in Dubai. Sadly the knitting Goddesses have placed me in a city without a yarn shop but I so look forward to listening and hearing about all the beautiful fiber that’s out there.

    Big knitters love from the sand box,

    Gazelle

  • Reply Janelle January 21, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I love learning about new artisan yarns on your podcast. Keep ’em coming!

  • Reply Jenny January 21, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Each Tuesday I set aside time to knit and listen before I go to work. Each week another beautiful and inspiring story. Thank you!

  • Reply Tyna January 21, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I love a yarn with history, with soul….I feel it’s what we strive to knit into each of our garments and gifts. Beginning the process with a bit of those qualities in place is somehow truly organic!

  • Reply Katie S January 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I love putting on this podcast while I make breakfast and then transitioning into knitting all morning! Thank you for providing us all with this treat

  • Reply David January 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Those yarns look wonderful. I’m thinking that, if the prize yarns are undyed (like her yarn available in your shop), this might be a great opportunity to try my hand at hand-dyeing with natural colors.

  • Reply Stacy January 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Nice yarn! Quality of the recording was really challenging to hear. But, what I did hear was very interesting. I’d love to knit a pair of socks with this yarn. Maybe, dye it with mushrooms… My natural dye of choice this winter.

  • Reply Bordergirl January 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

    What an amazing journey Ioana and her family undertook. Thank you for sharing the story. I am enjoying your podcast greatly. And thank you for the opportunity to try out Ioana’s yarn.

  • Reply amelia January 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Wow, these yarns are gorgeous.

  • Reply Kristen S January 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, Ioana. I hope I’ll be able to try some of your yarns in the near future!

  • Reply Greta January 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Lovely yarn and yet another wonderful podcast!

  • Reply D Louise January 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I have a couple of links that this podcast and Ioana’s story brought to mind. First is the story of the Cowichan sweater, which also involves a group of people who revived and modernized a nearly dead wool tradition.
    http://salishfusion.ca/blogs/sylvias-blog/16274192-the-story-of-the-coast-salish-knitters

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTKmvFxhyng

    The second is the story of a small wool mill in Maine.
    https://fibertrek.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/fibertrek-episode-i/

    And, oh, please enter me in the drawing.

  • Reply Julie January 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I was really touched by this episode. ❤️

  • Reply Sully Morales January 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for this episode! It is awesome that you support people who do these wonderful things like Moeke Yarns does. My boyfriend and his family are second generation Romanian American immigrants and I told him about this episode. He wants me to knit his dad a special pair of socks from this yarn. Thank you so much for bringing it to your shop as I can actually make this gift come to life! I love your podcasts and I love to sit and knit to them. I’m always tempted to stay up and knit when you post them (usually midnight for me). I’m looking forward to your next one!

  • Reply Kayden January 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    What a wonderful story! It was a nice break from my college essay. 🙂 And they yearn looks absolutely marvelous!

    • Reply Kayden January 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Didn’t mean to send that comment yet. Oops! Anyway, I was going to add that it was a great idea to have her story in her own episode. It really made it special.

  • Reply Emma January 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I just discovered this website with Instagram and would love to try it and knit socks with.

  • Reply Jaime jennings January 21, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I really loved this episode, Ashley! Thank you!

  • Reply toshi January 21, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Those sheep are so cute!

  • Reply Dawn January 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I get so excited when it’s time for a Woolful podcast! This was amazing!

  • Reply Ady Simmons January 21, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    LOVE this podcast and hope to try out this yarn soon!

  • Reply Maddi Wilkerson January 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Love this podcast. Exactly what I needed to start my year off right. I am loving this fiber community! So many inspiring stories!

  • Reply Carol January 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful story and yarn!

  • Reply Lara January 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This episode will be a repeat at least once, probably twice. I feel that I need to look up the geography and history and cultural aspects so that I can really understand Ioana’s story, so that’s what I’ll do. As ever, amazing content.

  • Reply Diana David January 22, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I would love to make a baby vest with Moeke yarns 🙂

  • Reply Lorna January 22, 2015 at 4:10 am

    I love the stories and the beautiful yarns you are exposing us to. I look forward to your podcast each week. Thank you!

  • Reply Amylynn January 22, 2015 at 4:18 am

    This was such a special episode!

    I think the men and women of our time are in search of their background and ancestors. If you listen they will speak to you! My father’s ancestors were from Kentucky region of Appalachia. Everything was made, it wasn’t a hobby it was necessity. I have been lucky enough to inherit several of my great granmother’s quilts, and one from my great great! Also a wooden butter spoon that is lovingly hung in my kitchen and a small basket that my great granmother carried her lunch in to school. I believe they call me and are happy knowing that I carry and enstill their crafts to my own family.
    Ionna’s grandmother and her community is probably guiding her through her adventure! I love that she has a pattern made from her grandmother’s sock, how special!
    What a great company and legacy to support thank you for making us aware!

  • Reply Katie January 22, 2015 at 5:32 am

    This podcast is just wonderful! I look forward to it every week! Thank you so much for bringing this community closer together.

  • Reply fun January 22, 2015 at 8:06 am

    i would like to try this yarn

  • Reply Katie Emma January 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Great interview, and the yarn sounds amazing!

  • Reply Dalyn January 22, 2015 at 9:05 am

    A wonderful podcast. I am a new listener and so thankful for what was shared on this latest episode. Fantastic story.

  • Reply Carlene January 22, 2015 at 11:24 am

    If I don’t win the giveaway from Moeke, I will certainly have to buy some. Incredible story. I spun on my drop spindle as I listened to the episode in several segments this week.

  • Reply jessica e January 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    really nice yarn! thanks!

  • Reply Alicia January 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t wait to listen to this episode! I just tried my hand at natural dyeing last week and it was such fun. I can’t wait to do it again!!

  • Reply April Wilson January 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I love this episode! Thank you!

  • Reply craftyone January 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I would like to try this brand of yarn.

  • Reply Elena January 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Loved to listen to Ioana story! It made me remember of my connections with my grandma. I don’t enter giveaways very often, but I had for this one. The yarns look so wonderful and one of them even has my name 🙂
    I love the podcast, it quickly became one of my favorites!

  • Reply Rachel January 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    This Podcast was such a delight. To listen about how fiber truly shaped Ioana’s life was wonderful to listen to. Thank you for what you do and how you share your passion with others You truly have inspired me with your podcasts and I look forward to them every week.

  • Reply Heather January 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I just recently found your beautiful website and am looking forward to listening to your podcasts. I would love the opportunity to win this gorgeous yarn.
    Best, Heather

  • Reply Seaberks January 22, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I just discovered you podcast and I absolutely love it!

  • Reply Vasilia January 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

    This was such an emotional and inspirational podcast. Thank you!

  • Reply Nancy January 23, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Great story and beautiful yarn!

  • Reply Sarah January 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Lovely yarn! Here I am dreaming of socks.

  • Reply Terri January 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I listen to your wonderful interviews and stories while commuting for 2 hours each day to my uninspiring, corporate job. I love the holistic simplicity and authenticity you stand for! Thank you.

  • Reply Natisha Palmer January 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Like you Ms. Ashley, I am in love with Ioana & Moeke’s evolution & journey & expect to be as smitten by her yarn after I experience it. I’ve listened to this particular podcast twice today & am completely inspired by Ioana’s verbal offerings. Thank you for sharing her through your podcast & devoting the entire show to her story.

  • Reply Juliet January 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I just found out about your podcast a few weeks ago (via the Fringe Association blog), promptly listened to the first 5 episodes and now I eagerly await Tuesday mornings to hear your next one. Thank you so much for sharing your passion and insights with all of us!

  • Reply olivia January 24, 2015 at 2:53 am

    I am really enjoying listening to your podcasts, which is all new to me (the podcast thing). I always love hearing peoples craft journeys especially when they are filled with such passion. Looking forward many more in the future.

  • Reply sarah January 24, 2015 at 7:51 am

    always a joy to listen to this podcast. thank you!

  • Reply lori January 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

    lovely to hear ioana’s story, what an inspiration!

  • Reply Jenny Depa-Karl January 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Lovely history and beautiful yarn! Best wishes!

  • Reply Heather January 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Just found your podcasts via a knitting friend. Looking forward to listening, and maybe some new wool!

  • Reply Leslie Eaton January 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Loved every second of this week’s podcast…and most of all her story and journey to preserve the legacy and history of her ancestors/community. ….all with the focus on sustainability and honoring the old hands on methods. Struck a nerve with me (as it clearly did with you :))…so thank you for sharing with us!!!

  • Reply Cathy B January 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful yarn. It captures ones soul.

  • Reply Alyssa January 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I am so obsessed with your podcasts! Can’t wait for more! (seriously, I don’t think I can wait…what am I gonna do??!)
    <3

  • Reply Jacqueline January 25, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Ashley- thank you for helping us get to know more about wool, wool folk and the industry as a whole. So fascinating… and I loved Ioana’s story!

    All the best :<)

  • Reply elflyn January 25, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I am so looking forward to listening to this episode, that I’m waiting for the kids to go back to school 🙂 so that I can listen in peace and quiet.

  • Reply Jessica January 25, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Your podcast has made me think about yarn and fiber in a whole new way. It really is about the blood, sweat and tears. And about love!

  • Reply Trina-Lea January 25, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Ashley, I have enjoyed each and every Woolful podcast thus far. But Episode 8 has brought me to tears…in a good way! 😉 Listening to Ioana’s story…her love of family, community and yarn had me completely enthralled…I was actually sad to have it end. I wish Ioana much success and look forward to watching the growth of Moeke Yarns.

  • Reply Karen January 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

    As a hand spinner I was deeply moved by this podcast. I think it’s my favorite yet! What a wonderful blessing to have the opportunity to knit with this yarn!

  • Reply Ina January 25, 2015 at 11:51 am

    What a wonderful story! I especially enjoyed hearing about how Ionna was able to involve her family in the creation of Moeke yarns.

  • Reply Jessica January 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Your podcast has made me think about yarn and fiber in a whole new way. And this episode was amazing. It’s so true what you say about sweat, blood and tears. I think all important things have something to do with gard work. And love!

  • Reply Joanne January 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Marathon podcast listening. Really enjoying yours. So much better than hearing about endless FOs, WIPs and stash enhancement. Love learning about the background of your guests. Great job!

  • Reply Alina January 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I also grew up in a post-communism country and I feel so related to Ioana and her beautiful story about her childhood. It made me really emotional. Thank you so much for this wonderful interview!

  • Reply Anna January 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    The sheepy smell of the wool – probably my favorite thing about natural fibers, especially wool. I hope I get a chance to hold and smell them soon!

  • Reply Cajsa January 26, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Would be a pleasure to try this yarn 🙂

  • Reply Frankie January 26, 2015 at 11:22 am

    How inspiring was that, you can almost feel the journey of the yarn, and of Ioana’s journey, i absorbed every bit of it as i am knitting socks with soft merino yarn.
    My daughter texted me from the west coast of the country to me here in Ottawa Canada and I will be forwarding it to a friend in the Netherlands, let us see how far the story goes, thank you for this podcast, absolutely inspiring, knitting on!
    I hope I can find Moeke yarn in Canada!

  • Reply Liz January 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Love your podcast. This yarn looks wonderful! Thanks so much for providing great content.

  • Reply Romy Tabata January 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    What an inspiring story! Romykins on rav

  • Reply Susan January 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I was really looking forward to listening to this episode, as both my paternal grandparents were born in small villages in what is now western Romanian. I would love the privilege of working with a yarn that comes from a region of the world in which my ancestors once lived. Thanks again for another inspirational interview!

  • Reply Karin January 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I have been enjoying your podcasts so much and this episode was truly inspiring . In my top 3 so far! Looking forward to making a top 20 list of Woolful episodes. Thank you for what you do and the stories you share.

  • Reply Phoenix Tarampi January 27, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Listening to Karen discuss her journey towards a more conscious wardrobe made me smile, as your podcast always does. xo

  • Reply Christie January 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Great episode. I listened to it as I organized my yarn closet?

  • Reply Margie January 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I love the concept of mindful dressing . I adore wearing special handmade or vintage clothing and thinking about where they came from and the materials used and then accessorizing then with gifts made by dear friends . Thank you for these wonderful podcasts.

  • Reply Lily (tigrerosa) January 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    This was my first episode of Woolful and now I’m hooked! Thank you for an excellent and thoughtful podcast to add to my daily walks.

  • Reply Cristina I. January 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I just discovered your blog. I love the story and it is one I well understand for I am Romanian myself. Thank you.

  • Reply Gabrielle January 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m glad I found this podcast. I enjoyed listening to Karen Templar’s journey, and thinking about creating my own clothing. It seems like an unattainable challenge, but what a great commitment and process to undertake.

  • Reply julia February 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Ioana’s story touched me very deeply. I recently learned that my grandfather’s parents were Romanian. After many years of mystery (name changes, secrets about religion…) surrounding the story of their emigration, my grandfather just casually mentioned it one day. I still really know next to nothing about their lives there or why they came to America, so hearing Ioana’s perspective really hit home for me. My only previous encounter with Romanian culture was the research I did when I designed costumes for a production of Caryl Churchill’s “Mad Forest” when I was in college. I had no idea I was studying my own heritage! I’m so interested in learning more about Romanian sleep and fiber culture. Thank you for introducing me to Moeke and Ioana, I’m very much looking forward to following her journey!

  • Reply Kat February 2, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for another inspiring podcast. I hope there is a transcription of this one just in case I missed anything! Thanks again.

    • Reply Deborah Francis February 21, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Rustic yarn, from an enchanted land, wants on my needles soon!

  • Reply Otiva March 29, 2015 at 3:19 am

    A wonderful journey, wool is wonderful, thanks for this lovely podcast.

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    I just listened to this…beautiful story! I had a skein of Moeke Elena in my hand while listening, so great to make the connections with the makers. And Jones’s music in the background…heaven!

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