Idaho Fiber Mill Life Woolful Podcast

Woolful Podcast: Reflections and where next

February 4, 2015
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I’ve been writing this post in my head for about a week now, unsure how to share what I would like to share…in the most genuine and humble way possible, but also with complete gratitude. You see, this past week the Woolful Podcast reached it’s 100,000 download, with it now being close to 122k after yesterday’s episode. When I see these numbers I see a community, a tribe 10,000 strong all with a common interest, a love of fiber. You should all feel so very encouraged. Encouraged to pursue your fiber dreams, as makers, farmers, proprietors, or wherever your hearts desires lie. I sure am.

When I had the idea to start this podcast, I had hoped there would be others who felt the same way I did, but I never imagined the response or the impact it would have in such a short time. Thank you for writing, for commenting and sharing with me, you really have no idea how encouraging it is and I do my best to pass this on to the different guests in one way or another…because their journeys are truly the remarkable things here.

Each Monday night as I wrap up the podcast for the week and stare bleary eyed at the screen as I wait to upload it, usually around 12 or 1am, a small voice says “how long are you going to keep this up?”.  And my answer is always, “for a very long time”. Anyone who has worked on a passion project understands the degree to which you’ll put energy into something simply because of that, passion. But passion only carries you so far. Encouragement and support from those around you sure goes a hell of a long way to remind you why you’re doing this. So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Since the beginning of the podcast, each episode has had sponsors. It’s been wonderful because it’s given a unique marketing opportunity for different shops and brands, and a way for them to be involved. It’s also helped cover operating costs and compensate for a small bit of the time spent on bringing each episode to life. I’d love to have more companies, both big and small involved as sponsors, you can find more info here.

So where next? Well, there are a lot of really exciting things in store for Woolful and this community in 2015. You’ll see these announcements role out here and there, the first being in March…so stay tuned. But, to be perfectly honest and I’m bearing my soul a bit here…I would really love to see Woolful grow to the point where I can someday spend more time at home with my son and family, focusing on our fiber dreams of building a mill in Idaho. This seems lofty, though, everyone has a dream and should strive towards it, while staying true to their mission and vision.

And without sounding like a broken record, thank you again. You’ve made one of my dreams come true. Don’t ever underestimate your own dreams. xoxo -Ashley


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  • Reply Sydney February 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Congrats on number 10!! Cants wait to listen to and congrats on seeing your dream seeds begin to sprout! so exciting

  • Reply Janice Hellzen February 4, 2015 at 11:38 am

    What an amazing accomplishment but not suprising. I not only listen to the podcasts on Tuesday mornings but a lot of times when knitting I play them again. They are so inspiring and it keeps me grounded in my path to open my own shop later this year. THank you so much for not only planting the seed of my dream but for making me believe it is possible.

  • Reply Kelsey February 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I love your podcast – the content is fresh and thought-provoking. You’ve made me look long and hard at my own fiber consumption but never in a way that made me feel bad or judged. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Reply Tonya February 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you so much for offering these podcasts. They have propelled me forward to explore my love of fiber and I am now staring a New England Yarn Farm Journey where I will be showcasing small farms that sell yarn from their own sheep.
    I will be knitting something from the yarn from each farm and showcasing the farm one at a time on my blog. I think it is so important to directly support these farms if at all possible and I am excited to also learn more about the different breeds.
    Thank you again for being one of the sources of my inspiration and listening to the podcasts gave me the nudge to take action.

  • Reply Susan February 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hello and again, congratulations on your numbers! I am enjoying the podcasts and still wondering where you are in Idaho and NO, NOT planning to intrude!! Thank you.

  • Reply Caroline February 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I just listened to the first one yesterday as I wasn’t sure it would be for me. I love knitting, but could I listen to an entire podcast about fibers? My only though after listening: why didn’t I do it sooner? Such inspiring women, and I just learnt do much! This will be my new companion during my evening knits.

    • Reply Lu February 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you for finding all these wonderful people to interview and teach us fiber folk where we’re going in a more natural way. I am so glad you have so many listeners and that you got an awesome shoutout by Knittyblog. Your dream may be closer than you think!

  • Reply Kristin February 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I love the podcasts! They’ve opened my eyes and inspired me in so many ways. Thank you so much for all of the effort you put into creating them!

  • Reply Judy February 4, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Each week I’m thrilled to find another Woolful podcast waiting for me. And like you, I always wonder how long you are going to keep this up. So I am thrilled to read your response, “for a very long time”. I love your insightful and entertaining interviews, and am enjoying learning more about the folks with whom you speak. It’s a wonderful fiber world out there, and I’m just thrilled to pieces that you and so many others are going back to the good old ways.
    Take care, thank you, and may all of your dreams come true!

  • Reply Alina February 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Dear Ashley! Your podcast is always a part of my week now. You speak from your heart, you are passionate about it and it really shows how much you love this community. I am looking forward to following your journey, every step of this way. You are a true inspiration. Thank you!

  • Reply Kathy McKibben February 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Wonderful as always. Thanks so much for producing this podcast

  • Reply Jennifer King February 5, 2015 at 6:16 am

    The instant success of your podcast really shows how much enthusiasm there is in the fiber community and that is so encouraging to me. Thanks for all you do Ashley!! I’m so happy to be a member of the tribe 🙂

    • Reply kelsey sylvia February 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      hello..ash..short and sweet..we are behind you100 per cent and you will be home with your son full time and there will be a fibermill and many sponsers …wil it into being.personally your podcasts are my highlight for each week..making me laugh smile cry create.also we elders need you to continue the heritage of the fiber arts.thanks from miss k

  • Reply Rosemary February 5, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Wonderful podcast. Thoroughly enjoying the knowledgable guests you present. Found you at episode 10. Will be going back to listen to all previous episode.

  • Reply Sylvia February 9, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Loving your podcast! Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Mr. Josiah Bain February 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I am a recent convert to podcasts and am enjoying yours thoroughly. I actually live in Idaho, so I was very excited to hear that you were starting a fiber mill here. (I am really just kind of screaming and blathering with excitement in my head … but …)

    When you get it up and running, will you plan to give tours? It would be something that I would be very interested in, both as a knitwear designer and one who is looking to start a yarn company. (Still far out in the future for me, but maybe one day, eh?)

    Thank you so much again!


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