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Episode 27: Brittany Cole Bush – Modern shepherding, Land stewarding, Urban grazing, and Holistic hides

June 23, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twenty-seventh episode of the Woolful podcast. Each and every week I’m so eager to introduce you to a special guest and this week I’m as excited as ever…meet modern pastoral maiden, Brittany Cole Bush.

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors for this week’s episode, Kismet Fiber Works. A collaboration between Angie LeNoir and Stephanie Stotts of Buchanan Virginia, Kismet Fiber Works sources their fibers from local, family owned farms and a Women’s Cooperative in Tajikistan. They recently launched a very special new yarn called Rooted, a minimally processed Alpaca yarn made of fiber from Stephanie’s family farm and milled at Echoview Mill in North Carolina. They’ve also released a series of beautiful patterns that highlight the unique qualities of Rooted, make sure to check these out on Ravelry. This is a yarn with a story…and one you really need to experience for yourself. You can find Kismet at and on Instagram @kismetfiberworks.


Fiber folk: It’s been wonderful to follow Brittany’s journey on a local level, being that she and her operation are located here in the Bay Area. When she reached out earlier this year and shared what she was up to, I knew you all would enjoy hearing about it just as much as I. Brittany is a self proclaimed Shepherdess, pastoring flocks and purveying fleeces. Her enthusiasm for everything from landscape to animals to people is infectious and I hope you’ll be just as inspired by her story as I was. You can find Brittany at and on Instagram @brittanycolebush and @shepherdesshides.






Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a follow up to last week’s question: “If you could work within the fiber industry what would you choose?” We had some great answers from Leanne @leannecoppola, Amy @urban_farm_wife, Barbara @stixandstring, Beatrice @threadandladle, and Sonja @atreebytheriver.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Kathleen! You’ve won Hannah Fettig’s new book Home and Away, and yarn for the pattern of your choice from Quince and Co. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored Kismet Fiber Company, and we’re giving away the beautiful Flambeau shawl kit, which includes the Flambeau pattern and Kismet’s Rooted yarn. 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 our other episode sponsor, Ambatalia. Created by Molly de Vries and located in Mill Valley California. Ambatalia has had a rich history, with it’s roots as a modern ecological textile good company, focused on pioneering sustainable, multi-use, everyday linens to support a non-disposable life. I know many of you are familiar with the popular Bento Bags, created by Molly for so many uses…from produce to project bags. They’re so handy, much like everything else in Molly’s shop, including the smocks and aprons I’ve had my eye on for some time. Make sure and visit Ambatalia in person when in Mill Valley and find all the goods in the online shop at and on Instagram @ambatalia.


Knitalong: Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the details of the newest Woolful Knitalong on the blog. Beginning July 1st we’ll spend the next couple months knitting a pattern from Hannah Fettig’s book, Home and Away. And the best part? You get to pick the pattern! So start looking for the pattern you want to knit, get your yarn in order and check back for more details on Wednesday.


Events: I wanted to bring your attention to a few events taking place. On June 27th, the first annual Eastside Fiber Festival will be held in Nashville. Organized by Meg Anderson of Nutmeg, it’s sure to be a wonderful time. So if you’re in the Nashville area, make sure to stop by and support these fiber folks doing something amazing.

Also on June 27th, if you’re in the Grand Rapids area, make sure to visit Have Company who is having a release party from 4-8pm, celebrating the launch of the newest addition to this lovely shop, yarn, yarn and more yarn. You’ll find a beautiful selection of Quince and Co and Camellia Fiber Co yarns, and Brittany needles…so go have what’s sure to be a great time!


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply elizabeth streeter June 23, 2015 at 12:49 am

    love the way she works but in Australia we have found that this is bad for our landscape our soil is very old and fragile and the sheep are very harsh on the land and need large acreage to live as there is so little water in the plants. and it has been found that sheep and goats actually spread invasive weeds rather than cut them back. but still would love her job

    • Reply jenny June 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      I loved listening to Brittany’s story that I listened twice! Smart, adventurous person she is indeed. Looking forward to the KAL and my book should arrive any day now.

    • Reply sophie (kamalalotus on rav) June 29, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Ahh, I’ve fallen behind, new podcast about to come out and i haven’t listened to this one! Of course I’d love to try new yarn that’s so special.

  • Reply Charlotte June 23, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I’m so excited about the Home & Away knit-along! I’d already been plotting to knit a couple of projects from the book, but it will be even more fun as part of a KAL. Also, that Rooted yarn is to die for.

  • Reply Katie Emma June 23, 2015 at 5:17 am

    looking forward to listening! I wanted to give you a heads up that your blog isn’t playing nicely with Bloglovin – for the past few weeks when I click on a post it brings me to a blank page, but if I “X” out of bloglovin it loads. I’m on Chrome on a Mac.

  • Reply Alisa Cutcher June 23, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I am constantly amazed at ALL the INCREDIBLY creative
    People there are in this world…..Thank You for bringing
    To my attention so I can continue to fuel my
    Creative flame!! The scarf is fantastic!

  • Reply teegan June 23, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Oh, beautiful! All of it.
    Also, my offer for episode transcription still stands!

  • Reply asteride June 23, 2015 at 5:50 am

    I love Ambatalia bags. Many of them are on my Pinterest boards!
    asteride on Ravelry

    • Reply Lulu June 23, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Your blog is very inspiring. I love looking at the pics and developing new ideas. Rarely I have the time to realize the finished objects but visualizing through inspiration sometimes is enough. Thank you.

  • Reply Lauren June 23, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Excited to listen this week! Looks like another great episode!

  • Reply Marci June 23, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Kismet… will be checking out that site later this afternoon! gorgeous shawl kit give away! who will be the lucky winner?!

  • Reply Beth J June 23, 2015 at 6:22 am

    I have always wanted to try a knit along, hannah fettig I’m in
    Thank you
    Shawl and yarn are gorgeous

  • Reply Dee June 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Your podcasts mean so much to me. Eagerly await each new one. Thanks for bringing new people to the spotlight .

  • Reply Savannagal June 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I really enjoy hearing the life stories of people lucky enough to live their dreams. Thanks for a great podcast and for keeping it real.

  • Reply Barb June 23, 2015 at 8:14 am

    XoxhugzxoX … Looking forward to listening!

  • Reply Britney June 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Tuesday already, quickly becoming my favorite day!

    I hope you do another post talking about the ranch soon. I love the podcasts but I really enjoy the glimpses into your journey too.

  • Reply Margaret June 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

    The podcast was very interesting. It’s wonderful to learn everything about these aspects of sheep herding and care. Thanks

  • Reply Dominique June 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Can’t wait to listen to this podcast.

  • Reply Kira June 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Swoon! Rooted yarn is beautiful.

  • Reply Nicole June 23, 2015 at 9:34 am

    What a lovely giveaway! I am looking forward to trying Kismet yarn soon.

  • Reply Alison Collins June 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

    How do you come across so many interesting people? Glad you do!

  • Reply Megan June 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Can’t wait to listen to this episode of the podcast and I am so excited for the kal! 🙂

  • Reply maggie June 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    It’s so dangerous to listen to these podcasts on my lunch break…I have a hard time going back to the office, I just want to go home and knit! (Or plan my escape from the corporate world and plan my life as a farmer).

  • Reply Neza June 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Wow, I never heard of land stewarding, very cool!

  • Reply Brittany June 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

    What a fabulous interview!

  • Reply Leslie C June 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I found this episode to be especially interesting. Using controlled grazing in an urban or suburban area is a very useful idea and Brittany Cole Bush is an excellent spokeswoman for its use.

  • Reply Amy June 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve had my eye on Kismet for my shop for awhile now. Gorgeous.

  • Reply Lynn June 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I am SO in love with the new rooted yarn line!

  • Reply Bente Simone June 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Such a beautiful shawl. Count me in.

  • Reply Dana June 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Lovely once again, such a treat! Thanks for the chance to one. 🙂

  • Reply Dana June 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Oops, I meant chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Cortney June 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What a beautiful pattern and yarn to have a chance to win. Love the texture of it! I’m hoping to catch up on enough projects to participate in the KAL. So many lovely patterns to choose from…

  • Reply Rain June 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I think my husband is soon to ban me from listening. Every episode, I start concocting my own plan for getting off my current work treadmill and into something I really care about! 🙂 Thank you! Would love to win the Flambeau shawl kit!!

  • Reply Emilia Ponti June 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Such a great description of holistic land management and mob grazing!! So exciting to hear how this concept is becoming main stream! Thanks for your work!

  • Reply Karen June 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome podcast and Rooted is stunning!!

  • Reply Marina June 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Such an interesting and educational episode! Thank you for sharing! would love to win Flambeau shawl kit, such a beauty!

  • Reply Annette Babione June 23, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I would love to join the knit along! I love her patterns!

  • Reply Mimi June 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Looking forward to listening to the podcast. Thanks for a super interesting and quality podcast.

  • Reply Susan June 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Britanny’s enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit really resonated with me while listening to this podast. I’m looking forward to the upcoming knitalong, having recently purchased Hannah’s book and looking for an excuse to knit one of the patterns.

  • Reply Patty Gnass June 23, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Nice podcast. I enjoyed learning about shepherding.

  • Reply Ellen June 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I recently found this podcast and it is quickly becoming one of my favourites. Another great episode!

  • Reply dina June 24, 2015 at 3:37 am

    i thank goodness for this podcast every day, and for the inspiring people in it – changing my world, and keeping my dreams alive. thank you!

  • Reply Ines June 24, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Waht a wonderful gift you have this week! Thank you for the new episode.

  • Reply Julianna June 24, 2015 at 4:45 am

    This is a fantastic program! So glad my friend shared the link on Facebook. I especially liked the definition of “flock” versus “herd.” You learn so much about animals when you dig into the fiber arts!

  • Reply Kimbuktu7 June 24, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for this interesting episode, and opportunity to win a shawl kit. My Rav name is kimbuktu7

  • Reply Tonya June 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Your podcasts are truly a highlight of my week – keeping me inspired.
    Excited about the Home and Away Knit-Along as I have already started the Boothbay.

  • Reply Rachelle June 24, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Great podcast. I can just imagine being on the street when the herd is being transported. Also I had no idea that just one little goat and make a herd!!!

  • Reply Stine June 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Awesome episode! Brittany’s story is so cool.

  • Reply britt June 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Kismet’s greys are a amazing!

  • Reply Keren Duchan June 24, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I’m probably in the minority but it makes me sad that sheep are raised for meat or hides. Especially hides because it’s not a necessity. I wish it were not so.

  • Reply Sharyn June 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Stumbled on your podcast a few days ago…and downloaded all of them! No more boring commutes!!

  • Reply Amy June 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Love your blog and podcast – would love to win!

  • Reply ABBY June 24, 2015 at 11:42 am

    So great! She has so much knowledge and was so interesting to listen to!

  • Reply Kathy McKibben June 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I get so happy when I find your newest podcast on my phone. I listen to it as I go around on my job of home visits. It makes the time fly by and I have learned so many great things. You have made me question how the yarn I buy is processed, where it comes from and how it has a story. Thank you fir improving my quality of life.

  • Reply Sarah June 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    This yarn is beautiful. Pick me!

  • Reply Katie June 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing Brittany’s story. I really loved it. And I love the Flambeau pattern! So unique.

  • Reply Arin June 24, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I love hearing about herding sheep and using dogs! I would love to hear an interview with a herding dog trainer.

  • Reply Meagan June 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Wonderful listen, I learned a lot!

  • Reply Katie June 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I loved hearing about how quick-and-dirty grazing is healthy for the land, much like wildfire–we just have to manage it. It made so much sense, in the way of everything old is new again.

  • Reply Sara Jonsson June 25, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Looking forward to listening!

  • Reply kathy June 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Thanks for this interesting episode. I was especially interested to hear the discussion related to “holistic” hides and the possibility that you may explore this topic in more depth in the future.

  • Reply Marisa June 25, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I used to live in the Bay Area, and I remember seeing flocks of goats munching along the side of the freeway in the Oakland hills. I have never forgotten the beautiful sight, and it is so cool to finally learn more about those goats & their amazing sherperdess. Thank you, Ashley!

  • Reply Shannon Y. June 25, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Great show! Very informative and interesting. Thank you!

  • Reply Jennifer D. June 25, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I loved this week’s podcast. Keep up the great work!!

  • Reply Amber June 25, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Another great show! Thank you so much for doing this podcast. I’m so inspired after every episode, and really appreciate all the work you put into it.

  • Reply Sarah Walter June 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    So grateful for your blog – it gets me through some LOOOOONG drives to and from work every day. Very inspired to get me some sheep and hire them out to graze – thanks for introducing us to Brittany Cole Bush

  • Reply Bernardo June 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful pattern!

  • Reply Emily Boyd June 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I hadn’t been able to keep up with the podcasts over the past month, so this week I’ve been binge listening and it’s been fantastic. Thank you for introducing us to all of these amazing fiber artists.

  • Reply Erin June 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Love the shawl pattern and this week’s podcast was super interesting…nice to hear about a completely different aspect than we knitting junkies are used to!

  • Reply Penny June 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Love the podcasts! So interesting! Keep them coming!

  • Reply cat June 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Looking forward to another great episode – excited to learn about how she manages the animals.

  • Reply Meg Lehinger June 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Gorgeous shawl! Thanks for the great podcast

  • Reply Jill June 26, 2015 at 4:33 am

    I really enjoyed listening to Brittany’s story. I hope to try Kismet yarn soon. Thanks for the wonderful podcast and giveaway.

  • Reply Tobie June 26, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Love your podcast.
    This wool looks so interesting.

  • Reply Kim wilkinson June 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    What a delightful show. She was a beautiful soul to listen to.

  • Reply Joyce June 26, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I just listened to 3 episodes of the woolful podcast back to back and am finally almost caught up! it really is a wonderful listen. Thanks!

  • Reply Alyce Connolly June 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Never have I thought in this way about sheep and goats occupying urban/suburban land. It’s certainly a unique perspective. So pleasant listen to Brittany’s enthusiasm and radiance about her passion!

  • Reply Charlaine June 27, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Another great podcast, it was interesting to hear about the different aspects of the business. I have seen Kismet yarn and the colors are beautiful

  • Reply michelle June 27, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I love the way I learn so much from your podcast. I grew up in NZ, so stopping the car while livestock make their way down the road is a familiar experience–great hearing about it happening in the city 🙂

  • Reply Jennie June 27, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love the idea of doing follow up episodes to check back in with a few previous guests. Great interview today!!

  • Reply Jennie June 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Oh, and I forgot to add… I would love to watch the sheep moving process. I can only imagine the looks they get from passersby!

  • Reply Keri June 27, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Just discovered the podcast. It’s fantastic!

  • Reply Michele June 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely yarn and as usual, great podcast.

  • Reply Carleigh June 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    So inspiring, as always!

  • Reply Kristin June 28, 2015 at 7:11 am

    The Rooted yarn looks gorgeous! I’m especially excited because it’s very local to me, as I’m located in Virginia, too.

  • Reply Grace June 28, 2015 at 7:41 am

    What an interesting podcast and an awesome, inspiring woman! The shawl is beautiful too!

  • Reply Claire June 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Great episode! Thanks Ashley

  • Reply Carmen N June 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    The Flambeau shawl is beautiful!

  • Reply Ellen C. June 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you so much for your podcast. I am impressed by how hard everyone works with and for these fiber animals to bring us quality products.

  • Reply Danielle June 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Such a beautiful shawl – I hope I win!!

  • Reply Mimi June 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful shawl!

  • Reply Kristie Statuto June 29, 2015 at 8:41 am

    So wonderful to hear her story <3

  • Reply Samantha Agnello June 29, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    This episode was extremely captivating. I am encouraged by the diversity that our younger generations are pursuing for jobs in a non traditional field. We should teach more children about shepherding in school!

  • Reply Rebecca Meszler June 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I will be in Grand Rapids for a couple hours on Wednesday, and thanks to your podcasts I know exactly where I’m headed! I can’t wait to visit Have Company and finally see some of the yarn that’s been discussed! I’m sure I’ll come away with atleast ten things 🙂

    Thanks for all that you share and do!

  • Reply hd June 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    fabulous, inspiring podcast! thanks!

  • Reply Camanoah June 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Another fascinating podcast. Thank you Ashley.

  • Reply MollyMay June 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Lovely! What a cool thing she’s doing! And an exiting giveaway! <3

  • Reply Anita June 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I loved this episode. It was informative and fun to learn about Brittany’s pathway into sheperding. I remember when we 1st move to Wyoming and how strange I thought that BLM was discussed in the daily newspapers. Ranching and the use of the land is of utmost importance to us all.

  • Reply stephanie June 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    another GREAT podcast!!!! thanks for taking the time to do this!! Love it!

  • Reply Ceci June 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Looks awesome… Can’t wait to give a listen! <3

  • Reply Chelsea June 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    What a great story! I loved seeing her video as well 🙂

  • Reply Sarah June 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    lovely episode, as always 🙂

  • Reply Sara June 29, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Great interview! I shared the video link with my kids and they loved it.
    Thanks so much!

  • Reply susan krisch June 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

    loved listening to brittanys story

  • Reply Roxanna v July 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Entering for the lovely yarn. Loved the podcast!

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