Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of this week’s sponsors, NorthCoast Knittery in Eureka California. This charming shop opened it’s doors in 2008, with the hope to create a unique gathering place for fiber folk and help expand the local fiber community. It’s a wonderful spot to meet friends and work on projects as you enjoy a cup of tea. They offer a variety of classes and workshops, helping enhance your skill levels and each Thursday at 6pm they host a Sip & Knit social evening. Make sure to visit NorthCoast Knittery in person when in Eureka and online at northcoastknittery.com for a full selection of Swans Island yarns, classes and so much more wooly goodness.And between now and September, NorthCoast Knittery is doing a drive for Hats for the Homeless, where they give away yarn and hat patterns to locals that would like to participate in knitting hats which will then be donated to a local homeless organization and the Eureka rescue mission. To be involved visit northcoastknittery.com and email via the contact page.
Fiber folk: From midwife to wool maven, Jackie Ottino-Graf is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural dyeing, fiber and all things Swans Island Company. Her fiber journey began in the backwoods of Maine and led her to become an integral part of the Swans Island team whether it be curating yarns, developing new product lines, spreading the Swans Island love or naturally dyeing. Talking with her impressed upon me even more the importance of knowing the materials you’re working with, domestic production and handcrafting. You can find Jackie at swansislandcompany.com and on Instagram @swansislandcompany and @swansislandyarn.
Update: As many of you know, I took the last couple weeks off from the podcast, and for very good reason. My husband David and I recently made the decision to make our move to our ranch permanent. We’ve begun the trek from California to Idaho and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. This past week David’s cousin and his wife traveled from LA to the ranch with their 6 children to help us transport the yurt we bought from Canada. Yes, we bought a yurt! We’ve begun the process of building a platform and look forward to having a “yurt-raising” later this Summer. We couldn’t be more excited and more thankful for the blessing of our family coming to work with us. I will forever be moved by the gracious attitude and love those 6 kids shared with us.
We’ve also been anxiously anticipating the arrival of lambs any day now. Three of the ewes were pregnant when they arrived at the ranch in May. The farm we got them from had a ram who passed away in February, but not before a last accidental hurrah with the ewes haha. So we’re late to the lambing game this year, but nonetheless ready. 🙂 Make sure to follow along on Instagram @woolful for updates on all our adventures.
The giveaway this week is sponsored NorthCoast Knittery and we’re giving away a skein of 1 skein of Swans Island Natural Colors Worsted weight yarn in Garnet along with a copy of the Olivia Cowl pattern, packaged beautifully in a linen project bag. To enter, click into this blog post and leave a comment.
Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank our other sponsor today, Knitterly…a special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California. I am always amazed at the well curated selection of yarns, fibers and classes Shelli works so hard to provide all us fiber enthusiasts. Knitterly recently released a gorgeous collection of weaving kits featuring a selection of colors and textures chosen by Shelli and her daughter Ashleigh. Make sure to visit knitterly.net for a great list of upcoming classes at the Petaluma shop and a vast selection of yarns including Swans Island and their own Radius collection.
Knitalong: Earlier this month we kicked off the Home and Away Woolful Knitalong, where folks can join by knitting any pattern from Hannah Fettig’s new book Home and Away. There have been so many great work in progresses shared in our Ravelry group and on Instagram via the hashtag #woolfulKAL. There’s still plenty of time to join, so visit woolful.com for more info and special posts from Hannah and other folks!
Events: This September 20th -24th, enjoy 4 evenings & 3 full days of fiber fun with lessons and supervised hands-on practice of needlefelting, handspinning yarn and hooking a wool rug sampler at Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, VT using wool that was grown on the farm & sourced locally. Novice fiber-enthusiasts will build fundamentals, while experienced students can focus on improving and picking up new techniques. There’ll be traditional rug hooking design and needle felting in addition to basic principles of spinning, learning about the tools, equipment, carding, combing, yarn design, color & dyeing.
There’ll be plenty of time for spinning, and, as a bonus, you will be welcome to enjoy walks about the farm and local country roads, self-touring to include Wing & A Prayer Farm’s fiber flocks. Many of the flock are very keen to snuggle with visitors, so you’ll want to make sure to bring along some boots for the outdoors and pack your flannel for crisp Vermont fall days, pack your camera for beautiful foliage. All meals & snacks are home cooked and farm stay accommodations are included in the registration. Fresh air, starry nights, & making new friends are on the house. A limited number of signups are available and more information is on the Wing & A Prayer Farm website at wingandaprayerfarm.com.
Music by Jónsi.