Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 37: Amanda Malachesky – The Lost Coast, local fiber, permaculture influence, and Lost Coast Yarn

October 6, 2015

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Sponsor: I want to thank one of our sponsors for this week’s episode, 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 for a full selection of beautiful yarns including Lost Coast Yarn, classes and so much more wooly goodness. You can also find them on Instagram @northcoastknittery


Fiber folk: The Lost Coast is one of my favorite places to visit and one we frequented when living in California, because of it’s incredible beauty and good people, like my friend Annie and her family. I remember getting a text one day from Annie saying that I needed to check out this new local yarn, Lost Coast Yarn. A few months later it popped up again when talking with this weeks sponsor, NorthCoast Knittery, the exclusive retailer of the yarns and I knew there had to be a story and special person behind it, and there was. Amanda Malachesky is the dreamer and doer behind Lost Coast Yarn, a new small batch yarn company that sources local fibers and natural dyes to create their line of hand-dyed farmstead yarns. You can find Amanda at and her yarns at





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Sponsor: I want to thank our other sponsor for this week’s episode 6 Bits Storybooks, a digital quarterly publication for knitters who love to immerse themselves deeply in their knitting experience…from the mouths of story tellers: knitters, photographers, writers, designers, friends & nature. These storybooks incorporate designs, imagery, location, words, learning and tools to create an deeply engaging experience, taking readers on a journey. 6 Bits was created by two incredibly passionate and inspiring folks within this community, Melissa and Melody, and their excited to launch the first storybook this week, so keep an eye out and subscribe at and find them on Instagram @6.bits.storybooks, @mskiknits and @bmandarines.


Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “What sort of local fibers/yarns/fiber farms have you discovered in your area?”. We had some great replies from Leanne @leannecoppola, Sam @samanthamaylamb, Kerry @kerryrobb, and Jessie @bonvivant.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Maggie B. You’ve won 2 skeins of Savannah yarn and the Norie Hat pattern from Castaway and Folk! Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Lost Coast Yarn, and they’re giving away 2 skeins of a wool and alpaca blend 3-ply yarn, naturally dyed with Logwood. We’ll also be giving away a pattern of your choice from designer Ashley Hurst’s new Lost Coast Collection. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post.



Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Lynn October 6, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Such clean good looks!

  • Reply Heather October 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Looks like lovely yarn!

  • Reply Julia October 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Love your podcast and this yarn looks lovely!
    Juliaknit on Ravelry

  • Reply christine carpenter October 6, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I love your podcast and look forward to it impatiently.
    You have a lovely voice and let your guests shine

  • Reply Jenifer October 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for another wonderful episode. All of your episodes are so motivating to get to as close to farm to needle as I can. This yarn sounds just lovely!

  • Reply Bente Simone October 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    The yarn sounds and looks yummy, crossing my fingers.

  • Reply Marina Gvozdeva October 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you for this episode! Yarn looks amazing!

  • Reply Laurel October 7, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I’ve been learning so much by listening to your podcast. I look forward to it each week. The yarn, and patterns are lovely.

  • Reply Kelly October 7, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Looking forward to listening to this episode!

  • Reply Tonya October 7, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Thank you again for my favorite podcast. Would love a chance to win this beautiful yarn.

  • Reply Maggie B. October 7, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Woohoo, thank you for last week’s giveaway! (And please do not consider this comment an entry for this week’s, though it is another tempting one.)

  • Reply Brittany October 7, 2015 at 6:43 am

    The yarn looks and sounds gorgeous!

  • Reply Ady October 7, 2015 at 7:16 am

    What a lovely yarn! I love meeting the fiber folks through your podcast. 🙂

  • Reply AnastasiaMW October 7, 2015 at 7:52 am

    That yarn is just so gorgeous!

  • Reply Joyce October 7, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I’m always looking for good kid knits patterns! beautiful designs in Lost Coast

  • Reply Jennie October 7, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Oh how I wish I could jump on a plane to CA to visit North Coast Knittery right now!! I would love to see all of Amanda’s beautiful yarn in person.

  • Reply Ivy Perez October 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I love your podcast!

    Also, that color is lovely. I had no idea there were so many Alpaca farms in the US. If she’s thinking of hiring, I might apply. 😛

  • Reply Janet Kemper October 7, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I am really loving all your podcasts! Love that I learn about new to me yarn, too.

  • Reply susan October 7, 2015 at 8:25 am

    looks beautiful as usual!

  • Reply Dana October 7, 2015 at 8:52 am

    The Lost Coast patterns are lovely, and the yarn looks lovely too. Another enjoyable podcast! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Margaret October 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

    An enjoyable podcast. I love hearing the story behind yarn dyers and their yarns. Thanks.

  • Reply Yasmin October 7, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful yarn and the pattern collection is really nice!

  • Reply Camanoah October 7, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for another lovely podcast. It is great to hear about more and more local yarns.

  • Reply Abby October 7, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Such a fun giveaway! I’d love to win!

  • Reply Michelle October 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Simply lovely yarn!

  • Reply Neza October 7, 2015 at 10:19 am

    This week’s interview is great, again. It is so inspiring to hear how a small business evolves. Thank you!

  • Reply Mandy Bee October 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Another inspiring episode. The Lost Coast is one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited, but somehow I missed this yarn shop when I went last year!

  • Reply Britney DeLeon October 7, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Loved all the natural dye talk!

  • Reply Joanne October 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I am just on my wayto settle down with my knitting anf this episode after holding our wee girl’s hand to help her get to sleep.

  • Reply Megan October 7, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Loved this podcast! Amanda’s reflections on her struggle to balance her creative pursuits with the limitations of life with small children totally resonates with me. As a mom to an 8-month old, I am full of knitting inspiration but lacking the time to follow through. These days, I’m all about simple shawls!

  • Reply JIll October 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I love your podcast and the yarn looks wonderful as do the Lost Coast patterns. Thanks again!

  • Reply Chris Willow October 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    thank you- really enjoyed listening!

  • Reply Savannagal October 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I’m really enjoying your in-depth podcasts. Thanks for another terrific giveaway. The yarn looks lovely. I especially like that it is 3 ply.

  • Reply Anna October 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm


  • Reply Lesley October 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet but am looking forward to a peaceful afternoon of spinning and listening.

  • Reply craftyone October 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    i like hurst’s trinidad design.

  • Reply Janet October 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Tuesday is my favorite day to walk home from work because I get the pleasure of listening to your wonderful podcast. Thank you. You make my life richer.

  • Reply Dianne Frankel October 7, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you, the podcast was inspiring to support local yarn producers and to encourage fellow knitters to do so.

  • Reply Brenda J October 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Would love to knit up Agate for my greatnieces Keeliegh and Emma. Lovely podcast as usual – a nice escape for me.

  • Reply Liz October 7, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Love your podcast. I think of it as the NPR of knitting!

  • Reply Aliya R October 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I would love to win this!!

  • Reply Deborah Francis October 7, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    North Coast, Lost Coast…I’ll take any coast, please. It all seems lovely!

  • Reply Lucia October 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks Ashley & Amanda, another great tale. I’ve become totally hooked on this podcast, it has even inspired me to pick up knitting again 🙂
    I was just wondering, are the giveaways for US listeners only? I live in Australia and would love to win, Would my entry count if I offered to pay for shipping?

  • Reply Sindy P October 8, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Loving to hear about the organic growing process this brand went through.
    Thank you for another great podcast, I’m always looking forward to receive your email abour a new episode!

  • Reply Kristina October 8, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Another fascinating interview! Thank you!

  • Reply Vicki October 8, 2015 at 4:58 am

    The yarn looks beautiful! I love that it’s dyed with plants from the area. I wish I lived closer so I could go pick some up in person.

  • Reply Charlene October 8, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear about Lost Coast Yarns! This past summer my son and I took a journey up the coast of California and Oregon, stopping to hike or camp wherever we felt like doing so. One night we camped on the beach on the southern end of the lost coast. If I’d known then about Northcoast Knitterly I probably would have sought it out. (Next trip, right?) I’d so love some Lost Coast yarn to commerce that trip!

    Ashley, your Woolful podcast is so fabulous and inspiring! You are a very special lady! Just this past week I had to be in Windsor and knowing about Cast Away and Folk in Santa Rosa from your recent podcast, I stopped in. What a lovely, charming store! Thanks for all you do.

    • Reply Charlene October 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Oops! I meant commemorate (not commerce). Anyone else hate autocorrect sometimes?

  • Reply Vikki October 8, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Another great episode. Thanks

  • Reply teegan October 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Delightful, as always,and 6 Bits looks really intriguing!

  • Reply Kaarina October 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Very interesting episode! Thank you!

  • Reply Elizabeth October 8, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Lovely episode, I so look forward to these stories. Would love to try Amanda’s naturally dyed yarn!

  • Reply Emily October 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    As I’ve gone deeper down the rabbit hole of knitting I’m fascinated by how we all get super interested in the steps that come before the yarn in our hands moving around the knitting needles. What a great telling of the journey from hobby to life calling and finding the way from farm to needle. Thanks for sharing this story with us. I’m already planning a road trip!

  • Reply Tommi T. October 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I loved hearing this interview! I’m here in Arcata, local to Lost Coast Yarn, and I actually have a skein of the fingering that I think was scotchbroom overdyed with indigo. It’s really pretty. I was so happy to see some local yarn, naturally dyed when I first bought it and now am happy to know the back story! Thanks! And Annie – I would TOTALLY be your helper, but even as close as I am, Arcata is still a little too far. 🙂

  • Reply Nancy October 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I’m catching up on this and a bunch other podcasts I’ve missed! Keep up the wonderful interviews!

  • Reply Bridget October 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    All of her colors are just gorgeous. I can’t imagine what the yarn feels like!

  • Reply Red October 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Seriously lovley yarn! And thanks for the great podcast.

  • Reply asteride October 9, 2015 at 6:48 am

    This was so interesting!

  • Reply Elizabeth October 9, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Another great episode! I love being introduced to fiber folk through your podcast!

  • Reply Claire October 9, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Thanks for another great installment of podcast listening !

  • Reply Kate M October 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I am obsessed with natural dying and had decided to give it a try this fall, so am super excited about this podcast! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Dominique October 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Can’t wait to listen!

  • Reply Courtney October 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Loved this episode!

  • Reply Lynne Fallon October 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Another very interesting podcast, I’ve been wanting to try more worsted spun yarns and will definitely keep Lost Coast Yarn in mind for a near future project. Thanks again Ashley!

  • Reply Emily Boyd October 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Her yarn is beautiful!

  • Reply claire October 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Loved learning more about dyeing. It’s something I want to try myself. One day perhaps.. Lovely yarn

  • Reply Alison October 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Local California wool. Can’t say that too often. being a Californian, I’m going to get me some of this wool. Thanks again for another great episode!

  • Reply michelle October 9, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    so inspiring to hear what people generate when they set their minds to it!

  • Reply Sally October 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Looks like amazing yarn — would love to try it!

  • Reply Kitten With A Whiplash October 10, 2015 at 1:21 am

    It’s been years since I’ve been as far north as Eureka, or even Sacto. Would love to see the shop and that beautiful yarn. The pics are wonderful – especially all the orange yarns.

  • Reply Katrina October 10, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I need to know more about permaculture! Your podcast has really piqued my interest over the last few months.

  • Reply Michele October 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Yummy yarn!

  • Reply Shannon Y. October 10, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Amazing yarn and story! Thanks!

  • Reply Melanie October 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Such a pleasure listening to this episode. A very inspiring story!

  • Reply Patti October 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Another interesting podcast and an interesting name for the yarn– love it !

  • Reply Diane October 11, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Thank you for another great episode. I’m always looking forward to listening to this podcast.

  • Reply CIndi Brown October 11, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Beautiful yarn and lovely story! Thank you.

  • Reply Ines October 11, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Oh boy, I have some catching up to do! Now listening to the latest episodes. Thank you for all your work and sharing!

  • Reply Mary Anne October 11, 2015 at 7:48 am

    So fun to hear about grassroots projects that blossom with perseverance and love. Would love to hear how progress is going with your mill in Idaho.

  • Reply Patty Gnass October 11, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Nice podcast. Thank you.

  • Reply Ellen October 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Loved this episode!

  • Reply Carmen N October 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Beautiful yarn!

  • Reply Gail October 12, 2015 at 1:31 am

    What a wonderful episode! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  • Reply Katelyn October 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I loved this episode! I also love Amanda’s story of getting into the fiber business and her approach to the business. Can’t wait for the next episode!

  • Reply Naomi October 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Such an interesting podcast!

  • Reply Cathy B October 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Lovely looking yarn. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Reply emily falke October 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    How fun to learn about another local product! CA is great!

  • Reply Danielle October 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Loved this week’s episode! It would be so wonderful to win that yarn. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Rain October 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I love the sound of the Lost Coast! Both the place and the yarn! Thank you for another great giveaway!!

  • Reply Denise (Yarnshine) October 13, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Continuing to love, love, love this podcast! – <3

  • Reply Lauren October 13, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I have an hour commute to work each way everyday and I’ve recently discovered your Podcast about a month ago… I think I’ve already listened to at least half your episodes! Very inspiring and I’ve learned so much in the past month. Thank you for making my commute a little easier and fun!

    • Reply Sarah Walter October 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Me too! This podcast has changed my commute from hours of frustration to precious time dreaming about wool 🙂

  • Reply D. West October 13, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Beautiful yarn!

  • Reply Victoria (mossmali) October 13, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Your podcasts are such an inspiration. I started knitting last year as my learn a new trade project and since then have acquired a fiber and knitting obsession. It’s lovely to hear the process, ideas, and encouragement from other fiber folk. Thank you.

  • Reply Sharon October 13, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Great episode and lovely looking yarn.

  • Reply sophie (kamalalotus on rav, sophie_kamalaine on ig) October 14, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Great interview, inspiring as usual!

  • Reply Susan October 14, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Catching up on Woolful podcasts during my staycation. Today I’m spinning local fibre (Romney woool from Stoddart Family Farm just northeast of Toronto) and knitting wool from eastern Ontario (Topsy Fams on Amherst Island).

  • Reply Vicki Rucker October 14, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I love hearing about locally-sourced sheep-to-yarn production. I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I want to spend my knitting time on meaningful, personal projects using yarns that I can trust came from animals who were treated well, as opposed to inexpensive, mass-produced yarn whose production process would probably make me cry. (I really have no idea how animals are treated in big yarn production operations, but I’m hiding my head in the sand. If it’s anything like the production of eggs and meat, it can’t be good.) So, any future yarn purchased from this point on will be researched and deemed “kind” and “sustainable” or it won’t be coming to my house. Thanks, Amanda Malachesky, and Woolful for letting us know about this.

  • Reply Meagan October 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Lovely interview as always, thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Lisa October 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    As I move deeper into the fiberverse first with knitting (a bit of crochet) then spinning and weaving, I’ve been mulling over getting into dying. I’ve taken a two classes but haven’t felt ready to take that plunge. This episode pushed me closer to that edge and opened up a better understanding with the overdye discussion. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and well curated discussions every week.

  • Reply Bobbie October 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Loving your podcasts!

  • Reply Karen October 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing this lovely story. 🙂

  • Reply Kristie October 15, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Listening to this is so inspiring. Amanda’s yarn is absolutely beautiful, and I love hearing the story behind her yarn!

  • Reply Rosa Quiñones October 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the wonderful podcasts!

  • Reply Kathy October 16, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for another great podcast, Ashley, and giving us an introduction to Lost Coast Yarn.

  • Reply Thekla October 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

    This was a good show, as always. I was just in Eureka earlier this summer and missed the yarn shop. I love finding the local yarn when on trips…

  • Reply Quinn B. October 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Just discovered this blog and podcast. Love it!

  • Reply Gwen Dreyer October 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I appreciated the man on the street question this week. I’m located in Columbus, Ohio, and am hungry for some local yarn!

  • Reply Caitlin October 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

    What beautiful yarn!

  • Reply Lacey goeringer October 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Love your yarn and love these patterns just bought the whole lost coast book can’t wait to start knitting them up for my lo

  • Reply Sarah Walter October 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for a lovely interview. I think my knitting friends might be getting some lost coast yarn for Christmas !!

  • Reply Steph L October 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks! I visited Lost Coast a few years ago, and after listening to the podcast, I think it’s time for another visit :).

  • Reply isabel October 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    best podcast I’ve ever listened too…. now I have to catch past episodes. Thank you for the thoughtful consideration that obviously goes into this production!

  • Reply Joanne October 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I loved this episode, what diversity!

  • Reply Morgan October 20, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Yet another great podcast! Thanks again — really enjoy listening to every one!

  • Reply Mary October 21, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Lost Coast reminds me of Brigadoon and Magic. I want to find it someday.

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