Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 42: Tif Fussell – Aunties, holistic healing, following fiber, and Dottie Angel

November 25, 2015

tolt yarn and wool

Sponsor:  In 2013, Anna Dianich opened Tolt Yarn and Wool. a local yarn shop in the beautiful Pacific Northwest town of Carnation, Washington. A couple weeks back we celebrated Tolt’s second anniversary, with the release of a very special book, Farm to Needle: Stories of Wool. When we pick up our needles and cast-on the first stitch, we become part of something much bigger than the project at hand. Farmers, shearers, spinners and dyers are working hard not only to produce the yarn we love, but to preserve a way of life that is at real risk of being lost. Farm to Needle invites you to join a journey; to peek behind the scenes of some of our favorite producers and gain a deeper understanding of the people, places, and animals at work. Discover Aspen Hollow Farm, Green Mountain Spinnery, Imperial Stock Ranch, Thirteen Mile Farm, YOTH, Saco River Dye House, and Twirl through patterns by Dianna Walla, Tif Fussell, Veronika Jobe, Karen Templer, Andrea Rangel, Annie Rowden and myself. This book was beautifully captured by a hardworking team, lead by Anna and Kathy Cadigan. You can find Farm to Needle at


Fiber folk: Today marks the 1yr birthday of the Woolful podcast, and you can only celebrate such things with angels, like today’s guest Tif Fussell or as many of you know her, Dottie Angel. Every single one of the past 42 episodes have been so important to me, however today’s holds special meaning. For any of you who know Tif, you know the treasure she is. Her story goes beyond fiber or textiles, motherhood or marriage…it’s a story of a woman finding her strength and healing, and her creative journey. You can find Tif in her Pacific Northwest mossy shed and on Instagram @dottieangel.









tolt yarn and wool

Sponsor: I just want to take a moment to say thank you again to Tolt Yarn and Wool, today’s episode sponsor. I hope you take some time to get to know Tolt better. If you’ve had the privilege of visiting Tolt in person, you know how truly amazing this place is. It’s evident the heart and soul Anna and her incredible team put into creating an experience that feels like home with your fiber family. What a special place to have in this fiber community of ours. Make sure to visit Tolt in Carnation and online at for a very special collection of fibers, notion and books.


Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “What does Woolful mean to you?”. Thank you Emmaline , Sonja @treebytheriver, Amy @urban_farm_wife, Jessie @thebonvivant, Hope @hopehawley, Amber @dapperewe, Leanne @leannecoppola, Barb @stixandstring

52 Weeks of Wool: I have an exciting new project starting in January, 52 weeks of wool. Each week I’ll be hand spinning a new wool breed from a fiber flock from here in the US or abroad, and sharing my experience through photos, on the podcast and in a blog post. My goal for this project is to handle as many different types of wool as possible, and share a bit about each farm and flock that the wool comes from, helping bring light to many sheep breeds and producers. If you have a flock, fiber farm or know someone who does, I hope you’ll consider joining me on this project by sending me a small tuft of fleece to spin. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaways are, Doreen, you’ve won a copy of Tolt Yarn and Wool’s new book Farm to Needle and theslowcatwalk, you’ve won two skeins of Vermont Organic worsted yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery. Congratulations!

This week we’ve got a couple of special giveaways. The Dottie Angel Frock pattern from simplicity, two skeins of Moeke Transylvania Merino, and a copy of our recently released Woolful Sheep Breed Calendar. To be one of the winners of this week’s giveaways, leave a comment this blog post.



Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Maria Muscarella November 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    HUGE congratulations on turning 1!!! Your podcast is inspirational! I love learning about new people, sheep, yarns, etc. Keep it up!! Sorry I’ve been such a slack ‘man on the street’ lately, but I treasure you and all you do!

  • Reply Susan November 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Am just about to listen to the podcast but had to say I love the picture of the Hebrideans!! I have some of their fleece which I am going to spin lace weight.

  • Reply Pat Collingwood November 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    The merino wool looks lovely

  • Reply Susan November 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    THANK YOU!! Not only for the the 1 year anniversary but for this most extraordinary pod cast…….what a journey for her and how courageous of her and her husband. I am really looking foreward to your spinning different fleeces. YEA.
    And my heart goes out to you as well.

  • Reply Susan November 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I started listening to Woolful around the time I bought an 8 lb Romney fleece. The wool has now all been hand sorted and washed, and I have four completed skeins of 3 ply, naturally dyed yarn. Hearing of others motivations and accomplishments has kept me dedicated to this project of my own.

    I was really excited to see that Tif was the featured guest this week. I was introduced to her practice through Uppercase — Uppercase Magazine is a wonderful publication for the “creative and the curious” as their tagline says. As a fellow Canadian, I was pleased to hear them mentioned in the podcast too.

  • Reply Barb Brown November 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Love this podcast so much! As we are all on a journey, Tiffs’s story resonates with me so much, whenever I find myself feeling low, or disconnected, fiber, knitting, sewing has always been there for me, but not just the crafting but the people that keep it all together! The community of crafty people is incredible ❤️ Thanks for bringing all the stories together for us! Sending love to you Ashley xx words cannot express how loved you are. xx thank you ❤️

  • Reply appaloosa13 November 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, I can not believe that it’s already been a year for the Woolful podcast! It seems like yesterday that I was excitedly awaiting the first episode. 🙂 I get so much out of the podcast and I look forward to it every week, but you’re own journey is so inspirational to me as well! <3 I really appreciate all the things that you do for this community.

    appaloosa13 on Rav

    p.s. Looking forward to hearing Tif on the podcast – I've been enjoying her Instagram for a while now, and am looking forward to hearing her story.

  • Reply Robin November 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    So wonderful as always. This last year has flown….I still remember where I was when I first listened to the podcast. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Dana November 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! This one was a bright spot as always, thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Kelly November 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I found your beautiful podcast through Tif’s Instagram. What a beautiful gift to the whole of our fiber family. Thank you so much. I am so excited to explore the archives AND have a new podcast to listen to each week! Congratulations on your first anniversary.

  • Reply sophie November 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    happy first birthday!

  • Reply Sonja Loyd November 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I enjoy Listening to your Podcasts. I have learned so much about wool breeds Knitting and the process from farm to needle .As a one year knitter , I never thought how much there is to know.I believe the process from Taising these beautiful pets my needles.So wonderful.

  • Reply Holly Elfanbaum November 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    What a powerful episode. I’ve been following Dottie angel for awhile and have been riveted by her story. I feel myself to have experienced life in similar ways as Tif has done and I’m in a similar place in life, as my children leave home. I too have found creativity and making to be the ladder back to the surface after swimming in a well of grief as my children become adults. And with many women, also found resonance as you shared your experience with loss of miscarriage. It’s not spoken of enough, the loss of early pregnancy, and I’m glad you did, even as I know speaking of it must have been painful. I am sorry for it, and I admire you for sharing your experience, it will help other women, and builds connections between us all.

    Thank you for this podcast. I look forward to it each week. This one was unforgettable.

    Happy thanksgiving.

  • Reply Maggie Taylor November 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for making such sweet and heartfelt episodes! I loved this one with Dottie Angel!

  • Reply Kristopher November 25, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Tif Fussell is an inspirational polymath artisan. As someone who loves expressing my creativity both artistically and scientifically, concrete and abstract, durable and ephemeral; I found her story to be the most captivating off all your podcasts. And that’s a high bar.

  • Reply Susan H November 25, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    This is actually the first of your podcasts that I’ve heard – and I happened to stumble across it because I was Googling Dottie Angel. The stories you and Tiff shared about losing a child, about her embroidering the saying for her aunt’s casket and about her illness were deeply touching. Plus I loved the story about “so when will the new house be ready?” – it was one of those laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Reply Claire November 25, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Happy anniversary and congratulations on a wonderfully successful first year. Thank you for continuing to provide inspiration for all my yarnful dreams xo

  • Reply Holly November 26, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for another amazing episode, Ashley! I’ve made the Dottie Angel smock and am so happy to know more about the creator behind it!

  • Reply Mona November 26, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Congratulations! Thank you for doing such tremendous work for knitting together this fiber and wool loving community!
    Looking forward to sharing another year with carding, spinning and knitting, while listening to fabulous fiber fanatics 🙂

  • Reply Beverly November 26, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I remember listening to your first podcast while combing our icelandic fleeces for my son to spin into yarn.

    Happy Birthday Woolful!!

  • Reply Eileen V November 26, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Thanks, Ashley, these giveaways sound amazing. I am really looking forward to the 52 weeks of wool. Eileen

  • Reply Tonya November 26, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Excited to listen to the podcast while preparing for Thanksgiving this morning! Would love a chance to win one of those wonderful prices.

  • Reply Stacey November 26, 2015 at 6:15 am

    What a perfect way to spend the still quiet hours this morning before my home fills this afternoon with friends for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Reply kim November 26, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I lay in bed after a very restless night and listened to this story.
    I love the gentle music and the honesty contained within.
    I would love to sit on the lawn with a cup of tea and trade stories with Tif.
    Such richness to begin the day.
    Thank you

    i must say, I’m so curious as to exactly what orange food is……

  • Reply Heather Gorman November 26, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Congratulations on turning 1! I just discovered woolful this past month and have been feverishly listening to the episodes. Keep up the amazing work!!

  • Reply Erin November 26, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Oh, wow, I love that frock!

  • Reply Neza November 26, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Yay, Woolful is one, congratulations!
    Thank you Ashley for bringing us today the voice of Tiff,
    even more lovely than I could have imagined ♥
    Wishing you both well on your *healing* journeys!
    Love, Neža

  • Reply Rhiannon / Starrybluesky November 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    What an inspirational podcast episode. It was a real treat to hear more about Tif’s story. And I’ve also been looking back through the archive and listening to your podcast with the founder of Moeke. I am definitely going to track down some of the Romanian yarn soon. Thanks again 🙂

  • Reply matilde November 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    it s funny how many of the knitters have their first experience story with acrilic yarn and a scarf.
    i have my story too, in a only girls school and everyone hated to knit, but now i love it and i make my own patterns.

  • Reply susan l November 26, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    what a inspiring woman Tif is.I listened while knitting my journey as well.Thank you for sharing

  • Reply Janet November 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Ashley-Happy 1st Anniversary! How time has flown by. I look forward to every Tuesday so I can listen to your podcast on my walk home from work. This week’s podcast was exceptional. You interview such interesting people and do an excellent job helping them share their stories. Looking forward to the year in fiber!

  • Reply isabel November 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Hello! Thank you for another wonderful episode. I have to say that I’ve never come across the work of Tif before today, but I completely smitten with her embroidery! Thank you so much for the introductory look, I popped on over to her Instagram for a more complete look. I send my best wishes to you that your second year of podcasting will be as lovely as this first one has been.

  • Reply mary m November 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    As someone who has been fairly recently diagnosed with Crohns Disease and has struggled with anxiety for many years, this episode really resonated with me. Now I love Tif even more.
    Congratulations on a year! This podcast is still one I look for every week, and the one that sent me down the rabbit hole of crafting podcasts.

  • Reply Whitney November 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Woolful! What a wonderful accomplishment, Ashley. Thank you for all the wonderful stories (this week’s included), and for making me, a quiet introvert, feel like a part of a larger, vibrant community. Thank you as well for teaching me something new and inspiring me all the time.

    Also, thank you, Tif, for sharing your story with us. Your personal journey really resonated with me as a mom and a maker.

    Good luck to both of you in your upcoming fiber pursuits!

  • Reply Barbara M November 27, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Every woman should listen to this podcast with Tif Fussell. So inspiring!

  • Reply Rain November 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Love meeting more woolful neighbors via this podcast! Another fantastic fiber journey and amazing giveaways. Thank you!!

  • Reply Kim November 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I have a whole year to listen to? Awesome!

  • Reply Anna November 27, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Happy 1 Year Anniversary! This has been my favorite podcast from the beginning. Great job, thanks for sharing these awesome stories and people with us. (I also love following Tif on instagram…I’m completely in love with her kittens!)

  • Reply hd November 27, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Happy anniversary! And thank you for sharing your story. Sending love and healing to all of us who have experienced that kind of loss.

  • Reply Elyse Marie November 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    A year of woolful, and a year of podcasts that touch us fiber folks and bring us to tears on a weekly basis. This week’s interview with Tif was no exception- thanks for creating this fiber-y conduit for all of us to connect through, and looking forward to another year filled with fiber love and tales!

  • Reply Julie November 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Wonderful podcast! Happy 1st birthday with wishes of many more to come.

  • Reply Julia de Boer November 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Yayyy, I can’t wait to learn more about Tif! I’ve been loving her wooly embroiery on her instagram for a while now. Thanks again, Ashley, for the gift of your podcast to the fibre community. God bless.


  • Reply Andrea November 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I discovered Tif only about 6 months ago thanks to lovely photos of her finished garments on Pinterest. I got totally hooked straight away. I so admire her style and have just bought her Granny Chic book. I know also how it feels like to be living in a foreign country where new found friends become one’s second family. Ashley, thank you so much for this interview – I thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially appreciate Tif’s honesty when talking about her personal life – as a mother and wife, and also her incredible healing journey. Tif is a real inspiration on many levels.

  • Reply Josiah November 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Loved this! Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Terri November 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations on the first anniversary of Woolful! It has really been a year of ups and downs for you. All the best moving forward.

  • Reply Katri Sampson November 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Just listened to episode 40 with Pam Allen – so wonderful! Almost caught up… Can’t wait to listen to Tif!

  • Reply Lex November 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Happy 1st birthday! I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed listening to all your episodes. I find them very inspirational and it really brings home the human element to craft. I truly appreciated hearing Tif’s story today, as I know the feeling of the little black cloud and I’m glad to hear when people figure out ways to work around and through it.

  • Reply Juliet November 28, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Congratulations on your first anniversary! I look forward to the podcast every week. It is beautiful and inspiring. On a personal note, I had two miscarriages before I had my son–he’s now 22 months old–and hearing you speak so honestly about how that experience affected you brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your passions and these little snippets of your life as well. I know I can speak for many others when I say that your listeners are grateful.

  • Reply Amylynn November 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Ashley, I’ve been following you since the beginning and it’s been such an amazing journey. When a new podcast comes up I just giggle inside.

    My Woolful journey has been an interesting one, from learning how to spin at John C Campbell folk school with Martha Owen, natural dyeing, owning Angora Rabbits and spinning from my sweet little bunnies to now being married and traveling about with my little band across the country. Every military station I seek out a wool adventure-from Stonhendge Fiber Mill in Northern Michigan, to visiting George Washington’s house Mt Vernon and visiting his flock of sheep, to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival, Squam’s Ravelry Retreat, a trip to Verb in Oakland and to my newest stop to the Fibershed’s Wool Symposium. You’ve been with me this past year inspiring me along my road trips. Thank You Ashley! This latest with Tiff was simply sweet, I also have been following her since her Flickr days and love her newest art adventure her wooly tattoos. Keep up it up:-)

  • Reply Jamie Dear November 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Happy 1 year woolful!!!

  • Reply Ines November 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

    One of my favourite Instagram people! I’m looking forward to listen to this episode.
    Congratulations on your first anniversary!

  • Reply Traci November 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I have cherished this little gem of space that feels as if it is just for me for a whole year? Love. Listening to so many versions of the same story, and yet each one so unique. Perfect timing still surprises me. How I missed Tif Fussell all these years is a mystery. Then just last week older photos kept showing up in random blogs, google, wherever. Then here she is on Woolful. This interview with Tiff is so very special. The whole time I wanted to quickly write down words she was saying so I could save them and remind myself with such fantastic quotes. And yet her words are so familiar because I have already heard many of them in my head and in my heart. Some very big changes in my journey are coming down the road. I have been trying to slowly get ready as thoughtfully and gracefully as possible for the last year. Giving me glimpses of other’s journeys, including your own dear Ashley, in and around art, craft and hearts desires has been so helpful. Thank you, Thank you……..and I would love to know what orange food is.

  • Reply Patti November 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Very inspirational podcast, I think I’m going to listen to this again there is so much helpful and insightful information for women. It makes me think about so many things ! And Happy Anniversary Woolful 🙂

  • Reply Irene Marks November 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    So wonderful to hear all the stories, what a pleasure. Congratulations on your landmark podcast! Best of luck in your fiber adventures, and thank you for adding to mine

  • Reply Margaret November 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Happy anniversary of Woolful! I enjoyed this podcast. Nice to hear from someone of my generation who is in the empty nest as well — very inspiring to hear what she did to keep going after tough times.

  • Reply Jennie November 29, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Happy Anniversary Woolful!! Ashley, I can’t imagine life without this podcast!!

  • Reply emilie November 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

    What a lovely talk 🙂
    Happy anniversary !

  • Reply Allie November 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for a great year of episodes! I am in LOVE with Dottie Angel’s woolly tattoos.

  • Reply Tara Williams November 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Really great inspirational Podcast this week! I am new to your site, and after listening to this episode, immediately went to Episode 1. I can’t wait to listen to each and every Podcast, both in the past, and new episodes to come.

  • Reply KatieS November 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    This is my way to get quiet time that I love. Thank you for all the podcasts and wonderful people you’ve interviewed. I look forward to many more.

  • Reply Andrea November 29, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for these episodes! I love your podcast.

  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack November 30, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Tifs blog was one of the first blogs I’ve ever read and I have bee a huge fan of her work, although it was too peachy to me at first. I loved to listen to her on woolfolk, thank you so much!

  • Reply Charlotte November 30, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Fascinating to hear from Tif. 52 Weeks of Wool sounds like it will be fascinating!

  • Reply Anne November 30, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Congratulations on turning one. I think your podcast is a game changer, I look forward to every episode. Thank you.

  • Reply Julia November 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Always interesting to hear about the realities behind the online craft world, which can seem at first glance so cozy and idyllic. I think it enriches the story, and lets us recognize ourselves in others. Thanks!

  • Reply Marina Gvozdeva November 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Happy anniversary! Tif is a great inspiration! Her story is amazing! Thank you for sharing your life with us 🙂 I wish you all the best 🙂

  • Reply Kate M November 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    That embroidered hat!! Another lovely podcast. Thanks!

  • Reply Kate November 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    One of my favorite episodes to date!!! Wonderful stories and sharing, thank you, thank you, Ashley and tiff!!

  • Reply Tamara White November 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations to Woolful for a passion & brilliantly filled year of sharing. We’re all so much better for it, thank you so much!


  • Reply Karen Harris November 30, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I love all that you do! Congratulations on your one year anniversary.

  • Reply asteride December 1, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Happy anniversary ! Is always a pleasure to hear inspiring stories. I loved this one. I think her journey has so many similarities with ours, as knitters or just people that love to make things.

  • Reply Lulu December 1, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for this great interview. This feeling of “i’m not good enough” is not related to a certificate or a degree, is just the result of not fitting in in a world that does not recognize true value of people.

  • Reply LuisaM December 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for another great episode! And congratulations!

  • Reply Katie December 1, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, Tif. Incredibly inspiring. And happy birthday Woolful!

  • Reply Melanie December 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This was a wonderful episode! Now I have to go check out Tolt sometime, I’m right nearby in Seattle :]

  • Reply Kerri December 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I recently discovered Tif on Instagram. This was a beautiful episode. I’m so thankful to have found this podcast and community.

  • Reply Rachel December 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I am so excited to be exploring this fiber community.

    This is the second podcast I have listened to and Dottie’s interview was lovely. I will be checking out her work and hopefully, getting to my own soon! If anyone has suggestions for connecting with fiber folk in the San Francisco Bay Area, please give me a shout!


  • Reply Sarah December 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Congrats on one year! I started listening to your podcast right at the beginning and have loved it. I used to work at an animal sanctuary and would listen to your podcast as I walked dogs. It was such a highlight and I really enjoyed it. However, I changed jobs about 5 months ago and I that freedom of walking in the wilds of Southern Utah and listening to your inspiring stories is no more, and podcasts have fallen to the wayside. When I saw that your guest was Tif I knew I had to get back in the saddle and begin listening again! Just the opening jingle made me feel so happy and like I had come home 🙂 . Listening to your podcast is a new priority again. (now I need to catch up!)

  • Reply Helen December 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for the interview! I so admire Dottieangel’s Instagram!

  • Reply Kathy December 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Congratulations on your first year of unique, fascinating and entertaining podcasts, Ashley. The breadth of topics covered is amazing, and always inspiring. This particular episode was very interesting, indeed. Thanks.

  • Reply Julia December 1, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Congratulations on a year! I love the podcast and learn so much. Also, my stash has grown thanks to the people you have interviewed.

  • Reply Trina-Lea December 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Such a delightful interview…Tif’s story was both touching and inspiring.
    Happy Anniversary Ashley…the podcast never fails to connect with some inner part of my creative self…thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Reply Christina December 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Congrats on 1 year of grand success. Love the podcast and all that you do! So inspirational.

  • Reply Johanna Giesbrecht December 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Another fantastic life story!
    Congrats on turning one, thank you for this beautiful intellectual haven for fiber folk and I look forward to seeing your journey of 52 weeks of wool.

  • Reply Analiese December 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This podcast has meant so much to me! The combination of hearing fiber folks journeys along with so much information is the best combination I could ask for! Congrats on one year and I CANNOT WAIT for the 52 weeks of Wool!

  • Reply Ashlee Klemm December 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I loved this episode, thank you so much! Happy birthday, woolful!

  • Reply Nicola December 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    This was one of my favorite episodes! I have only recently started following Tif and was completely blown away and inspired by her pieces and it was so great to learn a little more here. Thanks so much for putting in all this amazing work in for the past year. I think woolful is a really important project, I have learned so much since I started listening this summer as I’m sure so many others have as well.

  • Reply roberta December 2, 2015 at 2:35 am

    thank you willful and happy anniversary!, what a beautiful interview

  • Reply Carla December 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Another great podcast- and another wonderful giveaway!

  • Reply Sheryl Wicklund December 2, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I love love love listening to your podcast! I am hoping I win this week’s giveaway because I would love to make Dottie’s frock!!!

  • Reply Elizabeth December 2, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Congratulations on turning 1!! I’m so happy I found your podcast.

  • Reply Elyse December 2, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Really enjoyed the podcast this week. Wonderful!

  • Reply Kathy December 2, 2015 at 11:03 am

    What a fascinating journey Tif has been on. You never know what’s going on in someone’s life in the background. Thanks for bringing her lessons to us.

  • Reply Sonja Loyd December 2, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for the wonderful podcasts.So fun to hear all about it. Lovely giveaway and hope to knit up some beautiful things

  • Reply Megan December 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Happy First Birthday Woolful! Looking forward to the next year!

  • Reply Leslie Blatt December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Love, love , love your podcast. I was introduced to it by Tammy from Wing and a Prayer Farm and have been hooked ever since! 😉

  • Reply Rebecca Gallagher December 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    This was such an inspiring episode. I loved hearing about Tif’s journey, especially her take on why not having an art degree has made her more creative as I struggle with some of the same doubts.

  • Reply teegan December 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    beautiful as always. as a mother to two under four, I identify with her descriptions of early motherhood!

  • Reply katherine December 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Congratulations on this milestone! I have loved listening in since I first discovered you this past spring; it’s what I listen to whenever I have some free time and a project in my hands. 🙂

  • Reply Laurie Gonyea December 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Just now able to listen to this episode. I could listened to Tif all day! I found myself wanting to sit down and have a cup of tea with her! Delightful episode. More importantly though, a hardy congratulations on your 1 year milestone! You are one productive gal, Ashley! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the coming year.

  • Reply Lisa December 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I think this was my favorite episode yet. Thank you for such a great podcast. I look forward to many more.

  • Reply Nikki Solomon December 3, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Yay, congrats on your first year! I look forward to your podcast each week. It is full of inspiration and amazing stories. Thank you for all you do Ashley!!

  • Reply Morgan December 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I admire you and Tif for sharing both the joys and the trials of your journeys. It lets us understand that there are real people behind the beautiful things you make, and this makes those things even more beautiful I think.

  • Reply Sarah Wharton December 3, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for your honesty in this podcast. I think we’d all like to hear more about your personal fiber journey, Ashley. : ) Happy Birthday, Woolful!

  • Reply Karen December 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Thank for sharing your stories. Making helped me work through my two miscarriages. I love this podcast – it’s really opened my eyes to this wonderful community. 🙂

  • Reply Jaclyn (Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast) December 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I love this podcast so much. I have learned so many things and hearing about it in the context of a creative journey is so satisfying and relatable. Thanks for another awesome episode!

  • Reply Ramona December 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I’m so looking forward to seeing the results of the 52 weeks project! I love this podcast.

    • Reply Tammy Allen December 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Just found your site through Amanda Soule

  • Reply Monica December 4, 2015 at 10:55 am

    What a wonderful podcast. I really enjoyed this one. Well, I enjoy them all, but this one especially. And Happy Anniversary!! I would LOVE a copy of teh calendar, but I won’t say no to free yarn, or patterns 🙂

  • Reply Monica December 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Oh, and did I mention that I am Romanian, so I HAVE to try the Romanian yarn?

  • Reply Savannagal December 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Happy 1 year anniversary! I enjoy your shows and look forward to many more.

  • Reply Laurie December 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Love your podcast. Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Coltonfiberlady December 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the podcast in general, and this week’s in particular. As a woman of a certain age, I can really relate to the phases of creativity that Tif described. I am finally blooming after a move to a new setting, and really resonated with the descriptions of mood. Thanks for all the hard work that I know goes into the podcast. And just so you know, I love the sound of the wheel at the start and end of the broadcast!

  • Reply Beth December 4, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Such a lovely site, I just stumbled across for the first time!

  • Reply Ors December 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I discovered only today – but well, better late than never. I really loved this last podcast, it was inspiring. I also listened to 2 older podcasts (while finishing the birthday present of my daughter). I loved them. I will listen to all the podcasts soon.
    Thank you for them,
    and happy anniversary!

  • Reply Patty Gnass December 4, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you for the podcast. Listening to them is a treat for me.

  • Reply Amelia December 5, 2015 at 4:43 am

    woolful is community xx

  • Reply margot December 5, 2015 at 5:23 am

    What a wonderful podcast, and lovely giveaway! I must get to visit Tolt!

  • Reply Erica December 5, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Happy Anniversary! The year has flown by. I am so thankful for this podcast. The stories are always so genuine and inspirational. Can’t wait to follow your journey through the 52 weeks of wool. I recently learned to spin and am loving every minute of it. Just wishing there was more time! Thanks again Ashley for the beautiful podcasts you produce.

  • Reply Joanne December 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    This episode spoke to me especially. I just want to thank you for everything, Ashley, I have learned so much for life.

  • Reply nicole December 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I am trying desperately to listen to your podcasts with our horrible internet connection here in the rainforest of Brasil! And with Dottie Angel as the spotlight, I´m trying even more than usual — connecting at odd hours and hoping for a bit of luck. I sure hope to find a solution soon to be able to follow such inspiration coming from so many places and so many people!

  • Reply Celine December 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations on one year of remarkable work!It’s a real treat to hear stories from all kinds of wonderful people week after week, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love woolful.

  • Reply Christine December 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I am so looking forward to reading Farm to Needle, especially as I start to look for local yarns the way locavores look for local food. Is there a term for a knitter who only knits with local yarns? I’d be interested in becoming one of those. Congrats on turning 1!

  • Reply Naomi December 7, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I loved hearing Dottie’s inspirational story, then looking her up and seeing her beautiful work.

  • Reply Zindaginha December 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Just writing to say that I’d seen your Instagram post where you mentioned one of your losses, but was shocked and saddened to hear that you and your family have endured two such sadnesses this year. I’m praying the next year will be full of healing and fulfilled hope for you guys. And keep up with all these wonderful things your doing. I can’t imagine where you’ll be a year from now, but I’m sure it will be full of interests and inspirations and learning!

  • Reply Micheline December 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I love the “wool tattoo” concept, as soon as I heard it I had to get online and look at pictures. I am inspired to try embroidering on my knitting. Thank you for your wonderful podcast!

  • Reply Meagan December 8, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Wow, 1 year old, wonderful work! Thank you for sharing again and again.

  • Reply Meghan Telling December 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for another beautiful episode, and congratulations on your first anniversary. Looking forward to many more!

  • Reply Karen Mullen December 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I can’t recall if I found you or Tolt online first. I’m thinking it may have been instagram where I found you both when just looking up pics of knitting. And then I think I just saw you commenting in one of their posts. So glad I found your site. Well, I’m literally hooked on your podcasts! They are a joy and inspiration to listen to! Keep up the great work and Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Julie Madsen December 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Ashley for this beautiful interview, one of the most inspiring and soulful I’ve ever heard. Kindred souls on the maker’s journey recognize Tif’s circuitous route back to her center. As a long-time follower going back to Tif’s Flickr days, it was a joy to hear her voice and the eloquent story of her journey. Priceless, this a favorite to be saved for a dose of inspiration when the muse is elusive. Blessings to you both for following your heart…I shall do the same!

  • Reply Jennifer December 26, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Happy Birthday! Looking forward to going back and listening to all the episodes from the beginning.

  • Reply Denise Dailey January 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I’m a bit behind in my Woolful podcasts (mostly because I find myself wanting to listen to them when I have the space to REALLY listen-) – This comment will probably get lost amongst all the others, but I’m called to share just how much this particular podcast touched me… I have enjoyed ALL of your podcasts to date, but never before have I felt the degree of honesty that came through in this one. – Many times when personal things are shared over the air, they become almost cliché -or generalities are used when communicating so that perhaps our emotions are kept in check in front of others — While listening to this podcast I found myself pulled from my drum carder and sitting down, touched by the humanity and realness of what was shared. Thank you for creating a space where that happened – it makes me cherish that we still take the time to tune in to the very real adventures and challenges in our lives and acknowledge them, and that sharing makes us *all* more human, and maybe better listeners and better friends.

  • Reply Jodie Zollinger February 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Wow, this podcast was fantastic Ashley, really loved hearing about Tif’s creative and personal journey and the dottie angel. It was so great to hear someone speak so candidly about their issues with depression and great to hear how her creativity lead her out of ‘ the darkness’. What a great story and wonderful woman! What an amazing interview you shared with us. Thank you!

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