Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 48: Kate Gagnon Osborn & Courtney Kelley – Floundering, destiny, The Fibre Company yarns and Kelbourne Woolens

February 17, 2016


Sponsor: Designs by Romi came about serendipitously in 2005 when designer Romi Hill began creating a collection of simple and elegant shawl pins as a solution to her problem of the shawls she’d worked so hard on, not staying put. What started as a bespoke side project, soon turned into passion, leading to knitwear designs many of us have come to love. Romi’s style transcends the common wardrobe, appealing to both novice and seasoned knitters. Her most recent book “New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces” is a celebration of lace, a brilliant collection incorporating lace patterns with some of our favorite yarns…including The Fibre Company yarns. Make sure to check out New Lace Knitting on Ravelry or your local yarn shop. And this weekend if you find yourself at Stitches West, make sure to stop by and say hi to Romi in person who will be at the Verb for Keeping Warm booth #917,919 and 921, where they will be presenting a new mystery shawl kit which includes 2 skeins of A Verb for Keeping Warm naturally dyed yarn, a limited edition shawl pin by Romi and the first clue for the mystery shawl…all wrapped up in a special Stitches West project bag. For those who can’t make it to Stitches, you’ll be able to find these kits on the Verb website. You’ll also find a few limited edition yarns, new patterns and pins and a Romi and Verb trunk show. You can find Design by Romi at and follow her on Instagram @romidesigns


Fiber folk: Just listen to today’s episode and you’ll hear the spirit behind Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn and it makes complete sense how Kelbourne Woolens came to be…two great minds, inspiring design, gumption and of course the wonderful Fibre Company yarns. Sometimes you just need to take the leap, and you might just find you’re no longer floundering and have happened upon a fulfilling life in wool. You can find Courtney and Kate at and on Instagram @kelbournewoolens.

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Sponsor: Brooklyn General Store was created in 2002 and is owned and operated by Catherine Clark. Tucked away on a sweet block West of the Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill neighborhoods, Brooklyn General Store is the enchanting fiber and textile emporium we all dream of. Dreams full of wooly goodness, yards and yards of fabric, felt, dyes, patterns, tools, and handmade gifts. A little old and a little new…a classic general store for the maker who loves to make their own everything. With a charming studio, the shop hosts a variety of wonderful classes taught by special folks including Cal Patch, Nguyen Le, Heather Love and many more. With it’s floor to ceiling shelves, old rolling ladders, and old wood floors, it feels as though you’ve stepped into a wooly wonderland…I so wish I lived closer and could adopt this shop as my own lys, but thankfully they have an online shop filled to the brim with all of their fiber and sewing goods and gifts…including the Fibre Company yarns. So if you’re in the Brooklyn area or just passing through, visit Brooklyn General Store in person and find them online at and on Instagram @brooklyngeneralstore


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Rose, you’ve won a $25 gift certificate from Craft South. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Designs by Romi and Kelbourne Woolens and we’re giving away a copy of Romi Hill’s book “New Lace Knitting” along with 4 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Terra yarn to make the Chinquapin pattern found in Romi’s book.


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Kate M February 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    That lace is just lush! I can’t wait to listen to this episode 🙂

  • Reply Megan February 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Can’t wait to listen!

  • Reply Beth February 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    So inspiring, the colors, textures, and designs!

  • Reply Dana February 17, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Lovely as always, and thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Marina Gvozdeva February 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Love everything from Kelbournewoolens! fantastic episode as always!

  • Reply Julia Bunch February 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Love your podcast! Can’t wait to listen in

  • Reply Dominique February 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I would love to visit that store one day…

  • Reply Dale February 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Great episode, once again. So happy Kelbourne have just made some of their baby patterns available as individual pdfs. The new lace book looks lovely as well – I really want to cast on the Salt Grass Pull – gorgeous!

  • Reply Lea Dietzel February 18, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Great episode!! There was so much great energy in this episode

  • Reply Maria Bennett February 18, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Another amazing podcast chuck full of information and this time lots of laughter! Thank you so much for a chance to win Romi’s book and yarn to create one of the projects. Romi is so very generous…here’s hoping!

  • Reply Amy C February 18, 2016 at 5:34 am

    So wonderful to see all the energy and creativity in the fiber world today! I love Kelbourne Woolens and Romi’s designs. What a lovely giveaway.

  • Reply Naomi February 18, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Wonderful interview.

  • Reply Shari (irishpogue on IG and Rav) February 18, 2016 at 7:33 am

    These 2 have great energy together! Fun podcast, thanks

  • Reply Yasmin February 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I love Romi’s designs, they are absolutely gorgeous! Great interview – I enjoyed hearing their story and their enthusiasm!

  • Reply Dana February 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Love this podcat! So inlighting!
    Thank you

  • Reply Julia February 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Well they sound like they are having the most fun ever, I’m very envious. So nice to hear such a happy story, thanks!

  • Reply Angela February 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I’m new to the podcast, and really loved listening to Kate and Courtney talk about their journey, and their partnership in wool 🙂

  • Reply Natalie February 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Love Romi’s designs and work, and love hearing from Kelbourne Woolens. And love Woolful! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Reply Savannagal February 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Romi is such an amazing designer. Her patterns are beautiful. I’ve been wanting to knit with The Fibre Company yarns for some time now. The lovely colors always was draw me to them. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  • Reply clara sonia rodriguez muñoz February 18, 2016 at 9:28 am

    All the good things in life are free I hoppe to win some!!

  • Reply Margo February 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful lace! Thanks!

  • Reply Anne-Marie February 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Wonderful spirit! Thanks for this episode.

  • Reply Juliet February 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I really enjoyed this one (I could say that with every episode, but there it is ;)) The dynamic between Courtney and Kate was so much fun to listen to. I’ve been a long-time fan of Romi’s work, I’m so happy to see her associated with your fantastic podcast!

  • Reply Meagan February 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve been following the Kelbourne Woolens blog for awhile, great to hear their story.

  • Reply Margaret February 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    It was fun to learn about the Kelbourne Woolens ladies. I enjoy their patterns and yarn — always interesting to hear how a company started out.

  • Reply Lisa February 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    So glad Amanda Soule mentioned Woolful on her blog so I can now enjoy these podcasts. Excellent job in interviewing!

  • Reply Cathy J. February 18, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Just listened for the first time and loved the stories. Thanks for the opportunity and for your hard work.

  • Reply monica February 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Great episode! I love to hear about everyone’s journey. Awesome prize!

  • Reply Brittany February 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Fabulous episode! These ladies seem like so much fun.

  • Reply Vivienne February 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Courtney and Kate’s story was very interesting, and they were such engaging people to listen to!

  • Reply Kathleen February 19, 2016 at 6:26 am

    This episode was a fun listen. Loved hearing Courtney and Kate’s story of how their business came to be. Fiber Co yarns are gorgeous. Terra is my favorite….all those little flecks of happy color!

  • Reply Bridget February 19, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Great episode! Great giveaway! Keep on, keeping on ! 😉

  • Reply Susan February 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Very timely episode; planning soon to cast on a project designed by Kate — her Bohus inspired hat from the latest issue of Vogue Knitting. Another inspiring interview and gorgeous prize!

  • Reply Michelle February 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

    This interview was hilarious and lovely!

  • Reply Michelle February 19, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Loved this episode. It was both hilarious and lovely listening to it as I finish up my handspun sweater

  • Reply Kristina February 19, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Great interview! I especially loved hearing about the creation of their company name– how clever!

  • Reply Kat February 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I love the yarn shop humor they talked about, that is real! People often ask me (before I’ve helped them) if I know how to knit, in a yarn store! To be fair I don’t know how to crochet very well. But I’m starting to swath myself in my hand knits every shift so I can just point to my lace shawl as an answer. 😉

  • Reply Stacey February 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I really enjoyed listening to this episode; Kate and Courtney both clearly love what they do and working with each other. I checked out Kelbourne yarns site, and the yarn there looks beautiful!!

  • Reply Judy February 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Loved the podcast. It was great fun to listen to Courtney and Kate. They were hilarious. Would love to try some of their yarn. Thanks, Ashley, for another great podcast.

  • Reply T. Limpert February 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    You’re right, they are great storytellers. I always look forward to listening. Thank you!

  • Reply Traci February 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    This was so fun. Especially when I remembered I have a small kit of Fibre Company Savannah and Meadow with a crochet cowl pattern I was lucky to receive from a SouleMama give away. This will be the perfect project to take on a long road trip I’m planning next month. Yay, thanks for the reminder.

  • Reply Rain February 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    What a fun interview! Kate and Courtney are such a delightful duo! And thank you for another generous giveaway! I’m making my first lace shawl now and already look forward to many more!

  • Reply Karin February 20, 2016 at 1:21 am

    What a great episode! The interview with Kate and Courtney had me both giggling and inspired. I am someone who struggled with school, went to art school with dreams of being a painter and my “floundering” landed me in a completely non creative corporate job for 20 plus years, laid off at 50 and learned to knit. I’ll raise my hand as the grown up who is floundering financially which isn’t cute but solidly happy to be reunited with my creative soul which is beautiful. Maybe there is hope.

    Thank you for giveaway, the Chinquapin Wrap was already in my must knit in 2016 list. Love the Fibre Company yarns (meadow being a personal favorite)

  • Reply Cary February 20, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I loved this episode!

  • Reply Sarah Beth February 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Reply Tonya February 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Would love a chance to win this beautiful yarn.

  • Reply Judy Flores February 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    This was m favorite episode of all! Kate and Courtney are so engaging and likeable, okay loveable! I was already a fan of The Fibre Conpany and Kelbourne Woolens — this episode cranked up the admiration.

  • Reply Emily February 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm


  • Reply Mimi February 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Trying to catch up on podcasts. I savor them and like to listen to them with my husband, a woodworker. Thanks for this amazing podcast!

  • Reply Annie February 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    What a great first episode to listen to! I’ve been a fan of Kelbourne Woolens since my first trip to a LYS and it was really neat to listen to how they became a business.

  • Reply April Flowers February 20, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Another great episode! Thank you!

  • Reply Danielle February 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Yet another wonderful episode! That lace pattern is simply gorgeous as well!

  • Reply Karen February 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Another great listen…I found the Kelbourne story fascinating.

  • Reply Carrie February 21, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Romi makes the most beautiful lace patterns! Can’t wait to listen to Kate and Courtney. Thanks.

  • Reply ikkinlala February 21, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Thanks for another interesting episode!

  • Reply Shannan JacKson February 21, 2016 at 5:59 am

    A funny, entertaining podcast! I loved their interactions with each other.
    And i Remember the fiber company! It was interesting to “see” the other people connected to them!

  • Reply teegan February 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

    They sound like they have so much fun!

  • Reply Carol February 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I echo many of the previous comments…the podcast was very entertaining and inspiring! I continue to look forward to you next episode!

  • Reply Rebecca Gallagher February 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    This was a great episode, Kate and Courtney are hilarious! I enjoyed hearing about their journeys.

  • Reply Bowen Gibson February 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Kate and Courtney are adorable! I loved listening to them tell their story.

  • Reply Kathrin Storheil February 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful episode!
    Great energy from this ladies! Very inspireing!
    Kathrin, Norway.

  • Reply Susan Gemmell Crosby February 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Great story. Very inspiring journey. I love their pattern’s classic styling.

  • Reply Ramona February 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I love these ladies. I never tire of hearing their story. Love the designs and the yarn!

  • Reply Ines February 21, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Another great episode. It’s always a pleasure listening to these stories.

  • Reply Kathy February 22, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Listening to the podcast makes me want to have a fiber business! But in the meantime I’ll live vicariously.

  • Reply Rose February 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the awesome podcast! I look forward to each and every one that comes out!

  • Reply Steph Nappa February 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I haven’t tried lace knitting yet, mostly because I’m not the type to wear light lacy scarves. But including lace in a sweater sounds perfect for me! I would love my first lace pattern to be something from this lovely book.

  • Reply Rebecca February 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I just discovered this podcast after Karen Templer blogged about knitting podcasts last week over at Fringe Association. Great episode to hear for a first episode! I’ve heard a bit about Kelbourne from Karen Templer’s blog, but it was great to hear the story from the owners!

  • Reply Susan February 23, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Inspiring and silly ladies! Enjoyed this one very much. Thank you!

  • Reply Kaarina February 23, 2016 at 9:56 am

    What a great episode!! I really enjoyed hearing about Kelbourne Woolens! And Romi’s book looks delightful!

  • Reply britt February 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Romi, that lady has my heart I love her designs and I love her shawl pins even more!

  • Reply Emily Boyd February 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I absolutely loved listening to this episode. I am currently in that “floundering” stage and it was so encouraging to hear how both of these women tried various things and then were able to make a career doing what they love.

  • Reply Amber February 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I’m listening to this episode as I type this. I got a little behind and am getting caught up, but it’s so worth it! I’m laughing out loud with my earbuds in. People are gonna start looking at me sideways if I keep this up. Loving this episode! It so reminds me of how I fell into the fiber world. (Listening to them talk about their prank calls to each other right now…”something horrible must have happened….” “Riddled with anxiety…” hahaha!) Thank you so much for this podcast, Ashley. It’s really wonderful. I just love getting to hear other people’s journey in the fiber world. It makes me feel connected to the community.

  • Reply Claudia February 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Love the dynamic between these two women.

  • Reply Erin February 24, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, those gals pretty much interview themselves – they’re hilarious! What a great episode.

  • Reply Karen Roberts February 25, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Oh my goodness, I loved this episode of your podcast – it was so wonderful listening to them talk about their joys in their business but I also really loved the way that the joy they find in their business-partnership was reflected through this conversation. It was gorgeous! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Reply Shannon February 25, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Love Kelbourne Woolens & the Fibre co yarns. They are so fun & I love their patterns!

  • Reply Karen February 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    In my dream world, I would have a yarn business. I notice that my fellow knitters at our lys seem to regard the shop as their own. Perhaps we all want a yarn business. 🙂

  • Reply Veronika March 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I have been intrigued by the Kelbourne designs for a little while now but this interview has cemented them on my radar. And Romi’s designs – well gorgeous pretty much sums it up. Thank you for introducing her. 🙂

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