Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 57: Rachel Price & Kate Burge: Oil industry, tree-sitting, wannabe Amish, farmers market and Spincycle Yarns

May 11, 2016


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Sponsor: Fuzzy Goat is a charming yarn shop in Historic Downtown Thomasville, Georgia created by Cadence Kidwell in 2014. Their whimsical lodge, luxurious yarns from independent, Southern and US sources, including Spincycle Yarns and focus on attainable challenges makes them a fun and memorable place to drop in. Whether you’re new to handcrafts or an experienced knitter, crocheter or weaver, you’ll find an appealing space to build your fiber community and exquisite materials and classes at Fuzzy Goat. Make yourself comfortable and feel welcome to discover your next project, letting the yarns speak for themselves and the Fuzzy Goat team will find the right moment to help you turn an idea into a project ready to cast on. Make Fuzzy Goat a destination when near Thomasville, Georgia and find a list of classes and other info at And follow along on Instagram @fuzzy_goat


Fiber folk: I had a great time visiting spinsters Rachel Price & Kate Burge in their cozy studio in downtown Bellingham earlier this year. Coincidentally, the very building that their studio resides in is where I met my husband 11 years ago. It was great to be in these old haunts with new friends and to hear their personal journeys and story, from meeting and working together at the Bellingham food coop to starting a hand dyed and handspun yarn company, Spincycle Yarns. These two special ladies have created something quite amazing, and I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I have. You can find the spinsters at and on Instagram @spincycle_yarns.

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Sponsor: Plum Deluxe hand blended organic tea is like a good friend – one that you always look forward to hearing from. Plum Deluxe was founded in the Pacific Northwest by Andy Hayes, with the intention of creating a community online that you always look forward to visiting, whether that’s exploring their blog, joining their tea of the month club or creating a rich experience with their organic tea blends. It’s all about making moments that matter, whether with a warm cup of their Hammock blend black tea or an iced glass of their Vista blend herbal tea. Just as you can never have enough yarn in your stash, the same goes with tea…at least that’s what my cupboard says. Visit to explore all their amazing tea and add a few to your stash, and make sure to stop by their blog for lots of helpful info and tasty recipes that pair perfectly with tea. And find them on Instagram @plumdeluxe


Update: Later this week I’ll be making some exciting announcements about some upcoming additions to the Woolful Podcast. If you’re on Instagram, make sure to follow along @woolful or visit the blog at the end of the week for this fun update. 

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Erin Elizabeth, you’ve won The Mayhaps Shawl Kit from Romi Hill and Elemental Affects. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Spincycle Yarns and Fuzzy Goat and they’re giving away a Vintergrønn knit kit using their Independence yarn and a Fuzzy Goat knitter tools set a stitch marker. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Susan May 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Just the inspiration I needed to get back to my wheel this evening; I’ve made a commitment to spin every day during the month of May, and just wasn’t in the mood until I put on this podcast. Thanks!

  • Reply Candice English May 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    So much inspiration here! Thanks for another meaningful & sweet podcast!

  • Reply Amanda D. May 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I love the look of SpinCycle yarns and now that I live in Washington, I’ve seen it in person all over the place! I can’t wait to pick up a few skeins and try it out! I always get so inspired when I see SpinCycle yarn or the Spinsters doing their thing.

  • Reply Tina L. May 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    How have I not heard about Spincycle Yarns? Great original story and lovely yarn. Thanks for the introduction! Fun sponsors, too.

  • Reply Amy May 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Oh hurray! I admire these ladies so much! What a wonderful episode.

  • Reply Beth May 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I love knitting with Spincycle yarn! Looking forward to enjoying this episode. Thanks =^.^=

  • Reply Cynthia May 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Really enjoying your podcasts! Great to find out about spinsters and fuzzy goat.

  • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I can’t wait to hear this podcast. Those yarns look divine. Such cool looking ladies too!

  • Reply Judy May 12, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Another great podcast. This time close to my neck of the woods and spun on my island!

  • Reply AL May 12, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I’ve discovered your blog a few weeks away now, and i love it. Those podcasts are really inspiring and this one in particular. Sorry for my english i’m writing you from France, It allows me to practice it! So thank you to share your love for this fiber community.

  • Reply Brenda May 12, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Ashley, you do such a beautiful job on these podcasts and blog postings. I always look forward to hearing about the people you encounter. It is so nice to hear the stories behind the farms and businesses. Thank you for providing this enriching service to the community. Blessings!

  • Reply Gerri Lesley May 12, 2016 at 4:41 am

    I truly enjoyed this episode! So encouraging to hear women’s stories as they grow in their craft and businesses!
    Thanks for taking the time to bring us such an inspiring podcast!

  • Reply Theresa Almeida May 12, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I really enjoyed hearing the history of how Spincycle began, and about the journey from kettle dyeing and hand spinning to where they are today. Thank you for sharing this lovely, gracious story!
    Being a Redwood lover, I was very sad to hear that those beautiful Giants on public land were cut down ……
    I look forward to looking at Spincycle on Racelry and in my LYS – time to pick a project! I had been been eyeing their sport weight and thinking about what I could make with it; this was the nudge that I needed to commit and select my yarn.
    Thanks again for the podcast and the time spent preparing it.

  • Reply Andrea May 12, 2016 at 4:54 am

    What a wonderful company with such unique products – an inspiring discovery for me, a new spinner. I especially appreciated the discussion about balancing motherhood and work. Thanks for sharing another story, Ashley!

  • Reply morgan May 12, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I keep hearing about Spincycle yarns all over the place. Very excited to hear their story. The pictures for this podcast are fabulous!

  • Reply Michelle Miller May 12, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I just met Rachel & Kate last weekend at a Pop-Up Shop and it was so nice to revisit them and learn more about their beginnings! Thanks for sharing such wonderful interviews that add a new dimension to my crafting experience.

  • Reply Sara May 12, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This episode made me dust off my wheel and break out the fleece. Thanks for the regular doses of inspiration!

  • Reply Anne May 12, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I loved this episode and “meeting” Rachel and Kate. They truly enjoy what they’re doing and their enthusiasm is contagious.

  • Reply roberta May 12, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Interesting, as always :)) thank you

  • Reply Brittany May 12, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I’ve been drooling over Spincycle yarns for a long time. I think it’s time for me to finally pick some up.

  • Reply Barb May 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I am going to have to get some Spincy le yarn!

  • Reply Sindy P May 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    It is so inspiring to hear about those ladies who worked toward their goals, in a different way than what you normally would read/hear. Another great episode!

  • Reply Annette May 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

    What wonderful women, thanks for another great episode! The yarn looks amazing!!!

  • Reply Erica May 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I love listening to your podcast, and I loved learning more about these amazing ladies. Thank you!

  • Reply Arianne May 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I have been loving your podcast. This one was fun! What a unique pair of ladies.

  • Reply Jaci B May 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I always come across spincycle yarn and just adore the skeins they come up with!

  • Reply Julia May 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I too miss living on an island in BC. Northern BC just isn’t the same as the coast. Thanks!

  • Reply Kate M May 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Honestly cannot wait for this article. I adore spincycle and love following the very kickass Insta!

  • Reply Bowen Gibson May 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Loved hearing their story! Thank you!

  • Reply Neza May 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Ha, the Spinsters are the best! Cold turkey

  • Reply Yasmin May 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Such a great interview! I loved hearing their story nd now I have a new yarn to look for!

  • Reply Laura Stueve May 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I just listened to your episode on Spincycle and realized what a fiber treasure area I moved to and how uneducated I am about my beautiful new home. Five months ago I moved north of Seattle. I am an hour from Tolt and about the same distance from Bellingham. Thanks for the education your podcast has given me. I need to find me some Spincycle yarn! (I need to get out more to see PNW fiber Meccas!)

  • Reply Althea Mongerson May 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Great episode!

  • Reply Pat Collingwood May 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Great podcast

  • Reply Steph Nappa May 12, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    This episode really resonated with me, as like Rachel, I’ve decided to leave my chemistry graduate program because I didn’t feel it was the right fit for me. Luckily I never felt any pressure to go into a certain field that I strongly disagreed with as my department (at the University of Oregon) is pretty supportive in having students pursue the path that interests them most. Rachel, I’m sorry that your department was putting that pressure on you, it certainly doesn’t make the already stressful and difficult experience that is grad school (in the sciences in particular) any easier. I’m glad to hear that you’ve found something else that you love! It gives me hope for myself, haha. I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to see you at a PNW fiber festival in the future, because I would love to chat with a fellow scientist who has gone on to pursue a different career.

  • Reply Anna Elise May 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This is the episode I’ve been waiting for! Loved hearing their story so much, thank you!!

  • Reply Sandra May 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Guess what my new favorite yarn is ; ) – and I’ve never even seen it!!! I cannot wait to try some. Thank you for another great episode… I love hearing your voice and spending time with you.

  • Reply Erin May 12, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    You ladies are awesome!

  • Reply Gwen Hansen May 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Love looking at pictures of SpinCycle yarns! They make my imagination run wild, even if my knitting skills can’t keep up with it — yet. Thank you for another inspiring and delightful episode!! (And pumped for your upcoming announcements, whatever they are!)
    Gwen H

  • Reply Jenn May 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I love Spincycle. Thank you for another wonderful episode!

  • Reply Kristin McCabe May 12, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I loved this week’s podcast!

  • Reply Kat May 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    It was fun to hear more about the Spinsters early days, I would see them at the Bellingham Farmers Market when I was attending University years ago and I was just so excited to see such beautiful yarn. Even now I buy some yarn from them whenever I see them at a show! It’s my favorite “layaway” yarn, where I buy some a bit at a time until I can make a garment from it, I’ve made 3 so far! Looking forward to more in future ladies, thanks for doing what you do so well!

  • Reply Sarah May 13, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Recently discovered this podcast and love it. Thanks for such great stories. I’d never heard of Spincycle Yarns; their yarn is beautiful!

  • Reply Linda May 13, 2016 at 3:40 am

    That was a very interesting introduction to Spincycle Yarns! Thank you.

  • Reply Renee May 13, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Thank you for introducing a new to me yarn. I loved their story and admire their success. I appreciate all the thought and work that went into this episode.

  • Reply Nikki Creamer May 13, 2016 at 6:21 am

    These ladies and their yarns are amazing! I found a new favorite!

  • Reply sophie (kamalalotus on Rav) (sophie_kamalaine on IG) May 13, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I had just started to hear from spincycle yarns, through toltyarn , so it was fun to learn more! and also about treesitting, new vocabulary and new concepts every day! looking forward to your announcement , Ashley!

  • Reply Lori May 13, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I loved hearing the Spincycle story. Their yarns are beautiful.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Catherine May 13, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Thank you for another inspiring episode. I love the look of Spincycle yarns. Their colour blends are really beautiful.

  • Reply Kathy Stepp May 13, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I could totally relate to knitting more when my kids were little. That was my me time, my alone time to quiet and recharge. Great memories. I still think of knitting time like that whether it’s the end of day, after knit night or after I’ve tucked my three grandkids to bed. Also, you should see some of looks I get being a tattooed over 55 person. It’s usually people my age or older. 🙂

  • Reply Tracie M. May 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Can’t wait to listen!

  • Reply Susan C May 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I especially loved this podcast. I appreciate the time you put into making a great podcast.

  • Reply Carly R Lunoe May 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What a great podcast! My first time listening, and now I’m hooked. I just recently visited Chicago, and coincidentally picked up some of Kate and Rachel’s yarn. The colorway July July! I am so excited to work with it, but now hearing their story just makes it all the better. I love the fiber world connections.

  • Reply Julia Azari May 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    These are such gorgeous photos! Can’t wait to check out the spin cycle website!

  • Reply Sally May 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks! Loved the podcast.

  • Reply Mary Anne May 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Always a treat to hear about fiber folk in the Northwest. My LYS carries SpinCycle and I love knitting with it. Thanks for another wonderful podcast.

  • Reply Amber May 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I’m looking forward to listening to this episode this weekend. The Spincycle gals rock, and so do their yarns!

  • Reply Dee May 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Verrrryyyy interesting. thanks for another great podcast.

  • Reply craftyone May 14, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I have not heard of spincycle before. they have a good story.

  • Reply Kim May 14, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Spin cycle yarns look amazing!

  • Reply michelle May 14, 2016 at 4:24 am

    I’ve eyed up the spincycle yarn before–great to hear about the people behind the yarn

  • Reply Dominique May 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Oh god, let’s not talk about my tea stash… I think it’s worst than my yarn addiction!

  • Reply Susan Yaguda May 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Love their yarns and enjoyed listening to their story!

  • Reply Janet May 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Great podcast! Love Spincycle yarn. I made the Tilly hat and it’s my favorite. I even embroidered it. I love your podcast and Instagram feed Ashley. Thank you!

  • Reply Diane Pyle May 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    What a great interview. I have some very special skeins if and projects in Spincycle Yarns from the early handspinning days. It was great to learn something about the spinsters after being a fan for do many years!

  • Reply Amber Gibbs May 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Enjoyed another great podcast!!! Fun to listen to two friends and business partners together 🙂

  • Reply Naomi May 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful yarn. Thanks for another interesting episode.

  • Reply Tiffany May 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Beautiful yarn, I’m definitely going to have to buy some soon!

  • Reply Kathy H May 15, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I love hearing so many fiber journeys! Their yarn is gorgeous!

  • Reply Sofia M May 15, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Great podcast! These ladies seem very cool and interesting, like their yarn!

  • Reply Aija-Leena B May 15, 2016 at 5:58 am

    I had a little “me-time” , when my hubby took all 4 kids out, and I used it listening to this lovely podcast and spinning at the same time. (some natural black wool that I have scoured and carded) Such a great combo! It was really interesting to hear spinsters’ story, how they ended up where they are now and I find it empowering to hear that a smallscale business such as spincycle yarns can survive and keep producing beautiful yarn . Thank you! this was a treat!

  • Reply Teri Prichard May 15, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Another great podcast!!What amazing yarn!

  • Reply Barbara May 15, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I love Kate and Rachel’s yarn. I’ve made a few hats out of both the BFL and the American wool. So soft and comfortable.
    The interview was fantastic. Thanks Ashley.

  • Reply Megan M May 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for the introduction to SpinCycle! Beautiful yarn.

  • Reply Kim May 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you for interviewing the Spinasters. Listening to them together reminded me of my dearest friendships. What a treat for them to share so much more than a love of fiber with us.

  • Reply Isabel McKay May 16, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Thanks for this interview with Spincycle Yarns. It was so interesting to hear about their earlier years and the development of there business. I love Spincycle Yanrns and i love this podcast.

  • Reply Katrina May 16, 2016 at 6:30 am

    My friend was just talking about making a large order from them for her birthday!

  • Reply Astrid afKlinteberg May 16, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Such a great interview. I love hearing about their process.

  • Reply Janice Stokes May 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Love Spincycle Yarns. Thanks for another inspiring podcast!

  • Reply Caroline Vogl May 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Go Bellingham! Love living here! Great company and yarn!

  • Reply Kristina drexel May 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Really enjoyed this interview!

  • Reply Jessica May 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Loved this podcast! So relatable too, I know friendship bracelets are also one of the things that led me to knitting 🙂

  • Reply Zoe May May 17, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Such inspiring ladies, and totally amazing yarn!

  • Reply Cady Sinks May 17, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Loved this week’s episode and am once again excited to hear about a yarn that is new to me!

  • Reply Erin May 17, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Wow, the Spincycle gals are awesome!

  • Reply Erica May 17, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    the only variegated yarn I love❤️

  • Reply Marina Gvozdeva May 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Wonderful episode! thank you for bringing Spincycle into my life 🙂

  • Reply Cathy B May 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Beautiful yarn and thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Shari (irishpogue on IG) May 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Rachel & Kate seem so authentic; great stories!

  • Reply Susan May 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Such an original story of doing what you love at a wonderful pace. Thank you for another inspiring episode.

  • Reply Debbie May 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Lovely story! Such great energy with these 2!

    Thank you!

  • Reply Teresa in Texas May 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    What a fun and quirky interview! Perfect podcast to listen to on a dreary drive home from work. Immediately checked out their website upon getting home ~ can’t wait to find the perfect project for their yarn.

  • Reply Vicki May 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I enjoyed listening to the story of how Spincycle came to b, such a great story. I had heard of a tree sitter in a recent book I read, but this was much better for connecting a real person to the idea of someone actually doing this. The colors of the yarn are so pretty and inspire me to get back to my wheel.

  • Reply Johanna Giesbrecht May 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Such fun! Now I want a friend to spin with.

  • Reply Doreen MacL May 19, 2016 at 1:12 am

    A very interesting interview. Always good to hear about the success of a small business, owned and operated by women. And they are still friends!

  • Reply Holly Arnold June 3, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Loved this interview, what interesting and inspiring ladies. Thanks for sharing their story.

  • Reply Karen Mullen June 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Very interesting episode to listen to. I’m quite Eco and I also majored in Environmental Resource Management and Soil Science so it was neat to hear someone else who took classes in soil science and spoke about it. Wasn’t expected that while listening to a knitting pod cast. These ladies are so cute and energetic and I will have to check out their yarns!

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