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Episode 60: Casey Ryder – Endearment, Ultimate Frisbee, Mindfulness and PortFiber

June 9, 2016


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Sponsor: Taproot Magazine, is a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. The content in each issue consistently blows me away. It is fulfilling and inspiring. The most recent issue PRESERVE features a collection of wonderful finds as we step in Summer. With lessons in arm knitting, preserved lemon and infusion recipes, stories in farming and woolworking, and a collection of preserving how-tos. There is so much goodness in each issue. You can visit Taproot Magazine online at and on Instagram @taprootmag.


Fiber folk: It’s no secret that Maine is one of the epicenters of this fiber world, with its designers and yarn companies, but a lesser known but just as vital part of this community are the shops, more specifically PortFiber, a special fiber, spinning, dyeing and weaving oasis in Portland, Maine. Casey Ryder, the owner of PortFiber found herself on a path that’s lead her to finding further fulfillment in making and building part of this fiber community. You can find Casey at and on Instagram @portfiber.

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Sponsor: I want to thank Taproot Magazine again for sponsoring this week’s episode. With the natural, easygoing and heartfelt focus of each issue, I find myself continuing to go back to it throughout the quarter, gaining a little something each time and looking forward to the upcoming issue. Just recently I pulled out the archive issue BREAD, with plans to build a cob oven in our backyard. I’m looking forward to getting started. I highly recommend you visit and subscribe. 


In Residence: I’m excited to share a new weekly addition to the Woolful podcast, In Residence. Each quarter we’ll be joined by a farmer, designer, entrepreneur and artist in residence…discussing topics and questions asked by you the listeners. In Residence features the best of the best in business, farming, knitwear design and fiber arts and this is your opportunity to ask and learn from these incredible folks. 

This Summer quarter we welcome Entrepreneur in residence Veronika Jobe of YOTH, Farmer in residence Tamara White of Wing and a Prayer Farm, Photographer in residence Kathy Cadigan and Designer in residence Mary Jane Mucklestone. 

So now it’s up to you, these wonderful women are ready to answer your questions and discuss your areas of interest. Do you have a question or topic regarding farming, knitwear design, fiber business or photography that you’ve always wanted to know more about? Email them to and later this month tune in to hear their answers. 


Event: Mark your calendars for a special event happening at Elaine and Mike’s farm, Old Homestead Alpacas. On June 18th they’ll be hosting their second annual open barn event, a day full of fun, fiber and some great history. So if you’re in the Walla Walla area, it’s worth the visit to meet and get to know both Elaine and her fiber family. I encourage you to visit Old Homestead Alpacas on Facebook and on Instagram @oldhomesteadalpacas 

oldhomesteadalpacas_7Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Susan M, you’ve won a skein of Old Homestead Alpacas Suri Alpaca yarn. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaways are sponsored by Portfiber and they’re giving away a 4oz. batt of the Summer Maine Fiber Club, Jacob from Catawampus Farm, and a $30 gift card to PortFiber’s online Etsy shop. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. 


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Theresa Almeida June 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I just love following YOTH on IG, and seeing/hearing/learning more is absolutely fab. The other entrepreneurs interviewed are so delightful – thank you!

  • Reply Arianne June 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    This was a nice, light podcast. I really look forward to each one. And what a fun giveaway!

  • Reply Danielle R June 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    The ethics of yarn stores! Casey sounded cool. Loved her passion for craft!

  • Reply Nadine Matthews June 10, 2016 at 3:52 am

    What a great story. Loved this weeks podcast. Only a relatively new listener, but i’m working my way through all the episodes! Great give-away too, would love to win.

  • Reply Jenny Depa June 10, 2016 at 3:59 am

    So good! Please toss my name into the hat!! Never enough fiber!!!

  • Reply Erin June 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Oo, I’ve heard to many good things about Portfiber. Awesome!

  • Reply Judy June 10, 2016 at 8:40 am

    It is so interesting to listen to the fiber journeys of others. There are so many similarities and yet each one is unique. Another lovely podcast. I need to visit Maine someday.

  • Reply Amber June 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Oh WOW, I was just looking at PortFiber’s Etsy shop. Hope you pick me!

  • Reply Susan June 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I really enjoyed listening to Casey’s story. I am a new spinner and enjoyed hearing about her store PortFiber. The next time I get to Portland I will definitely stop in.

  • Reply Sue June 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I just stumbled across your site, quite by accident and I am DRAWN in- just mesmerized by everything I saw and read! I cannot wait to read more and I feel a PINNING mania coming on….

  • Reply Jennifer Yokell June 10, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I recently found taproot and am in love! I would love to try their fiber.

  • Reply Elaine June 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Her story could be the story of most of us….. hooked on crafting at a young age and then finding our Zen in knitting.
    I especially liked her experiences at the local library.

  • Reply Kristi Pyatt June 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Wonderful to listen to as always. I’m always so inspired!

  • Reply Danielley June 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Oh, I’ve always wanted to spin Jacob fiber!

  • Reply Erin Elizabeth June 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Another wonderful episode! Heading to Maine next month, and I can’t wait to visit the shop.

  • Reply Megan June 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    So happy to hear Casey on this episode!!! She taught me to spin and I just love Port Fiber!!!

  • Reply Kristina J. June 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Another inspiring episode! Love the nuggets of information learned through this podcast.

  • Reply Kim June 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks so much for another great odcast!

  • Reply Kristina June 10, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Still have yet to hop on the spinning bandwagon, but this may be the nudge I need!

  • Reply Julia June 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Another great episode! Thanks!

  • Reply Vanessa Eng June 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Your podcast is incredible & this is a truly great giveaway! Thank you so much!

  • Reply April June 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Just found your podcast and am beginning at the beginning. What a great resource! Thank you!

  • Reply Susan June 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Finally finished spinning a Romney fleece I bought back in December 2014 while listening to this episode, so I’d love to be the recipient of this week’s prize!

  • Reply Laurel Gervitz June 11, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Great episode! I hope to visit Portland, Maine and Port fibers some day.

  • Reply Sarah Bourner June 11, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Every one of your episodes is joy. Thank you!!

  • Reply Julie June 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Love your podcast many thanks !

  • Reply Kim June 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I really enjoy your podcast so much and am looking forward to In Residence! New to spinning and would love to try this beautiful Jacob.

  • Reply Emily Boyd June 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I love living in Maine. Even though I haven’t met many of the prolific fiber people who live here, I love knowing that there is such a wonderful community in my state.

  • Reply Carrie June 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Really enjoy the podcasts and feel especially inspired to check out taproot magazine this week. Would love to visit play with that Jacob fiber too!

  • Reply Andrea June 12, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Another great interview, Ashley. I would love to visit Casey’s Portland shop to see some of the awesome colorways on her Etsy shop in the flesh: such hilarious names! Her spinning group sounds amazing too. What an enviable resource for that town’s fiber community.

  • Reply Diane June 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Always wanted to spin port fiber!

  • Reply AL June 12, 2016 at 9:39 am

    wonderfull podcast as usual!!!! great pleasure to hear while knitting! Thanks

  • Reply Lisa June 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Yet another great episode. Newer listener, and I eagerly wait for each episode to be posted!

  • Reply Lesley June 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Another interesting podcast. Thankyou. My idea of perfect is listening to Woolful podcasts as I do fibery things. This time I was combing out a fleece from White Gum Wool.

  • Reply Johanna Giesbrecht June 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Ah so much of this journey speaks to my crafty heart! Except I had no cousin to craft with, and only one fiber store that closed down early in my fiber journey. I did with my sister a little when I was younger, but eventually it was just me in my room playing with yarn 😀

  • Reply Loretta E June 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    It’s my first time listening, and it was great to start with this one since I’ll be visiting Maine for the first time in August. Now I know of at least one must-see LYS!

  • Reply Joanne June 13, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Sweet interview. It’s my dream to be like her grandmother.

  • Reply Kathleen June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Another great story! You just never know where life will take you, but when you stick with what you’re passionate about, it just might take you some place amazing.

  • Reply Annalee June 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Another good episode and I loved Casey’s laugh. Hope to one day visit Portland Maine and her shop has been on my list! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Reply Kathy Stepp June 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I love Casey’s energy!

  • Reply Sarah Beth June 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm


  • Reply Ginger Rose (Virginia Rose-Jeanes) June 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    What a wonderful episode! I loved listening to Casey and hope to visit Port Fiber in person someday. I’ve spun two Port Fiber braids and would love to try my hand at some Jacob. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Reply Donna Yacino June 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t imagine life without creating. You should make your slogan “patchworking my life”. I love that, and I feel the same!

  • Reply Ruby June 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Adding it to Portland wish list. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Katie T June 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I love the idea of the residences! I think that’s super cool and look forward to seeing what that brings.

  • Reply Mathurine June 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    So much joy and peace in this podcast episod as always ! Thanks++++

  • Reply Anne June 14, 2016 at 2:10 am

    I’ve recently started spinning and am hoping to visit Portfiber this summer!

  • Reply Susan June 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

    What a wonderful journey. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Heather June 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Oh! I chuckled about the wheel on the subway, then to see the photo here on the blog. Even better! Thanks for making me smile.
    I’m a NewEnglander, and I am now thinking there is another great retreat opportunity….. Hmm.

  • Reply Nikki June 14, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Great episode! As a child I was introduced to crochet and cross stitch but I never caught on to knitting until recently. All of my childhood and early adult experiences were with acrylic yarns. I think I was oblivious to the fiber community until very recently and have now found a love that I wish had been discovered 20 years ago. So little time and so much fiber to knit!

  • Reply Yasmin June 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Great episode! I wish I could visit port fiber in person!

  • Reply Wendy Feller June 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I was so excited to hear you’re planning to visit Demetrio in Oaxaca! I went 10 years ago and it was one of my favorite trips ever! He is an extremely talented weaver, dyer and teacher. We gathered lots of natural dye ingredients and he guided my sister and I with our woven projects. His wife made us wonderful meals too! just a very memorable experience!

  • Reply Lauren June 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I just learnef of you from I believe Taproot. I am so in love with everything they do and am so excited to have been introduced to your podcast. What an inspiring day of listening to episodes. I love wool, knitting and useful wild plants and now I’m certain I need to learn to spin and dye. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Debi Wilbur June 15, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Very good podcast! It is so interesting to hear how people get started in the fiber world. Just wish I lived closer!!!

  • Reply Brenda F. June 15, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely prize! I love listening to your podcasts.

  • Reply Marina Gvozdeva June 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    What an amazing episode! I need to try PortFiber asap! 🙂

  • Reply Candice June 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Another brilliant episode. I definitely need to plan a fibre trip to New England.

  • Reply Francesca Bleken June 15, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Another yarnshop om my list to visit!

  • Reply Karen June 16, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Working my way through back episodes. Would love to do a New England yarn crawl!

  • Reply teegan June 17, 2016 at 9:43 am

    We’re heading up to Portland next weekend. I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  • Reply Brittany June 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing another wonderful story!

  • Reply Angela Digmann June 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Just beautiful, from start to finish.

  • Reply Tiffany June 23, 2016 at 12:32 am

    I’m in love with taproot, such a. Wonderful magazine!
    Also a trip to Oaxaca sounds amazing.

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