Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 64: Takako Ueki – Japanese childhood, Catholic boarding school, discovering in America, fiber fascination, and Habu

July 28, 2016


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Sponsor: Knit Purl is a wonderfully motivating yarn shop in Portland, Oregon founded by Darcy Cameron in 2004, with the intention to create a unique curated experience for yarn buyers. They’ve worked closely with local, regional and international makers and designers to provide a one of a kind experience, to fuel creativity for fiber and design enthusiasts. Each month they offer a great calendar of classes and events, and every other Wednesday you can join other fiber folk for Knit Night at 6pm. Make sure to stop by in person when in Portland and shop their large selection of yarns including Habu yarns at And find them on Instagram @knitpurlpdx

And from now until July 31st, Knit Purl is offering a 10% discount on all lace weight yarns, including some of our favorite Habu yarns. Use the code LACE2016 in all caps during checkout.


Fiber folk: Fiber fascination is something we can all relate too, discovering new yarns both rustic and soft…but Takako of Habu Textiles and yarns takes that fascination to a completely new level, resulting in over a hundred varieties of silk, stainless steel, paper, linen, bamboo, cotton, hemp and even pineapple fiber. If you’ve ever come across Habu in your local yarn shop and stood in wonder at all these incredible yet sometimes intimidating yarns and wondered who is behind all this? Well that someone is Takako Ueki, and she’s a wonder in herself. I hope you’ll be inspired by her story and explore her amazing yarns and all the gorgeous garments and projects designed in them. You can find Takako at and on Instagram @habutextiles.

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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank today’s sponsor again, Knit Purl. Along with their impactful presence as a local yarn shop in Portland, Oregon, they’ve put together a dream collection of yarns in their online shop, including some of my favorites, Woolfolk, Habu, Brooklyn Tweed, Sincere Sheep, Swans Island and Twirl. To find these yarns, along with patterns and notions visit And through the end of this month, Knit Purl is celebrating Lace Month, use code LACE2016 for 10% all lace yarns.


In Residence: I’m excited to finally share the newest 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. This week we’ll be hearing from photographer in residence, Kathy Cadigan…superb photographer, stunning knitter, and a great listener and friend. Our questions this week comes from Amy Tozer, you can find Amy on Instagram @urban_farm_wife.

Amy asks: How do you approach photographing knitwear? Do you try to capture the garment or are you trying to evoke a feeling? With pattern photography, I feel the need to create both compelling photographs, but also honest and complete photographs of a garment, and sometimes these are separate photographs. I would love to hear all about Kathy’s process. Does she do the styling, or does the designer do that?

Tune in to listen to Kathy’s reply. You can find Kathy at and on Instagram @kathycad


Shop update: It’s been a long time since I’ve given an update on the Woolful Mercantile, my little shop of farm yarns. As we begin to gear up for Fall I’ll be sharing a variety of new and restocked yarns, all of which I’m very excited about. Check later this week for all the updates. 

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Michelle, you’ve won 10 skeins of Wool Days Scout yarn and a copy of cabinfour’s sock pattern Sunday Morning Socks. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Habu and they’re giving away a bag of assorted Habu yarns to three listeners. This is an excellent opportunity to experience a taste of all Habu has to offer. To enter and be one of the three winners, leave a comment on this blog post.


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Bridget Harrell-Donze July 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    The photography in your site is always so beautiful. I want to go live in the house by the stream in the bottom picture! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jennifer July 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Habu has wonderful yarns and patterns that are very unique. If you’re wearing them you will always get a complement.

  • Reply Inês July 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I absolutely love Habu textiles, can’t wait to listen to this episode!!

  • Reply Zeta July 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I would love to try these yarns. I’m sure it will change the way I think about fiber.

  • Reply Rosemarie July 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful podcast! You always have such awesome give aways!

  • Reply Elaine July 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I have shopped at Habu at Stitches in Illinois and also when they were in NY. Such exciting good stuff!!

  • Reply Kathy July 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I have used Takako’s Tsumugi Silk and love it. I’d love to try some of her other yarns.

  • Reply linda chew July 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I am very fascinated with Habu yarns after listening to this episode’s podcast. Would love to try these yarns!

  • Reply Terry B July 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I loved learning the story behind Habu Textiles. And yay for shop updates!

  • Reply Ainur July 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I’d love to try out this yarn!

  • Reply Katie July 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Really interesting to hear the back story to Habu. Inspired to make something if I were lucky enough to receive the yarns…

  • Reply Abby July 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Oh I’d love to win some Habu!

  • Reply Tobie July 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I love Habu yarns–so interesting. And I like their patterns and kits as well.

  • Reply Naomi July 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Habu creates beautiful and unique yarns. Their store in NYC is lovely.

  • Reply Rachel July 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Oh wow!! It is so nice to get a little behind the scenes about this shop and this lovely creator. I’ve been looking at their stock for a while so it’s super neat to hear about their world. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

  • Reply pistachios July 29, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Thank you for this interview! Their aesthetic is so wonderful, I love Habu.

  • Reply Nadine Matthews July 29, 2016 at 5:39 am

    What a great interview. And yet another awesome giveaway. 🙂 x

  • Reply Angela Digmann July 29, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Can’t wait to listen! We have company for the weekend so I guess I have to wait till Monday.

  • Reply Kim July 29, 2016 at 6:49 am

    What a fascinating story!

  • Reply Caitlin July 29, 2016 at 7:10 am

    What a great interview! I would be so excited to get to play with these yarns.

  • Reply Ashlyn July 29, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Do you know the source of those BEAUTIFUL necklaces!? Can’t wait to listen!!!

  • Reply Julia July 29, 2016 at 7:54 am

    What an adventurous childhood, always impressed by people who had a sense of direction so early in life. Thanks!

  • Reply Margaret July 29, 2016 at 8:14 am

    This was a great episode! I’ve always been curious about Habu Textiles, and now I know about who is behind the yarns and her history — what a neat person! And hearing from Kathy Cadigan was also wonderful. Thanks so much for always providing such a wonderful podcast. And yes, I would love to have a sample of Habu Textiles!

  • Reply Cat B July 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I love the look and feel of Habu, but have not yet taken the dive! Thank you for such a lovely chance!

  • Reply Arianne July 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Ooo. I’d love to win! Great episode.

  • Reply Ines July 29, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Now I really want to try these yarns!

  • Reply Kate McConas July 29, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for your wonderful podcasts, I always look forward to hearing the new stories! I have been spinning and weaving for 36 years. I am so glad to see so much interest in these processes now! Again, thank you!

  • Reply Nicole July 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Another great episode! Wonderful to be able the eavesdrop on such a private person’s life. And, Habu–exciting, always!

  • Reply Kim Schroeder July 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Beautiful story. I can relate to being a loner of sorts. I am going to have to get my hands on some of her yarns. I also like the residency portion. Great show.

  • Reply Jaci B July 29, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I actually came across Habu at Knit Purl and was very intrigued by the fiber. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Diane July 29, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I’ve always been intrigued with Habu textiles and have been lucky enough to use some of Habu’s wonderful creations in my knitting. It would be such a pleasure to win this giveaway but it was also a pleasure to hear the interview.

  • Reply Erin July 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I’ve always wondered about Habu but never taken the plunge and bought any. Awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Jennifer July 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Your choice of topics is always superb. Looking forward to this podcast!

  • Reply Cristin July 29, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I’ve heard about Habu for years! Can’t wait to listen to this!

  • Reply theunknown July 29, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I’m quite new here and I like the atmosphere. Great podcast too! I’ve become a fan.

  • Reply Barbara July 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been in awe of her yarns since she first appeared at Stitches West. So wonderful to hear her story.

  • Reply Susan July 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love these yarns. They are sometimes challenging to work with but the results are well worth the effort. Loved hearing her story

  • Reply Linda Butler July 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I am so pleased to hear I can attend a Habu tasting at A Verb for keeping warm, a store I have long wanted to visit. I have seen the beautiful stainless steel and paper yarns and not understood how to use them. Thanks for a well done podcast.

  • Reply Amber July 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Takako’s eye for color and style is amazing. Now I’m really thinking I’d like to weave with some Habu yarns. This episode is so inspiring!

  • Reply Sarah S July 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I have long been an admirer of the fibers that Habu offers, but I will admit to being a little bit intimidated by them. Now I think I may go to the yarn tasting at A Verb for Keeping Warm and try my hand with them at last !

  • Reply Kristina July 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    What a great interview! Loved the personal insight and cultural anecdotes.

  • Reply Susan July 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve been exploring plant-based fibres a lot recently, as a knitting and natural Dyer, and would love the opportunity to experiments with pineapple fires and paper yarn!

  • Reply Natasha Keller July 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    How much do I love Habu?? Let me count the ways. <3<3<3

  • Reply Jeanine July 29, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    What a fantastic story she has! I’ve always been sort of in awe/scared of Habu yarns…they look so lovely but I wouldn’t know what to do with them! Well I was inspired to look at projects on Ravelry that were made with Habu, and I can’t wait to pick some up to try them out! Thank you!

  • Reply Roz July 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Habu yarns are the most inspiring yarns available, knit, crochet, weave them, they just shout beauty. I loved hearing about the talent behind the label, thanks again Woolful for a brilliant podcast.

  • Reply Sindy P July 30, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Another amazing episode, and give away! Thank You!

  • Reply Susan July 30, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Loving your podcast. What an incredible story. Thank you for all you do!

  • Reply Eve Hammond July 30, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I once visited Habu when I was visiting New York many years ago. It was like someone opened a door and said, there is no such thing as “regular ” yarn. It was beautiful it was so different. If I am ever in Denver I will have to visit her again or go to fancy tiger crafts. It was just so amazing that I have been in a place that even had paper yarn. It inspired me to spin my own paper yarn.

    Thanks so much for this one it was great!

  • Reply Shayla July 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I can’t wait to listen to this episode, the Habu yarns sound amazing!

  • Reply Sara July 30, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I can’t wait to listen to this. I’m totally fascinated by Habu.

  • Reply Tatiana Sarasa July 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I used a selection of Habu yarns for an Art Installation I did in Spain. A knitted river using paper moire, silk, cotton gima…was invading the gallery space and the result was amazing. Thank you Takako for offering us such an inspiring range of delicate and artful yarns. Also thanks to Ashley for your always so beautiful pocasts.

  • Reply Cyrena July 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

    My very favourite episode so far! I loved hearing Takako’s story and how she makes her loner style work while running a successful fiber business. Kathy’s description of photographing knitwear kept me rapt. Winning a bagful of Habu would be a dream come true!

  • Reply Neza July 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve long admired habu yarns from afar. Lovely to hear how they come to be!

  • Reply Kathy July 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks, Ashley, for this wonderful episode. I very much appreciated hearing Takako’s story. I am a person who works best alone, and who cherishes her alone time, so Takako’s answers and comments in that regard deeply resonated. And Kathy Cadigan’s description of her style of approaching knitting photography was very insightful–the artist in residence feature is a great addition to an already great podcast.

  • Reply Zsuzsa July 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Another wonderful episode! And oh, how I’d love to win that yarn! 😉

  • Reply Jodi July 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I love listening to your podcasts. This is the first time I’ve replied, partly because of the story. Thank you for sharing these stories with us. It gives me a few minutes to dream once in a while.

  • Reply Susan July 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    The Habu story was very interesting! Also really enjoyed piece on photography. Thanks for the great episode.

  • Reply Emily Howe July 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Habu yarns are always such a huge source of inspiration to me. Instantly, “oh I have to touch that!”

  • Reply Micheline Proctor July 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you for another great podcast! I just saw paper yarn for the first time a couple weeks ago, so it was exciting to hear a little more about it.

  • Reply Carolyn Ross July 31, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Thank you for doing this podcast. I have been interested in Habu yarns for a long time and wondered how these yarns came to be, so it was great to hear about Takako Ueki’s life and work.

  • Reply Laura July 31, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I really enjoy the podcast and find the fiber journeys so inspiring. I’m always looking to try new yarn so I’ll put my name in the hat for the giveaway!

  • Reply ikkinlala July 31, 2016 at 8:22 am

    You always have such interesting topics!

  • Reply Irene Martin July 31, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I miss going to the Habu showroom in NY and cone after cone of unique yarn.

  • Reply Megan July 31, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Loved hearing the story behind Habu Textiles, and will be seeking out some to try ASAP. My Nana is the only person in my family I haven’t knit something for because she’s allergic to wool, and I think Habu might finally solve that problem!

  • Reply Jen D July 31, 2016 at 11:30 am

    It was fascinating to hear Takako’s journey to this point in her textile life. I always enjoy visiting her booth at Stitches West, and now that I have more insight into her story I am looking forward to exploring her produces with even more interest.

  • Reply Chris July 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for another stimulating episode from the fascinating world of craft.

  • Reply Lynn July 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Probably my favorite episode so far! Would be very excited to play with some Habu-

  • Reply Doreen MacL July 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Very interesting to hear the story behind Habu. I have used some of these beauties in my weaving and knitting. Still have a skein of paper yarn, lovingly hoarded, now I am prompted to try it out. Thanks!

  • Reply Vicki Lynch July 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    What an interesting story of how Habu came to be. I think my local LYS has the paper yarn. I’m headed there after I post to pick up a pair of needles and now to look at some of your yarn.

  • Reply Barbara July 31, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I have two skeins in my stash of Habu – I’d like to try some others.
    Beautiful yarn!

  • Reply Annie Wenstrup July 31, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    What a great podcast and it was interesting to hear more about Habu. I’m a fan of the stainless steel and silk and would love to try more.

    • Reply Annie Wenstrup September 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Hi! I sent an email but I’m not sure it went through- Thanks!

  • Reply Lorna Brown July 31, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I am a big fan of Habu and your podcast. Great episode!

  • Reply steph August 1, 2016 at 6:39 am

    another wonderful podcast! thanks for sharing these fibers journeys……always inspirational

  • Reply Karen August 1, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Lots of thoughtful ideas about photographing knitwear. I’m pulling out my camera today!

  • Reply Shivani August 1, 2016 at 7:46 am

    so excited for this podcast and giveaway! I’ve been binging on all your episodes on my recent flights, it’s been really wonderful to finally catch up. thank you!

  • Reply Britney DeLeon August 1, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Just pressed play, excited to learn more.

  • Reply Janet August 1, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Great podcast, always wondered about the origins of Habu. Thanks!

  • Reply Llyn August 1, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I have always wondered who was behind Habu, and how it grew. As always, your podcast, Ashley, is so interesting and well produced. It’s such a joy to listen 🙂

  • Reply Summer Crosson August 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

    What a fantastic story of Habu! I’ve always been intrigued and intimidated by Habu yarns. Your episode inspired me to check out Habu’s website and now in filled with inspiration and intrigue! I would love to knit and play with these gorgeous yarns!

  • Reply Anna Hambly August 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Takako, thank you so much for sharing your story. You’ve inspired me to 1. be okay with pursuing my love of fibers even if it means I’m alone or not bogged down by social obligations and 2. to GO! to meet people, to explore mediums. I’m really thankful for this podcast and for the ways it has inspired and grown me as a 20-something, as an artist, and as a woman.

  • Reply Camille August 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I found this episode especially interesting. I enjoyed hearing about the journey of this wonderful artist! Thank you!

  • Reply Laura G. August 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Love you podcast – thanks for all the giveaway opportunities!

  • Reply Kim August 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Really excited to listen to this! I love Habu yarns!

  • Reply Shari (irishpogue on IG) August 1, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I am totally fascinated by these Habu fibers! And I enjoyed the photo tips; beginning with a broad angle and then coming in to focus once a comfort level has been reached makes good sense.

  • Reply Rachel August 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Fascinating!! I would love to try this yarn! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Reply Inger Öhlund August 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I would love to try the yarn from Habu! It sounds like a very interesting yarn!

  • Reply Amaia August 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I really love Habu fibers, the y are so special!!
    Thanks for the postcad, I really enjoy it!!

  • Reply Marilyn August 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful episode. How very brave of Takako to come to the US ar age 16! I would not have been brave enough at that age…maybe not even at my age today!

  • Reply Karen August 1, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for interviewing Takako. I have long been interested in Habu yarns and have experimented with a few, which has been fun and rewarding. It seems that the different and unusual yarns stimulate you to create outside the square. I do admire the Habu aesthetic and would love to visit in Denver.

    I have just discovered your podcast and am REALLY looking forward to listening to all the back episodes!

  • Reply Sandra August 2, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Thank you for another great episode! I don’t know how you find so many interesting people & stories but I love them. My mind is plotting the fun things I’d knit if I won this beautiful yarn☺️

  • Reply Vicki Dean Rucker August 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I love the podcast, Ashley. It’s great to hear how artists got their start and what motivates them. It really opens up the possibilities and helps me to dream a little bigger. Habu yarns also expand my crafting options. Such interesting textures. I’d love to get my hands on some of that yarn.

  • Reply Suzanne August 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    What a fascinating interview! I would love to try out some Habu yarns!

  • Reply Tera August 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t know how you consistently find such fascinating people in the fiber world to interview. Perhaps all the fiber community has to offer is people who are so incredibly interesting. Thank you.

  • Reply Janet August 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I am a big fan of Habu Textiles. It was great to hear the backstory.

  • Reply Fiona August 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for another fascinating interview, Ashley. I am yet to work with linen, something I would love to try next Summer.

  • Reply Branwynne August 2, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    My brother and I had a blast listening to this episode together. I’ve been curious (well, more like preoccupied) with Habu for a few years but haven’t worked up the guts to just try out some of her more unique yarns. I’m just going to do it. Thanks for the wonderful podcast!

  • Reply Trina Amundson August 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Loved the interview with Takako, and her determination to find her passion and nitch! I would love the opportunity to try habu’s fiber.

  • Reply JetKnit August 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Habu Habu! Just completed my first ever Habu project – the Open Air Shawl made of Silk Wrapped Paper – and I LOVED knitting it! Have been somewhat obsessed with Habu for years, the fearlessness of it…stainless steel, anyone?….but had never attempted knitting with Habu until this project. I encourage anyone looking to make something with Habu to try this summer shawl (free pattern from @PurlSoho). I felt like some kind of PRO knitting with silk wrapped paper. I mean what even IS silk wrapped paper?!
    So happy I came upon your podcast! Wonderful interview, and I also love Knit Purl, a store I’ve visited and recommended to anyone going to Portland.

  • Reply Angie Kritenbrink August 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I loved listening to this episode. It’s always interesting to hear the stories of these single-minded people that are so focused on fiber arts that everything else in life fell away! Would love to be entered in the drawing for the Habu yarns. Also followed on IG! Gorgeous IG photos! 🙂

  • Reply Lorise Weber August 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Just found your podcast. Really enjoying the episodes. I loved visiting Habu’s booth at Stitches years ago. Always a treat to buy a few skeins to experiment with.

  • Reply fyeza August 2, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Another great interview! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Lori August 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    So enjoyed this. Takako is an utter inspiration. I love all things Habu.

    And KC. All the hearts ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Anne L. August 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I have been wistfully gazing at Habu whenever I see it – now I am going to seriously start looking for that special project in which to use it. Was really interesting listening to the podcast!

  • Reply Nancy August 3, 2016 at 8:07 am

    This was my first Woolful podcast. Love it!!! Will be listening to more. Takako’s story was fascinating and the yarns amazing. Please enter me in the drawing for the Hobu yarns..

  • Reply Beth August 3, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I would love to try Habu textiles, and am looking forward to listening to this episode!

  • Reply Kylie August 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Great episode! I’m excited to find sone Habu now!!

  • Reply Catrina August 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    After listening to this episode I can’t wait to try Habu. It’s always fun discovering new materials to take the craft to another level.

  • Reply LAURA August 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I really enjoyed the interview and I am very interested in Habu. I love people and our culture celebrates extroverts but I am quite an introvert so I was happy to hear about someone admitting that she is comfortable alone. I am inspired by others but to have enough energy to be creative I often need time alone. I feel inspired!

  • Reply Laurel August 4, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Great story and beautiful photography.

  • Reply Nikki C. August 4, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of Habu previously! So excited to find and use these lovely yarns!

  • Reply Bernice Lim August 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The first time I knew about Habu was when I saw Purl Soho’s Kusha Kusha scarf. I had been amazed by Habu ever since and always associate it with exquisite yarns. So thankful for this episode.

  • Reply Sequoiashelley August 4, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I’ve always been curious about Habu, even more after listening to the podcast. Thank you.

  • Reply asteride August 5, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Love the pics! So inspiring!

  • Reply Giulia G. August 5, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Habu is such a great brand! You can make a very chic garment with their yarn and I had the pleasure to try one years ago. The sweater I made with it is still one of my favorites.

  • Reply Gea August 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

    It was great to know the story behind Habu. Love the yarn but never had the chance to knit with it

  • Reply Antonella August 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    So interesting. I have never used anything different than wool and cotton, but now I am totally impressed by the possibilities out there… Fascinating interview. Thank you.

  • Reply Åsa August 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Such beautiful episode.

  • Reply Nancy August 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I loved hearing Takako Ueki’s story and the photography tips.

  • Reply Cristina August 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    As a new weaver I loved listening to Takako speak about that being something she thought she would do for the rest of her life. I’m turning 40 and only just found it! I can certainly see myself doing it for the rest of my life. Lovely episode!

  • Reply Catherine Muenich August 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

    It was great to learn about Habu Textiles and hear about Takako Ueki’s fiber journey. I’m looking forward to visiting Japan soon and hope I will have a little time to explore. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to try Habu!

  • Reply Meagan Radford August 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful interview, I look forward to your podcast every time!

  • Reply Diane August 7, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Wow! What a great giveaway. Always wanted to try hadu yarn.

  • Reply Bowen Gibson August 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Habu yarn is so unique and I’m thrilled that she’s moved right down the street to Denver!

  • Reply Jennifer Figgins August 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Just love all the unique yarns at Habu

  • Reply Cheryl Schofield August 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for another great episode!

  • Reply Natalie August 8, 2016 at 8:25 am

    As always, another fascinating episode. Thank you, and for the chance to win and try out some Habu yarns!


  • Reply nicola stathers August 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Thank you – I am so delighted to finally ‘meet’ the creator of Habu textiles. I first discovered Habu through the incredible stainless steel yarn and it is very inspiring to hear Takako’s textile journey…

  • Reply Sami August 8, 2016 at 10:14 am

    One of my favorite episodes! Thank you!

  • Reply Francesca August 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for a nice episode and a very nice story!

  • Reply Elizabeth August 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Can’t believe that Habu is in my own backyard! Would love a chance to try out some of the yarns. Thank you for the episode!

  • Reply Charlotte Powell August 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Ooh the Habu yarns look gorgeous! Plus, great episode.

  • Reply Tess Felder August 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you for another amazing podcast! I love, love Habu and want, want to win!!

  • Reply allison August 8, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Fascinating interview! I’ve never tried Habu yarns but would love to!

  • Reply Julie August 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Lovely as always! Thank you!

  • Reply Cathy B August 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Habu yarns are beautiful and challenge the knitter’s imagination.

  • Reply Morgan August 9, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Habu: I have long been fascinated (and intimidated) by these yarns. This may give me the little push I have needed to explore some of them in my knitting. Such fascinating textures and unusual looks!

  • Reply Bernardo August 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Catching up on episodes. Love the yarn!

  • Reply baccarha August 10, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I love Habu Textiles and have been using this yarn for years. It is a treasure for me. When I visited New York a few years ago, I made sure it was THE only yarn shop I did not want to miss and made it to this hidden apartment within a completely anonymous building. I loved that and it was a great experience to be able to choose the yarn directly. It was great to listen to Takako Ueki ‘s background and how she developed her yarn line and crafts over the years. It makes Habu Textiles even more precious to me. Thank you for your great podcast. Baccarha from Geneva, Switzerland

  • Reply Leslie August 10, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Another wonderful podcast – I enjoy learning more about the fiber community – a Big Thanks to you! Habu has such lovely and interesting fibers – I would like to incorporate some into my knitting and newly picked up weaving projects.

  • Reply Liz Pakkala August 10, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Takako Ueki has poured out her heart in this episode creating another artful yarn with her story. I appreciate the part when she talks about how a dissatisfaction in her early schooling experience propelled her to seek more. As a mom, it touched me to hear her praise her parents for their sacrifice in getting her closer to what she needed. Another inspiring Podcast. Thank you!

  • Reply Modern Fibre August 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you for letting Takako tell us her story. I am a huge fan of Habu but had not idea of its beginnings. Another fabulous podcast episode.

  • Reply FW August 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Dear Ashley-loved the Habu interview on the podcast! What are the last sentences spoken by Takako? to puzzle it out but can’t get the words.

    Thank you for the great podcast. This podcast is a great resource-have tried to spread the word. Appreciate your skills in interviewing and especially presenting the diverse technical details. It appears to be a huge project!!

    Thanks again,

  • Reply Sophie August 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I first discovered Habu yarns at a show in Paris a couple years back, just bought my fist 2 cones in June, still thinking about a very special project for them. I would love to be a devoted assistant to accompany Takako on a tour of mills around Japan!

  • Reply Shannon August 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Love the unique beauty of Habu yarns. Great episode as always!

  • Reply Cynthia August 11, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Wonderful podcast as always! Habu yarns are so amazing, so great to hear Takako’s story.

  • Reply Beth August 12, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Such a facsinating variety and the story of how she came to start Habu.

  • Reply Monica August 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    have been intrigued by Habu Textiles for awhile. Would love to try them!

  • Reply Monica August 12, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Ihave been intrigued by Habu Textiles for some time.. Would love to try them!

  • Reply Juli Sampson August 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I am working with my first Habu yarn–silk over stainless steel–and enjoying it very much. I really enjoyed the interview!

  • Reply Lillys Mom August 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hello, I’m new to your blog and podcasts. I have never knitted with Habu and would love to try it. I found this very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing , Pat

  • Reply Claire August 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Wonderful story. Thanks so much for a great podcast and another wonderful giveaway

  • Reply Dawn August 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Very interesting podcast. First time listening and won’t be my last.

  • Reply Mandy August 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I really appreciate hearing the intricate stories that are behind the lives of such incredible makers. This podcast is always a source of inspiration. Thank you.

  • Reply Karen Budnick August 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    This was such an interesting personal story – I never miss a podcast – thanks for this giveaway.

  • Reply Sara K. MacLellan August 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    this was such a joy to listen to! Habu yarns are my absolute favourite—there is something so honest and wonderfully tactile about them. as a maker, their materiality and form are always encouraging me to think outside the box and push the boundaries of the what the fibres can do. no other yarns compare and it is truly an honour to be able to work with them so intimately. i was actually working on a project with Habu yarns while listening to Takako’s story, and it was such a wonderful and meaningful way to be able to connect even deeper with these already inspiring fibres. i have so much appreciate and respect for what you do, Takako. thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Loretta August 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I love sitting in the evening and enjoying these podcasts. So many interesting stories and people to get to know. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Reply Savannagal August 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for another terrific giveaway. I’m not sure I’d know what to do with Habu yarns. They are certainly unusual, but interesting. I do love linen, though I’ve never knit with it. Maybe this will be my opportunity. Good luck to everyone.

  • Reply Dani August 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

    It was fascinating to hear about the woman behind Habu yarns. I hope to try them in the future. I also enjoyed Kathy’s answer to the listener question about photographing knitwear. I’ve recently started to learn about photography and hope to apply her process to taking pictures of my own finished knits.

  • Reply Christine August 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I love your weekly podcasts! It is my special way of starting Friday AM before work. Would love the yarn giveaway to try new yarns.

  • Reply Angela December 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Another great podcast! Enjoyed it very much.

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