Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 66: Amy Small – Free People, Hong Kong, the kitchen sink and Knit Collage

September 2, 2016


northcoast knittery

Sponsor: NorthCoast Knittery is a favorite in Humbolt county, with it’s charming storefront in Eureka California. NorthCoast Knittery opened it’s doors in 2008, with the hope to create a unique gathering place for fiber folk and help expand the local fiber community. It’s a wonderful spot to meet friends and work on projects as you enjoy a cup of tea. They offer a variety of classes and workshops, helping enhance your skill levels and each Thursday at 6pm they host a Sip & Knit social evening. 

This month NorthCoast Knittery is hosting the “Knitting in the Redwoods” retreat. Four nights of relaxation, stories, delicious farm to table meals, great company and the peaceful surroundings of the Klamath river and Redwood National Park. The retreat takes place at the historic Requa Inn, and each day will bring a new workshop and special treat showcasing the incredible area. 

Make sure to visit NorthCoast Knittery in person when in Eureka and online at for a full selection of beautiful yarns including Knit Collage yarns. You can also find them on Instagram @northcoastknittery


Fiber folk: From kitchen sink sweaters to yarns, and from living abroad to settling into motherhood, Amy Small of Knit Collage has carved out a special place within the fiber community…creating some of the most whimsical and colorful yarns, all spun by hand. Amy’s laugh and charisma will leave you smiling and inspired to go after what’s most exciting…whether it’s a project or  your fiber dreams. You find Amy at and on Instagram @knitcollage.




Sponsor: Moeke Yarns was founded by Ioana van Deurzen in 2014, alongside her brother Radu, his wife and their parents. Ioana and her family have an incredible story, which you can hear about in Episode 8, and this story is what spurred the dream and now reality of creating a yarn company. The Moeke yarns are full of character, from the unique European breeds they’re made of, to the traditional Romanian spinning mills. From her childhood, growing up in Romania during the revolution, her immersion in fiber through her grandmother and her purposeful journey to bring something back to the Romanian community, Moeke yarns is one of my favorite yarns and I hope it becomes one of yours as well.

And beginning September 12th is the MY Makealong, an international event dedicated to knitting, crocheting and weaving. This make along is a celebration of fiber arts, bringing together designers, makers and shop owners who all share the same values: a deep love for making and respect for nature, while being committed to helping preserve the local traditions and economies. You can find more info on how to join at and on Instagram @moekeyarns. Visit Ravelry for a selection of beautiful patterns created with Moeke Yarns, designed by Junko Okamoto, Francoise Danoy, Susan Vische and more. And you can find a list of shops carrying Moeke yarns and fabric at


Shop update: This past week I updated the shop with a restock of your favorite Moeke Yarns, including those needed to join the Moeke Yarns Make along. You’ll also find a couple new Cormo blend and alpaca yarns…just in time for Fall knitting. Visit 


Giveaway: The winners of last weeks giveaway are Melissa, you’ve won the Dancing Bears Shawl pattern and kit from Sunday Knits and Camille you’ve won Susan Anderson’s latest book String Along Toys. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Knit Collage and they’re giving away the Yarnicorn Cowl pattern and kit.


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Erin September 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    What fun yarn!

  • Reply Susan September 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Inspired to get back to my wheel and spin up some funky Spunky Eclectic fibre I’ve long had in my stash. Also going to pull out my Lexi Boeger book for further inspiration!

    Thanks for another fun episode and giveaway!

  • Reply Tiffany H September 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    What a great episodes, so many exciting yarns!

  • Reply Laurel September 3, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Loved the podcast this week and hearing how Amy had spent a lot of time in Hong Kong and India. Thank you!

  • Reply Tyna September 3, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Awesome podcast! Makes me want to learn to spin! Viewing the colors and the photography on your site is always a treat for the senses, thanks for all the hard work!

  • Reply Kim russo September 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Loved this episode so much! Thank you.

  • Reply Margaret September 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Once again, a great podcast. I love hearing how people start out with their companies. So very interesting. I hope I win — otherwise i will have to buy some Knit Collage yarn to try.

  • Reply Cyndi September 3, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Great podcast! Beautiful yarn! Thank you!

  • Reply Annette September 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Wonderful!! Thank you!

  • Reply Jenn F September 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Great podcast!! I loved listening to Amy’s story. She’s so inspiring!! 🙂

  • Reply Mary Zimmerman September 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Such a good episode! I LOVE free people along with knitting! It was so cool to hear about the connections 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Braswell September 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Love this podcast! Each week makes me so happy. This week’s episode was very interesting!

  • Reply Beth September 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Such fun yarn and the colors!!!

  • Reply amber September 3, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Bursting with ideas for bulky yarn! love that yarn color!

  • Reply Marina September 3, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Wonderful episode! So much fun in that hadnspun yarn!

  • Reply Karli Withee September 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Fun! Lovely episode!

  • Reply Nancy September 4, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Love your interview. Very inspiring. Thank you.

  • Reply Calypso September 4, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I just love these beautiful pictures!

  • Reply Kathy September 4, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Very encouraging and inspirational. Thank you.

  • Reply Annie Dammann September 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Amy has such a bright energy and enthusiasm in this interview! Very encouraging to pursue our craftiness wherever it leads us. Thank you!

  • Reply Diane September 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

    All I can say is wow! What a dynamic and creative person!

  • Reply Anna September 4, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Such a great episode! So inspired to make with all the colors and all the things after this one 🙂

  • Reply hd September 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Loved this one! thanks!

  • Reply Arianne September 4, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to win. Great episode. Your podcast brings me much joy.

  • Reply Kristina September 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Inspiring as always. Thank you!

  • Reply Heatherlee September 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Those lovely Indian Women. What a great job for them to have. I’m totally in love with chunky fun yarns this year. It seems like everyone wants to knit with perfect fingering yarns. But, I just adore how fast chunky anything knits up. It’s such a great thing to introduce to a new knitter, as well.

  • Reply Fi September 4, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Another fab interview – was it just me, or does Amy sound exactly like Susan B. Anderson when she speaks? I kept having to remind myself that it it wasn’t Susan!

    Thank you for another opportunity to win another awesome prize! 🙂

  • Reply Karen September 5, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Thinking about creativity as part of the work life balance…thought provoking episode!

  • Reply Sally September 5, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Enjoyed this episode so much! Would love to try some Knit Collage yarn — the Yarnicorn Cowl looks fun!

  • Reply Julia September 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I really love the combination of so many colours with natural shades, definitely reminds me of what got me started on learning to spin and dye myself. Haven’t tried inclusions of non-wool yet, but maybe someday!

  • Reply Loretta September 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    What incredibly fun yarn! It reminds me to try bulky yarns since I’m usually using much smaller weights!

  • Reply Dana Nelms September 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Great podcast! Time to try big and bulky again!

  • Reply Brenda September 5, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This was a really sweet episode. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Doreen MacL September 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    As always, such interesting fibre people you interview. I love Lendrum wheels too, made in Canada, eh!

  • Reply K Maloney September 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I’d like to hear more about the ethical and financial differences in creating fibers in the India/China vs US production.

  • Reply Margo September 6, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Wow, those yarns look so fun!

  • Reply Heather Williams September 6, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful yarn…Would love to win!

  • Reply Emmaline Long September 7, 2016 at 4:34 am

    This was such a great listen! Her products look beautiful and it was great to hear from another Cornellian 🙂

  • Reply Ellie Kolodzieski September 7, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I’m loving that “Kitchen Sink” chunky yarn! It is so fascinating how everyone drifts to certain textures, colors, and fibers… Thanks for sharing Amy’s story 🙂

  • Reply Mathurine September 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

    What an amazing yarn and fiber story § Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Ashlyn September 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I am usually a neutrals only kind of girl, and my co-workers even pick on me about my aversion to color, BUT THIS YARN! I want to make all the happy things with it. Just lovely!

  • Reply Leanne September 7, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I had never heard of Amy or her yarn and now I’m obsessed!!! I’m also not usually a bulky yarn kind of girl, but I am now drooling over this fun yarn. And Free People is one of my favorite brands so I really enjoyed hearing all the background of her career. It’s always interesting to hear how people got started. This was a great podcast. Good job ladies!!!

  • Reply Laura Pengra September 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Just discovered this podcast yesterday- I’m thrilled!

  • Reply Tera September 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Bulky kitchen sink is not a proper description of this yarn! It’s truly special.

  • Reply Caitlyn September 7, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    What a wonderful episode! Amy has lived such an unique and interesting life. I have never heard of her brand or her yarn, but its beautiful and I’m saving my pennies to buy some!

  • Reply Bowen Gibson September 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    What an amazing experience to have right out of college. Very excited to learn about this yarn.

  • Reply AL September 8, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Wonderfull episode of woolful! Such joy and happiness for what she creates! Like past episode with suzanne B Anderson! thank you very much again for those great moments earring you and them. With love, AL

  • Reply Kim September 8, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Such beautiful and unique yarn!

  • Reply Antonella September 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Amy sounds so happy! she was really fun to listen to, so thanks for another nice interview!

  • Reply Brittany September 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Lots of fun hearing about the spinning process! Thanks for another fun podcast and give away.

  • Reply Melissa September 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I couldn’t quite visualize what this yarn looked like until I looked it up after listening to the podcast, and I was blown away by the amazing colors and textures. Thanks for another great episode!

  • Reply Vicki September 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I really love this podcast and the creativity of the folks interviewed is very inspiring. Hearing Amy’s story in her own upbeat voice was great fun. I, too, checked out her website and some of the yarns really jumped out at me. I’m in the process of decorating the living quarters part of my horse trailer in a bohemian style and I could see her Swirl Yarn cut in strands, with beads at the end as curtains at my “kitchen” table. Will have to get me some of that yarn.

  • Reply Meagan September 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Wow, that looks like such interesting yarn, beautiful!

  • Reply Vicki Lynch September 9, 2016 at 4:51 am

    That was such an interesting story. The yarn is different than what I was imagining while I was driving, but so pretty in the photos. I think it’s great that you just up and moved to places so different than what you grew up with. My thoughts strayed to how you managed the language barriers, but I guess it wasn’t an obstacle.
    Moeke yarn is a favorite. I’ve knit one of a pair of socks with it, but now I’m thinking of frogging it to use the yarn in one of the projects that should be available on the 12th.

  • Reply Stacy September 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I really enjoyed this episode. The yarn is amazing. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Reply Heather Gorman September 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I really enjoyed this episode. Knit Collage’s Instagram feed is wonderful to look at!

  • Reply Janice Stokes September 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you. Your podcasts are always so interesting!

  • Reply Suzanne September 11, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I don’t know what rock I was under. I listened to my first Woolful episode this morning after Susan B. Anderson shared that you interviewed her. Then I listened to this one with Amy. What a lovely spirit you draw out of people! I so enjoyed the two episodes and i look forward to seeing your next episode pop up in my feeder. Yes, I’m now a subscriber! Thanks so much.

  • Reply Jessie September 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

    What a wonderful episode. Amy’s travels and adventures sound amazing. Her yarn is just beautiful.

  • Reply Katie September 13, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Wonderful story! I love that her yarns are so intriguing even though they are a little out of my normal comfort zone. Would love to make that cowl and squish it all day!

  • Reply Bri September 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

    What was the name of the spinning wheel you both love?!

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