Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 75: Sylvia McFadden – Vancouver, Mentorship, Analytics and Shawls

February 15, 2017

Sponsor: Scratch is an innovative new yarn and craft supply shop located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. They’re committed to providing a beautifully curated selection of yarns and supplies for knitters, as well as roving, tools, and kits for needle felters. Their shop also features embroidery, sewing, and select fine art supplies. Scratch operates with the guiding notion that makers are curious and creative, and  should be able to find exciting, high quality materials to work with all in one place.

Scratch is also home to the areas only handcraft focused makerspace–home to a sewing bar, multiple looms, common workspace, a tool library, and more! Explore their full schedule of classes, and weekly Craft Night focused on building the creative community in the Upper Valley.

You can find Scratch online at, and on Facebook & Instagram: @scratchmakerspace

Fiber folk: Sylvia McFadden has a gift…evoking grace, calm and desire by combining wool, imagination and a keen eye for color and composition. I’ve been a big fan of Sylvia’s work for some time and am enamored by her designs and most recent book, Shawl Joy. Her tenacity for life and her various photography and youth based programs gives you a bit more of a glimpse into her life and heart. I hope you enjoy hearing from her as much as I have. You can find Sylvia at and on Instagram @softsweater.


Sponsor: Amirisu is a beautiful bilingual knitting print and digital magazine founded by Meri and Tokuko and created in Japan. Amirisu plays an vital role in this international fiber community of ours, is a key player in this editorial and inspirational world and one of my favorites. Each issue features patterns in both Japanese and English accompanied by beautifully written articles and photography. Currently out is the Winter 2017 issue, with Iceland inspired essays, articles and designs from Alice Caetano, Ash Alberg, Bethany Hick, Courtney Cederholm, Enjolina Campbell, Fiona Alice, Melynda Bernardi and Rie.You can find this and past issues, along with Japanese knitting and sewing books, Tulip Needles and other notions in the Amirisu shop at and a selection of local yarn shops. And make sure to follow Amirisu on Instagram @amirisushop to keep up with all the going ons.

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Morgen Daily. You’ve won a copy of Shannon’s book Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously by Shannon Hayes and a subscription to Romi Hills 2016 eBook, ‘7 resizable shawls’. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Sylvia McFadden and Woolful and we’re giving away a copy of Sylvia’s book Shawl Joy and a skein of Woolful’s Cottage yarn, a 50/50 blend of Cormo and Organic Cotton, to three lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post.

Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Amanda February 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I’m so glad I found this space. Thank you.

  • Reply Dixie-Anne February 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Woolful’s Cottage Yarn looks fabulous. Love the natural colours in the skein and the transitional weight with cotton being added. I’ll be adding it to my wish list for sure! I’m really glad I found your RSS feed and have been visiting so many of your links on previous episodes. Thanks for all you do!

  • Reply Marina February 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Absolutely amazing episode! I adore Sylvia’s shawls! I’ve been following her on Instagram for the last year and learned so much!

  • Reply Susan Waugh February 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    A great podcast. So interesting to get to know Sylvia a little bit better.

  • Reply Kimberly Harbrecht February 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Woolful keeps me sane on a long commute. And this talk with Sylvia is so great!

  • Reply Michelle Good February 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win. I absolutely love the woolful podcast as well as Sylvia’s designs. Her shawls are always a favorite of mine to knit!

  • Reply allison February 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Such beautiful shawls! Thank you for the introduction to Sylvia. I can’t wait to listen to the episode.

  • Reply T February 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Nice! Great story. Looking forward to more books!

  • Reply Kimberley Miller February 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Vacation day today from work ( mental health day really) but I so enjoyed listening to this podcast. So many parts of this talk I felt were directed toward me. Either I took them as a wake up call or as gentle encouragement. I too can have the life I dream about…. thank you.

  • Reply Susan February 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Always nice to hear a fellow Canadian on the podcast.

  • Reply Susannah February 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I’d love to knit one of her shawls, especially to improve both my chart reading and kibitzing short rows!

  • Reply Sandra Gaunt February 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I adore Sylvia MCFadden’s shawls. It’s wonderful getting to know her better.

  • Reply Evey February 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    oh i love her shawls so much!! And a great shout out to Canadian talent 🙂

  • Reply Marybeth February 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Sylvia! Loved getting to know you on the Woolful podcast. Yes, I did indeed knit a Waiting for Rain, and love it so much. Beautiful pattern

  • Reply Emily Burkhardt February 15, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I’m making the Waiting for Rain shawl right now! I love Sylvia’s patterns and can’t wait to make all the shawls in the Shawl Joy book!

  • Reply Rose February 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I love Sylvia’s shawl patterns! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Reply Rain February 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Anyone who waits for rain alongside me is a kindred spirit! Enjoying the podcast so much and grateful for another fabulous giveaway!!

  • Reply Autumn Johnson February 15, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Loved this! Love her!

  • Reply Laurie February 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Wonderful episode. And the Woolful yarn looks yummy!

  • Reply Shayla February 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Just listened to the episode this afternoon. I’ve never knit a shawl, the book looks great!

  • Reply Fanny February 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Loved this episode, Sylvia seems so lovely and inspiring.

  • Reply Lulya February 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    It was a pleasure to read this article. These designers are so talented!

  • Reply Annie Wenstrup February 16, 2017 at 12:05 am

    This was wonderful to listen to. I appreciate the care that goes into crafting these episodes.

  • Reply Sara Jonsson February 16, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Interesting story and wonderful designs. I’m not a shalw-knitter but I want to make every one in the book!

  • Reply Linda February 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Loved the podcast. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Pat Collingwood February 16, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Lovely giveaway

  • Reply Elizabeth Haasy February 16, 2017 at 3:08 am

    I really loved this episode and what Sylvia had to say about your insecurities being your strengths! I resonate so deeply with that and wish I had made that connection years ago!

  • Reply Kate February 16, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I just love this book – I have yarn for 1 of them (waiting for rain) and would dearly like to knit a few more of them

  • Reply Rebecca February 16, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Great episode… I’m glad she is still giving back to other young people.

  • Reply Brenda February 16, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Thank you so much for this giveaway. The book looks soooo good. The yarn looks amazing too! Blessings!

  • Reply Gazelle Panchasi February 16, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Oooooh this looks so dreamy and Sylvia is a shawl knitter after my own heart. Knit big or go home!
    Big knitters love from dubai,

  • Reply Jenny February 16, 2017 at 5:32 am

    All the shawls in that book really are shawl joy!

  • Reply Loretta February 16, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I’m really loving hearing her story while I’m working miles of stockinette ❤

  • Reply Jane February 16, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Sylvia’s podcast, The Knitter Punks, always brought such a smile to my face. Her patterns are stunning and it has been so lovely to learn more about her and her journey.

  • Reply Sindy P February 16, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I’m a fan of Sylvia’s work and loved to hear about her way to design. I can relate , as I am also not a mathematical person..

  • Reply Susanne February 16, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I got to have a look through Sylvia’s shawl book while in the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria a couple of weeks ago – it looks gorgeous! Love listening to Woolful and your commitment to supporting sustainable yarns. Thank you!

  • Reply Diane February 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Wonderful interview with Sylvia, thank you. So very inspiring.

  • Reply Arianne February 16, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Another great giveaway. Crossing my fingers!

  • Reply Brittany February 16, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I have several of Sylvia’s shawls in my queue. Thank you for sharing her wonderful story.

  • Reply Marcia February 16, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Just lovely!

  • Reply Patty February 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I loved to hear Sylvia’s story. I loved how she learned how to knit from a person that she was mentoring. She gave that individual the ability to share a part of herself with her. Beautiful person and beautiful designs. Thank you for sharing this with the whole fiber community.

  • Reply virginia Sattler-Reimer February 16, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Wonderful episode! I love that Sylvia wears many hats, a woman of many passions! I think we sometimes think to be “legit” we have to have only one great interest or passion and make it our everything, but I think having more then one can bring balance and fuel the fire. Also, such amazing wisdom- what you are most insecure about is probably your greatest strength. I’ll be sitting with that pearl for awhile. Thank you!

  • Reply Kristin February 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Lovely episode, as always! There’s something so satisfying about knitting shawls.

  • Reply Barb February 16, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for introducing me to Sylvia and her wonderful designs.

  • Reply Aline February 16, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Finally got back to listening to Woolful podcasts and I’m so happy to have jumped back in on this one. The book that’s Sylvia has made looks gorgeous but hearing the story behind the creation made it even more so.

  • Reply Raychel Yearsley February 16, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Shawls definitely give me joy too! I’ve knitted more of them than anything else. The book looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Wendy P February 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I love all the designs in Shawl Joy, but have wanted to make Waiting for Rain from the first second I saw it!

  • Reply Rachel Palfini February 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I really appreciated what Sylvia said at the end. What makes you different is your strength. I’ve never heard someone say it so succinctly and simply. Thanks. It was the morning pick-me-up I needed. 🙂

  • Reply Myriam C. February 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I’m so glad I discovered your podcast, thanks again!

  • Reply Kezia Tenenbaum February 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Ahhh….Sylvia is a spark, an individual, so real. I loved hearing her speak. Thank you. I’m excited to check out her book!

  • Reply Julia February 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Very wise and encouraging words, and a life story deserving of great respect. Thanks!

  • Reply Beth Hendricks February 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I loved listening to Sylvia and her story! On of her patterns is our most popular beginner project at the shop where I work. It was really nice to put a personality with the pattern! Thanks for this and all your podcasts, they have become the highlight to most of my weeks!

  • Reply Kris Buddendorff February 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Love listening to these podcasts while I am running. Thank you for posting!

  • Reply BettyAnn Chavez February 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Really enjoying your podcast! Just discovered Woolful because I follow SoftSweaterKnits and Sylvia mentioned y’all. Glad she did 🙂

  • Reply BettyAnn Chavez February 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the podcasts. I’m reposting this because I typed the wrong email address on first one.

  • Reply Katie T February 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    These shawls are so beautiful. Sylvia, I loved hearing more about the behind the scenes with your first book. So inspiring!

  • Reply Jane E February 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Really enjoyed this podcast. Love love love Sylvia’s shawls!

  • Reply Karina Madden February 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Love this!!! My husband is a principal of an alternative school and he listened too.

    Blessings, Karina

  • Reply Frances Paki February 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Lovely interview. Sylvia’s sunlight shawl was the first shawl I knitted. And the designs on her new book are gorgeous.

  • Reply Carol February 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to Sylvia and her patterns. I love them! I’m excited to get started on one very soon!

  • Reply Jennifer February 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I love Sylvia’s patterns! Great podcast

  • Reply Julia February 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful yarn and lovely patterns! Thanks

  • Reply Tiffany H February 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    What an inspiring story, thank you for sharing!
    I loved her waiting for rain pattern but didn’t know she came out with a book. I will definitely have to check it out.

  • Reply Sherrie F February 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Delightful to meet Sylvia, such an inspiring, positive person! I so appreciate how welcoming, inclusive and diverse the fibre community is and how every member enriches and inspires the creative spirit in us all. I love Sylvia’s approach to design and knitting, and her wisdom that by accepting our perceived weaknesses is actually what makes us strong and unique. Thanks for the boost!

  • Reply Andrea February 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I love Sylvia’s work!

  • Reply Joanne Malherbe February 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I love this podcast and what Sylvia creates. Thank you woolful for knitting the fibre community together in such an awesome way. Jo

  • Reply Knittyship February 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    This episode really got me thinking about trends. Analytics wasn’t something I had ever thought about in regards to fibre arts before. Really enjoyed the listen. Thank you.

  • Reply Alli February 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Loved hearing about your (Sylvia’s) journey into knitting. while listening to the podcast i started thinking about my favorite shawl, waiting for rain, which I lost in Italy. Five minutes later I heard you mention waiting for rain and i realized i was listening to the designer! Serendipity or meant to be!

  • Reply Susan February 17, 2017 at 3:52 am

    What a wonderful story- resilience and following your own path- very inspiring. Thank you for your podcast.

  • Reply Meredith S February 17, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I’ve always admired the woolful yarn – it looks lovely!

  • Reply Kathleen Foley February 17, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Enjoyed this episode with Sylvia and cannot wait to start one of her shawls. She had me at “alternative knitter”.
    thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Yasmin February 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great interview! I’ve really liked her designs for awhile, great to hear the personality behind them!

  • Reply Sarah Chimblo February 17, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Great interview! It was great to hear about Sylvia’s process as a designer!

  • Reply Janna F February 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Thank you so much for interviewing Sylvia! I loved hearing her fiber story and process.

  • Reply Britney DeLeon February 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Sylvia has been one of the designers I have watched for a few years. Her style is definitely different and refreshing. I’m so glad she is coming to light on the popular page, because her designs stand out and I think will push others to step out of their box! I have had the fossil and bone shawl pattern for a while, with the imperial yarn in natural read to knit up when ever I am brave enough! Eek this makes me excited.

    Also this was a really engaging episode. Some people are just great story tellers and I feel like Sylvia is very relatable and so kind. All these Canadian knitters, making me wish I was so cool Lol

  • Reply Tiffany Szymanski February 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    How lovely of a giveaway!!! I’ve been in love with this shawl collection since it came out!! Thank you ladies!

  • Reply Zsuzsa February 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Your podcast will be my Friday afternoon treat to accompany my knitting with tea. Thank you!

  • Reply Antonella February 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    What a pleasure to listen to this new (to me!) voice: inspiring and very much unique in both her own journey and wisdom. Thanks for another fine episode!

  • Reply Katie Schippers February 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Really enjoyed this success story! Way to go Sylvia for carving out this life for yourself.

  • Reply Suzi in MI February 17, 2017 at 10:19 am

    The “Water” shawl is now on my must-knit list.

  • Reply Clare February 17, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Really loved hearing Sylvia’s story!

  • Reply Frauke von Ahrentschildt February 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for another lovely episode! Time passes by so quickly while listening and knitting. Thanks to you my trainride felt like short pause from the hectic day!

  • Reply Elisabeth Varga February 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Oh i love waiting for rain! Beautiful shawls and wonderful podcast. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Liz Alma February 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Love Softsweaterknits designs. They are so beautiful and flowing.
    I’d be thrilled to win her book!

  • Reply Stacy February 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Enjoyed hearing Sylvia’s story. Love her designs. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Julienna Brooks February 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I feel so fortunate to have found this podcast! I’m looking forward to making some of these shawls!

  • Reply Anna February 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Another wonderful episode. I always look forward to them and listening to Sylvia was inspiring. Thank you!

  • Reply Dee February 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    lovely. I so look forward to new podcasts. Thank you so much for doing them.

  • Reply Genevieve February 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Wonderful podcast & lovely yarn.

  • Reply Beth February 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I love seeing my home state of NH in the listings for this recent podcast!!!

  • Reply Vivienne February 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing Sylvia’s story! I very much enjoyed this episode.

  • Reply Bri February 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I love how Sylvia emphasized our insecurities are often out greatest strengths. It’s such a refreshing reminder that there are so many different ways to do things and whoever you are, embrace yourself!

  • Reply Debbie A February 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Really enjoyed hearing Sylvia’s story!

  • Reply Genevieve R Depa February 18, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Enjoyed this story! congrats Sylvia!! I have a difficult time reading charts!!

  • Reply Liz M February 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Thank you very much for the podcast. This was very inspirational.

  • Reply Amber February 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Such great shawls!

  • Reply samantha spigos February 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for this episode, Ashley (and Sylvia). I’m not on social media anymore, so your podcast is a genuine tool of mine for discovery + inspiration about who + what is out there. It’s one thing to keep abreast of fiber books being published, but to hear the voices and backstory is such a gift! I found this episode immensely inspiring. Happy February!

  • Reply Jayne Kellogg February 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Sylvia’s thoughts about strengths and weaknesses is inspiring. Thank you for introducing us to this amazing young woman.

  • Reply Cathy February 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Great conversation!

  • Reply Edith February 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I was one of those who fell head over heels in love with Waiting for Rain and knit one with Sweet Fibre yarn – gifted to my Mom. Loved hearing about Sylvia’s journey – thank you again, Ashley!

  • Reply Penny February 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Wonderful episode! I enjoyed hearing the behind the scenes story of Sylvia’s shawl designs and book. Thanks for the chance to win her book.

  • Reply Traci February 18, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Just love every single podcast. Another great story.

  • Reply Elise February 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Great to hear such an open, fearless account of Sylvia’s life and design path! So positive and uplifting. Thanks!

  • Reply asteride February 19, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Love Sylvia patterns! Thanks for the chance to win the book!
    asteride on Ravelry

  • Reply colleen February 19, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Another really wonderful episode. I have not come across Sylvia’s work before. Thank you for introducing me to this intuitive designer.

  • Reply Calypso February 19, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I love reading charts, instead I find difficult to read instructions for lace. Thank you for another nice podcast!

  • Reply Vicki February 19, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Great story. I saw a picture on Instagram of one of the shawls tossed in the air-I need to wear more shawls and knit this one to begin the trend in my wardrobe.

  • Reply Donna February 19, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I love your podcast and hearing about the lives of the fiber folk you interview. I looked over Sylvia’s work and I am really interested in trying out 1 or 2 of her rain series of shawls. Very unique!

  • Reply Cara February 19, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I loved this episode! Something about Sylvia’s story really resonated with me. What an amazing human being. Thank you for the amazing work that you do to bring us these stories. I needed to hear this. Hychka

  • Reply Peggy February 19, 2017 at 8:21 am

    An awesome interview! Sylvia’s soul and enthusiasm are precious, so creative! I’ve had a couple of her shawls in “my favorites” Ashley what you do for us knitters in terms of creating the personal connection between designer and knitter is so gratifying.

  • Reply Emilie Elizabeth February 19, 2017 at 10:08 am

    An inspiration as always! I love other young people with so much passion and drive!

  • Reply Nancy February 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I really enjoyed this interview. The photographing of the shawls as they are thrown into the air is great!!!

  • Reply ikkinlala February 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I love those shawls!

  • Reply Eileen February 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    what a lovely interview! As i have been jumping back into knitting, listening to this podcast while working on my sweater has been a great combination

  • Reply Lori A Graham February 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    dear ashley, i’ve probably said this before, but this really was my favorite episode!

    dear sylvia, i loved this, meeting you and listening to your story, made me have tears and smile and want to knit all your things. shawls are my forever favorite too. congratulations on your book, can’t wait to win/buy it (laughing, it will 100% be one or the other). 🙂

  • Reply Clare February 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Loved hearing Sylvia’s story. Great episode!

  • Reply Monica February 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    What a great story, so glad things worked out so well for Sylvia. Love her designs!

  • Reply Monica February 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    What a great story, so glad things worked out so well for Sylvia. Love her designs! Would love her book!

  • Reply Shannon Yeaton February 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Loved hearing Sylvia’s honesty and openness about her life and journey! Thank you!

  • Reply Micheline Proctor February 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    What an especially great interview! Thank you!

  • Reply Ainhoa February 20, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I loved hearing Sylvia about how she’s got to where she is now and how she published her first book all by herself. So impressive! I have been an admiror for so long! Looking forward to what’s coming up next with her. And of course, thank you for the chance to win her book. It’s been on my wish list since it came out.

  • Reply Lulu February 20, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Yes! Me too, I spend a lot of time on Ravelry, and I appreciate that Sylvia is so accurate in her research. Thank you for another very pleasant episode.
    lulufree on Ravelry

  • Reply Christine Nordell February 20, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I enjoy your podcasts very much so cool to photograph while tossing the shawls.

  • Reply Maaike February 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. It was touching and full of strength. Very nice to get to know Sylvia better and to be able to listen and learn from these great podcasts!! Love Sylvia’s shawl designs and the book looks awesome, so love to participate in the give away. Have a nice day, both of you!

  • Reply Noelle Jenkins February 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Great episode. I am getting into shawl knitting. I have a great lace one (also my first lace project) nearly done, but I am running out of yarn. The yarn I chose was a hand dyed hand spun that was one of a kind. I have another skein from the same spinner that would be a nice color complement to make the final edge, but it is a lot thinner. I’m trying to decide if I should hold 2 strands together so it will make a similar weight or attempt to ply it. I don’t want to lose the definition of the lace on the final few rows and also don’t want the triangle shawl to turn out misshapen. Does anyone who successfully uses different yarns in projects have suggestions?

  • Reply Kelsey February 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Wonderful episode, as always. ☺

  • Reply Tina Woodward February 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Great interview! I led a Waiting for Rain KAL in my LYS–it’seems one of my favorite recent knits from last year!

  • Reply Cait February 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Great Episode Ashley!

  • Reply Cindy Koepke February 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for another great episode and the giveaway! I’m late to the shawl party, only made one so far, but would love to make more. So pretty and great to snuggle up around my necks and shoulders.

  • Reply Leia February 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Lovely interview. I had to go look at the shawls, they are beautiful!

  • Reply Lesley Barnewall February 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Fantastic. My favourite times – spinning and listening to Woolful’s podcast.

  • Reply Jane February 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Great episode. Really inspiring. Can’t wait to explore her shawls.

  • Reply Danielley February 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you for another great episode!

  • Reply Debbie G (Fiberfriend) February 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    All of Sylvia Mcfaddens Shawls are so beautiful and emit so much beautiful energy that I don’t know which one I’m going to knit first… I can just feel love oozing out of all of them 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey Cox February 21, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Sylvia was inspiring to listen to, I have heard a couple of interviews with her now and each time i have really enjoyed hearing her talk about a creative life. Woolful is a new to me podcast as well and one I will add to my favourites list.

  • Reply Tasha February 21, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for a great episode! It was really inspiring hearing about the unconventional life Sylivia has found for herself. Her designs are totally beautiful too and so interesting. I’d love to win a copy of her book if the giveaway is still open!

  • Reply ALI February 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the terrific podcast and lovely giveaways. Syilvia’s shawls are beautiful and they reflect her attitude and giving nature.

  • Reply Diane February 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    What a wonderful human being!

  • Reply Kate February 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I was winding yarn for a Waiting For Rain shawl while listening to this episode, only to find out I’m listening to the designer. What a wonderful coincidence!

  • Reply Jennifer Lee February 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Inspired again. Thank you for bringing another great story.

  • Reply Judy Flores February 22, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Great episode, I find Sylvia so inspiring!

  • Reply Caroline Vogl February 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Lovely episode! One of my favorites!

  • Reply Joann Russell February 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I enjoyed listening to this podcast and learning more about Sylvia. I also work with kids who have had lots of difficulty in their young lives, so I find Sylvia’s experiences to be so meaningful and inspiring! Congratulations to you for following your own path and and for being a mentor to others.

  • Reply Mary Klute February 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I just love your podcast! I’m contemplating dipping my toe into shawl knitting and I would be thrilled to win this prize! Maryklute on ravelry.

  • Reply Melissa F February 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Such an inspiring episode, thank you!
    Rav Id: pik2nit

  • Reply Sara M Scott February 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I was inspired by the final minutes when Sylvia talked about her weaknesses as her strengths. I have a daughter who is similar to Sylvia in many ways (esp math!). It’s taken me a long time to see her differences as gifts vs frustrations. Thank you! Ravelry: sarascott7

  • Reply Paola February 23, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Thank you Ahsley for such a lovely episode, anfor introducing us to Sylvia; her story and her journey are truly inspiring and prove how important self-esteem and friendship are to overcoming whatever life throws at us.

  • Reply Judy February 23, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Thank you, Ashley, for bringing another great backstory about people in the fiber industry. Also, I find the Cormo.Cotton blend very intriguing.

  • Reply Teresa in Texas February 23, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Another lovely podcast! I have so enjoyed getting to know the interesting variety of fiber artists you feature in your podcasts and Sylvia was no exception. They have all broadened my love for knitting and given me a greater appreciation for the fibers used. Thank you for consistently producing such a great podcast.

  • Reply Naomi February 23, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for another inspiring podcast and being introduced to a wonderful designer.

  • Reply Josh B. February 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

    This podcast is amazing, and these shawls are gorgeous!

  • Reply Julie Davidson February 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I do feel joyful when I look at Sylvia’s shawls!

  • Reply Amanda Minalgo February 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I love Sylvia’s designs-great episode!

  • Reply Suzanne February 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    This was such a captivating interview. What i loved was learning the story behind Sylvia’s designs and how she came into her own as a designer. She has some great insights.

  • Reply Emma Treleaven February 24, 2017 at 5:20 am

    It was so nice to hear the story behind the shawls I have been wanting to knit! Great to hear about the fibre community in Vancouver too. Thanks Sylvia and Ashley!

  • Reply Lynn February 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Just love your podcasts! I listen to them while at work doing mundane financial stuff! What a treat to meet Sylvia – she’s adorable!

  • Reply Kim February 25, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Great podcast! I appreciated Syvia’s advice at the end.

  • Reply Tina Bury February 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

    So inspirational! I’m a long time listener, but first time commenter. I enjoyed hearing about Sylvia’s journey and the work she does with “at risk” youth in the creative fields, how empowering! Empowerment is what first made me a maker.

  • Reply Brooke Parkhurst February 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I so enjoyed this podcast! It was refreshing to hear from a real person who’d been through the wringer and come out – and is doing so much good, in addition to so many beautiful things!! Thank you!

  • Reply Becky February 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Looks like a beautiful book! I enjoyed the interview.

  • Reply Hannah Marsh February 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Really amazing to meet the face behind SoftSweaterKnits. I have always wanted to knit the Waiting for Rain Shawl.

  • Reply knittingandsljivovica February 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I found this amazing podcast via sloomb fan chat. Thank you!

  • Reply Danna Brennfoerder February 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    What a lovely collection of shawls!

  • Reply Jason Schultz February 28, 2017 at 3:55 am

    I always get so excited when a new episode of this podcast hits iTunes! I’m knitting my first shawl right now, so the giveaway book really excites me.

  • Reply Alysha Hile February 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I love Sylvia’s patterns and have several in my queue. Shawl Joy has been on my list since it was published, it looks scrumptious 🙂

  • Reply Zoe February 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    What a truly wonderful conversation to listen to. I am so inspired by Sylvia’s story. Thank you so much for sharing it. And I love her designs. They are so beautiful. Thank you both for this opportunity and conversation. Such a wonderfully positive story.
    Warmly – Zoë

  • Reply Stephanie D March 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    In shawl mode! Thanks as always for the inspiration.

  • Reply Dee March 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Love this episode. More more more. Please.

  • Reply Shannon Yeaton March 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Lovely as always, inspiring and beautiful! Thank you!!

  • Reply Savannagal March 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for another interesting podcast. It’s nice to hear about people living the dream.

  • Reply Madeleine March 3, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I found Sylvia quite charming! And I liked that she was complimentary to us knitters of a grandmotherly age. Now to happily check out her designs.

  • Reply Anna March 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

    This was definitely one of my favorite episodes. So many of the points that were brought up were so refreshing to hear, especially the discussion about self-esteem. Loving your beautiful shawls Sylvia and also loving the incredible, diverse group of fiber folk you have interviewed Ashley!!

  • Reply Stephanie Sicat March 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you, Sylvia for sharing details of your life, what’s been a struggle and how you’ve evolved and found your own place in the now. Your story is inspiring, especially being able to express experiencing feelings of vulnerabilities; your story resonates with me. Best wishes and thanks to Woolful!

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