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Episode 27: Brittany Cole Bush – Modern shepherding, Land stewarding, Urban grazing, and Holistic hides

June 23, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twenty-seventh episode of the Woolful podcast. Each and every week I’m so eager to introduce you to a special guest and this week I’m as excited as ever…meet modern pastoral maiden, Brittany Cole Bush.

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors for this week’s episode, Kismet Fiber Works. A collaboration between Angie LeNoir and Stephanie Stotts of Buchanan Virginia, Kismet Fiber Works sources their fibers from local, family owned farms and a Women’s Cooperative in Tajikistan. They recently launched a very special new yarn called Rooted, a minimally processed Alpaca yarn made of fiber from Stephanie’s family farm and milled at Echoview Mill in North Carolina. They’ve also released a series of beautiful patterns that highlight the unique qualities of Rooted, make sure to check these out on Ravelry. This is a yarn with a story…and one you really need to experience for yourself. You can find Kismet at and on Instagram @kismetfiberworks.


Fiber folk: It’s been wonderful to follow Brittany’s journey on a local level, being that she and her operation are located here in the Bay Area. When she reached out earlier this year and shared what she was up to, I knew you all would enjoy hearing about it just as much as I. Brittany is a self proclaimed Shepherdess, pastoring flocks and purveying fleeces. Her enthusiasm for everything from landscape to animals to people is infectious and I hope you’ll be just as inspired by her story as I was. You can find Brittany at and on Instagram @brittanycolebush and @shepherdesshides.






Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a follow up to last week’s question: “If you could work within the fiber industry what would you choose?” We had some great answers from Leanne @leannecoppola, Amy @urban_farm_wife, Barbara @stixandstring, Beatrice @threadandladle, and Sonja @atreebytheriver.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Kathleen! You’ve won Hannah Fettig’s new book Home and Away, and yarn for the pattern of your choice from Quince and Co. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored Kismet Fiber Company, and we’re giving away the beautiful Flambeau shawl kit, which includes the Flambeau pattern and Kismet’s Rooted yarn. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the post page.


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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank our other episode sponsor, Ambatalia. Created by Molly de Vries and located in Mill Valley California. Ambatalia has had a rich history, with it’s roots as a modern ecological textile good company, focused on pioneering sustainable, multi-use, everyday linens to support a non-disposable life. I know many of you are familiar with the popular Bento Bags, created by Molly for so many uses…from produce to project bags. They’re so handy, much like everything else in Molly’s shop, including the smocks and aprons I’ve had my eye on for some time. Make sure and visit Ambatalia in person when in Mill Valley and find all the goods in the online shop at and on Instagram @ambatalia.


Knitalong: Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the details of the newest Woolful Knitalong on the blog. Beginning July 1st we’ll spend the next couple months knitting a pattern from Hannah Fettig’s book, Home and Away. And the best part? You get to pick the pattern! So start looking for the pattern you want to knit, get your yarn in order and check back for more details on Wednesday.


Events: I wanted to bring your attention to a few events taking place. On June 27th, the first annual Eastside Fiber Festival will be held in Nashville. Organized by Meg Anderson of Nutmeg, it’s sure to be a wonderful time. So if you’re in the Nashville area, make sure to stop by and support these fiber folks doing something amazing.

Also on June 27th, if you’re in the Grand Rapids area, make sure to visit Have Company who is having a release party from 4-8pm, celebrating the launch of the newest addition to this lovely shop, yarn, yarn and more yarn. You’ll find a beautiful selection of Quince and Co and Camellia Fiber Co yarns, and Brittany needles…so go have what’s sure to be a great time!


Music by Jónsi.

Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 17: Kristine Vejar and Molly de Vries – Indian textiles, natural dyeing, perfection and living a non-disposable life

March 31, 2015

I’m very excited to share the 17th episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two wonderful fiber folk from here in the bay area, both women I’ve really loved getting to know and have had a special part in contributing to this community on both a local and global scale…Molly de Vries of Ambatalia and Kristine Vejar of A Verb For Keeping Warm.


Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Knitterly, a very special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California and online at I am always so amazed at the well curated selection of yarns, fibers and classes Shelli works so hard to provide all us fiber enthusiasts. Make sure to visit when in Petaluma and online at


Fiber folk 1: Kristine has had a beautiful fiber journey, from India to Oakland and many places in-between. She’s has built a yarn, fiber and fabric shop, A Verb For Keeping Warm, where her days are often spent growing and honing her natural dye business. She’ll be releasing a book soon on natural dyeing, which I can’t wait to dive into. You can find her at and on Instagram @avfkw.


Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a question, shared by Karli in our Raverly group. “If you were on a budget for your fiber goods, how would you go about continuing to buy and use natural/local yarns?” One of our Man on the Street team members Abby @abbygoodknits, had a great answer.

Fiber folk 2: Our next guest, Molly is so passionate and honest, which I’ve come to love as I’ve gotten to know her. She has a beautiful journey in self discovery and part of that has translated into her impactful business, Ambatalia. She’s on a mission to spread the love and simple pleasures of a non-disposable life. You can find her at and on Instagram @ambatalia.


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Taralynn Dixon! You’ve won a 2 year subscription to Taproot Magazine. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Ambatalia, and we’re giving away a collection of 5 assorted bento bags, which work perfect as project bags, as reusable bulk food bags or to carry any variety of special goods. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.


Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the March knit along of the Moto vest. Tomorrow we’ll be kicking off the April knit along, a fun quick knit for kids and bunny lovers alike. We’ll be knitting Beau the Bunny, my newest Little Woolens pattern, a small toy bunny who’s ready for Spring. You can find more details on our Woolful Ravelry group and I’ll be posting a blog post launching the knit along as well.




Music by Jónsi.

Transcription coming soon!