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Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 48: Kate Gagnon Osborn & Courtney Kelley – Floundering, destiny, The Fibre Company yarns and Kelbourne Woolens

February 17, 2016


Sponsor: Designs by Romi came about serendipitously in 2005 when designer Romi Hill began creating a collection of simple and elegant shawl pins as a solution to her problem of the shawls she’d worked so hard on, not staying put. What started as a bespoke side project, soon turned into passion, leading to knitwear designs many of us have come to love. Romi’s style transcends the common wardrobe, appealing to both novice and seasoned knitters. Her most recent book “New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces” is a celebration of lace, a brilliant collection incorporating lace patterns with some of our favorite yarns…including The Fibre Company yarns. Make sure to check out New Lace Knitting on Ravelry or your local yarn shop. And this weekend if you find yourself at Stitches West, make sure to stop by and say hi to Romi in person who will be at the Verb for Keeping Warm booth #917,919 and 921, where they will be presenting a new mystery shawl kit which includes 2 skeins of A Verb for Keeping Warm naturally dyed yarn, a limited edition shawl pin by Romi and the first clue for the mystery shawl…all wrapped up in a special Stitches West project bag. For those who can’t make it to Stitches, you’ll be able to find these kits on the Verb website. You’ll also find a few limited edition yarns, new patterns and pins and a Romi and Verb trunk show. You can find Design by Romi at and follow her on Instagram @romidesigns


Fiber folk: Just listen to today’s episode and you’ll hear the spirit behind Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn and it makes complete sense how Kelbourne Woolens came to be…two great minds, inspiring design, gumption and of course the wonderful Fibre Company yarns. Sometimes you just need to take the leap, and you might just find you’re no longer floundering and have happened upon a fulfilling life in wool. You can find Courtney and Kate at and on Instagram @kelbournewoolens.

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Sponsor: Brooklyn General Store was created in 2002 and is owned and operated by Catherine Clark. Tucked away on a sweet block West of the Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill neighborhoods, Brooklyn General Store is the enchanting fiber and textile emporium we all dream of. Dreams full of wooly goodness, yards and yards of fabric, felt, dyes, patterns, tools, and handmade gifts. A little old and a little new…a classic general store for the maker who loves to make their own everything. With a charming studio, the shop hosts a variety of wonderful classes taught by special folks including Cal Patch, Nguyen Le, Heather Love and many more. With it’s floor to ceiling shelves, old rolling ladders, and old wood floors, it feels as though you’ve stepped into a wooly wonderland…I so wish I lived closer and could adopt this shop as my own lys, but thankfully they have an online shop filled to the brim with all of their fiber and sewing goods and gifts…including the Fibre Company yarns. So if you’re in the Brooklyn area or just passing through, visit Brooklyn General Store in person and find them online at and on Instagram @brooklyngeneralstore


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Rose, you’ve won a $25 gift certificate from Craft South. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Designs by Romi and Kelbourne Woolens and we’re giving away a copy of Romi Hill’s book “New Lace Knitting” along with 4 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Terra yarn to make the Chinquapin pattern found in Romi’s book.


Music by Jónsi.