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Episode 67: Astrid Troland and Caroline Skadhauge – Scandinavian roots, partnership, au naturel and Biches & Bûches

September 16, 2016



Sponsor: Tucked away into the heart of Leelanau County, where cherry trees, centennial farms and wine grapes meet the shores of Lake Michigan, is a knitter’s paradise and that place is Wool & Honey. 

Wool & Honey’s focus is on thoughtful companies who add their own stories to our little spot in the world–brands that highlight fibers that mirror the exquisite natural beauty of their area. Michigan fiber artists are paramount—and their selection of locally grown, dyed, spun yarns and fiber is unparalleled. The hive is the center of it all–it’s home. Home to bees of all ages and ability levels, each adding a bit of shine to a vibrant community. Every day, these tiny workers gather pollen–powdery bits of fluff–and with a little time and effort, transform it into gorgeous, golden nectar. How similar we knitters are to the bee! Taking nothing more than two sticks and a string, we create warmth and comfort, fabric to clothe and decorate our bodies.

On September 27th from 7-9pm, Stephen West will be spending an evening at Wool & Honey, sipping cocktails, trying on his huge collection of knitted samples and listening to Stephen share the Westknits story. This event is free and everyone is welcome, so make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss this special evening and the big giveaway of the night, a HUGE basket filled with Stephen’s favorite yarns. Make sure to visit for more info on this and another exciting event in October, when Jared Flood and Julie Hoover of Brooklyn Tweed visit. Join them for brunch, knitting and tricks and tips and end the evening with a cocktail party. Tickets go on sale this month, so make sure to join the Wool and Honey newsletter and follow along on Instagram @woolandhoney.


Fiber folk: When I first happened upon the mother-daughter collaboration Biches & Bûches, I was starstruck. The nature inspired aesthetic and wholesome knits looked as if they had appeared out of one of my wooly dreams…or Pinterest boards and belonged in my wardrobe. But even better is the story behind this partnership, where they started and where they’re headed. Beginning with their Scandinavian roots, Astrid and Caroline have created something quite beautiful and moving…and I hope you’re as inspired as I. You can find Biches & Bûches at and on Instagram at @bichesetbuches

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Sponsor: Montana Green Insulation is located in Malta, Montana and is a family run operation, by Thayne Mackey, his wife and two children. In 2009 Thayne and his family downsized their farm and started Brookside Woolen Mill where they create their wool insulation product. They run an organic wool processing operation, with high efficiency heating systems, solar water heaters, recycling and settling ponds for waste water, bio-degradable soaps and eco-friendly disposal systems for the vegetable wastes produced by sheep. Their woolen products include Montana Green Sheep Wool Insulation, Reclamation and Revegetation Mats, and Bio-wix wattles and booms for petroleum spills on land and in water. We used the wool insulation for our yurt platform and decided to do so because of the incredible properties of wool insulation and it’s R-value. I hope you’ll consider learning more about wool insulation and using it for your next building project. Find Montana Green Insulation at and listen to Thayne’s fiber journey in episode 43


Fall/Winter Woolful KnitalongIt’s been nearly a year since I’ve hosted a knit along and the Fall/Winter season seems the perfect time to start anew in some wooly pursuits. I’ve found the hardest thing with knitalongs is to keep up…the intention is there, but then life happens; work, deadlines, family, new projects…and you loose steam and often the project goes unfinished. So a yearly instead of quarterly knit along seems more fitting. We’ll still have relative dates set for prizes and such, but if it takes us the whole year, so be it. 

So beginning November 1st, let’s celebrate the cooler seasons with a Biches & Bûches inspired knitalong, casting on one of their patterns, kits or with one of their yarns. You choose how you’d like to join the knitalong and then we’ll get started. Visit to be inspired and look for more details in an upcoming podcast and blog post. 


Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Beth Everson, you’ve won the Yarnicorn Cowl pattern and kit from Knit Collage. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Biches & Bûches and they’re giving away their newest project kit that’s yet to be released, their first Winter mittens kit. The winner will receive a kit in the color combination of their choice, which includes two balls of Biches & Bûches Petite yarn. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.


Music by Jónsi.


Woolfolk FW16: LØS and KURV

September 8, 2016

How is it September already? It’s officially Fall here on the ranch, and on the turn of a dime. Last week we went from the 90s to the low 50s…leaves are turning and falling…the stove has been lit…all the animals are ready for hay…and my knits are out of the drawers. Mmm I love this time of year, and even more so when the seasons are so distinct and welcoming.

I’ve actually been dreaming about this time of year since January when I began designing two pieces for Woolfolk’s FW16 collection, which made its debut today. What an honor to be alongside inspirational folks such as Julie Hoover, Michele Wang, Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Laura Chau, Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Antonia Shankland.

But none of this would be possible without the dynamo that is Kristin Ford, creator of Woolfolk – a woman with impeccable taste, skilled designer, cattle rancher, arborist, and friend who’s always good for a laugh. You can listen to her story here.

So without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce LØS and KURV.

LØS is a simple pullover that incorporates sequence knitting principals, specifically a serpentine pattern. I was inspired to design this piece after getting to know Cecelia Campochiaro and her book, Sequence Knitting. Woolfolk yarn makes the perfect pairing. You can find LØS, here on Ravelry.


KURV is an oversized study in the relationship between Får and Hygge, worked in a low contrast diagonal weave pattern, creating a lofty all encompassing scarf. This design had been floating around in my head for nearly two years and when I received my first skein of Hygge, I knew this was the yarn to make it happen. You can find KURV, here on Ravelry.

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And here are a few of my favorites from the collection, though each are so lovely in their own way.

woolfolk_fw16BIRK by Olga Buraya-Kefelian // DRYS by Melanie Berg


TORV by Antonia Shankland // REB by Norah Gaughan

And last but not least, here is a list of past Woolful podcast sponsors and friends who stock all these amazing Woolfolk yarns and patterns.

A Verb for Keeping Warm
Purl Soho
Fancy Tiger Crafts
My Sister Knits
Brooklyn General
River Colors Studio
Knit Purl
Blazing Needles
Tolt Yarn and Wool
Cream City Yarn
Loop London





Fiber friends: cabinfour and my shawl addiction

February 8, 2015

In the past several months I’ve developed a bit of a shawl addiction. It all started with a photo Lori posted last July when she deemed Wednesday’s “Wear your shawl Wednesday”. I actually had never really considered knitting shawls, I’m not entirely certain why, but that post opened a whole new world for me. All the sudden they were everywhere and everyone was knitting or wearing one. So I cast on a shawl that night, after meticulously finding a very intimidating pattern, full of many charts. I worked on it off and on for a couple months and then ended up frogging it, deciding I needed to start with something simple. Modern, fresh, clean and simple. It was then that one of my favorite designers, Deneise of cabinfour released her “Pure” shawl pattern. It was perfect. I had a stash to use up and a 17hr road trip to knit my little heart out. That was just the beginning.


Next up was the textured shawl by Orlane. I began this as a Christmas for my mother, knit with 3-ply Beaverslide in a beautiful eggplant color. I am nearly done with this one, I made it very large, to help keep her extra cozy with those cold Idaho Winters.


In January we had the first Woolful Knitalong, which featured the Nordic Wind shawl pattern, also by cabinfour. I came across this pattern when looking for one to knit up with the most beautiful Lopi from Greenbow Farms, which I was fortunate enough to have some to carry in the shop. Even better, my friend Annie had picked the same pattern to knit with her Greenbow Lopi…so I knew it would make the perfect knitalong pattern. Boy were we right! There were so many incredible Nordic Wind projects made last month, I couldn’t believe it…and in so many beautiful yarns.

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Now it’s February. I was anxious to cast on another shawl for myself and when we got the Moeke yarns in the shop I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them…cabinfour’s Wapiti shawl. It’s the perfect blend of two soft neutral colors and light weight, which is great for living and layering in San Francisco. The Moeke yarns are more rustic than most I knit with, but the Wapiti was a perfect match. Thankfully I’m able to wear the more rustic yarns next to my skin, although most of the time I tend to wear my shawls on my shoulders anyhow.

And this brings us to today. You may have seen a few sneak peeks Deneise shared via her Instagram, of a new pattern she’s been working on, the Farmhouse shawl. I was lucky enough to be a sort of fly on the wall, getting to watch a bit of the journey this shawl took from inspiration and conception to this now stunning design. Deneise, your ability to deliver the most elegant simplicity astounds me. It’s knit up with one of my all time favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed. And fringe! Needless to say, yes, this too has been added to my queue.



So I started a new years resolution…I will always have a shawl or wrap in progress. It’s the perfect project to pickup when you’re in need of good wool therapy or waiting for that sweater swatch to dry. And one can never have too many shawls, I’m convinced.

Sidenote: Farm yarns often come in small batches and so we sold out of the Greenbow quite fast. I’ve started a waiting list for folks who’d like to know when we have it back in stock which will be closer to the Fall. Email me if you’d like to be added to the list, hello ( at ) woolful ( dot ) com