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Episode 64: Takako Ueki – Japanese childhood, Catholic boarding school, discovering in America, fiber fascination, and Habu

July 28, 2016


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Sponsor: Knit Purl is a wonderfully motivating yarn shop in Portland, Oregon founded by Darcy Cameron in 2004, with the intention to create a unique curated experience for yarn buyers. They’ve worked closely with local, regional and international makers and designers to provide a one of a kind experience, to fuel creativity for fiber and design enthusiasts. Each month they offer a great calendar of classes and events, and every other Wednesday you can join other fiber folk for Knit Night at 6pm. Make sure to stop by in person when in Portland and shop their large selection of yarns including Habu yarns at And find them on Instagram @knitpurlpdx

And from now until July 31st, Knit Purl is offering a 10% discount on all lace weight yarns, including some of our favorite Habu yarns. Use the code LACE2016 in all caps during checkout.


Fiber folk: Fiber fascination is something we can all relate too, discovering new yarns both rustic and soft…but Takako of Habu Textiles and yarns takes that fascination to a completely new level, resulting in over a hundred varieties of silk, stainless steel, paper, linen, bamboo, cotton, hemp and even pineapple fiber. If you’ve ever come across Habu in your local yarn shop and stood in wonder at all these incredible yet sometimes intimidating yarns and wondered who is behind all this? Well that someone is Takako Ueki, and she’s a wonder in herself. I hope you’ll be inspired by her story and explore her amazing yarns and all the gorgeous garments and projects designed in them. You can find Takako at and on Instagram @habutextiles.

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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank today’s sponsor again, Knit Purl. Along with their impactful presence as a local yarn shop in Portland, Oregon, they’ve put together a dream collection of yarns in their online shop, including some of my favorites, Woolfolk, Habu, Brooklyn Tweed, Sincere Sheep, Swans Island and Twirl. To find these yarns, along with patterns and notions visit And through the end of this month, Knit Purl is celebrating Lace Month, use code LACE2016 for 10% all lace yarns.


In Residence: I’m excited to finally share the newest addition to the Woolful podcast, In Residence. Each quarter we’ll be joined by a farmer, designer, entrepreneur and artist in residence…discussing topics and questions asked by you the listeners. This week we’ll be hearing from photographer in residence, Kathy Cadigan…superb photographer, stunning knitter, and a great listener and friend. Our questions this week comes from Amy Tozer, you can find Amy on Instagram @urban_farm_wife.

Amy asks: How do you approach photographing knitwear? Do you try to capture the garment or are you trying to evoke a feeling? With pattern photography, I feel the need to create both compelling photographs, but also honest and complete photographs of a garment, and sometimes these are separate photographs. I would love to hear all about Kathy’s process. Does she do the styling, or does the designer do that?

Tune in to listen to Kathy’s reply. You can find Kathy at and on Instagram @kathycad


Shop update: It’s been a long time since I’ve given an update on the Woolful Mercantile, my little shop of farm yarns. As we begin to gear up for Fall I’ll be sharing a variety of new and restocked yarns, all of which I’m very excited about. Check later this week for all the updates. 

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Michelle, you’ve won 10 skeins of Wool Days Scout yarn and a copy of cabinfour’s sock pattern Sunday Morning Socks. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Habu and they’re giving away a bag of assorted Habu yarns to three listeners. This is an excellent opportunity to experience a taste of all Habu has to offer. To enter and be one of the three winners, leave a comment on this blog post.


Music by Jónsi.