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Episode 46: Max Bainbridge & Abigail Booth – London, Amish inspiration, traditional crafts, and Forest and Found

January 21, 2016

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Sponsor: Old Homestead Alpacas is a beautiful homestead built in the 1870’s, located in Walla Walla Washington and now owned and operated by Elaine Vandiver and her husband. They’re creating a wonderful and welcoming place, with visions to live off the land and share their goods with their local community and beyond, including their gorgeous alpaca fiber and yarn. But their dreams go much deeper, and their story even deeper still. Elaine is an Iraq War vet and her husband a soldier in the National Guard, and as members of the Farmer Veterans Coalition, they are hopeful that this year they will be able to partner with their local VA hospital to start a program to bring returning combat vets suffering from PTSD and other service related trauma to the farm, sharing with them the incredible opportunity and purpose a career in farming can bring…something they themselves have found to be positively life changing. I encourage you to visit Old Homestead Alpacas on Facebook at Facebook.com/oldhomesteadalpacas, on Instagram @oldhomesteadalpacas and their lovely shop full of alpaca goodness at etsy.com/shop/oldhomesteadalpacas

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Fiber folk: Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth have built a life and business together in East London. Max is a woodworker and Abigail a natural dyer and quilter, and despite their individual practices seeming very different – their roots in traditional craft and the natural environment make them a perfect combo. It’s been a pleasure to follow their journey this past year as they’ve built their business and explored the different facets of making. You can find them at forest-and-found.com and on Instagram @forestandfound. And with that, here’s Max and Abigail…

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Sponsor: 6 Bits Storybooks, is a digital quarterly publication for knitters who love to immerse themselves deeply in their knitting experience…from the mouths of story tellers: knitters, photographers, writers, designers, friends & nature. These storybooks incorporate designs, imagery, location, words, learning and tools to create an deeply engaging experience, taking readers on a journey. 6 Bits was created by two incredibly passionate and inspiring folks within this community, Melissa and Melody, and this week they’re releasing their second issue Dwell, a beautiful digital editorial magazine, featuring articles from international knitters and dyers, where you hear the ‘whole’ story behind the designs and modeled in beautiful environment tied to the issues theme. So make sure to visit 6 Bits Storybooks at 6bitsstorybooks.com to subscribe to this stunning new publication and experience the newest issue Dwell and follow along on Instagram @6.bits.storybooks.

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Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Erica Garris. You’ve won a skein of the beautiful Pamiri yarn from Kismet Fiber Works. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Old Homestead Alpacas and they’re giving away a skein of their small farm Suri Alpaca yarn, homegrown in Walla Walla Washington. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on today’s episode’s blog post at woolful.com.giveaway

Music by Jónsi.

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Episode 34: Brooke Sinnes – Boarding schools, California, Natural Dyeing and Sincere Sheep

September 15, 2015

 

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors for this week’s episode, Fancy Tiger Crafts, a beautiful yarn shop based out of Denver Colorado. This inspired place is owned and operated by self proclaimed fiber nerds, Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran…two women who’s hope and journey have allowed them to share their knowledge, adventures and passion in fiber, and this is reflected in their beautiful shop as well as their endeavors in creating their own yarn Heirloom, which you can find in their shop, both in person and online. Make sure to share and visit fancytigercrafts.com

Fancy Tiger Crafts has an exciting event coming up in the beginning of October, Wool Day at the Lyons Farmette…a local fiber retreat which will include your choice of two classes, a catered lunch and a cocktail hour. What could be better than spending a day of spinning, knitting and dyeing in the presence of fellow fiber enthusiasts and a fiber animal bunch…ending with cocktails with the Alpacas. For more information and to register, visit fancytigercrafts.com/events.

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Fiber folk: I first met Brooke a couple years ago when I sat across from her at a little knit gathering Karen from Fringe Supply Co had at her studio. At the time I wasn’t aware that she was the force behind Sincere Sheep, but it didn’t take long for me to get to know the passion, knowledge and love this woman has for the fiber industry. She’s so giving with her knowledge and has been a great encourager and connector for my own fiber pursuits, enlightening me about wool classing and encouraging me to attend a local wool classing certification and introducing me other fiber folk who have great wisdom to share. But more than all that, she’s an extremely hardworking mother who naturally dyes the most beautiful collection of domestic yarns. You can find Brooke at SincereSheep.com and on Instagram @sinceresheep.

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank our other sponsor for this week’s episode, Stash, a local yarn shop based in Corvallis Oregon who will be celebrating their 4th anniversary next month. The owner, Sonia was a very early supporter and encourager of the podcast and it’s been so great to get to know her a bit and watch all the positive energy she puts into her shop and fiber community. This week Sonia a new podcast, Stash, where she explores topics around creativity, motivation, and staying inspired while running a creative business through conversations with all types of makers. Make sure to visit when in Corvallis and online at stashlocal.com…and stay tuned in the next couple weeks as Stash launches their new online shop, carrying many of the same wonderful yarns, notions and patterns you find in store.

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Farmyard Tales: I’m beginning a new segment on the podcast that will rotate with the regular Man on the Street segment…it’s aptly named Farmyard Tales…fun and encouraging anecdotes from farmers and their farmyards…starting with mine.

Many of you know that back in April we welcomed a flock of 4 Icelandic ewes to the ranch…Ethel, Louise, Lucy and Alice. We bought them from a lovely woman near us who thought they might be pregnant from an escaped ram. We watched them over the following month and yes, it did appear as though they might be pregnant. We had a vet out to confirm and opted to skip the ultrasound because he also believed they were pregnant and we’d know soon enough, right? Wrong. The very fluid possible due date has come and gone and so it appears we just have fat sheep. Because of their new greener pastures, small added grain for “pregnancy” and thickening fleeces…it would appear we’ve been duped. This is after much anticipation of lambs, including building projects to prepare for them..haha. What is it they say? That everyday is a lesson in farming? Well this was a humorous and humbling one for sure.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Judy from Judy in the Dyes! You’ve won the Pompeii hat kit, which includes a skein of natural SilverSpun yarn and a skein of dyed SilverSpun yarn, along with the Pompeii Hat pattern. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Sincere Sheep and we’re giving away, not one, but three Brookfield Shawl pattern kits, which includes a skein of Sincere Sheep Silken Fingering and Brookfield a pattern created by Annie Rowden for Among Friends, a collaboration between Brooke of Sincere Sheep and Lorajean of Knitted Wit. To enter this giveaway and be one of the three winners, leave a comment on this post.

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Events: For all of the UK listeners, I wanted to bring your attention to an event happening this weekend at Loop, in London. On Saturday September 19th, Nathalie Lété will be painting Loop’s large storefront window in honor of their 10th anniversary. If you’re in the area, make sure to visit for this beautiful event and to also check out Loop’s new book 10, featuring twelve patterns celebrating ten fabulous year of Loop London…including designers Pam Allen, Ysolda Teague, Stephen West, Donna Higgins, Juju Vail, Tif Fussel and Kirstin Kapur and many beautiful yarns.

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Music by Jónsi.

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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.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Knitterly, a very special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California and online at shop.knitterly.net. 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 shop.knitterly.net

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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 averbforkeepingwarm.com and on Instagram @avfkw.

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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 ambatalia.com and on Instagram @ambatalia.

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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.

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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.

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Music by Jónsi.

Transcription coming soon!