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Episode 60: Casey Ryder – Endearment, Ultimate Frisbee, Mindfulness and PortFiber

June 9, 2016


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Sponsor: Taproot Magazine, is a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. The content in each issue consistently blows me away. It is fulfilling and inspiring. The most recent issue PRESERVE features a collection of wonderful finds as we step in Summer. With lessons in arm knitting, preserved lemon and infusion recipes, stories in farming and woolworking, and a collection of preserving how-tos. There is so much goodness in each issue. You can visit Taproot Magazine online at and on Instagram @taprootmag.


Fiber folk: It’s no secret that Maine is one of the epicenters of this fiber world, with its designers and yarn companies, but a lesser known but just as vital part of this community are the shops, more specifically PortFiber, a special fiber, spinning, dyeing and weaving oasis in Portland, Maine. Casey Ryder, the owner of PortFiber found herself on a path that’s lead her to finding further fulfillment in making and building part of this fiber community. You can find Casey at and on Instagram @portfiber.

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Sponsor: I want to thank Taproot Magazine again for sponsoring this week’s episode. With the natural, easygoing and heartfelt focus of each issue, I find myself continuing to go back to it throughout the quarter, gaining a little something each time and looking forward to the upcoming issue. Just recently I pulled out the archive issue BREAD, with plans to build a cob oven in our backyard. I’m looking forward to getting started. I highly recommend you visit and subscribe. 


In Residence: I’m excited to share a new weekly 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. In Residence features the best of the best in business, farming, knitwear design and fiber arts and this is your opportunity to ask and learn from these incredible folks. 

This Summer quarter we welcome Entrepreneur in residence Veronika Jobe of YOTH, Farmer in residence Tamara White of Wing and a Prayer Farm, Photographer in residence Kathy Cadigan and Designer in residence Mary Jane Mucklestone. 

So now it’s up to you, these wonderful women are ready to answer your questions and discuss your areas of interest. Do you have a question or topic regarding farming, knitwear design, fiber business or photography that you’ve always wanted to know more about? Email them to and later this month tune in to hear their answers. 


Event: Mark your calendars for a special event happening at Elaine and Mike’s farm, Old Homestead Alpacas. On June 18th they’ll be hosting their second annual open barn event, a day full of fun, fiber and some great history. So if you’re in the Walla Walla area, it’s worth the visit to meet and get to know both Elaine and her fiber family. I encourage you to visit Old Homestead Alpacas on Facebook and on Instagram @oldhomesteadalpacas 

oldhomesteadalpacas_7Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Susan M, you’ve won a skein of Old Homestead Alpacas Suri Alpaca yarn. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaways are sponsored by Portfiber and they’re giving away a 4oz. batt of the Summer Maine Fiber Club, Jacob from Catawampus Farm, and a $30 gift card to PortFiber’s online Etsy shop. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. 


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Episode 31: Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran -Coffee shops, Fiber travel, Partnership and Handspun tiger fluff

August 11, 2015


Sponsor: I wanted to thank this week’s sponsor, 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


Fancy Tiger Crafts has some great upcoming classes and workshops taught by some of our favorite fiber folks. This week on August 13th and 15th, Bristol Ivy will be teaching two classes, Brioche 101 and Knitting Outside the Box. On September 3rd, Meghan Shimek will be teaching a tapestry weaving workshop, which includes a loom designed by Meghan herself. For more information and to register, visit


Fiber folk: I first got to know Jaime and Amber via Instagram and later on in person when they were visiting the Bay Area. These two incredibly creative and inspiring women are just as sweet and hilarious in person as you can imagine, but what’s even greater is how their journeys crossed paths and later joined to create the amazing store we know as Fancy Tiger Crafts. Their passion for handmade wardrobes, teaching and creating community is evident in every facet of what they do. You can find Jaime and Amber at and on Instagram @fancytigercrafts, @fancyjaime and @fancyamber.







Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “How do the warmer Summer months affect your fiber habits?”. We had some great answers from Jennifer @jay_kay_knits, Kerry @kerryrobb, Sonja @atreebytheriver and Melissa @hey_lady_hey.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Sarah! You’ve won 2 skeins of Woolfolk Tynd and the Fure Armwarmers pattern from Knit Purl. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts and we’re giving away two skeins of their Heirloom Romney yarn in the color of your choice, along with their beautiful Imposter’s Shawl pattern. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the post page.




Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank our other sponsor today, Portfiber, a wonderful shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in one of a kind, hand-dyed fiber and yarn. Casey has curated an incredible collection of spinning fiber including yak, Chiri, Alpaca, Polwarth and hand-dyed blends. Portfiber offers something very special to the Portland community, helping foster the fiber arts through various classes and events and encouraging the connection between maker and medium. You can visit Portfiber in person when in Portland Maine and shop online at




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Episode 19: Ashli Tyre – Mount Rainier, Navajo weaving, Natural dyeing and process

April 21, 2015

I’m very excited to share the eighteenth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet and hear the journey of a fascinating weaver from the Pacific Northwest, Ashli Tyre.


Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Portfiber, a wonderful shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in one of a kind, hand-dyed fiber and yarn. Casey has curated an incredible collection of spinning fiber including yak, Chiri, Alpaca, Polwarth and hand-dyed blends. You can visit Portfiber in person when in Portland Maine or shop online at


Fiber folk: I first came across Ashli’s work via Instagram awhile back when I was mesmerized by her weaving and one day my friend Kathy sent an email sharing a bit of Ashli’s special story, process and a photo she’d taken, thinking she’d be a beautiful addition to the podcast. I couldn’t agree more. Much of Ashli’s inspiration comes from a very special place, the Pacific Northwest and in particular, Mount Rainier. Her approach and dedication to process, from wool selection, to natural dyeing to spinning and weaving, is just incredible. You can find Ashli at and on Instagram @ashlidtyre.





Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a question, shared by Mary in our Raverly group. “Why do you knit?” We had a great reply from Cady @cadysinks.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Michelle Kirkland! You’ve won two skeins of White Gum Wool in Flax Lily! Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Serene Fiber Arts, and we’re giving away a weavers fiber pack, which includes a variety of handspun, bulky and aran mini skeins and a couple bumps of merino roving.



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Transcription coming soon!