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Woolful Podcast

Episode 56: Romi Hill – Black sheep, Metalsmithing, Cowboy boots and Lace Knitting

April 29, 2016

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Sponsor: Every year there is a special place, on a lake in New Hampshire, where people gather to explore their creativity, healing and community. This place is called Squam. Behind this goodness is one remarkable woman by the name of Elizabeth Duvivier, someone who’s sought out to find her path and enlightenment in this creative world, bringing souls together and taking just as much away from each experience as those who attend. The Spring Squam retreat is taking place this June, complete with twinkle lights, generous teachers, sweet walks through the woods, vintage cottages, laughter on the dock, some very incredible workshops and ending with the Squam Art Fair and Ravelry Reverly. Join classes with incredible fiber folks like Gudrun Johnston, Kate Atherley, Andrea Rangel, Kristine Vejar, and Mary Jane Mucklestone to name just a few. And there is still time to register and make your travel plans to attend this June retreat, so visit squamartworkshops.com for more info on this incredible retreat and to register.  

Fiber folk: Romi Hill first caught my attention on Instagram a few years ago when I came across of photo of her cowboy boots paired with some beautiful yarn. As time went on became more and more fascinated with this seemingly extensive cowboy boots collection and even more so with her incredible knack for composition and color theory and of course, knitwear designs. Lace knitting has always appeared intimidating to me, but seeing Romi’s designs come to life has been an increasing temptation and getting to know her more, and her sweet spirit has only been even more encouraging. I hope you enjoy getting to know this amazing woman and the story behind all she does, as much as I have. You can find Romi at designsbyromi.com, her latest book “New Lace Knitting” and patterns on Ravelry and on Instagram @romidesigns.

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Sponsor: A Verb for Keeping Warm is a utopia of fiber and fabric, with the most incredible collection of yarn and goods, including their own exquisite naturally dyed yarns. Kristine, the owner and her team, have created a one of a kind holistic learning and making environment. I took my first spinning class from Verb when I was living in San Francisco and I was always amazed at the wonderful and informative events Kristine hosted and was a part of, including Fibershed, an organization key in my knowledge around wool. Most recently Kristine released her first book “The Modern Natural Dyer”, a comprehensive guide to dyeing silk, wool, linen and cotton at home, a gorgeous visual journey through natural dyeing accompanied by a collection of diy projects. In addition to her book, she’s released natural dye project kits for the projects found in the book and you can also find individual natural dyeing supplies at averbforkeepingwarm.com. If you’re in the bay area or just passing through, make sure to make A Verb for Keeping Warm a destination. You can find their online shop and class list at averbforkeepingwarm.com and follow them on Instagram @avfkw

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Fiber friends: This past week one of our Man on the Street members and fiber friend Kerry Robb released her Natural Home Collection, a collection of patterns using all natural, organic and otherwise ethical yarns to make beautiful and functional items for your home. You’ll find patterns for felted Lopi bowl using Hinterland’s Churro Lopi, Hemp Scrubbies using Darn Good Yarn’s Hemp and Nettle yarn, and a Linen placemat using Quince and Co’s Kestrel yarn. These are just gorgeous Kerry, you should be so proud. And if you’d like to make her felted bowls pattern, you can find Hinterland’s Churro Lopi in my shop, woolfulmercantile.com

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Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Mary Moury, you’ve won the West Water Tunic pattern from Squam, designed by Samantha Lamb and a $30 gift card towards fabric at Fancy Tiger Crafts. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Romi Hill and Elemental Affects and they’re giving away a Mayhaps Shawl kit, which includes Romi’s beautiful Shetland Hap inspired shawl along with the Elemental Affects Shetland Rustic lace yarn to complete the pattern. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.

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Woolful Podcast

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

February 17, 2016

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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 designsbyromi.com and follow her on Instagram @romidesigns

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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 Kelbournewoolens.com 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 brooklyngeneral.com and on Instagram @brooklyngeneralstore

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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.

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Music by Jónsi.