Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 1: Jess Schriebstein & Kylie Gusset – Fiber travel, Cormo origins and being fiber-conscious

November 25, 2014

I’m really excited to share with you the very first Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two very fiber passionate women, Jess Schriebstein of Witchin in the Kitchen and Kylie Gusset of Ton of Wool.

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Sponsor: Our very first episode is sponsored by Fringe Supply Co. In 2012, Karen Templer opened Fringe Supply Co. an online shop full of thoughtful tools for the sustainable and aesthetically mindful maker. From bento bags to rosewood needles, you’ll get lost in this carefully curated emporium. Visit


Fiber folk 1: Jess is a Baltimore based cook, artist, seasoned traveler, and lover of wool. You can find her at and on Instagram @thekitchenwitch. I was incredibly inspired as she shared her fiber journey and her experience in Oaxaca, where she spent a week learning the fiber customs and culture of the Oaxaca people. We dive into how her time there influenced her cooking, color and fiber choices as well as how she began the knitting group at NPR.


Man on the Street: For this week’s Man on the Street segment, I asked a handful of fiber folk to answer this question…”If you could travel to any country and immerse yourself in their fiber culture and customs, which country would you choose?” We got some great replies from Andi (My Sister’s Knitter), Nikki (@wildvioletknits) and Sonja (@atreebytheriver)

Fiber folk 2: I’m not sure I’ve met a more spunky, sheep loving Aussie than the next guest Kylie Gusset. She has a vast knowledge of the industry, in particular the breed that brings us some of the softest wool I’ve ever laid hands on, Cormo. In 2011 Kylie crowd funded one ton of Cormo, rallying knitters and makers alike. You can find her at and on Instagram @tonofwool. Whenever I have conversations with Kylie, I learn so much. From the birth of Cormo, to the Australian wool industry and the effects of super wash wool.


Giveaway: This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Stash, a local yarn shop in Corvallis Oregon.

One of Jess’s favorite yarns is The Fibre Company’s Canopy. Last year she knit an adorable pair of mittens and now we’re giving away 2 skeins of Canopy in the color of your choice from Stash.

To enter this giveaway, visit the giveaway post on Instagram @woolful and tag a friend in the comments. You can also enter by leaving a comment below.


Announcements: The first Woolful knit-along starts January 15th. We will be knitting a Little Woolens hat pattern in the incredibly soft Cormo from Ton of Wool. More details to come!


Tomorrow I am thrilled to say the Woolful Mercantile will be opening shop. Here you’ll be able to find Cormo yarn from Ton of Wool in both fingering and aran weights, along with special pattern and yarn kits, including the knit-along hat pattern.


Music by Jónsi.


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  • Reply Donna November 25, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I would love to make some mittens using Canopy! I haven’t had the opportunuty to try this yarn, yet. Thanks!

  • Reply Jody November 25, 2014 at 5:07 am

    What beautiful yarn…would love to knit with it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Reply Jody November 25, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Love the new podcast! Would love to win the Canopy yarn.

    JKnits51 on Ravelry

  • Reply Mary Moury November 25, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Oh, that yarn is lovely, thank you for the chanice to win it!

  • Reply sarah November 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

    If there weren’t scones to be made and a momma to be celebrated, I would have ingested this podcast by now! Looking so forward to the listen! And knitting! Canopy! Yes, please!

  • Reply Andi November 25, 2014 at 6:23 am

    What an amazing kickoff to your podcast. It was such a pleasure to sip on my morning coffee and listen! Look forward to many more great podcasts!
    Would love to win that beautiful Canopy. 🙂

  • Reply Marci November 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

    great podcast – good to know about the kitchen witch site! look forward to more!

  • Reply Carly Hoffman November 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I’m so excited about this podcast! I can’t even wait for the next c:

  • Reply Cait November 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Fantastic podcast Ashley!

  • Reply Rhea November 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Wonderful inspiring podcast. LOVE!!!

  • Reply Chelsea Anne November 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Wow that Cormo looks delicious! Looking forward to listening to your new podcast! 🙂

  • Reply Abby November 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I would love to win! That yarn looks so lovely.

  • Reply Jessica November 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Great podcast! The portion with Kylie was especially fascinating. I had no idea Cormo had such a low micron count–that’s as low as my alpacas! I’m also stunned to learn that Australia has no domestic processing. For as much wool as comes out of that country, you’d think they’d have cottage mills aplenty!

    Would love to win some of that Canopy! The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Carly November 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

    So excited for your new endeavor! And fingers crossed that I’m a winner! 😉

  • Reply Rae November 25, 2014 at 8:55 am

    My new favorite podcast! I can’t wait to try out some Cormo wool, and would LOVE to try Canopy as well. Great work…already looking forward to the next episode!

  • Reply Antonella Dalla Torre November 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Just discovered this (through and loving it. especially the conversation with Kylie. Would love to hear more in this vein. Very informative and inspiring.

  • Reply sarah November 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

    so happy i found this podcast! already told my mom (the woman who taught me how to knit) about it. can’t wait to hear more!

  • Reply Kimberley Buergel November 25, 2014 at 9:16 am

    So excited to listen to your first podcast! Thank you for this giveaway–such beautiful yarn.

  • Reply Catherine Wendland November 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Hi Ashley! It’s been wonderful to see your blog and woolful business develop over the last few months. So excited for you. Keep up the good work – there are a lot of people who want to support you. <3

  • Reply appaloosa13 November 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

    YAY, this is so exciting!!! Wonderful podcast.

  • Reply Neza November 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Yay! A new podcast + a wool givaway, the best combination! It feels like xmas alredy, thank you XO

  • Reply Kat November 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Looking forward to the podcast, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Jenn November 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Love the podcast! Looking forward to all you have in store for us!

  • Reply Karen B November 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Love Canopy – would love to knit some mittens! Thanks, kbrtmyr (on rav)

  • Reply ErinJoelle November 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Glad to come upon your blog just as you are starting these podcasts. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply ErinJoelle November 26, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Hi Ashley, Since listening to your podcast yesterday, I’ve been doing some thinking about the processing of 100% American wool yarn. Recently I have purchased 2 sweaters worth of Lion’s Brand Fisherman’s wool. I like that wool is grown in the US, the yarn is wonderfully waterproof, and it is affordable. I dislike, however, that I have been unable to easily find out what breed(s) of sheep are involved. There is also no mention on the Lion’s Brand website where the yarn is processed. Before listening to Kylie, I had assumed the US, but now realize that this assumption might be naive. You and your guests have encouraged me to dig deeper! Thanks again. Best wishes.

  • Reply Valorie November 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    They podcast was great! So interesting to learn the importance of even wool being unprocessed!

  • Reply Megan November 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I’m so happy that a Podcast like this exists now! Thanks for including opportunities to participate in giveaways and learn more about fiber and artists we admire.

  • Reply Taryn November 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Quite enjoyed this podcast, very informative and I find the discussion of sustainable production heartening. I love this craft and am glad to see leaders in the fiber arts taking charge in this issue. Plus, love, love Canopy and Stash (my LYS)!

  • Reply Cara November 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    loved the podcast, great job!

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) November 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love following your blog, and I am so looking forward to the podcast. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win such lovely yarn!

  • Reply Missy November 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Loved your podcast! It is so refreshing!

  • Reply Jenna Cole November 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Yay for a new podcast!! Can’t wait to listen on my Thanksgiving travels. I love Fibre Co and would love to enter the giveaway too!

  • Reply Annie November 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    SO good Ash! SO GOOD! Can’t wait for next week already…. and I’m armed and ready to pounce on ALL THE CORMO tomorrow

  • Reply Jacqueline November 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Enjoyed your first podcast. The conversations were authentic and inspiring. Looking forward to more!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Reply Nika November 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    So excited for your first podcast! I am already counting down till your next episode!

  • Reply danielle November 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Congrats on the podcast! It was very informative. Can’t wait for the next one. That Canopy looks great. You ladies have awesome taste in yarn. 🙂

  • Reply lea November 26, 2014 at 4:26 am

    fantastic first episode!! Love love The Fiber Company, I really want to make a Sibella cardigan with it!!
    can’t wait for episode 2!

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  • Reply Helene November 26, 2014 at 5:59 am

    just now listening to the podcast!
    would love to win this lovely yarn!

  • Reply Jennifer King November 26, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Great job Ashley! I truly enjoyed the podcast and learned a few things as well. It’s such a comfort to know there are like minded wool lovers across the globe. Looking forward to more!

  • Reply Karin November 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Loved listening to your first podcast while knitting away on my Brooklyn Tweed Fort sweater for my hubby! Such great information and now I really have a hankering to go to Oaxaca! I’m currently living in Peru and have really been bitten by the knitting bug with all of this amazing alpaca yarn at my fingertips and the culture of knitting everywhere. Women do their knitting while grocery shopping, tending to their business stalls, sitting in the park with friends, and even while walking down the sidewalk!

  • Reply Kat November 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I really enjoyed listening to your podcast. I hadn’t thought much about superwash wool production previously and working in a yarn store means I’ll have many opportunities to discuss this with the end users. I look forward to hearing what they have to say.

    Listening also brought back my own memories of visiting Oaxaca in 2008. The colors there are amazing and in high contrast to my every day life in Seattle. The native culture is very present and diverse there. I went to celebrate my birthday and experience Dia de los Muertos.

    However, I do have to respectfully disagree with your guest Jess who said the native population was “wiped out” here in contrast to Oaxaca. Yes, the Native population was decimated by genocide and disease here but vibrant communities have been able to thrive . I don’t know what it’s like in Baltimore, but here in Seattle Native culture is very much alive. I just wanted to say something because it’s a very common misconception that Native Americans just don’t exist in the U.S. when they actually make up 2% of the total population and continue to express their unique culture to this day. It just felt like a tone deaf moment in an otherwise lovely and enjoyable podcast.

    I look forward forward to hearing more from you and your guests. Thank you.

  • Reply Kristin November 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I loved listening to this podcast! Even coming from a farming family that focuses on natural/organic and sustainability, I have to admit that I’d never before really thought about these sort of things in relation to wool and yarn. I can’t wait for the next episode! Thanks for the giveaway as well.

  • Reply Laura Connelly November 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I enjoyed this podcast and am excited to hear more! I am interested in all things fiber and knit at every free moment. This episode really made me about the impacts of processing of yarn. Thank you for the giveaway – I would love to get my hands on that yarn! Xx

  • Reply pistachios November 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for a nice podcast!

  • Reply Amy C November 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Fascinating podcast! What a lovely accompaniment to some productive Christmas knitting. Canopy would be so much fun to knit with. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Reply lori November 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    you are amazing. and it is LOVELY watching you grow.
    {fingers crossed. thank you and thank you stash!}

  • Reply dagmar November 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    love the podcast!! So great to hear the voices behind the instagram pictures!!

  • Reply Bekah November 27, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Oooh that yarn looks pretty! I’d love to be so lucky to get to knit something delicious with it! I’m feeling hats at the moment… hmm, it would make a pretty hat 🙂

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  • Reply Janice Hellzen November 28, 2014 at 5:16 am

    As a relatively new knitter I was thrilled to find your blog. Loved listening to the podcast and will look forward to more. Would love to win the Canopy Yarn!

  • Reply Julia November 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    It’s suddenly -18 today, and the knitting urge has kicked in full time. A massive pile of wool is about the only thing keeping me warm, and more things to listen to/watch while knitting is very timely. Thanks!

  • Reply Nanda November 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Would love to win! Thank you!

  • Reply Leigh November 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    So enjoyed your podcast and can’t wait for the next one! Wonderfully done! Thanks too for the giveaway.. wishing you all the best as you continue onward. Looking forward to seeing where wo takes you!

  • Reply Sandy November 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply Monica November 29, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Loved the podcast, looking forward to many more. Also love the giveaway!

  • Reply Mary Moury November 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! What an amazing, educational podcast!.

  • Reply allison November 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Such a wonderful new podcast! I enjoyed listening and learning and hearing stories from fellow fiber lovers.

  • Reply Kara November 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I am so inspired to buy only yarn made and processed the whole way through in our USA:) Thanks you for the info! Do you mind sending me an email with your list of “safe” wool?

  • Reply Amber November 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I am really looking forward to this and future woolful podcasts! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  • Reply amber milburn November 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I very much enjoyed the podcast and look forward to more in the future. Thanks for the giveaway. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I get picked!

  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack December 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Loved to listen to the podcast. Thanks. And thanks for the chance, if this is still open!?

  • Reply Jennifer December 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to listen yet (wrapping up the end of this semester), but am excited about this and future episodes! Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Katie Emma December 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I really enjoyed listening to your pilot episode and look forward to learning much more from you and your guests. And the giveaway with each episode is awesome!

  • Reply Shelley G. December 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I enjoyed your first podcast episode very much, Ashley. Really good work and great information. Plenty of food for thought! Looking forward to more podcasts from you! Thank you for the giveaway.

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    I’m new to the Woolful community, but I’m so delighted by this feast of information, inspiration, and connection you are offering. This episode has challenged me to think even further than natural fibers to fiber growth and production–I look forward to continuing to learn and to trying out some of the delicious fibers you recommend in the podcasts. Thank you!!

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