Knitting Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 2: Jerome Sevilla & Sarah Higgins – Design, Thrifting, Sashiko and Recycling Yarn

December 2, 2014

I’m very excited to share the second episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two amazing fiber enthusiasts, Jerome Sevilla of Grid Junky and Sarah Higgins of Sarah In Pursuit.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Tolt Yarn and Wool, my favorite yarn shop. In 2013, Anna Dianich opened Tolt Yarn and Wool. a local yarn shop in Carnation Washington. Most recently she launched an online shop, full of yarns each with their own story and each handpicked by Anna. You couldn’t ask for more soul when it comes to a yarn shop. Visit


Fiber folk 1: Sarah is a designer, photographer, and blogger based on the Central Coast of California. You can find her at and on Instagram @sarah_inpursuit. It was a lot of fun to talk with Sarah about how her journey in fiber was born as a child through her Waldorf education and how it’s transpired over the years and evolved into a new adventure with Monarch Knitting.


Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a couple fiber enthusiasts to answer the following question, “What is your favorite vintage or thrifted, fiber related find and what made it so special?” We had some great replies from Melissa (@hey_lady_hey) and Barb (@stixandstring)

Fiber folk 2: When it comes to recycling I’m not sure I’ve met a more intriguing ambassador than our second guest, Jerome Sevilla. Several years back he began sourcing all of the yarn he knits and designs with from knitted garments he thrifts or finds, and he’s become quite passionate about sharing his experience. Jerome is a true master and craftsman, with a deep obligation to ensure the best possible work. You can find him at and on Instagram @gridjunky.


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is MissMardi. You’ve won two skeins of Canopy in Fingering! Congratulations!

Our giveaway this week is sponsored by Monarch Knitting, a local yarn shop based in Pacific Grove, California.


One of the favorite yarns of our first guest Sarah, is Woolfolk Far, so we’re giving away two skeins plus Knop, the Fisherman’s Rib Hat Pattern. 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.

Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Sharlene Siders December 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Still cannot find place on instagram to enter giveaway

  • Reply beth j December 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to win the yarn and hat pattern

  • Reply Carleigh Lape December 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I’m so excited about the podcasts! Can’t wait for more.

  • Reply marci December 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    great information – so happy to have found you! keep ’em comin!

  • Reply Maggie B. December 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Love the podcast! The bio of Jerome was the first I’d heard of recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters (I know, where have I been?), and I am excited to give it a try.

  • Reply Naomi December 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    This yarn and hat are very beautiful

  • Reply Cindy Marsh December 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Monarch Knitting is my favorite LYS. Listening to the podcast now, and knitting of course!

  • Reply Ali December 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Lovely podcast! Thank you for the competition and the opportunity to enter.

  • Reply Andi December 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Another great podcast!
    Such a joy to listen to your entertaining guest, sipping a cup of tea, and knitting.

    That yarn is gorgeous. Fingers crossed that it will come live with me. 🙂

  • Reply Mary December 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I can’t wait for my little one’s bedtime so I can give this podcast the time it deserves!

  • Reply Megan December 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful yarn to go with a lovely podcast!

  • Reply Erin Yelda December 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    SO GOOD. <3

  • Reply Shana Meier December 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    The first yarn I ever thrifted was in the form of a pure silk sweater. Beautiful yarn. Actually haven’t used it yet because I am waiting for that something special. This makes me think about the craft sessions stash less blog posts.

  • Reply Chelsea Berkompas December 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Great podcast! Loved the bits about designing since that’s my arena right now and I love hearing how others do it! Keep that coming!

  • Reply Neza December 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Yay! New podcast – must listen and knit 😉

  • Reply Beachwalker December 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve purchased your first go at the naturally dyed wool and a hank of undyed. Cannot wait to receive it to try! Love to win this one!

  • Reply Monica December 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I would love to win this lovely package!

    • Reply Lisa Engle December 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      loved your podcast. very inspiring to hear from two artists who just jumped in and got it done! l would love to get my hands on some woolfolk yarn. thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) December 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Loved the podcast…and thanks for the chance to win some lovely yarn, and what looks like a great pattern!

  • Reply lori December 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    love! it was so fun to learn more about jerome and sarah! and hearing you too, it’s kind of sad when it’s over.

  • Reply Priscilla December 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    What a great site and giveaway

  • Reply lea December 3, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Jerome’s process is so awesome, I need to go to a thrift store right now haha!
    That Woolfolk yarn looks amazing, that dark red!! new favorite <3

  • Reply April Wilson December 3, 2014 at 5:09 am

    I am enjoying the podcast very much. Keep up the good work! Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Reply Phoenix December 3, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I took some time this morning to listen to this week’s episode and work on some Christmas knitting. I’m so, so incredibly inspired by this hour of Woolful. The thrifted sweater sitting in my stashbox just jumped to the top of my to-do list of unraveling. Thank you!

  • Reply Carlene December 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I love the podcast! I found Jerome’s Instagram through randomly searching knitting pics and it was so cool to hear more about his process. Thank you, I’m excited for more, and would love some Woolfolk to come my way.

  • Reply Sarah December 3, 2014 at 8:24 am

    another lovely episode! thank you!

  • Reply Antonella December 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I was looking forward to the second podcast. It did not disappoint! (Thanks for always including a giveaway)

  • Reply Abby December 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I would love to win! Been dying to get my hands on some Far!

  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack December 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Love the podcast! Oh, love to knit and get inspired by all these wonderful people! Thanks! Thanks for the chance also.

  • Reply Mimi December 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    ?Great giveaway!!

  • Reply Mary December 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Love that hat!

  • Reply Jennifer King December 4, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Another interesting episode. I was driving while listening and had to fight the urge not to pull over and take a few stitches when Jerome was talking about small needles and lighter weight yarns. I can really relate to them being my first love as well. My fingers crave tiny stitches 🙂 Looking forward to more!!

  • Reply Lorna Brown December 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I love your podcast. It is my new favorite. I am very interested in sustainable and natural processes in my life and am very interested in natural dying of yarn. I would love to win the yarn and pattern this week. I have read many good things about this yarn. I am still trying to figure out how to tag and post on Instagram so I can enter there as well. I look forward to your next podcast.

  • Reply Kristin December 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Great podcast this week! When I go in thrift stores I usually never make it past the book section, but I love the idea of reusing yarn from a thrift store sweater. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Rachel Heininge December 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

    This podcast was great! So inspiring to hear people who share my fibre passion share a thought provoking discussion. I can’t for next week!
    Much love,

  • Reply Tracey December 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    A great pod cast and a wonderful giveaway. Thank you.

  • Reply bloomingheather December 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love this yarn and pattern!

  • Reply Janice Hellzen December 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I love the podcasts. I listened to this newest one at work. Shhhh don’t tell anyone. I would love to win the new giveaway. Keep up the great work!!

  • Reply allison December 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve learned so much from each episode and really have enjoyed hearing stories of other people’s fiber journeys. Great podcast!

  • Reply Jacqueline December 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Enjoyed the second podcast. I resonated with your guests as I love to thrift store shop too!

  • Reply Allison December 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Oooooooh, Woolfolk is So gorgeous. I would love to win this and make a hat for my Mom, this is her color! Thanks!

  • Reply Beth Hynes December 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Such a great podcast 🙂 Woolfolk looks just lovely.

  • Reply Tamara December 6, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I love the blog and your podcasts (all the way from europe, austria)! Liebe Grüße aus Wien

  • Reply Margaret December 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Enjoyed the podcast. Would love to win the giveaway. Thanks.

  • Reply Audrey December 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I am enchanted with your podcast. I have already learned amazing new things to try (dye, recycle, reduce yarn size) from you and your guests. I’m listening while sewing Christmas gifts, but you have inspired me to pick up the needles again in my limited spare time and I’m now working on a pair of mittens. My older daughter is knitting me a surprise for Christmas, and I hope my younger daughter is knitting me a hat, so with three knitters in the family we would surely put your gifted yarn and pattern to good use. Thank you so much for your hard work!

  • Reply Gemmav December 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi, loved the first podcast and really looking forwards to listening to this one later this evening. It’s wonderful, so thank you!

  • Reply Camanoah December 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Wonderful informative podcast. Glad I stumbled across it early on. Thanks for the opportunity to win this yarn that I’ve heard about.

  • Reply Bogna December 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    just discovered your podcasts and am enjoying listening to Sarah and her fibre journey.

  • Reply Katie Emma December 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve heard such good things about Woolfolk yarn. Looking forward to sitting down with the new episode

  • Reply Kimberley Buergel December 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Another fantastic podcast!

  • Reply Rebecca December 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Got so caught up in these brilliant podcasts that I was late for my kids’ school pick-up! Can’t wait for future episodes. Love the yarn and pattern in this week’s giveaway.

  • Reply Ashlyn December 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Just caught up with the podcasts. Great idea, such amazing information for yarn folk. Would love the chance to win yarn from Monarch Knitting. Thanks!

  • Reply Tonya December 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I would love to try Wool Folk yarn! I may run over and do the Instagram portion too! Thanks for the great podcast!

  • Reply AbbieO December 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

    This is SO great! And the yarn makes me swoon!

  • Reply Karen F December 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

    You have a wonderful podcast. Thank you for the chance to win some great yarn and the pattern.

  • Reply Mira December 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Fantastic podcast(s) and a very cool giveaway!

  • Reply Cara December 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Naturally I managed to comment in the wrong spot the first time around…duh!

  • Reply Karen B December 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Your podcast makes great company during my morning commute and I am learning so much about the fiber world. I would love to experience the Woolfolk FAR yarn first hand so hope this comment will enter me in the giveaway. Thanks for starting Woolful. I know I will enjoy the coming episodes.

  • Reply claired December 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Great pod cast!

  • Reply Ama December 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    these podcasts are the best support/inspiration for when I’m weaving away for hours, MORE MORE MORE xx

  • Reply Debbie S December 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Why oh why are so many podcasts not available to Stitcher. Not everyone has an iphone. Yes, I know I can listen on the computer but it’s not convenient. You’d have a bigger audience if those of us who use Android can listen too

    • Reply Ashley December 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Wonderful to know! I will check stitcher out and make sure and add it! Thank you 🙂

    • Reply Allison Harris December 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      I love what you’re doing! Thanks for sharing you’re dying adventures! Love the Instagram shots too!

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  • Reply Nissa Johnson December 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Thank you so much for this podcast! *heres hoping i win that yarn giveaway!

  • Reply Chloe December 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Love having this podcast to listen to. Hoping to win some yarn!

  • Reply Dorie December 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I love how you dyed the Snoqualmie Valley Yarn. It’s beautiful!

  • Reply Chelsea December 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    My friend tagged me in Instagram and I’m sooo glad she did!! Love the show! Thanks for a great giveaway too! 🙂

  • Reply Natalie December 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I have an hour commute, and I just finished it while listening to this podcast. I loved hearing about natural dying the ties to horticulture. I would SO love to win some of your naturally dyed yarn!

    Ravelry @oystersandpurls

  • Reply Maggie Smith December 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    LOVE this yarn!!!

  • Reply Tammy December 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

    My new favorite podcast! Can’t wait until the next one and I have my fingers and toes crossed to win the yarn!

  • Reply Kim K. December 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    So glad I found your awesome podcast via Ysolda. She posted about listening to your podcast yesterday. Thanks to Monarch Knitting for sponsoring the giveaway – they are an awesome, beautiful shop in one of the prettiest parts of the world. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Nicole Hay-Chapman December 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I am so thrilled to have found you (courtesy of Liesl from Buckalooview). Your journey is an inspiring one, and absolutely beautiful–excited to be able to follow along. Now hopefully the stars will align to make me the winner of these gorgeous skeins! 🙂

  • Reply Lydia December 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Every week is like someone is looking into my soul. Good work. Keep the amazing stories coming.

  • Reply amanda December 11, 2014 at 6:45 am

    today I woke up to lots of snow and I plan on beginning to listen to your podcasts today while I work indoors at my loom. I can’t wait!


  • Reply Chris December 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Your podcast is so inspiring and I love the interviews , it felt like listening to the radio it was so well put together. Natural dyeing is fascinating!

  • Reply Lynn December 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    What rich morning I’ve spent listening to your podcasts. I have learned so much and been inspired to think differently about some of the fiber I have been using. Have to say it was also fun to hear the voices of makers I’ve admired on IG. Oh and of course I would be thrilled to have a chance at winning the yarn you have dyed in your new space! Looking forward to many more listens!

  • Reply Nanda December 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Would love to win!

  • Reply Katharine December 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Fascinating listen. Can’t wait for more!

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