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Episode 5: Julie Hoover & Deedee Morris – Fiber communities, dyeing, discovery and design

December 23, 2014
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I’m very excited to share the fifth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two amazing and talented women, Julie Hoover and Deedee Morris.


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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts, a beautiful yarn shop based out of Denver, Colorado, who recently launched their online shop, They have an amazing selection of fabrics and yarns, including their own Heirloom Romney Yarn, which is grown, milled and dyed here in the US. Make sure to visit Fancy Tiger Crafts in person when in Denver and online at


Fiber folk 1: Deedee is an amazing photographer, fiber dyer, passionate gardener and explorer in the kitchen hailing from Halifax Nova Scotia. You can find her at and on Instagram @diemorr.


Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer the following question, “How has your fiber community inspired you?” We had some amazing replies from Andrea (@dreareneeknits), Barbara (@stixandstring) and Beatrice (@threadandladle).

Fiber folk 2: I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know our next guest over the past few months as she shared her humble fiber journey, and it really struck a chord with me, as I know it will for many of you. You might be most familiar with Julie Hoover as a designer for Brooklyn Tweed, but more than that, she’s spent her lifetime making her way as a creative, while raising three boys and most recently, building her dream home in Ann Arbor. You can find her at and on Instagram @jgourmet.


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is…@bethanydean. You’ve won a copy of Mandarine’s Pinecone and Mulberry hat pattern and 2 skeins of Quince and company’s Owl tweet. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Local Color Fiber Studio, an amazing fiber and natural dye farm located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. We’re giving away two skeins of their US grown, spun and dyed Rambouillet wool yarn in fingering weight, dyed with Japanese Indigo from Local Color’s farm. 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.


Next week I’ll be taking a little break to spend some quality time with my family, record a couple more amazing fiber folks and naturally dye my little heart out as we complete this Quarter’s Naturally Dyed Yarn club. Make sure to follow along as I share on Instagram @woolful.

I also wanted to mention the two Woolful knit-alongs that will be taking place in the coming months. Next week we’ll be starting our first knit-along, the Nordic Wind Shawl pattern designed by Deneise of cabinfour, using some amazing new single farm Icelandic Lopi yarn which will be in the Woolful Mercantile tomorrow. You can find kits that include both the knit along pattern and Lopi yarn, or you are always welcome to use your own favorite Lopi yarn. You can find more information on this knit along and our next Little Woolens hat pattern knit along in our Woolful Ravelry group.

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Music by Jónsi.
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  • Reply Pattie in Vermont December 23, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Thanks so much for your podcast. I love it. Some older podcasts on fiber living seem to have disappeared. Thanks for your efforts on our behalf.

  • Reply Marci December 23, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Yeah – a new podcast for christmas!! best present EVER!

  • Reply Cecilia December 23, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Another wonderful episode! <3

  • Reply jonatha foli December 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

    indigo & podcast…perfect!

  • Reply Sarah December 23, 2014 at 7:17 am

    yay woolful! listening to this podcast has become part of my tuesday morning routine – today it’s cheering up a quiet office before the holidays. thank you!

  • Reply Gail December 23, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I love the US grown, spun, and dyed yarns! You need to replace the sheep pic with a Rambouillet sheep though!
    Thanks for a great blog.
    From Gail, a NY shepherd

  • Reply Hannah Corson December 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Really enjoy your Instagram feed 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kristin December 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Great podcast this week! And thanks for the giveaway…I’ve not yet knitted anything with Rambouillet yarn, though I want to. (I’m getting some spinning fiber of that breed for Christmas!)

  • Reply Natalie December 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Loving these podcasts. I’m a new but obsessive knitter and fiber enthusiast, and I’m in Bainbridge, GA, so I’d love to win this yarn dyed in another Bainbridge!

    Happy Holidays and Happy Knitting!


  • Reply SuthernGirl December 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Love your podcasts! They are always inspiring and interesting. I find myself listening to them multiple times and connecting ever more deeply into the knitting world….Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Holly December 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I love this podcast! Thanks for your hard work and in depth interactions with such fascinating guests. I also appreciate your giveaways!

  • Reply Naomi December 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

    This is a great way to start the holidays.

  • Reply Karyn December 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I discovered your podcast a few weeks ago and have caught up on all the past episodes; I have to say its quickly become my favorite podcast. I love hearing your guests’ stories; they’ve been so interesting! Thank you!

  • Reply Katie S December 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Yay beautiful yarn! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Reply Madeleine December 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Love your podcast – always look forward to listening to it. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Camanoah December 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast. I am enjoying learning about the fiber journeys of these passionate people. It’s also great that I am learning about some local-to-me yarn sources here in the PNW. Thanks!

  • Reply Madeleine December 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Love your podcast – always look forward to listening to it. I’m finding so much inspiration from your episodes. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Nissa Johnson December 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Love the podcast!

  • Reply Robin Graham December 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Hello! Thank you for the inspiration! May your Holiday be wrapped in Cheer and Celebration for the New Year!

  • Reply Mary M December 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    That blue is so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Reply Patricia B December 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the giveaway chance! Love the podcast!

  • Reply Susan December 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Just finishing up the last of the Christmas knitting — so nice to curl up with another Woolful podcast. Looking forward to more inspiration in 2015!

  • Reply jenny December 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Your podcast is such a treat! I look forward to it every week! Always fun to imagine I win the giveaway too.

  • Reply Phoenix December 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Perfect soundtrack to my giftwrapping. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Erin December 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’m officially done buying superwash ANYTHING now, thanks to your podcast (and also Clara Parkes). Thank you! Now, to teach everyone in the family how to hand-wash their knits….(:

  • Reply sarah December 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    So lovely! I haven’t had the chance to listen to all the podcasts yet, so I am excited to finally get to as I finish up my Christmas gifts! Thank you for the giveaways 🙂

  • Reply Megan December 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    This podcast has become such a relished part of my week. Thank you for creating it, and for the opportunities to win beautiful yarn each week!

  • Reply mzry knzpp-samet December 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Another great podcast. Please enter me in the drawing. I .love Bainbridge Island

    • Reply Janice hellzen December 24, 2014 at 3:09 am

      Another great podcast. Every time I listen I just want to be knitting which doesn’t work well when I am at my place of employment 🙂

  • Reply David December 24, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I am thoroughly enjoying your podcast, and look forward to a new round of great interviews and stories in the new year.

  • Reply Antonella December 24, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Awesome, as usual. Thanks for another great set of interviews; it made me rminesce about last year’s trip to Nova Scotia! Also thanks for another givveaway.

  • Reply Shayne Z December 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    This might be my favorite episode yet. Julie Hoover is great and it was really interesting to hear all about her journey and her work with Brooklyn Tweed. Listening to these podcasts brightens my work day. Happy holidays to you!

  • Reply Kate December 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

    This was my first podcast but won’t be my last ; I enjoyed it very much. Have a wonder filled Christmas and we will all be looking forward to more Woolful in the new year.

  • Reply Lorna December 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Another enjoyable podcast. Please enter me into the yarn giveaway this week. Happy Hoildays!

  • Reply cristina December 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    this makes me so happy

  • Reply Chatti brown December 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    What a great website. I love fancy tiger and happy that they are sponsering this week! On holiday right now hit hope to listen to podcast soon!

  • Reply Junskri December 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful podcast! I’m new to both Instagram & podcast but am so glad that I tried! <3
    Will deginitely come back for the next one!

  • Reply Laura H December 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Wonderful! I’m from the Seattle area and had no idea about this wonderful treasure on Bainbridge Island. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack December 26, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Your podcast is so fantastic. I’ve been following some of the interviewed people. It’s such a pleasure to see their works.

  • Reply Mandi December 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Thank you for this wonderful podcast! I am learning so much.

  • Reply Andi December 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

    How many more times can I say how much I love this podcast? Lovely interviews. Especially enjoyed listening to Julie Hoover. I have been a long time admirer of her knits and designs. She is an inspiration.

  • Reply Katerina December 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love the podcast.
    Love from Greece

  • Reply Carlene December 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    As a huge Brooklyn Tweed fan, this episode was especially awesome to me. Hearing that Julie Hoover is working on designs with Habu yarn…ahhhh! That will be incredible!

  • Reply Leanne December 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for providing a great podcast for fiber lovers!! And thank you for the chance to win a beautiful prize. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Rachel December 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I just began listening to your podcasts and cannot get enough. You are so inspiring and I a, soaking up all of the information. Thank you for what you do and all the hard work you put into it!

  • Reply Rachel December 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I just began listening to your podcasts and I can not get enough! You are so inspiring and encouraging; full of knowledge and so willing to share and invite others into this wonderful fiber world. Thank you for all of your hard work!

  • Reply Margaret December 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I love your podcasts! Love your giveaways too. I’m so looking forward to receiving my first club yarn. I hope I get every club offering!

  • Reply Josh Moll December 27, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Love the podcasts and would love the indigo 🙂

  • Reply colleen December 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

    What a pleasure this podcast is! I love the extended focus with each fiber worker, and now make sure to set aside that little chunk of time…best with needles in hand!

  • Reply Linda December 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love your podcast. I learn something with each one.

  • Reply Mandy Bee December 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This podcast was very inspirational – I love hearing about different paths into a career in fiber (specifically knitting).

  • Reply Lisa Zingsheim December 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you for your podcast! I love my knitting, and spinning, and dyeing. I love the community of fiberfolk and learning more everyday

  • Reply Carla December 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I am so glad I found you- I love the podcast- Would be delighted to win the yarn as well-

  • Reply Jacqueline December 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Truly enjoying the conversational style of the podcast. Thank you for another good episode.

  • Reply Vanessa Snow December 30, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Loved this one! Loved their journey into making something out of love, into a career. Delicious. (And, “it’s just a sign on the road” make me laugh so hard my tea spilled right back into my mug!!) xxxx

  • Reply Shirley Beard December 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    A very enjoyable listen today. Felt like I was listening to friends, especially since I moved to Bainbridge Island, WA back in 1978, shop at Churchmouse and have taken classes from Jared Flood there. To win yarn sourced on our lovely island would be just the perfect sychronicity.
    Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes for a healthy and successful 2015.

  • Reply Amanda W December 31, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Thank you for the podcast ~ would love to win the giveaway! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Michelle Smit January 1, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and journey! It is very inspiring!

  • Reply Emilie January 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Your podcasts are so inspiring. They really make me think and give me new ideas and dreams. Thank you!

    /Emilie, Denmark

    P.S. I do not know if the giveaways are open internationally, but I wanted to give you my positive thoughts anyway.

  • Reply Deborah January 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Lovely post. The red yarn looks yummy!

  • Reply Neza January 3, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I listened to this podcast before xmas but I forgot to comment,It was sooo interesting to hear about Julie’s story! Thank you for making lovely podcasts and A happy new year to you and your family!

  • Reply Melissa January 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    This podcast is a constant inspiration and fuel for my fiber fire. I especially enjoy the breadth of fiber experiences you bring from the interviewees. Thanks for starting this and maintaining such great quality for the fiber community. Cheers!

  • Reply Tammy January 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Great podcast! I’m hooked.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Rachel January 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Ashley, I love LOVE LOVE your podcast! I can’t wait for the next episode. You and Kylie Gusset have inspired me to make a New Year’s resolution to not buy any superwash wool in 2015 and do more research about where my yarn is coming from. I would love to be entered into your giveaway!


  • Reply Mandi January 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    So, informative!

  • Reply Chloe January 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I look forward to each episode! Thanks for all the hard work you put into them. They’re great! The giveaways are awesome too. xo

  • Reply Kali January 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Love getting to know more about the knitting and fiber community. As a new knitter there’s so much to learn and I’m glad there are places like this podcast to help me through this learning process.

  • Reply pistachios January 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm


  • Reply becca waterloo January 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    You have no idea how inspirational you’ve been, even in the last couple of weeks of me finding you! Keep it coming! <3

  • Reply Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Such a beautiful color! Love the natural dyes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Mandy January 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I’m really enjoying these podcasts, very inspiring. They have given me a big push to get on with lots of yarn/knitting/making ideas that I’ve had for a long while. I live in London & although I know of some wool growers not too far away, I’m very keen to find more & hopefully work with them.
    Happy New Year
    Many thanks for all your hard work.

    Mandy xx

  • Reply Serafina January 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Very cool podcast. Just discovered you today 🙂

  • Reply Juliann January 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I am excited about a new podcast! Listening to Woolful makes me want to quit my job and work at a yarn store just to be around wool!

  • Reply Kristen January 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    What a fantastic episode! Thank you for introducing me to Brooklyn tweed their patterns are amazing! Love listening to this podcast while knitting during nap times I look forward to it all week!

  • Reply Kathryn D January 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I hope you know how incridibly inspiring your story is! I too am jumping head first into a new life. Bought a farm, renovating, bought a herd of alpaca…I hope I can enjoy the terrifying journey with as much grace and openess as you are with your new ranch and dreams for the future in fiber. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us!
    Carnation, WA

  • Reply Artania January 5, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Love your work! I have learned tons of information on where our wool is coming from, what’s going into to process. Food for thought, we are more conciouse these days about what we are eating.. Why not what chemicals are going into our wool and fiber?
    Love the podcast! Looking forward to (hopefully) tons more! Yay!

  • Reply Lisa January 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I’m enjoying your podcast — thank you!

  • Reply Erica January 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    So glad I found this site. Inspiration aplenty.

  • Reply Nikki Solomon January 5, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Loved the podcast and the naturally dyed yarn is beautiful!!

  • Reply Erin January 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I absolutely love this podcast and look forward to each new episode. I love the way it feels like each guest tells a story about themselves. Thanks for doing such a great job!

  • Reply Emily January 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Your podcasts were the best for listening on long flights across the country over Christmas. Thanks for making them!!

  • Reply Kristin January 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for a great podcast!

  • Reply Jill January 5, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful podcast and the awesome giveaway!

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