Knitting Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 7: Caroline Kaufman & Michele Wang – Knitting in fashion, color, working for yourself and gauge and tension

January 13, 2015

I’m very excited to share the seventh episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two exciting and colorful fiber folk that come from different places within the fiber industry, but both hail from New York, Caroline Kaufman and Michele Wang.


fancy tiger crafts


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: Caroline is a up and coming fashion designer, color enthusiast and fiber junky.  You can find her at and on Instagram @crosekauf.


Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer the following question, “Describe your fiber comfort zone?” We had some amazing replies from Andrea @dreareneeknits, Nikki @woolenviolet, Sonja @atreebytheriver, Andi My Sister’s KnitterJennifer @jaykay_knits, Maria @ninja.chickens, Rhea @hedgerowcottage

Fiber folk 2: Our next guest is someone I’ve come to admire as both a designer and spinner, but even more so as an entrepreneurial go getter. Michele is an incredible knitwear designer as well as the creator of Gauge + Tension, a shop in Brooklyn featuring hard to find yarns. You can find her at and on Instagram @mishi2x.

January 24th and 25th, Gauge + Tension is hosting their final pop-up shop at it’s Meserole Avenue location, featuring two special events with the Plucky Knitter and Miss Babs fibers and yarns. Beginning in February, you’ll find Gauge + Tension at it’s new home, a shared location with Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint Brooklyn.


Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is… @liseydear! Congratulations, you’ve one the Trewlawney Mitt Project Kit.

The giveaway this week is a special one, our second guest Michele’s Paffuto hat pattern along with one skein of Quince and Company’s Puffin. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below on this blog post.


Next week Michele has a brand new pattern coming out designed in Woolfolk’s Far yarn. A long cardigan, featuring pockets, deep ribbing and a stockinette stitch pattern. A great selfish knit for deep Winter. Michele is offering a special Ravelry coupon to you fiber fans. Starting next week and available through February 15th, use the code “woolful15” for 10% off of this beautiful new pattern.


Music by Jónsi.


Transcription coming shortly!

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  • Reply Camanoah January 13, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Lovely podcast. I look forward to new episodes every week. This week you featured one of my favorite designers, Michele Wang!

  • Reply nobutterfly January 13, 2015 at 2:46 am

    A very inspiring podcast, once again. I truly love the combination of designers, fibre enthousiastics,… every one involved in wool actually

  • Reply Amylynn January 13, 2015 at 4:19 am

    When I saw the new podcast this morning was up, I just had to giggle to myself knowing that I will have a little Momma break in my day to listen to it myself. What a treat! I got to get on Caroline Kaufman’s site this morning, what eye candy. Her collection for 2014 was simply divine, the colors, the yarn, texture. Very inspirational! As always thank you!

  • Reply Naomi January 13, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I am really looking forward to hearing Michele Wang. Thank you for the lovely podcasts.

  • Reply Marci January 13, 2015 at 4:41 am

    can’t wait to listen, learn and, undoubtedly, become inspired!
    these podcasts are really great – thanks for getting them to us!

  • Reply Marci January 13, 2015 at 4:42 am

    can’t wait to listen, learn and, undoubtedly, become inspired!

  • Reply Heather January 13, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I LOVE your podcast!! After years of having a love affair with crocheting and all things fibre related I finally feel like I am part of an inspiring and wonderful creative community. Every episode has been great but thank you for featuring Caroline Kaufman this week. I came across her Instagram a couple months ago and have been so inspired by her work – I’m really looking forward to hearing what she has to say! Thank you so much and I can’t wait to hear more about your personal journey!

  • Reply Margaret January 13, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Looking forward to listening to this podcast. I love Michele’s work and have been waiting to hear your talk with her. Thanks for the giveaway and the 10% off coupon!

  • Reply Heather January 13, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Thank you so much for your awesome podcast, I look forward to listening to it every week! I am super excited for Caroline Kaufman – I came across her Instagram a couple of months ago and have been so inspired by her work.

  • Reply Mimi January 13, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! So glad I finally had time to listen to a podcast, I can’t wait to go back and listen from the beginning.

  • Reply Abby January 13, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I love Quince and Co and Michele, this may be my favorite giveaway to date!!

  • Reply Kristen January 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Oh I can’t wait to listen! I may sneak some in this morning while running around with the kids!

  • Reply Madeleine January 13, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Can’t wait to listen! I always look forward to these. I’ll be listening tonight while knitting. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer January 13, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hurrah! A new podcast! I came into work and took a peek at the site to see if there was one I had not heard and what a treat. It’s so nice to hear stories about people working creatively and using their hands while I manage sludgy spreadsheets at the office. It tides me over until the end of the day, when I can get down to “real” business. Much thanks! 🙂

  • Reply pistachios January 13, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Wonderful! Thank you.

  • Reply Sarah January 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    tuesday is the best day of the week! thank you, thank you for this podcast!

  • Reply becca waterloo January 13, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Love that hat pattern! I’m always looking for a good one living in Chicago here when we have our horrendous winters. Looking forward to catching up on the podcast!

  • Reply Vasilia January 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I want to thank you so much for bringing us this lovely podcast every week. I have just recently moved to the Charleston, South Carolina area for my husband’s work and have been very bummed about the lack of a knitting community and LYS in the area. My only fiber and knitting community is now virtual, and through long phone calls with my mom and her fellow knitters on speaker phone.

  • Reply Sarah January 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    So far these podcasts have been amazing! I love the variety and the consistency – this podcasting endeavor has been a success! I’m a little behind so I’m excited to listen to this one soon!

  • Reply Julia January 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Wonderful podcast and great giveaway of Quince yarn! Thanks.

  • Reply Jennifer January 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Beautiful hat pattern! I’m at work right now, but I can’t wait to listen later!

  • Reply Sarah Mahan January 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I love your blog and I enjoy your podcast very much. I look forward to some relaxing and knitting while I listen tonight! Very cute hat!

  • Reply caitlyn January 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    new listener and loving it! love the hat pattern! Thank you!

  • Reply Angela January 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I really enjoy this podcast! So much great info and cool makers.

  • Reply jane January 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    thinking of how to be more
    improvisational with color and design!

  • Reply Barbara January 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Thomas Jefferson said, “Though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” That’s how I feel about the fiber community! I’m very inspired by the creative young women and men who are pursuing their creative vision and turning it into careers. I started knitting in my 50s and I’m enjoying every challenge in a long learning curve. Keep up all your good work, Ashley!

  • Reply jenny January 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Another great podcast! Im so excited when it’s Tuesday! Wonderful assortment of fiber folk!

  • Reply Artania January 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Look forward to your podcast every week,
    Never disappointed! Until next week!

  • Reply TiffanyMicnele January 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I love listening to Woolful whilst doing dishes and dreaming of knitting after my son falls asleep! I also love that you have some Jonsí! (It was playing during my son’s birth.)
    Can’t wait for next week’s episodes!

  • Reply Kristi / treefroggin January 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Love the podcast! I look forward to it each week. Such a fan of Mchele’s work and I really enjoy knitting with Quince.

  • Reply Carleigh Lape January 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    This podcast had kept me sane in the midst of holiday traveling. It has turned seemingly endless hours of driving into a delightful experience where I’m continually engaged and inspired. I’m so grateful for what you do. Surely whoever wins that hat pattern is very lucky.

  • Reply Kali Aevermann January 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks so much for starting this podcast. Love learning about all these fiber folk. xx

  • Reply Carlene January 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve visited Gauge and Tension a few times. Michele actually taught me how to spin with a drop spindle. She told me she’d be on Woolful sometime this month, so I was very excited for this episode…and then I was so pleasantly surprised that Caroline Kaufman was the other guest! I found her Instagram a few months ago and adore her work so much. I loved hearing about the making of her quilted jacket.

    I visited Hopkins Winery last weekend and got to see the Sachem Farm sheep and buy some of their wool!

  • Reply Kara January 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    This is my favorite episode yet – Caroline’s clothes are so beautiful, and I thought that Michele had some great advice. Thanks!

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) January 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Yet another lovely podcast. Thanks for the chance to win such lovely yarn, and such a unique hat pattern! 🙂

  • Reply Susan January 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Swatching for a Brooklyn Tweed design with Shelter yarn while listening to this podcast — so appropriate to have a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team featured!

  • Reply Jessica A. January 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I am loving your podcast! I have wanted to try quince and co. for awhile so this is great inspiration. Thanks for all the time and energy you put into this podcast and site!

  • Reply eva January 13, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I am so glad to have discovered your podcast. Many thanks for creating such thoughtful content; it certainly makes my walk to and from work in this freezing weather a lot more enjoyable!

  • Reply Marisa January 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks very much for making such an awesome podcast. I shared it with my coworker who is getting into sheep farming here in Western Washington. Your site was well-received.

  • Reply pika January 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Just recently found my way to your blog and your journey and what you are doing is so amazing. I was raised with sheep and my mom and dads entire life revolved around them in one way or another. After a short time without them due to health issues. Now in their 70’s they are once again embarking on their next sheep adventure. Thanks so much for getting the word out about sheep the non-wasteful consumers. Good luck in your wooly endeavors!!

  • Reply annie January 13, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I was so excited to find out about these podcasts! I commute from NJ to NYC for work and this will make my commute much better!!!

  • Reply Chris January 14, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Another great podcast and an introduction to your two guests Caroline and Michelle. I would love to win Michelle’s pattern and the Quince yarn, thank you.

  • Reply Neza January 14, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Dear Ashley, you make my knitting time even more enjoyable, thank you so much! I look forward to every new episode, the interviews are so interesting, you ask just the right questions!
    Best wishes to you and your family and the plans for the farm and mill!

  • Reply Josh Moll January 14, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Love your podcasts! And love the hat 🙂

  • Reply Patricia January 14, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I feel so calmed by your beautiful podcasts, even while driving. It validates my love of fiber and makes me dream of opportunities I had not dare dreamed of before.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Mandy Bee January 14, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Loved the podcast this week! Having recently quit my job, it’s always inspiring to hear about others’ journeys with their careers.

  • Reply Kristi January 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Love your podcast. I’ve recently cut back on NPR because I listen with my kids and there is a lot of stuff in the world that is not kid friendly. Your podcast is always inspiring and kid friendly!

  • Reply Katie January 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Lovely to discover your podcast this morning while getting the day going. Pulled out a long neglected UFO to work on while I listened. I especially loved the segment with Michele.

  • Reply Rose January 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Oh, your podcast makes me feel so full. Like eating a home cooked meal and filling me up with finer knowledge. I love your podcast episodes. Keep it up 😉

    • Reply Rose January 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Sorry I meant fibre, not finer. Automatic correction haha.

  • Reply Jenny Sverker January 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Loved this weeks talk with Caroline, she was so sincere!

  • Reply Kaiwen Lin January 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I just started this podcast and enjoy listening to it so much. The interview is inspiration for me to keep on knitting!

  • Reply Kathryn D January 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    So grateful for all you do! Thanks for sharing your passion!!!

  • Reply Cara January 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    another great podcast…makes my daily commute so much more enjoyable! And I’m such a long-time fan of Michele’s –love her!

  • Reply Antonia January 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I listen to your podcasts while working out – when I’m done it’s time to knit! Thanks for sharing your journey and interviews!

  • Reply Maggie B. January 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    My mood perks up whenever I see you’ve uploaded a new episode. Keep it up! (Love Quince & Co., I’m making a chunky cowl out of Puffin as we speak.)

  • Reply Mary January 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Another great podcast! Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Reply cora January 14, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    just started listening a week ago and am playing some major catch-up!
    i think I will write you a more lengthy message via email.
    Thanks for sharing these people to more fiber folk.

  • Reply Jenn E. January 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I just discovered your podcast and I’m in love! Your interview with Michele is just great and I can’t wait to see what you do next.

  • Reply Alina January 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    The sweater by Caroline is absolutely GORGEOUS! So funky, so free style! Thank you for the podcast.

  • Reply leah January 14, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I just discovered this delight of a podcast this week and I have been binge listening late into the night while working on a quilt. I’m already looking forward to listening next week!

  • Reply Donna Jefferis January 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks another great episode, interesting and informative.

  • Reply Carolina January 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I just stumbled onto your podcast this week and have binged listened to all the episodes! I love hearing all of the stories and am looking forward to hearing more!

  • Reply Francis Berryhill January 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

    The best podcast so far. You have the best guests.I feel I learned a lot by listening to both guests. It opened my eyes to a new designer and inspired me with a designer I already love. Keep up the great work!

  • Reply jessicac January 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Been listening while stuck in traffic, my only relief!
    Thank you!! Love learning about the designers.

  • Reply olivia January 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I am so glad I came across this site and found the podcast. LOVE it!!

  • Reply Dyanne January 15, 2015 at 9:13 am

    This podcast has quickly become a favorite. I look forward to each new episode. The short film you posted is so beautiful I could cry. So happy for you to live your dream and share it with us.

  • Reply Katie January 15, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This is my first time listening to your podcast! I love it and can’t wait to listen to the back episodes!

  • Reply Fräulein Rucksack January 15, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Oh wow, Carolines way of crafting is so inspiring.
    Can’t wait to knit with the next podcast!

  • Reply Antonella January 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    It was refreshing to hear these two urban fiber people. Made me miss New York’s creative scene (though not the cost-both literally and metaphorically-of living there!)
    Thanks again for another good episode and gracious give-away.

  • Reply Erica January 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Loved this week’s podcast! I so badly wanted to visit Gauge & Tension during my November trip to New York but it sadly didn’t happen. I did get to visit Caroline’s favorite shop, Purl Soho. I loved that you suggested she should bring her finished knits in to show them – when I was there they showered one of my own designs with compliments. I was very bashful, but it was wonderful and they are so kind.
    I am such a huge fan of both these designers, I loved these interviews… dare I say it was my favorite so far?

  • Reply Dawn January 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Loved this podcast! I look forward to them and am always inspired!!

  • Reply Kate January 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I was so pleased to discover your podcast on the podcast store yesterday and loved listening to this episode! Thanks for all your hard work, bringing us fiber folk together. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Lessard January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Such a lovely podcast! I really look forward to your interview 🙂

  • Reply Elaine January 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Hi, Ashley. I just want to tell you how very much I enjoy your podcasts. I discovered knitting podcasts this summer and regularly watch a few, but I particularly am drawn to yours because I learn something new each week and come away feeling inspired by what I hear from listening to your interviews. Thank you for all the time and energy that you put into them and thank you for sharing your fiber journey with us. It was so interesting listening to Caroline talk about her approach to her designs and after hearing Michelle talk about gauge and tension I don’t think I’ll look at a swatch quite the same again! Thanks again for all of this! XX Elaine

  • Reply Lorna January 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I enjoyed both interviews so much! Love the podcast.

  • Reply Phoenix January 16, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Thanks for the inspiring discussions that accompany me on my dog walks!

  • Reply YaYa Ball of Yarn January 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Hi, I absolutely love your podcast. I think your thoughtful interviews give me new windows to this lovely world full of fibers and color. I was so tickled to listen to Michelle Wang as I am always drawn to her designs . Keep up the great work you are much appreciated!

  • Reply Janelle January 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Great interview with Michelle Wang! I’ve been admiring her BrooklynTweed designs for years. Nice to connect a voice and a personality with a design aesthetic.

  • Reply Summer January 16, 2015 at 11:08 am

    This was my first podcast and it was very interesting. Since I love all things Quince I had to comment as well!

  • Reply Christie kane January 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I love all of Michelle’s designs. I have the yarn and pattern for stonecutter, I just need to cast on!

  • Reply Erin S January 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    This is hands down the best fiber related podcast out there!

  • Reply ali January 17, 2015 at 1:45 am

    It is so inspiring to hear from people who love their job. Thank you for a great podcast.
    Cheers, ali

  • Reply Lotta January 17, 2015 at 2:22 am

    wonderful episode, again. thank you all so much!

  • Reply Lisa January 17, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I love your podcast. I’m looking forward to a Saturday afternoon of knitting and listening. Thank you!

  • Reply Janet January 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I love your podcast! You ask great questions and let the interviewee answer them. Your voice is so relaxing to listen to. Thank you!

  • Reply Kelsey January 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

    On top of getting to hear about her design process, it was so cool getting to hear Michelle was in IT. I currently work in IT and sometimes view myself as kind of a nerd.

    Also I saw your podcast featured in the iPhone podcasts app. So cool 🙂

  • Reply hannah January 17, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    They just get better and better every week!! 😀

  • Reply Kathy McKibben January 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Another great podcast. I love hearing from diverse wool people. Thank you

  • Reply Carly Hoffman January 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I got to meet Michele back in november at gauge and tension and I found her just SO inspiring.

    also just a PS about brooklyn tweed-
    on my way back home from my FIT interview in the city to transfer in to their textile/surface design program, I saw Jared Flood walking in Penn with a garnet bag. At the time i didn’t know what he really looked like, I think I had only seen a picture of him once a long time ago but I just thought to myself “thats probably Jared Flood from brooklyn tweed, maybe its a sign that I’ll make it into the textile program. I then went home and looked at the BT blog and saw a picture of him and sure enough IT WAS HIM. I don’t really know how I knew, I guess it was the garment bag.

    anyway, lets hope its a sign that I can do big things in the textile world, like Jared and all the designers of BT

  • Reply hd January 18, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Love this podcast, especially its eco focus. The great advice about balancing passion, life, and mothering is also so, so, so good. Thanks!

  • Reply Nicole January 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for all of the great info and giveaways! I can’t wait to see what Michele’s new sweater will look like.

  • Reply Casey Ryder January 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Just recently discovered your podcast and Instagram feed. What an inspiration! It’s so nice to hear other fiber folks stories and to realize how connected this community is. Wool is a wonderful thing! Keep up the great work!

  • Reply James Dear January 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Great work! I am new to knitting and really enjoy learning from talented artistians.

  • Reply Lydia January 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Great to hear Michelle’s journey and design process.

  • Reply Nikki Solomon January 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Wonderful episode Ashley! I am amazed by the creativity of knitting designers!❤️

  • Reply Kimberley Buergel January 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Love your podcasts! Always looking forward to the next one.

  • Reply Annie D January 19, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Oh how I’d love to win the giveaway! I enjoyed your conversation with Caroline Kaufman so much–it’s inspiring to know we can always be thinking outside the box and pushing our personal fashion in our knitted art-pieces. Thanks again for a lovely episode!

  • Reply zill.Y January 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Just finished my little hat while listening. Thanks for doing what you do, Ashley! z.

  • Reply Nancy January 23, 2015 at 4:15 am

    just found your podcast and I am loving it!

  • Reply Lisa W January 24, 2015 at 12:16 am

    What a great podcast. I really enjoyed the interview.

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