Episode 109 | Knitted Wit

In this episode I’ll talk to Lorajean Kelley, Color-Queen of Knitted Wit. We talk activism, balancing local with internet-based life, and silly colorway names. Then I’ll talk to Amy King about the Targhee Sheep Breed and the fleece that comes from it.

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Thanks for joining me for this episode and for all the ones before. If you’re just coming to the podcast and this is your first time, please do check out the back catalog. I have had a wonderful time talking to all these makers and getting their different perspectives on this yarn industry we’re all a part of.

If you’re a regular listener, please consider sharing the podcast with a friend, or leaving a review in any of the MANY places where podcasts can be found. You can review it in iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Facebook… seriously just everywhere.

And don’t forget about LYS day on April 21, 2018. Check out the show notes for episode 108 for more info on that one.

This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

I’ll be back here in 2 weeks to talk with Bristol Ivy about her new book, Knitting Outside the Box.

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Episode 108 | Anzula Luxury Fibers

This episode introduces Sabrina Famellos, owner of Anzula Luxury Fibers. We talk about knitting vs crochet, everyday sexism, and being both an introvert and a business owner at the same time. Then we talk to Amy King about metallic fibers and specifically Stellina, the shiny component of Anzula’s newest yarn, Lucero

TRIGGER WARNING: We get into sexism and just tangentially touch on sexual assault, but in case these topics are an issue for you, skip 30:10 through 34:47.

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Thanks for joining me for this episode. I just returned from TNNA last week and got to see a bunch of the people that I have talked to for past episodes, including Heidi from Lux Adorna, Amanda from Lorna’s Lace and Mrs Crosby, as well as Sabrina, who you heard from today. I love the creative chat that happens at shows like this, and I really rely on the injection of creativity that this kind of brain trust can bring to my life. I’ve got some ideas for this podcast that I’ll be talking about once I get them a little more solidified, including a sampler box of all the yarns featured in the first season.

I also learned about LYS day! On April 21, 2018 we will celebrate the wonderful shops that let us touch and smell the yarns we buy, who give us classes and expertise, and that bring color and inspiration into our communities. Check with your Local Yarn Store (aka an LYS) to see if they’re planning anything special. And if not, help them out! Bring some cookies to share and buy some yarn. Our fiber world wouldn’t be the same without these wonderful brick and mortar stores. So let’s share some love with them. Mark your calendars for April 21, 2018.

This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

Join me again in 2 weeks to hear from Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit.

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Episode 107 | Indigodragonfly

This episode introduces Kim McBrien Evans, Minionster, Snarkitect, and Evil Master Genius of Indigodragonfly Designs. Kim’s color sense is surpassed only by her wit and sense of humor.  We also talk to Beth Smith about how to spin a yarn that mitigates the challenges of superwash wool.

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There are so many ways to support this podcast that comes to you for free. The simplest way is for you to share it with someone else that you think would enjoy it. If you are feeling slightly more giving, you can leave a review or a rating on any of the many platforms (iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher) that YarnStories is now listed on, or donate a bit via the PayPal button at the bottom of every page. My heartfelt thanks in advance for anything you can do.

This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

I’ll see you in two weeks when I interview Sabrina Famellos of Anzula.

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Episode 106 | Spirit Trail Fiberworks

In this episode I talk with Jennifer Tepper Heverley, owner and sole dyer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Spirit Trail focuses on luxury fibers, like merino, cashmere, silk, and some really great breed specific yarns in an extensive range of bases. We also talk to Deb Robson about Polwarth wool from Tarndwarncoort.

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I hope you all had a great holiday season and a wonderful new year. I’ve got my goals and intentions set for 2018, and this podcast is prominently featured in that list. I’ve really been enjoying the work and would love it if it would help support me in the coming year. The podcast requires a lot of time and equipment, as well as hosting fees, and the like. My experts have been generous with their time and knowledge as favors to me, but I would like in this new year to be able to pay them for that time and knowledge.

There are so many ways to support this podcast that comes to you for free. The simplest way is for you to share it with someone else that you think would enjoy it. If you are feeling slightly more giving, you can leave a review or a rating on any of the many platforms (iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher) that YarnStories is now listed on, or donate a bit via the PayPal button at the bottom of every page. My heartfelt thanks in advance for anything you can do.

This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

I’ll be back in two weeks with Kim McBrian Evans of Indigodragonfly.

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Episode 104 | Lorna’s Laces & Mrs Crosby

In this episode I talk with Amanda Jarvis, the new owner/operator and long-time employee of Lorna’s Laces and Mrs Crosby Yarns. Lorna’s Laces has been a staple in the hand-dyed yarn market for years, and Mrs Crosby loves to play. We’ll then talk to Deb Robson about the superwash process and how it affects wool.

Show Notes:

Lorna’s Laces Website: http://www.lornaslaces.net/

Mrs Crosby Loves to Play’s Website: http://www.mrscrosbyplays.com/

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This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

Next episode in 2 weeks featuring Hannah Theissen on her new book Slow Knitting!

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Episode 103 | Lux Adorna Knits

In this episode we talk with Heidi Hennessey, owner and proprietress of Lux Adorna Knits in Boise, ID. Lux Adorna makes 100% cashmere yarn in 4 different weights and a multitude of colors. Then we’ll shift to expert talk with Amy King of Spunky Ecelctic about cashmere fiber and cable plying.

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Lux Adorna’s Website: http://luxadornaknits.com/

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Here’s the link for the crochet star garland tutorial I mentioned in the outro.

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This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

Next episode in 2 weeks!

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Episode 102 | Nua Yarn

In this episode we talk with Carol Feller, knitwear designer, teacher, and co-creator of  Nua Yarn. Carol lives in Cork, Ireland. Then expert talk with Amy King of Spunky Ecelctic about the Merino, Yak, and Linen blend that comprises Nua.

Show Notes:

Carol’s Website: http://stolenstitches.com/

  • Props to Erica, my resident namer.
  • You can sign up for updates on the Nua releases (kits, new colors, and the second collection) with Carol’s newsletter here.
  • My fav silk/linen blend: Anzula Breeze, which I have used for tops and shawls.
  • We mention Louet’s MerLin, which is sadly discontinued.
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This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

Next episode in 2 weeks!

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Kate & Rachel of Spincycle

Episode 101 | Spincycle Yarns

In this episode we talk with Rachel Price and Kate Burge, the Spinsters behind Spincycle Yarns in Bellingham, WA. Then expert talk with Deb Robson about Corriedale, Rambouillet, and Columbia wools.

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Spincycle Yarns Website: https://spincycleyarns.com/

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This is a Lincoln Ewe, not a Ram, but check out those locks!

I’d love to get your feedback on this first episode, so if you’d like to leave a comment or shoot me an email that would be great. That email is miriam@yarnstoriespodcast.com, and you can find that in the show notes as well.

This podcast was produced in Salt Lake City UT, with production help from Mandy Moore and Sid Fallon. Music is by the ever illusive Breakmaster Cylinder.

Next episode in 2 weeks!

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Episode 100 | Introduction

Join Miriam and Sid (her spouse) as he interviews her about YarnStories. What’s behind the podcast, and what’s to come.

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