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Modern Wool

The Modern Wool podcast is hosted by Lydia Christiansen and explores modern topics, questions, and techniques affecting fiber farms, cottage mills, and discerning hand crafters. Follow along as we share the secrets we've learned along the way about sustainable, small batch wool.

Spinning Stories (#004)

Spinning Stories (#004)

May 21, 2019 2 min read

Spinning a yarn about spinning yarn, in this episode you’ll find stories about hand spinning that you don’t have to be a spinner to appreciate. I’ll also share some notes on creativity and how it affects us at the mill, plus an opportunity to try out the role of Yarn Designer by creating your own small batch of roving or yarn.
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Scoured wool drying on a rack

Wool Scouring (#003)

April 24, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

In this episode we’ll unpack the nuance of one of the greatest barriers to sustainability of small batch yarn, wool scouring. We’ll share the 4 essential requirements for scouring, discuss fermented suint, reveal 3 types of scouring baths we use at our mill and also share pro-tips on how to tell whether you’ve washed your wool effectively.
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Wool Quality (#002)

Wool Quality (#002)

April 02, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

In this episode learn the top three questions people ask about their wool, listen in on a conversation about skirting with local shepherdess Sarah Pope, and discover two fantastic Pacific Northwest sheep breeds.
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Welcome to the Modern Wool Podcast (#001)

Welcome to the Modern Wool Podcast (#001)

February 19, 2019 2 min read 9 Comments

In this inaugural episode of Modern Wool, Lydia shares an intimate look at the genesis of her mill, where yarn comes from, and the value of wool in the modern world.

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