8 episodes

Lydia Christiansen shares the secrets of sustainable, small batch wool straight from her mill on Whidbey Island. Explore modern topics, questions, and techniques affecting fiber farms, cottage mills, and discerning hand crafters.

Modern Wool Lydia Christiansen

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    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

Lydia Christiansen shares the secrets of sustainable, small batch wool straight from her mill on Whidbey Island. Explore modern topics, questions, and techniques affecting fiber farms, cottage mills, and discerning hand crafters.

    The Wide World of Dyes

    The Wide World of Dyes

    In this episode we’ll explore color and the wide world of dyeing. I’ll share some ideas on how we are affected by the colors around us as well as a crash course on acid dyes. Plus, we will talk about my favorite way to dye wool at home.

    • 37 min
    Royal Sheep

    Royal Sheep

    In this episode we’ll tell you about our relentless quest for balance; both in yarn and in life. We’ll also discuss our house DK yarn we call Verdant, and dip our toes into the history of a breed of sheep that might be one of the closest breeds to royalty that there is in the sheep world, Rambouillet.

    • 25 min
    Finnsheep

    Finnsheep

    Dive into the secrets behind Finnsheep. Hear about the fiber and breed itself, and chat with two shepherdesses who tend the wool I’ve been spinning this month. I’ve even got a hot tip on where you can purchase these brand new small batch yarns.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Secrets of Josef & Anni

    The Secrets of Josef & Anni

    Hear about the secrets behind one of our top selling yarns, Josef & Anni. Learn how the yarn came to be and other stories behind the names. We’ll take a close look at the Targhee sheep breed, one of our local family farms, as well as the original Targhee namesake.

    • 54 min
    Spinning Stories

    Spinning Stories

    Spinning a yarn about yarn spinning, some notes on creativity, plus an opportunity for you to be a Yarn Designer. We have a new feedback line! Now you can call/text your wooly questions, comments, and stories to us directly at: 619-516-WOOL (9665)‬.

    • 31 min
    Wool Scouring

    Wool Scouring

    The How-to and why of washing raw wool. In this episode we’ll unpack the nuance of wool scouring, one of the greatest barriers to sustainability of small batch yarn.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

McKenzie Audette ,

Great way to geek out

I’ve loved this podcast. I stumbled upon it at work and had to listen to it. I love wool, and learning all about it. I’ve loved the information, and history that is shared on this podcast. I can’t wait for each new episode to come out.

woolly tamales ,

Oh. My. Goodness!!

I just love this program. Every show has been fun and entertaining, yet educational. I’ve been spinning for 15 years and with every show I’m learning something new.
Try not to miss this wonderful podcast- definitely time well-spent.

BobTPanda ,

Wool is wonderful!

Who would have thought that a podcast about wool would be so fascinating? As a long time artist, who has newly acquired interest in creating with fiber, I was thrilled to discover both the Abundant Earth fiber lab right here in my own community, but also their podcast.
Lydia's discussions about color are quite relevant to my work as a painter, and as a newly converted needle felter, her podcasts about fiber are enlightening, to say the least. She has a very engaging speaking style and the podcasts fly by as I listen.
Thanks for being such a wonderful small business and having such an entertaining podcast.

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