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Fiber Nation

Join host Allison Korleski as she brings you stories from all corners of the yarniverse. From Victorian murder mysteries to the trenches of the Western Front, from deadly dyes to futuristic fabric, each episode explores the connections between fiber, history, and humanity.

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Fiber Nation Podcast: Country Life

Say you start knitting, and get into yarn. Maybe you start spinning, and get obsessed with fiber. This is how an obsession with sheep might begin. Spin Off magazine editor Kate Larson just happens to have her own flock of sheep. In this episode, Kate walks us through animal husbandry, harvesting fiber, and the hard choices that sometimes come with ranching. Have you ever considered integrating sustainable agriculture into your life? Learn more about the possibilities on this episode of Fiber Nation.Show notes: https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/country-life/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


12 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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The Donner Party and the Doll

In 1846 an 8-year-old girl named Patty Reed headed west on the Oregon Trail, along with her family. Among Patty’s few toys was a tiny wooden doll. This doll is maybe 4 inches in height, and there is nothing particularly remarkable about her. Except for one thing: The wagon train that Dolly and Patty Reed were traveling in became known as the Donner Party.Show notes: www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/fiber-nation-podcast-donner-party-doll/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


27 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Fiber Nation Wants to Give You Yarn (Really)

We hope to get your help to bring attention to Fiber Nation! Listen to our fresh clip to find out how your help may be rewarded with yarn. It's all about us wanting to hear from you, the yarn loving listener (and maybe a few of your friends). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


16 May 2019

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The Socks that Won WWI

The First World War was the first truly “modern” war, with its wireless communication, tanks, and poison-gas attacks. In the trenches of Belgium and France, however, one of the most important items in a soldier's kit—right up there with a rifle and a gas mask—was a pair of hand-knit, woolen socks.   *** SHOW NOTES*** https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/episode-9-world-war-socks/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


25 May 2020

Rank #4

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Fabric Fails & Textile Triumphs

When it comes to history, wars and plagues and art and science are the exciting stuff. Linen bed sheets are not. But fiber—fabric— is an integral part of human progress. From Neanderthal caves to Egyptian pyramids, from Viking ships to spaceships, we journey through almost 40,000 years of human advancement. And humble cloth is the springboard.View the show notes: https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/episode-8-textile-history/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


30 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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A Handmaid's Knit - Introducing the Knitting Nerdcast

We're hard at work on our next episode of Fiber Nation. In the meantime, we wanted to feature a new podcast called the Knitting Nerdcast, where host Hannah Baker goes deep into her random knitting obsessions with friends. In this first episode, Hannah and Andrea Lotz nerd out about knitwear they've been noticing in various prestige television shows, including the Hulu show A Handmaid’s Tale. Enjoy!SUBSCRIBE to the Knitting Nerdcast - https://megaphone.link/GPM2560551780Show notes and photos for A Handmaid's Knit - https://www.interweave.com/knitting-nerdcast/handmaids-tale-knit/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


15 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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The Deadliest Dyes: A Colorful History

As knitters and makers, we understand the siren song of color all too well. But did you know that some colors come at a price? And throughout history, people—not just knitters—have been willing to pay it. From poison dresses to a dye that helped destroy an empire, this episode of Fiber Nation explores our fatal fascination with hues throughout history.Show notes: https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/deadly-dyes/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


3 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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The Black Sheep of Wyoming Wool

When Karen Hostetler’s children started school, she thought about starting a small business. A gift shop, maybe, selling Wyoming souvenirs to tourists on their way to Yellowstone or Montana. But when she discovered that you can't buy Wyoming wool in Wyoming, her desire to sell wool bunnies and blankets took a sideways turn into something much bigger—the largest wool mill in the American West. In this episode, we share the story of how Karen upended her life and started spinning wool, in an attempt to save the struggling Wyoming sheep ranchers and historic Basque shepherding culture of her home state. See our show notes here: https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/black-sheep-wyoming-wool/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


3 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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The Half-Knit Stocking: A True-Crime Tale

In this episode we look at the darker side of fiber history, with a surprising twist. Because in Victorian England, newspapers were filled with stories of murder victims, suspicious deaths, and tragic ends. And we’ll learn why, at the heart of so many of those lurid stories, was a woman knitting. Learn more about these stories and our guest Penelope Lister Hemingway on our show notes page: www.interweave.com/article/knitting/new-season-of-fiber-nation-podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


4 Feb 2020

Rank #9