Modern Wool

Modern Wool
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
Apr 13 • 37 min
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.
Royal Sheep
Mar 19 • 25 min
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…
Mar 5 • 74 min
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.
The Secrets of Josef & Anni
Feb 19 • 54 min
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…
Spinning Stories
May 21, 2019 • 31 min
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)‬.
Wool Scouring
Apr 24, 2019 • 48 min
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.
Wool Quality
Apr 2, 2019 • 25 min
Learn the top three questions people ask about their wool, listen in on conversations about skirting with local shepherdess Sarah Pope, and discover two fantastic Pacific Northwest sheep breeds.
Welcome to Modern Wool
Mar 26, 2019 • 28 min
Lydia shares an intimate look at the genesis of her mill, where yarn comes from, and the value of wool in the modern world.