Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium
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Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium podcast for fiber artists and producers featuring farm tips, sheep education, industry guests, farm updates, and more!

Episode Five: Yarn Local

My guest this week is Joan Beck of Fiber Frenzy, a wonderful LYS in Berea, KY. Joan and her partners built their shop from a dream using smart business planning and management. Three years on, they've expanded to a beautiful location in the heart of the Artisan's Village. Join them on First Fridays or for any number of special events and workshops!

You can learn more about Berea's unique artisan culture at

Thanks to Joan and Judy for posting a fun link that I'm going to follow this football season! I'm sad to say there are no yarn shops in Kentucky participating in the Scoreboard KAL. That's not gonna stop me!! Get the pattern at the official Scoreboard KAL website, then post your photos on the Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium Ravelry group!

Brick mentioned several fiber artists in our Latest and Greatest segment this week:

Sets of Indigo Hound combs can be found here and other places online.
A Verb For Keeping Warm carries truly stunning fiber. I look forward to carding it this week and wish they were close enough to visit!
Brick's new cotton spindle came from Resourceful Nomad on Etsy. In fact her shop banner is the spindle we were using. I did spin a little after we recorded and I have to say, it takes some getting used to! That pima cotton probably has the shortest staple length I've ever spun and the spindle was so light it was like my hands were empty! I will be trying again, definitely.
The lovely Russian spindle came from Maine Fiber Tools. I never did get the hang of this spindle with fiber on it! The bowl is from Cordrick Creations. Both pieces are absolutely gorgeous and worth having as art pieces, even if you don't master supported spindling!
If you'd like to learn more about the ancient art of Nalbinding, you can follow along with us in Anne Marie Decker's book. I think I might add a thread to the Ravelry group for Nalbinding - we can all learn together.
Yet another purveyor of beautiful yarns is Into the Whirled. Love the name, and the colorways!

If you live in KY and are considering owning sheep or goats, it's not too late to register for the Small Ruminants Profit School! Classes begin September 26th and have valuable information and resources, even for those who have animals already!

Finally, we hope you'll meet us at A Wool Gathering this weekend in Yellow Springs, Ohio! I'll also be attending

This week's Penny Candy Giveaway is a pack of mini skeins from Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium! Use them for toys, trim, or as part of a multi-colored project. Then, when you've decided which one's your favorite, you know where to come for more!
Congratulations to Shelley, winner of last week's roving giveaway! Please contact me so I can get you your prize.