Fiber Nation

By Interweave

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Join host Allison Korleski as she talks with people from all corners of the yarniverse: designers and dyers, shepherds and spinners, publishers and pathfinders. From family farms in the American heartland to a woman’s cooperative in Afghanistan, each episode explores what connects us as knitters and makers.

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The Mystery of Gunnister Man
1n 1951, near Gunnister, Shetland, two men discovered a body in a shallow grave. They called the police, who quickly determined there was something very strange about this burial. The body wasn’t actually a body; it was a full set of woolen clothing that had once contained a body. And that clothing was almost 300 years old.  Who was Gunnister Man? How had he come to be in such a remote spot, and what exactly had happened to him there?   Read the show notes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 25, 2020
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*** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25, 2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 30, 2020
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 - Show notes and photos for A Handmaid's Knit - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 15, 2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 03, 2020
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. 
Mar 03, 2020
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:
Feb 04, 2020
Coming Soon - A New Season!
Stay tuned! Fresh episodes featuring tales of textiles, craft and culture are coming soon with the new season of Fiber Nation.
Jan 30, 2020
The Donner Party and the Doll
We bill Interweave’s podcast Fiber Nation as “a knitting podcast that goes beyond knitting.” Up to now, though, we haven’t strayed too far beyond, focusing on sheep, wool, and the survival of textile traditions in general. Our newest episode, “The Donner Party & the Doll,” is definitely about survival, but of the human kind. It’s also our most dramatic episode yet.
Aug 27, 2019
Fiber Nation Podcast: From Russia with Love
May 22, 2019
Fiber Nation Wants to Give You Yarn (Really)
May 16, 2019
Fiber Nation Podcast: Country Life
Apr 12, 2019
Fiber Nation Podcast: Not What I Expected
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Mar 20, 2019
Introducing: Fiber Nation Podcast
The first episode of Fiber Nation is coming to your knitting podcast download queue on Friday, March 22, 2019. Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave and current explorer of craft in world cultures, weaves a tale for host Allison Korleski about her travels to Afghanistan. Join Allison as she talks with people from all corners of the yarniverse: designers and dyers, shepherds and spinners, publishers and pathfinders. Each episode explores what connects us as knitters and makers. Learn more at
Feb 26, 2019