greater Vancouver area, BC, Canada

I’m creative, caring and humorous. I love to laugh and chat about what inspires people.

In the past, I would have said my favourite crafting is my knitting but that has changed to be handspinning. I still share my ideas, projects, pitfalls and successes around knitting, but my focus is to share in depth about my spinning, weaving & knitting.  I am looking forward to sharing that journey with you here.

Some fun facts about me?

  • My husband and I met at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany,
  • We are currently in the throws of raising a little boy named James and a little girl named Norah,
  • My favourite colours are ochre yellows and navy blue, and
  • If pressed, I would say I’m a sweater knitter & evolving weaver.

wool n' spinning

Looking for more information about the podcast, Wool n’ Spinning? The podcast is available here and YouTube.

Wool n’ Spinning will focus on Creating spinning content for handspinners of all levels. Participating in community, inspiration & motivation. Fostering the love of making yarn. Participants in the community are able to participate on a Slack channel to get to know one another more deeply, gain support and help, and engage with a community of people who love spinning as much as we do regardless of their geographical location. All of this and more can be found here. Thank you for your support!

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Recently, my friend Katrina and I wrote a book! Information can be found here.

Looking for teaching content on the School of SweetGeorgia? My affiliate link ensures that I am valued for my work on their platform. Thank you for your support!


Please don’t hesitate to contact me at rachel [dot] smith614 [at] gmail [dot] com

or find me on Ravelry as welfordpurls

or find me on Instagram as welfordpurls

or find me on Twitter as @welfordpurls



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  1. So happy to find your blog and video podcasts! I have many episodes to catch up on (fun!), which I will do while spinning and knitting. I’m really looking forward to learning and hearing more about knitting with handspun–which I have only just started to do. I love spinning and knitting . . . but I often cannot bring myself to knit with my handspun. How ironic, right? So nice to make your virtual acquaintance!

    1. Lovely to meet you! I’m so glad you reached out! Yes, I found it hard at first and then as my stash of handspun grew, I had to use it! And then it was addictive ;)

  2. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  3. Hi Rachel
    Love your video podcast, love your blog, love just everything about it.
    Soooooo glad I came across it.

    I’m a 53 year old german born male knitter who recently got into spinning and now I’m hooked (or obsessed??)
    Can’t wait for my Ashford wheel to arrive.
    I already got so many tips from your blog and just today ordered “Wool spinning beyond the basics”.

    Thanks for all your help.

  4. Hi Rachel,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Wool n’ Spinning has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 20 Spinning Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 20 Spinning Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


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