7B: Springtime on Cold Comfort Farm.



Sherri, host, knitter, spinner, and fosters dogs.

You can find Sherri as
TangledThread on Ravelry
Instagram: geminatepodcast

Guest Information

Cynthia Strelkoff, retired opera singer and costumer designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cynthia is now a fiber farmer and designer in Butler, Missouri. She has a new book out, The Lace Makers of Wright Road. The book is co-authored by Willow Oringderff.

You can find Cynthia
Facebook: The Lace Makers of Wright Road
Lace Designs on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/cynthia-anne-strelkoff

Knitting Question: What is the most surprising thing about owning alpacas? Why an alpaca farm? 

Cynthia shares about how she came to have an alpaca farm. And her thoughts on the most surprising things about owning alpacas.



Spinning gradient yarn with the end goal to make a gradient sweater. Math completed, weighed and carded into precise piles for the body and arms. Realized a big oops days later and may have to buy more fiber and start over. 


Warped the loom incorrectly for a scarf and it took 3 people 2 hours to re-warp it.

In triple plying some yarn, it developed too much twist and she had to put it back on the wheel and spin it in order to loosen it up. 


Sherri and Cynthia talk about the book The Lace Makers of Wright Road written by Cynthia Strelkoff and Willow Oringderff. And Cynthia shares the inspiration for the book plus some of her process of writing it.

Podcast Announcements

Find Cynthia on Facebook at The Lace Makers of Wright Road

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At The Table


Hosted her local fiber friends for both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner in 2019. She served roasted duck in addition to turkey. Plus Champagne Squash soup which is one of her favorites!


Dairy Queen Blizzards.

On the Horizon

Many of the events we've been looking forward to in this section have been cancelled or postponed as we all deal with flattening the curve of COVID-19 together. So we're deleting them for now and hoping to make it when they are rescheduled or come around again.

Adrian's Frontier Village. December 2020. Cynthia will be there to each 4th graders about fiber farming.
Missouri Town.
Shawnee Indian Mission.
Osage Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Local Fact

Cynthia lives on a Civil War Order No 11 farm. Order 11 was the forced evacuation and burning of all of the farms in Bates County. She keeps finding artifacts from the first homestead working their way up out of the soil. 


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