A Canadian knitting podcast, with a pagan twist!
Episode 21 - Mother & Son
Today's episode is a belated Winter Solstice-themed "mystery play" between the Midwife (face of the Goddess) and the God. I also draw a winner for the Jane Richmond book "Island" and a skein of Madelinetosh "Vintage". Songs: Derek K. Miller "What Child is This?/Greensleeves" Ludovico Einaudi "Lady Labyrinth" Green Druid "Night Dance" Catya Mar "Clouds" from REMEMBERING THE DAY More Human than Human "Yule Tides" Oona McOuat "Ancient Mother"
Episode 20 - Jane of the Island
In today’s episode, I’m pleased to bring you an encore interview with Jane Richmond, here to talk about her new collection of knits, inspired by Vancouver Island. Plus, in the Kitchen I’ll talk about my new way of cooking and eating. Shownotes (links to follow): News & Noteworthy: The contest is now closed and there will be a drawing for it soon. Thanks! The contest for this month: a copy of Jane Richmond's new knitting collection "Island". Also, a skein of Madelinetosh "Vintage" worsted, in either "logwood" (purple) or "mourning dove" (blue). The deadline for this contest draw is December 31st, 2012, around 9pm Pacific/12midnight Eastern. Leave a comment with your contact info (Ravelry id is great!) Jane Richmond's new book "Island". Madelinetosh "Vintage" worsted (200yards/4oz), "Logwood" colourway. Madelinetosh "Vintage" worsted, "Mourning Dove" colourway. For “On and Off the Needles”: Interview with Jane Richmond. Song - Ludovico Einaudi, “Nightbook” In the Kitchen: The Paleo/Primal diet/lifestyle: Books Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook Diane Sanfilippo's Practical Paleo Julie & Charles Mayfields's Paleo Comfort Food Blogs Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations (Paleo cooking/baking) Elena's Pantry (gluten-free, but with some Paleo options) Mark Sisson's "Mark's Daily Apple" (more to be added soon) Closing: Today I want to acknowledge the loss of one of our own. A fellow podcaster, knitter and much loved lady in the knitting and Ravelry community - Karrie, also known as KnitPurlGurl (podcast by the same name), passed away suddenly on Monday, November 26th, 2012. Please join me in sending your thoughts of strength, love and peace to her family. To honour her today, in this closing, I wanted to play a song by Torley on Piano called “Remember Melody”. To our sweet KnitPurlGurl, this is for you. Song: Torley on Piano - Remember Melody
Episode 19 - Ancestors of Yarn
In today’s episode, it’s time to catch up on the knitted projects. Plus, an essay by British writer and Druid, Nimue Brown. Shownotes: News & Noteworthy: -contest draw (yarn or spinning fibre) winner - Jennifer, Naamah13. For “On and Off the Needles”: “Off” Projects only today: Irish Coffee, by Thea Colman Yarn: Madelinetosh Chunky, 100% SW merino, aran weight, colourway “Rambler”. Telemark Pullover, by Erika Flory Yarn: Gaia’s Colours, Pales Twisty DK, colourway “Azur-Ava”. Rae scarf, by Jane Richmond Yarn: Purple Label MCN fingering by Tanis Fiber Arts, in the “Autumn Sun” colourway (September 2011 sock club yarn). Diagonal Lace socks, by Wendy Johnson Yarn: Skinny Bugga, 80/10/10 true fingering, by Sanguine Gryphon, in muted rainbow colourway “Frog-legged Leaf Beetle”. Sedum cardigan, by Jane Richmond Yarn: Bernat Roving (single-ply bulky, 80% acrylic/20% wool) in “putty” colourway. A Test knit unnamed cardigan by Carol Feller, to be released next year. Made the one-year size Yarn: Berocco Vintage Chunky in a pale bright green. Ameliorate fingerless mitts, by Hunter Hammersen Yarn: Gaia’s Colours Fibre Arts, Silkie Sock in the colourway “Lolita”. Hacky Sack Hoodie, by Stef Pulford from the Son of Stitch n’ Bitch book Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, deep charcoal gray, 100% wool. Color Affection, by Vera Valimaki Yarn: Fiberphile yarns, MCN luxe sock, 375yards/343metres, in “Stardust” and “Honey Amber”, and Earthly Hues Seedlings sock yarn (MCN), 375yards/343metres) in “Sunshine”. Song - Sora, “Heartwood” The Pagan Corner: Nimue Brown’s essay - “Ancestors of Yarn” "I’m not sure when humans started spinning wool from fleece, but it goes back a long way into our history as a species, I assume to our first settling as farmers rather than being nomadic hunter gatherers. Yarn has played a significant part of life since then, as clothing and bedding, decoration, comfort, and art form. It’s also traditionally a very female activity, in the western world, although I believe in South America knitting is one of those hard core macho things that men get together to do. Which goes to show that like most gender things it actually has more to do with culture than physicality. Our female ancestors then, for most of human history, were involved with yarn. A woman might be buried with her distaff even. Spinning, weaving, making and mending are traditional women’s work. The methods we have, from the spindle and spinning wheels to knitting and crochet also connect us to the people who invented, developed and perfected them. Like so many of our ancestors, the yarn innovators are largely unknown, and there were probably a great many of them. Every woman who passes down this skill to a girl, is part of a huge web of weaving tradition. I learned knitting from my mother, crotchet from the mother of a boyfriend, spinning from several friends, although I’m not very good at it! I learned naalbinding (which might not be how you spell it!) to make traditional Viking socks, which take forever but are stunningly substantial. The wool work doesn’t come alone though. Alongside it come the tales of other knitters and crafters, family myths and anecdotes. While the hands are busy, the mind has plenty of room to wander. I find wool work incredibly soothing. If I’m rattled, my mind in chaos and my body weary, then to sit down with wool is one of the best therapies. The rhythm of it is innately soothing. Watching small pieces of creativity form between my fingers is affirming, settling. The stories and inspiration of other wool workers are very much with me, and I feel part of something much bigger than I am. There’s a power in weaving, knitting, spinning – the power to take the raw materials of nature and fashion them into something essential for life in a cold climate. Wool for our ancestors must have contributed to survival, a vital part of culture that made human life viable in tough
Episode 18 - Celebrating cables with Carol
In today’s episode, the one year anniversary of the podcast, I chat with Irish designer Carol Feller about her new Craftsy online class - Celtic Cables. Image from Craftsy.com Shownotes: News & Noteworthy: -Draw for spinning fibre - “LittleCaptina” - Sarah -Teo Bishop, our lovely Druid from episode 16 is American musician Matt Morris. New draw/contest for the month of August: Yarn - Gaia's Colours Fibre Arts, 3 skeins of Silkie Sock (50% SW Merino/50% Silk, 2ply, heavy fingering, 383yards/350metres per 4oz/115grams) in the colourway "Tammuz". Spinning Fibre - Wooly Treasure, 1 batt (Merino, BFL, SW Merino & Silk, Silk Noil, Angelina, 3.6oz/100grams) in the colourway "Earth Sing", still sealed in bag (as seen below). The Knitter's Needles: - My interview with Carol Feller, of StolenStitches.com, here on a "blog tour" to promote her Craftsy.com classes "Celtic Cables" and a free one, "Short Rows". Song: Great Big Sea, “Old Polina", courtesy of Music Alley.
Episode 17 - The Lusty Month of May!
In today’s episode, reviews for row-counter apps and some hand-dyed yarn, in “The Knitter’s Needles”. “The Pagan Corner” brings us Beltaine, where we will dance the May pole and gather the morning dew. Shownotes: Housekeeping: - Winner of April Springtree Road yarn is: RoseEnRose - ScriptFrenzy - Backyard Chickens website - The Loopy Ewe The Knitter's Needles: - MadelineTosh - Tosh Chunky, 100% Merino Yarn - review - Row Counter apps (for iPad & iPhone, available through iTunes): Knitting Counter HDKnitting StitchMinder Monthly draw: Yarn or a Tale, Merino Roving, "Growing" colourway. The Sanguine Gryphon, Merino, Merino/Silk batt, "Robin of Loxeley" colourway. To enter, leave a comment in the comments section below, including a way to contact you (Ravelry ID, email address, etc). Deadline for entry: Wednesday, May 30th, 9pm Pacific, 12midnight Eastern. Music: Jolie Holland, "Springtime can kill you" ax, "Pure Romance - Spring Feelings"
Episode 16 - The Druids
Today’s episode is all about the Druids! Alright, so it’s an introduction to modern Druidry, with an interview in “The Pagan Corner”. Plus, a bodice-ripping good time that has the occasional Druid and Immortal thrown in for good measure. Shownotes Housekeeping: - winner of the Miso Crafty Knits project bag and a skein of yarn is: Anjanette (explodingpinecone on Ravelry) - new contest for April - see photos/details below. Eyes and Ears: Karen Marie Moning's Highlander Romance novels (the "bodice-rippers"!) (Wiki page) The Pagan Corner: An interview with modern-day Druid Teo Bishop. Books & Authors recommended by Teo: Issac Bonewits Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism John Michael Greer (not recommended directly on the podcast, but a great read) The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth Phillip Carr-Gomm (Chosen Chief Druid of OBOD) Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century Links to Druid Organizations OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids) ADF (Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship) Bits I mentioned during/after the interview: - Knitted Morse code - a CBC radio interview with Kristin Haring on the show "Spark" (scroll down the the section called "The Beauty of Binary". - DJ Conway's book "Magick of the Gods & Goddesses" - Joseph Campbell, writer of books on myth, religion and archetype. Music: Green Druid, "Dignity", from MusicAlley.com Yarn to win this month - Springtree Road, Emeline sock (50% Merino/50% Silk, 434yards per 100grams) in "Anenome" colourway. Muscadine sock (75% SW Merino/25% Nylon, 460yards per 100grams) in "Bramble" colourway. To enter to win one of these lovely skeins, please leave a comment in the shownotes with a Ravelry ID or another way to contact you. Deadline is Monday, April 30th, around 9pm Pacific, midnight Eastern time.
Love the Pagan Knitter
Nice to listen to, lots to learn about, and some fun knitting talk!
Smooth voice and bewitching podcast!
To be honest, I prefer videocasts, but this is such an awesome podcast and I hope Ursa keeps at it! And maybe try video casting so we can keep up with all your projects as iTunes subscribers???? Please? Lol.
But really, a great combination of Knitting and Paganism! ❤ Lee-Ann.
One of the good ones
I really enjoy this podcast. Fun and informative, plus she has a very relaxing voice to knit to. I hope this podcast stays around for quite a while.