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A knitter's pillowcast: a knitting podcast modelled after the traditional Japanese "pillow book". Come on in, the water's fine...

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One of my very favorite podcasts

By TallGirl8517 - Aug 22 2007
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Katherine Matthews is an amazing podcaster. I don't actually knit, but I find myself mezmerized by her stories and her smooth, calm voice. Her take on everything from Bollywood movies to comic records is interesting and fun to listen to at every chance. Her technical expertise in recording the podcasts is evident. She blends songs, sounds and a great audio level to make listening an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone.

Unique and Wonderful

By LEChakan - Apr 25 2007
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I only recently discovered this podcast, but found it so soothing and engaging that I soon downloaded and listened to every episode in the series. What's it all about? Well, imagine an extemporaneous essay on the simple pleasures of life, as envisioned through the eyes of a knitter, and spoken by the loveliest of voices, and you kinda get the idea. It saddens me that as of yesterday 4/24/07, one now needs a username and password to access this terrific program. Even the podcast's website has been rendered accessible only by password. Ms. Matthews has been offering up a delightful and much appreciated "pillowcast." I certainly hope her podcast and website return.

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5 Ratings
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One of my very favorite podcasts

By TallGirl8517 - Aug 22 2007
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Katherine Matthews is an amazing podcaster. I don't actually knit, but I find myself mezmerized by her stories and her smooth, calm voice. Her take on everything from Bollywood movies to comic records is interesting and fun to listen to at every chance. Her technical expertise in recording the podcasts is evident. She blends songs, sounds and a great audio level to make listening an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone.

Unique and Wonderful

By LEChakan - Apr 25 2007
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I only recently discovered this podcast, but found it so soothing and engaging that I soon downloaded and listened to every episode in the series. What's it all about? Well, imagine an extemporaneous essay on the simple pleasures of life, as envisioned through the eyes of a knitter, and spoken by the loveliest of voices, and you kinda get the idea. It saddens me that as of yesterday 4/24/07, one now needs a username and password to access this terrific program. Even the podcast's website has been rendered accessible only by password. Ms. Matthews has been offering up a delightful and much appreciated "pillowcast." I certainly hope her podcast and website return.
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Rank #1: Episode Twenty-Eight: Xtreeeme Knitting

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What happens when you take cricket, Bollywood, Marlon Brando and combine them with a little Xtreeeme Knitting?  Listen to this episode of Purl Diving to find out.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders video that inspired it all.

The anthem ("Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo" AKA "2 Hot 2 Cool") is on CD, and available at Nehaflix, fine purveyor of all that is Bollywood.

"The Detonator" is the name of this year's Sock Wars Pattern.  Go.  Knit.  Feel a frisson of glory.

John Meadows read the excerpt from the Reuters news article.   His excellent podcast, On the Log, is all about, as he says, "looking at the future through the rear-view mirror", and is one I eagerly await each Saturday morning.

Bruce Murray *will* return to The Zedcast (I've been lighting candles, it will happen), and if you've never listened, it's worth starting at number one and working your way through his wonderful stories.  And if you're a runner, you can find him on his weekly call-in running podcast, The Running Shoe.

The Tech Guy occasionally hangs out at his blog, Unconventional Wisdom.

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"Keep On Fighting" by Pralay (from the Podsafe Music Network)

May 19 2008

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Rank #2: Episode Twenty-Seven: Bundle Up!

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Because the Journée du gros pull originated in the Flemish part of Belgium, it's actually known as the "Dikke-truiendag", and because this year February 16th falls on  a Saturday, the action will actually happen on Friday, February 15th.

Get out your woollies!

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American BaroqueThe Four Seasons by Vivaldi -- "Concerto No.4 in g minor RV 297 :WINTER: - Allegro non molto" (from Magnatune)

"Warm Up My Life" by Winters Longing (from the Podsafe Music Network)

Feb 14 2008

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Rank #3: Episode Twenty-Six: Ready, Steady, Knit!

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Today on Purl Diving we delve into the wonders of nana-technology with Shreddies Knitting Nanas.

Darryl Cognito hides from the robots in the basement of the internet, where he produces the podcast Atomic Suburbia (As Darryl says, "Not just Calgary's best podcast, but also the most consistent!") I hope he doesn't mind me nicking his theme music, but as soon as I saw the bit where the nanas defeat the robots, I just knew I had to use it.

Warning to Canadian listeners: earworm alert --> Good, good, whole wheat Shreddies!

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"Replaced By Robots" by Lejeune (from the Podsafe Music Network)

Feb 06 2008

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Rank #4: Episode Twenty-Five: The Gift of the Magi

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In this episode, the Universe hands me the gift of a great idea, and some good people to help me make that idea a reality.

This episode was a true Christmas miracle for me.  I searched high and low for music for it, and I stumbled across The Perfect Version of "We Three Kings" by Derek K. Miller on the Podsafe Music Network.  As soon as I heard it, I knew it was perfect.

It was the first time I'd dared to create an audio play, and I'm grateful to Sage Tyrtle of the Quirky Nomads podcast, and Bruce Murray of The Zedcast, who immediately agreed to provide the voices for Madame Sofronie and Jim; and to my Tech Guy, who agreed to narrate the story, even though he usually prefers to stay behind the scenes. 

For that alone, he merits the gift of handknits.

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Musicbox Silent Night recording by bilwiss from The Freesound Project

Music featured in this episode:

"Just Stockings On" by [munk] (from the Podsafe Music Network)

"We Three Kings" by Derek K. Miller (from the Podsafe Music Network)

Dec 23 2007

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Rank #5: Episode Twenty-Four: Stop the Madness

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In this episode, Purl Diving discovers what happens when the Universe smacks you upside the head with the Christmas Knitting Crazy Stick.

Yes, I had to inflict the parody song on you Again This Year.  What good is a holiday if you can't trot out all the Olde Chestnuts?

Oh, okay, the Maine Mittens can be found by visiting the page for Clara Parkes's book,  The Knitter's Review of Yarn. (Scroll down for the link to the .pdf)

(I don't yet have a copy of Clara's book, but I've thumbed through it at the local yarn shop, and I think any knitter would be happy to find a copy of this under the tree.)

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"Santa Will Find You" by Mindy Smith (from the Podsafe Music Networkmusic.podshow.com)

Dec 14 2007

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Rank #6: Episode Twenty-Three: Mission Not Quite Possible

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In this episode Purl Diving discovers knitting and manning a polling station don't mix, and mulls over the problem of voter apathy.

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"I'm Henry the Eighth" performed by Harry Champion, from the Internet Archive

Nov 06 2007

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Rank #7: Episode Twenty-Two: Knit the Vote

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We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say he has no business here at all.

-- Pericles, Greek orator and politician (ca 495-429 B.C.E)

Exactly.  What he said.

Audio:

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Sounds from a polling booth during the French Presidential elections, recorded by mosfran from The Freesound Project

Music featured in this episode:

"Someday Soon" by Great Big Sea (from the Podsafe Music Network)

Oct 05 2007

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Rank #8: Episode Twenty One: Le jardin secret

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I'm fascinated by the French concept of "le jardin secret", the secret garden, that part of one's self where one permits all freedom of thought, without worrying about what others might think.  It's a metaphorical or imaginary place where one can retreat, recharge; where one can preserve one's identity and sense of self; where one can express one's most secret desires and emotions.

I'm finding, more and more, that this podcast, this little pillow cast, this diary, has become, in many ways, my own secret garden.  Well, not so secret, because I find myself compelled to share many of my most intimate thoughts with rather a large number of strangers.  In the end, I'm not sure if, through this process, I'm preserving my identity or sense of self, or figuring out what it really is.

Ultimately, it's a pretty self-indulgent process, and I thank you for indulging me, by downloading my musings and manias and listening to them.

Okay, I know what you're really here for is a link to that yarn.  Since I wrote and recorded this episode, I've discovered that Clara Parkes at Knitter's Review has -- well -- reviewed it, last spring, in fact.  I read the review this morning (it is rather excellent, if you're interested in the yarn, I'd highly recommend reading it), and chuckled all the while, especially at her suggestion that one might want to keep smelling salts at the ready.  Indeed.

Oh, and don't get the idea that I don't like Serge Gainsbourg at all -- in fact, although some of his music makes me uncomfortable, there are more songs that I really love, including: "La javanaise" (originally written for Juliette Greco, but there's a lovely version by Indonesian singer Anggun); "Le poinçonneur des Lilas"; "Les petits papiers";

Audio:

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"Un beso" (mp3)
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Sep 26 2007

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Rank #9: Episode Twenty: Valhalla

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I've nothing left to write that I haven't already said in today's episode -- but I'm sure you're just here for the links, right?

Ruth's very inspirational blog.

Ruth's Kauni Cardigan (English Version)

Ruth's Autumn Cardigan

The Icelandic Lace Shawl (which was in Piecework Magazine, part of the Interweave family).  I believe you'll have to be registered and signed in with Knitting Daily in order to download the PDF.

The Bohus kits.

Sigh.  One day...one day...

Audio:

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Music featured in this episode:

"The Ride of the Valkyries" from "Die Valkyrie" by Richard Wagner, 1921 recording performed by the American Symphony Orchestra (from the Internet Archive)

"The Immigrant Song" by Ann Wilson (from the Podsafe Music Network)

Sep 13 2007

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Rank #10: Episode Nineteen: By the Pricking of My Thumbs

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"Once upon a time, in a large forest, there lived an old woman and three maidens.  They were all three beautiful, but the youngest was the fairest.  Their hut was quite hidden by the trees, and none saw their beauty but the sun by day, the moon by night, and the eyes of the stars.  The old woman kept the girls hard at work, from morning till night, spinning gold flax into yarn, and when one distaff was empty another was given them, so they had no rest.  The thread had to be fine and even, and when done was locked up in a secret chamber by the old woman, who twice or thrice very summer went a journey.  Before she went she gave out work for each day of her absence, and always returned in the night, so that the girls never saw what she brought back with her, neither would she tell them whence the gold flax came, nor what it was to be used for."

from "The Water-Lily.  The Gold Spinners" from The Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, whose damned Fairy Books probably started it all.

Spinnin' wheel, got to go round...  Talkin' 'bout my troubles, it's a cryin' sin.

Audio:

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Music featured in this episode:

"Lady of the Silver Wheel" by Damh the Bard (from the Podsafe Music Network)

Aug 29 2007

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