Thursday, December 22, 2011

Episode 11 - Birthing the Sun

Today is a bumper episode, as the British would say.  I’ll update you on what I’ve been knitting - and it’s been quite a lot.  I’ll also play a handful of seasonal songs both silly and sweet, for your enjoyment. There has been a lot brewing,  bubbling and baking in my kitchen lately - so I’ll share what I’ve been making.  And it is the Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year...

A bumper crop of show notes:   (Sorry for the delay, folks!) 

-Enter to win two skeins of blue/purple fingering merino/silk/nylon & silver over at the blog.  Post a comment in the comments section for “Episode 10”.  There is also a wonderful shawl pattern by Miriam Felton that can be knit with these two sparkly skeins.  Deadline is Saturday, January 14th, 2012.

The Knitter's Needles:

“Off the Needles” Projects:

Elphaba Pullover, by Mary Annarella
yarn: Bugga! by Sanguine Gryphon, in Blue Metalmark

Wurm hat, by Katushika.
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon, Sappho II fingering, in “Like a God” colourway.

OWLS pullover sweater, by Kate Davies
Yarn: Fleece Artist, Big Blue BFL chunky/aran, in “Seafoam” colourway.
I completed the sweater in 8 days!

"On the Needles" Projects:

Rae, by Jane Richmond.
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts, Purple Label Sock (MCN), in September colourway “Autumn sun”.

Arco Cowl, by Sara Sprung.
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta super bulky, in “Arco Iris” colourway.

Mittens, top-down, my own design.  Could become a published pattern.  Starts at finger tips and works to cuffs.
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon’s Zaftig Bugga! worsted MCN, in the “Fierce Snake” colourway.

My favorite sweater - basic top-down raglan formula pattern, by Amber Corcoran.
Yarn: Fleece Artist, Big Blue BFL chunky, colourway "Moonstone".

In the Kitchen:

- My shortbread recipe and butter-tart recipe will be over at my personal blog soon.
- The tricky/disaster caramel apple recipe at the "Your Homebased Mom" site/blog.

The Pagan Corner:

- SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) - American Self-Help writer.

All music sourced through Music Alley.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Episode 10 - Knitting is...

Today’s show is a mini-episode. I’ll share what knitting means to me, and indeed, likely to many of you.  Plus, we draw for that fabulous striping Vesper sock yarn.

Shownotes to follow.

Yarn to win (December/January): Yarn Dyenasty "Marilyn" sock yarn (63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2%Silver), colourway "Vincent".  420 yards per 100 grams skein.  2 skeins available as a set. 
 Pattern to go with these skeins: Seraphim shawl by Miriam L. Felton.

To enter, leave a comment with your name/Ravelry name/contact info on this post.  Deadline is Saturday, January 14, 2011, 9pm Pacific/12midnight Eastern.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Episode 9 - Coastal Comfort

Today’s episode is all about Comfort - on your needles, for your eyes and ears, and simmering in your kitchen.   We’ll look at the new Coastal Knits pattern book.  And “The Pagan Corner” brings us comfort at home, for home is a sacred space.

Shownotes for episode 9:

  • Enter to win a skein of Vesper sock yarn or undyed spinning fibre at the shownotes for Episode 8. 
The Knitter's Needles:
In the Kitchen/Eyes & Ears, Comfort special:
  1. Carrot Ginger Soup
  2. Cauliflower/Potato/Leek Soup (known around my house as "white soup" - good way to get kids to eat veggies :-)
  3. Chili con Carne
  • Books:
  1. Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables series, Emily of New Moon triology)
  2. Bill Richardson, CBC radio personality, author of the Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book, & Bachelor Brothers' Bedtime Companion (all available on
  3. Michael Ondaantje, author of Annil's Ghost and The English Patient.
  • Music (two of my favourite songs lately):
"As if we never said goodbye", sung by Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer), in the TV show Glee.

"Turning Tables", sung by Holly Holiday (played by guest Gwyneth Paltrow), in the TV show Glee.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Episode 8 - Parting the Veil

    In today’s episode, we catch up on the knitting projects in “The Knitter’s Needles”.  Plus, we reflect on the significance of Samhain in “The Pagan Corner”.

    Show notes:

    • Enter to win Vesper Sock yarn or undyed spinning fiber on this episode's show notes - deadline 9pm Pacific, November 28th, 2011.
    •  The Pagan Knitter Ravelry group
    The Knitter's Needles:

    “On” Projects:
    • Secret project - will reveal in a future episode.
    “Off” Projects:
     Vesper Sock, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 2ply (tight twist), self-striping, 428yards per 100gram skein.  Colourway: "Smoke on the Water".

      Photo/details of spinning fibre to follow shortly.

      The Pagan Corner: 

      - An essay about Samhain/All Hallow's Eve.

      Thursday, October 27, 2011

      Another Tanis Fiber Arts giveaway!

      This time it isn't through the Pagan Knitter podcast, but through Tanis' blog.  Head on over to enter to win a skein of single-ply merino/cashmere/silk fingering in her new "Gold" colourway.

      Photo by Tanis Lavallee.

      Wednesday, October 26, 2011

      Clever Jane!

      I knew our sweet Jane Richmond was clever - and this tutorial proves it!  This video Jane made shows us how to join/knot yarn in a project without ends to weave it.  Love!

      How baby pumpkins are brought into this world...

      Head over to my personal blog, Dyer in the Rough, for an amusing pumpkin photo...

      Thursday, October 20, 2011

      Episode 7 - Faces of the Goddess

      In today’s episode, “The Knitter’s Needles” will bring you a yarn app review.  In “The Dyer’s Pot”, I’ll share some common methods of dyeing yarn & fibre.  Finally, we’ll learn a little about the Four-fold Goddess in “The Pagan Corner”.

      Show notes for Episode 7:

      • The yarn/fibre giveaway is for Tanis Fiber Arts Blue label sock yarn, Gaia's Colours spinning fibre - post a comment on the show notes for Episode 6 ("Sweet Jane") for a chance to win.  Deadline, Friday, October 28th, 9pm Pacific, 12midnight Eastern.
      The Knitter's Needles:

      An app review for "Yarn U":
      The Pagan Corner: 

      Monday, October 3, 2011

      Episode 6 - Sweet Jane

      In today's episode, I sit down with local Victoria knitwear designer Jane Richmond.  Plus, apples & nuts in the kitchen. And then we talk basics for rituals and spellwork.

      Show notes for Episode 6:

      • Everything Old Em yarn & fiber contest - the winner is: Wooly Knits n'bits (Lise, or Zenitude on Ravelry)
      • Ravelry group for The Pagan Knitter
      • Twitter's "knit chat" - hash tag #knitchat, Thursdays at 6:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Eastern.
      The Knitter's Needles:

      The Pagan Knitter chats with Jane Richmond.  Some links to lead you to Jane's patterns:
      The Pagan Corner: 
      Yarn/Fibre give-away for the month of October.  Leave a comment on this post to be eligible to enter.  Deadline/draw - Friday, October 28th, 9pm Pacific/12 Midnight Eastern.

       Tanis Fiber Arts, Blue Label Sock Yarn, in "Aquarium" colourway.

      Gaia's Colours Fibre Arts, Umaj Top (50% SW Merino/50% Bamboo) in "Rainbow Beast" colourway.

      A few photos to go with the episode:

      Jane Richmond, showing off her new cardigan (soon to be released)
      A close up -

      King apples ripening on our trees.

      Thursday, September 22, 2011

      Episode 5 - Harvest Home

      In today's episode, what's been flying off my needles.  Plus, a romantic time-travel series has been my obsession for the past year. And then we look at the Autumn Equinox.

      Show notes for Episode 5:

      The Knitter's Needles:

      “On” Projects:
      “Off” Projects:
      Eyes & Ears:
      The Pagan Corner: 

      - An essay about Harvest Home, or the Autumn Equinox.

      Thursday, September 15, 2011

      Sick girl

      Hello crafters,
      I have landed the cold my sons brought home from school, so am in need of resting both voice/throat and body. I have some of the podcast recorded, but will have to wait until next Tuesday to finish and release it. This brings us closer to the actual Autumn Equinox, however, so I will be able to do a bit about Mabon/Harvest Home.

      Saturday, September 10, 2011

      Planning & Plotting...

      Hello crafters!

      The Planning & Plotting continues for future episodes.  I have lots of ideas for the various segments already, but would love to hear some suggestions from you, my lovely listeners.  If you have any ideas that would fit into the sections listed below, please post a comment here, and I'll make note of it:
      • The Knitter's Needles
      • In the Kitchen
      • In the Dyer's Pot
      • Eyes & Ears
      • The Pagan Corner
      Also, I am looking for a new custom design template/logo for my podcast and this blog.  While I love the look of this one, it isn't original - created it, and it's likely being used by many.  If you are, or know of someone who can create something original for me in the next couple of months, please contact me at thepaganknitter [at] gmail [dot] com.

      Tuesday, September 6, 2011

      Part 2 of Episode 4 delayed

      Hello my lovely crafters!

      After putting together most of the second part of Episode 4 (“Eyes & Ears” and “The Pagan Corner”), it’s become apparent that it’s just not a good time to do the recording at present. My boys are back in school this week, with staggered entry and shortened days/different hours, so I’m running about a lot over the next few days. This would bring the recording time so close to next week that I might as well keep it for then.

      So those bits will be saved for Episode 5, to be recorded/released sometime next week.

      all the best,

      Friday, September 2, 2011

      Photos to accompany Episode #4

      A few snapshots of my trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island....

       A mountain view on the way to Port Alberni.

      My "recording studio" on a foggy afternoon at Chestermans Beach.

      A view of the small islands that are accessible on foot when the tide is low.

      Rippling sand...

      A few moments of the fog moving and lifting to show some blue sky.

      Really tall, really old Douglas Fir trees at Cathedral Grove/MacMillan Park on the way back from Port Alberni.

      The largest tree in the forest.

      The actual tallest tree, with my boys at the base.

      Thursday, September 1, 2011

      Episode 4 - West Coast Wool

      Today I recount Fibrations, interview two yarn sellers, share what I love to read, and give you the introductory information on rituals and spellwork.

      Show notes for episode 3:

      • Winners of the Bugga! yarn contest (yes, there are two) are: SheilaD37 (post #10) and Teo (post #41).  I'll contact you asap to get your mailing details.
      • Complex Texture, a Victoria knitting videocast.
      The Knitter's Needles
      Everything Old Em yarn or spinning fibre contest - leave a comment on this post to enter a chance to win your choice between:

      One skein of True Blue sock yarn - 80% Superwash BFL wool (blue-faced leicester) & 20% Nylon, in the Peacock colourway.

      Or one braid of Falkland Wool - 4 ounces in the Peonies colourway.  

      **Please note, the second part of Episode 4 (Eyes & Ears and The Pagan Corner) will be delayed and included as a part of Episode 5, coming next week.  I have just added a brief post here.  Thanks!**

      Wednesday, August 17, 2011

      Episode 3 - Where it all Pagan...

      Today I review a new Emagazine, share some Fibre Dyeing 101, and tell you how I became a Witch.

      Show notes for episode 3:

      On the Needles Projects
      Off the Needles:
      SpinKnit, an Emagazine from Interweave (link goes to the their Emag shop page)

      In the Dyer's Pot
      The Pagan Corner
      Show now up in iTunes.

      Tuesday, August 16, 2011

      Keepin' it right...

      Hey gang,

      I have relocated the wee flash player for the podcast over in the right column, near the top.  I won't be placing it in each episode's show notes box anymore.

      Finishing up the recording of the third episode - will likely be up tomorrow.

      Thursday, August 11, 2011

      Ravelry group

      For those of you who frequent, I have started a Ravelry group for The Pagan Knitter.  It's very new, but feel free to join in, ask questions, start up some chat, share projects, crafts and yarns :-)

      Sunday, August 7, 2011

      The schedule

      Hello all,

      I wanted to let you know that I am planning on recording/releasing the next episode of the podcast on either August 16th or 17th, and the one after that on or around September 1st.  It is my plan to podcast every two weeks, with the odd mini-episode in between, especially around special holidays (mostly, but not always, Pagan ones).

      I hope you are all well :-)

      Wednesday, August 3, 2011

      Episode 2 - First Harvest

       Show notes for Episode 2:

      On the Needles Projects
      Off the Needles: 
      From the Kitchen:

      Some local food sources I mentioned:

          The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! yarn to win!  Choice of two colourways:

          Blue Morpho (blues, browns and soft brownish greens)

          Golden Orb Weaver (pale and sky blues, with touches of a light gray/pale brown)

          Leave a comment below, with a way to contact you, to enter for a chance to win. 
          If, for some reason, you aren't able to leave a comment, you can email me at:
          thepaganknitter [at] gmail [dot] com.

          The drawing for the Bugga! yarn will take place around 9pm Pacific on August 31st, 2011.

          Episode now available on iTunes.

          Wednesday, July 27, 2011

          Episode One - The Maiden Voyage

          Welcome to my new podcast!  I'm still learning the ropes, so please leave your feedback in the comments section.

          Libsyn (my host) has a page where you can download the first episode as well (plus an RSS feed).

          Show notes for Episode 1:
          Off the Needles Projects
          On the Needles Projects

          Saturday, June 25, 2011

          Podcast coming soon

          This new podcast is coming soon to some ears near you.  Watch this space :-)