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Holiday Audio Treat: Miss Eiderdown's Stocking

We have a special treat for Knit Picks podcast listeners this week! The folks over at Boxer Press Audio have created a knitting-themed holiday radio play, and we've added it to the podcast feed. It'll be in two parts, and Part One will go live today, with Part Two going live next Friday. The story is called Miss Eiderdown's Stocking. Kelley's really into listening to audio books while knitting, and we thought that you would all enjoy a little extra listening material while you're finishing up all of your gift knitting.

Here are the links to the files - you can right click and select "Save Link As" in order to download each part.

Part One (available right now!)

Part Two (available December 11th, 2009)

We also have a free stocking pattern inspired by the Eiderdown story. It's knit in Gloss HW, and Kate designed some cute duplicate stitch charts so you can embellish it as you please.

Boxer Press Audio is a small, but determined production company based in the Bernal Hill area of San Francisco, California. Our first release, the holiday tale Miss Eiderdown's Stocking, started with the knitting of an actual stocking in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. As the stocking grew, so did the story. We'll never say that knitting is boring. You can read about new stories in the series right here.

Meet the crew for Miss Eiderdown’s Stocking:

In 2006 Writer/Producer Kate Godfrey left her position as a Deputy Art Director with PC World Magazine to write an adventure novel for children ages 9-12. She has since finished the manuscript and gone on to write a series of shorter stories centering around two very crafty ghosts. Miss Eiderdown’s Stocking is her first audio production. Kate lives, writes, and designs in a tiny cottage on a hill in San Francisco. After dinner she puts on the headphones and settles in to knit with a story while the wind rattles the windows.

Voice Artist Andrea Snow lives on the other side of the hill from Kate. Andrea has been a principal actor with the San Francisco Mime Troupe where she sang, danced, and charmed her way into audiences’ hearts in leading roles including: Dragon Lady in The Dragon Lady's Revenge, Factperson in Factperson, and Olga in Hotel Universe. Andrea has written and directed for theater, including the PBS television series, You Can Choose. Off-stage she is a voice instructor, as well as a speech therapist working with young children with speech and language difficulties.

Director/Sound Editor Pat Jackson lives a few blocks from Andrea. Pat began her film career on Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. You’ll find her listed in the credit rolls on everything from Apocalypse Now to The English Patient (for which she was a 3-time Academy Award mentionee) to A Bug’s Life. Her extensive documentary picture editing includes Emiko Omori’s Rabbit in the Moon, which won a national Emmy for best historical documentary. Pat is also a tenured professor in Cinema at San Francisco State University.

Sound Advisor Dan Gleich lives on the same hill as Kate, Andrea, and Pat. He has worked in film and television production for over 25 years, on projects ranging from national commercials to independent feature films, three of which have become Sundance Film Festival selections. Dan specializes in on-location audio. Two documentary projects he’s worked on have received Academy Award nominations, including The Times of Harvey Milk, which won in 1986. Also noteworthy is the currently ongoing PBS series Keeping Score: MTT on Music, featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

Engineer Stephen Berke of BerkeSound lives not far from the hill where everyone else lives, close enough that the group has declared him an honorary resident. Stephen was literally born into the recording business, naturally waiting until the session was finished to make his first appearance. He wears many hats in the studio, including recording, sound design and mixing. Stephen has engineered sessions for diverse range of clients including National Geographic, PBS, and Cisco. Stephen is also an independent filmmaker, specializing in short narratives.

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Comment by Deborah Carrithers on December 22, 2009 at 8:49am
I had no problem downloading part I but part II gives me a "cannot find source" error!
Comment by nancy NM on December 9, 2009 at 3:48pm
This is wonderful!!! I listen to knitpicks podcasts when exercising and this was a true surprise. THe reading is delightful! I am going to have to break down and start getting audio books. What a special gift you have provided us! Looking forward to the next part. Like a radio series! Thank you!
Comment by Phyllis D. Wright on December 7, 2009 at 5:15pm
Kelley, wonderful story and loved having someone read it to me. Guess I'm going to start buying audio books now because it really was fun. Or, I could move closer to the DGC (Darling Grandchildren) and make reading to grandma part of their nightly homework. LOL wonder how that would work out.
Comment by Yarn Basket on December 7, 2009 at 7:40am
I love this story. I listen to it all the time. I can't wait for the next part! Thanks Kelley!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 5, 2009 at 9:18am
What a delightful story! I loved every minute and cannot wait for the "rest of the story." Thank you so much for this Christmas gift!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 5, 2009 at 8:50am
That is what I am doing right now... --S
Comment by Sock Girl on December 5, 2009 at 8:28am
I am not able to listen to it!? Any way it could be listened to like a pod cast? Thank you
Comment by thepinksheep on December 5, 2009 at 5:11am
This was an absolutely delightful little story. I'm eagerly anticipating part 2!
Comment by October on December 4, 2009 at 6:37pm
I can't wait to listen while I finish up my Christmas knitting! Thank you much!!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 4, 2009 at 3:50pm
What a great story this is! I love it! It's like a fairy tale for knitters! (I say "fairy tale" because all of the story is believable except the fact that she was willing to make 35 bobbles all in a row!) Be sure to listen all the way to the end, including the credits. They're interesting, too! --P

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