Welcome, Craftypod and Cast On Listeners!

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 in Crafts | 6 comments

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with Sister Diane of Craftypod and Brenda Dayne of Cast On for their amazing—and wonderfully different—podcasts.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please take a look around and write a comment to say hello. Subscribe to the blog (link in the top-right) to follow the peaks and valleys of my creative adventure, and follow me on Twitter for teenier, more frequent updates and thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think about the things we discussed in the interview(s).

If you’re reading this but didn’t know I had an epic month of talking to amazing podcasters in December, here’s the skinny:

Brenda and I talked for a long time about creativity and creative life, and I loved hearing how she edited our hour-long conversation into a much more concise story. I learned about myself just listening to it, and I thank her so much for that insight. Her focus on the Joss Whedon interview really brings home to me how important that experience really was, and more generally reminds me why his work resonates with me so strongly. I also very much relate to what Brenda discusses at the end of the show, about creating for myself first and foremost. Go make some tea and have a listen.

Diane scheduled our interview several weeks in advance, and she wanted to talk about crafting a creative career. Only thing was, I couldn’t tell her yet that I was in the process of leaving Interweave Crochet. I was finally able to make my public announcement three days before the interview, and I was fairly confident Diane was going to shoot spitballs at me from all the way in Portland. Of course she didn’t, being the kind soul that she is, and instead we just went on with the show. We talked about crafty business life, and about one of my favourite topics: innovation.

These two shows are proving to be a great starting point for me as I begin the new year. Having spoken with these two women whom I respect immensely about things we find so important, it’s as if I’ve laid the foundation for my next adventure. Now to start on the frame…

  • http://www.amynowacoski.com Amy

    I just finished listening to Cast-on. First of all, the Joss interview was one of the more amusing things I've read this year. Second, I think you rock in your complete abandon to do what inspires you. I am so with you.

  • http://www.booksonthenightstand.com Michael Kindness

    Hey Kim-

    I've been tagged in this “7 things” meme going around and now I'm tagging you. It looks like you have not been tagged before (surprisingly). If you feel like playing along, here's the link:

    http://www.booksonthenightstand.com/2009/01/sev

    best,
    Michael

  • http://letsknit2gether.com CAT

    I found your interview with Joss after listening to CastOn and I was so excited to hear Joss talk about crafting and New Media! Awesome!
    Would you consider an interview on our video podcast LetsKnit2gether? We did an entire episode about making a Jayne hat for Leo Laporte and would love to chat with you about your quest to interview Joss!

  • Jess

    I've just been catching up on listening to my podcasts and heard your interview on Craftypod. There was such great stuff in that interview, I think I will have to go back and listen to it again.

    Anyway I just wanted to suggest that you check out a book called “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher. I read it when I was totally stuck with my PhD and couldn't understand why a topic that had totally fascinated me now bored me to tears and was making me miserable and why I couldn't seem to finish anything that I started. She describes people just like us who have huge enthusiasm for learning and trying new things, throw ourselves into projects and then one day just walk away from them to the bewilderment of everyone around us. From your interview it sounds like you have figure out a lot of stuff for yourself round this issue, but I certainly got a lot out of this book, and one of the best things was realising that there was nothing wrong with me and the way I worked.

    I am looking forward to reading about more of your adventures in the future so good luck with everything.

  • Jess

    I've just been catching up on listening to my podcasts and heard your interview on Craftypod. There was such great stuff in that interview, I think I will have to go back and listen to it again.

    Anyway I just wanted to suggest that you check out a book called “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher. I read it when I was totally stuck with my PhD and couldn't understand why a topic that had totally fascinated me now bored me to tears and was making me miserable and why I couldn't seem to finish anything that I started. She describes people just like us who have huge enthusiasm for learning and trying new things, throw ourselves into projects and then one day just walk away from them to the bewilderment of everyone around us. From your interview it sounds like you have figure out a lot of stuff for yourself round this issue, but I certainly got a lot out of this book, and one of the best things was realising that there was nothing wrong with me and the way I worked.

    I am looking forward to reading about more of your adventures in the future so good luck with everything.

  • Jess

    I've just been catching up on listening to my podcasts and heard your interview on Craftypod. There was such great stuff in that interview, I think I will have to go back and listen to it again.

    Anyway I just wanted to suggest that you check out a book called “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher. I read it when I was totally stuck with my PhD and couldn't understand why a topic that had totally fascinated me now bored me to tears and was making me miserable and why I couldn't seem to finish anything that I started. She describes people just like us who have huge enthusiasm for learning and trying new things, throw ourselves into projects and then one day just walk away from them to the bewilderment of everyone around us. From your interview it sounds like you have figure out a lot of stuff for yourself round this issue, but I certainly got a lot out of this book, and one of the best things was realising that there was nothing wrong with me and the way I worked.

    I am looking forward to reading about more of your adventures in the future so good luck with everything.