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Episode 90: Snowed In

by Brenda on January 8, 2010

Stopping by the woods on a snowy morning, selfish knitting month continues, and I give away my sister. It’s the Millennium Woodscast.

This week’s Audible pick is The Help. Click here for your free audio book.

My friend, Sage, hosts a podcast that’s… kind of hard to explain. You can listen here.

The all new even better Driving Miss Daisy pattern is ready for printing, not yet available for purchase, but will be soon. Watch this space.

Please, support my friend, Todd, in his 400 mile Friends for Life Toronto to Montreal bike rally, to benefit the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.

Share the love with Pam, the sister so GOOD, I was forced to give her away.

KniTunes were provided by and used with the permission of:

Additional music, Winter Dreams, by Pat Zelenka.


1 Krystofer January 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

LoL I loved the Fudge books when I Was younger 🙂

2 Heidi January 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

thank you for transporting me to your peaceful wintry walk friend.

3 Nancy Hildebrant in Holland, MI January 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thanks, Brenda, and your former sister Pam, for a lovely background to today’s activity- I’m looking out at my very snowy Michigan landscape while I paint my bedroom an “impossibly pale blue sky” shade of blue. I too grew up with 3 sisters. I’ve actually lost one, and not giving the others away. I’m sure you wouldn’t either, if Tonia was any farther away than the other side of the room.
Beautiful podcast- again.

4 EL January 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Thanks for replaying Pam’s essay – it was just right. Did she finish the sweater, and does it look good against the blue sky?

5 Kate (knitapotamus) January 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

Thanks so much for another wonderful podcast. I was transported to the Millennium woods and could just imagine the snowy scene, having grown up in Wales. All my family are in the UK and I have been getting regular snow updates from them too. At least you all get to wrap up warm in knitted goodness in that kind of weather though. The snow is actually 2nd on my list of things I miss about the UK (apart from my friends and family that is!) I really enjoyed the music and Tonya’s sister Pam’s essay again too. Thanks heaps!!

6 Vera January 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed the podcast and the walk in the woods. Special bonus of having my husband enjoy it with me. The Alberta Clipper essay made us even colder than the unusual cold here in Charleston, South Carolina. At least it’s not snowing. I feel the clipper has made it’s way into Charleston Harbor.

7 Darylynn January 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Thanks Brenda, I listened to the show while I was digging my car out of the 6in. of snow in the Cotswolds. It’s madness how the whole place shuts down, no post or milk delivered since Tuesday! Nothing like a good Snow Panic.

I really enjoy your shows, and I’m also a Portland area expat in the UK, so it always warms my heart to hear you reference your two homes. I always have to explain to people where Oregon is and how ‘No, it’s not hotter than here, no really, the weather is almost exactly the same…’ but no one quite believes me.

Looking forward to the next show =^)

8 Felix January 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm

How I loved hearing about your Wintry landscape and enjoying some weather and place sounds in your show! Thanks for putting together so many things that are good inspiration during this cold-snap… a reminder about how the birds need feeding, the importance of Love and its relationship to knitting… the Alberta Clipper and the lovely story of Pam’s handknitting basket… and I loved all your footsteps in the quiet, snowy landscape.

I hope you find your pop shield and your missing Alpaca glove, Happy New Year for 2010 xxx

9 Tina January 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Thank you so much Brenda ~ really enjoyed walking in the woods with you and hearing the snow crunch. Great podcast as always.

10 Abigail January 11, 2010 at 5:28 am

I listened to this episode this morning while I took a very foggy walk around my neighborhood in the Bay Area. Not exactly snowy woods but cold for here! It was very nice having a walk “with’ you. 🙂

11 Holly January 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Hello Brenda, and thank you for another wonderful podcast. You mentioned your mic in the cast, and I was wondering – what equipment do you use for recording? I seem to recall you’ve mentioned before but I can’t find it and no doubt it’s on one of the podcasts. I’m interested in doing some on-site interviews and would love the gorgeous sound quality you have in your walk-about recordings.

12 Lisa Earl January 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Millenium Woods with you, although I was warm and snug in San Francisco at the time. I hope you found your mitten and wind-screen and look forward to hearing your next installment.

13 Pam January 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Thanks for replaying my Alberta Clipper essay Brenda! It was perfect timing too. We’ve had lots of snow this winter and it has been brutally cold here in Minnesota. The ship has most definitely been flying in the Minnesota sky…. I posted some pictures of the sweater on my blog today if anyone wants to take a peek:

14 Randi January 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

Absolutely loved your wintry walk. To hear the snow crunching beneath your boots – magical! I immediately had to go purchase the Snowfall Music by Carbon Leaf and I can’t stop playing it – wonderful choice, as usual. Thanks so much for everything you bring to us – you can tell your heart is in it.

15 patti January 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

What a refreshing podcast. I hope you found your glove and screen.

16 Hunter January 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I love the quiet, serene, almost cocooned feeling that the right kind of winter weather can bring. It makes me want to curl up in warm blankets and wooly sock, drink tea, and read good books–with frequent breaks for knitting of course! The gray world outside is inspiring this week’s knitting Winter does have color, it just takes a bit more effort to find it.

17 Becky in VT January 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I really loved this walking in the woods podcast. It was such a great way to give us a feeling of the landscape in your 20 mile radius!

18 Kathleen January 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

FANTASTIC! I’d like to thank the weather for blocking your way to Dylan Thomas’ house, for we would not have otherwise heard such a wonderful walk through the winter woods. The music his week was especially good, too!
No snow in sight here in San Francisco, but you’ve inspired me to go book a weekend in Tahoe.

19 Diane W. January 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Just when you think the children aren’t listening…
My 11-year old son is hogging both the afghans on the sofa and I was begging him to share one with me. He says “Put on a sweater, that’s what they’re made for!”
The little snot!

20 Natalie January 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Another wonderful episode! It was lovely journeying with you through the woods. Also a wonderful story from your sister.

Love the podcast! I just caught up after finally replacing my old ipod! You do a fantastic job!

21 Erin R. January 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

thank you for the lovely walk in the woods! inspired me to knit, and perked up my day!

22 Kathy January 18, 2010 at 1:28 am

I’ll be turning 50 this year, too! I honestly feel like things are just beginning. I also take a look at all the living my mom’s done between 50 and 74 and all the things she has planned and it puts everything right into perspective!
Loved hearing about the sun sparkling on the snow from here in dark, soggy Portland!

23 Tracy January 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Clicked the link to see your former sister Pam’s gansey…and got lost in admiration of all of her handiwork! Thanks for sharing.

24 bongomama January 19, 2010 at 5:22 am

what a lovely gift you’ve shared with us…. thank you for the audio postcard.

25 Devon Nelson January 22, 2010 at 5:20 am

Thanks for a walk in the snowy sunny woods. I’ve never been in much snow, so it is nice to be transported there. Here in Southern California it is currently raining heaps and heaps. I’ve curled up with my knitting and hot chocolate and know that all this wet business will be over all too soon.

Today I saw my dad wear the sweater I made him. It was so great to know that it is keeping him warm.

26 ellen January 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I very much enjoyed your walk in the woods. As a girl I lived in northern Ohio and we walked in the woods in all weathers. Snowy days were particularly enchanting. It was a great treat to be reminded of that experience without the freezing feet that were the inevitable result (we walked until we could no longer feel our feet, then started back).

27 Andi January 24, 2010 at 2:02 am

I hope you found your mitten and the cover for your microphone! We haven’t had any snow here in the Seattle area yet this year, so thank you for sharing yours.

28 Leslie January 28, 2010 at 6:39 am

Hi Brenda, I’ve only just started listening to podcasts and your is the one I prefer to have for company in those quiet hours between my rising hours and my husbands. It’s nice to sit and listen while I knit away at whichever of my projects requires my love and attention at that time of day – usually the tricky ones. I do have a question about episode 59 – Start as you mean to go on ( I have been downloading the older episodes and having a lot of fun discovering some wonderful songs – I love the Crayola song! so much I purchased it on iTunes- and other tidbits) I love the story of the Red Yarn too – just where is that from? Did the person who wrote this publish it or is it a wonderful stand alone? If there are more stories of that yarn or any it its companions I’d love to get hold of a copy. I’m really looking forward to your next offering. Have a wonderful day!

29 Shannon B January 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Lovely podcast Brenda. I like your descriptions of your views, so much.

I found this doll while Googling images of Welsh National Dress for a unit my daughters are doing in school. There are six dolls, each from a different region of Wales and each representing a common Welsh industry. This one made me think of you, naturally!

And here are all six, in their glory.

Here’s to Lady Llanover!

30 Dalyn January 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Your voice, your podcast is my centering breathe when the day gets crazed. I so enjoyed this last one. Thank you for what you do. It speaks to my spirit and moves me to finish my many projects in the midst of parenting 3 little ones. This is one fan who truly appreciates your gift.

31 Betty February 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Hi Brenda,

I love your podcasts!!!! I am concerned because we, your podcast fans, have not been able to hear a new podcast since January 7th! I hope you are not still snowed in!

32 Hunter February 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Happy Anniversary! Great happiness to you and yours, and lets have an early spring this year!

33 T2 February 3, 2010 at 3:14 am

I listened as I walked a frigid, New England bike trail. Somehow hearing someone else trying to stay warm helped me feel warmer, and I ended up walking much farther than I’d intended. Part of my walk went through a rather industrial area, so I loved picturing your snowy woods in its place.

I think I groaned aloud when you said you’d lost one of your beloved gloves. I hope you found it.

34 Leslie February 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Brenda, glad to hear you are on the mend. I’m taking a page from your book on Make do and mend and started listening to the podcasts from the first one. I really love how the whole process has evolved. I’ll be taking delivery of a “new” (to me) spinning wheel this week so things are going to be busy here. Enjoy the new doors opening for you while you rest from knitting. Have a fantastic day!

35 iHanna March 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

Thanks Brenda, for that walk in the woods – it was quite cold but very refreshing. 🙂 Take care!

36 Kristin May 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Ms. Brenda, Thank you so much for sharing your snowy walk! I am listening from Memphis, TN where it is nearly 90 degrees and humid so this was very nice. I am a stay at home mommy with 2 little kids and I love to knit and listen during their afternoon nap. I call it my break time during the day 🙂

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