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. <