Thursday, June 09, 2011

Introducing... my Podcast! Fluffy Fibers: Episode 01

Hi everyone!
Here's the exciting stuff I was hinting at in my previous post.
Podcasting is something I've been wanting to do for quite a while, and I am so excited to give it a go! I hope you too will enjoy this twist from my regular written blogging.
You can listen directly from the embedded player above (if it works on your browser - I am looking up better options), or download the file (32:40 minutes) here; the feed is being submitted to iTunes as I type. EDIT : here is the iTunes id.

~Episode 01 Shownotes~

Intro; 1. Projects; 2. Inspiration and Pattern Spotlight; 3. On my Bookshelves (and in my ears); 4. Something Natural, Something Seasonal.

Intro:
- My ravelry page: KittyStitches.
- My friend Rebecca's blog and podcast. Many thanks (and hugs) to her for encouraging me to finally take the plunge! I wouldn't have done it without you Rebecca.

1. Projects
- My tutorial on how to make a ruffle skirt
- Lecien Fabrics
- The bias skirts from my own pattern, which was published in the One Yard Wonders book:

- One Yard Wonders Sewalong on Pink Chalk Studio.

- Miette Cardigan on Ravelry, a beautiful free knitting design by Andi Satterlund (who is not American as I say in the podcast, but Canadian! Sorry Andi).
- Rowan Belle Organic by Amy Butler (I'm using the Aran weight in the Aubergine colourway).

2. Inspiration and Pattern Spotlight
- Kim of Cotton Creek Sewing's beautiful Monique Dress.
- Serendipity Studio - designs by Kay Whitt.

3. On my bookshelves (and in my ears)
- The Librivox website
- Far From the Madding Crowd, a novel by Thomas Hardy, wonderfully recorded by Tadhg Hynes.
- The Bostonians by Henry James, a work in progress over at Librivox. This is a novel I've been re-reading as I am contributing to this project; it is not among the most popular novels by James but I recommend it for its subtle irony - and its historical interest, in the way it deals with the feminist movement in late 19th-century America.

4. Something natural, something seasonal
Recipe for a simple yet tasty courgette pasta sauce.
You will need:
- 2 courgettes/zucchinis
- 1 onion
- a few basil leaves
- (optional) wheat germ to sprinkle over the sauce
- (optional) white almond powder
- olive oil to cook the courgettes and onion in
- your favourite type of pasta :)
- Something I forgot to mention: if you are not a vegetarian, try and add some blue cheese to the sauce. It will add creaminess and lots of flavour to the sauce. Just be careful to put it towards the end of cooking the courgettes, otherwise it will melt entirely and lose some of its flavour.

Credits:
Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.

32 comments:

pinky said...

Je suis fan !!! Je m'abonne !!!

Von said...

Awesome podcast, Isabelle! Your English is excellent, subject matter interesting and very well presented!! :)

coffeecupthoughts said...

I have it downloaded and ready to listen for when I have a few minutes. This is very exciting!

Rebecca said...

great job! loved it :D
way to go - i'm proud of you :D

Lori said...

Welcome to the podcasting world, how exciting.

KayB said...

Oh wow.... how lovely it is to hear your voice. I have to say that I really enjoyed your podcast! I like the mixture of topics, and I personally wouldn't mind if you want to go into details when it comes to the literary section.
Keep it up, I am really looking forward (hearing forward :-)) to the next one!

Betty said...

That was lovely! When i saw it was 30 mins i didn't think i'd listen to it all in one go but i did and really enjoyed it. I can imagine it would be nice to listen to while sewing or tracing a pattern or something. Nice mix of topics and your voice is very easy to listen to! I look forward to your next.

Mom said...

Au secours!
Pourquoi pas une version en Français ?????!!!????
Je suis au Brésil, je parle Portugais, je parle quelque chose d'Anglais, mais beaucoup plus de Français... je le prefère. Vraiment.
On a trop de choses en Anglais sur la net.
Bisous.

julia said...

I loved it! Very nice voice to listen to. It sounded like it was made specially for me, ALL my major interests were there: knitting, sewing, la cuisine du marché, English literature... you've covered it all. I loved the bit about Henry James, I wouldn't mind if you went into more details either. Merci!

ginevra / occasional glimpses said...

Just wanted to say hello from the Southern Hemisphere, since you were curious about your audience ;) I love the mix of topics!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Isabelle. You also have a wonderful voice, very nice to listen to. A suggestion? How about splitting it up in the different themes? That way your audience can choose which topic they wish to hear. Have fun with it and also for you happy sewing and knitting and Petit'Mignonne cuddling ;-) Ann

Tracy said...

WOW--this is VERY exciting, Isabelle! I loved every moment...from the very Jane Austen film-esque music, to your sweet voice and command of the English language, to the wide range of topics. As a nature girl myself, I love the eco-friendly focus. Yes, more on Henry James, one of my fave American writers. This is a super start. I can't wait for the next edition! So brave of you to do this... *giggle*... I have to go back and listen again during the weekend. Very well done, my friend! Happy Weekend :o) ((HUGS))

coffeecupthoughts said...

I have listened to it and it is fabulous!! You have touched on topics that I love, every one of them interesting. I love the sound of your voice, I had to laugh when you were explaining James and your concern for your audience - bring it on!

The recipe sounds wonderful; I think it may be a way I can finally get my family to eat zucchini. We love pasta dishes in our home and I try to avoid tomato sauces in the summer since it seems more like a winter dish. Have you tried this with other ingredients (like chicken)? I'm a cheese lover as well so I imagine a bit of Parmesan would be a lovely addition.

I'm very much looking forward to your next podcast. Thanks for doing this! (And my knitting needles thank you as well!)

m.aziz said...

Very well done! It was enjoyable to listen to and nice to hear the voice behind the blog that I have followed for so many years now:)

melissa said...

ooh yay! I always enjoyed Cidell & Trena's podcast but they stopped doing it a few years ago. I'm so glad you've started - I've just subscribed and I'm going to listen on my walk home today. :)

Mom said...

Le droit de se faire plaisir... Bien sûr que oui!!! Je pense que maintenir un blog c'est plutôt se faire plaisir, on a du travail, c'est vrai, mais on connait des gens, on a l'opportunité de faire ce qu'on veux et écouter l'opinion des personnes de tout le monde...
La question est que j'aime ton blog et ma compréhension de l'anglais parlé n'est pas si bonne... c'était une demande égoïste, je sais...
Pardon quand même.
Par contre, j'ai envie de maintenir une versiont de mon blog en Français, mais j'ai un peu peur de faire trop de fautes... Et il faut aussi du temps, comme t'as dit, le jour n'a que 24 heures.
Merci pour la reponse. J'y suis toujours.
Bisous.
Míriam

Vicki said...

How lovely to hear your voice. And you do have a lovely voice! You sound so posh (as in English posh)but every now and then do sound "foreign". If I didn't know you were French I would think you were born in an English speaking country (just not one I am familiar with - if that makes sense). I enjoyed the content too. I must revisit Librivox - when I first found it I had trouble downloading and would only get parts of sections. No doubt it is (or I am) better now.

Anonymous said...

Hi Isabelle,

Another Southern Hemisphere person here. I really enjoyed your podcast - you chose some interesting topics. How did you get to speak English so well?

As a previous commenter said, it would be good split into themes so that you can easily go back to a part you want to listen to again - like the recipe for instance!

Kathleen
Melbourne, Australia.

Anonymous said...

Hello Isabelle,

I love your podcast! What a lovely idea and I did enjoy it immensely! I love all the segments you've decided to include ~ absolutely all of them. A little note of interest regarding the name of courgettes/zucchinis here in the States ~ we call the green squashes "zucchini" while the yellow squashes are the "summer squash." I don't know if the French word "courgette" can apply to both; or if you perhaps only eat either the green or the yellow variety there. I often make ratatouille with them. :)

Thank you so much again. This is a beautiful addition to your already fascinating blog.

Helene said...

Merci pour ce podcast, que j'ai écouté avec plaisir. Comme je suis une grosse fainéante, j'écris en français, enfin, en franglais, et je t'ai décerné un prix bien mérité : http://de-fil-en-aiguille.blogspot.com/2011/06/awardee.html
Amicalement.
Hélène.

Mary said...

Isabelle and Kitty,
Hello from New York City, and thank you for a delightful podcast! I listened while I was hand-stitching, and I love your mix of topics. It just so happens that we share a lot of interests, but even if you were to talk about something I am not particularly interested in, I would love it too! When you are discussing topics about which you are passionate, you cannot lose! Don't worry so much about the audience--focus on what excites you. Brava and keep it coming!

DragonFrog said...

Hello,
I've been following your blog for a couple of months now, and I really enjoy it. We have very similar taste in clothing, and now, listening to your podcast, I see our other interests are not that far apart. I listened to it while sewing, it was a lot of fun. I hope you do more of them.

Anne said...

I very much enjoyed your podcast. I wrote a lengthy comment, but blogger rejected it. I sent my comment as an email, instead.

rippingback said...

I stumbled across your podcast on iTunes entirely by accident, and I'm so glad I did! You have a lovely speaking voice, and your topics are both interesting and charming. Thank you for the link to LibriVox and the recommendation for One Yard Wonders! I've looked through One Skein Wonders, but I wasn't sure (as a very, very beginning sewer) whether the sewing version would be worthwhile. I will definitely pick it up next time I'm at the library. Anyway, I'm looking forward to future podcasts and I'm excited about being here from Episode 1!

Anonymous said...

Très sympa d'entendre votre voix même si je n'ai pas tout compris. Valérie

Tammy said...

I am so happy I found your podcast linked over on Ravelry. Please keep the section on books. I teach English in the US, crochet, knit (a little), and also sew now and then, so all of your topics are right on target for me. I'm adding a link to your blog on my own blog. Keep up the amazing work.

Catherine said...

Ton podcast m'a tanu compagnie dans mon voyage retour de Paris ce week-end! J'ai beaucoup aimé, je te félicite pour tout ce travail et ce partage. Juste un petit regret, qu'il ne soit pas en français!! Amitiés

Annette said...

Your podcast is wonderful! I love the mix of topics, and as other commenters, I think you should focus on your own interests and what you like to talk about - it's bound to be interesting that way.

Et l'explication sur l'utilisation des différentes "voix" chez Henry James était très intéressante et vraiment claire - j'ai tendance à décrocher quand les choses deviennent trop "conceptuelles" - là, cela donne envie de lire et d'apprendre. (Et j'aurais vraiment aimé entendre un petit extrait).

Bravo! Waiting eagerly for the next episode...

Jali said...

This is a fantastic podcast Isabelle! I much love all the topics you are discussing from sewing to literature to green living to the lovely music. It's great listening to all my favorite things rolled into one and in one place. Keep up the good work!

Shirley said...

I'm new to your blog. I enjoyed your podcast and the variety of topics. It's nice to hear a new podcast from Europe. I've listened to some books from Librivox and should download more. Your recipe sounds interesting and I'll probably try it. Do you think it would work for the frozen zucchini that's sitting in my freezer? I keep meaning to make a cake but maybe it would be better to just use it up!

Isabelle said...

Hi Shirley!
I believe the recipe would work very well with frozen zucchini, especially as this is a sauce and you're going to mash up the zucchini anyway, so the texture that you start with is not critical at all.
Happy cooking! :)

Anonymous said...

Coucou Isabelle,
Je viens à l'instant d'écouter ce premier épisode de ton podcast. J'avoue que j'avais un peu peur vu mon niveau d'Anglais. Mais non je pense avoir tout compris, ou presque :D. Tu as une voix très douce (ce qui ne m'étonne guère d'ailleurs).
Je continuerais d'écouter avec attention les prochains épisodes. Ta recette m'a donné une idée, merci.
Nadia