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Hark! Is That the Sound of Kay Knitting?

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Dear Kay,
Our chat with John Seigenthaler, one of Nashville’s most renowned non-knitters, is on the Web as a free audio-only MP3 or iTunes download here.
I’m sorry that there isn’t a YouTube of our interview, because then everybody could see you knitting through the entire show.
Did you see how he was eyeing your knitting? That covetous glance? He’s probably at home right now, working on a sock.
Love,
Ann

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46 Comments

  1. You gals are hysterical. I really appreciate your humor. Thanks for the wit on an early Sunday morning. And now… to work on my moderne log cabin blankie.

  2. Way to go. Y’all should be doing more interviews. Love how you emphasize that knitting is fun and not supposed to be stressful.
    Thanks

  3. Hey, Ann–nice shoes!

  4. I’m listening to you right now..so cool..lol..

  5. I am SO impressed. Y’all are truly modern women. The best knitters, PLUS you get interviewed by John Siegenthaler Sr. Wow.
    Jane in Birmingham

  6. I am SO impressed. Y’all are truly modern women. The best knitters, PLUS you get interviewed by John Siegenthaler Sr. Wow.
    Jane in Birmingham

  7. I’m loving the interview…listening to it right now. So, I guess I know why everything I knit has straight lines… I like the non-stress of the activity. So great to hear your voices… when are you going to be in the area again?

  8. Delurking to say it was a pleasure listening to your chat – am guessing Kay was not doing any yarn overs!

  9. Well, listening to the interview sure made the task of pulling together all my bills and tax info a great deal more fun. Thanks.

  10. What a good time! I got to listen to the three of you while I finished my sock (kitchenered the toe and everything)!

  11. I only ever hear this show on podcast (don’t know why it isn’t up here on our pbs), this was even more special. Great job.

  12. I promise I’ll go listen to it, but I have to tell you how grown-up you both look. And yes, the shoes! I was just thinking we need more shoe stories.
    And that no-stress knitting thing? I’ve decided to never do anything but swatch ever again. Preferably lace, but stockinette would be fine.

  13. I’m downloading it now, and I just had to come here and say how thankful I am that the download passed the “clean” test for content appropriate for children. Phew. :D

  14. umm…so..about this new book..any hints as to when it’ll be coming out???

  15. hi y’all:)
    im listening to the interview, is this ONLY audio or can you view it?
    im new to itunes..
    peace&blessings
    mary~

  16. Just listened to the interview. I had to make my husband down load it. No I-tunes here and the MP3 was goofy. Then I had to wait till the daughter was playing at the neighbors house; told my son to be quiet and not interupt and yes he could play a video game when I was done. Whew. Then I picked up my knitting and tuned in. Very nice. I think the reason your book is so popular is that aside from the great photogrpahy, easy and approachable fun patterns, enjoyable commentary through out the book, you two come through as genuinely nice women that anyone would like to meet. And you did that in your interview too. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that we are looking forward to more of the same.

  17. Knitting in church . . . I had to pause the Word on Words interview to come in here and comment. I knit in church. I knit in Sunday School, but I also knit in the service. My husband and I sit on the far side of the room where no speaker is going to look, and he sits between me and anyone else who might be distracted. I try to knit less-conspicuous projects in church–the brown trekking sock rather than the red, beaded BMFA club sock, for example. Maybe it makes a difference which church it is. For example, a busy service with a lot of standing, sitting, singing, reciting, etc. might make it more difficult. A friend of mine who sings in the choir of her Catholic church had a rough moment when she dropped a metal DP out of the choir loft during a solemn moment in the service. For me the only difficulty is that for the past six months or so I’ve been the organist. There is only one spot I could sit between hymns and knit without being in full view of at least someone in the congregation. That spot is exactly behind the organ, and for some reason the chorister insists on sitting there. I haven’t gotten quite brave enough to request she budge over. The only comment I have ever gotten from anyone in charge was “Some people need Cheerios and some people need quiet books; whatever it takes.”

  18. Knitting in church . . . I had to pause the Word on Words interview to come in here and comment. I knit in church. I knit in Sunday School, but I also knit in the service. My husband and I sit on the far side of the room where no speaker is going to look, and he sits between me and anyone else who might be distracted. I try to knit less-conspicuous projects in church–the brown trekking sock rather than the red, beaded BMFA club sock, for example. Maybe it makes a difference which church it is. For example, a busy service with a lot of standing, sitting, singing, reciting, etc. might make it more difficult. A friend of mine who sings in the choir of her Catholic church had a rough moment when she dropped a metal DP out of the choir loft during a solemn moment in the service. For me the only difficulty is that for the past six months or so I’ve been the organist. There is only one spot I could sit between hymns and knit without being in full view of at least someone in the congregation. That spot is exactly behind the organ, and for some reason the chorister insists on sitting there. I haven’t gotten quite brave enough to request she budge over. The only comment I have ever gotten from anyone in charge was “Some people need Cheerios and some people need quiet books; whatever it takes.”

  19. Sorry; I keep doing that.

  20. Listening right now and LOVING it! So nice to hear ya’ll voices….and so nice that you’re making Seigenthaler laugh so heartily!

  21. Hahahahahaha. You guys never cease to make laugh out loud. I loved the show, loved his reactions and have my uncle primed and ready to “rib him” when they play golf next week!
    Sorry I wasn’t able to get back to you yesterday but I hope you got my voicemail – call whenever.

  22. Tan Summers, you are my hero!!

  23. Go Kay! Talk the talk and walk the walk, girl. Constant, visible knitting has got to have a bettering effect on the world.
    I haven’t even listened to the interview – purely responding to Ann’s post.
    Go Kay, Go Ann – you guys are so cool.

  24. Loved the interview! Just wanted you to know, I knit at church, both in the service and in Sunday School. It keeps me awake, and it keeps me from saying in-appropriate things in Sunday School class. Although, I will say that after a really in-depth description of skirmishes and so on found at the end of the Old Testament, the teacher asked “and so what is the point of all this?” I could NOT restrain myself and I said “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” He was not amused.
    saving my pennis to buy the book. I go to Borders every Sunday and look at it.

  25. Excellent!

  26. What a wonderful treat to listen to your interview! Ya’ll were great, of course, and it was so nice to hear you talk about the book.
    Are we West Coast knitters going to have to wait for the second book before we earn our spot on the tour?

  27. Thanks for posting the link to the interview — I wish I could have seen it, as well as heard it. Still, I know neither of you looked middle-aged ;-)

  28. You two have fun wherever you go. The interview was a hoot. Thanks for sharing it!

  29. So here I am dusting to the podcast and Mr. Seigenthaler pronounces my name in his courtly accent. That trumps having Carl Kasell leave the outgoing message on your home answering machine!
    Today in Knitopia I will practice speaking and writing declarative statements. (How am I doing so far?)

  30. That was a great interview! Very enjoyable–it must have been a pleasure to speak with someone who really seemed prepared and interested.

  31. I listened to the interview on the bus this morning… great interview! Thanks for linking to it. :)

  32. Hi ladies, Love reading about all you do! I have a question for Kay. I am coming to NYC at the end of March and my family says there will be time for me to visit one yarn store. Do you have a favorite to recommend? Thanks.

  33. Ann, I see you’re wearing THE shoes! Go girl!

  34. that was wonderful! I listened in as I was working on my pottery. I knit at church- in sunday school and on weds. nights, but not during the service. Even in SS. and weds it’s sometimes distracting for others (but a good chance to “evangelize” the non-knitters), but usually those of us who knit are knitting prayer shawls, so it’s okay. There’s too much up and down and page turning and crossing ourselves during the actual church service to keep up with knitting!

  35. Such a fun interview, and so relaxing to listen to. It’s a keeper!
    On a purely superficial note, Ann, your accent is to-die-for adorable.

  36. What a great interview! You two are wonderful!
    Side note: it seems God does knit! See below:
    Did you not… clothe me with skin and flesh
    and knit me together with bones and sinews?
    Job 10:10-11
    For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    Psalm 139:13

  37. What a delightful interview! I just finished listening. Can’t wait until you get the next book done.

  38. I just listened to the show. Wow – that guy was prepared. He really seemed interested and amused by the book. And you girls did great! You were both quite eloquent and charming. I especially loved how Ann explained how Kay’s knitting, while it looked repetitive and mindless, was part of a larger, imaginative undertaking.

  39. Loved listening to the interview as it gave voices to your written words! You need to come visit us in Minneapolis/St.Paul (wait until spring or summer) and have some girls’ fun.

  40. Loved your podcast! I think I could here Kay’s needles clickin’ away. I live in the easter part of TN and would love to drive over for the Nashville knitting sessions sometime.

  41. Just listened.
    Knew I had to speak (write) up –
    Knitting in church – AOK with this preacher.
    Currently have 3 teens knitting in front row and more scattered throughout. Only “rule” : Bamboos or circulars please (tile floor under the pews). They are in church, attentive and reflective. What more could God desire?
    How about book #2 having a section: Church knitters…simply divine or just wholey?!
    or
    Church knitters – already living with the divine in knitopia.
    It was a gift to hear your voices and feel like one of your on-line community friends.
    Blessings you two!

  42. Garbo talks! How very surreal to assign voices to your cyber personas. Just a hint of Nashville in Ann’s voice–I expected a drrrrawl–and Kay appears to have retained only a touch of Omaha in hers. At times it was difficult to discern who was speaking. When will you start finishing each other’s sentences?
    Thanks for sharing your Emmy-worthy performances!

  43. Thanks for sharing this link– I felt proud to have you two representing knitters (including me). A fun interview to listen to while balancing the checkbook! Gotta get knitting into every part of my day…

  44. It appears that not only does God knit, but he encourages us to do the same!
    Colossians 2:2 (King James Version)
    That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ

  45. (listening to the podcast now…) what a great voice– such enthusiasm this man has for an activity he does not actually do. (am discovering him today– i know he must be a formidable figure on NPT. and you ladies are lovely… xoxo

  46. p.s. – has david ever shared his finger-knitting technique on this here blog? because both elliot & ben were asking if it was possible to knit with their fingers this week. (totally out of the blue. hmm…) i remember catching a glimpse of the resulting ball o’ yarn in the archives…