Katie Rempe: In this week's episode, much like we alluded to last week, we're gonna have a little q and a session between you and I.
James Divine: Suddenly I felt like Katie, we need to have a talk.
Katie Rempe: This isn't counseling,
James Divine: Can you,
Katie Rempe: for fun.
James Divine: Like when you see a meeting from your boss, it's like discussion.
the only topic. You're like, oh shit.
Katie Rempe: Oh no. That was always me doing it to them.
James Divine: Oh, shoot.
I'm gonna pretend that the meetings were really like this. What we're about to do,
Katie Rempe: Oh yeah. They were way more like this. Totally. It,
James Divine: I'm
Katie Rempe: friends and wine,
Yeah. it's great. Who wants to go first?
James Divine: I think you're first, or my first You pick.
Where's your frog or forget it.
Katie Rempe: Yes.
You mean this one
Frog side is you getting asked questions first. And the knitting side is me because the knitting side. All right, Here we go.
Oh, it's you.
Here we go. Roll the music.
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I'm magical maker: Katie Rempe.
And I'm the maker of magic: James Divine.
Join us as we stitch together the symbiotic relationship between crafting and 'The Craft'.
Katie Rempe: All right, Jim. So I thought
we just do five questions, then we have plenty of time to answer them without making this like a five hour episode.
James Divine: five hour episode.
Katie Rempe: you are,
James Divine: what the people want.
Katie Rempe: You're right. If you want a five hour episode, you let me know.
I'll make it happen.
James Divine: Wait, maybe that's how
If we don't get four
it'll be like a telethon
Katie Rempe: Yes. All we need is six more emails
James Divine: or else it's a five hour episode. I'm kidding. Go ahead.
Questions for Jim
Katie Rempe: My first question for Jim is, who is the one guest that you absolutely want to have on in season three? Just one.
James Divine: I want that knitting guy, that dude who's like knitting those amazing you know that? Who is he?
Katie Rempe: That knitting guy? Luckily there's not too many of them, Jim?
James Divine: No, Westknits. I want that Westknits guy, Stephen West.
Is that who it is?
Katie Rempe: Yeah. Oh, that knitting guy! There is actually a knitting guy. Okay. yeah.
James Divine: Isn't he like the king of knitters or something?
Isn't he who you all
Don't we all bow in the temple of Stephen West or something?
Katie Rempe: He does have a lot of dedicated fans and is quite talented.
James Divine: who I want to talk to that dude.
Katie Rempe: I'll tell you what, that hasn't been without some trying. I ask every couple of months and they always give me a nice no, but eventually they're gonna say, yes. so maybe if our listeners want to make sure, we have them.
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know you would like to have him on here and we could ask him all about the magic of color and how he thinks of design shapes in his brain and all that fun stuff.
James Divine: I have ideas and now we can get 'em. So we could talk about that offline, but that's who I would like to have, and I think we need to do a little magic spell to get 'em on.
Katie Rempe: I'm down. Let's do
James Divine: So that's what I want and the reason that I want Stephen West on is I would really love to get that knitting side and to bring some of that in.
I wanna get his take on like, why is knitting magic, like what got him into it?
I wanna understand how knitting can be transformational and bring some of in. So I think that would be really cool.
Katie Rempe: He's been in the like knitting pattern design business for as long as I've been around it, which has been like more than
at this point. So he, I'm sure has a lot of stories that he could tell.
We could probably have him on for a five hour episode pretty easily.
Okay. Next question. What is one topic you'd like to explore in season three specifically?
James Divine: One topic to explore in season three.
Katie Rempe: We often do like a themed month.
James Divine: I want to talk about, queer knitting and queer magic and how those come together. I wanna do like a pride month with Queer.
Katie Rempe: table of a knitting in the round table.
James Divine: Or knitting. I wanna do something about L G B T. Q I a plus. I wanna get into like transmit, knitting, queer knitting, all those kind of topics. And queer magic, trans magic. That would be a fun month to do. That'd be a cool topic.
Bring that queer magic.
And queer knitting and fiber, all that together.
Katie Rempe: Gosh, that could be the whole quarter. Yeah, absolutely. Great idea.
All right, number three. Are you ready?
James Divine: These are going very fast.
We're not having enough conversation about it.
Katie Rempe: You're so succinct. You know exactly what you want. It's great.
James Divine: I'm in Aries. I know what I want.
Katie Rempe: That's true.
Alright, so we have done a couple on location episodes. now. You've seen how they've gone. We can do it. We should do one together. Jim, where do we do our next in-person episode?
James Divine: It's gotta be somewhere freaking warm. And sunny, not in rainy cold Seattle all.
I'm whittling it down.
Somewhere fun. So maybe it's a knitting conference like in New York.
Maybe it's a magical conference like in New Orleans or in Dallas or maybe it's at the Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland.
Or maybe it's at a knitting conference somewhere.
Katie Rempe: Hmm. Yeah. Oh based on your description, it sounds like Vogue knitting in New York City in January is exactly what you're looking for. It's super warm. It's not precipitating at all. And everything I just said is a total lie.
James Divine: It's probably snowing, but it's indoors.
Katie Rempe: It's definitely indoors. That's true.
James Divine: So it'll be warmish.
Katie Rempe: They have knitting conferences all times of the year and in all sorts of locations that aren't
James Divine: can do yoga and knitting in Hawaii.
Katie Rempe: Maybe we do our own retreat at some point, and then we can have it wherever we want.
That makes sense. Due to our needs. in Arizona.
James Divine: That's
right. We'll do it in Tucson.
Right adjacent to the Jim show. And then we'll do crystals and knitting. We'll knit cozies for crystals.
Katie Rempe: Cozies for crystals. stitch markers with crystals. Yes. Oh my gosh.
It's just all crystals.
James Divine: Uhhuh and knitting.
Katie Rempe: There's a lot of ways you can incorporate
crystals in knitting, so that would probably be pretty easy to do.
James Divine: Let's do it.
Katie Rempe: If you're in Tucson and you have shop ideas, let us know where we could do that.
Cool. All right, so this next one, it's funny that we were just talking about this. Would you try knitting again, Jim?
If we planned like a workcation experience somewhere where I make it like fully immersive for you, like we go to somewhere that has like a bunch of yarn stores or that is like a knitting retreat thing.
You get immersed in the culture and then you're like, man, knitting. I can see by your face. You're excited.
James Divine: Yes.
Katie Rempe: Oh, okay. That wasn't the answer I was expecting.
James Divine: For sure. I've already dabbled a little bit. Again, I got all my stuff and I've been dabbling.
Katie Rempe: What have you been dabbling in?
James Divine: I've been clicking the points together again.
Katie Rempe: You remember all the things?
James Divine: No.
Katie Rempe: That's what the internet's for, luckily. And
Eventually we'll do like an in-person something and that'll be fun.
James Divine: I forgot all of it, but yeah.
We're gonna give it another try.
It takes 11 tries before it becomes a habit.
Katie Rempe: What? Who says that?
James Divine: 11 Richard, that's what my husband always says to the kids when they don't want to eat something. He's like, it takes 11 tries so we could try it again.
So he always puts that one leaf of lettuce or that one tiny piece of broccoli. It's like it's a tree. You get to be a monster and eat the trees.
And then they're all like, we know, 11 tries. I've already tried it 12 times.Still hate it.
Katie Rempe: I feel like I could have used this tactic while helping knitters at some point. You have to mess up this project 11 times or this one thing.
James Divine: Who knows?
Katie Rempe: it out.
James Divine: Who knows if that's a real number? It's just something that you know, dad says apparently.
Katie Rempe: I love it. Let's make it a thing 11 times is the charm.
James Divine: So keep trying.
Katie Rempe: Yeah, exactly. Don't ever give up unless it's time to give up. So knitting, there's a hope, perhaps. You're not like totally against
James Divine: No. Of course not. I love knitting. I'm gonna do it again. I just am on pause.
Katie Rempe: Oh, that's fine. I don't knit all the time either.
James Divine: I thought you were knitting right now.
Katie Rempe: I could be.
I'm just not.
James Divine: I'm a knitter to
Katie Rempe: You're a knitter baby.
All right. My final question and then we'll go on our break.
Jim, I would like for you to reflect on why you believe we were put together to create this podcast so serendipitously. Cuz we just shared our origin story again and it really got me thinking, it's just like it was meant to be. And I know that's so cliche, but maybe that's why it's a cliche.
James Divine: When two people love each other very much,
just what my parents were telling me, how the birds and the bees work.
Katie Rempe: They make a podcast together
James Divine: Definitely fated. I think that the story is still unfolding. We've only known each other for two years and I wonder sometimes if there's a past life connection.
Although it feels so fresh and like clean too. I think that there's something that we're really helping each other.
Like you had a yearning for learning something and there's a yearning that I had to learn something. And I think we've created this sort of like opening for each other.
What was it that brought us together? You'll have to answer for yourself what it was or what it is. That sort of was the answered thing for you.
For me, it was, it and continues to be the connections that I have helped facilitate and have with you and strengthen with you have been amazing.
There's things that my relationship with you outside of the podcast, have strengthened with other folks that we share in our life that I've introduced you to.
Those relationships have strengthened because I've introduced you to other people that you're working with. And the network that we're creating and the community that we're creating together and that you're in is just fantastic.
It's really unique and rare when you find somebody, there's a lot of people that we meet and we're like, nice to meet you.
And there's few people that we meet and then it's a durable friendship that is created.
Because they integrate into the community that you have and the other connections that you have. And you know that because you have then friendships and connections with other people that I'm very close with and very intimate with that I'm working with as well.
So you're just one of those folks and it's amazing.
Katie Rempe: yeah. It just. Was meant to be.
James Divine: Yeah.
So it's, so thanks for being you.
Katie Rempe: Thanks for being you and for being there, and I certainly feel the I appreciate you being vulnerable and honest with your answers and you get to flip the script on me.
James Divine: My questions are 180 different. They are not at all about the podcast.
Katie Rempe: Good.
It will be a nice change of pace.
James Divine: Stay tuned.
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Katie Rempe: And we are back. All right, Jim, I think I'm ready?
James Divine: You're not ready.
But that's okay.
If you stay ready, you don't get to get ready.
Katie Rempe: true.
Questions for Katie
James Divine: All right, Katie, here is my first question.
Katie Rempe: All right.
James Divine: It's about you
Katie Rempe: That's good.
James Divine: Dig deep. What is a
trait or traits about yourself that you love or admire the most?
Katie Rempe: I really try to think from other people's perspectives, even if my initial reaction is, very in the moment, which I think is pretty human. But I feel like over the years I've learned to recognize when that happens so that I can be more removed and understand that what I'm feeling personally is like perhaps totally different than what they mean or intended, or maybe something's happening that I just don't know.
So I've just tried to be less immediately judgemental and more okay, but we don't know. That's something that I've appreciated that I'm growing about myself and look forward to doing even more.
James Divine: Yeah, beautiful. I've noticed that about you and I really admire that too. How you're able to be like hold on. That could be, but maybe also we don't know. why.
Katie Rempe: Because haven't you been in that position where you're like, oh, I got totally misunderstood because someone's going through their own stuff.
James Divine: Yeah. But when I judge people, I'm always right about how they're a total idiot.
Katie Rempe: It's hard when you're as great as you, Jim.
James Divine: Shut up.
Katie Rempe: When you've reached perfection, it's
James Divine: Oh,
Katie Rempe: And also there's blowing off
steam. That's different. Right. Yeah.
James Divine: Oh, that was fun.
All right. You ready for more like that?
Katie Rempe: Yes.
James Divine: All right. If there was a mythical power or a superpower that you could have, what would it be?
Katie Rempe: Oh, yeah. Being able to speak and understand any
James Divine: Oh. Oh, you would like download languages like on the matrix.
Katie Rempe: Or like anything that anyone says or speaks, I would always just be able to know and be able to talk back.
I feel language is so important in this world at this point that when you can talk to someone in their native tongue, if they're not from the place that they're currently in, It is like the key to unlocking a much more yeah. Genuine version of themselves And
Don't we all feel like that?
James Divine: Oh, that's amazing. I've thought about that too. I've been like somewhere and I've been like, gosh, I wish I could just speak Vietnamese, or I wish I was just a native speaker. Wouldn't it be amazing if I just walked in and suddenly was like a native speaker of Ethiopian?
They would all be like, what?
Katie Rempe: Yeah. There's a guy on YouTube who is really brilliant in absorbing languages,
he goes and talks to
people like in
New York that are from all over, the world. In their native tongue. That's something completely, nobody knows this. Very small population, and they're just like, the immediate change on their It Is incredible.
I'm like, oh, I want that. I wanna be able
James Divine: I wanna be a polyglot like that too.
Katie Rempe: Yeah, it'd be amazing.
James Divine: Oh my gosh, that's really cool.
Katie Rempe: I wanna talk to more people. Go figure.
James Divine: I know. We could have known this.
Katie Rempe: Yeah.
James Divine: Okay. Here's one.
Tell me a story about one of the deepest, most meaningful spiritual or emotional experiences you've ever.
Katie Rempe: Whoa. Just something like that. Just something real deep.
So my brain goes to, maybe not one in particular, but more the fact that it seems like sometimes death follows me around and is reminding me like, it's right here. So enjoy cuz like we can, it could just be like you not paying attention, crossing the street and then luckily your mom's there to grab your hair and pull you back, which is an actual example of what happened once. Or good thing she was there to fish you out of the pool for going too far down to get a floaty thing and then you couldn't make your way back up. She also might be my guardian angel, by the way.
James Divine: Like your physical mom or like a spiritual
Katie Rempe: No, my actual physical mom.
James Divine: Oh, got
Katie Rempe: Stuff like that.
It just seems like I've had a lot of close calls to be like, oh, okay. Maybe this is why I always think about death. And it's very much in like my forefront of my like spiritual work and my magic work, which a lot of people don't like talking about death. Jim, I don't know if you've realized this, which is when we have guests on like, Danielle, that it's
Oh, this is your realm.
You're comfortable with this. It's okay. And we can put people like our listeners in a safe space to hear it too, Or skip across that one, that's fine too. So yeah, I think. Being confronted with my own mortality a few times has given me like a different perspective don't take for granted putting off people's phone calls just more of that kind of thing.
James Divine: Yeah. Death is one of my favorite topics to talk
Katie Rempe: Yeah, cuz I don't really believe it's the end.
It's just this physical body's end and then on to the next.
James Divine: I think one of the reasons I like talking about it is because it brings up such interesting conversation with people's beliefs and their deep like meaningful conversation. And it's so cool, but Oh, I love that, Katie. That's really fascinating.
Katie Rempe: It's one of my favorite cards in tarot is death, so
There we go.
James Divine: All right, so what are we on? That was 1, 2, 3. That was the third question. Question
Katie Rempe: Oh, I'm already laughing.
James Divine: Why aliens? No. No. Really? Why?
Katie Rempe: That's so funny.
James Divine: Why?
Katie Rempe: Okay. So I've thought a lot about this.
I think it's partially because I grew up as a kid in the nineties and we were inundated with pop culture references of aliens everywhere. It was like Independence Day and Signs and all that stuff. It was just like aliens were super hot. And so I think part of me is just like growing up that's just what was in my outside realm.
But if I look into myself really and ask, I don't know. And I only have like uncomfortable feelings around the concept of one particular type of alien. That kind of gives me like an off-putting feeling. Everything else as you have learned, I'm like, oh, how many arms do you have?
I'll ni you a sweater. I'm just curious to know what's out there and can we meet and how are we gonna communicate? I don't know. I just think it's like, If it's out there, which I think it's pretty silly to think weren't the smartest whether you are a conspiracy believer or not, I don't really care.
But I think something's out there. What is it? I sure don't know, but maybe one day I will.
James Divine: That's cool. I am totally on the scientific side. Yes, I believe that there's life on other planets and like probably intelligent life out there as well. I'm not sure I go as far as like the woowoo sides, but maybe.
I'm still thinking about doing the palmistry star seed correlation work. That might bring me closer to understanding, cuz I did get a hit that I should do that work.
Okay. Here's a question that I'm gonna repeat that you asked.
Katie Rempe: Okay.
James Divine: season three. If you could have any guest and boom, magically, that guest said, I'd love to be on your podcast. I've reconsidered who would it be?
Katie Rempe: Jinkx Monsoon. Yes,
James Divine: Monsoon have to do with knitting?
Katie Rempe: She wore a knitted dress in a season of Drag Race.
Is a magical maker.
James Divine: What does Jinx Monsoon have to do with knitting? Jinx monsoon is jinx monsoon.
Katie Rempe: How dare you?
James Divine: They're a witch.
Katie Rempe: I'm sure we can wrap it around to knitting.
James Divine: Who
Katie Rempe: knit ahead of time.
James Divine: If that's your answer, I'm like, Michelle Obama.
Katie Rempe: Oh yeah, sure. Why not?
James Divine: So the follow up to that is why Jinx Monsoon? What would that bring to the podcast?
Katie Rempe: I love Jinx because of, obviously overcoming a background of diversity and really, a great example of moving into a confident version of yourself that may have aspects that freak other people out, like really embracing the Witcher side of yourself.
Which is something they have done and has been such nice example out in the world. You're already a drag queen, you're already doing all of these things, but like fully embraced their entire awesomeness. And so talented.
Plus from Seattle and it just seems like we would have a lot to talk about .And I have to imagine that even if Jinx doesn't knit, there's definitely enough craft work in their background to make it a good fit.
James Divine: For sure. That's a great answer.
Katie Rempe: All right, this has been a fun episode. I hope people have enjoyed getting to know us a little better.
James Divine: I got to know you a little better.
Katie Rempe: and now we know we have some ideas for our podcast. Who knows, maybe one day dreams can come true.
James Divine: We're gonna make your dreams come true.
Katie Rempe: We sing a lot in this show.
Maybe we should just do an entire musical episode. Would you
James Divine: maybe there's a musical episode of Knit A Spell
Katie Rempe: Yes. Knit A Spell! Knit A Spell.
James Divine: To you by Autotune.
Katie Rempe: Oh, no.
James Divine: No, not on your side. On my side cuz you're a good singer.
Katie Rempe: You're a great rapper. You should just rap in the
James Divine: Yeah. background. rapping in the background. Knit A Spell.
Katie Rempe: right. Freestyle.
Jim, I really appreciate doing this with you every week.
You're the whole reason I show up, and thank you for everything
James Divine: I'm glad to be a whole.
Katie Rempe: You're the real deal Jim.
James Divine: You're the best, katie. Now it's time for May, so
I'll be at the International Divination Event in Dallas.
Katie Rempe: We'll get your full review once you get
James Divine: Yep, that's right. We'll see you next week. Everybody.
Katie Rempe: Bye-bye.
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