One thing I really enjoy doing while working in my studio is listening to knitting podcasts. I work alone (unless you count the cats) and it’s sometimes nice to just listen to someone talk about what they’re knitting or spinning. I’ve listened to a lot, have weeded out several from my subscriptions that don’t suit me, and often try out new ones as I hear of them.
I love hearing about what other people are listening to and finding new podcasts, so I thought I’d share the ones I’m currently subscribed to and my thoughts about them. Maybe you’ll find a new podcast to listen to among these.
Aplayfulday – I have to admit, one of my favorite things about greentrianglegirl is her accent. When I hear a new podcast from across the pond, it always draws me in. Having listened to several episodes though, I really do enjoy the content as well. Her podcast is edited into sections and sounds very clean, although she mentioned she will try doing less editing because some people don’t like it so much. Like the name suggests, she is very playful, and I’m always excited when I see a new episode is up.
Cast On – I tend to be drawn to younger podcasters, because being young myself, I relate better. Brenda from Cast On is one of my exceptions, because she’s pretty funny and interesting to listen to. I’ve currently been enjoying hearing the progression of her art piece she’s working on, where she has asked knitters to take a few yards leftover from a project and knit a tiny bag, in which a note is then placed with a memory related to that yarn. It’s an interesting concept and I’m looking forward to hearing about its journey.
Electric Sheep – Another podcaster from across the pond, I like listening to this podcast because I always seem to like the patterns she talks about and end up adding them to my queue. Her blog is also worth checking out for the same reason. She has a lovely voice as well.
Knitmore Girls – If you listen to knitting podcasts, more than likely you listen to Knitmore Girls. They are a mother/daughter team (Gigi and Jasmin, respectively) and are both very pleasant to listen to. The podcast is very organized and the beginning of each show tells what segments will be included. They just got back from a hiatus because Jasmin recently had a baby, and now they’re doing bi-weekly (instead of their regular weekly) podcasts while they try to get adjusted to everything.
Knitting Brooklyn – This is another one somewhat new to me. One thing I like about the Knitting Brooklyn podcast is that she does a section called “Knitting For Good” (I think) all about charity knitting. It’s interesting to hear about all the different causes that can be helped out through the power of knitting.
Miss Elle Knits – I just downloaded an episode yesterday, so after only listening to one I can’t really give a good review, but Miss Elle has a lovely accent and is very playful and fun sounding, so I will be listening to more.
The Pagan Knitter – This is a podcast that I only listen to the first part, because she has a knitting section and a pagan section, which I’m personally not interested in.
Stashand Burn – Another one that I’ve only listened to one episode of, but so far I’m enjoying it.
Subway Knits – I first started listening to this podcast when I saw a link to one of Maria’s interview podcasts (called In The Conductor’s Booth) and I’ve been hooked ever since. She’s really into history, and I love when she talks about knitting history from various places and time periods. She also has spent a lot of time in Japan, so several of her episodes have talked about knitting there or other cultural things. I’m very interested in Japan (Jose and I even have a separate savings account just to save up money for a trip there) so this is all welcome information to me.
The KnitGirllls – This is a video podcast that I discovered recently (although they just celebrated their 100th episode) by two women named Leslie and Laura. They talk about knitting and spinning, and it’s cool to actually be able to see what they’re talking about. I’ve only seen two episodes so far, but these women seem to finish a lot of projects and buy a lot of things, so there’s lots of eye candy.
TVknittingpodcast – This podcast is broken into two parts: the first about knitting and the second about TV. In the TV section, there is also talk of knitted items spotted on TV. I only listen to the knitting section as I don’t really ever watch TV, but I do like listening to the knitting portion.
With Pointed Sticks – This is one of the newer ones I’ve listened to as it just started up, but I’m already enjoying this one. Susan is also a writer, so after she’s talked about her knitting, she talks about what she’s writing or will talk about other literature, sometimes knitting-related. Her podcast is a lot more conversational and isn’t edited, but I like that because it sounds like I’m listening to a person talk directly to me instead of a report (for the record, I enjoy both types of podcasting).
Yarngasm – Kristin from Yarngasm is another New York podcaster. I love hearing about her projects because I tend to like the same sorts of things that she does, but one part I really love about her podcast is the “Stash Bust Army”. In this section, she lists a few patterns she has found that would be good projects to get rid of some yarn in your stash that you don’t know what to do with it. She has several audio podcasts up, but has just recently started video podcasting as well! I love the variety of sometimes just being able to listen and sometimes being able to watch, because seeing projects and yarns is always enjoyable. And no, I don’t just like her video podcasts because she showed off some of my yarn in her first one ;)
I’m always interested in new (or new to me) podcasts, so if you have one you like that I haven’t listened to, let me know! I’d love to listen to it.