A lot of blogs and podcasts are a way for an opinionated knitter to voice their opinions. Saying that, I'm not saying its a negative thing as we sometimes think opinions are, but a way of posting the things learned with anecdotal experience. NONE of this is, as with most of what's on the internet, is scientific proof. There are no absolute truths in blog posts or podcasts except that these are the things we have learned and the desire to share.
I listen to a LOT of podcasts while I'm working in the office. I often compare them to having a knitting radio station to listen to or a channel on tv to watch. I recently purchased an iPad and went through iTunes subscribing to every knitting/fiber podcast I can find, I think there are about 80 subscribed to right now. Here is a list of what I've been listening to lately. (Links are provided to those I can find, for the specific episode I heard and any memorable notes.)
- Curious Handmade, have listened to couple of the last few episodes.
- Knit British, part 2: EYF (Ediburgh Yarn Fest)
- Woolful, #17. Very educational, I learn a LOT about fiber farming...
- Prairie Girls Knit and Spin, #65
- Yarniacs, #84
- Fat Squirrel Speaks, (video, have watched in the past) #142. LOVED Battlesheep!
- Knitting in Circles, #157, video. husband and wife. LOVED this, I will be back.
- Equal Opportunity Crafter, video
- Knit Theory, #36, video. She had a great segment of podcaster trivia that I loved.
- Fiber Trek, video
- Hudson Valley knits, video
- Southern Girls Knit, #21 video
- Yarngasm, #143, Video, from Voolenvine Yarns
- Fiberista Files, #170, video
- Sassypants Knitter, #130, video
- Knitworthy, video, another mother/daughter, absolutely LOVELY
- Knitting Go, #54, video
- We Are Yarn, #117, video
- Susan B Anderson, #13, video, this one included her vacation on white sand beaches, beautiful.
- A Playful Day, ep, 'Tag, You're It!', audio, included interview with Robin Houghton
- Yarns from the Plains, #94, from the UK, in Audio
- Doubleknit, #104, have heard in the past
- Twinset Designs, #55
- Commuter Knitter, #91
- Anatomy of Knitting, #64. video, an American in Ireland!
- Fluffy Fibers, #26, video from France (in English), she sounds like Kiera Knightly, a joy to hear.
- Knit Circus, LOVE LOVE LOVE! have heard the last two or three episodes.
- Knitting Pipeline, #203
- Craftlit. we're reading classic books here, currently Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility.
- Dark Matter Knits, #28 video.
- Knotty Girls Knitcast, #45, audio, perfect mix of nerdy and knitting. (Did you hear when they interviewed me?)
- Knitting Rose Yarns, #182, Knitting Rose is an indie dyer of yarns also, usually husband and wife, audio.
- Knitmore Girls, mother/daughter podcast in audio.
- 2 Knit Lit Chicks, mother/daughter podcast in audio, with books!
So, a few notes about listening/watching podcasts in general FOR ME!
From what I've been hearing, people have been saying they download the podcasts and listen while walking the dogs or jogging. It wasn't until just recently that I used a device (laptop or iPad) with hearing attachment, I've had earbuds from an old Kindle that I wasn't using, and a gamers headset from recording Fiber Hooligans (had a microphone). I picked them up recently because there is construction going on across the street, and have found that the constant pounding and beeping of the backing up construction vehicles are comfortably drowned out.
Which changes everything. Without earphones or earbuds, some of the podcasts are very hard to hear through the laptop speakers and impossible with the iPad. I tried to listen to a pair of ladies on a podcast not listed here, the one was not sitting up to the microphone even with my earphones on, I couldn't hear her and lost interest in their conversation, did not finish the one episode.
This list has changed a lot since the last one I've posted. Some of those podcasts are now defunct, some for good reasons like constant bullying or just a change in a path made in the lives the podcasters and they've decided to move on. My tastes are changing, too. You'll see in this list there are a LOT of video podcasts now where, for a while, I'd completely given them up, because I don't WATCH and there was consistent difficulty loading. I've noticed there are some I don't have to watch to get, so I'm picking them back up again. Some are such quality, I've no interest in and maybe I won't ever pick them back up. I know I'm getting that way about a lot of the current ones I hear. I find I am losing interest in the solo ones who focus on what they are doing only, don't share what they are finding or reading.
Some of the podcasts that I'm following I think have these qualities that keep me coming back and probably will NEVER be dropped from my subscription list:
- They've continued to pursue better sound quality, whether simply wearing a microphone on or near their mouth or sitting up to the one on the computer, perhaps investing in better equipment.
- Usually a duo, easier to follow a conversation. Some of these are over an hour long, maybe 90 minutes, pair (or more) of people speaking keeps my attention.
- Talk about other things beside what's in their hands (as I said earlier), interviews or has a guest on, shares books or what they've heard elsewhere. MANY podcasters share what they've heard on other podcasts, so the list is ever changing of who you find to listen too.