While I was off on maternity leave last year, I discovered knitting podcasts – clearly I must have known that these things existed (I must have, right?), but had never actually sought one out. My tolerance for scripted television is pretty low (the misogyny! the terrible tropes! the bad writing!), so it was a pleasure to discover a plethora of charming knitters and spinners who give an hour or so of their weeks to share what they’re working on, show off their yarnie acquisitions, and make a more-or-less-home-bound-mum-of-a-small-baby feel like she’s (even more) part of a genuine online community of crafters.
The forum nature of Ravelry definitely gives a connection to others with similar interests all over the world, and it’s wonderful. The added fun of a podcast is actually hearing someone’s voice, and (even better in my opinion) getting a feel of their personalities! Obviously we are adept at sharing ourselves online in a certain way, and it’s all performativity anyway, but there’s something wonderful about seeing someone on video that I seem to have only discovered in the last year.
So here’s a round up of the podcasts I’ve discovered and loved – and I’d welcome your suggestions, since I’m all caught up on them!
The Knit Girllls – http://www.theknitgirllls.com
It seems they’re the classic! Laura and Leslie have been sharing their knits and spins by video for almost 4 years now. I have had occasion recently to mention them to a friend recently on account of the really lovely way that they model a very close friendship between adult women, even though they now live in different states. The Knit Girllls are also the hosts of the Super Summer Knittogether (SSK) retreat annually in Nashville, TN.
Knitting in Circles – knittingincircles.blogspot.com
A charming wife (Aimee) & husband (Darren) team of knitters – they knit lots of socks. Lots of socks.
Yarnraising – http://www.yarnraising.com
A spinning-focused knitting videocast from the lovely, lovely Malia. I love that she distinguishes between her handspun knitting projects and commercial yarn knitting projects. She knows SO MUCH about spinning, and is so self-effacing about it. She has really made me want to not give up on spindle spinning.
Knitting a Story – knittingastory.blogspot.com
Ok, full discolure, one of these podcasters (Lex) is a childhood friend of mine! (Maybe sometime I’ll get to meet her co-host, Jenn) I enjoy that they host a Canadian podcast (I feel like there’s another prominent Canadian podcast that I can’t think of?); this is an audio podcast (the only one I listen to), which honestly I find harder to follow with a toddler underfoot, but it’s still super enjoyable! I love that their yarn acquisition segment is called “It Followed Me Home” – I also love that they list off the segments that they have in the episode.
I have also tried and not really gotten into: The Fat Squirrel Speaks, Round The Twist, Dramatic Knits, Stockinette Zombies, Knitabulls, and Single Handed Knits. This is not always about content/style (though bad lighting, and sitting too far from the camera to be able to see the things you’re showing do not hugely endear you to me), it’s mostly about playback on my Android tablet – if I need to play your podcast directly from youtube/blip (on purpose, or because whatever video platform you’re using on your webpage/blog just won’t load in my Firefox), I’m a lot less likely to watch, because it’ll stop playing if I surf over to Rav to look at the thing you’re talking about. If I am watching in an internet browser tab, I can continue to play your podcast in the background while I chat with friends, check Rav, or whatnot.
So blog friends, what am I missing out on? Should I revisit any of the podcasts I’ve tried and not loved? What do you love in a podcast?