Sunday, February 14, 2016

Five Pleasing Podcasts [4 yarn-related]

A member of my Yarn People group is going to co-present a podcast. How exciting and yay for Darcy! So I thought I'd ramble on about podcasts this week focusing mainly on yarn related ones of course!

So what exactly is a podcast? It's a downloadable audio blog that you can listen to whenever you like on your device or computer while crafting or doing household chores etc. You can find them on just about every topic you could ever imagine including craft of course.

I first began listening to podcasts while driving my 30 minute commute along the narrow winding country roads of Gloucestershire before we made the big move to Texas. My favorite was the BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs. A famous guest is invited to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island while narrating their life story.  The guest list is wonderfully varied and the show has been running since the 1940s.

And then, oh joy, I discovered my first yarn related podcast, Cast On with Brenda Dayne started in 2005 to talk about knitting to people who get it. I was more into my knitting back then. She lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales which was just across the Severn Bridge from me at that time and I was and still am absolutely captivated by her calm eloquent voice and fascinating content. Brenda has moved onto other yarny adventures and Cast On is no more but the audio archives live on thank goodness.

Since we made the big move I have been listening to Yarn Thing by Marly Bird dedicated to connecting knitters and crocheters together. She interviews guests from the yarn industry and gives out prizes. What a great format! But the best thing about Marly is her infectious laugh. I just can't help myself from laughing when she laughs. And that is a very good thing. We should all laugh as much as possible, apart from when it's inappropriate to do so obviously.

And a recent discovery is KnitBritish by Louise Scollay with a super mission to love local wool. Louise has a wonderfully soothing Scottish voice and listening to her is a bittersweet experience because my parents are Scottish and far away from me right now. But I still love her podcast very much.

And of course my friend Darcy's podcast is coming up soon on Kitchen Stitches. She makes her first appearance in this super short episode. I am planning more house cleaning each week to accommodate this. My husband will be absolutely delighted!

I'd love to hear if you have a particular favorite podcast yarn related or not. Just let me know in the comments section below.

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