Knitting was my gateway into podcasts. Back in the day when you had to actively download them onto your iPod, I would load up every week and spend the commuting hours happily listening to other people talk about their knitting while tucking myself away in the corner of the train with needles and a ball of wool. They kept me company on the long runs when I was training for a marathon (yes, really, it was that long ago) and I could plug them into my car speakers if ever we had to go on a long drive. It was brilliant, and while perhaps knitting audio podcasts tailed off for a little bit somewhere in the middle, that’s certainly not the case at the moment; now there are as many knitting audio podcasts as ever, and, and there’s YouTube.
Because what makes even more sense than to talk about knitting but to actually be able to share what you’re talking about. For me, as a craftaholic, it’s the ultimate show and tell. And the more I watched, the more I thought, “that looks like fun”.
And as that was the precursor to learning to spin, crochet, quilt, embroider, play with textile paint, sew clothes, and go to sea on an aircraft carrier, we all know where this is going.
Yes my friends, on Saturday I gathered up all of my bits and pieces of current projects, banished everyone else to the ground floor of the house so they couldn’t see or hear me (although you can still hear Pip running around in the background at one point shouting “Daddy, I’m a gymnast!!”) and recorded the first episode of my brand new knitting and other crafty things podcast which is up on YouTube, and here it is:
In this episode we talk about:
- my Waking Tide sweater;
- Several pairs of tiny socks;
- Kate Davies’ Coinneach cardigan and the West Highland Way Club;
- Jem Weston’s Moody Blues Blanket;
- Alicia Paulson’s Daisychain ABCs; and
- Alice Staremore’s Fairisle Knitting.
I really hope you enjoy it; if you do have any questions or thoughts then please drop me a line in the comments here or over on YouTube, especially if there’s anything you’d like me to talk about in a future episode, and fingers crossed I’ll be pressing record again in about two weeks time for episode two!