Friday, August 22, 2014

Podcasts and Blogs.

So if you were someone who knows me in person (or read a few posts of mine about a year or two ago), you would know that I listen to quite a few podcasts. And by a few I mean a lot. If you don't know what podcasts are, they are audio/video "talk shows". At least that's how I would describe them. I listen to knitting podcasts (shocker!), but I also listen to some book theme, news, photography, film, cooking, and pop culture ones. Now note that I listen to a lot of podcast and I like to listen to the older episodes if they are in my iTunes or if I can find them, which means I'm not caught up with most of them yet. But the ones I am caught up with I'll tell you about them (if they have a description on iTunes, I'll post what they say), give you a brief review, and let you know if they're still updating their feeds.

Podcasts that I recommend

  1. Start Cooking- This podcast is short 5 minutes or more video showing you how to make certain recipes and new tips and tricks. I really like how the women explains each step clearly and she tells you some things you can replace other foods with. I'm not sure if this feed is up to date, I haven't gotten a new episode from this one in a while and I might have to go to the iTunes store page to update it my self.
  2. Film Riot- "Film Riot is a how-to trip through filmmaking from the hyper-active mind of Ryan Connolly. From how to make great effects to following Triune Films through production, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a way you've never seen."They have two episodes a week one on Mondays; where they answer questions and recommend a short video, and one on Thrusdays; where they review a new product/show how they do a certain effect/talk about a new short film they released. This is one that I make sure that I'm getting all the new episodes. The host and the camera man make the show very entertaining and interesting. Even though I don't do anything with film making I still find everything interesting.  If you want to know more about this podcast, they are on iTunes and Youtube. They also have a Twitter account.
  3. CaffeinatedKnitting-  "Talk about knitting, spinning and crochet." The hostess is from TN, which was one reason why I checked her out, but I really enjoy her show. I'm always interested in what she talks about and love everything she makes. WARNING: She is an enableer, big time. Every time she shows some new yarn or fiber I get a major case of grabby hands. She updates as much as she can, to know when there is a new episode join her Raverly group and/or blog. Also follow here on Twitter.
  4. The Knitting Den- "A weekly podcast about knitting, spinning and lots of girl chatter." Another lovely hostess, she also is really interesting and a big enabler. She sews project bags and creates some beautiful stitch markers, and she has an esty shop where she sells them. To contact her, join her Raverly group and her Youtube channel.
  5. A Night Bird- "A video podcast about kntting, crafting and homemaking through the seasons." This is a monthly podcast based in Germany. The hostess talks about what has happened with her crafty wise in the past month.(Knitting, sewing, etc.) She is such a lovely lady, part of me wishes she would podcast more then just monthly, but hey people have their own lives it can't be about knitting all the time. To contact her, join her Ravelry group and check out her blog.
  6. KnitBritish- "Sharing woolly notions!" This too is a monthly podcast by Louise Scollay, who obviously is British. She's been knitting with only local British wool and she talks about how she does it in her podcast. To contact her, join her Ravelry group and check out her blog.
  7. Knitting Butterflies- "Join me for my adventures in knitting, crochet, spinning, photography, and of course, parenting." The is a some what new podcast. I enjoy hearing about the hostess's projects and other adventures, and hearing her photography tips. To contact her: join her Ravelry group, follow her on Instagram, and her blog.
  8. SkeinAfterSkein- "Yarn! GIMME YARN! NOW! YARN! YARN! YARN! GIMME! NOW!" This podcast was really fun to listen to, but there hasn't been a new episode in a few months. Just two friends talking about all their projects from knitting, crochet, and sewing. To contact them: join their Ravelry group and/or their blog.
  9. This American Life-"Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show 'This American Life.' First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays." Well, the iTunes description pretty much sums up everything. The short stories they tell are really entertaining and fascinating. If you enjoying hearing people tell their stories then you will enjoy this podcast. You can find this on iTunes.
  10. A Homespun House- "Homespun knitting podcast is hosted by your friend Molly. Stop by every Thursday for chatter, knit-a-longs, project sharing, questions, and your own personal enjoyment !!!!" Molly is an american living in Germany and she is super sweet. I really enjoy hearing about her love of knitting and making handmade things. To contact her, join her Ravelry group and/or check out her blog. To watch this podcast find it on iTunes or Youtube.
  11. NPR: Snap Judgment Podcast- "Snap Judgment is the smoking-hot new show from NPR. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Gylnn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another." Also another descirption that pretty much tells you everything about the podcast. Again if you love storytelling, then this podcast is for you. You can find it on iTunes.
  12. Books on the Nightstand-"A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about." This is one of my favorite podcasts, it definitely is my favorite book podcast. I highly suggest you to check them out. To contact them: join their Goodreads group, their website, and follow them on Twitter.
  13. NPR Programs" Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Podcast- "NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and yest your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up." This is pretty much my favorite news podcasts. It's super funny, I love it. You can find it on iTunes.
  14. Yarncraft- "Join us for a knitting and crochet talk show, brought to you by Lion Brand Yarn Company. Featuring persona stories, pattern recommendations, and interviews with industry insiders including expert teachers, designers, and artists. Stop by twice a month for new content. Find show notes at!" This was a really nice podcast about the Lion Brand Company, but they no longer release new episodes. If you want to listen to the older episodes find this podcast on iTunes.
  15. NPR: Books Podcast- "NPR book reviews, news and author interviews -- for people who love to read. The best of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other award-winning NPR programs." This is my second favorite book podcast. It's shorter then Books on the Nightstand but you still get a lot of information. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  16. CRAFTCAST- "On, host Alison Lee takes you through the world of Crafting, from interviews, product reviews, and do it yourself tutorials. is the only podcast where you can listen, learn, and create!" I've learned about a lot of other crafts from this podcast over the years. She hasn't posted a new episode in a while but she does every once in a while. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  17. Stash and Burn- "Nicole and Jenny, two San Francisco knitters, talk about yarn, books, patterns, blogs, and ways to deal with life under the weight of the stash. Jenny has been knitting since 2005 and Nicole's had work on the needles since 2002. Join the duo as they get together each week to talk about the subject that consumes them." I really like this podcast, it was one of the first knitting podcasts I had listened to. They don't podcast as much as they just to but when they do I really enjoy everything they say. To contact them: join their Ravelry group.
  18. Drum Corps International Field Pass- "Drum Corps International (DCI) is the world leader in producing events for the world's most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. Field Pass presented by Zildjian is Drum Corps International's official podcast featuring award-winning host Dan Potter. With fresh episodes available daily throughout the summer on iTunes and, Field Pass gives you an inside look at Marching Music's Major League; from the parking lot, to the stadium tunnel to the 50-yard line!" Of course I would listen to this. I've listened to this since I found it my 10th year in high school. Being in Marching band I loved this and still love it. It makes me miss band more and more I listen to it. To find this podcast, follow the links in the description above.
  19. Knit Picks' Podcast- "Kelley Petkun, owner of Knit Picks, carries on a one-side conversation as she ponders the joys, challenges and rewards of complete immersion in today's fiber community. Find camaraderie and understanding as Knit Picks employees confess to their own knitting triumphs and complete blunders. Does any of this sound fimiliar? If so, tune in weekly for the further adventures of the gang at Knit Picks and any other knitter we can round up." This is like Yarncraft. Kelley no longer hosts but the employees try to release a podcast when they can. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  20. Alohomora!-"Alohomora! is an interactive and creative collaborative project between fans world wide and MuggleNet staff. Join us as we re-read the entire series, spin wild theories, and share content all influenced by our love of Harry Potter." I love Harry Potter, so I really love this podcast. They are currently on book five. If you want to join the re-read find this podcast on iTunes and follow them on Twitter.
  21. Stuff You Missed in History Class- "What's the story of Andrew's Raid, also known as the Great Locomotive Chase? Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by" The title is pretty much what you would expect for the podcast. If you want to heard about something you may have not known about something, then give the podcast a listen. You can find this podcast on iTunes.

Since this is already a pretty long list I'm going to stop here for right now. Look for the next list soon and if you decided to check any of these podcasts out, let them know where you heard about them from. 

Happy Listening!