Watching TV is a perfectly acceptable activity while knitting, but sometimes I prefer to just listen. When I feel isolated working from home all day, it's nice to hear these now-familiar voices chatting away about knitting-related topics. I thought I'd share my favorite knitting podcasts (in no particular order) for your listening pleasure. I've also listed specific episodes that I've found particularly enjoyable when I could remember them off the top of my head.
If you own, or are curious about starting a creative or fiber-related business, I've also included a few of my favorite business-y podcasts below. Enjoy, and don't forget to give me your own recommendations!
Note: This one is unfortunately no longer updated but you can still access the archives!
I really like the easy conversational rhythm that Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig have. You just feel like you're in Maine, sipping a nice cup of tea while knitting and listening to them talking about techniques and discussing their creative process for our benefit. All in a very simple, unpretentious way. They sound approachable and fun and I really enjoy listening to the sound of their voices. Like any real-life conversation this one is full of detours and back-tracking but I think that makes it all the more charming.
- EPISODE TWO: SWEATER CONSTRUCTION
- EPISODE SEVEN: DESIGN PROCESS, PART 1
- EPISODE EIGHT: DESIGN PROCESS, PART 2
You can find all Knit.fm episodes here.
I absolutely love Woolful. I have discovered so many fascinating personalities listening to it. The host, Ashley Yousling, is a very good listener. She mostly (wisely) lets her guests take the lead, just redirecting briefly if needed or having more of a conversational style if that is what they need to open up. I feel like I've gained much more knowledge about all the influencers and out-of-the-box thinkers of the knitting industry.
- Episode 50: Mary Jane Mucklestone – Oscar de la Renta, Fair Isle and Scandinavian colorwork, Andean knitting and grand Shetland adventures
- Episode 20: Stephen West – Rhythm, Improvisation, Supermodel and Amsterdam
- Episode 32: Cecelia Campochiaro -Rational tech thinking, sequence knitting, self-publishing and the importance of books
You can find all Woolful episodes here.
3) A playful day
This podcast transports you into Kate O'Sullivan's world, her crafty endeavors and musings about her daily life, recipes and essays. This is a very rich, inspiring podcast. Kate's voice and tone are very soft and feminine and soothing, and she's got a lovely British accent. But don't let the sweetness fool you. She has a strong point of view and her podcast conveys both her "slow-crafting," creative lifestyle and, through interviews, her ideas about supporting small and local creative businesses.
- The APD Podcast, Season 1: In Conversation with Emma Mitchell
- The APD Podcast, Season 1: Craft Locally
- Episode 95: Knitsonik
You can find all A Playful Day episodes here.
4) Truly Myrtle
New-Zealand-based Libby Jonson takes you with her on her creative journey and shares her challenges, doubts and triumphs. In addition to being an accomplished knitwear designer, Libby is a skilled sewer and explores how best to make her own wardrobe, one that will actually fit in with her style and every day life. Her podcast is easy to listen to and can be in turn introspective, informational or downright inspiring, with many great interviews of fellow designers.
You can find all Truly Myrtle episodes here..
1) The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur
This podcast, hosted by Marie Segares, is well-researched and well-organized, presenting concise, practical information about the particular topic at hand. Marie also invites all sorts of guests and keeps the conversation engaging with thoughtful questions and good follow-up. Her voice is pleasant, clear, and she sounds like a level-headed professional. She also welcomes any input and questions from her listeners. If you are starting out in your fiber-related business I particularly recommend the following episodes:
- Episode 3: 8 Tips for Organizing Your First Pattern Test
- Episode 21: 10 Habits for Successfully “Owning” (or Working) from Home
- Episode 56: 6 Income Streams for Yarn-Related Businesses
All the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur episodes can be found here.
2) Explore your enthusiasm
3) Tara Swiger has an infectious amount of energy and listening to her peppy voice feels like a sunshiny, bubbly mini tornado is coming to help you turn your business life around. Her style is her own and it might not be the right fit for everyone. However, beyond the bubble-gum-pink persona is a lot of solid business and marketing advice. If you are feeling overwhelmed or depressed or paralyzed about your creative business, listening to her will brighten up your mood and put your right back in the saddle.
All the Explore Your Enthusiasm episodes can be found here.
3) While she naps
Abby Glassenberg explores the bigger picture when it comes to craft businesses and serious blogging. She interviews designers, editors, industry insiders and successful creative entrepreneurs. Abby also reflects on her own journey as a creative business owner. Her style is conversational and easy, even when chatting with big shots about business topics. Her natural curiosity comes across and keeps the podcast fresh and spontaneous-feeling.
- PODCAST EPISODE #47: DEBORAH BALMUTH, PUBLISHER AT STOREY
- PODCAST EPISODE #36: ALICIA PAULSON (POSIE GETS COZY) AND ARIANNE FOULKS (AEOLIDIA)
All the While She Naps episodes can be found here.
4) The Hustl webcasts
Polly Hammond is all about no-nonsense business and marketing advice. She knows all the latest theories and research and delivers her findings in her trademark unfussy, direct style through a series of webcasts meant to educate creative business owners about how to take things to the next level. Slightly irreverent, definitely thought-provoking.
All of The Hustl webcast episodes are available here.