Earlier this week I was watching the most recent episode of the Knitting Butterflies podcast and Emily was going to do a review of a new book and I thought she made a great point – she is no longer reviewing, she is recommending. It was especially timely for me as I plan my blog posts for the month and part of this year’s plan is to do reviews once a month. My schedule tells me this week’s post is a review of two new to me (and, both newish in general) podcasts. So, I’m calling this What I’m Listening to This Month and can continue to switch that up depending on what I might be reading, knitting with, or listening to each month.
Before I dive into my latest podcast finds, a few things about podcasts. I’m primarily an audio podcast listener. Most of the time I listen while I’m at work where I have no wifi so I download a bunch of episodes for the day before I leave home. Videos are much harder to manage and are much more distracting!! I have Android devices so I don’t use iTunes (sorry to all you podcasters – I can’t leave iTunes reviews for you :(). I use the app Podcast Addict. I can usually find anything on there that is on iTunes. The app is easy to use and I’ve never had any problems with it. It seems more and more podcasts are going to video so I’m always excited to find new audio ones for my listening pleasure!
The first podcast I’m listening to is Kino Knits. Mary lives in Kenya (Kenya!!!) and her podcast, blog and designs can be found at KinoKnits. I think I first heard about her on the Prairie Girls podcast as they were giving away one of Mary’s patterns. I finally remembered to look up her podcast and the first episode I listened to was Episode 7. I’m totally hooked and went back and listened to the first episode, with plans to listen to Episodes 2-6. I love to travel (another part of this blog) and so being able to listen to someone in Africa talk about knitting over the there and the adventures her family is able to take is just the best of both worlds for me. The sound quality on her podcast is excellent. And, to my surprise, Mary did a shout out to me in Episode 8. I have not had a chance to listen to it (tomorrow during my car ride for sure!) but I went to the show notes to write this post and I saw my name there!! Thanks Mary!! There are 8 episodes so not a lot to catch up on which makes it’s a great time to tune in!
The second podcast I wanted to talk about today is the Knit Actually podcast. I found this one through Emily from the Knitting Butterflies podcast. Becky is the host and she is great to listen to. She talks about knitting and she also does some of her own dying which is interesting. Full disclosure – I have a lot of family in Colorado (which is where Becky and Emily are) and I think I was sucked in by the Scoreboard scarf Becky knit for her son documenting the Broncos Superbowl winning season. It is amazing!!!! She has 27 episodes out so, again, not too much to catch up on and a great time to subscribe.
If you are looking for new audio podcasts I would definitely suggest you check out these two (and, also Knitting Butterflies and the Prairie Girls, of course 🙂 ) I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!
One last note – the article I mentioned a couple of weeks ago came out. CountryLiving.com compiled a list of 13 cool ways to yarn bomb your home and one of my prior posts was included! You can check it out here – 13 Ideas to Yarn Bomb Your Home!