Sheepspot by Sasha Torres is a great podcast and an overall great spinning resource. If you are looking for a podcast that will help you become a better spinner then this is the first one I would recommend. She is very strict about sharing information and making it clear that each podcast is going to have a lesson to teach, but that there will be print resources available. Even if you do not listen to the podcasts, subscribe to her newsletter. You will certainly get more out of it if you do both, but even with just her newsletter you will gain access to all of the great resources she publishes. At a wild guess I would say that Sasha is a librarian or otherwise involved in higher education, she gives detailed resource information for all of her podcasts and makes sure that the information is concise, clear, and readily available. As of the writing of this review she is just working on six ways to get out of a spinning rut, her online course. It does run a bit expensive, but I imagine it will be handy. Since I have not taken it, nor will I have the means to do so in the immediate future, I cannot say it will be worth it or not.
Check out this great podcast/resource. It is well worth the time.
Prairie Girls Knit & Spin, I will confess I have not managed to get caught up with this series at the time I wrote this review. Even saying that CHECK THIS PODCAST OUT! It is amazing. The ladies that are responsible for this podcast are very funny, knowledgeable, and willing to let their knitting geek flags fly proudly. They are always working on new projects or finishing up new projects. If I was at all willing to spend more than 15 minutes knitting at a time I would be very jealous at how much they can achieve from week to week. Since knitting is just a minor hobby of mine I’m not too worried about it and I really enjoy hearing about their progress. They are always hosting new contests and other events, they have KALs or Knitalongs (but they don’t have very firm deadlines, which I can get behind). While Prairie Girl Susie seems to be a strict knitter Prairie Girl Danie knits, dyes, sews bags for her website, and spins, so there is a variety of topics to keep a listener interested (and that is how they refer to themselves, as Prairie Girls).
If you are looking for a podcast featuring two very enthusiastic knitters that love to share their wisdom, enthusiasm, and donated goodies then this is the podcast for you. They can go on for 40-60 minutes so this is not a quick listen podcast.
This is a relatively new podcast, but they have been updating pretty frequently. In this podcast Sarah tends to interview individuals involved in the weaving industry. People like Rebecca Mezoff who is very involved in weaving and teaching how to weave tapestries, the creators of Mirrix Looms, and so many more. This is a good podcast for people that are interested in the humans behind the products that they are investing in. For example, Mirrix Looms grew out of one woman’s desire to have a tapestry loom that had easy sheds. For more of that story you would need to listen to the interview. This is a great way to learn more about this fiber community we are a part of.
Very Pink Knits:
The tagline of this podcast is: “Where we turn knitting questions into knitting answers” and that really covers this podcast well. There are bits of their personal lives involved, just enough to make them seem human, but there are also a lot of questions answered. Very good, and I have heard great things about the teaching videos also available from verypinkknits.com. The hosts are likeable and friendly but they also tend to dive right into the questions. There are ususally 2-5 questions answered in a podcast but the hosts are very aware of the time, so the shows are usually about 20 minutes long, which I find to be a decent amount of time.
I work as a Reference Librarian for a 2 year Community College. This is one of three jobs. Our part-time LTA-Library Technical Assistant (or Woman That Keeps the Library From Falling Apart) is also a knitter. She is way more into the knitting than I am, since right now spinning is my complete love, with some weaving thrown in because I’ve always wanted to do that. She (I’m just going to refer to her as LTA) is also really into listening to podcasts and other technological things that I have not explored too much in recent years. I’ve listened to a couple that are more like stories or old time radio shows than what I thought of as ‘podcasts’. However LTA’s enthusiasm for the Very Pink Knits podcast caused me to want to explore further. Thank you, LTA, for this shiny new obsession.
There are very few that I am completely caught up with, so I am not going to give you an exhaustive list right now, however I am going to start a set of posts based on podcast reviews. I try to scatter things out so I’m not talking about the same thing all the time, so I’ll try and spread out my podcast reviews also. On with the show!
The first podcast that I Have managed to listen to all the way through is The Woven Road by Meadow Coldon. This podcast started out in the first few episodes with a lot of vulgarity that was thrown in just for the sake of swearing. I dislike this intensely, if you’re going to use vulgarities use them for their intended purpose not just for the sake of being rude, but by sticking out the first three episodes I managed to find this amazing resource for things textile, archaeology, and just plain fun. I especially found her experimental archaeology fascinating, I didn’t even know that this was a thing, I wonder if I should go for a second masters? Well worth listening to, I hope Meadow Coldon can get on a more regular schedule!