When I finally bought an MP3 player last year, I thought I’d be using it to listen to music, but it turns out that what I really listen to are fiber podcasts. I love ’em! Ever since I discovered there were these people out there just talking away about knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing, I’ve been addicted. Who wouldn’t be? A nearly endless source of people who get it and are right there, on tap, ready at any time of day or night to whisper in my ear about all thing fibery — while I’m doing the dishes or sweeping the floor or stuck in traffic or inexplicably wide awake in the dead of night. Who wouldn’t be hooked?!?
Well… ok, I know there are a lot of people who wouldn’t be, but that’s only because they’re not fiber freaks like you and I. In fiberista terms,the people who matter are the people who understand the allure of fiber, and that’s me, and you …and the podcasters. Here are some of my absolute favourites:
Cast-On from Brenda Dayne is the first fiber podcast I discovered and I think it is the absolute best — a benchmark for all other podcasters to work toward. Thoughtful, whimsical, educational, and always so beautifully put together, Cast-On is always a treat. Brenda is taking a sabbatical at the moment to recover from some health issues but, if you’ve never listened, it’s worth working your way through the archives while we wait for her return.
FiberBeat is what I imagine the B-52s would come up with if they decided to record a fiber podcast. WonderMike has created a zany podcast that, while always full of interesting interviews, news, and information, is also chock full of crazy random audio madness that has me laughing out loud. You’ll have to listen to see what I mean, but that’s no hardship.
Insubordiknit from spinning artist Jacey Boggs is a rare treat — rare because she produces episodes randomly and seldom, but a treat because they are so completely worth the wait. Jacey is famous in the fiber world for her art yarns — unique, creative, and stunning… but always stable and balanced. Listening to her talk through their creation is wonderfully inspiring.
These great podcasters keep me wrapped in fibery goodness even when I can’t be spinning or knitting — a wonderful thing. And you know what? I’d like to find more fiber podcasts just like them! What are your favourite podcasts? Who should I be listening to? I’d love to know.