This is the first of a two part Podcast Guide. Part one features some lovely podcasters based in the British Isles.
I have been a long time fan of Electric Sheep and after Knit Nation last year there seemed to be a flurry of podcast recommendations one leading to another. I think it arose partially as a result of the podcasters meetup at that event. In any case it was fabulous as I had a whole new list of "local" podcasters to listen to.
Funnily enough they are all solo podcasters which is a bit of a departure from my favourite format of two hosts. But that doesn't matter a bit as they are all amazingly talented and have the gift of the gab.
I am planning another post for a North American edition at some point in the near future.
Without further ado here are my current top 6 favourite British podcasts in no particular order:
by Hoxton Handmade aka Katie, Hoxton (Ravelry)
Schedule: Every two weeks, usually on a Sunday
Location: Peckham Rye, London
The Sheep comes to us from South East London and usually has a two part format with an essay followed by a general catchup on knitting, patterns and yarn with the occasional bit of ukulele playing thrown in. Katie's musings are witty and observant. Her pattern reviews and knitterly updates are sharp and spot on. Each episode is imbued with a dry English sense of humour and its a refreshing listen.
by Brenda Dayne, aka Brenda (Ravelry)
Schedule: Weekly on Friday
Location: West Wales
Having produced Cast On since 2005, Brenda is a doyenne of the knitting podcasting community. She has recently relauched Cast On with a shorter format and more frequent episodes. The heart of the podcast is knitting but it includes a broad range of other topics from Welsh history to recycling. It is always fascinating and Brenda's friendly voice makes this podcast a pleasure to listen to every time.
Knit Spin Cake
by Aimee aka AuntieAipee (Ravelry)
Schedule: Approximately monthly
Location: Hartlepool in North East England
A relative newcomer to knitting podcasts, Knit Spin Cake is charming and fun, not to mention delicious! Typical episodes include updates on Aimee's latest knitting, details about spinning and mouthwatering cake recipies. My only complaint is that episodes aren't frequent enough!
by Martine Ellis, aka iMake
Schedule: Currently monthly, usually twice a month.
Martine's enthusiasm for crafts of all persuasions bubbles through in every episode. Knitting is a regular topic although not covered in every episode. A regular Guernsey segment brings her home to life for the listeners. Her good friend Charles often joins her on the podcast. Martine also chats about food, photography and other fun things she is up to. Its a really interesting and informative podcast.
A Playful Day
by greentrianglegirl (Ravelry)
Frequency/Schedule: About every two weeks, sometimes with bonus episodes
Greentrianglegirl packs a lot of knitting chat into each episode including what's on her needles, yarnie events, interviews with yarnie people and reviews. She is currently doing a series on her blog called 12 women in 2012 promoting and celebrating professional crafters. Episodes are lots fun and of course...."playful"!
Caithness Craft Collective
by Louise Hunt aka LouiseJHunt (Ravelry)
Schedule: Usually twice a month
Location: Caithness, North of Scotland
Caithness Craft Collective is a well prepared and produced podcast on all sorts of crafty activities including knitting and sewing. Louise's lovely voice and accent is a pleasure to listen to. She has a unique take on life that emerges from her discussion on a wide variety of topics related to craft, motherhood and Cathness. The "bairns" are often included in the podcast which is very charming.