Monday, July 2, 2018

Listening While Crafting

Few things have enhanced my knitting mojo as much as podcasts and audiobooks. I can't be the only one! Only a few of my friends knit, so I appreciate the digital company. I'm going to share some of my favorites, and please share yours in your comments.
My Free Your Fade is coming along. Those bright cranberry stripes will be balanced eventually by bright blue stripes.
Over the weekend, I listened to the entire 10 episodes of Slow Burn, a Slate podcast. The first season focuses on the Watergate scandal, and it gave me hope. The GOP was reluctant to give up on Nixon, but eventually it did. If you can't get enough of politics, I also recommend Trumpcast and Trump Inc.
The Knit Circus yarn is so much fun to work with.
Another one-season podcast that is very good is the New York Times' Caliphate, which follows a Canadian man who joined ISIS. I will warn you that this one has some serious violence. And I love everything that has been done on Embedded, an NPR spinoff that has looked into Trump's businesses and explored the situation in America's coal country.

I have to also mention S-Town from This American Life. This one starts out a bit slow, but it develops into quite a story. Missing Richard Simmons is entertaining, too.
This is a scrappy hat. It was supposed to be a stash-buster, but it didn't use up much yarn. I think I need to find a scrappy sweater!

I listen to a few podcasts on a regular basis:

  • On Point, from WBUR
  • On the Media, with Brooke Gladstone
  • This American Life
  • The Daily, from the New York Times

Nagi likes a good nap on a hot afternoon.
Some excellent audiobooks I've listened to in the past few months:

  • An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. This is a stunning debut about a young, affluent African-American couple and what happens when the husband is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
  • Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann. This book details the mysterious murders of wealthy Osage tribe members in the 1920s, as well as the roots of the FBI.
  • Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser. I know I mentioned this before, but I have to sing its praises one more time. This is a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder that also tells the story of the settling of the Great Plains. It is as riveting as any novel.
You can find any of the podcasts by googling them or in the Apple Store. 

Do share your favorite listens!


  1. This is a great post! I almost always knit and listen, often to audiobooks, and sometimes podcasts. You've already included many of my favorite podcasts, but I also like RadioLab, Radio Times, and Fresh Air, sometimes The Moth and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me if I need to laugh. I am downloading Slow Burn as I type; I definitely need something to give me hope!

    Some recent good audiobooks have included The Feather Thief, Foolproof, and Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry. That last one was a perfect narrator/book match made in heaven. Thanks for your great suggestions!

  2. I agree with BOnnie. Great post. CUTE Hat. Cut cat!!
    I have CALYPSO on audio coming to my library for me to knit along with.
    I listen to radio lab when my son tells me a good one is out there. I was very interested in the Birth story they did about 2 gay men in Israel who want to adopt using a surrogate. FASCINATING

  3. listening to the tuscan child at the moment....audiobooks used to produce many an FO!!!!

  4. S-Town is excellent: it gives a lot of mental fodder. I also enjoyed Missing Richard Simmons. I love your shawl - the colors are gorgeous.

  5. All of the podcasts I listen to are knitting related. It's my escape from the not-so-pleasant reality of what is going on in our world.

  6. Beautiful work on the is working out perfectly!
    I listen to knitting podcasts...or audio books; I'm enjoying Lynn Austin's The Chronicle of the Kings right now.

  7. Beautiful Fade! And, a recent and most excellent listen was This is How it Always Is! You have some good listens listed! :)

  8. Oh my gosh your Fade is gorgeous! I'm not sure, but I have not been able to get into audiobooks at all. I'll admit I haven't tried in a long time, so maybe I should give it another go (so many books, so little time...I need to multi-task!!). I also don't really listen to podcasts, BUT, I have enjoyed hearing some when with Colin & Mailing: Fresh Air (of course), Criminal and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me. I think I'll check out S-Town (have heard good things about that) and to show you how out of it I am, I hadn't even realized that R. Simmons disappeared some years ago - lol.

  9. I have never wanted to knit a Find your Fade til now, and so I think I'll have to go find that pattern! I'm not really a fan of podcasts (am I not a good listener??) but I did like "An American Marriage." I'm also good at knitting and reading, so I'm going to find "Prairie Fires". What a helpful post!!

  10. I can't do audiobooks....just can' mind wonders during them and I lose my place, or I'm frustrated at the rate of reading speed...although I'd like to listen to one by Wil Wheaton, he reads John Scalzi books, among others....I've just been getting into podcasts this past year...but mostly knitting ones...the only non-knitting one I'd listen to, depending on the guests was Chris Hardwick's....yes, that Chris Hardwick, I'm not going to comment on the issues he is going through, except I do believe, even with #metoo, we should have due process...

  11. I get too emotionally invested in politics so listening to a podcast of it would do me in even if I agree....I listen to knitting or book podcasts for now. However, I will check out your list!!