Dudes! Did you guys know about this? I feel like I’ve been living under a rock.
Here’s how I discovered knitting podcasts:
I’ve been following knittingexpat (Mina Philipp) on Instagram for a long time. Then in November, I went to Qatar and the UAE. When I was in Qatar, my friend Joanne told me about this little island called Bahrain and how pretty it was there. I wish I had been there longer because I would have flown over for a day or so. (I’m into counting countries now.) A week goes by and I see something on Mina’s Instagram that she’s in Bahrain. AS IF! So I go on YouTube and watch my first ever Knitting Expat podcast. I was immediately hooked. OMG! How come no one told me about this before!??? I went back and started from her very first episode and watched EVERY SINGLE ONE. Hooked. Netflix has gotten no love from me since.
Seriously people! Knitting podcasts are really bad for my budget. I don’t want to tell you how much money I’ve spent on patterns and yarn in the last few months.
Here’s some yarn-porn for you.
This stuff is amazing. The two colours are merino/cashmere/nylon and the grey is merino/cashmere/alpaca. It’s going to become (most likely) the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli. I know that in my last post, I said I didn’t like cowls but… I think I can make an exception for this one because it’s gorgeous. Who knows? I might even change my mind about cowls.
I now know about a billion hand-dyers, designers and project bag/notions makers. I’m so amazed.
From Mina’s blog, I learned about so many other podcasters but I wanted to watch something Canadian. Then I came across the Grocery Girls Podcast. These two sisters are HI-LARIOUS! They interact much like my sister and I do, except my sister is not at all crafty. From watching them, I discovered so many more yarns, so many more patterns. Dudes, I didn’t know who Joji Locatelli was! I had some of her patterns in my Revelry queue but had no idea she had so many amazing patterns. Same goes for Melanie Berg, Lisa Mutch, Martina Behm. All these ladies have designed some amazing shawls that I’m itching to cast on. My horizons have been broadened.
I’m also stalking Voolenvine Yarns, Plucky Knitter, Woolen Boon, Flock Fibre Studio (Canadian!), PolkaDotCreek (Canadian!), Hedgehog Fibres, Hue Loco, Long Dog Yarn, Ancient Arts Fibre (Canadian!) on Etsy and Instagram. I could go on. And on. And on. There are so many fabulous dyers out there. It really makes me want to start dying yarn. I’ve never been a fan of dying… but I’m slowly realizing how much fun it could be. I just have to find good bases now.
I’m SO inspired!
If you haven’t yet watched a knitting podcast, GO. NOW. And keep a pen and pad nearby. You’ll need it. Trust me. 🙂