I grew up in a house that always had the tv on and a constant flow of people, activity and conversation going on, often, all at once. Now I find sitting in silence while doing my craft activities, as well as house work or cooking to be uncomfortable to say the least. I find tv can be good, but not when it’s a show that actually requires the attention of your eyes, I’m not one of those confident knitters or hookers who can take their eyes off their work, I need to see what my hands and hook are doing most of the time. I don’t really like talk back radio, adds annoy me no end and so do most of the presenters, but I’ve discovered audio books and a few podcasts that really do the trick. Even when working in the woodworking shed I can plug a set of ear phones in under my earmuffs and happily listen to a podcast while sanding timber.
My new found favorite podcast is CraftLit, available through iTunes. It’s a bit of craft talk from knitting, quilting, spinning and so on, but the majority of the show is a few chapters read out from a book. I’ve started at the very first podcasts and we are working our way through Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice (which looks to go on till podcast episode 19). I’m really enjoying the ability to concentrate visually on my weaving, sewing, crochet or woodwork while being pleasantly entertained in a non visually intrusive way. My other craft related podcast is WeaveCast: A podcast for handweavers.
Aside from craft, my other passion is reading so there is yet again another added bonus to things like podcasts such as CraftLit, but especially from audio books in that I get to do my hands on, eyes on craft projects and still get to “read”. I’m glad to find quite a few good books available, unabridged, in audio book form, but would like to see a lot more of them and at a little more reasonable a price, if they were priced closer to that of their paper counterparts I’m sure I’d get many many more of them.