Hello all, here's hoping your week has started out OK. It's supposed to be in the 60s today in Philadelphia, and then on Thursday, we are supposed to wake up to freezing temperatures and 3-5 inches of snow. Sigh. This wimpy winter weather here is making me think we are doomed for this summer. Usually when we don't have a regular winter, the summer is deadly hot and humid. I am truly hoping to be proven wrong ...
Anyhoo, I was just wondering if any of you are podcast listeners/fans. I used to enjoy audio podcasts, because I could listen while doing any number of other things. But it seems that most podcasts today are video podcasts, which mean that a) you need to have your computer/tablet/whatever with you, and b) since you are "watching" you need to pay closer attention to see what is being talked about or shown. Which, at least for me, means that I need to be actually sitting down, planning to watch and pay attention. At first this really annoyed me, but I've gotten used to it to some degree. I still miss audio podcasts, but I do enjoy actually seeing what people are talking about.
During evenings or weekends when I sit down to knit, I've started using that time for podcasts. Also, in the morning when I get to work, I listen to some of them while clearing out e-mails that have accumulated while I was gone. I get to work anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half before anyone else, and clearing out e-mails usually takes about half an hour, so it's nice to have "company" while I'm doing that.
Here are some I've sampled recently. All of these are on YouTube, and a few have become favorites while others are still being "tested."
Once Upon a Corgi
Tea and Possibilities
Along the Lanes (Dee told me about this one, though she hasn't done a podcast for a while)
By the Lakeside
Sew Sweet Violet
The good thing about podcasts are that they make you aware of patterns, yarns, and notions that you may not have heard about otherwise. The bad thing about podcasts are that they make you aware of patterns, yarns, and notion that you may not have heard about otherwise ... ;-)
Case in point: The Knitter's Chatelaine. These were mentioned on one of the above podcasts (Tea and Possibilities, I think), and I looked them up. And then became obsessed. I am going to treat myself to one for my birthday, I just have to decide which. Actually, I think it's a brilliant idea. Not that I don't have plenty of other little containers/bags for this kind of stuff. but these do appeal to me, and my birthday is coming up, so there!
What about you? Do you have any podcasts that you like and/or recommend? I'm still experimenting with most of the ones I come across, but I have found some that "click" with me (and some that definitely do not!).
Even better - do YOU have a podcast?? Let me/us know in the comments!
Unrelated to this topic, here is a photo my niece Lauren sent of her family. If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you may remember when we went to Mexico for her wedding about 6 years ago. Well now she and Ben have two kiddos (and she has a friend who is a professional photographer, so her photos are a lot different from the rest of the family's photos!). So here are Lauren, Ben, Parker (5), and Ari (2) somewhere near where they live in the San Francisco area. You can see that some of us clean up pretty well. :-)
See you next time!