As I knit each night, I’ve been inspired by all the knitting podcasters and vloggers out there who have held spaces of sanity and comfort in 2018. Amid the torrent of bad news, sheer craziness and challenging times, these creators remind me of the self-healing power of creating and crafting that knitting is for me. As I’ve spent the year focusing on what I want to value most, the intersection of fiber arts, wool, sheep, farms, earth-grounded folks is where I want to turn.
My December experiment challenge to myself to help me through the darkest month in the Northern hemisphere will be to create 5-minute videos each featuring a quote or short poem on the theme of darkness (&thus light) as well as random knitting pieces in progress or completed in 2018. My intention is not to sell/promote anything but creativity and sanity inspiration. If you would like to add to my growing list of quotes on the theme of darkness or light, feel free to reply them to me here and I will credit you on my brief videos for your share. Thank you!
I tried to come up with a top-ten list of knitting podcasters I love to watch/listen to as I knit, but I couldn’t limit myself to ten. They represent a tiny fraction of the fabulous creators out there, but are simply ones that resonate most with me or teach me something in any way. I won’t live link them in case they don’t want to be on this blog, but here is the list of names you can search for on YouTube should you be so inspired.
- A Wooden Nest (Oregon)
- The Gentle Knitter (Ottawa, Canada)
- Skeindeer Knits (London via Norway)
- Kammebornia (Sweden)
- Ina Knits (Norway)
- FiberTrek (Worldwide, based in Maine)
- Dunkelgrun (Switzerland)
- Babbles Traveling Yarns (Ireland)
- Arctic Knitting Podcast (Northern Norway)
- Ninja Chickens (North Carolina)
- Knitting The Stash (Illinois)
- Knitting Expat (London / World)
- Paper Tiger (Montreal, Canada)
- The Wee Sew n Sew (Scotland)
- The Fat Squirrel Speaks (Minnesota?)