Thursday, 2 February 2012

Crafty Podcast Addiction

My name’s Carly and I’m a crafty-podcast-oholic!!! 

Does anyone else LOVE listening to podcasts while they’re crafting?  Before last summer (embarrassingly), I didn’t even know what a podcast was.  But I am now officially addicted to them!  What could be better than crafting away, while listening to a friendly voice sharing their crafty exploits, offering hints and tips, or interviewing ‘celebrity’ crafters?!?  If you haven’t tried it, I really think you should!  You might just end up joining me at crafty-podcast-listeners-anonymous..... 

I’ve been meaning to write a post on podcasts for ages, but haven’t got around to it (I’m too busy listening to them)!!!  Better late than never, though, I guess???

When I started writing this post, it was going to be a list of my favourite podcasts, with links.  But, as I was writing & deleting, writing & deleting, I thought it might be nice to write more about each podcast, and tell you WHY they’re on my list of favourites.  So, instead of giving you a list, I’ve decided to do a few separate posts, telling you in a bit more depth about some of them.....      

I’m writing about this now, as I’m EXTREMELY excited about a recent podcast find.  It’s called CraftLit, and it combines crafty talk with readings of some great books (my dream combination). 

The lovely, funny, velvety-voiced host (Heather) advertises her show as ‘the podcast for readers whose hands are too busy to hold a book’, and ‘an audiobook-with-benefits’.  Each episode starts with some crafty chat (mainly of a yarny nature).  Then Heather talks a bit about the chapters that will be covered that week (she’s VERY knowledgeable – an English teacher, no less), before the chapters are read aloud.  What an ingenious idea for a crafty podcast!  Imagine sewing or knitting or crocheting or gluing while someone reads you a story!!!  I’ve just finished (today) the final episode on the first book – ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  Aaaah!!!  SIGH!!!  A girl can never read (or hear) about Mr Darcy too many times, can she?  Some other books that Heather has covered and I’m excited about listening to are ‘The Turn of the Screw’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Little Women’, ‘The Woman in White’ and ‘Dracula’.

I hope my description has done the podcast justice – it really is brilliant!  If you love books and crafting, and want to give Heather a try, visit the CraftLit website.  If you do, I'd love to hear what you think.  Also, if you've discovered any podcast treasure, please share.....  

If you’re in this part of the world, I hope you’re keeping warm and well (staying indoors and listening to podcasts works)!  It has been -9° here in Düsseldorf today.  Brrrrr!!!  I’m waiting for some snow.....

Until next time.....



  1. Thanks, Carly! I am definitely going to check this out! As a former English teacher too, this is right up my ally.

  2. The podcast sounds fantastic Carly, I often wish I could craft and read a book at the same time, so this is the ideal solution, I'm off to have a listen now, thanks for the link. x

  3. Oh my goodness!! You have no idea how excited I was getting while reading this post!! I can't believe I've never considered the possibility of craft podcasts! When I craft I like to listen to books from If you've never heard of it, librivox is full of books that are in the public domain that are read by volunteers! The books download as podcasts right into itunes if you want. It's great! Anyways, I'm SO EXCITED to try this podcast and I can't wait to hear about your other favorite podcasts! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi there Carly,thanks so much for popping over to mine and for your lovely message,thanks for joining too. I tried and tried to learn crochet for many years ,but eventually I learned from youtube video,beth I ve heard a few people learn from her,please let Me know if you get the chance to have a look and if its any help? Mum tried the same learning from books,but found it too difficult,:( I think its a lot easier if someone can show you,
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,chat soon,love juliex

  5. Hi Carly, my husband loves his podcasts and gets many every week which he downloads and listens to in bed! A few times I have to tell him to turn them down and sometimes he laughs so much in bed at them he wakes me up! I think he is addicted to them.

  6. Hi Carly!
    Thank you so much for the Shout Out!
    If you're back with Pride and Prejudice then you don't know about my current podcast addiction: Chop Bard, the Cure for Boring Shakespeare. The host, Ehren Ziegler, is doing a bang-up job reading Dr. Seward for our Dracula (starts with episode 223). I think you'll love his show too!

  7. Hey Carly, thanks for visiting my blog, lovely to hear from you.

    I'm not familiar with craft podcasts but shall take the link and check it've given them a gret rap.

    Shall also have a wander through your blog and read some older posts.

    The news is on and they're talking about the cold snap in europe, hope you are managing to keep nice and warm.
    We've just had a burst of rain, the temp dropped 15 deg. in minutes and now the sun is out.
    Four seasons in one day.......

    Claire :]

  8. I agree, craft blogs are great to listen too, and I can rewind as necessary when I zone out and miss something!!

    How are you doing over in Düsseldorf?? How is your weather? X

  9. Hello Carly, I just had to drop you a line to say thank you for introducing me to crafty podcasts. I'm now hooked. I used to watched dvds whilst crafting but they are too distracting. Now my productivity levels have improved no end!

    Thanks again,

    Bertie x


Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit, and for taking the time to leave me a comment. It's always a pleasure to hear from readers, and it really makes my day!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...