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Old 03-13-2007, 11:16 AM   #1
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OT - Podcasts while knitting
Just wondering how many of you listen to Podcasts whilst knitting? And where do you get them from?

I've just been told by DH that the time has come for me to get an Ipod, only a shuffle as pennies are tight, but I'm doing a lot of pre-work for my MSc that starts in September and I need to avoid distraction.

I got through my college and university courses with a giant walkman, (Tapes in college, CD's in Uni, now and Ipod for my Masters Degree - thats progression for ya!) and I'm getting the Ipod for music, stories and course related podcasts.

I'd be really grateful for info on where to get podcasts in all different genres, and also to hear about why you guys use podcasts and what type of things you listen to.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:30 PM   #2
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I love listening to podcasts while knitting, it helps pass the time. I have an iPod and get my podcasts on Itunes. I subscribe to a few so that they are downloaded automatically when they come out. Podcasts I listen to regularly are:

PotterCast (Harry Potter podcast)
MuggleCast (another HP podcast)
deos shadow (Pagan podcast)
Lime and Violet (just started listening to this one, a knitting podcast, really good!)

I've also got a couple meditation podcasts downloaded to help me concentrate while meditating. I've also in the past downloaded LetsKnit2gether which is a video podcast about knitting, also neat, but can't watch it unless you have a video iPod.

Itunes has a ton of different podcasts to choose from, you just go to "Podcasts" in the Itunes store and then you can browse in whatever topic you are interested in.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:51 PM   #3
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I can't concentrate on podcasts, but just so you know, the Shuffle has no screen. You load up your songs/podcasts on it, and it plays them at random. You can skip around with the back/forward buttons, but you can't pick which one you want to listen to.

If you can swing the Nano, I'd go for that. They also sell refurbished ones for less money in the US, not sure about the UK.
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I think this is great for firing up the brain cells while knitting or doing other acitvites (like exercise).

My knitting favorites:

Cast-On - insightful, fun, and includes unique musical selections, guests, field trips
Unwound - no frills here, but an excellent podcaster, and she includes a listener poll and prizes
Lime & Violet - much more irreverent, but funny too! They understand the knit addiction

My non-knitting favorite:
This American Life - a weekly public radio progam with such varied topics that it can't be generally classified.

These episodes are pretty easy to download from any of the sites.

That's my 4 cents worth
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Old 03-13-2007, 03:13 PM   #5
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I actually download some university classes. Berkley has a bunch up that you can access through itunes. Right now I'm listening to a bunch on the history of europe after the renaissance. Really good and whats better I don't have to take a test afterward.

The Smithsonian also has a great series on the history of folk music.
If you like classical music, you can get free concerts through WGBH and the Elizabeth Stewart Gardiner Museum. Both are accessible through Itunes and both are of very good quality.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy
I actually download some university classes. Berkley has a bunch up that you can access through itunes. Right now I'm listening to a bunch on the history of europe after the renaissance. Really good and whats better I don't have to take a test afterward.

The Smithsonian also has a great series on the history of folk music.
If you like classical music, you can get free concerts through WGBH and the Elizabeth Stewart Gardiner Museum. Both are accessible through Itunes and both are of very good quality.
Ooh, my friend did the Berkely thing. Do they do a vidcast? I could do that, but if I can't see the lecturer/reader/podcaster I wind up tuning it out.

It's Isabella. I'm mad at myself that I never went to the Gardner museum when I was in Boston. I'm pretty sure it was free for students.
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I looooooooove podcasts. I like so many that I can't listen to all of them anymore!
For knitting, I listen to Lime and Violet, Cast On, Stash and Burn, It's a Purl, Man and have begun to listen to Ready, Set, Knit.

Non-Knitting ones I like are at hayhouseradio.com and achieveradio.com, but these are in the spiritual genre.
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I love listening to podcasts when I knit. I am subscribed to about 8 knitting ones. I am having a Lime and Violet withdrawal. They need to post a new podcast.
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Originally Posted by cawthraven
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I actually download some university classes. Berkley has a bunch up that you can access through itunes. Right now I'm listening to a bunch on the history of europe after the renaissance. Really good and whats better I don't have to take a test afterward.

The Smithsonian also has a great series on the history of folk music.
If you like classical music, you can get free concerts through WGBH and the Elizabeth Stewart Gardiner Museum. Both are accessible through Itunes and both are of very good quality.
Ooh, my friend did the Berkely thing. Do they do a vidcast? I could do that, but if I can't see the lecturer/reader/podcaster I wind up tuning it out.

It's Isabella. I'm mad at myself that I never went to the Gardner museum when I was in Boston. I'm pretty sure it was free for students.
If you go right to the Berkley site you can see the lecture.
http://webcast.berkeley.edu/index.php
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Old 03-16-2007, 01:43 PM   #10
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Showing my age here... what exactly are podcasts? Can you listen to them w/o an ipod?
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