Thursday, July 9, 2015

July Knitting and Listening

It's been since WWKIP Day since I blogged.  Summer will be freer, now that July has arrived.  

Just as a point of catch up info:

I'm still working on my Rainbow Top by TSC. Unlike the earthen version on the pattern

mine is navy, sparkly white and a weathered reddish/violet an white. Although the colors are not exactly, it looks like a red, white and blue top, which was my intention. The front is done and I'm nearly finished with the back. I expect the FO will be ready to wear in a week or 2.  (I'm multi-craftual, otherwise, I could probably have it done by this time next week or sooner. I think I will get  a lot of wear out of this cotton top.

I have been catching up on the various podcasts to which I listen regularly and have added a few to my favorites.  I generally enjoy knitting, Mac, iOS, tech and Christian shows.  I know what it takes to put a good show together because I did over 100 Guitar Technique Tutor podcasts a few years ago, so I listen not only for the actual content, but also for the production and quality of the podcast.  (My first shows were done with a terrible sound system and insufficient software, but by the time my show was established, the sound wasn't too bad.) 

I have added 2 new-to-me podcasts, that I have heard other knitters and knitting podcasters mention:

I thoroughly enjoy Knitting Pipeline with Paula, which I had  been hearing positive comments about for quite a while.  She's just so salt of the earth!  She's  a musician, too, so perhaps there is some deeper connection than just the knitting, when I listen to her shows.

The other podcast I have been thoroughly thrilled with is the PomPom Podcast. I love, love, love  Sophie and Lydia.  They're young and have a great sense of humor. I think one of the reasons I enjoy them so much and am so sad that they only podcast monthly, is because they remind me  of a dear dear British friend who passed away several years ago.  We were very close and although she was from Cheshire, and  Sophie and Lydia's accents are not, they still remind me of Kath Lewis, with whom I shared such a long, warm friendship.  

Both above-mentioned podcasts have been a great addition to the former list that I listen to daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever-ly.  I still miss Yarn on Tap, the podcast Wendy from Knitters' Brewing Company used to do.  

I'm also in the midst of a free 3 month free trial of Audible.  I use my county libraries' digital services, including audiobooks, but their collection is limited.  I just finished my first free Audible  book, the biography of Oswald Chambers, and it was excellent.  With my Amazon Prime membership, the usual 1 free month and 1 free book trial extends to 3 free months and 2 free books.  I haven't chosen my second book yet.  I will compare audible to downloading audiobooks from  iBooks as well as  the Kindle app.  I'm not sure whether I will take a monthly subscription to Audible or not.  If not, it will not be for any lack of quality service or product.  It will be a budgetary decision.  

I am having an absolute romance with a device/web app that I plan to write a separate post about this week.  Stay tuned. 

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