Shownotes episode 7: Why are there so many knitting podcasts?
In today’s episode, I discuss bind offs for toe up and top down socks plus I introduce a new segment, mortarboard moment, where I discuss the book _Here Comes Everybody_ by Clay Shirky and try to figure out why there are so many knitting podcasts from an academic viewpoint. I had some technical difficulties so a couple of the segments are out of sync (fully drafted & five favorite things). If it bothers you, you can fast forward to the next segment which should be in sync.
today’s segments include: citations, noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, mortarboard moment (a new segment), research, and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
JoAnnaSpring host of the Knit Spin Farm podcast. Thank you for mentioning me and my orange socks on your podcast, and she’s doing an eat-a-long. I love it! Embracing the love for local food.
KAL: Aug/Sept. non-vanilla socks in self-striping yarn. prizes: Vesper in Verbina. project bag donated by SeashoreSharon.
Irish Coffee sweater sweater by babycocktails, knit in Dream in Color Classy colorway November Muse, on size 8 signature circulars.
Orange Pekoe socks by Cookie A, knit in the club colorway Oh my Darling, June 2011, on size 1 2.25mm signature dpns. I only use dpns when the stitches are divided into a multiple of 3.
Vanilla socks in Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Eweboo, colorway Bottom of the Barrel, size 1 2.25mm addi lace turbos
Hexipuffs! Knit in Bugga colorways
Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway Witchy Woman, size 0 2.0mm addi lace turbos
Shawl I’m wearing was knit by Corinne who is swordsandneedles on ravelry. Pattern is Batik and the yarn was from my stash, Wollmeise in 100% in Fritzi Frizzante WD.
Sock bind-offs. Kitchener stitch for top down. Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off for toe up.
mortarboard moment (new segment)
This is a new segment where I put my professor hat on and use my academic expertise to think through an aspect of knitting. For example, though I discussed Ravelympics under noteworthy, it might fit under this segment as well. For this episode, I will attempt to answer the question, why are there so many knitting podcasts?
This week I’ve been reading the book _Here Comes Everybody_ by Clay Shirky. In the chapter titled “everyone is a media outlet,” he talks about the definition of a professional and the ways that technology blurs the lines between who is a professional and amateur. He uses the example of scribes, who after the invention of the printing press weren’t as important in society because people could now print cheaper and faster. Handwriting became more of a novelty art. Today, we face the same situation where journalists who were once the only professionals that could report the news are now less important in society because we have bloggers and people who record important events on their cell phones. His ultimate claim is that social networking on the internet has led to “new models of communication and coordination without needing to get anyone’s permission,” in other words, people don’t need permission of publishers to post “news” anymore; access to technology allows individuals to post information cheaper and faster than newspapers can do it.
Finally, I read a post on ravelry where someone talked about disliking podcasts because anyone can make one, and all podcasters want to do is talk about their own projects. Of course I disagree with this person and just think she doesn’t understand what podcasts are, but I think there is a valid question here, why are there so many podcasts out there?
Shirky has really answered this question for me, and the answer lies in the availability of media outlets through technology. My own story is a testament to this. I’ve wanted to do a radio show for 15 years, but technology constrained my willingness to actually do it. I could volunteer to do a show but I’d have to go through training to work the equipment. I’d also have to show up to the radio station at a certain time every week, which would really hamper this traveling sock knitter’s ability to go anywhere. With a podcast, I can produce the entire thing from my own home. I can record when I want to, and you can watch when you want to. But, I don’t have to be a “professional” knitter or knit designer or publisher to produce this podcast. Knitting is my hobby, teaching writing is my profession.
There is no doubt in my mind that ravelry, a social networking site, has changed my entire knitting life. I did knit before ravelry with a few of my friends, and I did visit my local yarn store, but I knit very few things and I didn’t knit very often. After ravelry is when I started stashing yarn, when I started participating in KALs, and when I started knitting a wide variety of projects. I also really want to get together with people to knit now, whereas before that was less important to me. Since my options for that are limited, I’ve started watching podcasts and going to events like SSK.
I’m sure people have a variety of reasons for participating on ravelry and watching podcasts. But the real reason there are so many knitting podcasts out there is not because the technology has changed; on the other hand, there would not be so many knitting podcasts if the technology had not changed. It’s a very interesting paradox, and a subtle point, but it’s not that technology changes society, it’s that people change society based on the technology that is available to them. We can podcast rather cheaply these days, so we do. And I for one am very happy there are so many podcasts to choose from!
five favorite things
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!