Podcast Episode 233: Connecting with Knitters Around the World

This week, Kelley explores different opportunities for knitters to connect and create community via the internet. Whether through Ravelry, Knit-alongs, blogs, Instagram or Twitter, knitters nowadays have more options than ever to take part in creative communities as a way of connecting with each other, without being limited by location. Kelley explores the different facets of these online communities as she looks to strengthen her connection to other knitters. Next, Kelley shares a few of her most recent audiobook discoveries and catches you up on what projects and KALs are keeping her needles busy.

 

 Bee Keeper's Quilt B

(Photo from Ravelry pattern page of the Beekeeper’s Quilt)

 

Patterns:
Swarm of Bees Sweater
Beekeeper’s Quilt – Hexipuffs
Funchal Moebius

Reading and Audiobooks:
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Luis Zafon
A Game of Thrones by George Martin
Fussy Librarian
The President’s Henchman by Joseph Flynn
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

 

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7 comments

  1. Rebecca / January 31, 2014

    I think your KAL conundrum is a missed form of a communication. Podcasts. I have done most of my KALs because of podcasts or even a podcaster recommending another podcasters KAL. It then progresses. Maybe you started the KAL because of podcast A and they recommended a certain hash tag. I mostly use instagram for that. Twitter is ok,but describing a knit and seeing a knit are two different things. Right so hashtags. You can search the hashtag and see who else is doing the KAL with you. This tends to be more up to date than a KAL thread. Those tend to be for FOs.

  2. Barbara Seiver / February 3, 2014

    Years ago, when the Internet was new, I dreamed of being able to connect with other needlewomen in many countries. I wanted to know what life was like for them, and I hoped to learn more about my craft(s). Now, with blogs and Ravelry that dream has come true. My DH is never startled to hear me speak of “my friend in Scotland”, or New Zeland, or wherever!

  3. Terry SailingKnitter / February 3, 2014

    Well, I still run my KALs on Yahoo groups. Right now we have 243 participants in our Learn how to Knit Socks KAL. On the Yahoo groups format we can not only chat, but we can also share photos of our progress and post files with the patterns. Yahoo really screwed up recently with their hack job of updating the way the Yahoo groups function, but it still works for us. Without the internet I’d be starved for knitting and other fiberly entertainment and inspiration!

  4. Abby M / February 4, 2014

    I’ve done KAL’s with my local knitting groups. With my LYS groups. I’ve done a couple with blog hosts, Sherrie from the Loopy Ewe, Michelle from the Knit Purl Hunter Blog. But the majority I’ve done have been with podcasters and groups on Ravelry. Almost all of them have had groups on Ravelry where you are able to collaborate, share problems and get almost instant feedback.

    I have given up on Twitter, it’s like a jumbled up mess of shouting. I’m done. I can’t get a good piece of software to use with my lists that I created. Sigh….

  5. Judi B / February 7, 2014

    I just finished listening to this podcast and wanted to jump in with a thought/idea. First though, thank you for a podcast that is done excellently. :) What I heard was a question on how to maintain the human social aspect to a modern age/techy KAL (and Crochet and Quilt and Sewing…) I instantly thought of Google chat – now called Hangouts. It is Video chat, you can set meetings as often as you like, and instant helps/comments are right there on your screen. You can also do this on Skype. Just a thought. Thanks!

  6. Sarah / February 7, 2014

    I can’t speak for the best way to connect to an online knitting community, but I am absolutely in love with all my friends in the Socks with Sarah KAL – they are amazing and I adore chatting and sharing via our various Ravelry threads in my Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry group. Thanks so much for the shout-out in this podcast – very appropriately, an Instagram follower first alerted me to it!

  7. Mary Ann / February 25, 2014

    To get more out of Twitter, learn to use the list function. That, combined with a tool like Hootsuite, enables you to organize the types of people you follow. You could make a list of spinners, knitters, KPstaff, family, Mexico connections, etc.

    A list can be private or public — you decide. ANd you can add an account to one of your lists without actually following that account.

    Happy to share more. Follow me @SaltwtrhillKnit

    Really enjoy your podcasts. Thank you.