Last week I mentioned there would be an addition to the Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet blog: a podcast.
I first considered recording a series of podcast several months ago and just assumed they would be videos, bearing in mind the type of content I hoped to cover. However, the more I researched how to record, where to record and how to use my existing equipment, the more I procrastinated. It wasn’t just that I hate being on camera, it went much deeper.
For one, my medium has always been words rather than visuals. I am much happier describing materials, processes and experiences than I am staring at myself showing things. Also, the spoken word lends itself to exploring concepts and perspectives, without looking like some philosophical talking heads programme you might find on French television.
Once I articulated to myself (and the podcaster whose work has influenced me in many ways) that I was planning an audio podcast of my own, things happened pretty quickly. The angle and theme of the podcast pretty much fell into place over the night; I set about figuring out recording software; and I pulled together topics and ideas for the first three episodes.
Obviously the pesky demons caught up with me pretty quickly but as I was determined that this would happened, I started to whisper that there was something coming. At Edinburgh Yarn Festival I took the opportunity that the Podcast Lounge offered to pick the brains of Louise (of KnitBritish), Helen (of Curious Handmade) and Alison and Rachel (of the Yarn in the City) about some of the technical aspects. This week, as I started recording and editing, the niggling voices raised their volume, making me cringe at the sound of voice and fret about all the imperfections that are part of a learning curve. But I drew on all the hugs, kindness and friendship I had experienced in Edinburgh and ploughed on.
Helen had asked me what I was going to call my podcast. I had been playing around with various ideas and thought I would market test them but at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival it struck me how many people said “Oh… you’re Mrs M” or “You’re the lady with the curiosity cabinet” or “And you write a lovely blog”. So, as I and many of the things I talk about are already associated with Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet, it seems a bit daft to pick a different title.
So, before self-doubt and perfectionism morph into more procrastination, here is the first episode of Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet – A podcast about materials, the making instinct and a craft-full life.
You can also listen on iTunes.
In this podcast I mention the following podcasts:
- Wool n’ Spinning by Rachel Smith – a podcast about spinning and working with handspun yarn;
- KnitBritish by Louise Scollay – an informative podcast that encourages a love of local wool;
- Handmade and Woollen by Jennie and Devon – a husband and wife podcast that focuses on handmade wardrobes, including their Natural Wardrobe Make-along, and all things wool from fleece to yarn; and
- The Charm of It with Eva – a podcast about the nitty gritty of knitting.
I also mention the following wool businesses, which were at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival – UK’s premier hand knitting festival:
Finally, I refer to:
- Tales of Purbeck Shawl by Annie Rowden;
- Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy;
- patterns by Andi Satterlund including the Zinone top; and
- Lush cardigan by Tin Can Knits.
This episode is focused on wool but just like this blog, the Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet podcast is not just for knitters. In future episodes I shall focus on various material and making in many forms. But as I am still riding high on the fumes and camaraderie of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival I hope you will indulge my love of wool in this first episode.
If you want to comment on anything in this podcast, share your experiences or provide feedback, please do so in the comments below; contact me via Instagram, Twitter or Ravelry, or email me at megandgosia [at] gmail [dot] com.
I would also like to thank everybody who has offered practical advice and suggestions, and who has encouraged me to share my voice, passions and enthusiasm in this new-to-me medium.
Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.