Posted in Knitting
February 22, 2005

Podcasting for knitters

The first podcast for knitters, KnitCast, is online. What is a podcast? Think “audio magazine subscription.” Defined in Wikipedia…

Podcasting is functionally similar to the use of timeshift-capable digital video recorders (DVRs), such as TiVo, which let users record and store television programs for later viewing…

Podcasts differ from traditional internet audio in two important ways. In the past, listeners have had to either tune in to web radio on a schedule, or they have had to actively download individual files from webpages. Podcasts are more flexible and much easier to get. They can be listened to at any time because a copy is on the listener’s computer or portable music player, and they are automatically delivered to subscribers, so no active downloading is required.

What can you hear on KnitCast? So far, Marie’s interviewed knitblogger Wendy Johnson of WendyKnits and produced a podcast on biologists who get knitting inspiration from fungi and bacteria! (I wonder if June Oshiro’s DNA scarf was mentioned?)

If I were podcasting regularly, I’d call mine “(pod)CastOff.” You “heard” it here first! Actually, maybe I’ll podcast from the TNNA convention. That would be fun! You can get podcasting software iPodder for all platforms here…but you’ll have to wait til June for TNNA interviews. All the big yarn companies will be there, lots of designers and authors…as soon as I see a list, I’ll open up the floor to questions from you before I go!

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