For your listening enjoyment this holiday season, I present the Gerwerken Crafts Christmas Playlist.
I have been MIA for a little while but I have a good reason. I have been working on a new project, and I am finally ready to reveal it. I would like to introduce a brand new podcast, Hang Your Hat.
Hang Your Hat is a research based podcast that combines my tendency to rabidly devour knowledge, and my love for the home. Essentially, I am taking all of the research I already do on home based topics for my person edification, and sharing the results of that research with the world.
I plan to release a new episode of Hang your Hat every two weeks, and there is an introductory episode available now. You can find it on itunes, or download it directly from the website. I hope you enjoy it.
You might think that with all of the work I have been doing on the house that I have been neglecting my other pursuits, like sewing and knitting. The truth is that I still try to sneak these in whenever I have a bit of downtime (e.g. when I am too exhausted to stand). Ginny’s Cardigan if from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Special issue of Interview Knits that was published in 2013. The issue features several great looking patters inspired by the Harry Potter books, and even has a few good patterns for men.
Ginny’s Cardigan is a DK weight stocking knit cardigan with a lace owl motif on the back. I have been knitting it for a few months now, and I am finally nearing the sleeve. So far the knitting has gone very well, and I have found the pattern well written and easy to understand. The designer has also written a few helpful blog posts to assist in altering it. The only alterations I have made so far are changing my needle size to get gauge, adding a few extra short rows to the bust shaping, and lowering the bust shaping slightly to accommodate my curves. I really love how it is turning out so far, and I am excited to finish it.
I like to listen to podcasts when I am working on a project, or driving, or brushing my teeth, or awake. I listen to a lot of them, but sometimes have a hard time finding new ones to listen to that I enjoy. In an effort to spread the word about great podcasts, here are a few of my current favorites;
The Allusionist is a unexpectedly funny podcast about language and etymology by Helen Zaltzman. My favorite Episode is #2 Bosom Holder, which is about the language surrounding undergarments.
Lore is a podcast about folklore and real life scary stories by Aaron Mahnke. Lore walks the line between fantasy and reality, and makes you feel as though for some scary stories, maybe there really is more than meets the eye. My Current favorite is Episode #31, Lost and Found, which is about finding dead bodies.
Surprisingly Awesome is about things that seem boring, but are actually really cool if you know more about them. It is hosted by Adam Davidson, from NPR’s Planet Money and Adam McKay, former head Saturday Night Live writer. My current favorite is Episode #3, Concrete, and it’s surprisingly important contribution to modern civilization.
The Black Tapes
The Black Tapes is a docudrama about finding the truth behind a collection of unsolved paranormal mysteries. It is hosted by Alex Reagan, but has a full cast of interesting characters. Since this is a serialized drama, I recommend that you start at the beginning of this series so that you get the whole story.
Do you love a great podcast that is languishing in anonymity that the world needs to know about? Tell my readers about it in the comments – spread the word.