Sewing is a satisfying, creative, addictive skill, worthy of learning and perfecting over the years. It can also be tedious, lonesome work, filled with long periods of concentration and frustration.
To combat the negativity, I like to fill my ears with podcasts. Here are some of my favorites:
Best friends for life
Oh the Gilmore Guys. They talk forever and ever and go all over the place, but I love them so. They get me and my Gilmore obsession. They've enabled it all along. Season 7, here we come!
Let's learn some things!
For me, it was 99% Invisible that started the whole thing. PRX was a station on my radio that often played 99%, and Mr. Mars would mention from time to time the wonderful world of podcasts. I am always learning something new and fascinating on 99% (including new podcasts) and it never gets old even after all these years.
Other mind-growing lovelies: The Broad Experience (Feminism!), Freakonomics Radio (Economics!), The Infinite Monkey Cage (Science!), The Allusionist (Words!), FiveThirtyEight Elections (Politics!), NPR Politics (More Politics!), Friday Night Comedy from Radio 4 (British Politics!), On the Media (Talking about the people who talk about politics), Stuff You Should Know
This is truly a case of saving the best for last. I am a Gravy disciple. If I must forsake all other podcasts for one it would be Gravy. So much wonderful, so much truth wrapped up in the unpretentious deliciousness of Southern cooking. If I could, when introducing myself, I would shove a iPod full of Gravy episodes into the hands of my new acquaintance and say, "Here, this is me."
More truly great storytellers: Lore (spooky wonderfulness), Strangers (Yes, exactly), This America Life (Ira Glass, duh), Criminal (stories from the American justice system), The Memory Palace (Beautiful bits)