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Crafts From the Third Floor – YouTube

Tracy, the wonderful host of the podcast Crafts from the Third Floor, is also the talented dyer behind Norah George Yarns. Relatively new to podcasting, there are only a handful of episodes loaded up on YouTube, but each is incredibly entertaining to watch.

Based in Leicestershire in the UK, with her husband and their two (very cute) children, Tracy describes herself as a craft addict.  An avid knitter, newbie spinner, crocheter, cross stitcher and sewing fanatic, Tracy like us, seems to be multi craftual.

Filmed in her craft room, with lots of lovely things to see in the background, Tracy’s podcast style is fun and light hearted. Included are all the things we love to see: WIPs, FOs, and stash acquisitions. Talking of stash acquisitions, wow, Tracy certainly has an impressive stash.

You can keep up with Tracy via Instagram and you can find Tracy’s yarn in her Etsy Shop

The Charm of it – Youtube

We’ve been fans of Eva’s podcast since the first episode back in September 2015.  Since then Eva has wowed us with her magnificent knitted creations, in lace, cables and colourwork.

Originally from Texas, Eva currently lives in the Great Lakes area of New York State. She shares her apartment with her rescued pets: Moth the cat, Thistle the dog and baby Corn Snake Nutmeg.

Episodes have gradually been getting longer and longer, so Eva recently decided to record two different kinds of episodes. The first is her usual episodes, which follows a very similar format to the kind most other knitting/crafting podcasters follow. Eva uploads project notes for these episodes on her blog and opens a chatter thread on her Ravelry Group Board, so people can discuss everything there.  Eva shows us her FOs and WIPs. Often these are designs she has created herself by taking elements from different patterns.  These episodes usually include a regular book or yarn review, a mention of some of the other podcasters Eva is currently watching and sometimes A Knits in the Wild section, where Eva looks at how she has worn her recent FOs.  It’s lovely to see how Eva combines her handmade wardrobe pieces with the rest of her clothes to create her style.

In her Project Snapshot episodes, Eva looks in much more detail at her current works in progress. Interestingly, Eva often shares information about the techniques she’s used or changes to the design that she’s made.  There are no show notes for these episodes, but Eva produces extremely detailed project notes for each of her makes on Ravelry.

You can keep up with Eva via her blog, Instagram and Ravelry and The Charm of it Ravelry Group Page is here.

Craft House Magic – YouTube

If you love to see the projects other people make, you’re going to become an instant fan of the Craft House Magic Podcast.  Ellie Jones comes across as such a lovely, warm person and it’s a joy to watch her chat about her current projects and finished objects.  While we do love a knitting podcast here at Olann and  yes, our first language is knitting – we have a basic understanding of several other crafts.  If we’re being honest, since starting the magazine, we’re constantly having to stop ourselves jumping down another crafty rabbit hole.  So being able to experience some of these crafts vicariously through Ellie is wonderful

Ellie is a multi-crafter. She knits, weaves, spins, sews and makes bobbin lace. Fairly new to podcasting, with the first episode uploaded in September this year, you would only have to watch a mini back-catalogue of episodes before you’re up to date with the Craft House Magic podcast.

So far Ellie’s episodes have been packed with lots of lovely things to see. We’ve had examples of beautiful quilting, Kumihimo beading, bobbin lace, handspun yarn and of course lots of lovely knitting. Ellie’s enthusiasm for making is lovely to see and she genuinely has a love of crafting and gifting.

You can find Ellie on Instagram and there’s a Craft House Magic Ravelry Group, so you can chat with Ellie and fellow fans. If you’d like to purchase something made by Ellie, you’ll be thrilled to know she has an Etsy shop too.

Diana Valentine | Home Design 

Diana’s blog won the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards Arts & Crafts/Interiors category earlier this year (our blog was a finalist in the same category). The blog was a worthy winner; it’s full of home décor tips and inspiration with beautiful images that make you feel like jumping in the car and driving straight to IKEA or Anthropologie. It’s clear that Diana knows her stuff; she captures trends as they’re happening and gives clever advice on how you can combine the latest Scandi style with Boho chic.

When we delved a little deeper into Diana’s blog we found posts under a host of other topics like food, travel, life, culture and family. Struggling to understand the minefield that is kids’ birthday parties these days? Looking for a quick Spanish tortilla recipe? Diana has you covered with blog posts that are nicely written and illustrated beautifully. We know we’ll be dipping in to catch up on the latest interiors trends and to pick up handy little tips on the way.

You can find Diana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.