Episode 131: And the knitting is easy

by Brenda Dayne on July 11, 2014


In this episode: Plagued by migraine this week and feelinng summertime lazy, the intro waffles around a bit before coming to the point. After a brief whinge about being hot (which I’m allowed, because it’s summer and I’m menopausal) it all comes together with tales from the roof garden, the lazy person’s sock pattern, and an appeal for your easy summer knitting suggestions. Please do leave those in the comments.

Right. So. It goes pear shaped for a little bit when I realise the edited interview and farm walk audio I had planned for this episode, somehow didn’t save correctly, and there’s no edited audio and no time to re-edit. Huge thanks to Caerthan and Rick, who generously shared their time with me this week. Their audio will be in the very next podcast. Lacking audio I play a song, and then wrap things up by announcing the winner of the Welsh for Rainbow mega box of yarny goodness. There’s nothing like a knitting bag full of yarn to bring things back to earth. Congratulations to the winner, Paula!

FYI, I used the Random Number Generator at www.random.org to select the winner. Click the thumbnail below to view the actual results full size.

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The place to be this weekend is Brighton for Unwind Brighton, happening NOW! Stop in and say hi to Caerthan at the Triskellion Yarns and Fibres booth and squoosh some of his gorgeously soft yarn in the sumptuously saturated colours he is known for (pictured above).

The place to be in two weeks is Ampthill, Bedfordshire, for Fibre East, a British Natural Fibre and Craft Show. Still some places left for classes there.

Sadly, there are no places left for the workshops I mentioned, with Deb and Sarah, at the Ceredigion WSD Guild. However, if you have a question for Deb and/or Sarah, email me, or leave your question in the comments below, or on the Cast On Facebook Page.

In old business, I somehow forgot to post the title of my Audible pick for the last episode, so Ive amended the show notes, but thought I’d put it here as well because so many people have asked me about it. The series of books I raved about begins with Rivers of London in the UK. The same book was published in the US under a different title (for some unfathomable reason), Midnight Riot. All the books in the rest of the series share the same title, and cover art on both sides of the pond. The cover art for Midnight Riot is shockingly bad, but trust. It’s one of the most enjoyable series of novels I’ve read/listened to in the last five years.

This week’s Audible pick is the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award winning novel for young adults, The Owl Service, by Alan Garner. Did I make it clear that I am loving this book? It’s very engaging.

Music by Derek James, Summer, from the cd Stray; Jonothan Coulton, Learn to Fly; and The Peach Stealing Monkeys, Summertime, from the cd The Missing Link of Lo Fi.

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Episode 130: Coming Home

by Brenda Dayne on June 30, 2014


In this episode: I talk about Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan, name some Welsh mountains and discuss what they have to do with my socks. I spend a lot of time talking about this thing I do with beads that solves a top-down sweater-knitting “problem” that nobody else in the world thinks is a problem. And we go to Amroth Beach.

And then, a month later, more or less, I come back and tell you how all the things I was going to do later actually went. The office is done, and I am back at my desk. So there’s that. I’ve also been cranking out Churchmouse Turkish Bed Socks like Christmas is coming. Seriously, I cannot stop knitting these things. I began writing letters, and getting some back. If you’d like to receive a letter from me, you can sign up for that here, or use the sign up form in the sidebar, just to the right. Yes. That one. Just there.

The series of books I raved about begins with Rivers of London in the UK. The same book was published (for some unfathomable reason) in the US under the title, Midnight Riot. All the books in the rest of the series have same titles on both sides of the pond.

Music by Baltic Sea Surfers, Lativian Surf;Heather Gruber, Facing the Ocean; and Ukulele Jim, Ocean Song.

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