Cast On began in a small valley in west-Wales, on Monday, 31 October, 2005. Founded on nothing more than Brenda’s desire to talk about knitting to people who get it, the podcast evolved to focus on finding inspiration in the ordinary, using it to kick start the process of making, and finding ways to carve out the creative time and space that allows you to work your ass off on the projects that matter most to you. Like knitting a sweater. Or saving the world.
Brenda recorded her final episode of Cast On on 31 October, 2015, nine years to the day after she began. This website and, of course, the 138 podcasts that make up the Cast On back catalogue, stand as a record of the years Brenda spent talking about knitting, to people who get it.
Where to start.
If you’re new here, and wondering where to begin, there are a few dependable places to look for content.
The Audio Archive: The Archive contains direct links to the show notes for every podcast, from the first, to the last. Show notes contain the links to everything mentioned in every podcast, as well as a direct download link to each podcast, itself. Clicking the download link will download the podcast, which you can then transfer to your portable media device. There is also a handy media player, located at the very bottom of the shownotes for each podcast, so you can listen to any or all of them, right now, right here at your computer, if you so choose.
RSS Feed: If you prefer your content to-go, the Podcast Feed wraps it up in a handy square of tinfoil, and delivers it to your favorite feedreader, artfully twisted into the shape of a swan. The Site Feed includes the podcasts, and all blog posts, news, features and articles.
Finally, at the top of the sidebar just to the right, you’ll find the Best of Cast On. This short curated list contains the podcasts Brenda is most proud of; her personal favourites, and those of her listeners. If you’re a new listener, you could start there.
If you’re still looking for things to click on, you can find out more about Brenda in her Mostly True Bio. And if that’s still not enough Brenda, you will find more of her dulcet tones in A Knitter’s Manifesto, a cd featuring some of her favourite essays from the Cast On years.
Brenda can currently be found at her new home on the web, Gwlana.co.uk.