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Episode 11: The Uninvited Guest

by Brenda Dayne on February 10, 2006

Fifty two minutes and forty seconds of Ritual Humiliation Free Podcasting! Plus, Olympic Fever starts now. What am I knitting? What are you knitting? – Don’t forget that Olympic Knitting is Safe Knitting – Do you feel uneasy around your stash? Chicago writer, Franklin Habit, explains why. – Podcasting 101Brokeback Monkeys – Can you help Aidan find Julie? – As ever, eternal grateful thanks to Dave of Chub Creek


Special thanks to The Danny Fong Experience for the acapella version of O Canada.

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51 Katerina February 20, 2006 at 12:14 am

Having recently found your podcast and being a beginner knitter, I have been hesitant about making any comments, but half-way through Episode 11, Franklin Habit’s essay had me giggling, and being a new Chicagoan (1 year as of Jan.10th) I felt a connection and decided to add my 2¢. (I hope I’m not too late, as I’m playing catch-up with your Episodes!)

My suggestion is in response to your stash concerns. Loving the idea of the “Secret Pal Exchange”, but not feeling like I know enough to enlighten someone else with my gifts… I thought, how cool would it be to have a Secret Stash Pal? You would find another Stasher and send the a part of your stash, and receive one in return! Now, you could ONLY send from your stash – there could be no buying of yarn to give to another, it would have to come out of your current, personal stash. This could renew your stash, and perhaps inspire you to create something new, while at the same time relieve the guilt of adding to your stash – in fact, it might even deplete it some! I assume it would cause you to really look at what you had, and decide what was worthy of sending off to another person. A purging of the stash you might say, as well as give you that nudge to revisit those projects buried at the bottom.

So, that was my idea, I also wanted to let you know, I just love all your music and comments. Every episode I learn something new, and find a new website that I just have to check out! Keep it up, and here in Chicago with the cold winter weather finally appearing, I have … put on a sweater – that’s what they’re for. :)

52 Amber February 22, 2006 at 4:02 am

Hi Brenda, I LOVE your podcast. I think that you are very witty and always have something interesting to say. You sound so relaxed and comfortable like you have been doing this for years. You had requested feedback concerning a break or hiatus. Of course I will come back! Take all the breaks you need! Please don’t burnout because then we won’t have the pleasure of listening to you. Keep up the great work and thank you for posting the lastest sweater. :)

53 Kristyn February 22, 2006 at 7:04 pm

What??? A BREAK??? NOW???

Couldn’t you have warned me BEFORE I spent 3 hours catching up on the shows? I had them all downloaded, but seriously never had an hour free to listen, what with the Olympics on tv, so I got caught up.. only to hear that you need a break. What about me? I could have portioned out your show into 10 weeks of 5 minute segments to get me through this difficult time. Now I’m in crisis!

Seriously… I will wait forever to hear your show. After all, I can always listen to the old ones for a fifth or sixth time!

Maybe you could set up “knitting music” shows for us to have your great music while you are recovering? I don’t know if that would be possible to do – record a few shows of only music in advance – or a “guest” host to spin the records (dating myself horribly now!).

I am and will always be a faithful listener :) After all, I have to listen because my daughter Anna says that you are the one who has made her famous because you shared her “I heard your knitting bag” story!

Kristyn in Wisconsin

54 Farmgirlnow February 26, 2006 at 12:46 pm


I love your podcasts! I think you do a great job. I can only imagine what hard work it is, so please take a break if you need it. May I suggest that you release your podcasts every couple weeks or once a month to slow things down? Whatever you decide will be fine with me as long as you are still out there once in a while.

Thanks to you there are new knitting podcasts to listen to. It was nice of you to encourage people! Cast on and Knit Cast are still my favorites, but I listen to them all because they are made by people who enjoy knitting and want to talk about it!

On this episode I especially enjoyed the uninvited guest. Franklin Habit is so cute! His writing style and his voice are perfect!

Keep up the good work!
Linesville, PA

55 Eileen March 4, 2006 at 12:17 am

PLEASE!!! Take a break! It will give those of us who are Johnny come latelies to podcasting (in general and your show) a chance to catch up! We’ll be ready when you come back!

I just started listening to podcasts a week ago and I’m up to you episode 11, and I am so enjoying it. Who would have thought that knitting and the internet could be combined so that I could find a connection to a woman in Wales producing a audio show about knitting. Amazing.

56 Bruce Williams March 13, 2006 at 10:51 am

Brenda, You sent me an e-mail but I couldn’t reply to it. It came back as undeliverable. Said the return address was invalid.
Just wanted to say thanks for the feedback.

57 Heidi May 9, 2006 at 2:55 pm

Hello, Darling. I love your pod cast and really appreciate the donation button, but now that we know you have an Amazon addiction going on, I was wondering if you might consider establishing an Amazon wish list your listeners can voyeuristically browse and send you the occasional offering from. Not that I feel I ought to be asking more of you, seeing as what you laboriously and gloriously gift us with every week. What do you think?

Best of luck on that front room.

58 Nys September 20, 2010 at 11:36 am

Such a beautiful description of the sweater pattern in this one :D (working my way through the archives!)

59 Beth clawson April 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Hope Aidan has found julie!

60 Christine Montgomery April 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I love that story about Aidan and Julie – did they find each other?

And you’ve included more CANADA too! Are you sure that you aren’t part Canadian?

I hope you got your grant… since you’re still recording in 2013, I’m guessing that you did!

Thanks for providing me something awesome to listen to while I’m knitting!

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