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Episode 121: Down on the Farm

by Brenda on September 7, 2012

Kristin’s Living Room by Photographer Rikki Snyder

In this episode:

The colourful world of Kristin Nicholas. Keep up with life on the farm, buy some fresh and tasty lamb, or register for one of Kristen’s workshops. Images of Kristin’s amazing farmhouse are here.

Leave a comment below to win an assortment of Color by Kristin yarn, from Classic Elite Yarns!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who left a comment. We have a winner!

Music by Doug MacLeod, Sheep of a Different Color, from the cd The Utrecht Sessions.

UPDATE: There appears to be a problem with this episode. I’m aware of it. Some people have been able to get the file, others are getting a 404 message. Things were working fine this morning, and a few hours later they weren’t. I’m trying to chase the problem with Libsyn. I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE: Fixed!

1 hunter September 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I am, alas, something of a scardey cat when it comes to color. I’m fine with one color, I’m even fine with skillfully-designed, beautifully-dyed variegated yarn. But putting two colors together…at the same time…that tends to scare me.

I’ve got (one of my only) multi-color projects on the needles now (wee hats for friend’s new kids). But even so, I’d never have done it for myself, it’s only ok because the pre-walking set isn’t known for their restraint with color.

But if anything’s going to get me doing it properly, I think Kristin’s lovely work might be the answer. Or remaining scared and timid could be the answer. But it so rarely is the right one, I’m willing to try.

2 Linder September 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Can I have that colorful yarn? I promise to be fearless with it…..

3 Claudia Gibson September 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

And beyond the bright and perceceptive observations on knitting, yarn, travel, color, people, I get a whole piece of music at the end of the podcast — music I would otherwise never have heard! Where do you find them? Now I’m going to the Utrecht Sessions . . .

4 Claudia Gibson September 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Sorry about the incorrect email address — iPad was in TMI mode.

5 Melissa September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I Brenda…so excited for a new podcast, but I keep getting an error msg when I click the link : (

6 Holly September 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Same here, Melissa. I get the big ol’ 404.

7 Amanda September 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I’m enjoying this series and am looking forward to seeing Kristin’s new yarn.

8 Janelle September 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I had a moment of confusion when I saw the photo of Kristin’s living room, as I’d already seen it on her blog… AND showed it to a bunch of people because I love it so much. Kristin’s color sense is instantly recognizable and I love that about her stuff. I’m envious that you saw her place in person!

9 Laurel September 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Color is half the reason I started knitting. Thanks for the chance to win!

10 Estyn September 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm


11 EL September 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

When I try to download I get CO121-120907_mp3 instead of the mp3 appearing below on “file type.” I can’t download it either.

12 Sara in WI September 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Nice episode! I absolutely adore Kristin’s sense of color. I loved “Julia” yarn so much that when it was announced that there would be no more, I went to WEBS and ordered SO MUCH yarn that I could knit almost forever….(Not really forever, but you know what I mean.) So now I’m glad that her colors/yarn will live on! Maybe I can even dig into that stash and actually knit something without worrying about never having it to knit again….
I always love to hear a new episode!

13 KathyS September 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I have long admired Kristin’s color sense. I’m hoping that I have the nerve to try putting some interesting colors together from her collection, soon–perhaps a pair of gloves.

14 Julie September 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I would love the opportunity to try out Kristin Nicholas’ new yarn; it is an attractive color palette.

15 Margo September 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I’m color challenged and could use a dose of Kristin’s color sense.

16 Posie September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

So good to hear from you, Brenda!
Kristin’s living room is gorgeous! I can be brave with color in my knitting, but I wish I was that brave with color in my home.

17 Barb Daiker September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I have been a long-time fan of Kristin’s work. Her gift with color is so inspiring. Since reading her first color book I have avoided white and black to push me into more mixes. I haven’t ventured into the embroidery, but love it when I see it. Thanks for the episode.

18 Peggy September 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I adore color but am only recently getting brave enough to play with it. The pictures of Kristin’s house are frighteningly beautiful.

19 Miss Eliza Sea September 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

My knitting tends to be in all shades of OMG COLOR. Mostly in purple, because it’s the best color. Elsewhere, though? Not so much. My apartment is all earth tones and sage green, except the kitchen and bathroom. They’re both very vibrant. Balance, I guess?

20 Joanne moulden September 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Love your pod cast! Can’t get enough of it. Looking forward to knitting with color.

21 joanna/cedarknit on Ravelry September 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Brenda so nice to have you back. Missed you!
I could use that colorful yarn as I’m going to Wisconsin at the end of the month on a pilgrimage to the home of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Schoolhouse Press. Taking a Two Color Workshop with Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen! Am beyond excited! #1 on my”Bucket List” !
So even though I have enough yarn for the next three lifetimes, more is always good.

22 Margie September 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Wow, the picture of her living room is a riot of color. I would love to see her yarn.

23 Jen September 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

So glad the problem was fixed and I got to listen to this podcast today! I already follow Kristin’s blog and I really like how honest she is about sheep-raising. Lovely episode.

24 moiraeknittoo September 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I am terrible at picking colors, but am trying to venture into the idea at least with some colorwork kits for small project. Mostly mittens. I dream of the day I can do a fair isle project with colors I picked myself though.

So much knitting to do! So little time.

25 Barbara September 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I’ve read Kristin’s blog for years and admire her talents and hard work immensely. I hope to get to one of her color workshops someday. Her yarn colors were gorgeous with Nashua and I’m sure the new ones are as well.

26 ummrania September 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

This was a great episode, so fun to listen to! Thanks so much for the giveaway, sounds awesome!

27 Anita September 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

So good to hear your voice. I was one of those who tried in vain a few times to get the download this morning, thanks so much for getting it fixed. I loved hearing about the Kristin’s farm and the realities of working such a large herd. I love the variety and vibrancy she brings to her work and am happy to hear about the return of her yarn line. Excited to hear about next weeks post-card as well. Thanks so much for contest giveaway and for making this Friday a little better.

28 Gale September 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Loved hearing the sounds of farm, wish I was with you. Great podcast keep up the good work.

29 Jennifer C September 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Kristin’s house is gorgeous. I’d love some of that color. Thanks!

30 Mary Anne September 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

Great to hear you in Massachusetts, my state of residence! Glad you enjoyed the bucolic beauty. I think I need help with color, as I have absolutely no confidence in my color sense:(

31 JoAnn Lattery September 8, 2012 at 12:23 am

Awesome episode!

32 Judi September 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

Would love to win some of Kristen’s yarn – tks for the opportunity!

33 Sandy L September 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

This was the perfect episode to listen to as I drove through the Virginia mountains. I would love to see her farm!

34 Sanya September 8, 2012 at 4:04 am

I guess it says something about me that what I focused in on was ‘KITTENS!’. 😀

35 Elizabeth September 8, 2012 at 5:19 am

Maybe Kristin’s yarn would love to end up here in Oregon and the colors might scare away the winter rain.

36 Sandra September 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

Brenda – I really enjoyed this episode and although lambs look lovely farmers are hard workers. My grandad was one in Carmarthenshire and I always loved seeing the newborns. I would love to win the goody bag from Classic Elite with the Colour by Kristen yarn

37 Thea September 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

Oooooo! Kristin has the BEST way with color. So bold and out there.

38 Emily September 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

Hearing about colorful yarn and life on a farm was exactly what I needed while feeling a bit stuck in suburbia. Thank you, Brenda and Kristin.

39 Ann September 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

Love your podcast. Always- calm, thoughtful AND thought-provoking.

40 Cindy September 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

Loved this episode Brenda. Oh to live on a farm with all those animals.

41 Lisa September 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Hi Brenda

Thank you for this episode, and for your wonderful podcast. I look forward to each and every episode. Have a great day

42 Robin September 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I’ve been a fan of Kristin Nicholas for a long time. For a long time, Classic Elite Tapestry yarn was my favorite. Next up was her Julia yarn. I am so, so, so glad that Classic Elite has Color by Kristin. If I had to pick one yarn to knit with the rest of my life, it would be Kristin’s. It’s so nice to work with and the colors are magnificent!

I promise to put any yarn to good use!!

43 Megan September 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I have been a long time admirer of Kristin Nicholas’ work! I would love to get my hands on some of her yarn!

44 Rachel September 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I just love the Color By Kristen yarn and will certainly be adding some to my stash whether I win or not!!

45 Anna September 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Enjoyed the interview, Brenda. I’ve been a Kristin Nicholas fan for a long time, and recently discovered her Kid’s Embroidery book. Nice music for this podcast too!

46 Erin b September 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Her colors inspire and the sunflowers amaze me

47 Juliann September 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for the chance! Yes-growing your own wool is hard work. Have you read Sheepish? It is funny, but a very serious review of how hard it is to raise your own.

48 Wendy Warren September 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Ooh, goody bag! I have been afraid of color work, though I’m really good at lace and cables. Pretty colors of yarn would be just the thing to kick me in the behind and get me experimenting with color!

You do such a nice job getting the feel of a place through with just your words and a few sounds. Thanks so much for doing what you do, Brenda.

49 Marg in Mirror, AB, Canada September 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’m a colour-lover — a knitter (50+ years), embroiderer (ditto), and quilter…I don’t know Kristin’s yarn, but I’d love to meet it!

50 EvelynU September 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Great interview with Kristen! I love her blog, and it was great to hear her voice. Also, I love the song at the end, Sheep of a Different Color–gonna buy a copy!

51 Auntie Shan September 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I’m downloading the file right now… Will listen later as I Crochet! ;-D

BTW, Kristin’s Yarn is wonderful to work with! I have a bunch of the “JULIA” already, but would NEVER say “no” to **MORE**!! — Must feed my *STASH*…

52 Rebecca September 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Great episode. Thanks for keeping me company.

53 lynn September 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm

So many great comments already about such a wonderful interview- all I can add is gee I’d love a chance at that beautiful yarn and best of all while I was listening and you said “if you’re cold – put a sweater on….” I did feel a chill and grabbed a sweater – I <3 sweater weather!

54 Jenny Rafferty September 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thanks for this interview, it lead me to Kristins blog and books. I LOVE her colourwork, stunning!

55 Sarah September 9, 2012 at 12:11 am

I love listening to your podcast and really enjoyed this postcard from your trip to the states and Kristen’s farm. My ears really perked up when she mentioned the weekend retreats as I’ve been looking for one to run away to! Too bad it’s so far away from Oklahoma!
I would loveto try her new yarn line! Please include me in the drawing!

56 Linda Tytko September 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

Just got Kristen’s book on color reading it as I type this so glad you have this pod cast on her, I saw her yarn line at TNNA this summer the colors are wonderful so many of them.
Thanks Brenda Love your podcast.

57 Kate September 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

I really enjoyed your talk at LB in NY. I follow your podcast and Kristin blog. Thanks for the interview, for the wonderful pod casts and for the opportunity to try the wonderful colors Kristin created. Maybe one day I will be able to take one of her classes. Great colors make knitting even more fun.

58 Susan Carter September 9, 2012 at 3:51 am

I really enjoyed the episode and the beautiful colors Kristin has created.

59 Auntie Shan September 9, 2012 at 3:55 am

Loved IT! Doug’s Music was fabulous! And, a great addition to the podcast. Love that genre of music. — I’ll have to check out his CD… 😀

60 Elizabeth September 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

Brenda, Love love love all the color! Its been dry in Mo this year so we aren’t expecting much color on the trees. I think I know where to look for it now 🙂

61 Patti McKee September 9, 2012 at 4:07 am

I would love to learn to be fearless about color. I have loved Kristen’s bold use of color for years, but didn’t realize she doesn’t use black in her design until she pointed it out. What an interesting way to design.

Thanks for the opportunity to play with her new yarns.

62 pmack17 September 9, 2012 at 4:10 am

Great episode! Loved the pix of adorable kittens on Kristin’s blog.

63 Carol Perecman September 9, 2012 at 5:25 am

This is wonderful yarn and I am so glad that CE will be distributing it. Looking forward to the next book!


64 Lynne Phelps September 9, 2012 at 5:57 am

I love saturated color and was thrilled to hear that Kristen has a new line with CEY. I am also a huge blues fan and loved the closing song which I had not heard before, it really made my day! Thanks for a chance to win!

65 Donna September 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thanks for your great podcast, is it weird to say I like the audio quality. I have added Kristins blog to my list it will be a nice addition I think. For us it is getting to be warmer and time to take the sweaters off but I will knit on anyway.

66 Melissa September 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

Two of my favorite fiber ladies, I can hardly wait to listen! I love Kristins design and color style and I am crossing my fingers that some of her beautiful yarn comes my way! Best wishes to you.

67 Andy Baker September 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

Loving the postcards, and that photograph makes me want to redecorate. If only I was on that committee in our house, which I am not. (I am only consulted now and then.)

68 Fi September 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

Lovely postcard episode and I’d love to win the yarn. I LOVE playing with colour.

69 Diana September 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

Great podcast. Great yarn. Thanks for the contest!

70 Andrea September 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

Hi Brenda. loved this epispdo. I kind of fantasize about retiring to the countryside and raising sheep fow wool. Dreams! LOL

71 Judy September 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

Loved the podcast! Hope I win some of your great yarn!

72 Jean Carrington September 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I met Kristin at the Common Cod and love her things. I’d love to win the yarn

73 Cynthia Adkins September 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I so wish I was closer to Massachusetts so i could come and take a workshop at her farm! I love the colors 🙂

74 Judyann September 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Great interview! I’d love to try that yarn.

75 Maryanne September 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Even though I love color, I seem to be stuck in a rut choosing the same color combos over and over again. I wish I could be more fearless.

76 Denise September 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’ve been reading Kristin’s blog for a while now. I enjoy it.

77 Sandy September 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Knit Sib, love the podcast and was tickled when Kristin mentioned the latest ram from my state, Idaho! I am also a saturated color lover. What a treat it would be to win some of her yarn.

78 Kat September 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Lovely episode! How’d you know this city girl needed a trip to the farm?

I hope to catch you on your next tour of the U.S.!

79 Sharleen R September 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Love Kristin’s book on color and would love to try her yarn. Since my GD is in Maine, I will try to make one of her retreats.

80 Tian - KNitDesigns September 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I really like the interview with Kristin. I am one of those people who have a fear of color – love it on other people but have a hard time pulling palettes for myself. I will have to run up to Webs to have a look at her new yarn.

81 Jennifer September 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Oooh, I have Kristen Knits and loved making the Olivia Mittens with her Julia yarn. Enjoyed the podcast with her and am elated that the yarn is coming back!! I hope I am the lucky winner. I will make something colorful and beautiful with it!!

82 Stacey September 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi Brenda, thanks for posting this! I love Kristin’s eye for color and I too am glad to be disabused of the notion that having sheep saves money on wool… 🙂

83 Sheila September 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Ooh, I would love to win some of Kristin’s yarn! Her farm just sounds idyllic – if I lived in the northeast I would so try to get to one of her workshops, but the airfare is a bit prohibitive.

84 Tracy September 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Hi Brenda

Thank you for the podcast, it was like having a mini vacation. I’d like to enter please.

TracyC611 on Ravelry

85 Larry Edman September 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Great podcast! Enjoyed the interview! Would love to try these yarns.
ledman on Ravelry

86 Dawna September 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Another fantastic episode, Brenda! I felt like I was there at Kristin’s farm. The photo of her living room is just as I had imagined it would look. I am looking forward to more of your American adventure podcasts!

87 Connie Kline September 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for the great episode – and for the color inspiration Kristin gives us everyday!

88 Tobie September 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I love Kristin’s colorwork. Her designs are so liberating.

89 Theresa September 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I would love to have some yarn by kristin! Her patterns are stunning, and I am always inspired. Thanks for the postcard Brenda!

90 Lisa Mims September 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Having Kristin paint my house is a fantasy!!! Winning her yarn would be a little dream come true! Thanks for the opportunity.

91 Marsha Barnes September 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I love the part about the lambs in sweaters!!

92 Elaine September 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

What a great episode. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! I loved hearing the sheep baa-ing in the background.

93 Shirley September 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What an interesting interview. Had to then go look at Kirstin’s colours.

94 Elizabeth September 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I grew up in a house with a beige interior. Beige everywhere, plain walls, no risks taken at all. I’m rebelling in my adulthood–I’ve got pink! brown! navy! green! everywhere. Love it.

Not as bright and happy as Kirstin’s room, but still happy. Thanks for sharing the joy of color.

95 Anisa September 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Those colors are gorgeous! Super-saturated is definitely the way to go.

96 Rose September 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Great interview! Please enter me in the yarn give away! Thanks!

97 Beth September 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Love Kristin’s colors!

98 Kate September 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I really enjoyed hearing about Kristin’s life – and the resurrection of her yarn line!

99 Sally Vourlojianis September 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Enjoyed your visit to Kristin’s farm. Checked out the colors- cornflower my favorite.

100 Heather September 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

Loved the music and the episode. Enjoying the postcards so much!

101 Joanne September 10, 2012 at 12:17 am

Love the music! I am already a fan of her books & yarn. Thanks for the contest!

102 denise pluta September 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

Love Kristin’s work she is such an inspiration to so many!

103 Elizabeth September 10, 2012 at 12:35 am

I’m still learning about colour, slowly, it doesn’t come naturally to me. I’ve found it best to just jump in and try. NIce thing about knitting, if it doesn’t work you frog it and no-one’s the wiser… I love seeing how others approach colour.

104 Lorraine September 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

Very interesting hearing about the sheep farm and about Kristen’s yarn and books. Thanks!

105 Cynthia September 10, 2012 at 2:46 am

Wonderful episode. I would have loved to see the lambs and kittens..
Glad Kristin’s yarn line has been resurrected..

106 Mioshee Greer September 10, 2012 at 3:00 am

Great episode again Brenda! Thanks for keeping me company while I cleaned out my cabinets and pantry!

107 Jeri September 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

I want to win the yarn!

108 Naomi September 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

What a fun room!

109 Julia September 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

Great podcast episode! I loved learning more about Kristen and thanks for the chance to win some of the new “Julia”.

110 teresa c September 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

yey, what a great giveaway! 🙂

111 Chelsea W September 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Fun! I too enjoyed the music 🙂

112 Philhellene September 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Fascinating stories about farming, oh, and I’d love to see the lambs wearing sweaters!

113 Tina September 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

As usual, I loved the show. Your podcasts are so relaxing and I find it hard not to want to pick up my knitting when I am listening, but typically I am listening when I am doing things around the house or when I am at the office. Thanks for continuing to provide such a great listening experience.

114 Mary Kay September 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I loved the Julia yarns and would love to win some of Kristin’s new yarn!

115 nancy September 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I so enjoy your podcast. I live and work in NY and listen on the subway on the way to work. Thanks!

116 AnnDS September 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Great episode, as always! Have loved Kristin’s designs for years.

117 Ceridwen Davies September 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

As I know a little about farms here in the UK, it was fascinating for me to learn a little about farm life in the US, and the breeds of sheep Kristin keeps – oh, and a great sound track at the end, too! Thanks for another cracking episode.

118 Lisa H. September 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Kristin is an inspiration!

119 Deborah September 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Great show, as always. I have been a fan of Kristin’s work ever since “Kristin Knits”! I would love to win the yarn assortment!

120 Suzanne September 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Yarn assortments are so much fun! I was struck by Kristen’s comment that she rarely, if not ever, uses black or white as colors do not pop when paired with them. That’s such an interesting perceptive. I will have to take notice of that. Thanks for a lovely episode.

121 Mary K. in Rockport September 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Yarn AND food – what could be better?

122 Bethany September 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Love Kristen’s work – and your podcast!

123 Tammy Kubus September 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Great episode. Love that blues music.

124 Julie V. September 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Really enjoyed the episode. Felt like we were at the farm. Thank you for all the hard work you do on each episode.

125 Miki Thompson September 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

What a wonderful episode. Loving the idea of the post cards. I would love to try color work and what a great opportunity to give it a try.

126 Lisa September 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I loved the interview with Kristin. Looking forward to seeing the yarn and checking out her books & blog. The color combinations are mind-blowing — and absolutely inspiring. Thank you!

127 Rita (escarpe on Ravelry) September 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Always so glad I see you have a new episode!

128 Rae Kaiser September 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

LOVE Kristen’s eye for color. Great color palette. I am a fan. Can’t wait to listen to this episode. Thanks for podcasting Brenda, each one is a little gift.

129 Tanesha (CraftyGardenMom) September 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Wow, Kristen’s use of color is fantastic. Thank you for introducing me to her work, I will definitely be getting some of her new yarn line.

130 sherry brandt-rauf September 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I know living on a farm is hard work. But it still sounds wonderful. I would love to win the yarn.

131 Eileen September 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I’ve just recently gotten into doing colorwork and would love to have this assortment.

Thanks for a wonderful podcast Brenda. Truly my very favorite!

132 Joan September 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Earlier this year, every other blog I read seemed head over heels about Brenda Dayne coming to the U.S. ‘Who is Brenda Dayne and why is everyone so excited?’ I wondered.

Then I listened to a podcast and I became a groupie, too. 🙂

I’m downloading Cast-On episodes 10 at a time from the very start until I catch up to everything I’ve missed. Your voice is friendly, soothing, occasionally whiny (‘I want an alpaca!’ you holler to the universe). Topics are of genuine interest to knitters. The music is fabulous and pertinent. Sweaters are always warm and beautiful. Listening is like knitting with friends even when no one is physically with me except my cat. Thanks for so much enjoyment!

133 ann September 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Thank you for the interview! What an inspiration. How is the house gutting coming along?

134 Jen L September 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Fantastic as always! 🙂 Thanks so much!

135 Donna September 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

pick me! pick me! her house is such an inspiration — reminds me of the set design in Nanny McPhee. Great podcast — thanks so much.


136 Ginny September 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

Great podcast and great music. Thank you.

137 Prairie Poet September 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

Lovely episode Brenda. Your intro to the interview was so articulate. I looked at the yarn in a new catalog and it is lovely. Thanks for a chance to win.

138 Constance September 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

How nice to ‘meet’ Kristen and learn of her line of yarn and her life. I’ve visited her website and blog and will most definitely be looking for her yarns in my LYS. Great podcast/postcard, Brenda.

139 Kristyn September 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

I always love hearing the stories of fiber farmers.

140 Lynne Wolters September 11, 2012 at 2:24 am

Love the music choices for your podcasts. (My hand is up H-I-G-H) Pick me for the give away. 🙂

141 amber September 11, 2012 at 2:27 am

Wow! How beautiful – her home! I love how she doesn’t use black…truly is a painterly approach. Thanks for the postcard. 🙂

142 Anne September 11, 2012 at 3:04 am

Great little episode. Thanks for turning me on to Kristin!

143 Em September 11, 2012 at 4:46 am

Great podcast as always. Too bad the prize doesn’t include a lamb to knit a sweater for 🙂

144 Kellwillknit September 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

Love your podcast! Can’t wait to try playing with color while knitting some socks – using your toe-up method, of course. I took your class in Alexandria, VA and I’ve only knit socks since.

145 Julie September 11, 2012 at 6:21 am

I wish I had the guts to use all that color in my house. But since I don’t I can use it in my knitting instead. :))

146 Kate September 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

So glad you are back – and the ‘postcards’ are great.

147 celeritas2 September 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

Lovely travel episode, I love them. Any thoughts of doing any more knitting / spinng archaeology ones?

148 Melanie PL September 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

Love hearing about Brenda’s travels to the U.S. this past summer. Now I want to buy a farm. (But I lived on one my whole childhood and know what hard work it is). I’d love to win the colorful yarn! Melanie

149 Tera September 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’m still holding on to the belief that having sheep means never having to pay for yarn…or fertilizer 😉

150 Jessica Powers September 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

LOVE the green walls in the photo! How pretty.

151 Camille September 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’d love some Color by Kristin yarn!

Wizzdumb on Ravelry

152 PuffyGriffinclaw September 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What a very charming and inspiring conversation with Kristin. I just loved hearing her “at home” instead of in a studio, so much more personal and real. It was a wooly audio version of “today’s sweater.” Thanks, Brenda.

153 Geknitics September 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Great episode, as always. Thanks, Brenda 🙂

154 Karen September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Lovely postcard. Thanks. I’m looking forward to hearing some postcards from Canada!

155 Kathleen September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Really nice postcard. Western Mass is one of my most fav places and I enjoyed the “ear candy”.

156 Flo September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

It’s great to hear you again – thanks for the great podcast! You kept me company whilst finishing some embroidery for a cariad 🙂

157 Vicky September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Loved hearing about the lambs in sweaters, I must check that out.

158 Margaret O'Brien September 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Beautiful colors. I’ll have to take a road when I am in Mass in November.

159 kay weil September 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Brenda’s voice and words are wonderful listening. Kristen’s colors are beautiful and if her yarn is the same as Julia’s yarn it will be a pleasure to use.

160 susan September 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Lovely episode from 2 of my favorite knitterati! Thanks.

161 Rita (escarpe on Ravelry) September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

So glad when I find out you have a new episode available.

162 Emmy September 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I so enjoyed the postcard from Kristin, a little personal peek into someone’s life. It would be such a treat to get some of her yarn. Thanks for the opportunity.

163 Sue September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Have long been a fan of Kristen Nicholas. Her colorwork makes my heart sing! Have truly enjoyed your podcasts too, Brenda. Thank you for all you give to us thru your words and music

164 Barbara September 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

It was so nice to meet you, Brenda, when you were in our area and I loved hearing about your visit to stay with Kristen. Can’t wait to see her new line of yarns – I haven’t run across them yet (would love to win them, too!)

165 AliceJeffcott September 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Well, I didn’t know that Romneys came from the Marshes… but Cheviots (Chee-vee-ots, if it’s promounced like the hills) won’t be so keen on wet feet? Lovely postcard!

166 Lorna September 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Great episode as usual Brenda. Kristen’s use of colour is sooo inspiring. Thanks for the great podcast!

167 Deb September 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Brenda, loved hearing about Kristin’s farm and was thrilled to hear that her yarn line, which I’ve never had a chance to try, is back. Would love to win the goodie bag!
Look forward to your future postcards–I took your class at the Lion Brand Studio so hearing this brings back fond memories of that afternoon.

168 JenniferO September 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Great pictures.. lovely yarn.

169 Shannon September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for a great podcast as usual and for a great giveaway – always love yarn!

170 Arlette September 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

WOW. And here I thought my all-red bedroom was something daring!

171 Bekky September 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Really inspiring episode – thank you Brenda.

172 StephieJo September 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Lovely episode – I’d love to see the lambs in sweaters. And her living room – the COLOR! I am working through my fear of color, and would love some lovely yarn to help… hint hint.

173 Sara Schley September 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Oh my goodness – I just got lost on her blog *drooling* over all of the color in her house ! It’s awesome.

174 Sue L. September 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Love the show keep it up. I am sitting by the lake in Nelson bc, catching up on podcasts and knitting while my dh is sailing with his bud. Life is good

175 Karen M September 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Great show and great music. Thanks for all of your work.

176 Carol September 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Hi Brenda,
Really found this podcast most interesting & informative. Thank’s for another great podcast. I would so Love to have this fabulous Color by Kristin yarn.

177 Glenys September 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

I didn’t see the pictures of Kristen’s house until after I’d listened to the podcast but, as usual, your words were evocative enough that I felt like I was walking through the rooms with you. It’s a real treat to have a knitter who is also a talented wordsmith to take us on such lovely journeys.

178 lunou (Johanne) September 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

I would love to knit with this new yarn! Thank you Brenda for your great work. Love the music you choose for this episode…

179 Louise September 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

Another fantastic episode! Thanks for all you do. And thanks for the chance to win some of Kristin’s new yarns.

180 Denise September 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

Love all the colors of this yarn! I could think of a lot of items to knit with it!

181 Liz September 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Brenda- thank you for these lovely vignettes.

182 Blithe Spirit September 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Lovely episode as always. I’m one of those that can be a bit wary of colour – would love to change that with some great wool. Thanks for the contest.

183 Laia R. September 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Love listening to the vignettes of your trip, almost as much as I loved meeting you at Stash!

184 darlene watkins September 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

What a great gift!! Would love to be the recipient!!! Thanks so much!!

185 Sarah September 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I loved hearing about Kristen and her beautiful new yarn!

186 Barb T September 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Great postcard, Brenda.

Yes, I would love to have some of Kristen’s new yarns. Too bad you can’t drop a new lamb in the bag when you send it. 🙂

187 Mary Humphrey September 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I really enjoyed your podcast with Kristin, I have long liked her designs and am looking forward to getting her yarns.

188 rita September 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Color! Color! Color! What a wonderful experience to see the farm photo’s!

189 Mary Humphrey September 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Also, thanks for Doug MacLeod’s music.

190 Barbara Heinrich September 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Love to hear Kristin. I have always loved her dynamic use of color. Would love to see pictures of her house and farm!

191 Lynne Harlow September 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Love colour and her colours look wonderful.

192 jane September 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Wonder if I’m too late? Anyway, thanks for the episode. Enjoyed it!

193 Deb September 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Great story about Kristen. Thanks as always for the podcast

194 Diane September 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I have been a fan of the Julia yarn, and may I say I love the descriptive color names! I’m glad that tradition is carried on in the new line.
Thanks for the giveaway!

195 Beth September 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

What a fab-o giveaway!

196 Susan September 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Just found your podcast. Would love to win this colorful giveaway !

197 Dana September 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for the peek into Kristen’s world, and for the chance to win some of her new yarn. 🙂

198 Michelle Harrison September 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I can’t believe I have never listened to a podcast before. This was great! I enjoyed picturing the farm as it was described and I was knitting!

199 Judy September 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Wonderful episode, as usual!

200 Sarah Dise September 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hi Brenda! Thank you so much for another awesome podcast! I really miss you on the weeks you don’t post! Oh and I would love to win some of Kristin’s yummy yarn!!! 🙂

201 Pinkskatinggirl September 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Interesting chat! Love all that color. Inspiring to knit to!

202 Angela D September 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Loved the interview with Kristin Nicholas. I could definitely use a workshop with her – I have never worked with more than two colors on a project out of sheer terror that my color choices will look like yarn barf.

203 Viv September 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for the podcasts – they keep me sane on the congested roads of Essex 🙂

204 Anne Thompson September 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hi Brenda! Kristin sounds just like my mother regarding all of her color. My mom is a master quilter and saturates all of her work with color~color ~color! I too would love to spend some time on the farm. Thank you for fun interview.

205 Melissa September 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Hey Brenda, I am glad you enjoyed your time here and the states. Thanks for the podcast from Kristin’s farm. I honestly don’t know how she manages the work and having time to be creative.

206 Leanne Goddard September 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

Just discovered your site via Kristin Nichols’ Blog. What a treat! I’ll definitly be back. I’ve only recently found her blog and am inspired by her use of color and the combination of knitting and embroidery. Would love to make it to one of her retreats some day.

207 Saltstorm September 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

Nice Podcast again Brenda!
This yarn looks lovely.

208 Larissa September 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

What an inspiration! Thank you Brenda for lovely episode!

209 Sally September 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

Enjoyed the farm.

210 Monique G September 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Am I too late to get in on the contest????

Loving these postcard podcasts!!!

211 Beth Rudo September 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Life on the farm sounds hard, but rewarding. And the yarn looks lovely.

212 Donna Michelle September 16, 2012 at 3:06 am

I love this podcast. If I am not listening to an audiobook while knitting, then Cast-on must be playing in my ears as I knit. This podcast reminds me of how much I miss Massachusetts;and, it brings wonderful childhood and 1980s college memories in Massachusetts to light as though it was yesterday and not 24 yrs ago living in Western Massachusetts. Thank you Brenda for bringing me home through this podcast segment 🙂

213 Devon September 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

I love farm sounds and your descriptions of color. One day I’ll visit the East coast in the fall.

214 Darlene September 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thank you! Your podcasts are great and they help pass the time when i can’t sleep! What neat ideas for postcard podcasts!
A friend in PEI

215 Liisa September 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Hi! I love your podcasts,wish they were longer. I grew up on a dairy/beef farm. I tried to get Dad to get sheep, but there was no money in sheep farming, he had 6 kids to feed. I have been knitting with Classic Elite when I can find it. I have also knit Kristina designs from her earlier books. Love her design approach.

216 Sarah September 17, 2012 at 1:43 am

Did I miss it? I love the podcast, loved meeting you in Mpls. So glad Kristina’s yarn is coming back. Sweet. I enjoyed, very much, hearing the sheep-miss being around sheep and goats. Thanks for bringing them back to me.

217 Wendi September 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm

A rainy Wednesday. Catching up on podcasts & knitting, whilst visiting my DS. Thank you, Brenda, for helping to make my life brighter! ~xoxo

218 Sally Vourlojianis October 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Made my first socks cuff down. Now tackling second pair toe up. Yet another learning curve – keep telling myself “Brenda likes starting toes.” So far, all I have is frayed yarn. I’ll get toes eventually.

219 Robyn October 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

Love her new patterns. Have both books in the shop.

220 Cam October 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

Just so you know, I’m very anxiously awaiting your Halloween/Anniversary Podcast.
I’ve been listening to your podcast for, well… since sometime in August I guess? I’ve been listening to it backwards (from most recent to oldest) and honestly, I feel like I’m old friends with an avid knitter! FINALLY!!!
I learned to knit from Youtube a few years ago at age 24 and needless to say, no one I knew then was knitting. Now 27 and still no knit-freak friends by my side (though I now have a few who “knit around the holidays”), it’s nice to listen to you in all your Knitterly Geekery. I quite enjoy feeling like I’m not the only one totally ecstatic that I “figured out how to do the increases this way”. I can relate, you know?
Anyways, just dropping a line hoping you read it one day when your podcast resolve gets tested- PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP PODCASTING!!!
You rock too hard to stop podcasting…
Happy Podtastic Anniversary, Brenda,

Cam from Ottawa, Canada

and yes, poutine is awesome.

221 JD Driscoll July 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

I know you take time and care to select the music that accompanies each podcast Brenda. And I wanted to say the bluesy tone of this ‘cast’s selection was good enough to purchase.

Thank you for introducing me to this one and Enter the Haggis 🙂 and a few others along the way!

JD (Isle of Aran aka fangirl from AVFKW 😉 – Keep doing what you do Brenda)

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