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Episode 39: The Romney

by Brenda Dayne on October 27, 2006


Happy Halloween, from the The Romney.

It’s good to be back. This week’s FortCast is a wee bit later than usual, because I tried to do it all in one day. Oh, the insanity. Dave and Ed and Ethel, from Chub Creek, start us off, followed by more talking, a request from the folks at MapMuse, an update on the keystone pricing debacle and list of Consumer Friendly Yarns. We discover that it is likely that the Michael’s/ Warm Up America Foundation thing was probably a one off – Joanne Seiff finds her knitting guild – Chicago writer Franklin Habit receives an univited guest, and does so without apologies to Edgar Allen Poe. Music for Franklin’s piece was by JS Bach, performed by world class organist and pianist, Frederik Magle Many thanks to them both.- Wiki Wacky You. Sign up, and add what you know to the great knitting encyclopedia! – Special thanks to Syne Mitchell of WeaveCast, Heather Ordover of CraftLit, and Sage, from the Quirky Nomads podcast, for their anniversary felicitations.


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51 Debbie November 4, 2006 at 1:48 pm

Welcome back and happy Podiverssary!! I loved the show and Franklin did a great job with The Romney!

I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while now and it just keeps getting better and better.


52 Tess November 5, 2006 at 4:13 am

Fifteen years ago, there were 6 independent bookstores in the town of 25,000 where I work. There is now one, and it is on the edge of closing. We are a book loving town – in spite of the small size, we have the second largest used booksale in the US to benefit our library each year. However, independent booksellers couldn’t keep bricks & mortar shops going and compete with Borders and Barnes & Noble, so gradually they all folded.
The same is true of LYSs. They are not going to be able to compete with the pricing of internet shops, no matter how strong their own internet presence is. Webs and KnitPicks are simply going to do a volume that they can’t match. Now I have been knitting for a long time and can get whatever I need over the internet, I don’t need to touch it or play with it to get an idea of how it will work. But a new knitter needs to be able to feel the yarn, see the samples, and get help from the shop when s/he gets stuck.
I dislike price fixing. But I dislike losing LYSs and the stream of new knitter even more. I don’t know the answer, but whatever it is, I hope it includes keeping all the yarn shops out there in business so there will be lots of new knitters, and plenty of yarn, in my old age!
Finally, I would bet *anything* that the Consumer Friendly Yarns site was created and paid for by internet yarn sellers and that consumers have had nothing to do with it!

53 Sandy November 7, 2006 at 5:17 pm

Brenda, it’s so good to have you back! I listened to this episode on a long train ride last week and it made the time fly. Thanks for all of your hard work and happy anniversary. :)

54 Nicole November 8, 2006 at 8:24 pm

Brenda, I like the new look of the blog. And I love that the image shows up in Bloglines. Very cool. Keep doing what you’re doing! I love it when I new episode shows up in my iPod!

55 mk November 11, 2006 at 4:20 am

For those interested in adding more to Wikipedia’s content: while doing some searches, I noted that the entry on Elizabeth Zimmermann is considered to have an “insufficient introduction” and there is no entry for Maggie Righetti.

56 Natalie June 28, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Brenda, I’m adding this message on your blog post very late. I was debating whether to send you a separate e-mail. I’m slowly but surely listening to all of the podcasts from the start. I started listening to your podcasts about 4 weeks ago and I’m nearly caught up (okay, so I snuck and listened to ep. 50 last week). Please excuse this comment if it is redundant as I didn’t have the time to read all the posts above. As you spoke about contributing to the Knitting section of Wikipedia, it occurred to me that what you might be aiming to accomplish is Knowledge Management for knitting resources. Knowledge Management includes not just documentation of info and techniques, but the connection of people or ‘living knowledge’ sources. Also, it occurred to me that you and everyone else who listens and contributes to this podcast, blog and the knitting and fiber-craft related network online, is participating in the building of this knowledge management “system” (Ugh… sorry for using that word, “system” at least I didn’t use infrastructure). I admire your leadership and initiative in this movement to build a community of supportive knitters, you truly embody the spirit and the power of the collaborative net. You are my hero! Please do keep up the inspirational work. Thanks – N.

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