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Episode 92: Talking about talking about knitting

by Brenda Dayne on October 16, 2010

In this episode I talk about my knitting, and then talk about talking about my knitting.

The knitting patterns I talk about include Bitterroot Shawl pattern, in Briar Rose Fibers roving in a colourway similar to this, Ysolda’s Damson shawl in March Hare Yarn, I frogged the Summit Shawl, and am getting ready to frog the too-big Liesl and use the yarn for something else. But it’s okay, as I’m working a Summer Solstice sweater, with many mods. More on that to come.

While I knit, Prince Not-such-a-bad-guy-once-you-get-past-the-ears up and started a Campaign for Wool. Cute sheepy logo. So glad I didn’t miss this. Make sure you don’t either.

Are you a font nerd too? Don’t forget, Rae Kaiser at Outside the Line has free fonts for you. Sign up. You’re welcome.

This week’s Audible.com recommendation is Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier, is the fictionalized story of Victorian fossil hunter and geologist, Mary Anning.

The laceweight Cotswold, pictured above, got its colour from copper mordant alone. Magic, eh? It needs to be an heirloom. Got any ideas?

Finally, grateful hanks to my London Bath and Wales knitsibs for asking the pointed questions, to Heather for having the idea and to Diane for making it all happen. Huge thanks to Amy and Philly, for talking to me about talking about my knitting.

KniTunes were provided by and used with the permission of:

  • Jonathon Coulton – Millionaire Girlfriend
  • Sean Fournier – Broken Stereo

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1 Josie October 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Omg it was in my iTunes downloads but 12th in the list!! So I paused all the others and restarted Cast On. Thatโ€™s how much I missed you while you were gone! Lol. Looking forward to listening, or should it be listening forward?

2 patti October 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I am so glad I just sat here knitting and listening to the end of the podcast! ROFL! Feel better soon and keep those tissues handy. ๐Ÿ˜€

3 bongomama October 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Brenda… sooooo glad you are back. Your podcast just made a good weekend great. Thank you!!

4 Josie October 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

It was great, very funny accompaniment to the last song, rofl. You really shouldnโ€™t worry that each one has to be better. I just love listening to you talk about knitting and all the things youโ€™ve been doing, the crazy music and sheep baa-ing. Keep on keeping on! Hope you get well soon. I wish you lots of hot toddies and clean hankies.

5 weissnich October 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm

So glad you are back and hope you’ll feel better soon!
I totally sympathize with your blockage by perfectionism and therefore I loved this new sort of free-form podcast very much. You made my day by it!

6 Sonja October 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

Ywah, you’re back!! I missed you SO much!I love to listen to your podcast – structured or unstructered. It’s not about the subjects, the “making of”,..it’s about YOU! I love listening to the podcast because of YOU, you make it a worthwile podcast to listen to. You could also talk about programming, cooking, or anything else and I would love listening to you ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it on, please!
From Germany
Sonja

7 Wyn Jones October 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

**Happy dance**

And while it has been a long wait, it seems like perfect timing that your podcast returned this weekend. I just started a new part-time job at a yarn store. I am teaching technique classes and knitting display samples. How wonderful to listen to ‘Cast On’ while knitting for my first professional gig.

8 Barb Thames October 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Brenda,

It’s so awfully good to see you casting again. I’m going to savor every single word.

But I’m so upset that I didn’t get to meet you with the L,B&W crowd. I was in the UK early to spend some time in Scotland with my sister and was called home for an emergency so I missed the entire L,B&W trip AND especially meeting you!!! Timing in my life really sucks sometimes.

9 Jo October 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Hooray! Glad you are back, Brenda. Reading this blog post makes my heart ache for Wales. I’m glad at least you can appreciate it for me.

(I’m the woman who emailed you from Llantwit Major, I’m back in the states now. ๐Ÿ™ )

10 Barb Thames October 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

And now that I’ve listened to the latest cast, I want you to know that I’m thrilled.

I always enjoyed the series podcasts with a theme and I know you put a huge amount of work into them. But what you forget is that many of us got hooked on Cast On when you just talked about knitting and crafting. I missed that and today when you did it again, I realized just how much. Welcome back, Brenda!!!!

11 Elisa October 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Brenda,
I have the perfect pattern for that lovely green yarn. I charted it a few months ago and just started knitting it myself… Its a lace pattern with some Orenburg and Estonian motifs in it. I designed it as an heirloom baby blanket (can I get this knitted in 2 months? maybe) for our impending first born. Hopefully it will be the only pink item for a long time (it is cashmere yarn after all, and not really pink, but a skin tone)
Let me know and I’ll email it to you ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Wyn Jones October 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm

** Jumping for joy **

What a delight to hear you again! And to have it end with the promise of more…

And since you asked, my ‘heirloom’ project was the ‘Shipwreck’ shawl I finished this summer. That is if I don’t insist on being buried in it. The second question everyone asks is “How much would you charge to make one for me?” To which the answer is “You can’t afford it.” (We all know that the first question is “You MADE that?”) It is on Ravelry if anyone wants to take a peek [wynjeanne].

LOL – okay, now you made me scare the cat…. I learned long ago to listen all the way to the end of the podcast. But I thought it was safe to go ahead and post a comment. So when I got to the end of the last song and burst out laughing, it made the poor kitteh jump up and run away.

13 Marg in Mirror, AB, Canada October 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Phew! I’m listening and typing at the same time, and am *so* relieved that you are going to simplify your podcast. You are one of the *very* best podcasters out there, so I would miss you if you threw in the towel, rather than scaling down. I mean, we’re not talking Oscars here. This is not a competition. You just do this *so* well — and we enjoy pretty much anything you talk about (though talking about knitting and spinning and dyeing is good. Very good.)

Also re: Epic Knitting Projects: I did most of mine in university and my early 20s (30+ years ago). I have an old book of heritage shawls (each, Patons assured, was over 100 years old at the time of publication), from which I knit several in very fine Patons white lace yarn — some as gifts, some on commission. My most ambitious was a replica of the one my mother had made for me — for a dear friend when she had her first child (he’s now 28)…

One of these days I’m going to go back to that book and knit another…

14 Lydia October 18, 2010 at 12:02 am

Brenda
Welcome back! How great to hear your podcast again and I am so pleased you are going to carry on. I so enjoy listening to all your news and stories. Thank you.

15 Christina October 18, 2010 at 12:20 am

Welcome back! You were missed. Scale down, what ever…just as long as I get to hear your voice ever so often. And a long overdue thank you for introducing me to LibriVox. Many Many Many happy hours of listening, while knitting, cleaning, exercising etc.

16 Mea October 18, 2010 at 12:47 am

YAY! YAY! YAY! Happy dance of joy!!!!! I’ve really missed you. . . glad you are back!!

17 Erin October 18, 2010 at 3:26 am

(Happy sigh) Great podcast. I’m grateful you’re back!

18 Nora October 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm

So glad you’re back, and thrilled that you’re not going to stop. Honestly, all I want is to hear you talk about knitting – I still go back and listen to “Today’s Sweater” from past episodes. Just talk to us, like you did in this episode – it was great!

19 SallyT October 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Thanks so much for continuing your podcast. It’s such a pleasure to listen to you and hear about your knitting and your world. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

20 Pamela Deselem October 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

So glad you are back ‘on the air’. I really enjoy your podcast. Feel better soon and have a wonderful Knittoween!

21 Kate Southey October 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Soooo good to hear your voice again Brenda!!! I’m so glad you’ve decided to scale back in favour of regular shows as I just like listening to you talk about talking about knitting! The first series remains my favourite as it’s freeform and has no set topic or agenda.
You asked about heirlooms. Mine is the sock yarn mitred square blanket that is now my baby daughters. I began knitting it for a pregnancy that sadly wasn’t to be and carried on knitting through two more losses, all the while knitting it and my socks to keep myself sane and keep from drowning in sadness. I finally cast off the last stitch when I was 33 weeks pregnant with my daughter Sissy and seeing her lying asleep under it heals my heart. I hope one day she’ll show her children the blanket Granny made and point out all the different yarns, and tell them about her Mummys huge sock collection. The blanket is called ‘hope’ on my Ravelry page.

22 Annetta October 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Good morning Brenda,

Despite your cold you came through on schedule – I admire your dedication, to say nothing of the accompanying sultry tones! We’re in the middle of a messy and protracted renovation of the bathroom and front rooms of my home just now, and your podcast made the cleanup and re-arranging of the house a positive pleasure. Thank you.

I’m selfishly happy that you are continuing to podcast. I don’t care if it’s themed, or simply you shooting the breeze about how wonderful the weather currently is in Wales, one of the highlights of any week is hearing your wry humour and perspective on life, it’s something I look forward to. Quality is something I personally value in life, and I think you put out a very high quality programme. I hope that this fresh approach works out better for you, too.

My epic knitting project is two-pronged. First, sorting out everything after both the renovation and combining of my art therapy studio/work space into my personal studio space. (I can’t find some of my needles right now! Arggh!) Then I, too, am planning a large shawl, although at this stage I’m not sure which of the heirlooms I would like to make for myself. I’ve just finished my Honours year and am submitting my PhD application this month, so it’ll be something for me to celebrate the hard work I’ve put in over the last few years. (In time I’ll leave it to either my step-daughter or one of my gorgeous nieces, but right now I would like to have something ‘epic’ just for myself.)

I hope that you, Tonya, Truman and all the other members of your family are well. I’m looking forward to the next time I hear you, in the meantime have a wonderful day.

Annetta
Blackwall, Australia

23 Sarah in Houston October 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I am so happy to hear your voice! I’m glad you decided to come back on the air. I have missed you. Also, I LOVE Truman with the bag of rocks. I have not had a puppy around me for many years, so it was great to see the fun they have when playing.
Can’t wait to hear you again.
Sarah in Houston
TX, USA

24 Jenny October 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Aaah… lovely! So so glad to see that podcast in my list this morning. Have missed listening to you so much Brenda. PLEASE keep going.
As to heirloom knitting – maybe I should start planning something. What a good idea! Although I do still have a baby blanket that I knitted for my eldest daughter when I was pregnant 22 years ago, and its still going strong, recently put away to wait for grandchildren, so I guess that counts. It was a Debbie Bliss pattern.
Looking forward to the next podcast! lots of love from NZ

25 Devon October 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm

What a lovely surprise to see you back at the mic today! I simply love your podcast. I listen to others, but yours feeds my knitting.

When you have a theme and a plan and pick up the mic it’s great. When you don’t have a theme or a plan and pick up the mic it’s great. Thank you for another wonderful podcast.

I tried to start the heel of a sock while listening to this but I ended up turning the heel instead of knitting the flap first. *head desk*

My biggest heirloom to date would be an afghan I knit for my best friend when she got married.

The ending sniffly bit over the last track had be truly laughing out loud!

26 Erica October 19, 2010 at 4:16 am

SO good to have you back! SO bummed I couldn’t go on the CraftLit London, Bath & Wales trip!

You need an heirloom, eh? When I hear “heirloom”, I think of a gorgeous, ornate, square lace shawl knit from the center out in the round a la EZ. You could have a blast picking out lace patterns. I love knitting those types of shawls: http://tinyurl.com/25cmcr9 http://tinyurl.com/2dh5waa

Hey, how’s yer WWMDfK project coming? ๐Ÿ™‚

27 Laura October 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

So fab to have you back, Brenda!

If you didn’t already guess, we missed you.

28 Heather October 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Lovely to hear you, sniffles ‘n’ all.

Perfection is not necessary – you made the right decision.

29 Bonnie October 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

So glad you’re back! Who sang the song about the rose
petal? I always love your song choices.

30 Visionsister October 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Welcome back! It was so good to hear your voice again.

31 Kit Deepsky October 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

Hi Brenda, it’s 5 a.m. and I’m knitting along to podcast #69 – just heard the bit from SPCP, and had to suppress LOLs so as not to wake my lovely wife! I truly appreciate spending a thoughtful hour (or two, or three) with you and my knitting. My cat, Mok, also enjoys the podcast and will nuzzle the laptop when she hears your voice. ๐Ÿ˜€ Best wishes from Ottawa, Ontario (where it’s starting to become sweater weather!)

32 Ruth Temple October 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

So glad to hear you after some time – and hey, One-take Dayne, you have all you need to be able to sit down to the mic and ad-lib from the sketchiest notes. This worked wonderfully; more, more!
Funny to hear you with a cold, when I happen to have one too. *Phoonk!* in chorus…

33 Ruth Temple October 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

…if you’re not going to bead up a Bitterroot with that lovely coppery-green laceweight, you could do worse than a Girasole shawl. (That’d be Minnesotan for O what a jaw-droppingy gorgeous thing have you seen it yet?): http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2008/12/girasole.html

34 Jane October 21, 2010 at 12:07 am

Good to have you back.

This summer I finished my daughter’s lace wedding shawl in a wool/silk blend. In plenty of time, too, since she’s only 14. She doesn’t know it’s hers yet. Shhh! I figure that when the time comes I will have one less thing to stress about. Now I have three more shawls to knit for future daughters-in-law – also with plenty of time to spare.

35 Monica October 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

omgomgomgomgomgomgOMG O M G!~

Very excited. SO good to see you back ๐Ÿ™‚ Did I mention I’m excited??? Squeee! didn’t turn my iTunes on for the last week or 2 and when I did it was *boggle* and general squeaky joy and bouncing and squeeing and happydancing while it downloaded.

Hooray! And my next download will be Remarkable Creatures, sounds like a cool book for a feminist-with-a-dinosaur-lovin’-scientist-partner ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks as always for the most awesome knitting podcast in Teh Universe

x

36 Lisa Burlingame October 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Brenda – you can turn on your mike and tell me what you had for breakfast and I would listen! Thanks so much for coming back to us.

37 Matthew October 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

*** Awesome To Have You Back***

I’m sorry about the cold, Brenda, but despite that, you managed a lovely podcast. I greatly enjoyed the less structured podcast this week; somehow, it seemed more intimate, like a conversation between old friends, and I really, really liked that. I listened while driving to work, and it was as if you were sitting in the passenger seat knitting and filling me in on your summer rather than being 5,000 miles away. Although I enjoy the more highly polished, more structured, “high” production values podcasts with interviews and themes and such, I would a zillion times rather have a cozier, chattier, and structure-free podcast than have to wait months at a time.

You have an amazing voice, a keen wit, and delightful knitting sensibilities; please consider sharing them more often!

38 Jen October 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Boy did I miss you. Hearing your podcast is like having a friend back home after a stint overseas. And like all my friends, I expect nothing more than to hear what they’ve been up to, thinking about, reading, and learning. That’s all we expect from you, to hear your unique voice. Like all women I know, you’re hard on yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been worried about the perfection of your podcast, and I’m glad the sensible knitsibs talked you down off the ledge. Have a cup of coffee, sit in front of the mike, and just be you. That’s more than good enough. You’re an important part of the community and it would be poorer without your perspective.

39 Gill October 22, 2010 at 7:01 am

What a joy your podcasts always are – I think it must be your voice, just talking about knitting (including where it goes wrong!).

I’m always looking for new books to listen to with my Audible account, and I’m thoroughly enjoying this times choice – Remarkable Creatures. It is such interesting listening, and informative too!

Keep up the good work Brenda x

40 Linda Bradley October 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

OMG, I was up late last night and listening to podcasts, and on a whim checked cast-on to my utter delight I saw a new episode. So good to hear your voice brenda, and the music and the chat. Please as well to hear you are knitting again. Just to let you know, I have always loved your podcast, mostly the you talking about your knitting and knitting related issues, but also hearing about Wales. Your choice of music always delights me. Long story short, I don’t mind not having a scripted podcast I like the free style much better.

My epic knitting is a pair of knee socks. Done in Knitpics Enchanted Forest. They are very simple stockinette, gusset heel. Just working on the way to make they fit me just right. Toe up on circular needles. Will be posting on my blog when I get the first one done ( probably about december) lol

41 hunter October 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Ohhhhh…listening comprehension fail (on my part of course, not yours). I spent all day thinking ‘oh, hooray, it’s a podcast day.’ I’d glance at the clock, adjust the time accordingly, and then update my podcasts. Finally, I went back to double check. You weren’t planning on podcasting this week. It’s NEXT week. That will teach me to listen more carefully.

In any case, it’s marvelous to have you back, and I’m thrilled you’re planning to stay. Here’s looking forward to next week!

42 linda October 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

OMG I am so glad you are back. I don’t even knit when I listen to you. I weave or stitch but just love having you in the room. I really didn’t even like the ones where you did so much work, I just like listening to you talk about your life and your knitting. Keep going.. we are listening while you talk..
linda

43 Heidi October 23, 2010 at 4:43 am

So incredibly glad you are back. Hurray for the realization that what is, is enough.

44 Robyn October 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Brenda,
I have missed hearing from you. Today it was like receiving a letter from an old friend. Please don’t be a stranger. Your voice and the updates from your life have been sorely missed. Remember you are worthy- to give and receive is one of life’s greatest blessings. Don’t miss out because you think I/we have an expectation of you getting better. We love you just as you are.

45 Liz October 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I love that you’re going to continue podcasting! I also really appreciate the reminder that things can be good.

46 Sally October 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Downloading now. Perfectly timed for me: I’m having a few days away by the sea with friends and I’m coming home by train…it’s 5 hours 57 minutes. I have a new ball of sock wool (trekking, in rusts and browns and greens wih an acidic kick of yellow),a fresh set of double-pointed bamboo needles , a brand new set of stitch markers and an old pattern almost by heart.I’m saving them for the moment I settle into my seat, with you in my ears, the needles in my hands and the autumn fields flying past outside…can’t wait

Thank-you Brenda, and a really big welcome back to you

Sally

47 Laurie October 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm

So glad you got past your need for perfection (according to some pre-determined process and goals) and put out a wonderful podcast. Great LIFE advice from Amy – figure out what’s getting in your way and rethink your approach. Change is healthy. I love to listen to you – it’s all good!

48 susan in dulwich October 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Hi Brenda, I was watching an episode of Miss Marple over the weekend (I tape them as they are shown during the day when I am at work) and was just overwhelmed by the fibre porn in them. Miss Marple is knitting in many of the scenes and is wearing an absolutely gorgeous cardingan in one scene – I had to pause and stare.
I’m also watching Downton Abbey on Sunday nights and am surprised at the lack of knitting porn – where are the gorgeous lace shawls? Have I missed them? (I am rather enthralled by the clothes in general so it is possible)
Susan

49 Brenda Dayne October 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

@Susan, I haven’t seen any knitted eye candy in Downton Abbey either, though I have been watching for it; most disappointing. I’d have been surprised to see it worn by the posh family, but expected at the very least a garter stitch shawl on a cook or a maid or something!

50 Knitina October 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I’m so glad you’re back, I hope you feel better. I am also glad to hear you will keep the podcast going, any way shape or form is Ok with me, I love to listen to you while I’m at work, while filling in my little forms I listen to stories about knitting or knit along with you in my mind, even if my fingers are busy doing something else.

51 caroline October 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

So glad you are back! Missed hearing your voice! Love your podcast!
Hugs

52 Margaret Lifgren October 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Wonderful show. I loved hearing your voice again, it and your humor always makes me feel happy. I get to hear music and interesting subjects that I would otherwise be oblivious to. So, thank you so much for continuing your podcast and for giving all of us out here a pause from our daily endeavors to share time with you and yours. Truman is so cute. Love, Margaret

53 Caelidh October 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Brenda.. I was delighted to see that you had returned to the mike.
I am also glad you have decided to continue the podcast.

Your podcast was always one that I looked forward too so much..

My mother died this past Feb and I thought I would turn to knitting for comfort.. but I just found myself stressed out and too busy and addle brained….but When I heard your voice this morning.. I was moved. I relate so much to your podcasts, your excellent descriptions of your projects and your journies. You are not afraid to reveal the trials and tribulations and joys of your life and that personal touch makes all the difference! Thank you .. your podcasts are a real gift.. I hope you continue for many more years.

Namaste
Thanks
Caelidh

54 Deb October 30, 2010 at 1:54 am

So glad you are back, and you sound much more relaxed – and no, you really don’t have to come up with clever themes and lots of work to make us fans happy. Nice work, Brenda, and thanks so much.

55 jennifer October 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Glad you are back. Hope your shoulder problems are over.Love the way you tell a story. best wishes.

56 Rita November 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I’m glad you’re back! I’m so glad that you’ve decided to continue podcasting and sharing your love for (and of) knitting.

57 Lauren Moore November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Brenda, I am sooo glad you’re back. I wish I could put my finger on what it is you bring to the podcast world, but it has been missing in your absence. I suspect it is simply yourself. You share your wit and your wisdom both; there are times when the podcast is laugh-out-loud-in-the-car funny, and times when I am moved to tears. You don’t need to get fancy. Just be yourself, and keep sharing that with all of us.

58 Susan Long November 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm

So glad you’re back, and you totally don’t need to make a big production of the podcast – the best part by far is just listening to you talk about your knitting projects!

59 Jina November 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Brenda, you could talk about watching paint dry and I would listen! I’m sure you’d find something funny, poignant or thoughtful to say about it, and that’s why I tune in each and every time. SO glad you decided to continue sharing your unique voice with all of us knitsibs.

60 Nicole November 17, 2010 at 1:06 am

it’s been awhile since I updated my ipod with new things, and was delighted to see you have returned to the soundwaves!
I often listen to your podcasts while I am walking…and think about writing to you to say a huge thank you….then by the time I get back, exhausted, and do the other tasks that I am supposed to, I always forget (bad listener!!)
So today, before I even cool down and have a shower, I want to say a huge thank you for bringing such wonderful podcasts to me ears!
I love listening to your voice, and love hearing about your side of the world! I was in Wales for 1 week at Easter 2009, and love hearing you talk about such a beautiful part of the world!
thanks again!
x

61 Nina January 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Ok, I’m just catching up on old Cast On episodes but I had to share what I consider to be my two “heirloom knits”. Both of my husband’s sisters got married within the last few years and I knit cabled afghans for them out of organic cotton. The first I knit with creamy Blue Sky organic cotton from Melissa Leapman’s Cables Untangled book. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23125834@N05/2227925724/in/set-72157603856520820/
The other is Saffron Cables in Knitpicks organic cotton. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23125834@N05/5312878525/in/set-72157603856520820/
I told both of them if they ever decide they don’t want these anymore to send them back. I will be less unhappy than if they got rid of them somehow.

62 vicki February 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I’m so glad you decided to keep podcasting!! Don’t leave us! Iove hearing about your knitting and Wales, and Tonya. Just anything!
Keep it up
Vicki

63 ini April 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I absolutely died of laughter when you blew your nose at the end there. So perfect.

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