20 Jan 2006

Episode 8: Where My Books Go

What can I say? I’d just eaten lunch. Join me for some post-chili ritual humiliation. Plus… who’s your buddy? Who’s your pal? Who’s your best friend? It’s a secret. – Hide in plain sight; yarn storage goodness – Stop planning, start podcasting now – Thanks to Evad, from Keerc Buhc – Poetry love at Librivox – Play nice, be safe, take naps.



  1. Carol M wrote:

    Help! First I got only2.45 MB, now I can’t get anything at all.

    Posted on 1.21.06 ·
  2. Becky Carter wrote:

    I LOVE your podcast. Fridays can’t come soon enough so I can get a new “fix” of Cast On. I am so glad to hear we’ll be able to purchase music from Podsafe soon, because the music you pick is really wonderful.

    I am anxiously awaiting your reading of The Age of Innocence. You have the perfect voice for podcasting. Please keep putting it out there for us to listen. Just delightful!

    Posted on 1.21.06 ·
  3. Carol M wrote:

    OK I got it, but iTunes is being mean to me about filing with the rest of the podcasts. Computers. Can’t live with ’em, can’t turn them into landfill.

    Those baskets — are the the “Lidan”? They certainly are prettier than the big plastic bags all over my dining room/studio.

    Mrs. Beeton the first is up to the picot bindoff, Mrs. Beeton the second’s top bell edging is nearly done. I’m using a soft yellow 2/8 wool for the thin yarn and a deeper yellow sport weight wool for the thicker yarn, with edge beads 8/0 topaz hex and 6/0 yellow lined pearls at the tops of the bells.

    Although I carefully did not twist mycast on, I managed to twist the second or third round of the top bell on number one, then untwisted and kept going before I noticed. It makes for an odd wrinkle on one ruffle.I refused to rip. Maybe I’ll change my mind later. Yes, probably — grrrr.

    Books for beginners (choose one)
    A. Techniques and basics
    1. Montse Stanley, Knitter’s Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting

    Good diagrams, thorough, pretty good index, good for all beginners.

    2. Debbie Stoller, Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook

    Good for beginners who are not offended by sexually implicit images and text.

    3. Harmony Guide (Editor), Knitting Techniques – Volume 1

    Good for all beginners. I think if I had to recommend only one it would be this one. Inexpensive. Gives equal attention to yarn tensioned with right or left hand. Excellent photos plus diagrams. Finishing techniques right up front (not hidden in the back to scare you). I just looked at this one last night and was favorably impressed.

    B. Inspiration and thoughtful knitting
    1. Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears : Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes

    There is nothing EZ offers, text, videos, DVDs, that I would NOT recommend. Also the collaborations with Meg Swanson (her daughter).

    2. Maggie Righetti, both books, Knitting in Plain English AND Sweater Design in Plain English

    3. Barbara G. Walker, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns AND A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns AND Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns (and probably the Fouth Treasury but I haven’t seen it yet). The best patterns, in my opinion, are in the first two books, but the third is essential to learn the charting code.

    Posted on 1.21.06 ·
  4. Oh my God, that Boob Fairy song was hysterical!! Please play more of her music!

    Books – Have to second the EZ books and Barbara Walker. I think EZ counts for both technique *and* inspiration, but the other books that go into both categories, I think, are the Sally Melville books. I think her work is wonderful!

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  5. Jennifer in IL wrote:

    I just love your podcasts. I found your podcasts at the beginning of the year and I am so glad that about that time you decided to go to once a week. I too look forward to the weekend when it’s time for a new episode. The music is really great too.

    Your “today’s sweater” segment has inspired me to start keeping my own knitting journal. I am new (again) to knitting and hope that over time I will be able to look back at the good, the bad and ugly of my knitting history.

    (Loved the Boob Fairy!)

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  6. Stacy wrote:

    Love the Boob Song and bill! bill has easily become one of my new favorite bands.

    As for books, here are my suggestions:


    Vogue Knitting Quick Reference… portable size and a great book to keep in your favorite knitting spot to help out with new techniques.

    Pattern (I know you didn’t ask for this category, but I wish I had bought it when I first started knitting): The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. It contains basic patterns for socks, gloves, hats, mittens, sweaters, vests and more, all written for childrens through adult sizes and for any gauge. She also walks you through how to change simple design elements to make your knitted item more unique.

    Inspiration: Yarn Harlot: Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. It’s incredibly funny and touching at the same time. Reading her accounts of knitting successes and failures really drives home that as knitters we all have our moments, good and bad, and that it’s all about the journey, rather than the destination.

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  7. Carol wrote:

    Anna – your Today’s sweater – isn’t in Rowan 36. Am I missing something?

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  8. No, you’re not missing anything. The pattern ANNA was for sale from the Rowan site in 2003, but is no longer available. (Although if you wrote them, I’m pretty sure you’d be able to get a copy.)

    The photo links directly to the Rowan home page, not to the pattern itself, nor to the Rowan 36 Magazine. I used this image because I can’t seem to find the pattern on my hard drive, and that is a little confusing.

    The current photo is also NOT ANNA, however this sweater does sport waist shaping, and an alarming number of ruffles that, I feel, are fairly indicative of many standard issue patterns from Rowan, throughout 2003 – 2005. Sorry for the confusion.

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  9. Atuin wrote:

    Wow, we really enjoy your podcast. I have a friend that comes over now every weekend to listen to you with my husband and I, and she and I really enjoyed the boob fairy song. Also, we agree that anything by Elizabeth Zimmerman is completely necessary on the book shelf, but especially Knitting Without Tears.

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  10. Gill wrote:

    Still loving your podcasts! I too look forward to Friday – I can listen to your soothing voice (mostly!) whilst my other half is watching match of the day – I hate football!

    Also inspired to keep a journal, but then I am always full of good intentions.

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  11. Melisa wrote:

    Like the others, I too am greatly enjoying your show. Even my pre-teen boys think it’s pretty good and that’s saying something!

    Beginner’s books–Debbie Stoller’s Stitch n Bitch–not because it’s hip but because the explanations and drawings are fabulous. For inspiration, I love The Knitting Way by Linda T. Skolnik and Janice MacDaniels which is a wonderful exploration of the spiritual side of our beloved craft.

    My number one piece of advice tobeginning knitters is that you should learn to knit when you have enough time to keep at it. You need to really knit and knit until your hands learn what to to do so your brain can relax a bit.

    My best “cheap and cheerful” knitting aid (and this idea did come from a friend–it’s not original)–a 12 pocket plastic file folder does a great job of containing circular needles in a tidy and organized package for very little money.

    Again–love the show!

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  12. Becca wrote:

    Just a couple of things –
    *Good book for beginners is the “Knitting in Plain English” mentioned in someone elses comments – I borrowed the book from the library so much that I figured I really would use it enough and should invest in it. She has a great attitude!
    *Great beginner tip – when casting on, cast on to TWO needles (hold 2 needles together) it keeps the cast on stitches from being too tight.
    *And as for storage – I just made a post on my blog about this, but I found at a Bed,Bath & Beyond a ribbon / tape storage container that is just perfect for a small project – I’ve got a hat in it now, socks will be in there next – it’s portable, lightweight, I can see through it, and it has a snap on lid so my puppy can’t stick his nose in it!

    Again, thanks for the entertainment!

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  13. Melissa wrote:

    Loved your music choices this week. I liked Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick as a beginner book. Could you talk about a good easy baby sweater to make? I don’t remember if you’ve mentioned it or not, but the Yarn Harlot’s Knitting Olympics is pretty big right now.

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  14. Aidan wrote:

    My advise to the beginning knitter is to relax. I recently observed a friend who is a new knitter and she pulled the yarn so tight that it was almost impossible to knit the stitches off the needles.

    The yarn is your friend, and given the opportunity and a wee bit of guidance, it will flow through your fingers with ease. You don’t have to hold it tightly. You don’t have to wrangle it into submssion. The needles are instruments of production, not torture.

    Knitting should be a relaxing, enjoyable process. It is wonderful therapy — as long as you aren’t working out your rage issues on some perfectly innocent mohair!

    Posted on 1.22.06 ·
  15. tekopp wrote:

    The book for inspiration and teq: Stich n’ Bitch, the knitters handbook. Easy and cool patterns for beginners, and teq thingies.

    That was my first knitting book actually, I purchased it as an experienced knitter needing the english words for stuff I was reading in english online patterns 🙂

    As for storage, I am THE ikea whore. They have these fancy “hide under your bed” boxes with wheels underneath and a lid you can close and fasten. That’s where my stash lives, especially since I’m moving at least once a year, this saves me from a lot of trouble, and the boxes are bright blue, so they are easy to find when unpacking (when in desperate need of yarn or tools).

    handbags for carrying around projects in when going to friends/a café is not the 200$ ones, but the big, deep ones from H&M at 10$, with multiple pockets 🙂

    Posted on 1.23.06 ·
  16. Sisina wrote:

    First, I’d like to thank you for such a wonderful show. Listening to podcasts, especially one as well done as yours, brings back very find memories of my father playing old radio show recordings for me.

    Hearing you mention baskets for yarn storage made me think of one of my favorite catalogs/webmerchants –


    They sell fair trade handcrafts from all over the world and baskets are one of their most popular wares. I own two, and am very, very happy with them – the Kaisa Grass Gathering basket in particular is well made, and doesn’t snag precious fibers. (No affiliation, just quite happy with them, and happy to promote a fair trade vendor.)

    Posted on 1.23.06 ·
  17. Catherine wrote:

    Wow, I love your podcast! I only just found out about it 2 weeks ago and since then, I’ve been listening non-stop and now finally, I am caught up! The mix of music and news and stories is so great. The boob song was great and I like that “message” you got from Evad. 😉 I think my favorite part of the show is “Today’s Sweater.” Keep up the good work!! I can’t wait till the next episode!

    Posted on 1.23.06 ·
  18. Emily wrote:

    Hi Brenda

    I’d agree about Sally Melville being good for starting (or like me, for clarifying exactly which part of knkitting I’d remembered wrongly!). However, I reckon it’s like any other kind of learning – there are different learning styles, and different teachers suit different students. The things being made need to appeal at least a bit to give the impetus.

    Thanks for the boob fairy (specially liked the bit about the repeated visits of the thigh fairy etc ;-))

    Emily, knitsib

    Posted on 1.23.06 ·
  19. Kristina wrote:

    I really enjoy your pod cast. Thanks for publishing once a week!

    For new knitters:
    Knitting in Plain Engligh by Maggi Righetti. It contains tips that I wished I had read when I first started knitting. Pretty ingenious stuff.

    For inspiration: Any stitch bible. Plenty of things for the new knitter in knit and purl patterns and things to aspire to.

    Posted on 1.24.06 ·
  20. MaryMR wrote:

    Hello! Just found you. Absolutely great podcast and you DO indeed have a lovely voice!
    A note of dissenstion on Maggie Righetti (the woman who taught me that being a knitter does not give me license to say “Shut up! I’m counting!”). I adore her and obsessively read her, but I do so NOW. When I was beginner, I thought ‘how boring, no pretty pictures, no color’ (yes, I was/am shallow) and in fact the patterns in the back seemed lame (they are in fact excellent learning tools). It was a turn-off to me as newbie. Instead, I vote for Sally Melville, like some others mention–simple AND eye candy AND good solid beginning technique.
    My cheapie, favorite knitting thing? Zip lock bags with a corner snipped off to let the yarn through–keep it small. Keeps the yarn clean. Works perfectly if it’s a center pull skein, but also works if it’s an outside pull. You can re-use and re-use. Thanks again for an awesome podcast!

    Posted on 1.24.06 ·
  21. Megan wrote:

    Hi Brenda,
    I’m continuing to enjoy your show.

    Beginners Books:
    For patterns – The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits by Julie Carles & Jordana Jacobs

    For inspiration – Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. Not easy patterns, but beautiful photos and interesting ideas, like a tablecloth and picture frame. So many of the beginners patterns in other books are scarves that it is refreshing to look at some eye candy of other objects.

    As for storing my yarn stash, I found a great cubby organizer from Target. I think it was originally supposed to store shoes. Basically, it is a wooden box with dividers inside that create 15 cubbies. I sort by yarns by fiber type and color and then put them in a cubby. Great thing about this piece is that it is stackable, so you can buy as many as you need. I have the piece sitting on the floor and then have my books, patterns, needles, etc. on top. The thing I like about this system is that you can easily see what you have (no digging around), plus you can see potential fiber and color combos. I suppose you could also use an over-the-door plastic pouch type shoe organizer, too.

    Posted on 1.24.06 ·
  22. MaryMR wrote:

    Was thinking a little more about my earlier post on newbie book recommendations. For the youth newbie, I would recommend Debbie Stoller’s Stitch n Bitch. I’m a little too old to find the patterns up my alley style-wise, but her technique sections is flawless. In fact she gives the nod to Maggie R. as her mentor. For the ‘more mature’ beginner, I’d go with S. Melville’s Knit and Purl books as I mentioned before. For inspiration, I vote for Falick’s Weekend Knits. Besides gorgeous photos, it’s a mix of easy to hard projects, so a newbie can do some of them and be inspired for the future.

    RE: my cheap and cheerful ziplock bags. First of all, it’s not my original idea but I can’t remember where I read or heard it. And to be clear, you do ziplock the bag and let the yarn out of the corner you’ve snipped off. If you try and let the yarn out of the ziplock part, it will drag on the yarn and could hurt a delicate fiber.
    Thanks again for all the music and fun!

    Posted on 1.24.06 ·
  23. heather wrote:

    Hello Brenda Just a note to mark up Bon Marche in Porthcawl as a wonderful haberdashery and stitch resource. The women who serve are knitting experts in a very old fashioned Welsh way. People travel to it. Mrs Mac’s Italian Wool and Coffee shop in Mumbles is also very good.
    My granny taught me – in your needle -over the wool – pull through – cast off. It still works.
    Love the music.

    Posted on 1.24.06 ·
  24. DoryO wrote:

    LOVE the podcast, Brenda! Love! Love!

    My advice to beginners:

    1. Use the the library for knitting books. And not just what you find on the shelf. Ask about requesting books from other branches in your region. Save money for yarn!!!

    2. LOOK AT YOUR KNITTING. Newbies are so hung up on which hand to use, where to put the needles, how to throw the yarn and they don’t even look at the stitches themselves and the resulting fabric.

    3. Loosen up. Newbies knit tightly. And they usually knit scarves. And they follow the yarn label suggestion for needle size. So they end up with stiff dish scrubbies that are 4 feet long. Using a bigger needle and trying to knit loosely will result in more satisfying scarf projects.

    4. Be brave. Knitting is a forgiving craft in that you can always rip and reknit. Try that with stained glass or woodworking! Computer class beginner’s were the same: always making excuses about how they just weren’t very technical and wouldn’t be very good before we even began the class. Beginners are afraid of DPNs, circs, increases, decreases, purling, cables, cable needles, aaaaaaaghhhhh!!!

    That’s why I love your stories about knitting flubs and failures. We’ve all had them. But we don’t have to beat ourselves up too much about them. We learn. We laugh about it. And keep on knitting.

    Thanks again for sharing your stories and music with all of us.

    Posted on 1.25.06 ·
  25. Aidan wrote:

    Oh. My. Dog.

    I SO want to go to Mrs. Mac’s Italian Wool and Coffee Shop in Mumbles, Wales. The images are swimming in my mind — sea air, gray tweed, scones with a proper cup of tea. How perfectly, perfectly perfect.

    So if anyone from the Olympic committee wants to know from where in Wales I come, I’m just going to say Mumbles. Mumbles. Doesn’t it just SOUND wooly? Mumbles. Splendid.

    Posted on 1.25.06 ·
  26. Judy wrote:

    I have so many books now; Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook is one that I hope to “grow into” but the one that is inspiring, helpful to beginners with how-to and techniques and pictures illustrating cast ons and bind offs (with different colored yarns) is the Big Book of Knitting by Katharina Bass.

    My hint to new knitters: allow yourself to “emote” as you’re knitting. A well-placed 4-letter word really helps and keeps you at the needles much longer than if you’d bottled it all up! I turned out a really nice pair of socks for my husband, and he remarked that once I got past the halfway mark, he noticed that my “expressions” of relaxation had all but disappeared.

    Loved the Boob song! As I was listening I was thinking that the lyrics sounded just like what Christine Lavin would write, but the voice was a little different. Christine is the one who’s responsible for forming the Four Bitchin’ Babes. She’s wonderful!

    Great shows…please don’t stop.

    Judy in Philly

    Posted on 1.25.06 ·
  27. cristina martin firvida wrote:

    I just love your podcast! just perfect.

    Here’s my not meant for fiber but sure did work item. A few years ago I bought at a Crate and Barrel an insulated wine tote on sale for maybe $2 and i have used it since to carry my smaller projects like scarves, baby sweater, pieces of sweaters that i am not kntting in the round, socks – you name it. Its round-ish, tall-ish and padded so it accomodates AND protects. Plus as a bonus, this particular tote is SILVER – soooo crazy space age. I love it, it reminds me of the knitting bags that i see the donna reeds of yesterday using on old tv shows. These insulated totes often show up in stores in the summer and around the holidays … and can be had for a song on sale.

    Posted on 1.25.06 ·
  28. citabriag wrote:

    Storage – I found at Home Depot a tool storage item. You use a 5 gallon bucket, and there are canvas pockets that hang over the outside. I am able to put any needles, hooks, scissors, do-dads on the outside and in the bucket any current projects. The bucket was about $5, the buddy was less than $10. My cheap and easy storage of current projets.
    Beginner book – I have been knitting for a year. I picked up the stitch-n-bitch books, but got the best info from my LYS. A lot of help from knittinghelp.com with their videos/pics etc. I am currently reading Zen and the Art of Knitting – Bernadette Murphy and feeling inspired and ok that I tune out those around me while I am in a “zen like state”.

    Posted on 1.25.06 ·
  29. Hi Brenda,

    Ijust wanted to say I love your show, I look forward to it every friday. I can’t wait until we will be able to buy the music, because I really like the songs that you pick. Also thanks for pointing me to Chubb Creek, I enjoy listening to those guys.

    As for a beginner book- by the way I have been knitting for 2 years nows. I learned from the Stitch-n-bitch books, specifically the first one, it is a great book, with good pictures and very easy to understand. I usually look in that book if I need help first and then on to the ‘net’.

    Posted on 1.26.06 ·
  30. purlpower wrote:

    Thanks for introducing me to Ms Flint’s music. As someone for whom the boob fairy, the moustach fairy and the eyebrow fairy all must have been working overtime during my adolescence, I wish I’d heard this song years ago!

    Posted on 1.26.06 ·
  31. Kristyn wrote:

    Hello from Wisconsin!

    You really know what you are doing, it’s clear from the first few seconds of your introduction that you have radio experience. What happened to the old intro music? I laughed everytime the song would pause for the sheep bleats, and this past week it wasn’t there!

    I have a tip for you for a very inexpensive organizational tool for those cable and darning needles that tend to float around in knitting bags getting lost in the lining or poking a hole and escaping. I store them in an Altoids tin. Any hinged tin will do. Sometimes they clink while I’m walking around, and at first this bothered me so I moved the tin to a spot where it couldn’t rattle in my bag, but one day, at one of the thousands of sporting tournaments my children are involved in, I came to love the rattle. My youngest daughter (who was about 8 at the time) was searching all over for me and getting rather nervous that I had abandoned her (which has NEVER happened, but you know the mind of an 8 year-old!) when suddenly she came running up behind me. She told me that she had been searching for me, and I asked how she had found me in the large crowd of people. “I heard your knitting bag,” she told me.

    The tin always rattles now, and the sound is not only comforting to me.

    Love your show – wish I could join you for a pint at the pub and some knitting fun someday!

    Posted on 1.26.06 ·
  32. Lara wrote:

    I just wanted to wish you all the best for your nuptuals. I got married 2 years ago, and it makes me very cross that everyone can’t have the same access to what was for me a very special day, and an important ritual for friends and family too. Rock On !

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  33. Lara wrote:

    PS. The best knitting book for a beginner is (I’m sure others have said it already) Debbie Stollers S’nB. And the best technique/tip is continental knitting. If you can learn this (excellent instructions in aforementioned book), you’ll save yourself hours of pain, particularly when doing 1×1 ribbing.

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  34. Jennifer wrote:

    Loved your show, especially the boob fairy song! At first I was surprised that the podcast was almost an hour, but I’ve really been enjoying them and it keeps me out walking the dog longer too. Since Meadow (the dog) loves to walk and the hip, butt and thigh fairy were particulary overzealous, it’s now very helpful that the podcast lasts as long as it does.

    As for inspiration, I only learned to knit two years ago but picked up very quickly by reading on the internet. I still don’t have very many books, I’m a little too frugal. But I found Knitty.com and loved it! So even though it isn’t a book, that’s where I learned most of my skills.

    Love your show, keep up the good work!

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  35. Hey Brenda! I’m loving your show. Sorry it took me quite a while to post this. But here’s the book I have as my knitting bible:

    – ‘Knitting for Dummies’, Pam Allen
    – ‘The Knitting Stitch Bible’, Maria Parry-Jones (I have this book in the German version – I’m an expat from Thailand living in Germany – but have also already ordered it in the original version

    Otherwise the internet is a great source and inspiration!

    As for storage…well, a couple of weeks ago, a chain shop in Germany was offering this newspaper stack that matched the couch we have, so I got that as used it as my yarn stash instead: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elemmaciltur/88653032/in/set-1683237/

    Can’t wait until your next podcast! Keep it up, you’re great!

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  36. Carry wrote:

    Another THANK YOU for the Boob Fairy Song!! Her work reminds me of a band called Uncle Bonsai, love it!

    As for “knitting bibles” I would have to say Vogue Knitting Stitchionary or any good knitted stitch book. After I learned how to cast on, I bought a stitch book and began making scarves in different stitch styles to practice. It was a fun way to learn. 🙂 And though I didn’t have either as a beginner, I sure wish I did, All Stitched Up : The Complete Guide to Finishing Stitches for Handknitters by Jane Crowfoot and The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face by Margaret Radcliffe

    And, for inspiration, I would have to echo the he Secret Life of a Knitter by the Yarn Harlot, that or any of the KnitLit books.

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  37. janine wrote:

    Your team Wales is fantastic, I linked to it from The Harlot’s post and by the end of it I was crying with laughter (especially as I watched cool runnings only last week)We in the Guernsey have the same problem:-) If any of our athletes etc make the “British” Olympic team our flag is nowhere to be seen. and now we actually have a World champion ( Andy Priaulx- World touring car champion) the commentators keep calling him either British or a Channel Islander – which is almost as bad!
    Love the Podcasts – I have been with you since your first and never miss one.

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  38. Susan wrote:

    I’ve been thinking about the best advice I can give beginners, and after reading all these great suggestions I don’t know what I can add.

    I taught myself to knit from books. I got encouragement and acceptance from Knitter’s Review, and when I discovered my LYS, I was in heaven. But I didn’t feel like a “real knitter” until I found a knitting group. These women gave me the sense that I was a part of a long tradition. We are a community, that overused term.

    So, my best advice, is to find other knitters, even if you have to start your own group. Take your knitting to the pub or to Starbucks or to the office, and see what happens. That’s how I found my group.

    Thanks for asking!


    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  39. E.S. wrote:

    hehe… i’d like to join Team Wales.
    I affirm the following #’s: 3, 4a&b (c is questionable), 5, 7, 9, & 10.
    Additionally, I taught 28 fifth graders everything you’d ever want to know about Wales.

    Posted on 1.27.06 ·
  40. amysue wrote:

    I am planning to buy a bunch of these basekets from Ikea soon. I thnk the hole on top will be great for spinning or knitting. I hate when I have to chase things across the floor.

    That said, your podcast kept me company while I sat in shul waiting for Torah study to start. It got me in the proper frame of reference (as odd as that might seem) and helped me transition from crazy week to quiet(er) week end. Thanks again!

    Posted on 1.29.06 ·
  41. Jenny wrote:

    I love the music you pick and actually knew of DaVinci’s Notebook before you played them. I don’t know if this group is on the PodSafe Network, but if you get the chance – check out Deadman and the song “When the Music’s Not Forgotten”. Talk about craft and great sound!!!!

    Posted on 2.1.06 ·
  42. Sarah wrote:

    I’ve been listening to back issues of Cast-on while I work. I love the show and have been wanting to write in, but haven’t had any inspiration. Well, that changed with this week’s episode. Here is my creative storage solution, and it came about completely by accident: My father travels often for business and has to wear a suit with a tie. He always had trouble with how to keep his ties from getting wrinkled in his suitcase. One day on the internet, I saw an advertisment for a tie travel case. The perfect father’s day gift! So, I went to the local fancy men’s shop and bought him one. Unexpectedly, I started to covet his tie case. It turns out it was the perfect size for knitting needles! So, I went on Ebay and bought myself a much cheaper, used version, and I have loved it ever since. It keeps all my needles in one place and makes them much more portable. My case also happens to have little slits in it for tie pins, which are just perfect for knitting needles and other little accessories. Well, I have to get back to work (and Cast-on) now. Thank you so much for sharing a part of yourself with the world every week. Good work; continue on!

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  43. Kelly wrote:

    I love you podcast. I’m just catching up on the old ones, and I can’t believe you played Boob fairy! It’s one of my most favorite songs, and I’ve never know anyone else to know this song. 🙂

    Thanks for making me smile! And keep up the good work. 😀

    Posted on 8.15.06 ·
  44. Marcia wrote:


    Just started listening to your podcast teh other day and have been averaging 2 shows a day to catch up. IT’S WONDERFUL!!!

    I know this is likely far too late, but when you were asking about storage, I thought of my beloved little oval tupperware container. It is about 9 inches long by 4 wide by 1.5 deep. It belonged to my grandmother, who died before I became a knitter. It is the perfect size for holding all non-needle tools: scissors, stichmarkers, safety pins, row counters, darning needles, and even a small magnifying glass (my grandma didn’t have the best eyes). I love it because it’s the perfect size to throw into any project bag, and it has the stuff you need to finish any project. And it reminds me of my grandma.

    Thanks for the great show!

    Posted on 10.19.07 ·
  45. sylvie wrote:

    I have just downloaded all your podcasts (like from the beginning). I am loving the company your bring to me here in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada (in case you wanna know where where I live is). I am a longtime knitter. Sadly I knit alone. Well at least not with other knitters. I have a great partner and two sons. My knitting friend moved to Ottawa. We used to knit at her kitchen table daily, with pots of coffee, knitting, talking….I miss that. Enough sad fest. My partner’s great-grand-mother was from Wales. Her family moved here in the early 1900’s. Sadly there seems to be no links to family in Wales from her. Your podcast brings me closer to this part of my familly.

    Posted on 8.3.09 ·
  46. Jennifer wrote:

    Hi Brenda,

    I don’t know if you remember me, I’ve only sent you a message once before, back in early 2007. I was the one who emailed to say that I’d spent a night in the hospital with pregnancy complications, and that was the first time I’d heard your podcast, and it really helped to keep my spirits up during a difficult time.

    Anyways, just wanted to leave a message to say that the link for Dierdre Flint isn’t put in correctly. Her site isn’t up anyways, but the link above has the cast-on site first before her site address.



    Posted on 1.2.10 ·
  47. I have found the Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe to be invaluable in addition to everything by E.Z.!

    Posted on 4.5.13 ·

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