Previous post:

Next post:

On hiatus

by Brenda on February 3, 2010

I’m taking a little time away from work for health reasons. Cast On will return in a few months, most likely in the Spring.

1 Naomi February 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Brenda I am so very sorry to hear about your health issues. I will be thinking of you as I knit and sending prayers for a speedy recovery. Take care.

Naomi in S. Oregon

2 Ida February 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Really sorry to read this. It must be terrible. I hope you will recover soon. I’ll miss your podcasts till they return. (but dont let that stress you!) I’m working on a very demanding tablet weave at the moment and need all the listening intertainment I can get – Cast-on being no 1.. However, thank you, you showed me to .. 🙂
All the best..

3 Jeanne in Minneapolis February 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Oh my. I just found you and now I have to both worry about you and wait for the next episode. I have had my own health issues (breast cancer) and am now back in my life. Take care whatever it is. You are a treasure.

4 Stephanie February 4, 2010 at 12:06 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your shoulder. I’m a long time listener and can’t thank you for all of the joy that your incredible podcasts have given me. I used to be a pianist (studied at college) and ended up over practicing and developing tendonitis in both forearms. I couldn’t even drive for about six months. I still can’t play and it has been 12 years. I really sympathize with what you are going through. It is terribly difficult. Somehow, over a long time, you will come to acceptance if you are not able to knit again. I wish you luck on your journey and hope most of all that you are pain free soon.

5 Hanna February 4, 2010 at 3:01 am

Take care, Brenda. Your loyal listeners just want you to get well! We’re all rooting for you and your shoulder.

6 aebell February 4, 2010 at 3:41 am

Best wishes for your full recovery — you’ll be missed!

7 Marisa February 4, 2010 at 3:59 am

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Be well. Looking forward to the next podcast, whenever it comes.

8 may February 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

Take care and heal well!

9 Malin February 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

I hope you get well soon!

I had a similar thing after slipping with the bike on ice last winter. You don’t want to hear about it, so I just deleted a long paragraph of pain, pills and shots. I’m fine now, and I hope that you can be too!

I’ve been enjoying Cast on since the very start, but only listening in the winters when I walk to work (no more ice-biking for me!) and I’ve finally caught up. It usually is spring the day I catch up on the listening every year. But the snow is not gone this time! We do have a lot of snow in Sweden this year, about half meter now, so that’s not a measure of your diligence. Just King Bore having a good time!

All this winter lets me wear knitting a lot, so it’s ok. But I would like to get to work with the makeup on the right part of the anatomy for a change…

10 GeekKnitter February 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

11 Darrow February 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

There’s nothing to say that hasn’t been said, cept while I was grieving you were there. Wish I could help you in your healing process. Hope the next few months are good to you Brenda. Love ya and will send healing thoughts your way.

12 Maggiemidwife February 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Brenda- heal well & come back soon. I miss your voice!

13 Kymm February 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Smart girl–take the time you need to get back up to snuff. Sending you all good wishes.

14 vanessa townley February 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

oh! what a shame, sorry to hear your not well. I hope you rest up and get better and remember all your listeners are here for you. Keep you chin up and you will be better sooner than you think, Missing you and your show but your health is more important.
Love Vanessa (Wakefield, West Yorkshire) xxxxx

15 Guru Nam Kaur February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Take care, Brenda and heal, heal, heal. Your health is most important to us all. Sending you lots of good strong energy.

16 Elisabeth in France February 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Brenda, we’ll be there when you come back.
Hugs and love

17 Annetta February 5, 2010 at 4:34 am

Dear Brenda,

Taking time for ourselves when we need to is a vital and necessary art – albeit an often marginalised one.

I support your healthy self-care, and wish you a thorough and complete recovery. I also hope that you find what you need for yourself during this period of quiet and healing.

I look forward to hearing the healthy new you in good and perfect time.

Be well,

Blackwall, Australia

18 Jill February 5, 2010 at 5:44 am

I hope you are feeling better soon, Brenda. I will miss you while you are gone 🙁

19 Sarah February 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

sending well wishes your way brenda! luckily you’ve got tonya to take good care of you! otherwise we’d all just have to make a trip and be the knitsibs we are. much love

20 Terri February 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Sorry that you are going through a rough patch with your health.
Plenty of rest and recuperation is needed so please do that and do not overdo.
Will be looking forward to hearing your podcasts in the spring but you are so important to me and your fans so you must get better.
Hopefully you will be able to knit a bit while you are recuperating.

Looking forward to hearing from you later.

21 Caffeine Girl February 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm

So sorry that you are suffering so much pain — and can’t even knit to get you through it! That’s seems very unfair to me. Sending lots of healing wishes your way!

22 Karoline February 6, 2010 at 2:43 am


I’m so very sorry about your heath reason. But I hope you get better soon (no rush)! I will miss you dearly!

Sending healing thoughts your way!


23 Jaimee February 6, 2010 at 4:06 am

I am so sorry to hear this- I can’t imagine how awful this must be for you. I wish you the speediest recovery!

24 Ana (Austin, Texas) February 6, 2010 at 4:53 am

Thank you for taking care of yourself. Thank you for letting us know about what is going on. Thank you for all the work that you have done for us. Thank you for taking the time you need; we will be here when you return.

25 Susan in Singapore February 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

Hang in there! This pain will pass. We will be here cheering for you all along the way.

I once read an really interesting article on marathon runners. It discussed how they keep going in an actual race. It was all about getting through just this minute. They counted down from 100. They sand nursery rhymes. They recited poetry in their head. They just did it for that one time, and then they did it again. And eventually, they had run 26 miles.

The same for you. Right now, you need to get through this minutes. Eventually, you will arrive and be pain free, but for now, get through this minute. Just this one. That’s all you need to do. Remember any good nursery rhymes?

26 kathleen February 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm


All my best wishes for your healing (if frustrating) hiatus. As for me, I am going to revisit some of my favorite episodes, starting with the Muses. As for you, get in touch with Slugslothene, muse of idleness 🙂


27 Nicole February 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Dear Brenda,
I am sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Please take very good care of yourself. We’ll still be here when you get back.

28 Jenni February 7, 2010 at 4:11 am

Best wishes for a speedy mend. On the plus side, your rest will force me to discover other knitting podcasts (not that I will ever abandon my first love, Cast On!). Looking forward to your return…

29 Devon February 7, 2010 at 4:18 am

I hope your time off is full of chocolate and pillows. Resting when one needs to is always the best thing to do. Take care and feel better soon!

30 Gail February 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Hi Brenda,

So sorry to hear you’re having health problems. Hope it’s nothing too dramatic, and more sort of the boring and annoying kind of problem. I sort of figure that if you have to have a health problem, something non-dramatic is better…

Take care of yourself, and let Tanya take care of you too.

31 Debra February 8, 2010 at 12:51 am

Get Better Brenda! Will miss you and your knitting until you return!

32 Karen February 8, 2010 at 1:21 am

Wishing you health, peace, and joy.

33 Lisa C. February 8, 2010 at 2:08 am

Take care of yourself. You will be missed.


34 Carol Bateman February 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Hi Brenda,
Come on girl get out those watercolours. Weren’t you the one who talked about all round creativeness ?
Knitting is impossible, so get out those paints and look out of that wonderful new window that you have just had put in. What a landscape…… just waiting for you!
I really believe that it being creative is what matters and if i cannot paint then using a beautiful yarn to make something makes my day.
Love Carolxx

35 Sheri February 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I just wanted to write a little short note hoping you feel better soon.

36 Rachael (In Derbyshire) February 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Well Brenda…I think it’s so shitty that you can’t knit & you’re shoulder is so bad. I think you should be really mad & sad & fed up! But…I think somethings gonna come up. Something good. Something positive. Just have a little faith & it’ll happen. We all love you Brenda.
Rachael XXXXXX

37 JayeL February 9, 2010 at 1:45 am

Dear Brenda,
I have a long letter or email sitting in my head to you. I came to find the drop and send it off only to find that you are under the weather. I hope you get well soon. Know that this beginner knitter – sort of – is inspired by and thinking about you and sending you good thoughts.

38 Sarah in PA, USA February 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

Hi Brenda! I’ve been a long time listener of yours! It took me just about a year to listen to all of your podcasts starting from the first and ending with the most recent! I’m very sorry to hear that you’re shoulder is giving you problems again… I’m hoping you get back on your feet soon! Until then – rest, relax, and work on feeling better!!! WE MISS YOUUUUUUUUU!

Sarah <3

39 Shannon February 9, 2010 at 3:25 am

Stay strong sis. I’ve never commented though I’ve listened to all of your podcasts over the last few years (can’t believe it’s been years now). You’ve talked me through more than a few personal crises and I’ve always wanted to say THANKS. See you on the other side of that shoulder pain!!

40 Tracy Hoover February 9, 2010 at 4:48 am


Ditto what everyone else has said. You are the first knitting podcast I listened to, and you’re still my favorite. Take care of yourself. Hope to hear you again sooner or later.

Tracy aka gambagirl

41 KathleeninSF February 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

oh boo! stupid bodies that we love. Good thing your shows are brilliant to re-listen to until you are well! Hope you feel very good very soon. Much love, Kathleen in San Francisco

42 kat February 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

Sorry to read about your healthissues! All the best wishes for a speedy recovery!

I started listening to your podcast about a month ago, i am still inthe process of listening to the backissues. Love it! its really great fun to spend all those perfectly good hours with you – actually makes them better!

best, kat (from Vienna, Aut)

43 Alison Lee February 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I just had the great pleasure of interviewing Brenda!!!
Even though knitting is not my first love, I totally enjoy listening to her show as well.

You can hear our talk together on either iTunes under CRAFTCAST, or on the CRAFTCAST website.
Thanks again Brenda, and speedy recovery!!!

44 Hilary February 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Hi Brenda,
I recently discovered your podcast and I’ve been listening to the old episodes each morning during my commute to work. I enjoy your work tremendously and I just wanted you to know that your words truly brighten my days!
Take good care of yourself and remember that there are many, many people “out there” wishing all the best for you!

45 Audrey February 11, 2010 at 1:55 am


I will miss you and Cast On. I hope that you feel better soon. I was so very sorry to hear that you were having health issues. Best Wishes!


46 Linda Lael Miller February 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Your podcasts have been a joy to me–I listened to the whole list and got interested in knitting because of you. You helped me discover a lot of other podcasts, as well. You are in my prayers and I hope you will feel better very soon.
Be blessed.

47 lynn February 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I was encouraged to lry continental last time I had difficulties with computer / wrist problems on the right hand. Still switch occasionally during longer stretches of knitting, when I get a hand cramp. General cardio exercise, correction of posture-sitting-ergonomics, and stopping caffeine were suggested when the tendinitis threatened last time. Hope you find a good combination of solutions – we all miss you.

48 Deborah Gudger February 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Brenda-SO sorry you have to give knitting a time out-but you are still showing us all such grace in your acceptance and in picking up your camel down and spinning away. I’m healing from hip replacement and while it’s better daily, I’m impatient for the pain to be gone also. Fortunately I can knit my way through it but knitting isn’t as rich an experience if I’m not listening to Cast-On. You’ll be in my thoughts as you heal and I’m sure you’ll have many learnings to share with your knit sibs when you are on the other side of this period.
Spin on!

49 irene February 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Dear Brenda
I am so sorry to hear you are ill. I hope and pray you will recover very soon.
Lots of love from all your fans from Germany. Best wishes!

50 Louise February 14, 2010 at 11:57 am


Sorry to hear that you are not well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Looking forward to hearing you again in the spring. In the meantime, I’ll listen to those early podcasts that I missed!

Take care

51 Eva Muhlhause February 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

My best wishes for a speedy recovery.

52 Barbara S. February 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Brenda you are missed 🙂
I hope everything is going well and you are getting better.

53 Donna Henderson February 17, 2010 at 12:46 am

Brenda, I hope your recovery from your health challenges is complete and rapid. You are sorely missed at this house. Donna

54 Debby February 17, 2010 at 5:15 am

Isn’t it amazing that one can feel so connected to a person they have never met? I do feel that way about you and your family. Your podcasts are so lovely: informative and intelligent and great music. I have grown as a knitter because of them and as a person. You have introduced me to a world of ideas and experiences with which I am not acquainted. My most sincere wishes for your speedy recovery. Perhaps you need a little sunshine and time away from the damp Welsh weather. Do take good care.

55 Jennifer February 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Dear Brenda, I’ve never contacted you before to tell you how much I enjoy your podcasts. I’ve listened to all of them. They are never deleted because I listen to them again and again. Your voice is a pleasure to listen to; every episode is intelligent and thought provoking; I love the variety of subjects; the interviews are so interesting because YOU are interested in the person; ….
I could go on and on and …..
Please look after yourself. Don’t come back until you are really, really better. I will miss Cast-On very much.

56 Lisa in TN February 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Miss you, get well

57 Marie Irshad February 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

So sorry to hear this. Hope that you feel much better soon. Hugs

58 Psuke February 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I very much miss hearing the new podcasts and I hope you feel better soon (and not just for the selfish reason of wanting new podcasts).

59 Lucy Williams March 1, 2010 at 9:27 am

I hope you are feeling better. Your podcast is a treat to look forward to.When I have some time off and my sons are at school, my greatest indulgence is to sit at the kitchen table with some knitting and listen to cast on. Now I’m going to decide which past episode to choose to listen to.
Very best wishes for recovery.
I hope the sun is shining there in my homeland.

Lucy Williams xxx

60 Trish March 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Dear Brenda
you will never know just how much your podcasts have meant to me and how much hearing your voice inspiring me to knit, and to imagine creative things, to escape and allow myself to make nice things: all this you did for me whilst I tried to get my head around my real life, the one where my brother had cancer and sadly died last month. I knit and knit through those months, listening to you and enjoying rediscovering that old craft, years ago I knit because I could not afford nice things. Now I was knitting to create nice things, to feel and smell wool, to dream of colours and patterns. I could not have dealt with the long journeys to be with my brother or the long periods of time when nothing was happening if I had not had my needles and yarn.
Reading about your shoulder and your pain made me want to give you something back, I don’t know what, perhaps it is enough for you to know what an inspiration you have been. I think as well that I can share your frustration as I too am temporarily unable to knit. Nine weeks ago I fell in the ice and broke both my arms. The right has healed but the left arm  had to have an op to reconstruct the elbow, so I understand entirely your description of pain and lack of movement. And then the desperation of not being able to knit is so intense. I have just, in the last week, managed to start crocheting as a compromise, as I can feed the wool through my fat swollen fingers and just about get the hook going in a rythym, I trynot to listen to the clicks and clunks in my arm. I have completed thirteen yellow daisy squares. Pitiful really but at the rate of two an evening I might have a throw at the end of two months. I wonder if you can crochet perhaps?
I do hope you improve and get back to that knitting, it is such a feeling of loss when you can’t get that yarn moving.

Sent from my iPod

Comments on this entry are closed.