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Episode 13: On Gauge

by Brenda on February 24, 2006

This week’s show is better than a poke in the eye with a pointy stick. Tell me a StorynoryPodiobooks – She’s punk. She knits. Get over it. – Storytelling, with bunnies, at Knitwit – Live Long, and Craft – I’m Damned Sick of Knitting the Same Damned Thing Olympic Moment – Plus… all girls! All the time! At Ruby Fruit Radio – Play nice, and don’t make me get out the pins.


Special thanks to Gemma Morris and Pete Stacey, Of Coleg Sir Gar (Carmarthen College) for Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the Welsh national anthem.

1 Ashley February 24, 2006 at 10:21 pm

Wonderful show once again. You are my favorite knitting buddy. I play your show with me all over my college campus. I love hearing about your week, it just makes my day seem like it will be alright when I’ve started it with your show. I hope your voodoo doll goes mostly unused. I wish there was adequate way of expressing my thanks for all the work you put into your podcast. I’ll just follow your exmaple and say Thank you.

Kindest regards,

2 Pam in CT February 24, 2006 at 11:18 pm

I was bummed out over your hiatus and then, wow a new episode. Now, I am conflicted: give in to temptation and listen or save it for next week in the car. Choices. Pace yourself but don’t quit. Please (whine, whine)regards Pam

3 Emma February 24, 2006 at 11:24 pm

I love to knit or spin to the soft tones of your voice,and the words that you reflect your bright intelligence.
Thank you.

4 Carissa February 25, 2006 at 12:31 am

LOVED today’s show! Also listenned to last weeks show and loved that one as well 🙂 Thank you for the laughs, the thoughts, the visuals and the music. Thank you for putting yourself out there! You Go Girl!!

5 Pensguys February 25, 2006 at 1:10 am

GREAT show! I listened tonight while I was having a manicure! 🙂 Cute idea about the doll…hope you don’t have to use if often, but I TOTALLY understand when you do! LOL

Relax and hope you have lots of good “cookies”. Can’t wait until next time!

6 Christine February 25, 2006 at 1:49 am

Just thought you might want to know that a lot of the links in this post have in them, followed by whatever the link was supposed to be. Not sure why – just noticed I couldn’t click on them.

7 Rebecca February 25, 2006 at 2:20 am

I love the new episode! You deserve a bag full of cookies.

8 Kri February 25, 2006 at 2:30 am

First I want to say that I’ve been religiously listening to your podcast since I saw a reference to it from a fellow Librivoxer. I only recently learned how to knit, but have become obsessed.

This comment is really just to tell you that a few of your links in the show notes are wrong. It seems just due to having forgotten the http:// in the URL. For example, Podiobooks links to

Thanks for giving me such entertainment to knit to 🙂

9 Kate February 25, 2006 at 4:03 am

Love your work…again. This podcast is a great resource for music, knitting, people, knitting, podcasting, blogs and knitting! Intelligent comment with a wry tone. Thank you.


10 Amy February 25, 2006 at 4:05 am

I am listening to your show right now and you made me laugh outloud this time. Don’t pull a Plath! The project isn’t worth it. 🙂

11 Brandy February 25, 2006 at 6:45 am

You continue to impress me with every episode. I can’t find one thing to bitch about in your episodes.

I actually crochet while listening but I do know how to knit so it helps me out and I don’t feel like an idiot while listening 😉

That’s the thing the crochet community is missing and hopefully you could get a call to arms for a crochet podcast?

I would like to say thank you as well. I don’t think there could be as good as knit podcast as yours. You definately fill a void and I get excited every Friday to hear the latest episode.

12 Mary February 25, 2006 at 7:20 am

Brenda, you just totally rock.

13 Kirsty February 25, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Another excellent podcast, lots of lovely cookies for you again!

I really loved this week’s essay, as an artist/maker I really got where you were coming from and found myself nodding along in agreement.

I didn’t commment last week but I meant to say that I liked the green ads essay and think it’s something that needs to be thought about. Too many people assume that creative people should just do what they do for love and while I agree that love should be the foundation of what we all do, creative people have bills to pay the same as everyone else. No one assumes that doctors will practice just from love, or that business people will work for nthing, so why assume that the time and energy of makers are any less valuable than everyone else’s?

I’ve spent the last four years since leaving art college trying to figure out a way to balance my art and my finances. Two books I’ve found really helpful are Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd and Your Money Or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. The former is about career design for creative people and is a million miles away from the usual career advice that assumes we all want a 9-5 existence. The second is about re-evaluating our relationship with money and dovetails nicely with a lot of what you said about green advertising and how things could be different.

14 Brenda February 25, 2006 at 1:12 pm

Dearest Brenda, Did you have your cookie, yet? No matter, my comment is meant to be full of gushing admiration and gratitude for all the work and effort you put into your podcast. I am addicted and can hardly wait from one week to the next. Your essay “On Gauge” this week was particularly inspiring and thought-provoking. I love everything about your podcast and I think you’re wonderful for your dedication to it. I’ve also been turned on to Quirky Nomads, thanks to you, not to mention the Anti-Craft and that little trick of purling a row in stockinette to make a neat fold. Works wonders for tiny dog sweater turtlenecks. I owe you so much! Much love,

15 Liz February 25, 2006 at 2:05 pm

Thank you for all the time and energy you put into your podcast – you have really inspired me and I love what you do.

16 Elaine February 25, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Thanks for a great episode Brenda. You make Friday afternoons so bearable. I would love to hear more of Franklin’s essays, crack the whip on that boy! He might actually like it. 😉 I miss Dave and Gary! 🙁 Also, thank you so much for the heads up – or is it headers down? – about Anthropologie. Senator Satan is one of my favorite thorns as well. I wonder if all the ‘liberals’ who he is trying to appease with his faulty PAWS bill realize that he’s also a total homophobe? He tries to tell you he’s stopping puppy mills? No, all he’s doing is licensing them so they can pay taxes too. Say NO to PAWS.

17 Molly February 25, 2006 at 2:46 pm

I probably should have left a comment earlier, but in any case … Cast-On is my favorite podcast. To be fair, I only listen to a few, but I doubt I’d listen to any at all if I hadn’t started listening to yours. I love the length (you’ve gotten me through some loooong waits at train stations), I love your voice (who doesn’t? You sound like you should be narrating commercials – or audiobooks. Looking forward to Age of Innocence!), I love the format.
Thanks for your hard work.

18 mia February 25, 2006 at 2:55 pm

I LOVED this week’s essay, and started to think about what a shop filled with the things I made would look like. Because I’m a medical student, I would want a part for the patients that I’ve particularly liked, and the ones who I’ve actually been able to help! Anyway, I hope the meanies don’t get you down too badly. I’ve said it before, but I wait all week to listen to your podcast, it is my absolute favorite. I like to listen Saturday mornings and knit in bed…if I’m not on call! Thanks again!!

19 Teresa February 25, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Brenda – Thank you! for another fun and thought provoking PodCast. And thanks for ‘living out loud’ and not being afraid to wear you heart on your sleeve. So refreshing…

Any knitter who quotes Mary Oliver has a special place in my heart. The poem you quoted from is one of my favorites. So special that I read it at my Dad’s funeral this past August. I’ve copied it here for those who may not be famliar with it.

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


20 Carol M February 25, 2006 at 4:48 pm

Ahhh. Dat was nice.

I actually worked on finishing a repurposed UFO while your voice and program soothed and inspired me.

Thank you.

21 Ginny Thomas February 25, 2006 at 5:58 pm

I couldn’t figure any other way to do this because I don’t know how to post on the Team Wales blog. I finished my project (a Norwegian ski sweater) so it’s another gold for Wales.

22 Heather February 25, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Hi Brenda,
I want to thank you for linking to my site. I have gotten an incredible number of hits that have been referred from your site.

I don’t knit but have been thinking about taking it up since I’m moving to Chicago and am going to need things like scarves and hats and sweaters. I think I am going to pick up one of the books that you suggest on your site for beginners.

thanks again!

23 martha February 25, 2006 at 7:23 pm

just found your podcast and I love it! I am wondering if there is a way to download the older ones – I only seem to be able to download #8 and above. There is a link on your website to listen, but I would like to download to listen to it later. any help would be great. Thanks.

24 Sarah HB February 25, 2006 at 8:34 pm

Brenda, I know it is tough to get negative comments. Why don’t people just not listen if they don’t like it? I never understand but I like your podcast and will continue to listen long after your haitus.
Hope you do some wonderful things during the break.

Sarah HB

25 Leslie February 25, 2006 at 9:04 pm

Brenda, thank you for another terrific episode! You crack me up as you describe your knitting progress/regress. As I was listening today, I finished my husband’s Alice Starmore Na Craga aran sweater. Ashamedly, I did not sign up for the knitting olympics…just didn’t think I could make the team. Secretly, I am signed up in my mind and count my finished Craga as a gold for Team Wales. My Husband, Tom, has been waiting for this Starmore for, dare I say it, years. Its DONE….now, like the aftermath that follows reading a great novel, I will go into my quiet depression…this is probably because it dosn’t pay to be “A ONE PROJECT GIRL!” Finishing is highly over-rated.
Brenda, you are quite a talent. Keep on……..
Thanks again,

26 Caren February 25, 2006 at 9:36 pm

Brenda, Don’t let the negative Nellies get you down. You rock, girlfriend! Absolutely LOVED the essay this week. Almost moved me TO TEARS. Here’s what you tell those knuckleheads who need voodoo-doll-pinning: “Remember, if you don’t like listening to something, hit the ‘unsubscribe’ button. That’s what it’s for.” Hugs… Can’t wait for next episode (and Age of Innocence)!

27 Rebecca February 25, 2006 at 9:49 pm

This was the first podcast I heard EVER, a friend recommended you. It was so much fun. Your story about the uneven vest was so comforting, somehow hearing these sorts of stories helps realise that you’re not alone when making stupid knitting mistakes. 🙂 And I think that voodoo doll is GREAT!

28 Heather Cawte February 25, 2006 at 11:22 pm

Another great show!

Just wanted to alert you to some great sweater porn – Sky 3 is rerunning ‘Hex’, and tonight’s episode alone had a chunky polo neck, a jacket, and a really cute hat….

Heather xxxx

29 Hindrek in Vancouver February 25, 2006 at 11:26 pm

Brenda – you have become a welcome part of my Saturday, and I thank you so much for all that you have to say. You enrich us all by sharing openly and honestly – and by being yourself. What a treasure. That is to be celebrated with anthems and trumpets, not trammelled by naysayers. Stay true to yourself.

30 Tamah February 25, 2006 at 11:50 pm

I love your podcast. I listen while I run, thus combining my obsession with long distance running and my knitting obsession (something my family members find both highly amusing and a bit of a concern). I completely understand your need for a hiatus, but, um, could you wait until after the marathon? I save your podcasts for my long run. I’m sure other runners were concerned when I burst out laughing over the concept of sweater porn (which I of course had experienced but never so aptly named). Haven’t listened to this episode yet, I’m saving it for tomorow’s 17 mile run. Oh, and, feel free to talk as long as you’d like, I’m out there for a long time.

31 Louise February 26, 2006 at 12:46 am

Hi Brenda!

You know what’s my current favourite thing to do? I download all my preferred podcasts, put them onto a playlist on iTunes, then settle down with my knitting to listen. Yours is always the first one, and I have to thank you for letting us know about Quirky Nomads – I am hooked!!

I’d just like to say ‘tsssk’ to the people who *advise* that you talk more knitting than podcasting. Well, I LOVE your show. I love that you talk about podcasting and put us on to other shows out there. I was in awe of your son’s instrumental last week and found it quite moving. I will miss you very much when you have your break and will look forward to you coming back. You are the creme de la’ creme in the knitting podcast arena. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration.

32 catmum Claire February 26, 2006 at 12:49 am

Brenda, absolutely love your show, don’t change a thing! I get so excited when I know a new show will be coming, and I’ve listened to some of the old shows twice. It’s great on a long drive while knitting!

33 Tracy February 26, 2006 at 3:43 am

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job! I discovered your show a couple of weeks ago, and have since downloaded and listened to all of your old shows (and I’m wishing there were even more).
Keep up the good work! Also, I’m sure we’ll all understand if you need to take a break, and we’ll be eagerly awaiting your return.
And anyone who doesn’t like anything you do…. well, they can just go somewhere else, can’t they?
*insert virtual cookie here*

34 Susan February 26, 2006 at 4:29 am

I stumbled across your blog about a week ago and have since listened to every wonderful podcast. I love hearing the intro … “Knit. Knit like the wind. This is Cast On.” It brings an instant smile to my face! I appreciate your insight, honesty and committment to creating a really fine listening – and knitting – experience.

35 Nancy February 26, 2006 at 4:59 am

I love your essay. It brought tears to my eyes. Your words were chosen carefully, and came out like a beautifully knitted sweater.

36 Jeanie February 26, 2006 at 5:32 am

Hi Brenda — Loved this week’s episode! And I just wanted to mention that it’s probably due to you and your discussions on pod-casting (and how anybody can {and should} do them) that we have as many knitting pod-casts as we do! I’m pretty sure I’ve heard several of the new pod-casters out there mention that YOU were the one who inspired them to do their own. I enjoy all you have to say whether it’s knitting related or not, as I always seem to come away with more than I had before I tuned in. Don’t change a thing about what you do and go with what feels right — it’s gotten you this far!

37 Christa February 26, 2006 at 8:37 am

I played this episode last night while I was running around trying to get organized for a long day of waterpolo and professional hula hooping … no time for knitting, but a mental visit to HandCraftLand was much appreciated.

I laughed out loud about the voodoo doll, and the softly-and-more-threatening-for-it way you talked about using it on nasty critical people.. DO IT! Stick the nasty suckers where it will hurt the most! MAKE THEM PAY! (oh, wait.. I’m supposed to leave that attitude in the pool for waterpolo games, not apply it to cranky knitters.. oopsie!)

I really enjoyed listening to “On Gauge”, too… and will have to listen to it again, in solitude, because I don’t quite have it in me to shush my roommates when they chat to each other or their friends while I am listening to your podcast on my computer’s speakers… though I will probably play it a third time for those very roommates, because they will both appreciate it too, if they would only pay more attention!

Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to put together this lovely podcast for our listening pleasure each and every week. Merci beaucoup!


38 Del February 26, 2006 at 1:19 pm

I LOVE your podcast. I’ve listened for ever and always end up chuckling or shaking my head at things you say.

I’ve been meaning to write to mention Flickr as a possible way of holding the “today’s sweater” archives and a way for everyone to share their projects without wasting your bandwidth. Provided you don’t go over the monthly limit, it’s free.

Also, I was wondering if it would be possible to get “On Gauge” in print. I know it’s something I’ll want to refer back to, and it’s really something I’d like to share with my little sister who doesn’t do podcasts (yes, it’s shameful).

I will never, ever, unsubscribe.

39 DC Knitter February 26, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Another great episode! I can’t imagine how much work it must be to put together such a consistently professional and interesting podcast – thanks for putting yourself our there for our enjoyment!

40 Ali February 26, 2006 at 4:23 pm

Just listened to your latest episode and all I say is that things just keep getting better! Please, please don’t let the critics get you down as there are so many of us out here who love your show. I especially liked your essay this week and would love to visit your shop!

41 Mel February 26, 2006 at 7:11 pm

Ah, Brenda. You will always, always have people who love and appreciate what you do. You are a frequent companion to me as I sit up through the long winter nights and knit. I only hope your hiatus isn’t too long.

42 kim February 26, 2006 at 9:50 pm


I’m a new listener and just caught up to your most recent show. I must say, I’m almost sad about catching up because now I have to wait to hear your next one. It’s almost as if I need to hear about the sweater of the day and the nice music breaks in order to knit. Thanks for doing what you do and know that you do make a difference in knitters lives. And for me it’s a good one. I am so thrilled to have all this new information on things I can listen to while I knit and I owe it all to you and your little podcast. I enjoy all the great links you give out and because of them I now have other things to listen to while knitting.
I hope this was a good cookie for you!

43 Holly February 26, 2006 at 10:11 pm

I had a boss once that couldn’t say the words “good job” if you held her feet over the fire. Year after year I did my best for that woman and never got one nice word. One day a friend gave me a little doll and a box of pins and every time I got particularly frustrated with my boss, I stuck the doll with a pin. I felt so much better, I can’t tell you. The little comment you made about nasty comments and the bad juju doll made me smile. Good for you!!!
LOVE your podcast. Thank you so very much for all the parts of you that you so generously share with all of us.

44 Courtney February 26, 2006 at 10:56 pm

FYI, the Lascivious Biddies album with the song Neighbor (Today’s Sweater song) is available on iTunes.

I’m loving your podcast. I especially liked the essay On Gauge. I sat out in the car this afternoon so I could finish listening to it before heading inside. Have a cookie!

45 Lynsey February 27, 2006 at 1:22 am

Brenda, I LOVE your podcast. Usually I listen while at work, in anticipation of my weekend’s knitting. Today I had saved it for my long Sunday walk. My WELSH terrier and i trotted happily through our morning to your wonderful musings! thanks so much!

46 Kathleen February 27, 2006 at 3:01 am

What can I add to what everyone else has said? Ditto, ditto, ditto (no negatives allowed!) I so look forward to you podcast. It’s like a little present …I always have a mental ” Woo hoo!” when I see iTunes updating your show. I too finished my Olympic project-a child’s sweater and matching hat. It’sl the first thing I’ve knitted in years that actually had measurements. Unfortunately I pulled a Speedy Peterson and had a less than wonderful landing as the sleeves appear to have turned out different sizes from one another. Oh well! THANK you for the effort and time you put into this podcast.

47 minnie February 27, 2006 at 3:22 am

i love your show! love it, love it, love it! now, hopefully, you won’t find this until monday morning, since i’m posting this late sunday evening my time (i’m in nebraska). there is a SMALL criticism. i have noticed this throughout all your podcasts, and i find it slightly annoying: the essays are always at a lower volume than the rest of the podcast. i don’t know if this is a software issue, or a recording issue, or what, but it drives me batty every time! btw, if it softens the blow of a “negative” feedback, i ADORED the “gauge” piece. it’s so true. we all have those little shops.

and one other thing, i thought you might be interested in. i’m thinking about making mrs. beaton. but not for my wrists. i am a die-hard birkenstock wearer, and for the most part refuse to wear socks. however, i have noticed lately that while my feet don’t get cold (and yes, i’ve been wearing my birkies ALL winter long), my ankles do. so, i’m thinking about adapting mrs. beaton for that use. also, my sister-in-law loves the little-girl lacey socks, so i may adapt it for that use too! whaddaya think?

48 Kathryn February 27, 2006 at 3:30 am

Listening to your show this week made me think of a book that helped me consider art in general, which I think includes podcasts, in a new way. It’s called The Gift, and it’s written by Lewis Hyde. Art, he says, works within the economy of gifting, rather than buying and selling. I thought you might enjoy checking out the book, if you have a hankering for a meaty piece of reading.

All of this is my oblique way of saying thank you for the gift you give us all. So thank you.

49 Mary Ellen February 27, 2006 at 2:27 pm

And another thank you! I listen to your podcast on my Monday morning commute to work — it makes getting up and trudging to the subway much more enjoyable! I love listening to the show while knitting on the train.

50 Judy February 27, 2006 at 2:46 pm

LOL.. When I heard you say that you couldn’t stop talking about podcasting even if you wanted to and it reminded me of myself. No matter how much it bugs some of my friends, they know that there is absolutely, positively no way in this world that I can talk about my life without mentioning, at least once, my 4 beautiful & talented Collies and my 2 adorable and witty house rabbits. Love & fur from Andi, Sadie, Holly, Alex, Bella & Thumper.

51 Eileen Keaffer February 27, 2006 at 3:22 pm

I save your show and listen to it on Monday mornings on the train as I go to work. It makes the commute so much more pleasant! While I listen to the rest of the knitting podcasts, yours is the one I look forward to each week. I will be so disappointed when you go on hiatus! – but I totally udnerstand the reasons.

I also wanted to tell you that I was thrilled to hear you talking about the Cider House Rules sweater this morning. That sweater, along with a couple of others worn by Charlize Theron and many of the hats and mittens worn by the children, was designed by my closest friend, Linda Daniels, and the owner of Northampton Wools in Northampton, Massachusetts. You should email her to hear the story about the sweaters and about working with the movie company. I am sure she would love to share and it would probably be interesting for your listeners to hear what goes on “behind the scenes”. I’m going to email her right now to make sure she listens to your show!

Keep up the great work! You are the best in the business. Don’t listen to those naysayers!

52 Angie February 27, 2006 at 7:18 pm

Cookies and kudos and hugs. Thanks for such a warm and important podcast. I have struggled with my knitting gauge so long. I actually drove 90 minutes to visit my only real knitting friend and her husband. We had a lovely little yarn crawl in Bellingham Washington and then I was moaning about my loose knitting. Frank (who is very frank) said, “You just pull the string. What’s stopping you?” He’s right. Nothing is stopping me from improving or doing it differently. What about the less tangible parts of my life. Thanks for being there with your humor and insight! You are bridging my knitting to the real world.

53 Caitlin February 27, 2006 at 8:58 pm

I have been listening to your podcast since the very beginning and for some strange reason was compelled to finally visit your blog today. You are absolutely fantastic. I look forward to my lazy Saturday mornings as all I do is lounge around in my sweats, knit and listen to your podcast. Your voice is friendly as well as enchanting. You are doing a great job. Keep it up!

54 Theresa Dean February 27, 2006 at 11:32 pm

Brenda, I’ve just followed the link about Anthropologie and can’t believe the story that was written. How sad that a company whom you love and have promoted on your site has a leader who is so narrow minded and bigoted.

Now you have to post piccies of your sweaters in the header 😉

Great podcast by the way.

55 Carry February 28, 2006 at 1:44 am

GREAT essay this week, made me very misty. I just LOVE your podcast and it really brightens my Monday commute. Try not to let the negative comments get to you, you are great and are building up quite the loyal listener base, we love you and will never unsubscribe!!!

56 Natalie February 28, 2006 at 2:47 am

I nearly peed my pants listening to the discription of the fugly yarn. I live in a university residence and people came in to see if I was okay since they could hear me laughing down the hall. I could see all it’s uglyness in my head. I plan to open my own store some day and your discription in the essay is what I want to create. Well the part about of the store at the beginning. Listening to the podcast was very enjoyable. Thank-you.

57 Judy February 28, 2006 at 4:37 am

Geeze, anthropologies…

I find that as I get older my “don’t buy” list keeps getting longer.

58 Maribel February 28, 2006 at 6:11 am

Hola Brenda.

I have yet to listen to this weeks episode, I am saving it for tomorrow during my lunch break, but I saw something you had to know about.
Its going to be Wales Wk in NYC. A week long celebration of Wales and Welsh culture in celebration of St. David’s day. The website is So are you coming to celebrate with us !!!

Maribel from NYC

59 Carry February 28, 2006 at 11:00 am

Thanks for the mention. I have been able to get the rss feed up so people should be able to subscribe with iTune or the aggregator of their choice.
Love the show. Thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


Carry (KnitWit)
I will try to find out which plug in does the play on the website and send you a link.

60 Mara February 28, 2006 at 2:06 pm

I think I saw your fugly yarn in the clearance bin about a month ago. And yes, it did look awful — one of those “what were the designers thinking?” kinds of yarns. Enjoyed hearing about how you redeemed the stuff!

61 knittymama February 28, 2006 at 5:05 pm

Brenda, everyone has already said so many great things about your poscast; all I can say is “ditto” and that I’ll be having a cookie in honor of you at lunch today! Keep up the awesome work!!!

62 Janelle February 28, 2006 at 9:34 pm

You said you wanted fabulous sock yarn – check out Simply Socks Yarn Company. They’re in the US, but they’re having a half-price shipping sale right now – what a great deal.

63 Liza February 28, 2006 at 9:54 pm

Thank you so much for these great podcasts. You inspired me so much I actually ordered one of the two available oop 1996 Rugby songs cd with Wales Forever. My partner and I really love this. In fact, I spoke to the organist at the synagogue where I work who confirmed how famous and important the hymn it’s based on is.
About the Berko (sp?)– when I was a little girl in Bavaria (3 year stint there as U.S. Army brat) our nanny’s sister boiled all her laundry in a huge contraption that sounds like the Berko gizmo. It was 1954-5 and synthetics hadn’t hit Bavaria. The house was wonderfully steamy we we visited on laundry days.
Mind if I put your podcast on my blog?

64 Beth March 1, 2006 at 2:13 am

I absolutely love your show. I have been listening since the beginning. I am a newbie knitter but each week I listen to today’s sweater and dream of knitting my own sweater someday.

I really enjoyed this week’s essay! You are so imaginative and special, never let anyone tell you different. Listening to your podcast makes me want to run home and knit. Thanks again for all you do!!

65 Aliceon M. Stillman March 1, 2006 at 2:59 am

Brenda dearest, I love your podcast. But you have to Have To not take the critical comments to heart. You will never Never please everyone. It makes me sad, concerned, sad that the bad reviews actually hurt you. Just remember that when you put yourself out there there will be naysayers. Don’t go there. Hang in there and be who you are. I would never have the nerve to do what you do. You’re the best. AMS

66 Tracy March 1, 2006 at 1:29 pm

LOVE you podcast, Brenda! I’ve been listening to you since Christmas, and so look forward to your shows. The music selection is an extra treat. And the sweater feature…Well, we devoted fans could gush all day! It’s just so wonderful to hear about your knititng–and in English. I’m an American ex-pat living in the snowy, cold, windy clime of Norway. Not only the home of snow, but knitting too. I’ve only been knitting for two years, and am still working on understanding knitting patterns in Norwegian. So hearing someone else who’s passionate about knitting & speaking English, it’s like going to a knit cafe from the comfort of home! Just wanted to say thank you for your hard work and sharing the knitting joy! So hoping you can continue to send your show. Happy Days! :o)

67 Annie March 2, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Thank you for another wonderful episode. Your essay is incredibly beautiful and well-written. Perhaps a publication of your essays is in your future? I would love to have that one in a print form. 🙂

68 Megan March 2, 2006 at 3:35 pm

Whew! I’ve finally caught up – and i LOVE your podcast. If only those people I pass on my way to work who smile conspiratorally at me as I’m chuckling away, probably assuming that I’m listening to Chris Moyles or Terry Wogan knew – I’m listening to a podcast about knitting. Thank you and never go away!

69 anne March 2, 2006 at 6:13 pm

hi brenda
as usual, my comments come your way long after your broadcast, but this one has nothing to do wiht the podcast. it is to thank you for taking the anthropologie sweaters off the website. although i would not have said anything if you kept them (you are entitled to your own instincts!), i am relieved that you are not supporting that company by advertising for them any longer (and for free!). they have plenty of money to do it for themselves.

also, the sweaters are not handknit, so they do not represent your own efforts very well. i would much rather see YOUR sweaters on your header; they sound wonderful when you talk about them.

thanks again for all your terrific work!
anne hanson

70 sarah March 3, 2006 at 12:14 am

Get a grip woman, don’t take the few negative comments to heart, I’m sure they are far far outweighed by the positive ones. I can’t get enough of the show, usually listen to it twice, you make me laugh, (Clapotis answer phone message was the best), and cry, (snowday) and have got me through nightime baby feeds. The show is so professional, such a soothing voice and a perfect mix of personal stuff, music, technical and whats going on in the knitting world. I’ve given cd’s of the show to all my knit and not knit buddies and now they’re all listening and spreading the word. I knit Mrs Beetons for the Olympics and even got them mentioned on the Daily Source Code – very proud of that achievement. You inspired me to start my own blog – – I kept thinking aim, aim, aim. How mad is it that I got excited about your Lakeland parcel! Take a break but come back please. My brothers favourite saying is “non bowlers off the green”, you need to use this on all the miserable gits that don’t appreciate what you are doing.
Thank you so much

71 carrie new jersey March 3, 2006 at 3:13 am

I love to hear about “your part of the world,” I love your honesty, I love how eclectic this pod cast is!!!
Keep up the awesome job you are doing, being real is sooooooooooooooooooo refreshing.

Cheers to you sister knitter/Mom,
Mom of 3
New Jersey

72 Nancy March 3, 2006 at 3:48 am

I should have sent a cookie long ago, as I’ve never missed a show since the beginning (and some I’ve listened to twice) I like all the fiber-y podcasts, but yours is absolutely my favorite. Your voice, your ideas, your choices in music and, of course, your sweaters, I love it all. Please keep it up. I would really miss the visits from you if they ended. Many thanks.
Nancy in Holland,MI USA

73 Lynn Jordaan March 3, 2006 at 4:00 am

I loved your podcast – it’s the 1st time I’ve listened. I was told once to remember that you cna’t please everyone all the time and only some people some of the time so it was best to do the best you could. Go have your cookie – you deserve it!!

74 Laura March 4, 2006 at 11:04 pm

The essay for this podcast was truly awesome. I hope someday I feel like my life is always on gauge. Thanks for the reminder to create in ways other than knitting, too.

75 Marlowe March 6, 2006 at 9:35 pm


Loved this episode, especially the essay. I listened to it while I knit during my lunch hour. Socks just fly by this way. I had a brainstorm about some unmatched socks for my daughter–so you were my muse for my next project. Thank you.


76 S t a c i March 8, 2006 at 7:48 pm

I’m not even done listening to this episode yet…but I gotta say it.

Thank you.

77 Kathy March 12, 2006 at 9:17 pm

Still catching up. Loved this episode. I don’t know why people feel they need to comment negatively. No one’s forced to be here. If you want to unsubscribe, go away….

I thought your essay “On Gauge” was wonderful. This is who you are. And everything you do and have done is part of you, whether or not anyone else approves.

Looking forward to listening to the next one! Thanks.

78 Lisa March 15, 2006 at 8:55 pm

Thank you for all that you do to make my day more fun. Today, I listened to your podcast while I knit, while the my sons were with the dentist, and while I drove home from their school. Not only do I thoroughly enjoy your show, but I have loved almost all of your suggestions for other shows.

79 may March 19, 2006 at 10:57 pm

Cookie for you! I love knitting to your show. This episode’s essay is my favorite. Thank you for sharing with us your talents – in knitting, in writing, and in voicing thoughts and opinions.

80 Moon Torbett April 20, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Loved the essay you ended the show with! Is it in written form anywhere? It was that good, and I wanna mull it over some, ya know?
I save up your episodes so that I can listen to three or four of ’em in an afternoon. I’ve done knitting, other crafts, and housework with you plugged into my ears.
Your podcast and Yarn Harlot’s blogs have complemented my crafting like the perfect glass of wine — I jokingly tell folks that if either of you ever stopped, I’d need therapy!
But no pressure.

love & laughter,
Moon Torbett, Knoxville Tennessee

81 Martha June 16, 2006 at 2:08 am

In this episode you mentioned podiobooks and another site you frequent what is it? I’m always on the treadmill when I’m listening to you and I forget it everytime you mention it. Thank you! Martha

82 ann-marie November 25, 2006 at 10:28 pm

just listened to this episode.
Love all of them.
I can’t believe that people would criticize a podcast! You are doing this for FREE, for US.
Anyways, there are times that I don’t feel like listenening to the music you play, because I find your voice so soothing–but that’s MY issue, not anything to do with the podcast.
Just wanted to send you some blog love and tell you to keep up the great work!
p.s. I’m also excited as my comment for the ChubCreek Dinks Dolls was read.
Tee hee

83 Kathryn June 23, 2008 at 2:25 am

Thanks so much, Brenda. I’ve been listening to your podcasts, in order, and it’s all the splendor and delight of discovering a series very far in its progress, the joy of knowing that I could not possibly run out of episodes to listen to at any point soon. You are the best knitting companion I have, outside of actual living folks I know, and this is no small compliment. I love your honesty and look forward to hearing lots more of it in the months to come. Yahoo, you!

84 Julia July 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Dear Brenda Dayne,
I just listened to your Podcast, “On Gauge,” and have a particular question about same-titled Essay. You mentioned that you choose Orriginality over Orthodoxy. And in today’s life, this is true. But I would like to say that in the 60’s and 70’s, knitting was Orthodoxy. Does this mean that Knitting is Orthodox today? Yes, and No. It is orthodox because it is how people, before our time, centuries and centuries before our age. Knitting, however, is not Orthodox, because there are new ways to knit, such as with circulars instead of dps. Acrylic and mixed fibers have been invented, to both our excitement and dismay. Knitters have created new items to knit, like shrugs and other things. I would also like to point out that Orthodoxy is Orriginality. People orriginally knit with their hands. It was orthodox to make one’s own clothes by knitting or sewing or both. Therefore, it was not made clear if you were talking about knitting in your podcast, or about your life and choices in them. But I assure you, Knitting is both orriginal and Orthodox. Keep podcasting. we love to hear your voice.

85 Amy Hewgill September 20, 2008 at 6:10 am

I LOVE what you do. THANK YOU so much for being brave enough to share yourself with us. If I don’t like what you say/do then I have the choice to leave… but I don’t need to bore you with that. I’m just trying to say that if I didn’t like your show I would just unsubscribe, or not subscribe at all. You are joining our international knitting community together. Good on you.

I love that you talk about your life, your podcast and the trials and tribulations of it, your knitting… I get a special thrill whenever I hear “Pick up your your pointy sticks, it’s time to Cast On” and the neighbor song. What you do inspires me. I listen to you when I am being creative… cooking, creating things (sewing, knitting, hot-glueing, etc). I love that you remind me to put on my sweater.

I started listening on episode 65 and instantly loved your show. I’m starting from the beginning now and slowly catching up. Your CRAFT is beautiful. That gorgeous voice was born to be on radio, a natural host. This is coming from a fellow American who migrated to New Zealand, a crafter, a knitter, a former college radio host and an audio engineer.

Much love to a friend I’ve never met.

86 Lisa March 3, 2009 at 3:44 am

You are keeping me company as I sort though things to keep, toss, donate … you know the routine. In the quiet w/o a television, your voice is soothing, thus removing the stress of the day and offering insights as a new dawn approaches.


87 Karen November 12, 2009 at 4:15 am

Brenda, I have been listening, in not particular order, to your podcasts and my day is less complete without hearing your views and mishaps and trials and joys and just general humanity. I realize this is an early podcast, and that since this one you have become less attached to comments of those on either end of the judgement continuum – a goal I am still working on achieving. Featherweight or heavyweight, comments are only just that. I listen because I am learning about you and your experiences, and through you I learn and grow myself -yes totally selfish! Thanks for sharing.

88 Beth clawson May 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I’ll gladly browse thru your store anytime!

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