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We now return to our regularly scheduled programming

by Brenda on March 4, 2014


I am delighted to announce that Welsh for Rainbow, the 6-month e-book project that was two years in the making, is done. The printed version will be along in a few months. Hopefully, the first of many. I couldn’t be more proud.

Clicking the cover image above will whisk you to the Ravelry page where you can see pretty pictures of all the patterns in the book. Of course, while you’re there, I very much hope you’ll buy it. That’s why books get written by people like me, after all. So that people like you will buy the them, and read them and love them. If you do want to, you know, buy the e-book, you should do that on Ravelry for the time being. The Cast On shop hasn’t been updated just yet. It’s on my list but, seeing as you can buy the e-book on Ravelry, updating the shop is not very high on the To-Do list.

What does take precedence this week is a March podcast. Yes. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming. So that’s exciting, yes?

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve done one of these, but I think I remember how. I’m keeping this one simple. Just me, a mic and my knitting. Lots and lots of knitting. The needles have been super busy with my own work (see above) as well as the work of others, so there’s lots to talk about. The new episode of Cast On will go live on Friday. See you then!

1 Penny Kyle March 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Birthing a new creation that others can creat from must be a very proud time for you.
I am very happy to hear that there will be a new podcast. I can think of nothing nicer on a cold snowy day (and we are still having them in SW Nova Scotia), than sitting here knitting and listening to you….bliss. It will help my Color Affection grow.

in kindness….Penny.

2 Debbie Q March 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

The book! The book! It is now in my hot little digital hands. And a new podcast too!! I am not sure that I can contain the excitement. If only I didn’t have to actually clean and do work today. But know this, I am leaving on a jet plane for Peru in 2 weeks and the project that I will be casting on as that big plane hurtles down the runway will be the Tintern Abbey socks. Yes.

3 Marg in Mirror, AB March 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I look forward to Friday and will hang on every word. Okay…a bit over the top, but what I mean to say is, “I’m so glad you’ve Come Out the Other Side, are feeling better and back at doing all you love best. 🙂

4 Judiuni March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

That’s so great! I was beginning to lose hope of your return. I’m so glad you’ll be podcasting again.

5 Leah Houtman March 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hooray! A book! And a podcast! What an amazing exciting week!

6 claire graham-smith March 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Yeah! So happy to be hearing from you again. I’m in the thick of In a Minute Now Shawl and loving it. It seems I’ve discovered that adicitive effect lace knitting has to get on the the blocking ASAP!

7 Felix March 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Welcome back, your podcast has been hugely missed!

Welsh for Rainbow is a TRIUMPH; I have reviewed it in latest KNITSONIK, adding context with some of the sounds recorded for “A Knitter’s Manifesto”! I love how your book puts your beautiful knitting patterns into context, connecting them with the places that inspire you in Wales. As soon as I saw the train journey tea-cup photo, I had to dig out my recording of Whitland to Swansea.

I want to knit ALL THE THINGS and can’t wait to have Brenda Dayne back on my airwaves again.


8 Catherine Hopkins March 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hooray!! Congratulations on publication, and so glad we will be hearing your lovely voice again.

9 Cat Bordhi March 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Welcome home dear Brenda…I know I speak for many thousands when I say we have missed you! XOXOX

10 Barb Smith March 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I’m thrilled for you and for us. Ordered the e book now excited for the podcast. Glad you feel up to this again.

11 Tracylynn March 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

The book is beautiful, Brenda. This inspires me to learn knitting!


12 celeritas2 March 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for everything you do. New podcast, its like the best present ever 🙂

13 Ally Belser March 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

So excited to have the opportunity to hear you podcasting again. Headed over to check out the book now. Have a great day!

14 Lisa C. March 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Welcome back. You have been missed. (((hugs)))

15 Cam March 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

OMGOMGOMG!!! I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU’RE COMING BACK!!! I’ve missed you and your podcast and your jokes and what we call in french “péripéties” (adventures and misadventures”. I’ve been listening to the make-do-and-mend series lately. I’m so happy your coming back!!! And congrats on Welsh for Rainbow!!!

16 Gale March 5, 2014 at 2:46 am

So happy to have you back. Love your pattern two. Best Wishes.

17 Kellie March 5, 2014 at 5:25 am

The book is a dream. Beautiful patterns, photography and storytelling-all my favorites in one beautiful destination.

18 Ferran March 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

Hi Brenda! Those are good news indeed. I’m a new listener (I’m late to the party, but I’m really enjoying it), I have only listened to podcast 24 and was already wondering when will we have another chapter of your amazing show. And here it is… now let’s see how I manage to listen the other hundred before friday… 😉

19 Bekah March 5, 2014 at 9:54 am

Welcome back Brenda!
I shall most definitely be listening on Friday! You have been missed – but I am very glad you’ve had the time you need.

20 Suzanne Elliott March 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I had a text from a friend to say you are back…
Knit Sib we’ve missed you 🙂

21 Jeanie March 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Such happy news! Finished book and podcasting resumed. I am so glad you are coming back. Hope the hiatus was restorative.

22 AnnP March 6, 2014 at 1:47 am

I’m really looking forward to hearing your voice again on Friday. So happy you’re back. No other podcast compares to yours.

23 moey March 6, 2014 at 2:00 am


24 Jessica March 6, 2014 at 4:06 am

Brenda, so glad to have you back with us! I’ve never commented on your blog before, but have been a follower of the podcast for a few years now (I’ve listened to every episode, at least twice!) You’ve been in my thoughts many times over the past year – I hope some of my heart-full feelings have made it to you all the way across 1 continent and 1 ocean ( I live in Vancouver, Canada). Anyway, just wanted to say ‘Welcome back from one of your biggest, if oft silent fans!’ I’m glad you took the time to take care of yourself, and I’m looking forward to hearing your voice in my kitchen again!
Much love,

25 Nina March 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Awesome! I check my podcast feed every day hoping that I will see a new one pop up from you! And the book is gorgeous. How exciting!

26 Paola March 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Lovely to have you back, and looking forward to the new podcasts!

27 Nuria March 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I’m delighted to hear you’re back with more podcasting and to have my ebook complete now, it’s beautiful. Thanks!

28 Mary March 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

So happy you are back!

29 Leese March 10, 2014 at 2:22 am

I so missed your voice.

Hey…I don’t knit. I haven’t sewn in decades. I don’t have anything in my life that has any remote connection to fiber arts, nor am I from Oregon or the United Kingdom. But…I am a fan of a good story, a wonderful voice and a well-engineered podcast. I stumbled onto your show about two years ago and fell head first into the adventures (and misadventures) of your intrepid life in Wales, your joyful life with Tonia, and your jubilant love of craft. Such passionate engagement with life is infectious…I always came away from listening to each episode of Cast On encouraged to do SOMETHING MORE. Because you appear to be the embodiment of living life as if it should be always be Something More.

Sharing one’s life in a podcast is an enormous, courageous and highly personal undertaking and for as long as this next run lasts, I’m so, so thankful (I ran through at least two years of archives anxiously waiting your return.).

Your mark in this life is self-evident…your father, rest his soul , must have been enormously proud.

Cheers and congratulations on your new book.


30 Margo Boylan March 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I have kept your “Cast-On” logo on my laptop and you remain listed my “favorites” in hopes that someday there would be a new post. It was great fun today to log-on and be surprised. Welcome back! On this day as I knit on a sweater and weave on my loom I will listen to #127…conducive activities on a cold and snowy day here in Northern New York

31 Lyn March 12, 2014 at 4:45 am

So glad to see you’re back, Brenda! On my way to buy your book right now.

32 Carrie Ellis March 13, 2014 at 1:43 am

Thank you for picking up the mic again. I will confess that in your absence I flirted with a few other podcasts, but it never went past that. The quality and content you bring to cast on are top notch. Congrats on the book! Now if you excuse me, I’ve got to pick up my pointy sticks.

33 Colleen March 25, 2014 at 3:49 am

Brenda, I’m so excited that you’ve decided to come back! I’ve really missed your voice–and no, Twitter just isn’t the same thing.

I know you needed to take time, and I wasn’t sure how long you’d need, or if you’d ever come back, but I’m glad you’re back and feeling better.

34 Linda Tytko April 8, 2014 at 12:10 am

Dear Brenda,
What a JOY to hear you again I just love your story about Grassy Lane you a such a wonderful storyteller very rich , I can imagine that I am there with you. Thank you !
a fellow knitter

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