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Episode 127: Is this thing on?

by Brenda on March 7, 2014



In this episode: I celebrate the final patterns in Welsh for Rainbow, Barley Straw (top left) and Pentre Ifan (below left), plus the publication of the e-version of the book. I am delighted to find that I haven’t forgotten how to talk about my knitting, and am also relieved by such, in equal measure.

I also chat with JC Briar about her wonderful project,, a beautiful and intuitive method for mapping knit stitches. Find JC online at her website, the Stich-Maps Facebook Page, and the Stitch-Maps Ravelry Group.

I talked about knitting the Marin shawl, Tintern Abbey socks, and my second pair of Uzus. (The first were felted and went to the big lint trap in the sky.)

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Music by Session Americana, Down to You; So Far From Your door, from the cd Love and Dirt.

1 Geknitics March 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Brenda, it’s so nice to hear your lovely voice again. Welcome back. 🙂

2 Alison March 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I echo Geknitics’ sentiments. As silly as it sounds, I got a bit teary-eyed during the podcast. It’s so good to have you back.

3 Doreen MacL March 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

Lovely to hear your podcast again. I have tried others in your absence but you are the best, for both content and presentation. Thank you!

4 Felix March 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hurrah! I enjoyed listening to this so much. As ever, huge respect for the craft that goes into the podcast, and a lot of love for the sounds of you searching through your pens and pencils for your podcast voice. The interview with J C Briar was so inspiring and I cannot wait to hear your Welsh For Rainbow audio and see the amazing kilt sock pattern collection. I AM A HUGE FAN OF YOUR WORK! xF

5 eileen March 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Yeah, great to hear you again Brenda, looking forward to more stories.

6 Robin McCoy March 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I have to tell you. Thank you for the new podcast. I plow snow in the winter for the Indiana dept of transportation and it has felt like this winter was never going to end. We have been plowing snow since New Year’s Eve and this was a nice surprise to find . I just spent my first Saturday off in more that 2 months doing my favorite thing. Listening to you and knitting a baby blanket.

What a great way to end the never ending winter in Indiana


7 Penny Kyle March 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

It is above freezing, and the sun is melting the Nova Scotia snow, rather than rain or fog. For the last couple of days I have anticipated sitting here, knitting on a shawl and listening to your new podcast. I was so not disappointed. What a perfect way to spend some time on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Glad to hear from you again. Thanks so much.


8 Linda March 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Dear Brenda,
You have no idea how much I’ve missed you. Thanks for coming back. Liinda

9 Jessie March 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm

So happy you are back with Cast On. It’s the only knitting blog I listen to. I mean, Audible, Netflix, tea, sofa, and purring cats – how can I not relate?

10 Clarayarna March 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Oh Brenda, how I have missed you! It’s wonderful to hear you podcasting again and I’m already looking forward to the next episode.

11 celeritas2 March 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Thank God you are back. I really needed your podcast today. I sit knitting my Vinnland socks with my baby playing with the vacuum cleaner under my chair, hearing your dulcet tones. And just breathing.

Thank you so much for your gift to us in every podcast.

12 Lydia March 10, 2014 at 5:16 am

Hi Brenda – Absolutely delighted to hear your podcast voice again. A welcome treat indeed. Best wishes to you and Tonia

13 Debra G. March 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I am absolutely delighted to hear your voice on the podcast again… So glad you’re back!

14 Bekah March 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Welcome back! So glad you are back at the mic… After a busy day it was lovely to sit with my pointy sticks and listen to my favourite podcast 🙂

15 AriesKnitWit March 11, 2014 at 12:25 am

It is wonderful to hear your voice again. My condolences to you and Tonya on the loss of your dads.

16 Cindy March 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Yay! So glad you’re back. Great podcast, so nice to hear your lovely voice. Sending belated condolences to you and Tania — you and your families are in my thoughts. Thank you for the podcast and for all you do!

17 Joanna March 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I’ve been morosely checking my Cast On bookmark every week or so for months only to be sorely disappointed. But today? YAHOO!! There you were Brenda!! So glad to hear your voice in the present (because I do listen to your past podcasts as many of them are timeless) It’s a good day to be a knitter…. ;-}

18 Chris E March 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Yay! I could hardly believe it when the episode popped up in Downcast. No other podcast causes so much tears and laughter, often simultaneously. Thanks for the spot-on observation of cat behavior, among other highlights. And I’m really excited about stitch maps! Welcome back!

19 Laritza March 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Brenda, it was a wonderful surprise to hear you back! I am delighted. I am using “stitcher’ as an aggregator but it is not updating the episodes. You might have to go in and update the rss feed. Also beware that itunes made changes and people are not getting the updates either even if they are subscribed. There are instructions on the Ravelry podcast groups on what needs to be done to make it work. Dragonfly Soars podcast said she had posted instructions too but I don’t know where.
Again, very glad to see you back.
Knit On!

20 Lee March 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

You’re back! So happy! No one else comes close.

21 ansleybleu March 13, 2014 at 3:02 am

Yea! So glad to have you back.

22 hilary0 March 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

The snowy gray day is brightened by your (podcast) voice and open-hearted words. Thank you so much for the podcast. I look forward to hearing from you again.

23 Amethyst March 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

The music you played made me think of Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers. You should look them up, Brenda, I think you’d like them. There’s a lot on Youtube.

It’s great to have you back!

24 Marie March 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

Oh am I ever so glad you are back.

I found your podcast way back when I was living in Korea. Your voice kept me company on many a homesick night.

Then life happened. I stopped listening to any podcasts (yours, Dave’s, Sage’s) in around episode 70. I missed my podcast companions but never went back. Then I lost my mom and brother in the same year and lost the desire to do…anything.

I’m married and living in Indonesia now. I have no knitting friends (I ran the Stitch n Bitch in Seoul for the 5 years I was there). I’ve started knitting and spinning again and just finding myself and the things I love again.

Your podcast is one of those things. I’m listening to episode 99 right now as I fight with the lace gauge swatch I’m doing for a Bonny I’d like to cast on this week. It’s going to be a while before I catch up to this episode (I have a thing for listening to things in order) but I am just so pleased you’ll be there to keep me company when I get there.

25 Lisa Lee March 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Hi Brenda, I was so glad to hear your voice today!
Welcome Back!

26 Heather March 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

So good to hear your voice again, and glad you got your knitting mojo back. Even if you only podcast once a year, I will still listen :-).

27 Hilary March 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Wonderful to hear your voice again Brenda! Thank you so much for doing your podcasts – I agree with Heather – if you do one a year that’s fine – we will listen and be glad!

28 Mondmotte March 23, 2014 at 10:48 am

Oh Brenda, how I missed you! 🙂 I am so glad to hear you are feeling better, and that you have been keeping so very busy in the past few months. So good to have you back in podcasting land! 🙂

29 Shannon March 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I missed you so much!! Is it weird that I felt like a friend had unexpectedly come back into my life? Because that’s just how I feel. What the heck…I don’t care if it’s weird! I’m just happy to hear you again!

30 Marie Moss May 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Yes! You’re back! I’m running to resubscribe.

31 Devon August 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

So glad you’re back! Loved the episode, as usual. Very intriguing, this idea of charts without borders!

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