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Episode 22: Knit Like Nobody’s Watching

by Brenda on April 28, 2006

The Chub Creek dolls leave home – Flock Ewe – Yes, you CAN Knit In Public – CraftLit , reduex – Knit2Btied – Knitty D and the City – CritKnitting – Expect the unexpected when Leigh Radford knits. Please buy her latest book. – Trade Secret Skeins – Amy Weber makes good art. Thank you, Amy. – Five Slides Part One at Quirky Nomads – The coolest knitting gadget to hit the market this year.


*This one’s for you, babe.

1 Jay from Uncle Seth April 28, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Hey, thanks so much for including Uncle Seth in your podcast! We’ve actually just started our own ‘cast, check it out at

– J.

2 Jason April 28, 2006 at 2:29 pm

Some of the links are bad. They’re coming up as relative links (i.e. “”) .

Still listening to this week’s show, but love it so far!

3 Jason April 28, 2006 at 3:05 pm

Do you have a link for CritKnitters? You mention them in the show notes on iTunes, but not on the website. I can’t seem to find them anywhere!


4 Wendy April 28, 2006 at 3:12 pm

I’ve really been enjoying the podcast, especially the music and the essays. And I have to say, every time you say your closing (“Remember, if you’re cold…”) I choke up a little. What’s the deal with that? Thanks for the show!

5 Lauren April 28, 2006 at 3:55 pm

It drives me crazy when people in a movie theater pull out their cell phone (to send a text msg, check the time, whatever). The LED knitting needles sound equally annoying. Darkness is what basic stockinette is for!

6 Brenda Dayne April 28, 2006 at 4:07 pm

Sorry, Jason. All I know about CritKnit is what you heard in their promo. I have no web address for them. Hopefully one of the Crits will check in, and then we’ll all know.

(Fixed links, thanks for letting me know.)

7 Theresa April 28, 2006 at 7:12 pm

I’ve scoured LiveJournal for CritKnitting and don’t see it. I do hope they show up here!

8 Christa April 29, 2006 at 2:57 am

I have a few friends who will allow me to knit in movie theatres with them… basic stockingette on circulars, though, no light-ups.. but I think these are cool, if you could handle the also-glowing-glares from other viewers 🙂

Thanks for the show… I truly enjoyed the dance music and related pieces 🙂


9 April April 29, 2006 at 3:54 pm

Thanks so much for plugging my humble podcast =)*) I really wasn’t expecting that!

I think the reason we Texas Knitters are so podcasty is because we are a bit isolated from each other. The number of knitters per capita are lower around here than other parts of the country. I still have yet to meet a seasoned knitter in person.

10 kim April 29, 2006 at 6:54 pm

What happened to the Sweater of the Day? I can’t believe there was no sweater this week. What shall I do without hearing the song intro, “when you walked in the door, you changed your shoes . .” the vivid descriptions of the yarn you use, the wonderful story of how it all came together. Waaaaaaaaaaa! Still love you, but please don’t do that again.

11 marylee April 29, 2006 at 7:34 pm

I agree with Kim….
I love the show with or without Today’s Sweater, but I love it with a cherry on top when I hear the song!

12 Jeanie April 29, 2006 at 11:50 pm

I think April hit the nail on the head about us-here Texas podcasters (y’all)! And I have to admit that I too have yet to meet a seasoned knitter in my neck-of-the-woods either! So sad.

Anyway, I’m aware of at least 4 fiber-related Texas-based podcasts. First, there was Rhonda Bell’s Knitting News Cast ( Then there was Christine’s Pointy Sticks podcast ( Next on the list was my podcast, CrochetCast ( And now April’s got Knit 2 B Tied podcast (! There may be more than that, but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Seems new podcasts are popping up all over the place which is so exciting!!!

13 stella April 30, 2006 at 3:59 am

Brenda, I have been one of the listeners with you from espisode 3 or so, and I just realised how rude I have been. I have never left a comment to say how great your show is. It is a knitting magazine, and it makes me think. I do scroll back thru the podcast to revisit or reinforce or ‘re-read’ some articles. Well done on securing the grant. I just needed to say thank-you, and aplogise for taking so long to do so. sorry. Ps New Zealand seems a lot like Wales,

14 Kate April 30, 2006 at 7:22 am

For those people who are looking for them, Crit Knitters can be found over at

Hope that helps, and hope to see some of you over there! 🙂

~Kate (of AussieKnit, but I’m also a member of the crit_knitters community)

15 Beth April 30, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Love your show! I recently spent a weekend listening back to all your previous podcasts and every single one is great. You just never seem to have an off week! Now that I’m caught up, I always listen to your new show on saturday morning and it’s just an inspiring way to start off my weekend. I would really miss it if you stopped. Thanks for all the time and thought you put into this podcast – it really does make a difference.
ps Loved the music this week.

16 Nancy April 30, 2006 at 4:00 pm

I wouldn’t use the light-up knitting needles in a theater, but I might use them around an evening campfire.

17 MartiG May 1, 2006 at 7:45 am

I’ve been listening since the very early episodes – maybe 4 or 5? I love Cast-On, and look forward to it each Friday. But last week and this… they got me. I finally have to write.

Melpomene was with me last week. I was in tears through much of the Secret Water podast, for many reasons. Your words touched my soul.

But this week, I danced! I know that Melpomene will come again, but Terpsichore came to my side and the sadness passed. I laughed, and felt joy coming back into the clicking of the pointy sticks for the first time in a while.

There’s always been something to which I relate in each Cast On episode, it seems. But these past two weeks were something special, and something I needed. Thank you.

Love the current series, although I do miss Today’s Sweater. But it’s only for a few weeks, right?

And I’m so glad you got the grant! Well deserved, indeed!

18 Cristi May 1, 2006 at 2:23 pm

Those lite up needles are nothing new. Edith Eig was far from the first to come up with them. You can see the originals through this link:

19 Maryanne May 1, 2006 at 4:48 pm

Love the muses. You are making them come to life for me. Great show this week. I am also excited about the needles with LED lights. I saw them at a wholesalers show this past weekend – smooth and easy, nice points and will be great for knitting with black yarn, not to mention theaters. And the music you chose this week was so inspired. Thanks for sharing your talents with me.

20 Stephanie in Chicago May 1, 2006 at 5:12 pm

Hi Brenda,

I just started listening to this pod-cast and can’t get enought of it! I really enjoy the variety of music and even went on to investigate how to get copies for myself. I love learning about the muses and having it applied to knitting.

I can’t wait to try out the light up knitting needles. These could come in handy on the 4th as we wait on our picnic blanket for the fireworks to start. You gotta stake out a spot early in Chicago so we make a day of it. Or maybe even in the car during those road trips across America!

21 Robin May 2, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Brenda…I LOVE YOUR PODCAST! I know there are others out there, I have tried them out and nothing compares to yours! You’re the best!

22 Carol M May 2, 2006 at 4:42 pm

They are, in concept, cool, but if I pay eight or nine dollars US to see a movie outside my home, I will throw a blackout blanket over anyone distracting me with tiny moving lights in a dark theater. Could have used them last night at my Stitch ‘n’ Bitch, ‘tho. Several burned-out overheads at my local Borders Café.

Cookies to you, as always,

23 Syne Mitchell May 3, 2006 at 5:58 pm

Evil woman! Taunting me with new knitting gear. They are frickin’ cool, appealing to my fiber, geek, and nocturnal sensibilities. Now, if only they made circulars. (I’m a circular-only kinda gal.)

BTW, just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy Cast-On. I’ve been through a rough patch lately and Cast-On has cheered me up many a day.

Here’s hoping the grant is only the first of many. May Cast-On flourish!


24 Stephanie May 3, 2006 at 8:06 pm

Again, thanks. I always seem to be a little behind on my listening, but it’s not for a lack of desire. Just a lack of uninterrupted time–I always want a little while to sit, relax, knit and listen, and eventually I do find it.

I’m so entertained by the minis tour! What a great idea.


25 zee May 4, 2006 at 2:21 pm

So much fun, Brenda! Thank you so much. I’m close to catching up with all my listening, too. I simply love knitting along while listening. 🙂

26 filambulle May 5, 2006 at 8:55 am

Lightning needles?? So cool!
I love your podcast. The muse series is brilliant!

27 Laura Pegoraro May 5, 2006 at 6:41 pm

I agree with the people that are opposed to the LED needles in movie theaters. It’s just like flipping open your cell phone to see what time it is – very distracting. They are cool, but they don’t belong in a theater.
Vent done.

28 kathleen May 6, 2006 at 3:46 am

Brenda do you know what is happening with Marie Irshad? She hasn’t posted for quite a while and I miss her voice and show.

29 Carrie Anne May 6, 2006 at 1:16 pm

I always really enjoy your podcasts, Brenda, they are always informative and a great listen.
Just wanted to drop you a note about home-grown tomatoes, as you mentioned them in your podcast! I live up in north east England – don’t have a greenhouse either – and last year I thought I would try growing tomatoes for the first time – and in containers too, as I only have a concrete back yard. They worked a treat! I used a bush tomato variety called “Amateur”, and they grew so well, I have started some more off for this year. Enjoy 😀

30 JoAnn Hussion May 7, 2006 at 7:56 pm

Dear Brenda,
I have been listening to you faithfully and am finally writing to tell you how much I enjoy your podcast for many reasons. I don’t have any knitting friends so starve for knitting talk. But more than that you provide intellect and humor. You also have a lyric “radio” voice. I just can’t say enough about your muse series, the music choices and the small anecdotes about the dogs, the kids and life in Wales. You know how to tell a story & I can relate to some of the experiences (like falling on the rocks at the film session)you have. I look forward to listening every week…your podcast is by far the very best out there, so please keep it going. Thanks for your effort.
JoAnn in Western New York (the other New York)

31 Bells May 9, 2006 at 4:29 am

I love this podcast so much. The story about the brother in law with the too-small sweater was so moving. I played while we were packing up our house to move and my husband was all choked up by the end of it and declared, ‘god this show is great.’

Thank you Brenda.

Two Aussie fans…

Helen (And Sean)

32 kurt May 9, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Thank-you, thank-you and thank-you
Rule #3-1/2, Shady-Pines
Actually brought tears to my eyes
And, you are such a naughty enabler 🙂

33 Cat May 16, 2006 at 1:56 am

The Worldwide-Knit-In-Public Day promo was fantastic!! 🙂 I absolutely adored the spanish guitar and clapping piece, wow.

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