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Episode 24: Second-hand Rows

by Brenda on May 12, 2006

Secondhand Rows

This week Clio, Muse of History, celebrates our knitting legacy. I know it’s not knitting, but I want one of these anyway. Shall we make some and waft, together? – Check out the new podcast offering from da Craft Mafia family – Cozy – We’re tired of low quality yarn, and we’re not going to take it anymore! – Action Man – Don’t miss the Mass S&W FestGot gowns? – Museum of Costume – A mind boggling array of vintage knitting patterns – Visit lovely Hay-on-Wye


1 Dawn May 12, 2006 at 6:15 pm

I’m I ever happy! You posted this just in time for me to download to listen to tomorrow. I’m going to a two dayFreeform Knit and Crochet workshop and I have to be on my own in a B&B tomorrow night. I was hoping to knit, chill and listen to your doulcet tones…..thanks!

2 sharon May 12, 2006 at 7:53 pm

just in time for my rainy weekend away. i get to listen to you on my ride north to new hampshire. love the podcast even if i have not listened yet.

3 sharon May 12, 2006 at 7:55 pm

i messed up the link for sheep and wool

4 Pam from CT May 12, 2006 at 10:48 pm

You missed the Maryland Sheep & Wool, last weekend, the godmother of all woolfests!! 8~)

5 Helen May 13, 2006 at 12:53 am

Brenda you are so right about the treasures inside old knitting books. In a 1950s, or possible 40s pattern book, I found a handwritten outline for a young people’s bible study – all out issues such as christian romance, christian attitudes to contraception (ie it’s not a good thing), and what young people should be thinking about family life, women working etc. It’s absolutely wonderful. Something I’ll treasure always!

6 Kri May 13, 2006 at 2:54 am

This has been my favorite of the muses episodes. I love history, the used books, Estonian knitting (until now I was very unfamiliar with). Great podcast, I enjoyed it very much 🙂

7 Marli Freiss May 13, 2006 at 4:12 pm

I just wanted to let you know how much I love your podcast…it’s my favorite, knitting or otherwise. You have a wonderful voice, awesome stories, and it is obvious that you put a lot of time and effort into producing your amazing podcasts. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you do!

8 Carol M May 13, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Big warm home-baked cookies!

9 Carol M May 13, 2006 at 6:00 pm

If you could scan that 1941Red Cross pamphlet without damaging it, I’d pay for a PDF download (hint, hint).

10 freecia May 14, 2006 at 12:39 am

Sometime funny happening in iTunes. I noticed that iTunes isn’t listing episodes 22 and 23 in my podcast list. I know I didn’t delete them from my podcast list. I tried to download episode 24 but iTunes is telling me that Episode 24 can’t be found on the libsyn server.

Just wanted to give you a head’s up. Hope things fix themselves soon.
5/15/06 5:39 PST.

11 Nancy May 14, 2006 at 3:09 am

Yet another wonderful episode! Loved hearing about the treasures inside your book – finding things like that in an old book is so wonderful.

If you’re going to get into the habit of mentioning fiber festivals, don’t forget the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR.

12 Nancy May 14, 2006 at 3:11 am
13 Kate May 14, 2006 at 6:21 am

I’ve been to the lovely village of Hay-on-Wye via Tintern Abbey. On a misty rainy day we wandered through the village streets where every shop, petrol station, grocery store, had a book case with books for sale. We loved it.
I also have a copy of Mary Thomas but mine didn’t have a lovely treasure trove in it as yours did. I still love her genteel style of writing;

“The true motion of Knitting is circular, and not to and fro. This is
an adaptation, to which all reverse actions are an expediency”
Mary Thomas

14 fitknit May 14, 2006 at 9:28 am

Thank you once again, Brenda. I’m really enjoying this series and the interviews are a lovely bonus.
Listening in Australia

15 Carine May 14, 2006 at 12:13 pm

When I first discovered your podcast, I should have held off and listened a bit at a time, but noooooo, of course not. I had to go off and listen to them all nearly back to back like a total junkie. Now I have to wait for Fridays 🙂 Thank you for all that you do. I like the song reference play on words for this post title btw, that was pretty cool.

16 Carol May 14, 2006 at 1:24 pm

I can’t seem to get Episode 24. Its not appearing on Itunes like the others did. Please help!

17 Alison May 14, 2006 at 5:09 pm

Hi! I have only recently dicovered the world of PodCasts and came across your’s today. It was fabulous. Sunday afternoon, crafting in my studio and listening to your show – heaven!I’n off now to start at Episode 1 and work my way up to the most recent show. Thank you!

18 Alison May 14, 2006 at 5:11 pm

So when are blogs going to include spell checks?! Sorry for the above spelling mistakes. Until next time…

19 Helen May 15, 2006 at 1:22 am

A great discovery this weekend Brenda – going back and listening to shows again is wonderful. I thought I retained so much but not much at all! Thanks for getting me through a weekend of packing to move!

20 jacey May 15, 2006 at 2:45 am

another winner. I love waking up early, before the boys, going into the studio, sitting down in front of a wheel and listening while I spin. Thanks for making these mornings so lovely.

21 E to the M May 15, 2006 at 2:24 pm

Just a quick note to say that I love your podcast. I discovered you months ago and downloaded the episodes but didn’t listen to them thinking that listening to a knitting podcast was pushing my nerdiness too far. I finally relented and have enjoyed catching up the past couple of weeks, mostly in the car after I take my daughter to school. Now I am all caught up and am faced, for the first time, with the prospect of having to wait for the next episode – it’s bittersweet.

Thank you for the great work you’re doing and happy mother’s day.

22 Mary Sommerfeld May 15, 2006 at 7:13 pm

Just wanted to express my gratitude for all the work you do with the podcast.
I also want to pass along two items that might make you smile. The first is a picture of one of the art cars that took over the streets of Houston Texas this weekend. It the Craft Cozy Car
The second are the two ladies who host the portal to the U.S. Library of Congress catalog
Have a sweet Spring week

23 Rebekkah May 15, 2006 at 7:26 pm

Some doll inspiration for you, from a blog post I just saw:

Don’t be jealous of New Hampshire S&W. It’s been pouring rain here in New Hampshire for days and days, so I’m sure it wasn’t that pleasant. I’m waiting for next year, when I hope the ratio of wool to moisture will be a bit higher.

24 Rebecca May 16, 2006 at 2:32 am

Well if you ever do a Jane Austen gown-along, here is where to get a pattern. I actually started it some time ago, maybe now I will be inspired after listening to yet another great episode.

25 Cat May 16, 2006 at 5:31 pm

*whew* I’m finally all caught up on all the back episodes of =BOTH= Cast-on and Chub Creek. I can join the generation of listeners who await eagerly each new episode in real-time.

Well, I’m not a fan of the vintage clothing time frame you enjoy, but my costuming tendencies go back a few hundred years further, to the 1300’s English costuming, especially late 1375-1399 clothing. And I say you *should* make yourself some gowns! Join the costuming crafters!

26 amysue May 16, 2006 at 5:44 pm

I loved the podcast (as always) and was shocked to hear not only my friend Cece’s voice (mentioning her training for her Breast Cancer walk) but my voice afterwards! Too funny!

I have several great patterns for Regency and Edwardian dresses and accessories should you need more!

27 Donella Evoniuk May 17, 2006 at 4:19 am

I’ve been listening for a little while and am all caught up with your back “issues.” You asked for contributions to “This Week’s Sweater.”
I have no sweater yet…I am about to start my first.
Right now.
I am terrified.

Hugs from Ashland, Oregon : )

28 Alison May 17, 2006 at 12:50 pm Why don’t you do this? It fits the bill!

29 Blondi May 17, 2006 at 2:05 pm

Ooooh, you are going to be so jealous, Brenda! Nancy Bush is coming to A Knitted Peace in Denver in June and *I get to take her sock-knitting class.* I must resist the urge to sing “nanny, nanny, boo, boo!”

30 Kirsten May 17, 2006 at 4:04 pm

Hi Brenda!
I’ve been a listener since your first podcast. I’ve been meaning to comment for a long time.
Firstly, thank you for all of the time and effort you put in to make a truly professional, entertaining podcast!
I listen while I knit and while I dye yarn. I also listen while cleaning. (Which doesn’t happen often, since knitting and dyeing take priority.)

I have two kids who are muscians, and love to hear you talk about your son and his musical endevors. I got a little misty when you said he had move out, a big moment for a mother when the last of her brood moves on!
Thanks again for the great podcasts!

31 Mary May 17, 2006 at 6:11 pm

I’ve been saving this weeks podcast for a bit of quiet working time and it was so worth it. The bit about second hand bras made me laugh out loud. I’m a basketmaker and I love to listen while picking up the ‘pointy sticks’ Knitting I reserve purely for pleasure. Thanks Brenda, for keeping me company.

32 Susan May 18, 2006 at 12:53 pm

I was doing dishes while I was listening this show, which is NOT my favorite task, nor does it nurture my creativity IN ANY WAY!

As I was working, though, I could see everything you found in that book as you described it. It took me away from my suds and cat hair (he likes to sit next to the sink while I wash) while I was picturing the young queen and the yellow asparagus fern. Suddenly, the dishes were done! Thanks for taking me away.

As always, I love the show. Thanks for all your hard work.

33 Tianne May 19, 2006 at 11:06 am

It is so good to hear the interview with Nancy Bush.I am of Estonian Heritage and love the fact that Nancy is bringing to me what my Great Grandmother could have given to me had she still been alive.

I am way over in Australia and to hear Cece and Amysue’s voices is a big treat to us over here.

34 Nancy May 22, 2006 at 3:56 am

There are people who do regency reenactments, That’d give you an excuse to sew a gown! I found this list of events online,

35 Liz T. June 30, 2006 at 10:24 pm

Hi Brenda, You really should go to Lyme Park aka Pemberley and waft. It’s a beautiful house in a gorgeous setting and there’s a great John Lewis quite nearby (south of Manchester) – just follow the planes on their flight-path into Manchester airport.

Love, love, love the show!

36 Martha October 9, 2007 at 3:41 am

I’m listening to this a tad late, just heading into fall after a summer in the US where Jane Austen looking tops (a.k.a. “baby doll tops”) were in style. Almost identical to the gowns, but cut off just below the hip, they allowed for an ample amount of cleavage up top and enough fabric to cover up any extra girth below the waist. As I’m 43 with cleavage and a bit of girth (funny how having children can result in that), I thought they were quite forgiving, actually much better than the horrendous crop tops that only look good on waifs but were worn by every female under the age of 30 for the two summers before (with not so flattering results). But, because women must torture themselves with fashion, I’ll bet next summer the baby dolls will whisked out of style in favor of something for the younger and thinner.

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