10 Jun 2006

Episode 28: The Snatchel

Today we knit useless things, and then say good-bye for just a little while. This final episode of Series 2 is brought to you by Thalia, the Muse of Comedy. This week’s guest writer is Zabet Stewart of the Anticraft – Special thanks to Dave from Chub CreekKnit cupcakes! – Help Claudia Ride for MS – Creative? A Mom? Or maybe both? – Why I will always love men in sweatersTusa Clark’s Eureka Sweater – A better (cheaper) blocking wire – Knit a river for Water Aid.


Backing Tracks:

  • Comments – a.b.e. (anthems of a bygone era) – String Groove


  1. claudia wrote:

    Thanks Brenda!

    Have a great and creative break, and I’ll look forward to your show’s return.

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  2. may wrote:

    Thank you Brenda for an amazing series. I enjoyed every episode and listened to each many times. Have a wonderful break!

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  3. Heather Layne wrote:

    I haven’t listened to the podcast quite yet, but I thought I’d share this little thing after seeing the picture here:


    I just finished that last night!

    Thanks for all your hard work, Brenda. I’ll miss you over the break and I can’t wait for the next series!

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  4. susoolu wrote:

    I’m so happy you finished the series with Thalia! A wonderful series, fascinating, touching, funny, clever, thought-provoking, and gloriously celebratory. And thanks to all your contributors too. Have a good break, and see you at Woolfest.

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  5. Litle Thom wrote:

    I can’t wait to hear your show! Thanks, Knitters.

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  6. sarah wrote:

    Hi Brenda,
    Another great series on the bag, well done. My Dulaan sweater is done, World Cup knitting on the needles and I can’t wait for Woolfest. Hope you have an inspirational break. Love to all

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  7. Just eight words to say: LOVE the show!!

    Posted on 6.10.06 ·
  8. Nicole wrote:

    Brenda! I’ve been a dedicated listener for only a short 2 months now, but I *love* your show. And also, “Knitta Please” has just become my official knitting anthem. THANK YOU for bringing it into my life!

    Posted on 6.11.06 ·
  9. glittrgirl wrote:

    Have a lovely break Brenda. I will miss your weekly broadcasts. Listening to them on Sunday mornings is a little treat for me as I eat breakfast and knit. Perhaps I will bump into you at Woolfest.

    Posted on 6.11.06 ·
  10. Mags wrote:

    Hey Brenda 🙂 Enjoy your free month. I’m already looking forward to the new series. 🙂

    I’ll try and spot you at Woolfest, that is, if I can convince my boss to give me time off…

    Posted on 6.11.06 ·
  11. teresa wrote:

    Hi Brenda, I’ve just listened to the show. I’ll miss it during the break, but everyone deserves one! So enjoy it and be back soon!

    Posted on 6.11.06 ·
  12. Rosey wrote:

    I just want to say thanks. That’s all, just thanks!

    Posted on 6.11.06 ·
  13. kathleen wrote:

    Brenda – I just thought you should know what is going on in my house at this very moment. My husband and 2 daughters are packing up 4 – four! – 3x4x4 feet boxes crammed with warm clothes for the Dulaan project. To get a perspective on this – that is 19 very full expandable trash bags full.

    When I told my husband I was knitting some hats for the project he said he wished he could knit and help out too. I told him about the fleece blankets he could make, and sort of left it at that. The next day, he was hanging up flyers for the project and went to our daughters’ schools and the local zoo to collect their aged lost and found. We are excited to be shipping all of this (and my 3 hats and 1 lovey blanket) to Dulaan. Thanks Brenda for posting about this amazing project, we wouldn’t have known about it without you.

    Have a great great great break and I’ll be waiting to hear the first episode of version 3 soon!

    Best, Kathleen

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  14. Jennie wrote:

    I’ll miss you during the break, Brenda, but I hope you find it very restorative. In the meantime, how about Ed and Ethel guest host? Please?

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  15. pamela wrote:

    What a fun show! Thank you!
    Tell me, where can we see a photo of the Snatchel? 😉

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  16. katie wrote:

    i just wanted to pop by and say a huge thank you for postcasting. I get so much pleasure from listening to your work, especially when i take them with me walking.

    you have brought so much new music, and ideas and information into my life, and i find myself so inspired and invigorated when i listen to your shows.

    I hope you enjoy you’re break, and can’t wait to hear the next series.

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  17. Wendy wrote:

    Congratulations on your 2nd season! You did an amazing job and have entertained my entire household. Talk to you soon. 🙂

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  18. Susan wrote:

    The muse series was fantastic. I’m glad you ended with Thalia- she’s my favorite! Thank you so so SO much for playing the Bellydancer song. I don’t know how to say how it touched me.

    Have a wonderful break. I’ll miss your show- but I’m really excited for the book! See you in series 3!

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  19. filambulle wrote:

    Thank you Brenda for this soooo cool serie. As your podcast is way more interesting and well made as any of the magazines I could have bought last week-end, I give you the money I would have paid for it.
    I am looking forward for the next season, but I won’t complain: I will have some time to re-listen to the complete muses series.
    I wish you all good for your break.
    Thanks again.

    Posted on 6.12.06 ·
  20. Becky wrote:

    Brenda, This podcast was so inspiring that I immediately started playing it again. I loved the music! How do you find such great stuff? The time you spend is really showing in your product – it’s fabulous. I just “subscribed” for $20. I get more from you than any magazine subscription, so I challenge anyone else out there who feels the same to do the same. Dollar Votes Count!

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  21. Sonya wrote:

    Brenda, I love your podcast. I look forward to your podcast every Friday. It is better than an ice-cream sundae with m&m, nuts and multi color sprinkles on top. I am a busy working mother of a three year old boy in Queens, New York. I have a long commute to and from New York City everyday and your voice keeps me company while I knit or sit on the subway. The ride on the subway is consider my down time and your podcast makes it so much easier. Thank you for the wonderful series. I will miss you tremendously. Have a great break and I so look forward to your return.

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  22. Johnny wrote:


    Thank you so much for playing “Neighbor” in its entirety. What an outstanding song!

    Your intro of the song was amazing. Your voice, the way you read, was really great homage to Mr. Rogers. I found myself tearing up as I wove in the ends of the throw I’ve been working on (and it wasn’t just because I was sewing in ends!)

    Enjoy your break Brenda! We are all looking forward to your return!

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  23. Sonya wrote:

    I’ve got to second the request for a Snatchel picture. My husband has an interesting idea for a lipstick cozy to go with it.

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  24. jeni wrote:

    I third the request for the snatchel picture. Thanks for the wonderful podcast series, Brenda. Have fun working on your next series…. we’ll be here waiting 🙂

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  25. Jill wrote:

    Thanks for your hard work to produce such a wonderful show! I eagerly await each episode and get so excited when a new one is downloaded. Your voice is delicious, your humour is fabulous, and your intelligence is refreshing! I hope you have a great break & just wanted to let you know how much I really really really love your show!!! Thank you for this gift to all us knitters!

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  26. melissa wrote:

    thanks so much for the recent series. i didn’t know how you could possibly top series one, but you managed to do it! it was absolutely wonderful! keep up the good work and i’m really looking forward to series three. i’ll miss you!

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  27. Laura wrote:

    Did you know Mr. Rogers’ sweater that is in the Smithsonian was knit by his mother? I just love that.

    I am really glad that you include music in your podcast. I would love it if you went back to telling us a little about the music/artist in the next series.

    Hope you have a great break. I am really looking forward to hearing you again soon!!

    Posted on 6.13.06 ·
  28. Helen wrote:

    Thanks for a fabulous second series Brenda. Am very much looking forward to what you come up with in series 3. In the meantime, have a great break, knit lots, come back refreshed – oh and at least we have your Edith W reading to look forward to!

    Posted on 6.14.06 ·
  29. Baigneuse wrote:

    Gread podcast Brenda! I’m eagarly anticipating your return with your 3rd series.

    Snatchel? I just have to see that.

    Posted on 6.14.06 ·
  30. Margaret wrote:

    Here’s another request for the snatchel link/picture/instructions. Will miss you during your break – but enjoy yourself and don’t feel a bit guilty about leaving us all pining away.

    Posted on 6.14.06 ·
  31. Carol wrote:

    Many thanks for the series, and looking forward to the next.
    But particular thanks for playing “Woad” – I hadn’t heard it for years, long before I became a dyer and knew what the stuff really was. Thanks for returning me for a few moments to my long lost youth.

    You are going to be at Woolfest? I’ll keep my ears open!

    Posted on 6.15.06 ·
  32. dawn wrote:

    Hi Brenda,
    I am enjoying your podcast and trying to catch up with all 28 episodes!

    I followed your link to Mike Bryant (Knitta please). He has written that he had 500 downloads recently and thanks to the person who showcased it. Take a bow. How do you find them?

    Thanks for the music aa well as the knitting stuff.


    Posted on 6.15.06 ·
  33. Cindy wrote:

    Hi Brenda- I’ve been a listener since your Halloween podcast- and haven’t missed one episode. Just got back from Camp Stitches in North Carolina and tried to spread the word about your podcast and how great it is! Thanks also for pointing me towards Librivox. I listened to the first couple of chapters of Age of Innocence- Hang in there- I want to here the rest of the book- after I finish Anne of Green Gables. Keep up the good work- and hope you get some vacation time.

    Posted on 6.16.06 ·
  34. S t a c i wrote:

    Brenda – I wanted to thank you for letting us all know about the Dulaan project. After you first mentioned it, I visited the website and decided that I wanted to help. I also found another knitter in Houston (via email) who is participating with me. In a few days she and I are getting together to meet for the first time, and to combine our knitted items into one package to send off. Not only have you given me a chance to contribute to a charity I feel really good about, but you’ve given me a chance to make a new friend! Thanks again.

    Posted on 6.16.06 ·
  35. Donella Evoniuk wrote:

    Imagine my surprise to be driving along, enjoying another great listen, and hearing my husband’s voice on your show! He was backing up family friend Little Thom’s “Inside Joke!”

    Thanks for another great podcast and a hilarious surprise. The world is truly small!

    Posted on 6.16.06 ·
  36. Anne wrote:

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks for a lovely series, looking foward to the next one after you have had a break….much deserved. Sun, sea and Wales……… Hopeful, I am on the other side of that channel and share your weather reports.
    Thanks for all your inspiration.

    Posted on 6.19.06 ·
  37. Nicole wrote:

    Hey Brenda,

    Thank you for all your hard work this season (and last), and for being so charming and delightful while broadening my horizons … I’m a devoted listener and sincerely appreciate Cast-On … it enriches my life, knit-wise and otherwise. I hope your break is relaxing and allows you to recharge, and very much look forward to season three. 🙂

    All the best to you …

    Posted on 6.19.06 ·
  38. Jenny wrote:

    Brenda, this is my favorite podcast and always makes my day. I’ve been really sick the past few days and “knitta please” was probably the only thing that could take my mind off it. also i’ve been waiting for a long time to hear the whole “neighbor” song and it was worth it. Ditto on the “snatchel” picture requests. you rock!

    Posted on 6.19.06 ·
  39. Beela wrote:

    Wow! This was my first knit-cast ever and I liked it so much! It is funny and I really loved to listen to all the stories. I have sent the link to my sister in germany and I am sure she will like it too!
    Please, can I see the ‘snatchel’??

    Posted on 6.23.06 ·
  40. oscarcat wrote:

    I’ve just listening to your interview on Craftsanity and i just wanted to pop by and tell you how much i enjoyed it. after listening to Cast On for the last five months you’ve become a real addition to the entertainment in my life.

    The interview was inspiring and enchanting, and neither you or jennifer have anything to feel embarrassed about. mistakes, wherever they are, make you seem more human, and actually never take away from the overall quality of a show. if anything they improve it, because they show that it is ok to try something and not get it perfect all of the time. mistakes allow us to grow, and being unafraid to make mistakes (something i am slowly trying to convince myself to adopt) opens up whole worlds of new possibilities to us.

    i’m looking forward to series 3, but hope you are able to take advantage of, and really enjoy your break!

    Posted on 6.23.06 ·
  41. David wrote:

    I have enjoyed this series to the hilt. Great essays, great music. And the sound quality of your podcasts has been steadily increasing.

    The only thing missing is Snatchel directions! I must make one of these!

    Posted on 6.24.06 ·
  42. Christine wrote:

    This episode was, of course, the perfect compliment to the train ride to Cardiff. The strawberries were indeed wonderful. And the snatchel? I still giggle when I think of it. Meanwhile, Mr. Rodgers has always been my hero, and it was good to hear the Neighbor song.

    In case I didn’t say it a million times already, you rock. Seriously. I’m glad you were part of my vacation, and I can’t wait to return to Wales!

    Posted on 6.27.06 ·
  43. Dianne Blackett wrote:

    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks for a great podcast, I am really looking forward to the next series, hope to see you at the Woolfest, I have booked my hotel and talks, just need to drive up there.

    Posted on 6.27.06 ·
  44. Karen wrote:

    Hi Brenda! I love your podcast, and I just wanted to send you good thoughts over the summer and let you know I can’t wait for more podcasts!!!

    Posted on 6.29.06 ·
  45. Maryanne wrote:

    For the Mister Rogers fans among us, I’ve posted this link to a photo from the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania newspaper this past weekend, a group “sing” of “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. Mister Rogers was a native of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh’s public television station WQED housed the studio where his show was produced.

    I’ve _loved_ the Lascivious Biddies’ “Neighbor” ever since hearing it for the first time on Cast On and only realized it related to Mister Rogers during this podcast! Every time I listen to a new episode of Cast On, I’m in my virtual neighborhood with good friends. Thanks for nurturing all of this, Brenda.


    Posted on 7.3.06 ·
  46. Ashlan wrote:

    Hi Brenda,
    Just wanted to say, Hafa Adai ! Hope your collecting some fun things to share. I didn’t much care for the Snachel bit. It was rather gross to me. Just Couldn’t relate. Really love hearing about your Family, your Friends , your Art and Poetry. I can relate to that! Most of all (being a near- Lifer on the I-5 Corridor)! the MUSIC! it’s Great, I really liked your Sons music too, Hope he will visit again. Come back soon Brenda! Ashland, Oregon

    Posted on 7.7.06 ·
  47. Sara in WI wrote:

    I have a special relationship with Thalia. There was a sorority in my HS named Thalia. In order to belong we had to be able to entertain in some way either musically,dramatically, through writing, etc. We basically had lots of fun while doing some community/school projects. My mother was a Charter member of Thalia when she was in HS in the 1940’s. AND, she was my knitting teacher when I was about 8. Thalia was and probably always will be my special muse. Thank you for bringing her to us once again.
    Sara in WI

    Posted on 7.10.06 ·
  48. Kirsten wrote:

    Fabulous show, I am hooked! Will have to start from the beginning and work my way up. I will also add my voice to the chorus asking for the Snatchel. Too much has been left to the imagination!

    Posted on 7.14.06 ·
  49. rosie wrote:

    more info on “knit a river” for wateraid at http://www.iknit.org.uk/knitariver.html

    thanks for making me aware of this effort – clean water is no less important than warm clothing after all 🙂
    have recently been catching up on the podcasts, and the muse series has blown me away… absolutely beautiful. thankyou,

    Posted on 7.17.06 ·
  50. Liz wrote:

    I have to add another request for a picture of the snatchel, it sounds so fun but being knitters many of us are visual as well and would love to SEE it! I love your podcast, I just wish I had more time to catch up on all the old episodes.

    Posted on 7.31.06 ·
  51. Fab podcast, as ever! Thought the Snatchel segment as fanatastic- we should love and celebrate all our parts!Instuctions on how to knit one would be most appreciated.

    Posted on 8.2.06 ·
  52. Jess wrote:

    Okay. Again I find myself posting looooong after the episode. But I had to write to thank you for playing Bellydancer. It made me cry. I’ve been dancing for six years, and am just starting to get professional work. And in all that time, nothing has spoken to my experience as a dancer and the place bellydance has in my identity as a woman like that song did.

    (Nadira in Boston)

    Posted on 8.23.06 ·
  53. Deidre wrote:

    I LOVED This episode. I started listening about three months ago. Loved the snatchel. I have a pattern for a uterus, but to use as a childbirth teaching aid. I thought it was hilarious!!!!!! Thanks again for producing a wonderful podcast.

    Posted on 7.14.07 ·
  54. Angela wrote:

    Where can I get the bellydancer song?? I looked at her website and cannot find it on there. I want to share it with someone. 🙂

    Posted on 8.10.07 ·
  55. Emily T wrote:

    Just wanted to let you know that I love love love love love love love the song you use for the “today’s sweater” theme song. “Neighbor” is my new favorite song!!!! 🙂

    Posted on 10.2.08 ·

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