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Episode 32: Gwlana (Woolgathering)

by Brenda on August 4, 2006

Well. What can I say. I changed my mind. I’m allowed, right? And though it may seem as though I’m on a humor strike, be assured my sense of the absurd is still intact, and will no doubt surface again next week.

Huge thanks this week to my very talented guest writers, and to sage of Quirky Nomads. Please send many cookies. Without them there would not have been a podcast this week.

This week’s guest writers are Elizabeth Fitz and Miriam Felton – Stick it in a pit, and fire itInterweave Knits MagazineSteal This SweaterGranny G-Strings – New Podcasts! Red Light Knitting and The Knitting Cook – Special thanks to Elen Phillips of The Museum of Welsh Life and Sage of Quirky Nomads.


Additional Tracks:

  • Gwlana – Jim Fidler – Home Comes the Rovers
  • Comments – Up Stairs – Mother’s Mandolin
1 Pam from CT August 4, 2006 at 8:47 pm

The Grannie G-Strings top the Turkey Viking Hat for sure…

2 Vickery August 5, 2006 at 3:10 am

I just wanted to leave a comment and tell you how much I love your podcast:
Thank you!

3 Teri August 5, 2006 at 4:50 am

Great podcast. Although I did miss Today’s Sweater. (I love the “Neighbor” song too)

Fascinating interview and great essays. I’m looking forward to next week!

4 Bells August 6, 2006 at 1:47 am

Brenda – have just spent a delightful early Sunday morning cooking and listening to this week’s show. I feel very ‘at one’ with the world now. Thanks so much!

Hope everything with your son is ok. Will look forward to the update next week.

5 Carrie August 7, 2006 at 6:11 am

I’m sorry to hear that you and your family are troubled. Many people are thinking of you and sending positive vibes your way. Thank you for producing your show, even in the hard times. Be sure to take care of yourself.


6 Julia August 7, 2006 at 2:16 pm

I left you a big cookie in the form of a review on my website. Keep up the amazing work – I love the podcast.

I am still working my way through the episodes (now at 26), so I am not quite current, but I hope that whatever is going on with the family will get better – sending you the strongest of good vibes.

xox, J

7 Miriam August 7, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Hey Brenda! It’s been a sort of crap morning, and I got to work and was going down my bloglines list and saw you had a podcast up, so I started playing it before even reading the description and to my surprise, suddenly Sage was reading my story! Thanks muchly! It certainly made the morning better.

And hey, if you get a chance can you update your link? I’ve moved my blog to

Thanks again!

8 Fritz August 7, 2006 at 11:31 pm

Brenda: Thanks again for sharing my little world with all. My fiance and I sat and listened to your episode–I think he’s finally starting to understand my obsession with your podcast, and how exciting it is to be a part of it. Thanks again for the consideration. I hope I can make a habit of it!

9 Kathy August 8, 2006 at 8:38 pm

Brenda, yours is certainly the cadillac of knitting podcasts. Your voice is fabulously soothing, and you are a woman of great integrity. I don’t always agree with your opinions, but then that is the right of every strong woman, isn’t it? “Today’s Sweater” is my favorite segment, and I enjoyed this week’s interview.

10 Dave from Chub Creek August 9, 2006 at 11:47 am

Yeah Brenda you’re just like a Cadillac. Hey great show this week. I loved the music and the talking bits very much.

11 Emily knitsib August 9, 2006 at 12:21 pm

Just to say – I’m still listening, still enjoying very much. Just listened to you (v much after the fact) on Craft sanity, too, and am reviewing what I want to do with my life. Thanks.

12 Tonia August 9, 2006 at 3:40 pm

Brenda, I disagree with Kathy and Dave, you are truly the Prius of podcasting.

13 Pam August 9, 2006 at 6:12 pm

Brenda, you are the purple Schwinn Sting-Ray bike with a sparkly banana seat of podcasting.

14 Sara in WI August 9, 2006 at 10:28 pm

I can top that! Brenda is the Qivuit of podcasting!

15 Dave from Chub Creek August 10, 2006 at 5:00 am

She’s the Hummer of knitting casts

16 jacey from insubordiknit August 10, 2006 at 3:13 pm

brenda, brenda, wonderful yet again. thanks for everything!

heh. hummer eh? nah…she’s the prius of podcasting…unless you weren’t referring to cars dave…

17 Tabitha August 11, 2006 at 3:50 pm

I just wanted to tell you that when I listen to your podcast I am transported back to Wales, which I visted all too briefly a couple of years ago. This trip was my husbands 25th wedding anniversary present to me. I’ve been an Anglophile since I was 10 and a knitter for the past 5 years or so. After 25 years of stuggling financially and working through all the issues married people have, it was truly the trip of a lifetime. Listening to your podcast is such a treat, for the sense of place, the knitting content and most of all, your wit and delightful personality. Well done, you.

18 Elemmaciltur August 16, 2006 at 6:37 am


it’s great having you back on my iPod. I just want to thank you for introducing me to…and “Summer of life”. That song suddenly gave me quite a new look on a lot of things right now.

Thank you.

19 bells August 18, 2006 at 2:45 am

Brenda you have invaded my head completely! I was at a yarn stall at the craft fair in Canberra last week. I saw some yarn from Wales and thought, ‘oh I wonder if Brenda knows this yarn.’ See!!!

Keep up the great work.

20 Anna August 18, 2006 at 4:20 am

Hi Brenda – I love, love, love your podcast. And the music is always so beautiful and appropriate – esp this episodes. I had an urge to leave you a comment at Odeo volunteering to read somebody else’s essay, but then I realized 1) work is HECTIC right now, 2) my wedding is 2.5 months away (ack!) and 3) I have no appropriate microphone. 🙁 Sniff. So, I just wanted to let you know that if I remember sometime after mid-November and have funds leftover from the wedding to buy a microphone, I’ll definitely volunteer. LOL

21 minnie August 27, 2006 at 5:14 pm

i loved listening to this episode! i’ve been lackadaisical about listening lately (wedding plans are consuming me!). however, i reached a happy medium today. i listened while i wrapped bubbles. yippee!

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