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Episode 1: All There is to Know

by Brenda on November 16, 2005

How a podcast is just like a magazine, only different; Not Really Much Knitting News (with excuses); boot sale bargains and retro chic in Today’s Sweater; knitting is just like science, only different; there is no such thing as too much knitting knowledge; A’s to listener Q’s; a new life for some abused knitting; and Brenda inspires envy of the view outside her window, and plays podsafe music to knit by.


1 anje November 16, 2005 at 9:55 pm

i love your podcast! And i love your music selections. And i’m looking forward to franklin’s interview. His blog was how i found you.

2 JulieB November 17, 2005 at 12:52 am

I really enjoyed your podcast. At first I thought it would be a bit long (I usually knit on the train, and have about 25-30 minutes straight), but I liked it so much I continued listening at work. Keep it up!

3 Alice November 17, 2005 at 8:21 pm

I would like patterns, especially as they relate to your topic. If you just mention them in your podcast we can always go back to your website and track them down via your show notes.

An example is what they do with “This week in technology” or TWiT (


4 HP November 18, 2005 at 6:25 pm

Loved it. Thank you. especially the piece of silver sea. It sounds like the little slivers of water that emerge on the road from Tregaron to Aberystwyth.
More jumpers please.

5 Dawna November 20, 2005 at 7:02 am

I just listened to your podcast and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. You’ve got a fantastic voice for podcasting, great to listen to, very soothing. I’m looking forward to future editions. Oh, I heard about you from the KnitCast.

6 Kate November 21, 2005 at 4:09 am

Thanks for the podcast — it’s nice to have something to knit to besides the TV!

You had said that you don’t have patterns for your magazine, have you thought about doing pattern *reviews*? Telling us things you’ve knit and where you found them and what you thought about the project? I always like knowing what other knitters have thought about the things they’ve knit, and it sounds like you’ve got all sorts of goodies in your knitting library.

7 Julia November 21, 2005 at 6:01 pm

Hey, that was a great show and it already sounded so much more professional than the Halloween Special, good job! I’m sure your podcast will become really popular!

8 Shelley November 21, 2005 at 6:30 pm

Hello from Seattle, Washington. I found your podcast Friday and listened to it last night as I was sewing buttons on a felted tea cozy. I enjoyed it so much! I look forward to your next episode.

9 Daniela November 22, 2005 at 3:04 pm

I love your podcast. I have just been knitting a Klein Bottle Hat and was listening to it and was having looooooooots of fun.
Please keep on podcasting:-)

Daniela, Cologne, Germany

10 Steph November 25, 2005 at 11:32 pm

great podcast!

fyi 46bliss is on eMusic — downloaded their whole album that’s available there!

11 Anonymous November 27, 2005 at 3:58 am

Wow, so happily surprised by how much I enjoy your voice and selection of music. I heard of knitting podcasts on TWiT, and subscribe through iTunes. I enjoy knitting magazines, so why not audio?
I’m actually listening to Ep 1 for the second time because it felt so great to knit to it, which I can’t do when I read a magazine.
Keep up the good work, from Maine, USA.

12 Anonymous November 29, 2005 at 11:32 pm

I like your music selections. I can see why you wouldn’t want to post photos and ordinarily your descriptions are plenty evocative, but the only image I could conjure up with the back of the sweater in this show was red and brown scribbles.

13 Anonymous November 30, 2005 at 8:02 pm

I love your podcast. It is really relaxing and fun to listen too. It also inspires me to knit more and enjoy the process more. You make great music choices too. I don’t think you need patterns or pictures. Your format is great the way it is. This weeks Q&A section was fun too. Thank you for your great high quality podcasts

14 Cindy December 10, 2005 at 10:10 pm

Just want to let you know how much I enjoy your podcasts. Your voice is very relaxing and I appreciate your choice of music. I heard the Halloween podcast and just listened to your first official one as I knit to complete Christmas gifts. (I wonder if your voice will keep me calm while sewing everything together?) I can’t wait to get to Franklin’s podcast – I found your site on his blog. I actually attended the Knitter’s Review Retreat this year (and last). We would love to have you join us!

15 Gail December 10, 2005 at 11:07 pm

I love this podcast, and thanks so much for the Amy Dalley song – I just went and bought all her singles from itunes. 🙂

16 CraftyAria December 12, 2005 at 3:16 pm

Which Knitting list were you refering to in your feature story on this episode? I’m a new knitter and am trying to figure out the best places to “hang out” on the internet with other knitters…

17 Cottage46 November 16, 2005 at 7:33 pm

Just wanted to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts. I never cease to be amazed at the ways people find to create community. Clearly, it’s something we humans need. The music is great too.

18 Mary Ellen January 30, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Yes, please, which knitting list? It sounds excellent.

19 Leslie February 15, 2006 at 2:15 pm

I just discovered your podcast yesterday and wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed listening to it on my 1 1/2 hour train commute from NJ to NYC. I knit while I ride and now I can listen to your show about knitting too — woo hoo!
I did want to ask you about the song you use for the Sweater of the Day segment (Lascivious Biddies – Betty and Neighbor ). I checked out the Biddies web site, but didn’t find that song listed on their albums. Is it on an older album, no longer available? Or was it something they put together especially for you? I really enjoy it and would love to buy whatever album it is on to listen to during my commute.
Thanks and best wishes,

20 Marcy October 23, 2006 at 10:52 pm

How great! I have just discovered podcasts, and it has been such a blessing to find yours! Our family got rid of our tv this summer, and I’ve noticed that my spinning and knitting has suffered because of it…it’s very HARD to just sit there and spin or knit. Now I’ve found something to concentrate on while my hands are on autopilot, though…thanks!

21 david law January 20, 2007 at 7:05 am

I’m actually listening to Ep 1 for the second time because it felt so great to knit to it, which I can’t do when I read a magazine.

22 Nic March 11, 2007 at 1:57 pm

I have just found you, so decided to start from Episode 1 (don’t know why I didn’t go for the Hallowe’en special, but there you are…)

Anyway, I was listening as i scrubbed the oven (well, something has to make it bearable!) and I was struck by how reminiscent it was of Radio 4 (whihc I don’t listen to enough of, due to my life). I was thrilled when you then went on to explain why you were holding off on the photos.

I think your podcast achieved yor aims superbly. I could envisgae your sweater pretty well (not bad since I’m not an experienced knitter0 and I could see the view friom your window very clearly.

Thank you for a lovely blissful respite. I need to take more time just to sit and listen, and I suspect your podcast may help me do just that!

23 Nic March 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Apologies for the spelling errors I’ve just noticed on my comment – it is hard to type when the cat is between me, the keyboard and the screen…*sigh*

24 Celeritas April 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm

I love your description of the sea view from your window. I love the sea and live near it and its so wonderful to hear someone else describe the color changes from the light of the sun that I have noticed myself.

25 Celeritas April 11, 2008 at 11:37 pm

I love the 46 Bliss song!

26 Tuppence May 17, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Loved your description of the view from your window!

27 Jennifer September 5, 2009 at 6:44 am

Living in China there is a large knitting community. I see women all over knitting elaborate sweaters with tiny needles; however, because I can’t speak very much Chinese, it is hard to feel part of the community. In the gloomy dark rainy weather of Gansu Province, listening to your podcast while knitting has been absolutely wonderful in a warming way. Thank you.

28 Lisa Jacobs November 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Have just discovered your wonderful site during a day spent coughing and spluttering around my house…is it the ‘swine flu’? Who knows? Haven’t heard any oinking yet, so perhaps just a nasty virus!! The highlight of my day was finding this site…can’t wait to wade my way through it. The accountant in me (ok, so it has been 30 years since I was a real accountant in NYC) decided to begin at the beginning, so number 1 was a delicious treat. Love the variety, the music, your description of your view, your warmth and humour. Thank you.

29 Pat Fennessy December 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

What was the name of your sweater pattern from this episode? The Red Edge? The Red Hedge? What was the name of the book and author?

30 Brenda Dayne December 22, 2009 at 7:30 am

Pat, the sweater mentioned in this episode is The Red Edge, from the book Poems of Color, by Wendy Keele.

31 Katarina January 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I’ve been trying to fine the shropshire podcast that you mention in this episode, do you know if it’s still available?

32 Brenda Dayne January 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

Katriana, I didn’t stay in touch with the guy behind the Shropshire podcast, so I don’t know for sure that it doesn’t exist. But it wouldn’t surprise me. There are only a handful of people still around from the early days of podcasting.

PS: I’m happy to be one of them!

33 Riee December 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm

The year is 2014. A few weeks ago I listenes to your final episode. The goodbye has been sitting in my soul for a while and I realised I can’t let you go yet. I found you around episode, oh, 98 or so, and therefore I have gone back to your Cast On routes so I can grow to love you once again.

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