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Episode 58: Knitting Time

by Brenda on November 30, 2007

souvenir in stitchesThis week we begin and end in Italy, our travels punctuated by Jill Smith’s steamy Sunday, and Franklin Habit’s cunning bid for immortality. An image of the Royal Wedding Dress is here. Go, then come back. Alanna, of Tactile Travel, thoughtfully set up a Cast On Italy flickr photo group, where there are photos aplenty, and why is my mouth open in most of them? Possibly because I never shut up. Go there too, but come back. Also, Today’s Sweater is a scarf.

I talked about these things:


I played KniTunes from these artists:


1 Jessica November 30, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Yay! So glad the podcast is back, and I’m thrilled there will be a today’s sweater, even if it is a scarf. I care not! I just wanna hear the cute song and then listen to you talk about something you’ve made. 🙂 The link for the flickr group doesn’t appear to go to the flickr group, though. It takes me to the (still adorable) couple.

2 Dena Shunra November 30, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Hey, welcome back to the public part of podcasting! I’ve really missed you. As it turns out, the times and places that I listen to Cast On imply that my kids (now young and somewhat impatient) will get all teary-eyed when they grow up and echoes of your words fly around their minds whenever they see anyone knitting (themselves included) or probably, even a sweater or the word cold. Or a pointy stick.

Great show, as usual. Thanks for all of your hard work.

3 turvid November 30, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Yay! I’ve missed you!

4 Renee November 30, 2007 at 11:27 pm

SO good to have you back, and the scarf is quite lovely. I’ve been there with the knitting envy, and it isn’t a good thing for the soul. Good for you for getting beyond it. And now, pretty please, will you share the stitch pattern? You were SO close to giving it all up to us on the podcast, but not quite. Here, or the blog or whereever.

And yes, mother-in-law does know best, doesn’t she? ;’)

and thank you for your support of

5 Kirsty December 1, 2007 at 12:26 am

Great to have you back, Italy sounds as though it was fantastic. I loved this week’s podcast, especially Franklin’s essay, which made me tear up a little.

6 Samantha December 1, 2007 at 12:45 am

Yay, it’s great to have you back! I’m looking forward to the next series, and I’m listening to your return episode now. 🙂

7 Emily December 1, 2007 at 4:39 am

So wonderful to have you back! I’ve been checking iTunes for a couple weeks now, missing the podcast dreadfully, and was thrilled to see it today (even if I did have to wait a whole 7 hours to actually listen to it). Franklin’s essay was particularly touching (I teared up as well), as was “Today’s sweater” that was actually a scarf. As usual, you have captured and given voice to essential aspects of the craft that your listeners love, and given us some great music in the process. Thanks for all your work, and I’m going to go back and listen to the podcast again now.

8 RuTemple December 1, 2007 at 6:14 am

*sticks tongue out in concentration mode and grabs pointy sticks and yarn*
So that was slip, knit, yarn-over, pass the slipped stitch back over the two, repeat? and then plain purl back, start row 3 on a purl where row 1 was on a knit stitch, purl back row 4, with a couple of garter stitches to make the sides even, or (as you beautifully did) a single crochet border.


Gorgeous. Bellezza!

Thank you, grazie, thank you!

9 Elemmaciltur December 1, 2007 at 11:43 am

Yay! Welcome back!

10 Michelle December 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Hooray hooray I’ve missed you Brenda! Of to update my ipod!!

11 insubordiknit December 1, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Yay! I’m caught up again! Wonderful episode. Add me to the chorus of people thanking you for all your hard work, it’s greatly appreciated.

12 Marisa December 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Missed you, so glad you’re back. I was thrilled to find your lasted podcast had snuck onto my iPod! I wanted to devour it right then and there, but I waited so I could sit and savor it. Great work – keep it up.
Thanks for keeping me entertained and informed.
PS LOVE, love, LOVE ‘Sunday Kind of Lover’

13 Jessie December 1, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Great show and I loved that you ended with Dar Williams!! I’m seeing her tonight at Carnegie Hall. Wahhoooo!!
Have a happy holiday season.

14 Megan December 1, 2007 at 9:19 pm

The scarf looks great! And thanks for playing Dar again. I’m so glad to know that she is known outside my little group of friends who have been Dar fans for years!

15 Star December 1, 2007 at 11:45 pm

Thanks for the podcast — I loved the last song, but I loved the tiny “oops” at the very end even more! You’re adorable. 🙂

16 Courtney December 2, 2007 at 1:26 am

Hooray, you’re back! I love your podcast and I especially love the music you choose. This episode was no exception. That Dar Williams song is an old favorite and I think that Wil Maring’s Rows will become a new favorite.

17 Erica December 2, 2007 at 1:46 am

Great to hear your voice again! Wonderful podcast as always. The final song and last words were awesome! 😉

18 Samantha December 2, 2007 at 3:03 am

I’m so glad your podcast is back. I had just started listening and getting really into your podcast when you left. I hope the wedding went great! You are amazing!

19 Linda December 2, 2007 at 3:29 am

Yayyyyy!! I’m so glad you are back!! I loved the podcast so much. I told you that I usually bake bread while I listen. I didn’t today but as I was going through some recipes, I heard the very end and burst out laughing. That was wonderful. Thanks for the laugh. Mwaaaaah.

20 Evelyn December 2, 2007 at 3:40 am

I am kind of a virgin when it comes to podcasts, so I’ve really only listened to you and occasional snippets of National Public Radio. But this week at I learned that the Yarn Harlot herself was being interviewed on the podcast of, well let’s just say that it’s a podcast produced by a major NY yarn manufacturer named after a large African feline king of beasts, ok? Not to name names, ya know? So I went and listened because I love the Yarn Harlot, and I was shocked at how poor the quality of the podcast by the large NY yarn manufacturer was, compared to yours! The sound quality of theirs was awful, and the interviewer was vapid. Stephanie was her usual brilliant self, but I couldn’t help but wish that someone really good, maybe someone living in, say Wales, was asking the questions and manning the microphone.

So maybe you’ve spoiled me, set the bar too high for others to reach, or whatever. But it was great to listen today, loved the scarf story, the music, the naughty bit at the end…all of it! 🙂 Now if you could only team up with the Yarn Harlot some day….

21 Vera December 2, 2007 at 11:49 am


I love your podcasts. The music and the wonderful essays always move me. Your remarks about rapamt comsumerism with yarn really made me think.

I love my yarn, needles and hooks a lot, and I more than plenty. I especially love sock yarn, and have plenty of that as well, but I’m not cut out for the feeding frenzy some yarns and sock clubs have generated.

I’m not committing to a yarn diet so much, but I really need to stash dive a bit more, and think about what I can use from stash before I buy.

22 Shirley December 2, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Hi Brenda………love your podcasts always. For your next extreme knitting podcast, could you discuss beaded knitting? Thanks……Shirley

23 Darrow December 2, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Luff ya Brenda. Thanks fer yer devotion, brings me much joy.

24 CraftyCarole December 2, 2007 at 7:34 pm

I was so happy to see the little d/l icon with this webcast… I’ve finally caught up and now can be on top of the game with all of you.

Thanks for the stitch pattern!

I was on a very good diet until last night, I fell off the wagon badly… oh well! what a great way to spend a snowy evening, shopping for yarn 🙂

25 Teresa December 3, 2007 at 12:59 am

Oh my goodness. I’m still screaming with laughter at the closing statement! Nothing like seeming how much time one really has to record, is there? hee hee
Great ‘casting.
Can’t wait for the next one.
If ya need help of the editorial kind, e me.

26 Erin December 3, 2007 at 5:23 am

Hooray ooray ooray ooray! Brenda’s back! Guess what, I have alpacas now! (sound of Erin’s brain whirring, thinking about Extreme Knitting)

27 Cindy December 3, 2007 at 2:39 pm

I’m so glad you are back! Your scarf is neat!!

28 Sara in WI December 3, 2007 at 4:16 pm

I can’t say that I’ve missed your voice because I relistened to all of the archived episodes as I work on yet one more piece of lace. But it is wonderful to have you back. I really enjoyed the essays and, of course, the music, too. Today’s scarf got me knitting the Milano stitch already with some amazing Mountain Colors in blues and browns…….(I had to go shopping for the perfect yarn unfortuanately…hehehe), Thanks for another great episode and Merry Christmas!

29 Jennie December 3, 2007 at 7:20 pm

Hurray!!!!!!! Welcome back!!!

30 Sherry W December 3, 2007 at 9:45 pm

I love how you ended the show! You slay me!

31 Becky December 3, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Welcome back! We’ve missed you! I spent August and September (okay, and October) catching up on all of your episodes and missed spending time with you those few weeks. So glad you’re back! That Dar song is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve listened to her since my college days and it is always great to hear her recognized for the singer/song-writer she is – and with her older stuff too!

32 Shirley December 4, 2007 at 6:18 am

Hi Brenda……here is another suggestion for your ‘Extreme Knitting’ podcast. How about ‘Double Knitting’, especially socks. Thanks, Shirley

33 Marian December 4, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Loved the podcast. So good to hear you again. Loved Jill’s piece on jealous pieces of knitting and laughed out loud at Franklyn’s description of the passage of knitting time. My children have grown up with a mother who never talked in terms of minutes but of when she got to the end of the row. Have a good holiday and look forward to hearing you again in the New Year.

34 Janelle December 4, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Welcome back – we missed you a LOT!
So… does RuTemple in comment #9 have the scarf pattern down? I want the secret Italian scarf pattern! Share? Please?

35 Jemima December 5, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Loved this latest! I’ve been a listener for awhile, but really felt compelled to comment today. Italy sounded so fabulous and I can’t wait to try the Milan Stitch pattern. It was so beautiful and gave me the warm fuzzies thinking about the language of knitting the world round. I can totally relate to knitting envy and ripping out what SEEMED like a good project at the time; I’ve just done that three times with my mother-in-laws Christmas present. The Sunday Knitting essay was fabulous, and I got the giggles just imaging the come hithers my stash was sending me.

Also, the wedding dress couldn’t have been lovelier, nor could the bride herself. Talk about a happy glow! Congratulations on getting it finished in time.

And finally, I’m going to have to go back and listen to the Yarn Diet podcast, because I need it. My darling husband is building me a yarn cabinet (by hand!) and I’m afraid that my stash won’t fit into it when it’s done–he has no idea the true extent of my stash. And then he’ll divorce me for being an addict.

36 Dominick December 13, 2007 at 9:25 pm

So glad to hear you on the pod cast again. Just caught a nice long look at the photos from the trip and they are BEAUTIFUL! Anyway, I just wanted to say “Thanks!”for the podcast and “Welcome back!”

A Guy….

37 Shani Phethean-Hubble December 23, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I didn’t really get the sock stuff, even though I listened to your Podcast intently, I still couldn’t get out of my mind the muscle memory of brown sockwool and visions of my husband’s total unappreciation – until that was this week, when I started knitting a pair out of curiousity – the woold now available is amazing and I have revisited my decision.



38 Tara December 31, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Finally listened today…fantastic as usual. I love the last 2 seconds of the recording…priceless. :-))

39 Marie January 1, 2008 at 10:27 am

Hi Brenda,
I’m a Canadian living in Korea (the Dink Dolls came to visit me. That was fun^^). I have only the most basic functioning grasp of the language. Listening to you talk about knitting in Italy reminded me so much of knitting here. I have a helluva commute to and from work so I’m always knitting on the subway. I have people just reach out and look at the fabric and talk to me. I have learned the word for “pretty” 🙂 They ask me all sorts of questions and just generally watch and are pleased that I’m knitting. Yarn shopping is always fun. I learned to say “socks” last time I was out. It’s yang-mal in case you’re wondering. Anyway, this episode just really made me smile. (So did the Whirled Peas episode that I was listening to while knitting on a bus in Thailand).
Thanks so much!

40 Gia Bottini September 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I am so jealous –

I love the black lace and want to go next time…I may be able to fit in your carry on 🙂

Love ya –


41 Barbara in Santa Barbara March 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I am slowly catching up, listening to Cast-on in my car. I am sad to find that the wedding dress photo is no longer available. I would have loved to see it.

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