Cast On began on Monday, 31 October, 2005, founded on nothing more than the desire to talk about knitting to people who get it. All the other stuff, about how memories, thoughts, hopes and dreams are knit into the fabric we create, and so become part of the fabric of our lives; about how life and knitting intertwine, and how sometimes you simply cannot tell where one part leaves off the other begins; about how the only thing wrong with the world today is that there is not enough knitting in it, all that came later, over time. Since 2005 the podcast has evolved to focus on finding inspiration in the ordinary, using it to kick start the process of making stuff, and finding ways to carve out the creative time and space that allows you to work your ass off on the projects that matter most to you. Like knitting a sweater. Or saving the world.
Midnight cakes and hay
Needles afire with summer socks; baking at midnight, running the numbers for Against All Odds; and standing atop of pile of new-made things.
A sock heel for gradient dyed yarn; re-making a home; memories of dump runs past; buttons, and the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge.
The Sea, The Sea
The knitting equivalent of eating dessert first; the knitting pivot; emergency socks; and the return of la mer.
A skill to fall back on
In this episode, the Against All Odds sweater gets a pop of colour to break up the unremitting boredom of knitting stockinette in grey yarn. It only lasted for four rounds, but was glorious. The folly of working with charcoal yarn at dusk is discussed, along with its antidote, the Syncopation sock pattern. Also, Delia Smith and touch typing. And Dracula.
The first and best news, Tonia is home. Teaching herself to mend in order to stave off boredom, and providing a lap for grateful pets who are as relieved that she is home as I am.
For the first time ever, I'm using Susie Myer's contiguous top down method for set-in sleeves to knit Against All Odds in Shibui linen yarn. It's easier than the row by row directions make it seem.
Plus, some general musings on sweaters.
The long game
Fiddly false starts. Ambushed by linen. The sound of knitting freedom. The answer is in the question. And why is everything I need already packed away in a box?
I’m so glad you’re back, I loved your podcast and was gutted when you stopped. I’m going to snuggle up now with my crochet (cheating) and listen. 🥰🥰
But not as good as the host thinks it is.... and after just two weeks ‘back’ the podcasts have stopped appearing.... and she’s trying to get patreon support?!
Oh my, I’m going to be famous and have my review recorded and played out. I think the host thought I’d be upset by the revelation but I think it absolutely hilarious. My review was honest, I gave it 3 stars... that’s over 50%, you shouldn’t ask for reviews but only really want those that are 5 star, all feedback is feedback and is there to be considered not just used to promote the product. Though I think the host did listen to my feedback and went back to listen to her past work to confirm to herself just how good she is.... because she doesn’t care that I might have a point of view.
So it seems the host is a bully that wants to humiliate me for having a point of view.... but I’m not humiliated because I see her for what she is.
And to add she’s not just a bully, she’s lazy and can’t even be arsed to do what she threatens.... oh the life of a busy podcaster.... you know some people manage to produce these things AND hold down a responsible job....
Always and forever .....
There is no other podcast that pleases me in the same way as Cast On. Sitting down with a cup of tea, sticks, string and Brenda is simply divine. Ta muchly xx