185 episodes

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.

Cast On Brenda Dayne

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 400 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 31 min
    Taxonomies

    Taxonomies

    A sock heel for gradient dyed yarn; re-making a home; memories of dump runs past; buttons, and the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. 

    • 29 min
    The Sea, The Sea

    The Sea, The Sea

    The knitting equivalent of eating dessert first; the knitting pivot; emergency socks; and the return of la mer.

    • 26 min
    A skill to fall back on

    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. 

    • 24 min
    Two Sweaters

    Two Sweaters

    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. 

    • 19 min
    The long game

    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?

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
400 Ratings

400 Ratings

hextat ,

One of the first podcasts I ever listened to!

So glad to re-discover this fine person is still podcasting! Like encountering a long lost friend. I initially was drawn in by her overseas life discoveries which I could relate to to some degree, and found her to be just the right voice in my ear. I still smile at the sheep bleating in the intro music. Keep on with your wonderfulness, Ms. Dayne. You are loved.

Hilary0 ,

Entertaining and Informative

Yup, it’s all here. Brenda shares information and knowledge about making, designing, and knitting. And she’s entertaining because she is clever, smart, curious, and has an interesting sense of humor. And snark when appropriate.

Yorkish ,

Love You, Lady Dayne!

Such an entertaining podcast! Brenda’s voice, her topics, her contributors, all combine for a podcast that I look forward to more than any other. She is a true professional.

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