Cast On

By Brenda Dayne

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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.

Episode Date
151 Palais Ideal

Envision the work. Collect the materials. Commit to the plan. Make. That’s how you build a palace. That’s how knit happens.

May 08, 2021
Nine Heads

Winter clothes move to off-season storage, and spring clothing moves in; bricolage informs my deconstruction of The Red Edge; and an interview with My Body Model founder, Erica Schmitz.

The weather continues charming.

Apr 24, 2021
149 I knit and I know things

Top tips for self care, including the one where all pink lipstick is improved by renaming it "Your Crazy Grandma". Yarn, fabric and a crazy-ass costume book arrive by post to save the day. Projects finished, and projects in Time Out that need to think very hard about what they've done. There really is a lot on the needles for someone who has an enormous bolt of toile fabric to cut into.

Apr 17, 2021
The Sandbox

In this episode, sunshine, blue skies and spring cleaning. Lessons from the YouTubes; where clothes go when they die; and Jeny Staiman’s amazing brain.

Apr 09, 2021
Femme Dandy

On the needles this week, I got nothing. I made a sock toe. I knit a couple of gauge swatches. I’m very much in between projects right now. But, oh! The projects in my head. Who's your dandy?

Mar 20, 2021
146 Fran and Oscar

What is sartorial style, who owns it, and how can I get some? Also, my socks are cursed. And a visit with JC Briar, the designer and programmer behind

Mar 13, 2021
145 Venn nothing else will do

My capsule Venn is shaping up nicely. The first collection, Informed Simplicity, is characterised by The Maker’s Atalier.

Next up, we have David Rose Style (black and white fun!)

And third...possibly… Japanese Horror Film meets Spooky Little Girl? Yeah. I'm still working on it.

Mar 06, 2021
144 All this buttoning and unbuttoning*

The title of this episode is said to hail from an 18th century suicide note, although the anecdote is, apparently, apocryphal. That said, when it comes to knitwear closures, I can definitely relate. Fortunately, there are better and more creative ways to minimize knitwear misbehavior, according to this week's guest, Laura Bellows, of JUL Designs.

Feb 20, 2021
Purple Triangles
Feb 13, 2021
Working the Ropeline
Feb 06, 2021
Second Tier Biscuits and Naked Ladies

I know there's a pandemic on, but the great biscuit shortage of 2020 felt extremely personal.

Jan 23, 2021
Wednesday to Wednesday

Watching democracy almost die makes me cranky. There was a clear choice between donning the pants of crazy, OR hunkering down and making stuff. I chose the latter.

Jan 16, 2021
Prose into Poetry

This week I'm looking for more than assembly, order or editing. The novus jacket leaves many questions unanswered. 100 Acts of Sewing are considered, with Sonya Phillip. I think I'm getting the hang of it.

Jan 09, 2021
138 Full of things that have never been

Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.
Grieve the loss of the countless instants that you will never taste again;
Never to touch or to experience the same moment the same way again.
Commemorate the fallen whose hands once held warm,
But now bare the touch of Winter's frost.To remember those who will not venture into the New Year with us,
And to celebrate the fresh creation of life to soon release first breath to the world.
Honor the first day that grants our renewed life,
And prepare to discover new love and self-growth.

- Rilke

Jan 02, 2021
Giving shy persons the strength to do what needs to be done

It is said the past is a foreign country, and this week my passport received a number of new stamps. Kirsty Hall pays a visit to the past as well, through her Granny’s Book. And I find the courage to do what needs to be done. It's all about self care.

Dec 12, 2020
136 The How and the Why

Kicking off the first episode of Series 14, Mothers of Unvention, with conversations about the process of design, beginning with constructive discontent in identifying a problem, and the deep dive of immersion needed to find a solution. Don't knit like Antonio Banderas.

Dec 05, 2020
135: The Many Brendas

Finding my way out of the emotional wilderness, with a little help from the Brendas; my Quilt of Dreams and  Placemats of Awesome; Naomi Parkhurst makes words into stitches. Remembering A Snow Day.

Nov 21, 2020
134 You Are Here

Today we’re talking about space. Not space, the final frontier. The space we inhabit. The space where we store things. The space we’re allowed. The space in our homes that belongs to just to us. Guest, Lilo Bowman, offers advice for taking control of your creative space, from the purge and sort, to organizing, to making your creative space work reflect you. 


Oct 24, 2020
133: I'm Back!
Oct 10, 2020
Episode Whatever: Not a Podcast
The one after five years.
Sep 25, 2020
Mood Ring: Confessions of a serial dyer
The one about indigo.
Jul 07, 2015
CODA: Equilibrium
The one where you like me. You really like me.
Apr 02, 2015
Episode 132: Epic Bind Off
The last one.
Oct 31, 2014
Episode 131: And the knitting is easy
The one where I'm hot.
Jul 11, 2014
Episode 130: Coming Home
The one on the beach.
Jun 30, 2014
Episode 129: Carcast
The one with Sarah Anderson.
May 03, 2014
Episode 128: Clifford Byway
The one with Tennessee Williams.
Apr 04, 2014
Episode 127: Is This Thing On
The one with JC Briar.
Mar 07, 2014
Episode 126: Bedcast
The one with the uke jam.
Apr 04, 2013
Episode 125: My own private Oregon
Visiting your home town as a tourist is bittersweet.
Jan 31, 2013
Episode 124: A little wired
Sounds like San Francicso.
Dec 02, 2012
Episode 123: Dances with wool (again)
Wool. Nuf said.
Nov 02, 2012
Episode 122: Wing on Wing
Look. Point.
Sep 14, 2012
Episode 121: Down on the Farm
The colourful world of Kristen Nicholas.
Sep 07, 2012
Episode 120: I Heart New York
The streets of NYC, sounds of Grand Central Station, and interviews with some of the people who make the yarn happen.
Aug 09, 2012
Episode 118: The Road
The road doesn't know your name.
Jul 05, 2012
Episode 116: Changing horses mid-stream
I drop some balls, and pick up other ones.
Apr 17, 2012
Episode 115: Raising a Glass
simply saying goodbye
Mar 30, 2012
Episode 114: Femiknitter
The Snatchel Campaign
Mar 14, 2012
Episode 113: Reknitting
Daffodils and leeks for all.
Mar 02, 2012
Episode 113: Reknitting Redo
Daffodils and leeks for all.
Mar 02, 2012
Episode 112: Becoming
Science doens't know everything. But science knows it doesn't know everything. Otherwise it would stop.
Feb 17, 2012
Episode 111: Ubiquitous
Meus professio pro vestri viaticus.
Feb 10, 2012
Episode 110: We all fall down
I am a super trouper.
Jan 27, 2012
Episode 109: All Art is Beta
The salad days of podcasting.
Jan 13, 2012
Episode 108: Stand and stare
I knit so I don't kill you.
Jan 06, 2012
Episode 107: The Stockings Were Hung
Cast On, on ice.
Dec 16, 2011
Episode 106: Golden Seams
When the darning shows.
Dec 09, 2011
Episode 105: A Little Bit of Everything
Sometimes it just needs to be about the knitting.
Dec 02, 2011
Episode 104: Different is Different
Gratitudes and platitudes.
Nov 24, 2011
Episode 103: One Step Out
I want to be Dorli Rainey when I grow up.
Nov 18, 2011
Episode 102: The Looking Moment
I made that.
Nov 11, 2011
Episode 101: Remember Remember
Gunpowder. Treason. Plot.
Nov 04, 2011
Episode 100: In My Craft
For the lovers, who pay no praise or wages, nor heed my craft or art.
Aug 10, 2011
Episode 99: Meta
Data about data.
Jul 09, 2011
Episode 98: The Phantom Menace
The force is strong in this one.
Feb 15, 2011
Episode 97: Sharing the Joy
You really can't argue with Socrates.
Jan 01, 2011
Episode 96: Simple Gifts
Not quite Thanksgiving, but we are still thankful.
Nov 23, 2010
Episode 95: Tighty Aran Whities
Trend setting knitwear, or fashion crime. It could go either way, really.
Nov 11, 2010
Episode 94: Keeping the Faith
Stoic. That word does not mean what you think it means.
Nov 05, 2010
Episode 93: Autumn Cliche
One sock. That is all. Pathetic.
Oct 29, 2010
Episode 92: Talking about talking about knitting
How many projects, exactly, would be too many.
Oct 16, 2010
Episode 91: How to Be a Poet
Another walk in the woods.
May 28, 2010
Episode 90: Snowed In
A walk in the woods.
Jan 08, 2010
Episode 89: Occam's Knitting
Lessons from a 14th century logician.
Dec 31, 2009
Episode 88: Parade Will Circle the Town Twice
Tea Trolley Blamed for Death Blaze.
Nov 27, 2009
Episode 87: In the Bro
This is how we roll.
Nov 16, 2009
Episode 86: Anniversarius Podcastia
What I did last summer.
Oct 31, 2009
Episode 85: Sixty Six Coupons
On doing without.
Aug 06, 2009
Episode 84: Industrial Fashion
The high cost of stuff.
Jul 24, 2009
Episode 83: Rinse. Repeat.
RainCast 2009
Jul 03, 2009
Episode 82: Reap What You Sew
Mending clothes and community.
Jun 26, 2009
Episode 81: To Be of Use
The beauty of the familiar.
Jun 12, 2009
Episode 80: Turning Out
New stuff from old.
May 29, 2009
Episode 79: Stitches in Time
On using it up.
May 15, 2009
Episode 78: The Bill of Goods
On mending, and making do.
May 08, 2009
Episode 77: Personal Best
The Magnum Opus
Mar 27, 2009
Episode 76: Panacea
This is your brain on knitting.
Mar 06, 2009
Episode 75: Epiphany
The play's the thing.
Feb 21, 2009
Episode 74: Fling
It's not the thing you fling.
Feb 06, 2009
Episode 73: The Poetry of Code
The Alchemical journey begins with code.
Jan 23, 2009
Episode 72: The Alchemy of Pie
Kim Werker discovers it's all one big spiral.
Dec 31, 2008
Episode 71: True Purpose
The usual suspects, and a red sweater.
Dec 05, 2008
Episode 70: All the Chocolates in the Box
Cast On's Third Anniversary
Oct 31, 2008
Episode 69: Lovingly Hand Knit By You
Crafting it forward, and the spider catcher.
Sep 27, 2008
Episode 68: Knitting Renaissance
Sweater weather in wet West Wales.
Sep 12, 2008
Episode 67: I Can Stop When I Want To
Intarsia curious? I can help.
Aug 29, 2008
Episode 66: Curiosity and the Cat
Tales of ridiculously simple knitting.
Aug 15, 2008
Episode 65: Absent Friends
For Jean
Jun 26, 2008
Episode 64: Best Thing Ever
The sights, sounds and smells of SeaSocks '08, and Today's Sweater.
Jun 08, 2008
Episode 63: Moving Moutains
The title of the podcast gets passing mention, and bears no relation to anything actually in it.
Apr 28, 2008
Episode 62: Heads Up
It's a hat thing.
Mar 29, 2008
Episode 61: The zine Scene
Apologies, follwed by lust, loss and redemption.
Feb 29, 2008
Episode 60: Little Ripples.
One row scarves, mended clogs, little ripples and sleeping dogs.
Jan 26, 2008
Episode 59: Start as you mean to go on.
Say it with skulls.
Dec 31, 2007
Episode 58: Knitting Time
Italy, Italy, Italy.
Nov 30, 2007
Episode 57: I Speak Jive
"Oh Stewardess..."
Oct 05, 2007
Episode 56: Other People's Voices
I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers.
Sep 22, 2007
Episode 55: Play Ball
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." William BLake
Sep 07, 2007
Episode 54: Knitting Nature
How do you knit squares that are less than square, and spirals that are more than spirals? Answers to these, and other enigmatic questions, in this episode.
Aug 31, 2007
Episode 53: Buttons, badges, bright shiny beads.
You want beads? You got beads. And badges too.
Aug 17, 2007
Episode 52: Finding My Mojo
I lose it, fall down, and bitch a lot, but it all comes round in the end.
Jul 28, 2007
Episode 51: That's Mistress Dork, to you.
The dork factor.
Jun 29, 2007
Episode 50: Scouting for Grownups
A Chief Scout, a Secret Life, and camping.
Jun 16, 2007
Episode 49: Woolly Wonders
Advice from a Poncho, and Wonderwool Wales.
May 25, 2007
Episode 48: Whirled Peas
Eurovision and knitting for peas.
May 11, 2007
Episode 47: Life on Mars
Secret Lives and the C Word.
Apr 20, 2007
Episode 46: Back in the Saddle
It's good to be back!
Mar 23, 2007
Episode 45: SSK
Slip Slip Knit
Feb 11, 2007
Episode 44: A Good Day
A knitting journey begins in South America, with Charles Voth, and ends in Nova Scotia, with Lucy Neatby.
Jan 19, 2007
Episode 42: Home for the Holiday
Knitting socks, cursing clogs and grateful thanks.
Nov 23, 2006
Episode 43: Granny's Book
More sock knitting, finished with clogs and still thankful.
Nov 23, 2006
Episode 41: A Love Story
Short, but no less sweet, this week we fall in love.
Nov 10, 2006
Episode 40: Get Warped
This week we find a theme, get warped, and continue the wiki conversation.
Nov 03, 2006
Episode 39: The Romney
It's been a year! Dave, Ed, Ethel, Syne, Heather, Sage, Franklin, and Joanne help me celebrate.
Oct 27, 2006
Episode 38: Business As Usual
We keep our Sense of Place, and Free Knitting Culture
Sep 22, 2006
Episode 37: Mill(w)right
Norwegian sweaters, a millwright, and Action Man Orange.
Sep 15, 2006
Episode 36: Bling
No, seriously. It's the pits.
Sep 08, 2006
Episode 35: Local Colour
It's the pits.
Sep 01, 2006
Episode 34: Knitting Mash Up
Winners and grannies and how to mash knitting.
Aug 25, 2006
Episode 33: The one without a clever title.
Some weeping, some cheap tools, some fabulous kniting tips. Business as usual.
Aug 11, 2006
Episode 32: Gwlana (Woolgathering)
Gathering Wool in Wales
Aug 04, 2006
Episode 31: Forever Summer
In Search of the Perfect Sock Pattern
Jul 28, 2006
Episode 30: In Search of Our Grandmother's Rocking Chair
In which we examine our knitting roots.
Jul 21, 2006
Episode 29: You are Here
In which we begin by not really beginning.
Jul 08, 2006
Episode 28: The Snatchel
This week Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, makes us knit silly things.
Jun 10, 2006
Episode 27: The Church of Knitting
Polyhymnia, the Muse of Sacred Song, helps us see the sacred inside the ordinary.
Jun 02, 2006
Episode 26: Knit One, Give Too
Erato, Muse of Love Poetry, inspires us to knit for people we love.
May 26, 2006
Episode 25: Unforced Perspective
Knit harmoniously with Euterpe, the Muse of Music, by your side.
May 19, 2006
Episode 24: Second-hand Rows
Celebrate your knitting legacy with Clio, the Muse of History.
May 12, 2006
Episode 23: Flogging the Proverbial
This week Urania, Muse of Astronomy, teaches us how to stop doing what isn't working.
May 06, 2006
Episode 22: Knit Like Nobody's Watching
This week Terpsichore, Muse of the Dance, teaches us how to knit like nobody's watching.
Apr 28, 2006
Episode 21: Secret Water
Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, knows that uncertainty and despair often bring with them lessons of patience, compassion, and strength.
Apr 21, 2006
Episode 20: Autumn overlooked my knitting
Calliope, firstborn of the Muses, uses Epic Poetry to preserve the great stories of the ages. She invites you to begin an epic knitting project.
Apr 15, 2006
Episode 19: Knitting Memory
Creativity begins with Mnemosyne, Goddess of Memory.
Apr 08, 2006
Episode 18: The Dog Ate My Podcast
Should have been a Muse here, but Ruby happened.
Mar 31, 2006
Episode 17: The Muggle Show
Raconteur. Now there's a word we don't see enough of. This week's guest host is Chicago writer, artist and raconteur, Franklin Habit.
Mar 24, 2006
Episode 16: Steel Hooks
I don't crochet, but Sage, from Quirky Nomads is an expert at it. Lucky for us then that Sage is this week's guest host.
Mar 17, 2006
Episode 15: Working Up a Sweater
The one with Dave from Chub Creek.
Mar 10, 2006
Episode 14: Land of My Fathers
The one for the people who think I talk too much about knitting, and feel there should be more monks in the podcast.
Mar 04, 2006
Episode 13: On Gauge
This week's show is better than a poke in the eye with a pointy stick.
Feb 24, 2006
Episode 12: Green
I am easily confused; a fact that becomes evident about 7 seconds into the podcast.
Feb 17, 2006
Episode 11: The Uninvited Guest
Fifty two minutes and forty seconds of Ritual Humiliation Free Podcasting, and Franklin Habit.
Feb 10, 2006
Episode 10: Bitch and Bitch
We stitch. We bitch. We stitch AND bitch, together.
Feb 05, 2006
Episode 8, I mean 9: Crouch we here awhile, and lurk.
The movie episode. I manage to mention, quote, or describe scenes from no less than four films in this episode, none of which contain knitting.
Jan 27, 2006
Episode 8: Where My Books Go
No essay, but some really good post-chili ritual humiliation.
Jan 20, 2006
Episode 7: Deny the Knit
It's the Blue Episode, and Gail Lucas thinks people who don't behave themselves should have to work harder for their knitted gifts.
Jan 13, 2006
Episode 6: Pulling a Geographic
At least once in every podcast I manage to dig myself a nice hole, and then humiliate myself while I attempt to climb my way out of it. See if you can spot where that happens this time.
Jan 06, 2006
Episode 5: A Cup of Kindness
It was the perfect family Christmas. If by perfect you mean overcooked turkey, badly behaved relatives and something viral taking up residence in your digestive system.
Jan 01, 2006
Episode 4: Holiday on Ice
No, those aren't sleigh bells. That's the sound of ice tinkling, merrily, in my glass of scotch.
Dec 22, 2005
Episode 3: The Sharper End of the Needles
Knitting for love. Chicago writer, Franklin Habit, wonders if anyone is truly worthy.
Dec 09, 2005
Episode 2: A Knitter's Manifesto
What does it really take to be a knitter?
Nov 29, 2005
Episode 1.5: A Snow Day
A Snow Day
Nov 27, 2005
Episode 1: All There is to Know
How a podcast is just like a magazine, only different.
Nov 11, 2005
Halloween Special
A disturbing tale of good yarn gone bad. Not for the faint of heart.
Oct 31, 2005