136 The Why and the How

Where the magic happens.

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

My White Elephant yarn, on Ravelry.

Polar Coat by Regina Moessmer (Rav)

Novus Jacket by Laura Nelkin (Rav)

Thanks to my guest, Patty Lyons. We talked about her Easy Does It – Secrets of ease in sweater construction, and Patty’s Knitting Bag of Tricks classes in the podcast, and you can watch my guest appearance on Patty’s Quarantine Live, where the conversation goes everywhere.

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I’m a serial maker of podcasts, and many things that are not podcasts. I love playing with yarn, fibre and cloth. I will never accept that furniture in my living room only goes two ways. Almost every night, I dream about houses.


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  1. 12.6.20
    Janet said:

    I can normally listen to the podcast right here, can this be fixed since I don’t use any other podcast player?

    • 12.7.20
      Brenda said:

      Hi Janet, I’m so sorry about the broken player! It’s fixed now. If ever this happens again, please feel free to get in touch and let me know, either through the contact page, or via one of the social links at the top of the page. Happy listening!

  2. 12.8.20

    Are you planning to get the podcast on Google podcasts? Would really love to put this in my regular podcast rotation.

    • 12.9.20
      Brenda said:

      Hi Sheena! I’ve submitted the newest RSS feed to Google podcasts, but the old feeds haven’t been removed from the cache yet. Copy and paste this URL into into Google podcasts to ensure you’re subscribed to the correct RSS feed: https://caston.libsyn.com/rss

      I’ve added the URL to the home page, in case anyone else has a similar problem with their media player. Apple seems to be fine, but you’ll need the new feed address to subscribe in Overcast, and Stitcher. The podcast is also available via Amazon Music/Audible, Gaana, and the Android app.