137 Giving shy persons the strength to do what needs to be done

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This week we’re talking self care. Tell me about the ways you’re being kind to yourself. And the yarn that makes you happiest.

A Prairie Home Companion

Watch the Walmart’s Drone Light Show.

Read Lewis Mumford’s Pentagon of Power and The City in History

Read The Salamander, by Owen Johnson

EcoScrubbies! The search is over! Do search for them. They’re amazing.

Many thanks to Kirsty Hall for Granny’s Book. You can listen to the original episode featuring Granny’s Book here.

You can listen to episode 116 Changing Horses Midstream here.

All my Ravelry patterns are free! Get them here. (Do get in touch if you’re off Ravelry, for whatever reason, and I’ll email them to you.)

Music used in this podcast:

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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. 12.13.20
    Judith said:

    Dear Brenda,
    just a comment : My heart jumped when I heard the voice of Kara Shallenberg reading the piece by Kirsty Hall. I know her from Librivox, she is my favourite reader and then from her blog kayray.org
    She is in poor health now and and is facing end of life decisions. Just to let you know that for some people life changed a lot between the original recording and now, it made me very sad, but that is how life is.
    Please keep on producing this show.

  2. 12.19.20
    Jane Adair said:

    I just found you and I’m so glad to hear your beautiful voice and wise perspective again. I first started listening to Cast On in the summer of 2010. I was a new mom listening with my infant son. Your show was a bright spot in a hard time, and here I am again, making time to listen during a hard time. Thank you.

  3. 12.29.20
    Susan Coonan said:

    Dear Brenda,
    I am so happy to hear your voice and pearls of wisdom again! Your podcast has now become part of my practice of self-care.
    You taught a class in, 2012 at A Verb for Keeping Warm, that my sister and I attended. We were newbie sock-knitters and you were teaching a toe-down sock class. I felt that many of the students were hard on you and it troubled me for years. It’s been a long time and I have always wanted to say how sorry I was for their behavior and it actually turned me off of ever wanting to knit socks. Now, I am here to say that you did not deserve such an obnoxious class. I want to apologize for them and say that I am sorry!
    On a better note, to celebrate 500 members, how about sharing the members’ favorite thoughts on knitting? It could be a nod to our community created by all things fiber-related. A love story ❤️
    Thank you for a wonderful show and the music is excellent! Susan on Bainbridge Island

    • 12.30.20
      Brenda said:

      Susan, now *I* feel terrible that the memory you have of the class at Verb is not a good one! Honestly, while I did teach some very difficult classes during my travels, I remember the classes at Verb quite fondly. So, dear knitsib, rest easy.

      Ps: If you still want to learn to knit socks the way I do, there’s a Sherman toe and heel tutorial included in my Tintern Abbey pattern.

      • 12.31.20
        Susan Coonan said:

        Thank you for your kind words and tutorial suggestion. I am pleased that your memory was a fond one!
        Happy New Year and the warmest wishes to you and your family.