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.

The Red Edge has ribbing!

The Riverfront Scarf and my Canyonlands WIP

Pattern Cutting by Dennic Chunman Lo

SR Harris Fabric is SO worth a trip. Here’s what we bought (top row, mine; bottom row, Pam’s):

You can read more about Ferninand Cheval and his Palais Ideal here and here.

Hatfield Marine Science Centre

The House on the Rock

Minack Theatre

St Govan’s Chapel

Many thanks to my friend and neighbour, Caz, and the bees at Spiritwood. (Buy some honey! It’s made right here in my valley! From bees you’ve now met!)

Music in this podcast:


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. 5.9.21
    Lisa Smith said:

    I so much enjoy your podcast and insight of many things.
    In this podcast you mentioned a two strand long-tailed cast on. I have never heard of this. Could you share where I could learn how to do this?

    • 5.9.21
      Brenda said:

      Hi Lisa,

      What I did was use the strand from the inside of the ball, and the strand from outside of the ball. I made a slip knot with both strands, and then I worked a standard long tail cast on using those two strands. When you’re done cast on, you drop the slip knot. This keeps you from having to estimate how much yarn to pull out of the ball for long tail cast on, getting it wrong, and then having to redo the cast on.

      • 5.10.21
        Lisa A Smith said:

        Brilliant! Thank you, Remember, if you are cold put on a sweater 🌼🌸