179 Midnight cakes and hay

Needles afire for summer socks; baking at midnight; running the numbers; standing atop a pile of made things.

I have never seen myself as a wearer of ankle socks, but am flying through the knitting of Lunearia, by Amanita Mackiewitz.

Sock, the first.

This is exactly the fit I am going for in Against All Odds. The pattern is Buttercup, by Heidi Kirrmaier, and it’s free!

What’s up, Buttercup?

That 70s Bra was made from pure, and unadulterated vintage polyester. I fussy cut in order to avoid a bullseye in the wrong place, and ended up with one anyway.

The video series, Mastering Composition, is here. Instructor, Ian Roberts’, book by the same name is also wonderful.

My new favourite mug. Made by this guy. Buy his work here.

The quote at the end of the podcast was from the afterword of A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers.

Music in this episode:


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. 7.30.22
    Brenda said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks for all of your wonderfully interesting podcasts. I really appreciate them.

    Greetings from your northern namesake in Yukon, Canada, Brenda

  2. 8.3.22
    Vicki Hayes said:

    When I saw the Buttercup picture I immediately thought of Sage Remedy Top by Sarah Shepherd which I purchased a few years ago. I love that loose fit also.
    I am in the middle of moving house this week, so shall save the pleasure of listening to this podcast episode when I fall into bed tonight. I have listened to every episode from the beginning but have never commented before.
    Many thanks for your work, Vicki in Australia

  3. 8.12.22
    Terry Hickman said:

    I am so thrilled to have discovered – through Felix Ford’s KNITSONIK blog – that you’ve resumed Cast On! I have to tell you, your podcasts in the late 00’s got me through some really hard years at work after my husband died. I loved them! Can’t wait to catch up with your new ones. Best wishes to you and yours!