Dear Knitsib…

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In case you’re wondering, “croeso” means “welcome!” in Welsh. And that one word represents one fifth of the sum of my knowledge of Welsh. (The other four Welsh words I know are “diolch”, which means thanks, “iawn”, which is good, “cariad” which is what sweethearts call each other, and “enfys” is Welsh for rainbow.]

Nevertheless, croeso, and welcome to my new website. My name is Brenda Dayne. I live in Wales. I like to knit things, and then write down the patterns so others can knit them too. I’ve worked diligently for many weeks to build this website so that I can share all my patterns. Building this website was significantly harder than writing patterns. I think pretty much everything works okay. If you find otherwise, please use the contact form on the right to let me know.

Some Random Facts About Wales

  • There are more sheep than people in Wales.
  • When you spell Wales with an “H” it means something else entirely.
  • Wales is geographically about the same size as Arkansas.
  • There hasn’t been a Welsh Prince of Wales for over 800 years.
  • Wales tastes like chicken.
  • Wales is the birthplace of the poet, Dylan Thomas, the actor, Richard Burton, and the singer Tom Jones.

Wales is also the birthplace of Cast On, the podcast produced and hosted by yours, truly. Founded in 2005 on nothing more than the desire to talk about knitting to people who get it, both Cast On and me, as its producer, have evolved to focus on finding inspiration in the ordinary and using it to kick start the process of making. What matters most to me is carving out creative time and space to work on the projects that really matter, whether that’s knitting a sweater, planting a garden, building a website, like this one, or preparing to rule the world. (Believe me, if I were in charge of this place, knitting would be compulsory in all high level government meetings.)

And this website? Well, if you called it a Cast On Spin Off you wouldn’t be far wrong. And I’d pardon the pun. What you’ll find here are some of the other things I make when I’m not busy making a podcast. I do hope you enjoy them.