I have been listening to Cast-On from the beginning, when it was the only knitting podcast except for KnitCast. Brenda is a pioneer in this, and if you listen to the original episodes, you will see that podcasting was still fairly new and she was still learning to use the equipment, encouraging others to podcast in the fiber arts, and giving new podcasters advice. I admire her for jumping right into the deep end of this new medium feet-first. The sound quality of her show is excellent. Her voice is warm and expressive. I have heard it described as "melted chocolate." She discusses knitting as a soulful craft, not just a hobby. She talks about her knitting failures as well as success, and how she goes through the process of selecting yarn, matching it to a project, problems encountered during the project and how she solved them. For me, it really helps to hear this, because that is how I knit. It never goes smoothly from start to finish. It's a process, kind of a journey.
Like her knitting, Brenda puts a lot of planning, thought and effort into each podcast. I go back and listen to the early episodes again, and always get something out of it, because I am at a different place in my knitting than I was 4-5 years ago when I first listened to them.
Most podcasters discuss what is going on in their lives to some extent. I think Brenda's life is interesting, and I enjoy hearing about her life in Wales. I don't think she talks about herself too much or is neurotic, as one reviewer suggested here. Brenda does not ask for contributions more than any other podcaster. There are server expenses, equipment expenses, etc. and if you like a podcast and can afford it, you should contribute in some way. I think some of the negative reviews here are unfair and snarky. If you don't like something, just unsubscribe. Why write a nasty review of a free podcast?