Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 9 – Unravelling yarns

Sorry, the show’s not up yet. I’m getting there – slowly.

A big thank you to Megan Trowsdale and Lynda Morison for their hospitality at the Nundle Woollen Mill, their wonderful interviews will be in shows 9 and 10. To whet your appetite for the material, here’s a link to Lara’s blog entry about the trip.

The essay is coming along, the gift cardigan now has attached sleeves, but remains a little drafty with the side seams still not completed; and given the events of the past week it’s sort of important I get it finished for mum.

Speaking of the past week, I have been overwhelmed by the kind messages of support from everyone. In my family, I’m the “do-it” guy when it comes to these sorts of things, so it’s been a week of funeral directors, banks, lawyers, government departments and relatives who couldn’t get through to anyone else on the phone. Your support has been wonderful, thank you so much. (link) Leanne was my sister.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas or whatever else you’re celebrating.


24 December 2006 - Posted by | knitting


  1. Dear David,
    I am so sorry to hear about the untimely parting of your sister. You probably don’t feel up to podcasting at the moment, but I thought I’d drop you a short note to hopefully cheer you up a tiny bit. I enjoy your podcasts very much and can hardly wait to the next episode each week.
    I should introduce myself. I am German, but live in Sweden with a Swedish partner. I have crafted all my life and do lots of different techniques. My website shows examples of my teddy bears and quilts, but I knit a lot and also embroider. As a scientist you may find it interesting to know that I am a scientist too, in biology. My workplace has a huge website at if you’d like to take a look. My partner is a theoretical physicist (but doesn’t knit ;-)).
    Please, keep the podcasts coming. I load them onto my ipod and listen on the bus home. Better not listen on the way to work or I get into knitting mood, which is kind of wrong when I have to concentrate on science ;P. Your voice is easy to hear above the noise of the bus and traffic and for me who has English as a second language your accent and articulation is easy to understand. Thanks you for doing this! Its a lot of fun.
    Have a peaceful Christmas, as happy as possible with the recent loss and may the next year bring you happiness and success in your endeavours
    Warm regards

    Comment by Sabine Stöhr | 24 December 2006

  2. Dear David … I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad, however, that you are able to do so much to help your family at this time. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Kindest Regards … meg

    Comment by Meg | 24 December 2006

  3. I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are in the hearts and thoughts of many friends and podcast fans from around the world.
    Best wishes,
    Lauren (Mill Valley, California)

    Comment by Lauren | 24 December 2006

  4. David…I’m very sorry ot hear of your sister’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Warm regards~ Jerry (Boston MA USA)

    Comment by Jerry | 24 December 2006

  5. Hi David – I hope you are holding up OK. It’s great to be able to support everyone, especially your Mum and the rest of the family but you need to take care of yourself so you can continue to be of support to the others. Perhaps yards and yards of stocking stitch in a comfy chair with a great view, warm cats and some inspiring music? Have the best Christmas you possibly can in the circumstances – it must be lovely still having most of your break ahead.
    Cheers, Sally

    Comment by Sally | 24 December 2006

  6. I was saddened to hear your news. I hope you are keeping chipper and, yes, getting your Mum’s cardigan finished is really important. Your podcasts are models of clarity and full of interest and fun but, family comes first, podcasts can wait.

    Best wishes,


    Comment by Marjorie | 24 December 2006

  7. So sorry for your loss David, I enjoy your podcast and came wondering where it had got to. Take care.

    Comment by Hope | 24 December 2006

  8. SO sorry for your loss, there really aren’t any words adequate but my thoughts are with you and yours. I hope you take the time to look after yourself as well. Thank you again for your inspiring podcasts but as others have said… they can wait.

    Comment by marnie | 25 December 2006

  9. Hi David,
    I wish I could help you sew up those side seams!
    Take care.

    Comment by Franki | 25 December 2006

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

    Comment by Yvonne | 25 December 2006

  11. David, I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    I also want to thank you for your podcasting. I’m a recent subscriber and my husband now listens to each of your podcasts with me. For the very first time, I think he may be considering giving knitting a try. : )

    I hope you enjoy your holiday and enjoy finishing your mom’s cardigan. I also hope you are able to get some quality rest and are able to recharge over your school break.

    Give the kitties a hug for us!

    Comment by Shelly | 25 December 2006

  12. As much as I’ve missed your podcast, don’t feel you have to hurry back.

    I’m terribly sorry for your loss. I see your sister wasn’t that old (my age, so not that old). That makes it particularly hard–especially at this time of year.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy.


    Comment by Geogrrl | 25 December 2006

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss, David. Finish Mum’s cardigan and pay attention to your family. Don’t worry about podcasting again until you feel ready. We’ll still be here.

    Comment by Celia | 25 December 2006

  14. Oh, tough time of year to lose a loved one. Take care of yourself and your mum, and your nieces. Take comfort in each other’s company. Hope you got the cardigan done. We’ll wait for you.

    Comment by outinthewoods | 26 December 2006

  15. It seems I’m commenting on every post – but I really am wishing you heartful peace during this trying time. I was not able to get to the link in your post but was stunned when I saw the name Leanne and that she was your sister. My only child is also named Leanne and it was a shock to see her name in this context. I am so sad for you David as I know you only through your podcast and postings but I look forward to your messages and can hear your kind spirit through your words. Best to you and your family – take your time coming back. From the posts you are receiving, you have built a small community of friends from around the world that are wishing you the same. Warm regards/Anna Marie

    Comment by Anna Marie | 27 December 2006

  16. Hi David,

    Thought about you and your family yesterday. Such a tough time of year to lose a loved one. Take good care.

    Jonathan in DC

    Comment by Jonathan Kirkendall | 27 December 2006

  17. So sorry to hear about your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care!

    On a happier note, I REALLY enjoy your podcasts. Have a very Happy New Year!

    Comment by Mike | 27 December 2006

  18. Hello David, I am so deeply sorry for the loss you and your family have suffered, especially so close to the holidays. You’re very strong for taking care of all the details, but remember to take time for yourself when things settle down. Your work on the blog and podcast have been an inspiration to me, this season has be wonderful, but I can wait. Take care.


    Comment by Rachel Bongini | 27 December 2006

  19. David – I’ve been meaning to write you for a while and tell you I think you are utterly charming.

    I was in bed with the flu this past week and layed there semi-coherent and listened to all 5 of your shows in a row. I love the interviews in the laneway, the sounds of the birds chirping and the dogs barking, and you and your mates talking about knitting. Really good stuff. Take care and thanks for the great podcasts, and looking forward to more great things in the new year.

    Kathleen (California girl, who lived in Shellharbour NSW and married to a St. Kilda boy)

    Comment by kathleen | 28 December 2006

  20. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Please take care of yourself during this very sad time.

    Comment by Jackie (Maryland) | 28 December 2006

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