Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 12 – Who will buy…

In this week’s show we visit Heather from Braeside Alpacas and have a chat about what it’s like being a sheep and alpaca farmer in Australia. It’s full of useful tips, like how to stop your alpacas from rolling in the dirt when it’s time to shear them. There’s the usual knitting news, here’s the Saporro jumpers, and the link to Extreme knitting. Don’t miss the latest “It’s a purl man” episode with Stitchy McYarnPants and the knitting patterns.

What’s happening
Courthouse Stitch’n’Bitch   Every Sunday at the Courthouse Hotel Newtown 1:30pm
Knitters Connection   A knitting event that features Sally Melville, Cat Bordhi and 10 other knitting teachers teaching 35 classes June 6 – 10 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus
NSW Knitters Guild (Blue Mountains Division)   3rd Saturday of each month at the Blaxland Community Centre
Sydney Royal Easter Show   Sydney’s most prestigious knitting competition.
Sydney Sity Klickers   Every second Saturday at Barmuda, Australia Street Newtown

This show’s music
Rob Costlow   
Reflections     (

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Friday Night Knitting Club  by  (link)
Bamboo Interchangeable Needles  from from Tapestry Craft (link)
You can contact me at david AT sticksandstring DOT com DOT au or
podcast AT sticksandstring DOT com DOT au
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11 February 2007 - Posted by | knitting


  1. Hi David! Just listened to the latest episode (sure makes the dishes more pleasant!) and, as usual, enjoyed it very much. Speaking of the cats’ bells-last episode I was reminded of the records we had as children that had a ringing sound to remind us to ‘turn the page’ as we listened to the story… we listen to podcasts on MP3 players-who’d have thought??

    Comment by Leonie | 11 February 2007

  2. thank you for another wonderful episode.
    the photos of the sweaters for men are for the most part frightening! all that work and were they ever worn?
    i enjoyed your essay very much.
    i am anxious to see the steaked sweater when finished(it does sound like a fearful experience).

    Comment by profbookwurmknits | 12 February 2007

  3. As usual, I enjoyed the show. Thanks for the link to the men’s sweater patterns… it makes it so much clearer why the “boyfriend sweater curse” came into being… just one of those sweaters would send anyone running for the hills. Also enjoyed your essay and interviews as always.

    Comment by marnie | 13 February 2007

  4. Hi! I really enjoy your podcasts.
    The bamboo set look exactly like a set I have. They’re Plymouth brand. They are great to work with. Like all screw on interchangeables you need to keep an eye on the screw join because it will unscrew on you after knitting for awhile. As long as you keep an eye on it, it’s not a problem. The only problem I’ve had is with the really long (40″?) cord. Plymouth’s joins can’t take that much weight. I was knitting a Shetland Shawl (a small one for a class) with alpaca yarn & it pulled loose on me – not unscrewed, just pulled out. Plymouth replaced it. I put it on & it wound up pulling out on me too.
    So, the shorter cords are great. I love the needles to work with. I prefer wood needles so finding these was great. WEBS also has a set with a few more accesories more like the Denise needles. It’s nice too but I like the feel of the Plymouth needles better.

    Keep up the great show!

    Comment by Colleen | 15 February 2007

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