Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 19 – Footprints

If you want some scientific knitting:
Here’s a DNA molecule.
and here’s a gastrointestinal tract.

The Chaser’s War on Everything is here.
Terry’s site is here.
Knitty’s guide to dyeing.
If you haven’t seen the Sony exploding paint ad, it’s here.

What’s happening
121st Hawkesbury Show   Get your entries in for this year’s show by 5 April.
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
Heavy Mellow    Worms in the Woodwork     ( Magnatune)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Knitting Around  by Elizabeth Zimmerman (link)

Thanks to Rachel and Carlie for this week’s story.

You can contact me at david AT sticksandstring DOT com DOT au or
podcast AT sticksandstring DOT com DOT au
I’m sure that you know to replace the at with AT with @ and DOT with . but maybe the spam bots won’t.

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1 April 2007 - Posted by | knitting


  1. I must tell you that the sound of your cats rustling was so realistic, I thought I had cats in my living room!

    Enjoyed the podcast as usual. Keep up the good work!

    Pat H in Louisiana USA

    Comment by Patricia Harper | 1 April 2007

  2. Hi David
    Thanks for a continually interesting and intelligent podcast. I have thought of a topic you might like to investigate in a future show, that of charity knitting and the knitting many of us do for other people out of compassion. There is an Australian website called knit4charities and then in aussieknits online knitting group members have been knitting Aids jumpers for babies in Africa. Many people knit squares for “Wrap with Love” and join in the ABC radio’s Knit In which usually happens in June. The USA has lots of international knitting for charity as well, with afghans4Afghan and the Dulaan Project.

    Continue the fantastic podcast and enjoy your holiday.

    By the way, have you started a knitting group at your school?


    Susan Goode

    Comment by Susan Goode | 1 April 2007

  3. I look forward to your podcast every week! It’s always great and inspiring. Thank you.

    Have a great week and enjoy your holidays!

    Comment by Shelly | 2 April 2007

  4. Thanks so much for your podcasts. I enjoy listening each time.
    That idea about the pockets sounds fascinating. It will be interesting to hear how that works out.
    You’ve got me back into knitting again – I’ve been more into free machine embroidery and quilting over the last couple of years… I’d forgotten just how addictive knitting could be.
    Best wishes,

    Comment by mandy | 2 April 2007

  5. As usual a very interesting podcast–thanks! Regarding the cardigan you talked about, I don’t remember what you said you’re knitting it in. If it’s at all heavy, you may need to cast off the neck edge stitches in order to reinforce the neckline. I tried leaving live stitches at the neck edge of a pullover and knitting the neckband onto the live stitches. My husband tried on the finished sweater and the neck promptly stretched out big enough he could probably have slipped out of it by pushing it down past his waist. I was not interested in reknitting the neck, so instead I reinforced the neckline with slip-stitch crochet. It was succesful, but anyone looking at the inside of the sweater would realize this was a stopgap measure. Of course I’ve also had the opposite problem, where I’ve cast off the neck stitches too tightly and had the pullover not fit over the intended victim’s head. In that case I had no choice but to out the neck and the cast-off and do it all over. Good luck, whichever way you decide to try it.

    Comment by Tan | 2 April 2007

  6. Hello David

    I really enjoy your podcast and I am in the works on my own. I live in Michigan in the States. I had to find the pic of the knitted gi track here is the link. I sent a poem but don’t know if you received it? Any have a great day and love the podcast

    Comment by knitkim | 3 April 2007

  7. David,
    I look forward to your podcasts… and I appreciate the consistency with which you put out your podcasts. It’s wonderful to have to “catch up”!
    Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you to try dyeing yarn, it is a wonderful wonderful process, which is immensely gratifying. I totally recommend using the Wilton Cake Dyes… in the US they are super cheap, and I am trying to get myself set up with lots of white wool, so I have lots of color choices!

    Comment by Sharah | 4 April 2007

  8. Hi David,

    Congratulations on two series of your fantastic podcast. You are always insightful and I look forward to listening to you on my commute on Mondays. Yesterday, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear my story read this episode. I almost dropped my needles!

    I hope you have a nice holiday, and I look forward to series #3.

    Comment by Rachel | 4 April 2007

  9. David,
    Thanks for the link to the Sony Paint Ad, it was spectacular.


    Comment by Bev Love | 4 April 2007

  10. As I listened to this week’s episode I was doing the grocery shopping. I sat in the car for a while waiting for store #2 to open and became convinced that the organic broccoli had a really big caterpillar in it this week! But it was cats on the podcast! what fun they are!

    That gastro-intestinal tract is truly awesome.

    Comment by Gail | 5 April 2007

  11. Congrats on being quoted in the new issue of “Yarn” David!

    Comment by OzKnitter | 6 April 2007

  12. Hay david I wanted to let you know about a book I found for a friend of mine’s birthday. I was nervous that it wouldn’t be any good but after getting it I discovered that it is wonderful and I thought you’d like to check it out. Love the show and keep it up!


    Comment by Valerie | 6 April 2007

  13. I just finished catching up with your podcasts and now you’re taking a break soon!
    I love your show; it’s straightforward, entertaining, and informative.
    It’s really good to know that the Vogue knitting mag has good articles; I picked it up the other day and wasn’t sure if it’d be of any use; stuff won’t fit me either, but I’m going to try to alter some of them so they’ll look good on me. 🙂

    It’s a relief to know another teacher who knits in school. I teach fifth grade (10-11 year olds) and often knit when supervising their work and between teaching segments. (But how do you find time at home to do so much? I’m always bogged down in correcting and planning!)

    I’m from western Massachusetts in the States, newly transplanted from Boston, so “It’s a Purl, Man” is my next podcast to catch up to.

    My Nana taught me to knit when I was about seven. I remember going to her at a family picnic after she’d taught me for another lesson, because somehow I wasn’t using up any yarn. She showed me again, patiently, ignoring the people she’d been talking to, and I was off and running again. She also taught me to crochet, bake chocolate chip cookies, and get what I want during a fabric store sale. 🙂 She’s quite a lady, and I want to be her when I grow up. She learned from her mother, for whom I’m named.
    Ok, time to get up, get reay for work, and begin reknitting the pullover (jumper!) I frogged up to the underbust last night (knitting downward). Kids’ll love to see that. 😉

    Comment by Juliet | 6 April 2007

  14. Enjoy your holiday – I’m jealous! Here in the States we only get one week in April.
    I’ve gotten caught up on your podcast and now listen on my way to or from work – an hour’s drive each way. I love the different perspective on knitting (and the accent) and the descriptions of your projects. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who starts projects over if they don’t look right.

    I’m a teacher too, but of younger kids – 10-11 year olds now, one year older last year. With the older group, I had a knitting/ crochet group that met during school as an elective, which kids really liked if they could get over the actual learning of it.

    What I’d like to know is – how do you have time to knit on the way home instead of marking papers and planning? Somehow I have more out of school work that cuts into my knitting time, and I’d love to know how to cut down on that.

    Keep up the good work, and thank you for all the effort you put into your podcasts!

    Comment by Juliet | 10 April 2007

  15. You may find that the shoulder “seams” stretch too much if you don’t reinforce them somehow. Casting off and stitching them up does that, but you can also do it in other ways if you don’t want to have a seam. The shoulder area carries the entire weight of your garment, and over time it can stretch and begin to look droopy. Just something to think about.

    Comment by Liana | 10 April 2007

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