Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 44 – Proportion

A happy podcaster after the Australian election result.
This week a look at spinning and how I got tangled up in it, a look at the upcoming knitting season, adn the usualy bits and pieces.
You can find spinning information at Knitty, Spin-Off Magazine and The Joy of Knitting
There was a nice article about Kerry Nettle on the SMH site.

What’s happening
Courthouse Stitch’n’Bitch Every Sunday at the Courthouse Hotel Newtown 1:30pm
NSW Knitters Guild (Blue Mountains Division) 3rd Saturday of each month at the Blaxland Community Centre
NSW Knitters Guild (Canowindra Group) 10am, 2nd Saturday of each month at Glasonbury, Longs Corner Road, Canowindra
Perth City Nits Every second Saturday – Boarders Hay Street Mall, Perth
Sydney Royal Easter Show Details of the arts competitions (entries open until 11 January 2008)
Sydney Sity Klickers Every second Saturday at Barmuda, Australia Street Newtown

This show’s music
Justin Bianco What you leave behind (Magnatune)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
The Ashford book of spinning by Anne Field (link)
WooLee winder from Robert Lee & Son (link)

You can help out with the San Francisco Bay oil spill here.

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

Click here to play the show using your computer’s audio player.


25 November 2007 - Posted by | knitting


  1. David,
    Thank you so much for mentioning our Knitters for Critters fundraising project to help with the SF Bay Oil Spill. We’ve raised $400 to date, and we appreciate your support so much!


    Comment by Renee | 26 November 2007

  2. I would also recommend this site for spinning:

    Even though it’s focused on drop spindling, a lot of the fibre prep, drafting, and finishing techniques are applicable even if you’re using a wheel.

    Comment by Andrea | 26 November 2007

  3. David, I particularly liked your essay this week. The idea of using proportion for both of its meanings was inspired, and the central message about giving until it hurts to those who need it and not giving (knitting) until it hurts to those who don’t was right on.

    Here’s hoping we get good electoral results on our side of the Pacific next year, too.


    Comment by greenmue | 29 November 2007

  4. Hi David, Thanks for the reminder to keep my holiday knitting fun!
    I love spinning and am glad you did a show on it. I am envious of you woolee winder! I have a majacraft rose wheel and love it. I hope to get the little gem soon from a friend, so that I will have a more portable wheel, as well as More Bobbins!
    I am going to check out the Ashford spinning book. You made it sound like it had more in it than I thought. Kathy aka knittin’ cacher

    Comment by Kathy | 29 November 2007

  5. Hi David! I, too, am one of those people who will go back and “catch up” on all the past episodes when I find a new podcast. I’ve made it up to here and am enjoying the show very much.

    I appreciated your comments about the election in Australia, and how the changeover in government happens peacefully. I live in Nairobi and that is something I will never take for granted again!

    Comment by Linda | 23 February 2008

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