Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 47 – I will follow…?

A bonus at this month’s guild meeting was the book sale, so lots of new books will be coming up for review over the next weeks. Na Craga by Alice Starmore is the next project (well at the moment it is) and Ann Feitelson’s Burrastow Jumper will be the next Fair Isle.

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
Rhonda Lorance    Voices in the forest     (Magnatune)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Shadow Knitting  by Vivian Høxbro (link)

Thanks for letting me know about your bookbinding adventures.
If you’ve used any of the knitting design software could you let me know as I’d be interested in reviewing them for the next season.

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.

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16 December 2007 - Posted by | knitting


  1. I enjoyed your comments on book binding. I’m taking the lazy way out and making altered books. You can see one I’m making on my blog.

    Comment by Cindy | 17 December 2007

  2. Hi David,

    Great work with the show. It’s so nice to listen to a fellow Aussie!
    Just to let you know that I use Cochenille Studio’s Garment Styler and Stitch Painter. Yes they are a bit expensive but I haven’t had a failed project as far as fit goes yet. As long as you do that dreaded “S” word (swatch) it all works out. The patterns are written in a form that machine knitters would be more familiar with I understand, but I find them really easy to use. It shows which side of the garment you need to increase or decrease and by how many stitches. The options for size, ease, shape, style, necklines, sleeves etc are endless. You need to take quite a lot of measurements – not just a chest size – which ensures the fit is just right, even down to having uneven shoulders, extra ease across the back. The options are endless. Garment Styler will generate a pixel per stitch pattern which you can export to Stitch Painter to create your own colour work. Patterns can be created, copied and repeated, reversed, rotated, stamped in other place. There is a module which allows for importing photos for example and translating those to a graph. Text can be imported and will be graphed automatically. – I use this a lot as I like to incorporate words or dates in my work like the old fashioned cross stitch samplers. There are also comprehensive manuals with each of the programs and the software comes in Windows of Mac versions. Just too much to say about it without rabbiting on! Also works for cross stitch, beading, weaving, machine knitting, rug making and sewing pattern making.
    I succumbed to Ravelry last week and have posted a few examples of my stuff so far. Check out TassieKnitter if you are interested in some of the things that these software packages can do.
    I sent you an email a while ago but wasn’t sure if you received it. Would be interested to know if you found any of the book suggestions and websites interesting.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy your holidays,


    Judy (aka TassieKnitter)

    Comment by Judy Blackburn | 19 December 2007

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