Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 50 – We choose

Lots coming up over the next few weeks.
If anyone does nalbinding and would like a paid commission for some socks, drop me a line and I’ll pass on Mike’s details.
Monday is Distaff Day so get spinning tomorrow.
Have a look at Marnie’s blog on Wednesday for her coverage of the Sheep to Shawl Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show here.
Ecoyarns is having a sale here and if you’re on Ravelry there’s a further discount, check out the Australian Knitters’ group.
Opera in the Domain is on again this year, we’ll be knitting there. Come along if you’re in Sydney.

What’s happening
Courthouse Stitch’n’Bitch   Every Sunday at the Courthouse Hotel Newtown 1:30pm
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)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Wild Fibers Magazine  from Wild Fibers Magazine (link)
Portal  from Valve Software & EA (link)

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.


6 January 2008 - Posted by | knitting


  1. Hello from Colorado!
    I’ve been listening to your podcast for several months now and can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy it. The chat, the music, the topics, everything flows so smoothly. And it also amazes me how I seem to be on the same topic that you are discussing. Last week I was mentally griping about how part of my capelet looked wonky and you talked about how not to focus on the few things that didn’t work out and look at the many things that did. Then this week I was trying a provisional cast on for the first time and the magic toe-up sock when I listened to you talk about trying harder projects. So I’d say you have your finger on the pulse of what knitters struggle with and talk about them in an intelligent and humorous way.
    I’m a high school teacher too so it’s also fun hear you talk about schools and students in your part of the world. Anyway, thanks for all you do and I look forward to hearing your next podcast. Happy holidays!

    Comment by Kathleen | 8 January 2008

  2. Hi David,
    I do so enjoy your podcast all the way from down under to here in BC Canada.
    I am uncertain as to what 8 ply singles are as referred to in episode 41. Is it yarn with 8 singles in or is it 8 separate singles put together for dyeing ?
    I hail from England where a single was always constant and 4 ply was double thickness of 2 ply and so on. Over the years it has all got muddied and terms of double knitting, worsted fingering etc are only loosely used and each mill seems to have their own version. It is all made worse here in North America where we have Imperial, metric and US sizing in needles and hooks.
    Back to the 8ply single and what is it please.

    Comment by susan forsyth | 9 January 2008

  3. I am so jealous of your outing to the opera! I have to admit that La Boheme is not one of my favorites, but I think watching it outdoors while knitting could make it bearable. (I find myself wanting to yell, “Just *die* already!” during some of Puccini’s operas.) Of course, as an aspiring opera singer, Sydney is high on my list of Places to Visit.
    Have a great time!

    Comment by Tammany | 11 January 2008

  4. Hi David! I’m just now starting on your podcasts. I’m only up to show 4 so far but I’m really enjoying them. Just wanted to say hello and to tell you to keep up the great work!

    Comment by morandia | 16 January 2008

  5. Hi David. Love your voice and interesting comments. Was wondering if you could mention the music from show number 50. We choose.
    Best Regards, Lorraine Vancouver,B.C.

    Comment by lorraine | 19 January 2008

  6. Great podcast! I have had a hard project queued up for a month or so and it is both beautiful and scary. I’m going to go get the yarn for it and give it a shot.

    Ali (St Louis MO, formerly from England, briefly from New Zealand)

    Comment by quantumtea | 19 January 2008

  7. […] show 50 of the Sticks and String podcast, David Reidy talked about tackling a hard project. One you […]

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  8. Hello! I always enjoy your podcasts, but I just wanted to comment this time as towards the end you started talking about the birds that were outside. This was so nice for me, as I lived in Australia as a kid, and a miss seeing cockatoos and rosellas and whatnot! It’s always nice to have something jolt my memory.

    Thank you! 🙂

    Comment by Penny | 25 January 2008

  9. I would like to listen to your podcasts from the beginning. Why don’t you have an index of all the shows? It takes way to much time going back one month at a time using the calander. I tried to find your email to send you this instead but couldn’t find that either.

    Comment by Kate | 25 January 2008

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