Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 53 – Knitting a country

The apology is here.
Australian Country Spinners can be found here.
Belle of the Ball Podcast
Cobblestone Pullover

What’s happening
Australian Sheep and Wool Show   Bendigo Victoria 18-20 July
Courthouse Stitch’n’Bitch   Every Sunday at the Courthouse Hotel Newtown 1:30pm
Knitters Connection   Once again in Columbus Ohio from 11 to 14 June. Lots of interesting people…
Knitters Weekend   Wellington New Zealand 9-11 May
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

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Cochenille Design Studio and Stitch Painter  from Cochenille (link)

Cobblestone is finished (photos when the weather clears up).
And another pumpkin hat completed, this time for … (well they know he’s a boy).

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.
My Blackberry pin is 2528FD42.
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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17 February 2008 - Posted by | knitting


  1. David:

    Even though I’m an American, I signed the Sorry Book when I was visiting Oz several years ago. I would have liked to think that the allies of Australia would have encouraged (peacefully of course) different behavior. Especially with the US (and UK) own history with it’s native peoples.

    I’m so happy to hear that they finally did the right thing.

    “Rabbit Proof Fence” is a good movie available for rental here in the US about the stolen generation.

    Comment by Sherry W | 18 February 2008

  2. Thanks for another great show, David!

    Regarding Beowolf – do you listen to the Oxford University: Podcasts from Medieval English lectures? These podcasts come straight from the lecture hall, and are very entertaining, if you like history.

    Thanks again!


    Comment by Meg | 18 February 2008

  3. I love your taste in music. The essay and song really works well together.

    Comment by rebecca | 20 February 2008

  4. David!

    I loved the latest installment. The apology was uplifting and inspirational. I hope other world leaders can follow this historic example.

    Thank you so much for announcing our podcast on your show. We are very honored and thrilled to have the publicity! I know you asked for promos, but we’ve only just put them up. If you need them they’re there. Oh, and we’re on iTunes, finally. 😉

    Take Care!

    Comment by WonderMike | 20 February 2008

  5. Hi David,

    Thanks for putting up such great podcasts, and so timely! Your perspective from a different part of the world (I’m in California) is refreshing. And your bit about the Australian government and the “lost people” taught me something about Australia that I never thought conceivable. I guess every country has its dirty laundries!

    Thanks again!

    Comment by Irene | 24 February 2008

  6. Wonderful essay. Thank you for including it, even if it doesn’t have much to do with knitting, per se.

    Comment by Red | 24 February 2008

  7. the essay was informative and moving — thanks for giving us the update.

    And the Australian Country Spinners company: 20,000 KILOS of wool to be processed? Yikes. Did you ever find out how many people at the factory actually knit, by the way?

    Comment by MaryjoO | 28 February 2008

  8. Hi David,

    I have started listening to your podcasts from the beginning and am quite enjoying the material so far (ep 2, so I am way behind). I am feeling a bit warm for you since my feline company is also called Tikka.

    Happy days, Gale

    Comment by Gale | 29 February 2008

  9. I really appreciate you talking about the apology. I found it very interesting to hear what it was like to Australians when the apology was given. Thank you!

    Comment by Laura | 5 March 2008

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