Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 85 – Knitting a spacecraft

Back safely from camp, which was lots of fun and included no breakages.
Not much knitting though, no one needed staking out.
Looking forward to Summer which starts tomorrow, and holidays which start on Friday.
A look at the NSW school system too – as requested.

What’s happening
Courthouse Stitch’n’Bitch   Every Sunday at the Courthouse Hotel Newtown 1:30pm
Mens Australian Knitting Retreat   Jenolan Caves House 10-13 July 2009
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 Knitting Competition   Entries for the Arts section open on 3 November

This show’s music
Ensemble Al Asdeka    La Roza Linda     (Magnatune)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Knitting Workshop with Elizabeth Zimmermann  from Schoolhouse Press (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.
My Blackberry pin is 2528FD42.
My Amazon wish list is here.
I’m sure that you know to replace the at with AT with @ and DOT with . but maybe the spam bots 

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


30 November 2008 - Posted by | knitting


  1. Good morning David, It’s called Black Friday as a financial term. This is where retailers make alot of money on holiday shoppers and can have there finances go from running in the red (bad) to running in the black(good).

    I loved the music! Something different and very interesting.
    Have a good one!

    Comment by Tonya | 1 December 2008

  2. Tonya beat me too it. I was going to say the same thing.

    Comment by KnittingDragon | 1 December 2008

  3. Hey, David. Thanks for yet another great podcast. As for the American school terms, they’re just alternate names for high school grades, but they also apply to college. High school starts in 9th grade (freshman), then 10 (sophmore), 11 (junior), and 12 (senior). Most American colleges (Universitys) also apply these names for the four years of undergraduate school. I hope that clears things up, I know how confusing it is…

    Comment by Michelle | 1 December 2008

  4. Personally, I loved the set up for the ‘bad joke’. I chuckled aloud as I walked the dog in the whistling snow storm.

    I have two suggestions for interviews:

    Lolly, from
    She’s the inventor of both Socktoberfest and Project Spectrum, two wonderful ways that knitters can get together across the miles and explore.

    Ruth from Woolly Wormhead :

    She’s an amazing hat designer who lives in a van with her husband and baby. Her book “Going Straight” about hats knitted sideways using straight needles and short-row shaping just got mention in Vogue. She’s a really interesting person who really thinks about her knitting.

    Thanks for the podcast. It brightens my weeks.

    Comment by prairiepoppins | 5 December 2008

  5. David,

    What about interviewing Jess & Casey from Ravelry? Or maybe Kelley Petkun, the owner of Knit Picks?

    Thanks for another great podcast!

    Comment by Emily | 5 December 2008

  6. Just to piggy back off Tonya who explained the meaning behind “Black Friday,” accountants have always recorded their figures in black and red ink…black showing a profit…red, a deficit. The mass of shopping done puts businesses back in the black.

    Comment by Wendy | 12 December 2008

  7. Hi David, I’ve really been enjoying your podcasts, and am enjoying catching up with all of them since the beginning.

    I am in California, but have relatives in Sydney whom I’ll be visiting in March 2009. I’m looking forward to visiting the local yarn shops and knitting groups while in Sydney!

    Keep up the great work!


    Comment by Brenda | 15 December 2008

  8. Loved this podcast…listened to it today while eating a hot bowl of chili at Bruegger’s Bagels. It’s a damp, gray day – but listening to the podcast brightened up my day!

    I’m still a new listener and love catching up on the backstory podcasts.


    Comment by Susan | 11 March 2010

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