Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 121 – Little things

If you’d like to take up the Audible offer of a free trial account and a free book, click here. And thanks to Audible for sponsoring the show this week.
Thanks to everyone who has been in contact over the break, especially Thea, Tabitha, Julianna and Susanne, it was great to hear from everyone.
The rummbling noise throughout this week’s show is Tiger who was purring, luckily he didn’t begin snoring.

What’s happening
Aoteoroa Mens Knitting Retreat (New Zealand) See below
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
Sydney Royal Easter Show Knitting Competition Get your entries in!
Sydney Sity Klickers Every second Saturday at Barmuda, Australia Street Newtown

This show’s music
Harlan Williams Under the Iron Heel of Pagan Rome (Magnatune)

The Glass Desert by Harlan Williams
Fancy a bit of fibre fun in the Wellington region at the tail end of the Southern Summer?!?

I’ve got a great line up of events planned for you including a trip to Experience Stansborough, a working sheep farm, a local yarn manufacturer, and Craft 2.0 a modern craft event. You’ll also get to take part in workshops led by Men, a knitting themed quiz night, go on a yarn crawl and still have plenty of time to just and sit and knit in the company of other Men.

Our venue is the Silverstream Retreat Complex nestled in the Hutt Valley which is only a short drive along the Hutt Motorway from Wellington City. More specifically we’ll be staying in the Stonewall Lodge (I don’t expect there to be a riot but we should be able to manage some riotous fun!). The complex was originally built for the United States Armed Forces stationed in New Zealand during the 1940’s and 1950’s. It is a substantial complex which is currently being renovated but the great news for us is that the Stonewall Lodge renovation is already complete and features comfortable share twin accommodation which overlooks the beautiful Hutt River and Manor Park Golf Course.

How much will this cost I hear you say… well here is the fee price breakdown per person
$250.00 – Share twin accommodation and meals from Thurs afternoon to Sunday morning
$ 23.00 – Admin Fee (for planning and execution time)
$ 22.00 – Experience Stansborough entry fee
$ 10.00 – PayPal Fees (this is fee is 3% and is charged when you transfer money via PayPal)
$ 5.00 – Teaching stipend (It’s only fair to compensate instructors for their efforts)
$ 5.00 – Sundry supplies (binders, paper, pens, etc)
$ 5.00 – Printing fees (Handouts for classes)
NZ $320.00 GRAND TOTAL (does NOT include air fare, petrol, shuttles, etc.)
That equates to approx US$ 220.00 or AUS$ 270.00 on current exchange rates. (21/Oct/09)

Check-In Time will be from 3pm on the Thursday and Check Out will be lunch time on Sunday. As an optional extra (and if you just don’t want to say good bye just yet) after we check out you’re welcome to travel to Greytown where I live and attend a Men’s only meeting of the Sunday KNIT-Tea knitting group in the garden at my home, Scarlet Oak Cottage. You will have plenty of time to sit and knit, check out J.O.Y. as well as the other shops in Greytown before heading back to Wellington. To confirm your place at the Retreat I need to receive your payment in full by February 6th. I will be required to pay a sizeable deposit to the venue within the next month so don’t hesitate to register and pay ASAP. If you have paid but have to cancel you can get a full refund provided you notify me of your cancellation by February 6th 2010. After that date the accommodation and meal costs are non-refundable but I will be able to refund you the balance of the fee which will be NZ$70.

If you need any more information about the Retreat or have any questions just reply to this thread or you’re welcome to contact me directly through Ravelry (KiwiJames) or by e-mail jamesherbison(at)gmail(dot)com

I’m excited already and I hope you will be too! Testosterone and yarn are a great match.
(Kiwi) James

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.
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7 February 2010 - Posted by | knitting


  1. Hooray! So glad to have you back!

    Comment by Adrienne | 7 February 2010

  2. Thank you for the wonderful show! Your essay was thoughtful, and it made me realize that I can put a little love for myself into the sweater I’m knitting (endlessly, ahem). I’m relieved that you’ve recovered and put that health trouble behind you. And selfishly, it was lovely to have your podcast a part of my Sunday morning again.

    Comment by Julie | 7 February 2010

  3. Welcome back! I’m listening right now. So glad you’re all recovered.

    Comment by Kenneth | 8 February 2010

  4. Welcome back!!!

    Comment by Kathy | 8 February 2010

  5. Welcome back. I have missed your voice and glad everything went well with your surgery.

    Comment by Cat Humphreys | 8 February 2010

  6. Welcome back!! Hope you’re mended and happy. Missed you LOTs while you were gone.

    Comment by Angelina | 8 February 2010

  7. How very nice to be able to listen to you again while I’m recovering from a hip replacement. I hope you are feeling better than your old self. The podcast world was lacking much of its class and sanity without you.

    Comment by Maureen J | 8 February 2010

  8. Glad you had a good break, glad to have you back on my ipod.

    Comment by Silverilix | 8 February 2010

  9. Yay — welcome back! So nice to hear all went well. And keep recommending books 🙂 — I’m getting a Kindle (hubby already has one)
    Maryjo (in CA where some trees are starting to blossom but has family in VA who are still digging out of snow)

    Comment by MaryjoO | 15 February 2010

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