Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 124 – Thinking small

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Thanks to everyone who has been in contact over the past week, and don’t forget to ask some questions..
This week’s show sounds a little different due to the lack of carpet in the room, and the changed recording set up – back to normal around 9 April.

This show’s music
Voices of Music Vivaldi – Concerto in G for 2 Cellos and Strings ( (Magnatune)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Symphonie Interchangeable Crochet Hook from Knit Pro (link)
Kindle from Amazon (link)

Concerto Barocco by Voices of Music

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
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28 February 2010 - Posted by | knitting


  1. Horrible pun! Do you read any Spider Robinson? Great music and thanks for the cro-hook tip. You know Knitpicks will get flooded with requests. I like the Kindle myself tho I don’t have one. Thanks for the review.
    No reply needed, “See” you next week.
    Tonya omaha nebraska, USA

    Comment by tonya | 1 March 2010

  2. Thanks for the book suggestion. I am compiling a list of your suggestions and Brenda Dayne’s.
    I have a Kindle also and it is wonderful. Most of my patterns are download pdfs. I have put some of the patterns on the Kindle. Have not been able to see them as a pdf but I have been able to convert them to a mobipocket file and then read them on the kindle.

    Comment by Terri M. | 1 March 2010

  3. Best wishes on pursuing your “small” manifesto. These are tenets I have held for a long time, and while click and shop is tempting, I seek and enjoy the ties with my local businesses.

    Lovely Vivaldi.. remnds me of Do catch them if you find yourself near them.

    Comment by Alanna | 1 March 2010

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