Sticks & String

A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits.

Show 168 – The main road

Hi all, back from the school retreat, and I’ve even had time to mow the lawn.

This week, why the Internet is becoming like suburban estates.

We catch up with the cats. Audible isn’t a sponsor this week, but you can take advantage of their special offer here.

I’m brushing up on my Italian using Rosetta Stone, you can get it from Amazon.

The music this week is The road back played by Rob Costlow on his album Woods of chaos from Magnatune.

A direct link to the show is here, so you can play it on your computer.

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30 October 2011 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | 1 Comment

Show 82 – So much more

Some ideas to overcome the ill effects of the financial turmoil caused by the scarf.
A quick visit to the Zig Zag railway this morning for some photos.

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
Studio 49 Fiber Retreat   A fibre retreat in Sonora California
Sydney Royal Easter Show Knitting Competition   Entries for the Arts section open on 3 November

This show’s music
Brian Turner    Love     (Podsafe)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Books
Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting  by Alice Starmore (link)

Congratulations to the US on their new president elect, he’s pretty popular down here already.
If you’ve got suggestions for people to interview for the next interview series, please drop me a line.

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.

9 November 2008 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | 2 Comments

Show 8 – The Interknit

Welcome to show 8, This show’s theme is ‘The Interknit’.

The essay is available here.

What’s happening
Courthouse stitch’n’bitch – Sundays 1:30
Sydney Sity Klickers Every second Saturday afternoon
NSW Knitter’s Guild – Blue Mountains – 3rd Saturday of each month
Long Island Knitting and Crochet Guild (link to a page with their details, scroll down a little way) Westbury Library – 2nd Thursday of each month
Sydney Royal Easter Show 5 – 18 April 2007- Competition details. Arts entries close 20 December

The links to sites throughout the show:
The Latvian NATO mittens
The knitalong listing
Franklin Habit
Dalegarn
Knitting Help
See Eunny Knit
Grumperina’s free patterns
Wendy Knits
Yarn Harlot
Savannah Chik
Knitty.com
Spinblessing
Dalegarn
The Torino 2006 “Sweater”

This show’s music
This week’s tracks come from the Podsafe music network.
(Except for the little bit of Bach at the beginning and end, that’s me on a synthesiser.)

Jonathan Coulton Mandelbrot Set (link)
Blazej Lindner Song For You (link)

Link to the show file
Show 8 – The Interknit

No spinning mentioned this week – I ran out of time. I really want to keep the shows between 30 and 40 mins (this week is about 35 mins). Also unless you’re really into overspun lumpy yarn, then you’re not missing anything. I have another lesson after I get the podcast out.

You can contact me at: podcast at sticksandstring dot com dot au (I’m sure you know to replace the at with @ and the dot with . but perhaps the spam bots won’t.)

If you’d like to contribute to Sticks & String, guest essays, reviews, suggestions of music, people to interview, please just let me know. And please let me know about your knitting group I’d love to have to start a whole separate page because the list is too long.

16 December 2006 Posted by | Podcasting | 17 Comments

Show 7 – The LYS

Welcome to show 7, This show’s theme is The Local Yarn Shop.

The essay isn’t available here just yet (because I forgot to ask Lara for permission to put it up).
Lara’s blog is here.

Katoomba Knitting doesn’t have a website, but here are their contact details. Pop in and say ‘Hi’ to Jan next time you’re up there.
Shop 11, Town Centre Arcade
Katoomba St
Katoomba, New South Wales 2780
Phone (02) 47826137

I got my white merino tops at Virginia Farm Woolworks. I love their dyed tops too.

What’s happening
Courthouse stitch’n’bitch – Sundays 1:30
Sydney Sity Klickers Every second Saturday afternoon
NSW Knitter’s Guild – Blue Mountains – 3rd Saturday of each month
Long Island Knitting and Crochet Guild (link to a page with their details, scroll down a little way) Westbury Library – 2nd Thursday of each month
Sydney Royal Easter Show 5 – 18 April 2007- Competition details. Arts entries close 20 December so hurry up!

This show’s music
This week’s tracks come from the Podsafe music network
(Except for the little bit of Bach at the beginning and end, that’s me on a synthesiser.)

Shams Creation (link)
The Stark Variation on Bolero (link)
Link to the show file
Show 7 – The LYS

You can contact me at: podcast at sticksandstring dot com dot au (I’m sure you know to replace the at with @ and the dot with . but perhaps the spam bots won’t.)

If you’d like to contribute to Sticks & String, guest essays, reviews, suggestions of music, people to interview, please just let me know. And please let me know about your knitting group I’d love to have to start a whole separate page because the list is too long.

9 December 2006 Posted by | Podcasting | 9 Comments

Show 6 – What men want more

Welcome to show 6, This show’s theme is ‘What men want more’.

The essay is available here.

What’s happening
Courthouse stitch’n’bitch – Sundays 1:30
Sydney Sity Klickers Every second Saturday afternoon
NSW Knitter’s Guild – Blue Mountains – 3rd Saturday of each month
Long Island Knitting and Crochet Guild (link to a page with their details, scroll down a little way) Westbury Library – 2nd Thursday of each month
Sydney Royal Easter Show 5 – 18 April 2007- Competition details. Arts entries close 20 December

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Plano Fishing Box
Targus Backpack

This show’s music
This week’s tracks come from the Podsafe music network and IODA Promonet.
(Except for the little bit of Bach at the beginning and end, that’s me on a synthesiser.)

Josh Woodward Swimming to Cambodia (link)

1st Instrumental Music for Ten-String Guitar Prize

Download “Esplendor” (mp3)
from “1st Instrumental Music for Ten-String Guitar Prize”
by Various Artists  Kalamata

Link to the show file
Show 6 – What men want more

You can contact me at: podcast at sticksandstring dot com dot au (I’m sure you know to replace the at with @ and the dot with . but perhaps the spam bots won’t.)

If you’d like to contribute to Sticks & String, guest essays, reviews, suggestions of music, people to interview, please just let me know. And please let me know about your knitting group I’d love to have to start a whole separate page because the list is too long.

2 December 2006 Posted by | Podcasting | 15 Comments

Show 2 – Set it free

Welcome to show 2, I’d like to start with some questions. Why is it that we give away so much of what we knit? Is it love?

The needle system I reviewed was the Boye Needlemaster System.

The socks are from Paton’s Patonyle pattern book and the yarn Supersocke 100 is from ONline.

The essay is available here.

What’s happening
Courthouse stitch’n’bitch – Sundays 1:30
Sydney Sity Klickers Every second Saturday afternoon
NSW Knitter’s Guild – Blue Mountains – 3rd Saturday of each month
Sydney Royal Easter Show 5 – 18 April 2007– Competition details

This show’s music
All the music on this show comes from the Podsafe music network
(Except for the little bit of Bach at the beginning and end, that’s me on a synthesiser.)
Jonathan Coulton I feel fantastic (link)
Saro Tribastone Fanusa (Agua Mix) (link)
Geoff Smith Not on the radio (link)

From the bottom of the knitting bag:
Wil Anderson’s new book Survival of the dumbest

Link to the show file
Show 2 – Set it free

You can contact me at: podcast at sticksandstring dot com dot au (I’m sure you know to replace the at with @ and the dot with . but perhaps the spam bots won’t.)

If you’d like to contribute to Sticks & String, guest essays, reviews, suggestions of music, people to interview, please just let me know. And please let me know about your knitting group I’d love to have to start a whole separate page because the list is too long.

Or please leave a comment. I’ve got comments set to need moderation, this isn’t to censor anyone, but to stop spam,. You’ll only get moderated once, then you’ll be free to post and with luck none of us will have to read about “enhancement” pills.

4 November 2006 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | 37 Comments

Mid week update (1 November)

Wow! What a few days. When I finally got the first podcast file uploaded really late on Saturday night I sighed a sigh of relief and went to bed. Next morning I awoke and checked on the number of downloads, one – and that was me checking it worked. So I ran the file just to see what it sounded like, and found a minor problem – most of the audio was wrong. I now know that you can’t have two files with the same name in Audition, if you do, it replaces the old one with the new one. Quickly I removed the file, fixed the problem and got the new file up. Then I spent the rest of the day obsessing about how many people (that I hadn’t told) might have found and downloaded it. It got to two.

Today, it’s taken off, I’m now sure that some people I don’t already know have at least downloaded the file, phew! 🙂

On the knitting front, I spent a lot of today supervising exams, so my first sock is on the home straight, literally, I turned the heel on the way to work and spent the day decreasing the instep and watching people type answers. You’ll hear all about the sock in Show 2.

Thanks very much to everyone who has sent an email or left a comment, it’s really made this a good week. If you’re a member of a knitting group and would like a mention, please let me know, it doesn’t have to be an Australian group; and if anyone knows of any upcoming events I’d love to include them too.

Barring disasters, Show 2 should be available around lunchtime on Saturday (Sydney time).

David.

1 November 2006 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | 4 Comments

Show 1 – Make a slip knot

Welcome to the first show. If you’d asked me six months ago if I had any plans to do a podcast, my answer would have been “No”. I knew about pod-casts, in fact I’d been listening to pod-casts from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) since they had put their beta system up in 2005, and one from a group of Everquest 2 gamers, but I had no intention of becoming a pod-caster. This week’s essay (yes I stole the idea from Brenda Dayne at Cast-On) sort of details the journey.

The book I reviewed in the pod-cast is Knitter’s Handbook by Montse Stanley.

The cardigan I’m knitting for mum for Christmas is the Striped Cardigan from threads&more.

Look for the next show next weekend, once again, I’m planning on recording it on Saturday (Australian time) and posting it sometime on that day.

The essay is available here.

What’s happening
Courthouse stitch’n’bitch – Sundays 1:30
NSW Knitter’s Guild – Blue Mountains – 3rd Saturday of each month
Sydney Royal Easter Show 5 – 18 April 2007– Competition details

This show’s music
All the music on this show comes from the Podsafe music network
(Except for the little bit of Bach at the beginning and end, that’s me on a synthesiser.)

Fumitaka Anzai Forest in the morning (link)
Eoghan Colgan The first time (link)
Little Thom Lullab-I-90 (link)

From the bottom of the knitting bag
Simon Armitage’s Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid
I never thought I’d be recommending a book of poetry, but this one is funny, clever and unexpected.

Link to the show file
Show 1 – Make a slip knot

You can contact me at: podcast at sticksandstring dot com dot au (I’m sure you know to replace the at with @ and the dot with . but perhaps the spam bots won’t.)

Or please leave a comment. I’ve got comments set to need moderation, this isn’t to censor anyone, but to stop spam,. You’ll only get moderated once, then you’ll be free to post and with luck none of us will have to read about “enhancement” pills.

29 October 2006 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | 16 Comments

Sunday knitting

Having completed all that annoying household stuff that tends to pile up for the weekend (or at least decided that is was not so important that it couldn’t wait until next weekend) I was free to head off for some knitting related activities. One of the people who is a member of the same knitting group as I am was doing spinning demonstrations at Llandilo, a suburb at the base of the mountains, so it was to there that I headed first. As this was a school fete, I was expecting to have some difficulty finding the school, the difficulty turned out to be finding parking, there were massive crowds. It turned out to be quite a decent fete, lots of stuff to buy, lots of community involvement, not much for knitting, but there were the spinners. The problem I have with spinning is that I think I might like it, and that will mean a wheel, a pile of bits and pieces and even less time for my other hobbies, but it does look fun. I met up with Tony, and we talked about a new knitting group for western Sydney, so I may have yet another place to knit in public soon.

From the fete it was off to Courthouse Stitch’n’Bitch which was, as always, lots of fun. Shawls and lace knitting appear to be in at the moment, although I’m still ploughing through the cardigan I’m making my mother for Christmas, not much more mohair to go!

I spent most of this evening recording a place holder podcast and getting a libsyn account set up, so that’s one step closer. I’m aiming for next weekend. We’ll see…

22 October 2006 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | Leave a comment

Hello All

G’day. I’m David Reidy and this is Sticks & String, the blog that will eventually be linked to my knitting podcast.

I’m still getting ready for the podcast, selecting music, trying to find a theme, and making sure that the sound quality is as good as I can make it. I don’t think my current set up will do the job because although the mic works well, it is mounted on the headphones and I tend to get creaking noises if I open my mouth too far; I’m hoping the noises are from the headset. Also, I’d like to be able to do outside broadcast recording, so I think one of the new digital recorders might be the way to go, and if my cat hadn’t broken his leg, I’d have one already.

 I doubt many people are going to see this before the podcast comes out, but if you happen to have stumbled upon it and want to leave a message, please feel free. Also, if you have any opinions about which digital recorder would do a good job for 2 person interviews for use in the podcast, I love to hear from you.

 David.

21 October 2006 Posted by | knitting, Podcasting | 7 Comments