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  • Thanks to all listeners who have patiently waited for this episode.  I was struck down with podcaster’s block.  I’m hopeful that it has disapeared now.
  • Thanks to those who left comments or sent emails – you  helped me beat the aforementioned block


  • Socks in the city is a not so new podcast you may like to listen too, particularly if you like socks. 
  • In the podcast we re-capped information on Virginia Farm Woolworks.  As this is a small home run business please ring them if you intend to vist to ensure they will be home.
  • Petlins is a fibre/yarn co. in Rhodes that a listener, Roceal, mentioned in the comments for the last show.


  • An interview with Theresa for her podcast Knitting Time Together made me consider the importance of a jumper that my Aunt knitted me. 


  • I’ve been a little dry on ideas for this so if you find anything new let me know!
  • I looked thorugh all my workbaskets to discover what household utensils I had co-opted for a knitting purpose.


  • Meet a slightly darker character, Amber.
  • What is Amber planning?



  • This podcast featured “Twlight Run” by Al Stravinsky  and
  • “The Mermaid” by Great Big Sea.
  • Music is from the Podsafe Music Network

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  • Firstly, thanks to those listeners who have left comments.  I know I write this every week but I am sincere in my thanks.  Now I know what other podcasters mean when they say it’s the comments that keep them going.
  • A big thank you to the SES (State Emergency Service) for helping get the tree off our roof ….in amongst the countless other tasks they had to complete.
  • Apologies for leaving it so long between episodes.  Life got a little interesting with gale force winds, power blackouts and a tree on our house…and then I stuffed it all up and deleted my first recording of this episode.


  • I’ve decided to put a new segment in for announcements as I’ve had some to make over the last two episodes.
  • If you are in need to new podcasts try switching your country on the itunes istore page.  Not all the knitting podcasts are listed on each country and I found quite a few more by pretending that I was in the UK or Ireland. 
  • I found The Continental on Ireland’s page and My Electic Mess and Purl Diving on the US page.
  • Marly from The Yarn Thing podcast is running a Summer KAL-CAL.  There’s still time to join up so check out the link for more details.


  • I’m still continuing with the TAST challenge.
  • In the last few weeks I worked on cross stitch and designed “The Blue Lady”.
  • Listen to the episode to find out more.
  • As promised here is the picture.  Is she deserving of a bullet?



  • In this episode we hear about my first adventures in spinning, made a lot easier by some beautiful products.
  • Naturally, as  a thrifty crafter I’m not quite up to purchasing a spinning wheel – so I bought a beautiful Spindle from The Spindlemaker.
  • I also purchsed some very beautiful and reasonable merino tops from Virginia Farm Woolworks.


  • In this episode we hear about Vivian’s latest visit to the yarn store..and what did Vivian do next?


  • Naturally at this time the SES volunteers are incredibly inspirational.
  • Also inspirational was a chance meeting with a stranger who talked to me about art and encouraged my work.
  • We bumped into eachother at the cafe in Sappho Books in Glebe – they do a really good Chai.


  • All songs can be found on the podsafe music network.
  • In this episode I played She Dreams in Blue by Josh Woodward


  • How the wind must feel by Amy Kuney

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  • Thanks to those who have commented on the site or emailed me. 
  • Thanks also to those who have left reviews on itunes – I don’t seem to be able to access them but Shannon from SSK kindly read them out to me.

New Podcast

  • There is another new podcast out called Knit Science.  I hope you enjoyed the promo for this and will give her a listen.

The Annecdote

  • Today I mentioned my lovely friend’s reaction to some of my “experimental pieces”.  The ones I was considering selling at the markets.
  • She had some interesting suggestions… and I will take some of them on board.
  • Needless to say: I’m still experimenting

The Thrifty Crafter

  • In this episode I mentioned one of my favourite cheap book stores, Basement Books at Central Station, Sydney.
  • I mentioned  a few of the books I have purchased there including:
  • Cosy Crochet by Melissa Leapman  and
  • Needlepoint by Kate Tully (I couldn’t find a site with pictures for this one)
  • Currently Basement books has Family Album by Kaffe Fasset and Zoe Hunt in stock and selling for $5.95.  I think I saw about 15 copies on the table.
  • I mentioned that I’d be most happy for listeners to leave details of their own favourite thrifty craft book store …so…please do leave a comment and info for everyone else.  But please note that obviously I can’t check them all out and so do not take responsibility for any dodgy directions.

Visits to the Yarn Store

  • In this episode we heard about Dianne’s day at the Yarn Store.
  • Poor Dianne needs a hand in learning to knit.
  • I learned to knit from the book Knitting Workshop by Debbie Bliss.  I will love this book forever as it was my first knitting book.  But I paid about $50 for this book!  I hadn’t discovered Basement books yet.


  • In this episode I was able to read a poem called   “Ode to a Knitted Dishcloth” by Leigh from The Chemgrrl Chronicles


  • We listened to “Big Shot” by the Big George Jackson Blues Band   and
  • “People Make Mistakes” by Aaron Short.
  • All music can be found on the podsafe music network

Pattern A Day Calendar Competition

  • If you are interested in the above competition please click HERE for information.

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I have a few words of thanks to those who have been supportive and encouraging at the begining of this venture.

  • Firstly to Brenda Dane from Cast On – for her warm and encouraging plug
  • Also to David Reidy from Sticks and Strings -for his plug
  • and to Theresa from Knitting Time Together and to Stitch Stud from Stitch Stud and his Bride for their welcome.
  • Thanks also to all listeners who have left comments – I am excited to receive them and pleased to know that I’m not some crazy lady talking to herself and the computer. 

The Annecdote

  • This week we heard the tale of my attempts to teach my Sister to knit.  Not very successful attempts, I’m afraid.  Though she did learn a bit of embroidery by the end.
  • In our hunt for yarn we visited Tapestry Craft.
  • In our search for a cosy but totally impractical cafe in which to teach someone to knit, we visited The Tea Centre cafe.
  •  I can’t find the copy of the magazine that had the article about teaching others to knit in it.  But I will link it when and if I find it.  In the meantime you could check out issue 1 of  Yarn Magazine, for some ideas on teaching kids to knit.

The Thrify Crafter

  • The tip this week was to try sourcing upholstery shops for sample books of discontinued fabric. 
  • I’ve managed to score some sample books for free.  The fabric can then be used for bag linings or embroidery bases.

Visits to the Yarn Store

  • In this episode we met another character from the yarn store, Rhonda.
  • The person Rhonda was speaking to (who was that, exactly? Partner, husband, father…?) was going to play a game of Paintball.
  • Rhonda was going to start knitting some socks – I wonder what pattern she was going to practice on?


  • This week I found inspiration quite hard to come by until I looked up at the clouds.
  • I remembered reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, in my aspirational hippy days. 
  • I also remembered trying to make clouds disapear with my mind. (Try Illusions – also by Richard Bach)



 Thanks to all those listeners who have returned for a second show. Apologies that the show notes were a little late – I’ve been having computer issues.  I’ve now put a link at the top of this post so that the show can be downloaded directly from the gcast site without the need for itunes or a podcatcher.  You just have to scroll down the page until you get to the episodes which have a play button and a download button next to them. 


Thanks to Claudia and Andrea for leaving the first precious comments on this site.
Thanks as well to the podcasters below for their comments and welcome – which really says to me “There’s room for everyone to play in the sandbox”

Manda from Knitting Psychos

Shannon from SSK

Kate from Aussie Knits

Marly from Yarn Thing.

 The Anecdote

  • This covered my Charity Knitting experience where my pride bubble burst.
  • Please don’t let that dissuade you from taking part in Wrap With Love. (I didn’t mention this name on the podcast because I’m not 100% sure if this was the one I went to – but it was similar)
  • I’m happy if others learn from my mistakes and turn up with their own pre-knitted squares to cover for the fact that they are a very slow knitter.

The Thrifty Knitter

  • I talked about two sets of needles. The first was Sullivans Bamboo Straight needles for 99c at Lincraft.  Please note that I consider these needles to be cheap and cheerful.
  • The second pair I talked about were Casein needles made by Swallow.  Please note that I consider these needles to be gorgeous.

Visits to the Yarn Store

  • We met the character of Sally, who’s is all geared up to knit Annie Modesitt’s Twisted Float Shrug from Vogue Knitting – Fall 2005.  It’s pictured on the cover.



This is my first podcast so I hope you’ll bear with me while I sort out the techy things. I’m using audacity to record and edit.  I found all the instructions at castwiki . I’ve decided to host through gcast as I need to do this for free at present.  Thank you to those who have gone before me.  I’ve enjoyed so many podcasts in the last couple of years and will eventually get them up on the Blogroll.. but for now lets start with two Australian podcasts: Sticks and Strings and Knitting Down Under , home of the Aussieknit podcast.

 The Anecdote:

  • This week I spoke about my about my adventures with embroidery as I make my way through the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge run by Sharon B. 
  • Here’s my funny little attempt at Cretan Stitch.  I have redone the seahorse so hopefully there’s no giraffe in sight.

Underwater Scene

 The Thrifty Knitter

  • I purchased a seemly never-ending ball of yarn.  It is Hot Socks by sockenwolle.
  • I referenced the book “The Magic Pudding” by Norman Lindsay – a great Australian children’s classic.
  • And I mentioned that I wouldn’t have been able to knit my hats without Math for Knitters podcast

Visits to the Yarn Store

  • On this podcast we heard the monologue “Rosemary’s Visit”.  I hope you enjoyed it. My intention is to write a number of them including different characters.

I hope you’ll join me for the next episode.  I’ll endeavour to get a link to itunes and the rrs feed on the site as soon as I work it all out.

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