Podcast – Episode 6: Go West, Stephen

Episode 6 is now available on youtube:


Recorded 16 September



  • Knit along
  • Finished Objects
    • Strata Shawl
  • Works in Progress
    • Socks – Marama [pattern], Toomuc Valley Sock blank in Aqua Peal
    • Cardigan – Tempest [pattern] using Cascade 220
    • Spinning – ixchelbunny “Rose Bunny”
  • Stash Stories, featuring:


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Podcast – Episode 5: Tales of woe and whoa

A short, but not sharp, episode for you today. Apologies for the huskiness.


Episode 5 is now available on YouTube

Recorded Sunday 2 October 2016.


  • Knit-along
  • On the Rack
    • Waiting for rain shawl
  • Finished Objects
    • Baby bear hat
  • Works in Progress
    • Mountain Lily Scarf
  • UFO – wip it or rip it

To participate in the Transitions knitalong/craft along, use the hashtags #StashAndNotions and #TransitionsKAL on Instagram, or join the Ravelry Group



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Podcast – Episode 4: Knit Free or Stash Hard

Episode 4 is now available on youtube:

Recorded 17 September 2016


Finished Objects

Works in Progress, featuring

Stash Stories, featuring:


Don’t forget if you want to participate in the  #TransitionsKal knitalong, use the hashtag on Instagram, or join the Ravelry Group


Happy Knitting!

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#TransitionsKAL cast on party is go

Party happening now.

join us on the google hangout until 10 PM AEST on Friday 9 September 2016.

Grab some wine (and your project) and come and say hi.

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Podcast – Episode 3: “You’ll have to speak up, I’m wearing a towel”

Episode three of the stash and notions podcast is now up on youtube

Recorded 3 September 2016.


  • Intro
  • On the Rack
  • Finished Objects
  • Works in Progress
  • Knit-along
  • Close

A podcast Ravelry group has now been launched – feel free to add yourself to the group.

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Episode 2 – Electric Boogaloop



On the rack

Finished Object

Works in Progress

Stash Stories

Yes or No?

  • The proposal
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The Podcast – Episode 1

Stash and Notions Podcast Episode 1


Welcome and Introduction – includes a little bit of my background and knitting journey

  • Waiting for Rain, using Gin and Tonic yarn
  • Hitchhiker, using Wollmeise
  • Spinning project, using Yarn vs Zombies fibre


  • Stitch Markers
  • Yarn – an unveiling


Please feel free to give me (constructive) feedback and we all love the compliment of liking and sharing😉

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Spendigo 2016 Haul


My first ever vlog! I thought I’d do one to share my shopping from this year’s trip to Bendi.

Let me know what you think – I’ve never made a video before.

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Time to pick up the needles, Bronwyn Bishop?

Dear Ms Bishop,

I would like to extend to you commiserations regarding your recent loss in the preselection for the seat of Mackellar. I except that it is highly unlikely that you will contest the seat as an independent, given your long standing association with the liberal party.

Given your impending retirement, I’d like to suggest that you consider taking up knitting. With the hefty pension coming your way as a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, you’ll be able to indulge in the finer yarns available, cashmere perhaps or even some wonderfully soft angora?

Here are five reasons why knitting could be a good option for you in retirement:
  1. Maintain your cognitive function – there are plenty of studies about that indicate a very strong link between knitting and keeping a healthy mind in the sunset years.  The mayo clinic found that seniors who knit (or participate in other crafts) are less likely to suffer from ‘mild cognitive impairment’. Perhaps you won’t forget to repay any inappropriate expenses that are claimed during your retirement.
  2. Help deal with any retirement related depression. It’s quite possible that your retirement may trigger a depressive episode. As outlined in my previous post, knitting can help to alleviate depression, another reason to pick up the needles.
  3. Maintain social connections. Loneliness is a common source of depression for older people, and I expect that you won’t be invited to quite as many soirées now that you appear to be on the outer with the Liberal Party. Perhaps you could consider joining a local knitting group as a way of maintaining social connections.
  4. Knitting is portable – you can take your knitting wherever you go. Should you find yourself on a helicopter flight to another fundraising function, you can take your knitting with you.
  5. Knitting for reflection – once you become a proficient knitter, you can multitask, knit and think at the same time.  You can mull over the decisions you’ve made during your time in parliament, and decide once and for all if the choices you made were indeed the best choices for the people of Australia.
Take up knitting, Ms Bishop. I believe that it will bring many benefits to your life once you end your parliamentary career.
Photo of Bronwyn Bishop, wearing a red satin jacket, white pearls and sea shell earrings.

Bronwyn Bishop during happier times. Credit: Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Kind regards,
Miss Redpen.

This post is part three of a series on knitting as therapy


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Knitting for wellbeing

This post forms part two of a series about knitting as therapy.

Knitting is becoming ever increasingly Part 2popular as a hobby as people realise that not only is it fun, it’s good for you too.

There is a small, but growing, body of evidence that supports the notion that the gentle art of knitting is in fact good for mental health. The findings of the biggest study into the benefits of knitting were published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2013 (article paywalled). The study found that knitting can help create feelings of calmness and assists with stress relief.  The research also indicated that people who knit regularly (more than three times per week) are happier than those who don’t knit as regularly.

“Once you start doing it, it’s so rhythmic that it becomes a meditative thing.” – Athena Wallis

You can lose yourself in the moment. This experience has been called flow – those few moments when you’re completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter. It’s a state in which time seems to stop and moving loops of yarn from one needle to the other is the only thing that exists. Knitting has been referred to as ‘the new yoga’ because of this zen-like trance you can slip into.

For those of us who are prone to visits from the black dog or his buddy anxiety bunny, knitting can help in many ways to improve your mood , as it helps the body to release dopamine (the pleasure chemical) and can lower heart rate and blood pressure. Other ways knitting can help manage depression are through: setting  realistic goals (eg by the end of the month, I want to be half way through my scarf) and measures of achievement (hey look, I’ve knitted a hat). It also creates a sense of productivity while relaxing, for example it removes the feeling of wasting time while watching TV.

“I keep photos of my singular accomplishments on my cellphone to boost my spirits when needed” – Jane E. Brody

Knitting also reduces experiences of isolation through making friends and social connections. There is always a way to bond with other knitters – talking about projects, favourite yarn and yarn shops and supporting each other through knitalongs. Going to a local ‘Stitch n Bitch’ group can improve wellbeing through the sense of belonging to a community.

Does knitting help you to keep your equilibrium? Or, are you inspired to give it a try to help manage your stress? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, Happy knitting.


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