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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: craft fairs/markets in perth or WA on: November 26, 2008 05:40:03 PM
Subiaco Markets don't exist anymore.

Made On The Left is on every now and then at the Hyde Park hotel (www.madeontheleft.com.au)

And there was one being held every 3 months or so at Perth Town Hall, that I can't remember the name of for the life of me. Well set up with a website, had to apply to be accepted for a stall. Apparently a lot of people sold out of their stuff quite early on at the last one.

There is a craft market held fortnightly in Summer (I think) outside Inglewood Library in Inglewood (Inglewood being part of the City of Stirling).
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Western Australia on: December 01, 2007 03:52:43 PM
Hello everyone,
I'm new (well, quite new) to Perth and even newer to knitting.
Hope to make some friends that share the same interest as me here.

So far, I've only been to Spotlight and Crossways to get my yarn.
Do share if you guys know of any other good yarn stores!  Grin


Inoriz, come to Stitch'n'Bitch! Monday nights at Exomod cafe in Mt Lawley. It's on Beaufort St between Hungry Jacks and the Flying Scotsman. We're very friendly, promise. We range from 'Hey - you guys could teach me to knit!' upwards in skill level. You can check out our poorly updated blog ta http://craftyaction.blogspot.com. I think the contact email is out of date though, so if you pm me your email address I can get you added to the e-mail reminder list, if you'd like.

Crossways is the best, imo. There's the Subiaco store and the Fremantle one, and they do have slightly different stock I think. Calico&Ivy is in Mosman Park and is very beautiful and glamourous and expensive and the staff can be rude. Mind, the last couple of times I've been in they've been much, much nicer, so I'm wondering if they finally twigged to their poor-service reputation. It's worth going for a bit of a yarn-perve.

I haven't been to the Bilby Yarns store, only their booth at the Royal Show and it's sparked a fiery, fiery passion. They're sort of the store front for a small collective of people that breed coloured sheep. The sheepies are shorn and their wool divided into colour batches, then some of it is handspun by local spinners and some is sent east for machine spinning. Some of the machine-spun stuff is also overdyed. They also have finished products and needles and spinning gear and dyes too, and they are just the NICEST people. My boy, who has never shown any interest in my knitting, bought $100 worth of handspun so I can knit him a jumper because he liked the booth's friendliness/ knowledge/ attitude to yarn. Oh, and their prices aren't monstrous either. The handspun works out to $6 per 50g! They're somewhere south of the river - Booragoon, or Willeton. They have a website too.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Western Australia on: December 01, 2007 03:41:48 PM
Lincraft in Perth have it too, behind the counter with the calicos and interfacing and the like.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: easy + DELICIOUS squash/onion galette on: October 29, 2007 12:03:21 AM
That looks sooooo good.

I think mine'll have cheddar and brie, and puff pastry because that's what's in the freezer, and I might make little individual sized ones....

This strikes me as the kind of thing that'd be a pretty nice lunch the next day too.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swatch behaving very mysteriously on: October 28, 2007 11:57:30 PM
Are the needles made of different stuff? I've hit a smaller gauge using 4.5mm aluminium add turbos than using 4mm plastic circulars before.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Man-friendly vegetarian meals? on: October 16, 2007 06:51:03 AM
You take the gills out?! What's left?
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Bell Pepper fritters, on: October 16, 2007 06:49:42 AM
Mm. Yum. Might buy a capsicum this week and try it. With red, just because.
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Man-friendly vegetarian meals? on: October 09, 2007 04:19:44 AM
I also live with my meat-lovin' boy who is open to vego food, and we are also on a college budget.

My boy lurrrrrves beans. Loves them. Will have them with everything. Dried ones or out of a can. They fill him up, too. He's a big fan of bean-based stews, or bean-based taco/ burrito filling.

Hm...what else? Eh, he's happy with pasta + vegie sauce + cheese (he has no problem with having beans in the pasta sauce, by the way).

Roast veges + a vegie THING go down okay. Tonight is little pumpkins stuffed with couscous and veges and cheese, with roast veges on the side. Like meat + 3 veg, but with a fancy veg instead of meat Smiley We've got a mock-meat 'roast' in the fridge to try soon too.

Burgers with a baked field mushroom instead of a meat pattie are super good.

DIY pizzas on pita bread - like paper-thin sliced pumkpin/ sweet potato on mine, with zucchini and olives and mushrooms. This is also an easy way for him to have a meat-eating night. He can just add whatever meat he wants to his pizza.

Coconut milk based curries (fattier but more filling) with root veges and lentils are good. With rice on the side.

On a really desperate night I'll make a pile of mashed potato, steamed carrots and peas, and fried onion and mushroom mixed through gravy poured over the potatos.

Oh! Or vege stacks! (boy wooed me with these when we first started going out). Cut lots of veges (potatoes, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, capsicum, pumpkin, whatever) into 1cm thick (uh... 1/3 inch?) slices crossways. Roast until cooked through. Arrange in a stack on the plate, and garnish with pickled asparagus and mayonnaise (no idea where the garnish and mayo comes from, but he insists on it every time, and it is kind of yum).
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Having a holiday vegetarian meal for the family....just need some advice on: October 09, 2007 03:14:46 AM
I'm an ethical omni who seems to be falling closer and closer to vego every day (haven't cooked meat for myself in a few weeks, but have eaten it when out), and I would still feel uncomfortable not providing/ inviting others to bring meat if they want it. I'd feel personally like I was pushing my views/ lifestyle onto them.

For a casual dinner with friends or whatever I have no problem at all with serving them vego (er, about half are vego anyway, so it's easiest like that), but this is a special occasion in which a big hunk of meat on the table is tradition, and as such I think refusing to allow meat on the table might be a bit more political than it would be for any other dinner party.

I'm already thinking about Christmas, and what will happen. I'd probably be most comfortable eating a vegie roast, but I know that family members would be upset that I wasn't eating the 'celebration food', and as I do still eat some meat (when I feel like it) it would feel churlish to say 'No, I'm not eating this meat today'. My solution is shelling out for free range turkey.

To the OP, if meat is going to be involved, maybe think about preparing it yourself if it means you can be sure it was free range, organic etc (of course, whether this is practical depends on why you're vego).
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock knitting with DPN's-Argh! on: August 20, 2007 01:06:01 AM
Try knitting toe up with a short row toe. You start off knitting flat with two dpns - by the time you 'add in' the other two and start knitting in the round there's already enough sock there to hold the needles firm and keep all the stitches in order.
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