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11  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: April 07, 2006 05:21:30 PM
yes that would be fantastic!... but they keep changing the art on the front of them every few months because they're always planning a new engineering work or another so they have to keep reissuing them so it might not be the same... but I'm sure nobody will notice (shhh!).

I hope you have a fab time in London. Make sure you check that the tube is working before you go. That circle line always messes up when you most need it. Thankfully I'm back home for the holidays.
12  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Japanese craft books on: April 07, 2006 05:18:00 PM
Maybe it's because I go to Japan sort of bi-annually, but those ebay books always seem like a right rip-off. Y1000 is about 5, and the average price of a craft book in Japan.
I only have a few books myself, but unless you read japanese it's usually not worth paying over-the-odds for something you might not understand.
I don't know what the shipping and import tax are like to the UK, but www.amazon.co.jp might be useful.

I know there are a couple of Japanese bookshops in London, but I don't think they do crafty books, but might be worth a check out if you're in the area for general japan-esque kitch. The one that I know of is the Japan Centre on Picadilly. You have to go upstairs past the restaurant.
13  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: Londoners- Where do you get your wool?! on: April 07, 2006 05:03:53 PM
I hate oxford circus so much, I don't blame you for hating John Lewis.
Peter Jones might be a bit more of tube ride out in Sloane Square, but it's often less crowded and the clientelle it attracts are generally a bit less... erm... chavvy. However, the staff aren't anymore snobby than the average John Lewis, so that's ok. It is pricy and the stock is limited to Jaeger, Rowan and Debbie Bliss, so I'd save any visits for the Winter and Summer sales. Oh they also do those awful "scarf in a bag" kits as well.
However, the Liberty (on Regent's street) summer sale is a teensy bit cheaper than John Lewis and I don't know what it is... but I love that building!
Otherwise, I recommend online shopping. There are a few UK sites. If you go to the back of Knitting or Simply Knitting magazine, there are like 100 adverts for various companies selling everything from specialist needles to funky fur (urgh) to pure angora.
I've used the Cucumber patch and yarnsmiths, but only on the sale yarns.
I am a bit of a yarn snob so I really couldn't tell you where to get cheap basic yarn... though John Lewis on oxford street does Sirdar, Cygnet and Patons ranges, which I believe are a bit cheaper. I'm a student so I have to basically wait until the sales and then stock-pile up.

I've not been to Honor Parry myself. Keep meaning to go, but Battersea high-street is a bit out of the way. Even my friends who live on Battersea Bridge Road IN battersea have never been down there!
I think it's because I find it so hard to lug myself over the bridge on my bicycle!

oh. edit. I just remembered that I have used Diane's Knitting yarns (http://www.cpu-enterprises.com/) a couple of times as well. They usually do your regular high-in synthetic yarns, but the Elle Aran wool is 100% wool and I've made a sweater out of it that's come out ok. They also do the Elle denim yarn, which is a good 100% cotton yarn which is good for homewares (like cushions)
14  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Brussels on: April 07, 2006 04:51:38 PM
Hey craftsters.
I was wondering if there were any Belgians or people who live in/around Brussels, or know the city.
I'm going to visit one of my French friends so she can do the translating, but she probably doesn't know anywhere that's craftster related, and she's not been living there long.
Tips for good places to go would be much appreciated. The tourist office doesn't seem to be that helpful and I haven't hit my local bookstore for guidebooks yet, but I'd doubt they'd have much 'insider' knowledge.

15  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: April 05, 2006 10:39:51 AM
Doh! I've just found a random tube map in a corner of my room (where I was doing my 2nd entry) which belongs to my 1st entry... I think I'll hang onto it until it comes around again, if that's ok?
16  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: April 03, 2006 05:57:46 PM
hooray. it sounds like it's alive and well... on the move (hopefully).
garh. now I hope I don't get it back to clash with my exams... (I think I would probably spend more time on it than revision!)
17  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: March 15, 2006 04:42:48 PM
well, I put a return address on, so if she's moved house or something... I'm hoping atleast the new tenants can return it (have faith in humanity, have faith... fingers crossed etc).
has anyone heard from her yet?
18  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: March 13, 2006 06:45:05 AM
has anyone heard from CatyX?
I sent the journal on last week and I've not had any replies to say she's received the journal and when I looked at her profile a few days ago the last log-on was in January. eep. I don't want to be the one responsible for its loss!

19  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: March 08, 2006 03:56:50 PM
I've just sent it on now. i think i might have let the tube map on my previous page fall out though (found a random one on my floor today after sending) so if that's the case, can CatyX let me know +then I will send it on....

20  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Travelling journal anyone? on: March 02, 2006 12:34:13 PM
it arrived. yay. hopefully i'll have time to make a good entry since i have a big steel design coursework next week (honestly, you don't want to know the details)

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