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81  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nice and easy sweater pattern, anyone??? on: August 07, 2004 02:11:01 PM
I don't know if its going to be super expensive in the US (where i presume you are from) but here in the UK Rowan do "Big Wool" which has a few mags to go with it (still pretty pricey to do a sweater with... but...). "The Big Easy" has a few sweater patterns, which are all meant to be "Easy". I personally haven't tried them out (i know i don't have the patience)

i go to japan once a year or so, and they do some great beginner knitting books (i.e. with lots of diagrams for things as basic as decreasing) and being able to read japanese is always a good thing (i can't, but my mum can) but its possible to work your way out as to what you're doing by looking at all the diagrams. They also don't have "instructions" as we do (i.e. k1 p1, yo etc) which means its quite easy to know what you're doing in future rows at just a glance.
If you have any japanese friends, i urge you to get them to buy you knitting books + translate them for you next time they go to japan. i think a good series is the "Let's start" series.

good luck!
82  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / any ideas for eyelash yarn?! on: August 07, 2004 12:44:04 PM
I usually would never touch eyelash yarn with a barge-pole, however, someone has given me some 9 x 50g balls of Sirdar "Funky Fur". 3 in baby pink, and 6 in lilac.
However, I refuse to knit anything to wear out of this stuff as it would just look so awful and 80's (i'm 18, not 38-trying-to-be-18) and i don't know any cute small girls.

I have a pattern for heart-shaped cushions/pillows, that came with the yarn, but they would look really "Little girl" in the colour ways. (though I may try it as a last resort)
I was contemplating making a bag, and adding a little to the top as a trim, but that really isn't going to eat my way through 9 balls.
I can't sell them on Ebay or anything, as i'm terribly afraid of offending the person who gave me the balls.

ideas?! Huh
83  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Vintage Fabrics??? on: August 07, 2004 12:08:05 PM
i know its not quite the same, but there's a store called "pop" in covent garden. They sell entirely retro clothes.
also, slightly cheating, but Cath Kidston sells vintage styled fabric. wwww.cathkidston.co.uk

a bit expensive, but some of its quite pretty.

84  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Inexpensive shopping in London? on: August 07, 2004 11:55:37 AM
I'm not a londoner quite yet (going to uni there in october) but I go there often enough.
London isn't exactly what I call the cheapest of places, but there are the odd reasonably-priced places, and a few novelty stores.
If you want lots of thrift/second-hand stores, go to Camden Town. Turn right when you get out of the tube station. Beware of scary goths if they're not your thing (though these days they are getting far younger, and less scary). Camden market is also quite good if you find the right day (i know there is a permanent market now, but there is a better one on certain days).
If however, you turn left of the Underworld, there is a haberdashery. I don't know if its still there, but i think its got a pink or lilac store-front. They do lots of bits-and-bobs, but not a great deal of fabric.Not fantastically cheap though.

Notting Hill also has a market. there are small stalls lining the whole road, and then you get to the end and there is a market, mostly where fashion students sell a few one-offs. I don't know if that's every day, or on certain days.

If you're going to Oxford Street (basically like a high-street gone mad) be sure to pop in to H&M and Topshop. They do fairly well priced high-fashion, but you can also get plain t-shirts and clothes to customise, and they are rather large stores, so stock all their range.
Also try going to a John Lewis. They have a haberdashery, which isn't cheap, but stocks a lot of stuff.
If you feel like parting with a bit more cash, you could try going down Regent street (the other street that Oxford Circus station is bang in the middle of) and go into Liberty. These guys are quite expensive, but their fabric patterns are meant to be famous, and are quite pretty. They also stock lots of yarn, embroidery stuff, and other bits and bobs. They are a pretty select department store, so if you also want to oggle at the riddiculously priced designer clothes, they have them! (though I find Liberty's a lot less intimidating to look around than Harrods... which is just a pure rip-off)
Also, if you're in Oxford Street, you could get yourself down to Carnaby street. If you go down there, there is a little passage on the right (can't remember what its called) but there's an Oxfam, which is a charity store, and they usually sell some funky cast-offs. (unlike most oxfam stores throughout the country, which have naff granny skirts and stuff).

Also, if you have a few hours spare, go to Greenwich, where the market there is pretty good. They sell all kinds of stuff, from jewellry, toys, food, morrocan slippers, and quite a lot more.

anyway... i'm sure someone else out there can probably suggest a lot more, but that's all i've come across so far.
Also, if you're into classical music, try catching a Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. If you queue up from about 4.00 you can often get into a concert for about 4/5... quite good to do if you have a friend and a picnic with you. Though, if you want the last night of the proms, you'll probably need to queue up a few days in advance!

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