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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Summeralong - for craftsters in warm places! on: August 27, 2006 10:55:42 PM
Here in New Zealand we're about to head into spring.  I created a knitalong especially for people in warmer climes as we are always a minority when it comes to seasons!

Head on over and join up if you like!  And I've said knitting, but why limit it to that?  Anything summery is fine by me - I know I intend to make some dresses if I can!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Shopping cart/online store software on: January 26, 2006 10:35:03 AM
I don't really know a whole lot about web design, and I want to set up an online shop.  I know there are a few programs you can get to do this - has anyone got any recommendations?

The alternative is to get someone to design my site but it still has to be easy for me to update.

Advice would be most welcome!
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Knitting Olympics anyone? We need a Team Kiwi! on: January 22, 2006 10:24:31 AM
If you've been living under a rock, you might not have heard about the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics.  Read about it here:


Anyway, we definitely need to get a NZ team going!  So who's keen?  Come over to my blog (link below) if you want to join in, and I'll keep track of who's making what, etc.

Also, if you're going to join in, grab yourself one of these: (saving to your own image host please)

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Christchurch knitters listen up! on: December 11, 2005 01:07:47 AM
In case there's anyone here who doesn't know, there's a Christchurch knitting group called STITCH.  It's based at uni but sometimes they do stuff around and about town as well (good for people like me!).  Anyway, on Tuesday people are getting together to knit, I'll let you read it for yourselves:

Hello friends,

By now you have hopefully have all gathered that on Tuesday the 13th of
December at High Street Project from 7 pm onwards STITCH is hosting a
fantastic knitting occasion! There will be tea and treats, and fun live music
from STITCH's very own musician, Davey. Please do come and bring along your
friends etc, you don't even have to be able to knit - just keen to have
splendid time...

Looking forward to seeing you there!


ps. HSP is at level 1, 140A Lichfield St
pps. BYO knitting - although I will also provide some DIY knitting supplies on
the evening
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Strawberry lace scarf and wrap jacket on: June 17, 2005 01:34:24 PM
here are some of my latest FOs:

I'm terrible at taking pictures of myself so sorry this doesn't show the jacket all that well.  It's from Patons Resort Knits (Aus/NZ Patons) and knit from Zhivago, which is 50/50 tencel/acrylic.  It's actually a really great yarn, very silky and smooth.

Second up there's my strawberry lace patterned scarf:

Close up of stitch detail:

It's from one of the Cleckheaton Studio Mohair books.  Instead of the studio mohair, I used Touch mohair/merino (www.touchyarns.com) which is one of the most heavenly yarns you can imagine and has left me wondering why everyone always says mohair is itchy.  The best part - one 100g skein was enough for the whole scarf.  And I got it on special!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 6 balls of Trendsetter Kashmir - need a scarf pattern! on: February 26, 2005 06:19:46 PM
Ok, I am insanely jealous.  My aunt gave my Nana 6 balls of Trendsetter Kashmir (cashmere/silk blend).  You can't get that stuff in NZ and even if you could, I wouldn't be able to afford it.

Oh well.  Nana wants to knit a scarf with it (in fact, my aunt bought it just so that Nana would have something to do!  ummm, surely in that case acrylic would do just as well!  Oh well, I think I'll just have to get her to leave me the resulting scarf in her will...).  The thing is, Nana's eyesight is pretty bad and because it's so expensive she doesn't want to stuff it up!  So, although she was an ace knitter in her day, she needs a really easy pattern for this scarf.  It also needs to be something that looks nice on both sides.  And of course, does justice to the beautiful yarn.  See my dilemma?  Oh, and the recommended needle size is 6mm.  If anyone could suggest a pattern I'd be eternally grateful!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / US vs Metric needle sizes on: February 03, 2005 08:13:54 PM
Ok, so I have my Denise needles and I love them, but so much for never having to buy another knitting needle!  What's with the big gap between 10 1/2 and size 11 needles??  I need a 7mm needle and there's just no such thing in the US sizing.  What do you Americans *do*??  Luckily, I think I have a spare 7mm circular around somewhere (I hope), but I'm really asking this more out of interest.  Maybe I should set up a clandestine 7mm needle smuggling ring for all of you deprived Americans.  Not to mention 7.5s!
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Stitch n Bitch Nation in NZ on: January 21, 2005 03:56:07 PM
I just ordered SNBN from fishpond.co.nz and it was only $25.83 including postage!  I'm waiting to find out what the catch is... Anyway, I thought the rest of you would want to know since I haven't seen it in any of the other bookstores yet.  The only downer is that I'm doing my professional legal studies at the moment and don't have any time to knit!  Which reminds me, back to work....
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Christchurch - Creation markets on: January 11, 2005 11:39:08 PM
Every so often, the people at Creation (a gallery/studio/performance space type place in Worcester St behind the Square) put on a market.  I still haven't made it along to one, but I think it would be really cool if a bunch of us made some stuff and went and sold it there!  I have yet to find out when the next one is, but I'll post when I know.  Has anyone ever been before?

http://www.creationnz.com/presents.html  <-- their website
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Weird nylon stuff on: December 06, 2004 01:21:53 AM
Ok, apparently this stuff is for knitting or crochet, and it looked so interesting when I saw it in the shop, but I wouldn't know where to start with it!  Does anyone have any ideas for what I could do with it?

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