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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / New craft mag: World Sweet World on: March 26, 2008 06:59:43 PM
Just got my copy in the mail today (saw a mention of it on felt.co.nz and decided to investigate) - I've only flipped through it so far, but it looks pretty interesting. Really nice to have something local to discuss craft seriously, makes us feel like part of a vibrant community!

check it out: http://www.worldsweetworld.com
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Granny Squares vs Peggy Squares? on: March 20, 2008 09:26:23 PM
Just wanted to pick the brains of the crafty folk on this board: when you hear the term "peggy square", do you think of a crocheted square or a knitted square (or both/either)? I always thought that "peggy square" was the NZ version of "granny square" (I grew up in Aus and never heard the phrase until I arrived here!) which is something I always assume is crochet, but I've come across a few uses of the term "peggy square" that has got me wondering. Thanks!
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Suggestions for craft/yarn shops on my NZ hols - South Island- Cheers! on: January 03, 2008 11:41:19 PM
Are your travels taking you to Dunedin? I know a few places around here that are worth investigating if you come down this far Smiley

There's a couple of places in Wanaka you might want to check out: Christopher Robin Quilting and Embroidery, on the main highway just before you arrive in town, is apparently really good (I wasn't able to go there the last time I was up that way, but a friend of mine loved it), and the Perendale Wool Shop has some very nice wools.

There's a book called "The Crafty Girls' Road-Trip" http://www.realgroovy.co.nz/Product/3571581/Crafty-Girls'-Road-Trip that might be worth trying to get a hold of as well - it gives you addresses and itineraries for crafty visiting all over NZ.
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Knitting for Hospitals etc on: December 31, 2007 03:15:49 PM
I've just started making stuff for http://www.afghansforafghans.org/ - if anyone else is interested in getting involved in this (the next shipment is due in Feb, but is all newborn gear so quick to make) let me know, as I could work as a central point for shipment and help save on postage costs. A4A only take stuff made from wool as they need it to be as warm as possible, so I'm thinking of contacting the local SPCA and seeing if they need acrylic blankies for the animals, then I can use up all the acrylic in my stash as well!
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: bento boxes in NZ on: December 09, 2007 05:37:24 PM
cardigan: occasionally they'll turn up on Trademe as well, so save "bento" as a favourite search Smiley

Toast: I bought a Laptop Lunchbox (http://www.laptoplunches.com/) secondhand from a girl on one of the LJ bento groups - they're great for kids, really durable and you can put the bits into the dishwasher if you have one Smiley
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: bento boxes in NZ on: December 09, 2007 05:29:37 PM
nzer, Bento boxes are Japanese lunch boxes which have lots of compartments in them to separate rice, curry, pickles, condiments etc. They're good in that you can put a lot of effort and creativity into making your packed lunch more pretty and interesting each day Smiley
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: bento boxes in NZ on: December 07, 2007 05:00:33 PM
Which city are you in? Sometimes the Asian gift stores stock them, also check out Asian groceries, as they import a lot of stuff from Japan too.
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Any spinners in Wellington? on: December 01, 2007 12:38:44 PM
I've been trying to learn how to spin as well, and quite a few people have suggested going along to the Spinners and Weavers Guild meetings (there seems to be a few around the Wgtn region http://www.creativefibre.org.nz/org/north.htm#wellington) Apparently they're usually very nice and helpful for beginners, but I'm still nervous about going along and being the youngest one there Wink
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Tiny Bottles??? on: December 01, 2007 12:30:35 PM
How small are they? Arthur Holmes in Wgtn do lots of interesting glass jars and bottles, and their prices are pretty good: http://www.arthurholmes.co.nz/
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / TAKEN: Patchwork pieces on: July 12, 2007 09:09:22 PM
(ETA: Thanks for the enquiries but the fabric has now been taken)

Hi all,

I recently acquired a huge bag of quilting fabrics from my local Freecycle list and there's really heaps more than I need. Some of it was already cut up into squares and triangles for an unfinished patchwork project which I know I'll never get around to finishing, so I thought I'd offer it to you guys to see if someone can do anything with it! Squares range from 2" - 5", and there's some extra fabric to cut some more as well.

I'm happy to post free to anywhere in NZ*, just so long as someone out there will use it - pls PM me or email octopusgrrl@yahoo.com if you're interested Smiley

(*I can only afford to mail this within New Zealand, however if overseas people are really interested and are willing to pay the postage - estimated US$10-15 - I'm happy to make arrangements!)

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