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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing questions... on: June 21, 2007 05:58:43 AM
You might know it as an overlocker? That's what my mum always called her... serger/ overlocker. Maybe it's an Australianism. It took me a while to work out that seger = overlocker Smiley
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: AAARGH!!!! on: June 21, 2007 04:40:57 AM
I lost a DPN and was searching under the couch cushions and I found a full size pair of scissors that had slipped down there! I was quite astonished!
23  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: People From WA, have you been to Bilby Yarns? on: June 13, 2007 11:45:38 PM
LibraryLass: Can't answer that one. Well, short answer is it'll involve a bus, not a train.

On the train, if you want other crafty places to visit:
- calico&ivy is a bit of a glam, beige mother* yarn and fabric store. (google them, they have a site). Get off the train at Mosman Park station, cross Stirling Hwy, and walk down Glyde St. It's the first store on the left off the highway. Ignore any attitude from the middle-aged retail assistants Wink
- Crossways Wool is in Subiaco and Fremantle. In Subi it's quite a walk from the train station. Ditto for Freo, but both are tourist areas so you may be there anyway, right? In Subi they're in Crossways shopping centre, which is quite far down Rokeby Road. Not sure where they are in Freo.

Hope all that, along with googlemaps or whereis.com.au will help you out Smiley
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitty is Up on: June 13, 2007 11:35:00 PM
I just finished A History of Hand Knitting tonight, and I thought of this thread as I read the paragraph titled "The end of hand-knitted stockings" where in he says, "Socks and stockings were the most frequently hand-knitted garments from the beginning of popular knitting until the 1950's.  Today they can hardly be seen, and only the old can remember how to turn a heel without referring to a book.  The cheapness of machine-knit stockings... has finally banished the home-made stocking.  ...  A few patterns only remain in print; and hosiery wool, though still spun, isnot readily available.  Stockings were always dull work.  Today's knitter expects more pleasure from the craft."

Obviously a lot has changed in the 20 years since this book was published!

I think that's very true! Even now where I live taking to older knitters like my mum and they won't have knit socks/ don't see at as being at all worth it. I've met one older person who still makes a lot of socks.

OT (sorry mod!) but you seem to know an awful lot about fashion history. Is it personal interest, or do you study it? Always wished I could have done some textile units, but my uni didn't offer them and I never thought of cross-enrolling with a uni that offered fashion design.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP no size: Vintage Cable Cardigan Pattern on: June 12, 2007 06:24:37 PM

Judging by my other vintage pattern booklets, I would guess that sizing changed a bit in the early 1950's, as a 1956 booklet I have lists a size 12 as being for a 34" bust, and sizing in some other of my mid 50's booklets is similar to that.  I would say the 1952 book is probably of the earlier sizing.  The gauges given compared to number of stitches in my two 1940's books that, as I said, do not have measurement charts, are comparable to the 1952 sizing chart.

That's interesting. because I was about to jump in and say a size 14 is probably a 34" bust, because that's what I wear in vintage, and that's what I am. But then I wouldn't have anything older than mid fifties.
There was another 'jump' again in about the 70s, when a 34" bust became a 12 (where it's stalled for sewing patterns), and I think in the late 70s or 80s it became a 10 (in Australian ready to wear). Not sure when the Americans jumped once more to make it an 8.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with it? on: June 12, 2007 06:21:19 PM
one skein wonder? It's what I always make with purty one-offs, because a scarf just doesn't seem decent enough.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Surfs Up! Lobster, Octopus & Clam (Knit Amigurumi) on: June 12, 2007 06:22:52 AM
no prawn! no squid! none of my favourite sea-edibles at all *sigh* you're lucky that clam is too cute for words...
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitty is Up on: June 12, 2007 03:53:20 AM
I really like the Marnie Maclean hat, and am glad she has a new pattern out. I also think the Unmentionables are great. They're hilarious and cute, and certainly no more unwearable than anything in the Sex & the Knitty issue.

I don't know any kids, but the Grow with Me top is really cute, I think.

Zinzin has such careful, professional shaping - congratulations Olgajazzy! I don't wear backless tops myself, but it looks really well designed.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Callling All College Knitters! on: June 12, 2007 03:41:55 AM
I've never knit in class. I'm in both the 'it's discourteous' category, and the 'I use a laptop to take notes all through every lecture' (it goes with the course territory).
Sometimes I'll take a project to uni and knit in the library if I get sick of studying.
I've sometimes thought about advertising a s'n'b at uni, but I don't know how many other knitters there are (I've never seen one) and as I only have six months left, it doesn't seem worth it.

I pick projects that will take a while, and will hopefully replace something I would have bought anyway for a similar price (so jumpers, mostly). I steer clear of socks, because I'll buy those for a few dollars, whereas I'd spend $70 on a new jumper anyway, so I may as well just knit it myself. I also pretty much don't buy alcohol, and limit the new clothes more than I used too.

People don't usually live in colleges in Australia, but I have lived out of home for the past two years. So my yarn lives in cardboard Ikea storage boxes in a bookshelf.
30  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: People From WA, have you been to Bilby Yarns? on: June 09, 2007 04:45:29 AM
I understand MissMeshell and her mama bought a spinning wheel there. She blogged about it a while back at http://littlemissmeshell.typepad.com

eta: I'd like to know how soft the wool is. Is a Melanian sheep like a merino, perchance, or scratchier? It sounds like really lovely stuff, but I'm a fussy one when it comes to itchies  Lips sealed
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