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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: knitting/crocheting in australia on: June 28, 2007 02:12:48 AM
I think it was about the itchy and also the blocking. But I found a yarn shop today [that I must have walked past a million times without knowing] that completes my existence and I think I can be happy now.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: knitting/crocheting in australia on: June 26, 2007 10:02:25 PM
I have their card [i actually linked you to the website on the last page  Wink], and I was all ready to put in a ridiculous order, but I wasn't sure whether to sub 3 ply or 5 ply for a 4 ply pattern, and then I read a negative review of Bendigo's Classic for lace, and in the end I was so traumatised by the decision-making I just gave up.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: knitting/crocheting in australia on: June 26, 2007 07:29:10 AM
After what may have been hours on the search, I'm coming to believe that Australia lacks 4 ply suitable for lacework. Also scanty with plain old laceweight wool in plain old colours. Just had to get this off my chest before I go to bed and cry about all the things I want to knit.

I have also found Panda Woolbale to be a fine cheap sheep. I've made some mittens from it [NSW is ridiculously cold and I don't know how anyone actually lives here] and they're very comfy and not scratchy at all.  It's feltable. I seized from Spotlight.
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Brisbane, Queensland: Lifeline Bookfest, June 9-11 on: June 17, 2007 07:20:23 AM
I was poorly organised and didn't get very much, but I did grab a bunch of old patterns. Anyway, when we were in the car to leave I grabbed one to show my aunt, and it turned out to be the one knitting pattern they ever had in the house in the 70s. Nostalgia attacks!
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Brisvegans- World Wide Knit in Public Day is June 9 on: June 03, 2007 07:11:09 AM
Okay, this is the last straw. This is the last month I'm working Saturdays. Too much fun goes on for everyone else.  Angry
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Stitch'n'Bitch in Brisbane?<<NOW ORGANISED>> details on page 2 on: May 30, 2007 05:25:50 AM
Hooray for uni being finished and me probably coming next week! It's still at the Shamrock hotel on tuesdays, yes?
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open on: May 30, 2007 05:20:35 AM
Quote from: Miss_Vicki
It is a shame though, because there is a small (albeit rather conceited) part of me that would have really liked for my first ever skein to have been spun on a spindle I could say I'd made myself.  Ha!   Roll Eyes

There's a little pride. On the other hand, there's a certain indignity to spinning on something that looks like this [if you scroll south]. Tongue

And I think fashions stop being trends once you hit sixty, so you shouldn't have any worries about flaunting your freeform floral future ponchos.
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: knitting/crocheting in australia on: May 28, 2007 03:07:33 AM
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I too get the impression that Bendigo Woollen Mills, is the way to go.  Trouble is I have been too lazy to get around to locating their address so I can post away for a colour card.   Roll Eyes  Actually I have found it once or twice but never got any further.
http://www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au
Mine is hopefully in the post already. Grin

I get most of my stuff online. I compiled a list of all the links I know for yarn and such here. A trifle obsessive, I know. Notably, yarnsonline has cascade 220 and some nice sock yarns, the Knittery has some gorgeous hand-dyed substances, and I like ozeyarn for stocking the Inox needles. Five needles in a set of double-points for less than the Birch! I haven't bought from any other shops on that list, so I can't really comment.

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If you are looking for good value basic wool, try Cleckheaton.  It felts and dyes well too.
True dat. And it's quite readily available too. But isn't it superwash? I didn't think it felted.
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open on: May 28, 2007 02:40:13 AM
There were spindles? Damn, I was on the lookout for those and didn't see any. I got some purple and green roving though, and purple-pink-orange-yellow lightweight cotton. I've had to make do with my cd-spindle for my virgin spinning and so am greatly jealous.

I've got to say, I don't know what the thing is with freeform crochet.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Prom shawl on: May 10, 2007 07:23:25 AM
Very simply:

1. Write pattern
2. Give it to meeeeeee.

Seriously, that's gorgeous. You should definitely submit it to Knitty or something. At least, you should definitely submit it to me. It's one of the nicest shawls I've ever seen.  Can't stop the gushing!
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