Attention Perth Knitters

I am thinking of Starting a Stitch and Bitch in Subiaco or Claremont. If anyone is interested can they please email me and if we get numbers we can then arrange time and place.



Friday, April 29, 2005

Goodies Galore

Look what arrived in my mailbox today!!!
Its a bunch of goodness from my Knitty SP!

Thankyou soo much SP! In this envelope was an issue of Rebecca magazine- my very first, and 4, yes count them 4 balls of beautiful blue 100% peruvian wool from knit picks.

And yes- you are right I have never tried their wool but have often looked at the site and gone- i wish they posted overseas.

So I now have clue one about my SP- she is from America. hmmm that doesn't cancel too many people out.

Also today I can show you a picture of what arrived on my doorstep the other day. My phildar yarn froom Breiweb. This colour is called marine. Here is what I thought it was going to look like. Not too big a difference though I was expecting it to be 'blue-er". Still, I am happy with it.

PS: Remind me to start taking photos during the day.
PPS: SP- I do not have the book scarf style- i shall go look at it on amazon now!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

My First KAL

I'm in a knit-a-long!!!!

Since I am making a shrug- I decided to join the shrug knit-a-long. See the sidebar for the link.

In other news my phildar yarn arrived yesterday. It was a bit of a suprise as the colour didn't resemble the on screen image much- will edit this post later this evening when I am not at work and include pictures. But I still like it and it will make a good cardigan- even though I have 3 WIP's to finish before I can even start this. Hopefully, I will now stop procrastinating and get a knit-on!! (groan at bad pun!)

Monday, April 25, 2005

With the return of the camera from holidays in India
here is a picture of the RAK goodies from Ali that arrived the other day. (see the April 23rd post)

Happy ANZAC day everyone!!

Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!

Found this whilst browsing the net! Some of it is actually true. My comments in blue.

You Know You're From Australia When...

Your next door neighbours can be from Tunisia, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Brazil, Spain, Malaysia...

The community is so concerned over the fact that muslim women can't use public swimming pools because there are men present that they have female-only periods.

The Greeks and Mexicans next door ask you over to have a barbeque.

You don't actually use the words 'sheila' or 'shrimp'.

You sleep with Aeroguard on. Yep

You're wearing a cap emblazoned with 'Get A Dog Up Ya.'

You feel obliged to spread salty black stuff that looks like congealed motor oil on bread and actually grow to like it.
Yum Vegimite!

You actively dislike Americans, but watch their TV, eat their food and worship their idols.

You think Tall Poppy Syndrome is a national condition.

Democracy means the freedom to draw caricatures of John Howard.
And why not...

Your idea of a lethal weapon is a slug gun.

The closest you ever got to going overseas was your packet of 5 Days In Rio grundies.
Not true for me

A posh meal = an all-you-can-eat buffet. Nor this

The term "musical instrument" also extends to wobbly bits of ply-wood, hand saws, gum leafs and combs.

Your most offensive curse also doubles as an exclamation of awe or amazement, like, "fark orf!"
umm... well.... yes

All of your internationally famous people don't live here.

You think footballers dressing up in drag on TV is funny (but your son being gay isn't).

You relish test cricket - the longest, slowest game in sport (and that's not even counting the replays). After all, what else gives you an excuse to sit on your arse for five days, watch TV and sink piss with your mates?

You don't drink Fosters, but you let the world think you do.

The only thing better than beating the Pohms at ANY sport is giving them shit for it.

You love, adore and admire a particular team/sportstar/actor on a winning streak - until they lose. Then they're just crap and 'past it.'

You can compress several words into one - ie 'g'day', 'd'reckn?' This allows for more space for profanities.

You favour either Holden or Ford - or a souped-up WRX with new kit and a bootful of subwoofer.
I have a honda

Driving down the main street/beach road playing bad techno is your idea of a perfect Saturday night / Sunday arvo.
To some unfortunately yes.
You make kooky films, sometimes about wayward road trips (across the outback preferably). Quite a few are crap.

You know all the words to Khe Sahn but not the national anthem.

Your nickname ends in 'a' or 'o'.

You have a customised stubby holder.

Your soap stars become pop singers and move to the UK.

You've ever used the words - grouse, tops, ripper, choice, sick, rad, exo, ace, wicked, ballistic - to mean good. And then you place 'bloody' in front of it when you really mean it.

Your cooking apron has plastic breasts on it.

The "Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi oi oi!" chant has been a religious experience in the past.

The blokes at the local gym think your weight training is an opportunity to ask you out on a date.

The big national sporting events are men-only.

Your politicians believe than sticking the prefix 'un' in front of your nationality is an effective way of making you sit down and shut up.

Our mantras are 'fair go for all', 'mateship' and 'little Aussie battler' - but we still publicly condemn those with different viewpoints to us.

The barbeque is a male-dominated arena. And the women do the salads.

'Fair go for all' excludes indigenous people.

An eight-hour trip to go camping for the weekend isn't out of the question or excessive.

You take pride in living in a tolerant multicultural society but firmly believe that all Poms and Kiwis are fair game.

You insist on asking every celebrity who steps of an aircraft what they think of Australia. If the response is not overwhelmingly positive, they should be subjected to immediate public ridicule.

The private lives of footy and cricket players become more important than local and national news stories.

Slick pick-up lines like 'Wanna shag?' and 'Carn, show us yer tits' can constitute male-to-female conversation.

You say 'no worries' quite often, whether you realise it or not.

You realise you have no Bill of Rights.

The first thing guaranteed to get eaten at parties is fairy bread.

So that's the special ingredients that make up an Aussie - whatever your taste.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Australia.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

I've Been RAK'd

I've been RAK'd. My first time ever. I sent off some earrings to April and in return she sent me a ball of great tahki wool called shannon and some joy lipgloss. Photos will come when my sister returns from holiday with her camera (that I continually pinch to take pictures of knitting.)

Progress Reports: Zara Shrug- have reknit the frogged rows and am one sleeve down. The Lil devil pants have been put on hold to knit the shrug- I know she will be too big by the time I finish them but heh..... we can live in hope.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Knitting is an expensive hobby.....

Today I frogged 50 rows of knitting. That got me soo depressed I cast it aside and decided to go look around my local yarn shop.


As I have no money it just got me even more depressed. Here in Perth we have a distinct lack of choice when it comes to yarn that our american friends take for granted. No cascade, no lamb's pride, no lorna's lace or Koigu or anything fancy, no phildar, no ggh and no lion's brand. In fact- 99.9% of the patterns in any magazine (vogue or interweave) call for yarns not available here.

So what can I get- here's an example of the overseas yarns available at my LYS (remember prices in AUS$) per skein.
  • Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky $26.95 ($34.95 hand-dyed)
  • Fiesta Yarns La Luz $60.00
  • Noro Cash Iroha $32.75
  • Noro Silk Garden $17.25
  • Rowan Calmer $21.50
  • Rowan Big Wool $30.50
  • Rowan Cotton Braid $16.50
  • Mango Moon Recycled Sari Silk $45.00

And for comparison- the locally made Jo Sharp Classic- $5.95, Silkroad- $8.95

As I said, Knitting a jumper here can be very expensive.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

I Wish...

Just for my secret pal I have put together 3 wishlists.
One is an amazon one, one a one and the other is from Fred Flare. They are by no means 'must haves'- more this is the type of thing I like. I'm off to look for a knitting one now.

PS: the magazine is called readymade

Thursday, April 14, 2005


I know it's been a while since I posted, but I really have nothing to show for all the knitting I have been doing.

My lil devil pants from s&bNation are coming along- they are very time consuming as are knit on 3.5mm needles. But to date I have 1 leg and a tail (with 1 point- forgot to make the 2nd point!)

My sophie bag is also felting at the moment, Along with a feltable rose from the rose bag in the vogue winter edition. Hopefully I will be able to get a pic before it goes on its way. It's off to my one of my best friends.

Its also been great to receive feedback from everyone I sent postcards to as a RAOK on Knitty. I sent off 24 postcards and 2 packages and have received some really nice thankyou's. I feel all warm and fuzzy.

Well must depart and get to work. There are shoes to be sold and knitting to be done.