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NattyChick
01-19-2007, 10:24 PM
I have just moved fom Melbourne to Perth and was wondering if there are any Australian Knitters out there? Well, of course I KNOW there are Australian knitters out there. I meant, I wanted to see if there are any in here..... :teehee: Anyway, if you are a Western Australian knitter and know of any SNB type gatherings etc please drop me a line.

Thanks

Natalie

misstialouise
01-22-2007, 05:21 AM
Hey there.

I'm in Sydney, I know there's a Brissy girl here somewhere.. :D

five_six
01-22-2007, 08:30 AM
And that would be moi!! Howdy over there :waving:

misstialouise
01-22-2007, 04:47 PM
See.. there she is.. :D

;)

Welcome to KH... it's a great group of peeps :D

crazyknitz86
02-23-2007, 07:05 AM
im from perth

new to the boards and new to knitting

natalie i know there are a number of knitting groups in perth...ill look some up :muah:

Hsiaokuo62
02-23-2007, 06:24 PM
Hi Everybody :waving:

I'm coming to Australia in June and would love to share a cup of tea and some knitting chat with fellow KH'ers! We will be visiting Melbourne, Warnambool, Sydney, Perth, Mandurah, and Brisbane. We will be going to some other places around Brisbane as yet to be determined!

We will only be in Sydney very briefly - 1 and a half days - and one whole day we will be on an *eco-tour* - so that basically leaves us one morning free!

Let me know if anybody is interested - I'd sure like some recommendations for LYSes and yarn-related activities!

:figureditout:

Laura

Mitzy
02-23-2007, 11:27 PM
I am in Perth and just learning to knit.
There are no snb's here that I can find. We should start one.
I am south of the river.

crazyknitz86
02-24-2007, 04:14 AM
mitzy im just learning too i live inner city...im also very very new to knitting i can knit and thats about it lol

Hsiaokuo62- your going to mandurah??? i grew up in mandurah its a mighty great place for tourists now days.....how exciting no one ever knows about mandurah

Hsiaokuo62
02-24-2007, 12:07 PM
Yes, Crazy, I have a friend who lives in Mandurah. So we will be spending a day or 2 there!

five_six
03-05-2007, 12:55 AM
oh, how cool... if you find yourself with time to spare in Brissy, I'll hook you up! :hug:

Hsiaokuo62
03-05-2007, 12:59 PM
That's great, Dee! I know we will be there for several days. I will keep you posted on the details as they work themselves out!!

Ali
03-06-2007, 08:25 PM
I live in Melbourne!

five_six
03-07-2007, 12:51 AM
I used to live in Melbourne... my DH's family is down there.

Hsiaokuo62
03-15-2007, 05:37 PM
Hi Ali!

Sorry it took me so long to respond - I have been so swamped with my e-mail!

Please tell me if there are any neat knitting/yarn shops there. We will probably visit a sheep-shearing activity around Brisbane.

If you send me your phone number I can call you when we are in Melbourne! We are only there for a couple of days.

Cheers!
Laura

five_six
03-15-2007, 07:45 PM
well I've been researching the LYS thing in Brissy for you, as I've never located one myself so far, and have just been using Spotlight/Lincraft type stores (generic all purpose any craft type stores), but it's looking grim. I might have to open one for you :teehee:

I think visiting a farm would be an awesome idea... I've been wanting to do that myself, but am afraid it would just start a foray into spinning and I have no time at all as it is!!

coffeegirl
04-02-2007, 12:42 AM
Hi everyone :muah: I'm Michelle, thanks to five_six for inviting me to say hi. :waving:

I'm from Melbourne, 34yo SAHM to a 5yo. I haven't knitted in about 24 years, since I was a lot younger and used to stay with my Nan on school holidays. We used to knit together. She was my savior and did all the hard stuff for me like casting on and off, fixing mistakes etc. Good old Nan to the rescue but since she is no longer here it's all up to me but I've been learning well with the help of the Internet videos !!! I saw some feathers int he shops recently and decided how nice it would be to make my DD a scarf so my knitting venture has re-commenced from there.

Since I have started this knitting craze I have remembered the time we packed up my Nan's house when she went into a Nursing Home. There was a huge bag of needles, hooks etc. and an even bigger one of yarn. As she no longer knitted at that point and it was certainly something that didn't interest me back then, it all got sent to the Op Shop :crying: So whilst I am out buying needles I can't help but wish I had all hers. They are cheap enough to buy, it's not that, more how cool would it be to be using Needles that belonged to your Nan .. imagine the history :X:

Anyway looking forward to getting more involved in knitting and getting to know some others.
Michelle

m0nigrrl
04-02-2007, 08:55 PM
Hi, I'm in Sydney. I'm just learning to knit too and I've been busily knitting away trying to cover my 1 year old daughter's cloth bum with cool knitted soakers and longies. I am a studying SAHM and even though I haven't been knitting for long. I am already addicted :heart: . I'm excited because tonight I have two friends coming over for a knitting night :cheering:, I can't wait. Do any of you have knitting blogs? I'm starting one as soon as I get a chance and I'd love to look at some others. I look forward to getting to know you all.

five_six
04-02-2007, 11:12 PM
Hi m0nigrrl, how fun for you... I wish i knew other knitters so they could come round to my house!!

tarrentella
04-19-2007, 01:01 PM
YAY!!

Im in the UK at the moment, but am moving over your way at the end of the year. My mum lives in Manly (just north of Sydney) and i will be spending a couple of months there before moving down to Canberra in Feb to go to uni. People keep saying 'you won't be able to knit over there, its too hot' and i have to keep reminding them that, depending on where you are its not hot aaaal the time, and besides there are lightweihgt things you can knit.

Its just nice to see there are some people to back me up on this!

and to those who are based in or are visiting Brisbane, i absolutely love that city,i spent a little bit of time there last year, and im sure i saw a yarn shop in one of the suburbs. Il will rack my brain and try and remember where (or just give in and txt my mate, admit my new found knitting addiction, and see if he can dig it out!)

m0nigrrl
05-03-2007, 10:03 PM
This thread has dropped down the bottom of the page! How is everyone? What is everyone knitting at the moment? I'm knitting a pair of Jo Sharp cotton socks and a pair of longies for my daughter, I'm just trying to figure out short rows before I go any further with either of them.

tarrentella you'll be able to knit plenty to wear in Canberra, it get's pretty cold down there in winter. I'm actually super keen to buy up some bendigo woollen mills cotton and knit some summer tops. Hot weather won't stop me knitting!

Susan P.
05-12-2007, 05:02 AM
Hi.. I'm now in Sydney (moved down from North Coast).

misstialouise..I have to ask..my eyes are not seeing your av very well..is that knitted piece on your hair bun or on your face? LOL I can't tell.

tarrentella.. I agree with mOnigrrl. I used to live in the Canberra area and it becomes mighty crisp there..and with wind chill, winter nights will sometimes be well below zero.

If visiting Sydney I would definitely go to Tapestry Craft in York St (they have an online site).

There are good yarn shops in Canberra also.

I've had friends knit from Bendigo Mills products who have been very happy with them and they do a quick postal service. I believe if you join they send you a card of various yarns they have for your selection.

Susan P.
05-12-2007, 05:09 AM
Here is a list of Bris yarn stores (many are craft but most have yarns and some specialist yarn ranges):

Cross-Stitch "The Ipswich Sewing Centre"
181 Brisbane St., Ipswich, Q. 4305
Ph: 07 32022944.
Owner: Teresa Pearce
Email: fotoxsite@aapt.net.au
I am a Singer sewing machine agent. We are very diverse in our range of stock. We have stock of Panda, Cleckheaton, Patons, Sullivan, Shepard, Wendys, Te Awana, Sirdar, JJ's, Wentworthville yarns, all knitting accessories and books from all companies. We have developed techniques for both knitting and crochet of beads by the metre into our garments. Always looking for new or re-cycled ideas to help our customers enjoy their visits.

Malanda Knit & Crochet
29 English St.
Malanda, Queensland 4885
+61 (70) 96 5082

Maleny Wool Shop
48 Maple street
Maleny, Queensland 4552
+61 (07) 5499 9052
Owner: Helen Almberg
Email: almberg@bigpond.com
Stockist of Jo Sharp , hand spun local wool, hand dyed wool, Sirdar, Heirloom and more

Mill Hill Books
P.O. Box 80
Maleny, Queensland 4552
+61 (7) 4942081

Rhonda Pullen Silk & Wool Colours
Mt. Tamborine, Queensland 4272
+61 (7) 5545 3300

Rosemary's Wool and Craft
1 Howard Street
Nambour, Queensland 4560
+61 (754) 411744
Owner: Brehaut
email: brehaut@coastnet.net.au
Large selection of yarns (Patons, Cleckheaton and Panda) and craft items including tapestries, cross and long stitch kits, crochet cottons, craft books, kreinik threads, other items for most of your needs. Telephone and mail orders welcome.

Threads & More
Shop 2, 141 Boundary Road
Bardon
Brisbane, Queensland 4065
+61 (7) 3367 0860
Owner: Danielle Chiel
email: threadsmore&uq.net.au
World Wide Web: http://www.threadsandmore.com.au
Wonderful one-stop yarn and thread shop - fabulous selection of local and imported knitting yarns, embroidery threads and notions. Danielle Chiel and her friendly staff are always happy to help with colour selections for your latest projects. Wide selection of workshops throughout the year, taught by acclaimed teachers, and while all the materials that you will require for classes are available at the store, it is OK to bring in what you already own, and just supplement your needs as required. Coffee shop on the premises. Twilight Music Concert Series - talented musicians will perform for you while you enjoy working on your current project, followed by time of food and light-hearted commentary.

Thurechts of Redcliffe
120 Sutton Street
Redcliffe, Queensland 4020
+61 (7) 3283 3397
fax: +61 (7) 32844422
Owner: Mabel Bainbrigge
email: bainbrigge@bigpond.com
We have moved to above address. We stock Cleckheaton & Patons full range of knitting yarns eg. Totem, Bluebell, Tasman, Fireside, Carissa, Miraggio and more. We also stock a full range of knitting patterns and accessories and craft. We will accept an email order and mail to anywhere in the world. We offer credit card facilities. [Note from the editor: please don't send your credit card information to anyone by email.]

Wool 'n' Crafts
61A Bulcock St.
Caloundra, Queensland 4551
+61 (7) 54914254
Owners: W. and S. White
We stock Patons knitting yarns, a large range of tapestries, x-stitch, long stitch, craft materials and haberdashery. Classes also conducted.

Wool & Craft Centre
5 Poinciana Pl.
Tewantin, Queensland 4565
+61 (74) 74 1166

The Wool 'N Craft Shoppe
35 Maryland St.
Stanthorpe, Queensland 4380
+61 (76) 81 2989

AussieYank
05-15-2007, 07:32 AM
I live in Perth, Western Australia. I grew up here, moved to USA as a teenager and now I'm married and back in Perth. I've met lots of knitting fiends (and friends!) since moving here.

It's nice to know there's help close by!

Taiche
05-17-2007, 10:45 AM
Hi everyone.. I'm a newby..:hug: I am in Bendigo, Victoria...

misstialouise
05-17-2007, 08:15 PM
Laura! I'm up for morning tea!!

Susan P. It's a crocheted snood on my hair :D

So who else is in Sydney? We should hook up for a KH knitting meet ;D

cheezelkat
05-20-2007, 09:27 AM
Hiya

I'm from Brisbane. Actually one of the craft stores listed below is very local to me but I've always been too intimidated to talk wool there - I also cross stitch and when I picked up some threads the lady serving refused to help me! :oo:

I'm very keen to meet new knitters - especially as my only company is my 16 month old son who likes to "play" with my knitting.

five_six
05-20-2007, 07:58 PM
Wow... we've had a bit of activity here that I hadn't noticed. Cool. First, Susan P. thanks for those links, there is one near me in Brisbane that I'll have to check out, and a couple up near my folks on the coast that I'll have to check out :thumbsup:

Welcome AussieYank and Taiche :waving: And it's good to see you back Misstialouise :hug:

Cheezelkat - Hi and where in Brisbane are you. I completely understand the 16 month old thing, my daughter is 3 in July she loves to try and knit :teehee: and I'm expecting another in late October.

Susan P.
05-21-2007, 09:26 AM
misstialouise (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/member.php?u=9521).. HI...do you buy from Tapestry Craft very often? When I lived on the north coast I divided between TC and two local stores but now that I'm here i am fairly TC dependent although they don't sell 100% cotton yarn which I want to start using. Where are you? I'm currently staying in Waterloo.

Susan P.
05-21-2007, 09:28 AM
I've been encouraging TC to start an Aussie specific forum by the way. I love knittinghelp and it's forum and couldn't do without the expert advice here. At the same time I rarely know the yarns people are discussing and I'd like to at least talk amongst aussies about that.

CK_1
05-23-2007, 05:56 AM
http://knittinginperth.typepad.com/knittinginperth/

http://craftyaction.blogspot/com/

m0nigrrl
05-30-2007, 08:17 PM
Hi All,

Just bumping us up, we were on the 2nd page :shock:. I'm out in the sticks in the Hills District of Sydney. I haven't been to Tapestry Craft before but after looking at their website I'm thinking that I need too :inlove:. Susan P, it's frustrating not having access to all the yarns people talk about on here isn't it? I hate trying to figure out yarn substitutions because I'm only new to knitting and I find it really difficult and I'm never 100% happy with the end result. I love the Vogue knitting and Interweave Knits magazines but it's difficult to find the yarn used in the patterns here :pout:. I tend to use Bendigo wool or cotton yarn if I possibly can.

I hope everyone is well :happydance:(I like that smiley, it's like the Wiggles dance which incidentally my daughter is watching right now).

Susan P.
05-30-2007, 11:04 PM
I got a sample thingy once for Bendigo but never bought from them. How do you find their yarns? Tapestry Craft have never stocked 100% cottons before but I asked them to consider it. I haven't looked at their site for a while. To be honest, I found shopping for yarns easier when I lived in the country. A shop. albeit expensive and limited, was ten mins away. Now I need to think 2/3 hour trips :) I won't buy really until I am settled in new place but it's not always easier shopping in big cities like people suggest it is!

Susan P.
05-30-2007, 11:07 PM
m0nigrrl (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/member.php?u=16917).. I also meant to add that aren't our yarns expensive compared to what the US folk - in the main - are paying! Gosh, I WISH we had their prices.

Sometimes I have drooled over a specialty yarn here but I would not readily pay $14-$16 a ball for something with minimal yardage!

misstialouise
05-31-2007, 08:47 AM
I got a sample thingy once for Bendigo but never bought from them. How do you find their yarns? Tapestry Craft have never stocked 100% cottons before but I asked them to consider it. I haven't looked at their site for a while. To be honest, I found shopping for yarns easier when I lived in the country. A shop. albeit expensive and limited, was ten mins away. Now I need to think 2/3 hour trips :) I won't buy really until I am settled in new place but it's not always easier shopping in big cities like people suggest it is!


Tapestry Craft sell a LOT of 100% cotton yarns. Always have in the time I've shopped there (going on 5-6 years)...

Plus.. they have a sale on at the moment.. at least 20% off everything!!! :D

Susan P.
06-01-2007, 01:26 AM
misstialouise (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/member.php?u=9521).. I have missed the sale by a day I think!!! arrggghhh. Well, blow me down, but I emailed them a few months ago and was told they did not sell 100% cotton. What the..!? :-) Oh well..nice to know they DO sell it.

Susan P.
06-04-2007, 12:05 AM
hi guys.. a spotlight frustration post. I saw on the spotlight site a yarn going at a great price and that would suit the rug i want to make. i'm still unfamiliar with sydney roads etc so i looked up the store locater to see shops closest to me. one store never answered the phone across three days of calls. one shop did answer but were flustered and rushed but did ring back with a metre length (but had basically no balls in stock). I was a little suspect about that metre length as it seemed a little 'too good to be true'. I wound up ringing the shop from home service and discovered that they could not tell me the metre length and I could not buy through them anyway as the line is being discontinued. They DID manage to get through to the store that wasn't answering their phone to check their stocks..none.

Tapestry Craft I'd pay double for similar yarns but at least I would get clear service but how VERY frustrating and I am so glad I rang ahead and didn't battle through traffic for goods that were unavailable!

I want some chunky almost 100% wool yarns for my rugs but I think I won't felt (as the cost of the yarn will wind up too high) so I'm thinking an acrylic mix would be ok. I think I'll just scour TP site and look for best buy and be done with it but gosh shopping for yarn in Sydney is proving harder than when I lived in the country.

Possum
06-04-2007, 06:16 AM
Just wanted to drop in and say hi. Another Aussie here. Melbournite.

Bendigo Mills have a special on their new wool atm, it's a blend with 25% BFL and 10% mohair. Kind of soft and silky and costs about $12 (on sale) for a 200gm (400m) ball. That's not the kind of wool I usually buy, so I actually have little idea if that's a really good price, but I thought I'd add it in incase it appeals to anyone.

Anyhow, good to see some Australians around here. Cheers!

Susan P.
06-04-2007, 06:53 AM
These balls were $3.95..100% wool for 90m..a total bargain here..

Hi back tho!

Susan P.
06-04-2007, 06:54 AM
I could order different yarn online..but you know how it is..you want it yesterday!

misstialouise
06-04-2007, 08:44 AM
Susan, Tapestry Craft sale is still on... for a couple more weeks actually... Jump online and order !! :D

I'm pretty sure they also do express postage :D

Susan P.
06-04-2007, 09:51 PM
Hi..thanks..I've seen *drool*.. I'm still considering driving to spotlight today (and allowing an hour to get lost in traffic as I always do :-)) simply because that price is soooo good and I want one or two other things. But TC has a few yummy items and yes they do express post but I've found once that price is added (depending on size of order) you're back up to a much higher price but some delicious things..sadly I've left it so late some of my favourite colours have run out but never mind :_) I often feel sad seeing fav yarns being discontinued too..

I saw the TC price on a few of their designer rug kits..errr..well over a thousand dollars and one has sold out! Some folks must seriously invest in their craft and have good incomes as I cannot ever imagine being able to afford that.

bah
06-14-2007, 04:13 AM
I'm coming to Sydney in 3 weeks and am looking for a yarn shop, and maybe some people to get together with one evening for a cuppa and a little bit of knitting.

Its been about 4 years since I've been to Sydney, and didn't knit then and thought it'd be a great way to meet new people!

TIA

Susan P.
06-14-2007, 05:47 AM
Tapestry Craft in York St would be the best place to go in the city I think. Have you been overseas or in another part of the country?

bah
06-14-2007, 09:43 PM
I've been overseas (muliple places)! I studied at James Cook Uni up in Townsville about 4 years ago, and just last year went to Perth for a couple weeks. I currently live in Japan. :)

Thanks for the store recommendation, I'll definitely have to check it out!

five_six
06-14-2007, 10:07 PM
Hey all... can't remember which of you guys are in Vic, so I thought I'd just post a general question. I'll be down there for 10 days from the 29th June till the 9th of July and was wondering if there were any places I just HAD to check out while I was down there. You know, yarn shops, farms, etc.

Anything to add to my itinerary would be greatly appreciated! :hug:

misstialouise
06-14-2007, 11:57 PM
Hey Bah!

Tapestry Craft is my LYS. Thursday nights they have a SnB session from 5 to 7pm. No bevvie's though as they do it instore..

But if the Sydney chicks are up for a get together, the Grace Hotel is on York St behind TC and does a nice cuppa (it's an actual hotel, rather than a pub pretending to be one)... :D That way we can shop at TC, then head to the Grace...

OR...

We can head to the Tea Centre in the Glasshouse and take over the little platform area upstairs and have (what I consider) to be some of the best tea in Sydney...

OR...

We can book a table at the Tearoom in the QVB for Saturday morning tea (HAS to be booked) and we can idulgently have a proper 'tea' (morning tea is $17 and is served between 11am and noon... afternoon tea which includes a little more, is $30... both of which are DEVINE).. they have recently refurbished and are very lush :D

There are of course other places to have tea, and I know a fair few of them so if none of the above suits, I can suggest more.. ;)

Susan P.
06-15-2007, 02:08 AM
I can't make any arrangements atm until I get settled (arranging moves is becoming a nightmare), but in a month or so I'd consider it and a gracious and proper morning tea may be nice :) However, I'll need a place with no stairs (a small single one is ok).

misstialouise
06-15-2007, 03:33 AM
Susan, to get to the Tearoom it's an elevator and 3 small stairs..

OR, in Imperial arcade, there's Tiffanies, which has nice coffee, lovely staff (and their food is nice too :D), which is an escalator and no stairs :D

bah
06-17-2007, 01:17 AM
The only day I'll be able to get together when I'm there is July 4...the rest of the time I have commitments. I'd love to do tea with people though if anyone is available. I'll be staying in the Darling Harbour area (haven't pinned down a place yet) but I will have a car (and a bike for that matter) so I'm mobile while there.

Susan P.
06-17-2007, 11:04 PM
The totally without steps one would be best for me. Bah..there are some lovely..albeit expensive..places to stay on Darling Harbour.

Just for discussion, I've been to 3 spotlight stores recently; Bondi, Drummoyne and Banskia. Banksia is the only one with parking available underneath the building and the lift up from that. All have ramp and/or lift access but Drummoyne is much further to walk to than any of them. The Banksia store BY FAR had the best arrangement of yarns. They were tidily and sensibly organised (although I had to get a young man to reach me down yarns that were way too high and would be difficult for many to reach).

In all but the Bondi store, shoppers were happy to stop and chat and talk knitting. One woman at Drummoyne had THE most beautiful cardigan on that she had knitted.

The Bondi store must be oldish as it did have a grubby look and sections of carpet were badly taped down where holes or rips existed. Drummoyne looked 'untidy' and unkempt in sections which I know sounds odd but you may know what I mean.

Banksia took a while to get through a checkout (very understaffed) but of the three was the cleanest and had the most organised yarn section. That said, they are VERY well accessed by customers and that means yarns can disappear quickly and they often don't answer the phone. Drummoyne answers and is reasonably patient. Bondi answer and act flustered and overworked :-)

I'll be grabbing some cottons from TC soon.

Anyone find the best outlet for rug underlay 'non slip' material? I was at Ikea the other day and would not buy their open weave stuff because I think it would scratch fine tiling. I was gazing at a pack and must have had an expression as a couple came up to me and basically recommended I NOT buy it. They found it smelled terribly and they had even tried to wash it and still had the problem. I know Spotlight sell non slip rug underlay per metre but my knees cave so quickly walking around those places I didn't look at quality. Are there any other choices Aussies know of apart from just carpet stores?

misstialouise
06-18-2007, 06:42 PM
You should check out Rockdale spotlight, Susan. Well laid out, HEAPS of yarn, and parking underneath with escalators to the door :D It's one of my favourites.

I'm available July 4th... :D

Susan P.
06-19-2007, 10:10 PM
Yes..that's what I meant by Banksia sorry..it is called the Rockdale store but I think the address is Banksia?

winterblues
06-27-2007, 05:06 AM
Hi, I live in Perth.

There is a stitch n bitch, but I don't go because I'm too shy:
:oops:

Exomod Coffee Shop
615 Beaufort St
Mt Lawley, WA

When: Monday nites from 7.30pm

AND

Meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month:

Harp’n’Craft
From 11am, The Art Gallery Café
47 James St Mall, Perth

:flirt:

Susan P.
06-28-2007, 07:15 AM
Perhaps rather than going personally you could send a note and ask anyone interested in a penpal or online connection to get in contact?

winterblues
07-01-2007, 02:21 AM
Thanks Susan.. :hug: I have enough online buddies (not a huge amount, but enough for me) to chat with about knitting so that's not really a problem. Just too shy to meet anybody new in person! :oo:

misstialouise
07-01-2007, 04:33 AM
WB... it's always scary going somewhere where you don't know anyone.

I'm actually quite shy myself, when it comes to meeting people in person... BUT let me say, that the reward in being a part of an IRL community is worth the huge amount of anxiety going in.

batemans bay
07-01-2007, 08:20 AM
I've been encouraging TC to start an Aussie specific forum by the way. I love knittinghelp and it's forum and couldn't do without the expert advice here. At the same time I rarely know the yarns people are discussing and I'd like to at least talk amongst aussies about that.
I'm a newie here as well i'm from batemans bay i cam across this site when i was looking for tea cosy patterns which i have found on this site.
I agree with you Susan P i found a pattern i liked then they had yarns and abbreviationsi don't know it's hard finding aussie sites and sometimes i can't find any.

Mumzy
07-03-2007, 04:05 AM
I'm from Perth and new here.

I think I will have to go try out Mt Lawley on Monday night, if I have enough guts too, I can get a bit timid around strangers, but then I will BLAH BLAH till the cows come home!

I am just getting back into knitting. I learnt as a child then picked it up again 3 yrs ago with help from my MIL but then I think she had enough of pretending to be nice ;) so I haven't done anything since.

Love to join a real life group and start again, good excuse to do something out of the home without the kiddies too.:lol:

So hello to all you fellow Aussie Knitters and I look forward to chatting.

CK_1
07-15-2007, 10:01 PM
H,

The Perth, Mt. Lawley S'n'B group is friendly and would love to see new people. Don't be shy, it's a nice way to spend your Monday evenings. Check out their website here: http://craftyaction.blogspot.com.

:)

CK

diz
07-24-2007, 01:28 AM
Hello fellow Aussies,

I'm terribly new to this site, and was wondering if anyone was aware of any youth knitting groups in Vic?

My friends and I have become slightly obsessed with what is now known as "The Knit" in our circle, but were feeling a bit lost as to where to find other young people who enjoy knitting...

Thanks heaps!

diz =)

misstialouise
07-24-2007, 02:11 AM
I've been encouraging TC to start an Aussie specific forum by the way. I love knittinghelp and it's forum and couldn't do without the expert advice here. At the same time I rarely know the yarns people are discussing and I'd like to at least talk amongst aussies about that.

I've been thinking about this. I know the Marketing Manager / Webmaster for TC, and tbh, she just doesn't have the time to moderate a forum as well.

Now, we can ask Amy for our own section here, just to talk about the common Aussie yarns.... OR I can get something set up on my website...

Thoughts??

Susan P.
07-24-2007, 09:48 AM
Hi..having run a number of forums I offered to do it for TC and the offer wasn't taken up. I also think we could do with our own forum..simply to discuss the yarns we can buy and perhaps some charity knitting etc. I like this forum setup so perhaps we could ask Amy if it is feasible? I guess then the problem may be that every country may want one. You know, we could always deal with THIS thread like it's our own and just discuss here couldn't we?

I noticed the Salvation Army are asking for knitted item donations. I'm going to donate some scarves at the local drop in coffee place. It will probably be too late to do a group blanket or rug at this point but that doesn't mean we could get together and choose to make some things in advance for next winter. Thoughts?

Jumbuck
07-26-2007, 09:42 PM
I live just west of Toowoomba and wondered if there were any knitters or knitting groups in the Toowoomba area?

Helen.

Susan P.
07-28-2007, 09:53 AM
Hi Helen..back in this thread somewhere I posted a site that had a bunch of knitting groups around Australia. One of your local craft shops may know - or sewing shops.

Where are you tending to buy your yarn from?

Susan P.
07-28-2007, 09:55 AM
misstialouise (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/member.php?u=9521) Listen, if you'd like to approach Amy re a forum do that by all means. I find I know almost none of the yarns discussed here and sometimes it would be invaluable to know how people have found TC or Spotlight or Bendigo yarns etc. Given we often pay so much for them it would be excellent to know. Most yarns I've enjoyed but I few I'd caution people about.

Jumbuck
07-28-2007, 11:18 AM
Hi Helen..back in this thread somewhere I posted a site that had a bunch of knitting groups around Australia. One of your local craft shops may know - or sewing shops.

Where are you tending to buy your yarn from?
Thanks Susan, I'll check back tomorrow - bit late now. :-)

I've bought from

http://www.theknittery.com/
at East Doncaster, Vic.


http://www.sarahdurrant.com/
at Kilmore, Vic.


http://www.beadopalwoolqueen.com.au/
at Harcourt, Vic.

Am waiting on wool from

http://www.thewoolshack.com/

and waiting on a shade chart from

http://www.ozeyarn.com/index.htm

in Sydney.

Did try Patonyle 4 ply but it's a bit too 'fluffy' for my liking, plus it was only in 25 gm balls which meant joining, whereas the others come in 100 gm skeins/hanks or balls. Washed up OK though.

Toowoomba has Spotlight and Lincraft (not much at that one the last time I was there, they seem to have gone to the dogs - if you know what I mean). Big W have some wool but no 4 ply.

Having not knitted for years, an living west of Toowoomba, I need to buy my wool online at the moment.

Susan P.
07-28-2007, 11:42 AM
Check out Tapestry Craft in Sydney. Some very expensive lines though but then some reasonable prices (and yes, checking out the metreage is important). Generally very good online service tho I had a lot of problems with last order. Only one of three that's had problems tho. I used to love Lincraft for fabrics and for beads. Spotlight is 'ok' but you can't order sale stuff as a home shopper and ringing the stores is hopeless as a rule. I've often found smaller yarn shops great in rural areas. I wish there was a yarn shop somewhere in my area but it looks like Vic has dibs on most of the smaller stores. One in Canberra too.

www.tapestrycraft.com.au/catalog/index.php

How have you found the woolshack?

Jumbuck
07-30-2007, 11:01 PM
Hi Susan. Well it didn't take the 14 days I expected going on Aust Post's past performance, or the 8 days quoted - the package arrived today! :) Was posted last Wed., so that makes 6 days including the weekend, from WA to country Qld , which is excellent service in my book. Will definitely order from them again.

Jemma also included a (4 ply)sock pattern and some jelly beans.

Time to check out the cricket and do some more knitting.






How have you found the woolshack?

Susan P.
08-02-2007, 08:33 AM
I also think that a great time period to cover that distance and isn't it great when they include a little treat. I've never experienced that before! :) I'll have to take a closer look at their site.

Jumbuck
08-02-2007, 09:09 AM
I also think that a great time period to cover that distance and isn't it great when they include a little treat. I've never experienced that before! :) I'll have to take a closer look at their site.
I'm using the Merino 4 ply from The Knittery at the moment and it is lovely and soft. Will definitely be ordering more. Think I must have got the last skein of "See Breeze" because it's now out of stock.

http://www.theknittery.com/c/24751/1/4ply-sock-merino-.html

misstialouise
08-02-2007, 09:15 AM
Did try Patonyle 4 ply but it's a bit too 'fluffy' for my liking, plus it was only in 25 gm balls which meant joining, whereas the others come in 100 gm skeins/hanks or balls. Washed up OK though.


I've only ever found Patonyle in 50g balls..which means one skein per sock... hmm... where are you getting the 25g ones from?

Susan P.
08-02-2007, 09:56 AM
Nice stuff Jumbuck and at least the yardage is good!

Susan P.
08-02-2007, 09:58 AM
Mind you tho..when I looked back at Bendigo Mills (who have appeared to downsize their collection from 5/6 years ago)..their 200gram balls are a really good price in the main. Mostly handwash which is a slight pain for some items but I was pleased with their prices given they are worth four balls of what we usually get. Tho, one has to compare yardage of course.

Jumbuck
08-02-2007, 08:33 PM
I've only ever found Patonyle in 50g balls..which means one skein per sock... hmm... where are you getting the 25g ones from?
Spotlight and Lincraft are the only two shops where I've found 100% wool in Toowoomba, and I haven't been to Lincraft for about 3 years. Since I'd had the Patonyle for a couple of years, I'd say it was from Spotlight. Haven't seen it in 50 gm balls - would have be better than having to do a splice join with 25gm balls.

Rae
08-06-2007, 12:35 AM
Hi there everyone...

Another Aussie here - I've never knit before at all, so I am feeling a bit lost! I thought I might buy a set of needles and some cheap yarn today, to try and learn with, and I wondered whether I should look for anything in particular (re needles)? Is there a certain size/type that I should get as a first pair?

Aaargh, I am so out of my depth - I have NO idea, hehe! I am in North Queensland, by the way. :waving:

Cheers

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 01:00 AM
Hi and welcome...I think the dish or washcloths people make here are a great place to start knitting. You are just really making a square that is then usable afterwards. You can make it in a pattern or just knit rows and probably knit rows is where you would start.

I'd probably get a metal set of needles to begin with - later you can try timber ones and circulars and just a ball or two of cotton or washable wool or cotton/wool blend from whatever store is in your area. I would buy a basic book showing you knit and purl stitches and just practice. Perhaps start with a size 6 needle although whatever yarn you buy will recommend a needle size on the side of the band around the yarn. I'd be looking for something that would suit around that size - it's not to big and not too small. Up to an 8 would also be fine but I'd not go bigger.

Rae
08-06-2007, 01:20 AM
Thank you very much for the advice, Susan - much appreciated!

I am heading out now so I will see what I can find. Thank you again!

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 02:09 AM
Report back trooper Rae and tell us what you have found and bought! :)

Rae
08-06-2007, 03:20 AM
heheh... reporting back as requested! :)

The smallest needle size I could find (admittedly, I only had time to go to one store) was US8/5mm, so I got a pair of those, just made of aluminium or something, I guess. Then, most of the yarn seemed to be for smaller needles - size 6 etc!

But I did find a 75% acrylic / 20% wool / 5% viscose blend which said it was for size US 5-8, so I got two of those. A friend is having a baby boy soon so I got it in a navy colour, in case I end up with something vaguely useable! I'll keep an eye out for some nicer stuff next time I'm out.

I might go and watch the instructional videos now, and hopefully will have some time later tonight to give it a go myself. I'm nervous!! lol

Cheers

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 03:31 AM
Excellent..the slight mismatch won't matter on these earlier efforts and sometimes doesn't matter anyway! cast on and knit away and set your sails towards a knitting triumph! :) We've all done mistakes I promise you that. I was knitting for ages before I could even properly count rows :)

Jumbuck
08-06-2007, 03:44 AM
Hi there everyone...

Another Aussie here - I've never knit before at all, so I am feeling a bit lost! I thought I might buy a set of needles and some cheap yarn today, to try and learn with, and I wondered whether I should look for anything in particular (re needles)? Is there a certain size/type that I should get as a first pair?

Aaargh, I am so out of my depth - I have NO idea, hehe! I am in North Queensland, by the way. :waving:

Cheers
Hi Rae,

Try 4mm (the old size 8) and 8 ply wool/yarn. It's thick enough to see what you are doing, and is ideal for a beginner. In the dim dark ages, because my tension was too tight, I kept breaking my grandmother's plastic needles (no steel needles in the '40's) so I learnt to knit with 8 ply wool and 6 inch nails!

Helen in SE Qld.

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 04:11 AM
I like my 6mm a lot..and I was forgetting about size conversion to US and how my mention of 6's may have been construed against that but I think the 5mm Rae got, a good size. Once you get smaller, especially when you're first starting, it can seem fiddly I think. I guess it depends on a lot of things :)

I do love 8 ply yarns as a rule but I thought something with a higher man made content would tend not to tangle and stick as the fibres sometimes can. I suspect Rae bought well. It will be interesting to see! :)

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 04:12 AM
Any of you aussies interested in charity knitting at all? Can any of you crochet squares together also?

Rae
08-06-2007, 06:09 AM
AAAAAAAAAARGH. :wall:

*breathes*

I just needed to let that out. Now I feel marginally better. :)

Back to my sad attempts to follow these videos (completely MY fault, not the videos'....).

Casting on - so far, so good. Transitioning to a knit stitch is causing some headaches... lol. :lol:

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 06:53 AM
Grins. I started off learning from books so the vids here were very new to me. It's always getting started that seems the hardest and why a yarn shop person can often be really helpful in that first stage. I found books great tho really. Keep on practicing. I gather you're right handed? In with the right needle, push through, wind yarn around, curve needle back..and off needle..repeat..repeat..oopps..darn..oh dear...right..in with the right needle, push through, wind yarn around..what happened to the yarn..where did it go..heck..while I looked stitches fell off...aerrgggghhhhhhhhhh :hair::hair:
LOL

Rae
08-06-2007, 08:20 AM
ROFL. I am glad others can commiserate with where I am in my learning process!! :) I will persevere...

One of the hardest things (I am finding) is working out exactly WHERE to push the needle through, when starting a stitch. It's hard to see on the videos, so perhaps a book is the way to go.

Cheers :)

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 09:05 AM
I know what you mean..on and off a finger is in the way and you think darn! But someone else said they watched it frame by frame and found that useful. I think between a book and a video it would be great..however..you shouldn't have to buy a book. There will be online tutorials. This is a good one for the knit stitch. You need to be wary as a lot of US folk knit continental style which is really not taught that often in Aus. This page is how most of us would work a knit stitch:

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=84

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 09:07 AM
This is their purl stitch. I can see the part of the diagram that may look confusing but if you remember your are drawing a loop or stitch through and need to have that on your needle as you are completing the action that will help. Between these and the videos you should be reasonably close I think:

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=85

Rae
08-06-2007, 09:55 AM
Thank you soooo much, Susan... I am heading to bed now but I will look at these tomorrow. Many thanks!!!

mrsgrumblebum
08-06-2007, 04:57 PM
Hello everyone....My name is Debbie
I'm new to this site and a novice at knitting. My mum taught me how to knit when I was 7. Apart from a few scarves and baby booties for friends, nieces and nephews of course my my own girls.
I have just completed a baby cardigan. :woot::woot: It's my first attempt at one and I must say I am so pleased with the way it turned out. I made the sachiko sweater http://fortheloveofyarn.com/Issues/07Winter/patterns/winter07_kimono.shtml I made it in white and now I am waiting to see what gender my friend has as that will detirmine if any girly embroidery goes on to it. I also made 2 pairs of booties and a baby beanie..... first time I've made a beanie too. I'm in the middle of making her a baby blanket and just transfered my stitches to a circular needle first time for that needle too hehehe. My other half reckons I'm obsessed... and ya know he's right
Well thats my 'lil intro oh and by tha way I'm from Sth East Melbourne.., have a great day everyone.
:knitting: :knitting: :knitting:

Susan P.
08-06-2007, 06:22 PM
Hi..and welcome..that's a lovely pattern..have you an image of the one you made yourself? What yarn did you use? We Aussies love the KH site but the one problem we have is often not knowing the yarns our American friends are using.

mrsgrumblebum
08-06-2007, 08:13 PM
Hi..and welcome..that's a lovely pattern..have you an image of the one you made yourself? What yarn did you use? We Aussies love the KH site but the one problem we have is often not knowing the yarns our American friends are using.


Hi I love this site to. Will post images when my camera battery recharges
thanks for the welcome :) :) :) :)

Jumbuck
08-17-2007, 09:06 AM
Went to Lincraft whilst I was in town on Wednesday to see if the had any dpn's (got 3 pair) and found they also had 4 ply sock wool in both solid and 'multi' colours. It was $12.99 for a 100 gm ball of approx 420m. Feels lovely and soft; can't wait to finish the pair I'm working on so I can start using it. If it knits up OK I'll be back to get some more. I've been buying wool over the internet for $22 per ball plus p&p, so at almost half price I can afford to splurge a little.:thumbsup:

Susan P.
08-17-2007, 10:28 AM
I'm taking a break from this site for a while guys but email me re bargains and things if they come up. I saw that yarn on the Lincraft site the other day..their own brand I think and it's good to know it feels nice and soft. Their site is *terrible* in terms of showing what they offer tho isn't it. I know they have essentials yarns..or are supposed to but a very very limited site offering isn't very informative.

misstialouise
08-17-2007, 07:04 PM
I have a ball of that, Jumbuck. It is lovely and soft.. and yes... $12 a ball is much nicer than +$20... LOL

Susan, dont' stay away too long.. :D

flippab
08-17-2007, 11:23 PM
Hello People!

I've just returned to knitting this winter after a lengthy, say 20-something year haitus. I found this site through a link via the SMH and it's been critical to my efforts to say the least! Wouldn't have remembered how to cast on without it...

Just wanting to say hello to the Oz knitting circle and check in for knitters in Sydney, I'm in Randwick.

I check out a few of the yarn links mentioned earlier in this thread. I'm really curiuous as to how people go about buying their yarns - they can be very pricey - especially seeing I've fallen in love in Noro silk garden and others. I bought a batch on Ebay and think I saved at least 40% and that's factoring in delivery and currency exchange.

It seems crazy that we grow so much wool (I know, the one I currently love is a silk mix) and export it and then import it again.

I love the look of possmerino - has anyone knitted with it?

Also am fascinated by the vivid colour and designs of Kaffe Fasset and in my delusional optimism am willing to give them a go. I'd love to have some feedback from knitters who've tried, including around yarn substitution.

Think that's all for the moment...

flippa b :)

Susan P.
08-22-2007, 08:56 AM
Hi..Could you provide a link to the last ones you talk about as I've never heard of them. I haven't bought yarn in a while tho last time I did it was from Spotlight. Prior to that is was a smaller town store and Tapestry Craft.

flippab
08-30-2007, 12:26 AM
Hi, not sure if this is what you mean : http://stores.ebay.com/Yarnbow_Noro_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ4QQftidZ2QQtZk m it's the link to the yarn store on ebay.

It has a hure range of yarn and is user friendly.

Jumbuck
08-30-2007, 03:02 AM
I have a ball of that, Jumbuck. It is lovely and soft.. and yes... $12 a ball is much nicer than +$20... LOL

Susan, dont' stay away too long.. :D
Apparently there is a store in Cooma which sells Opal for $15.9 rather than the $21 - $23 elsewhere; limited range though I'm told, but then at that price I wouldn't be too fussy.

Sheridan
09-21-2007, 07:19 PM
Hello ladies, I am in Sydney and have recently returned to knitting after a few years.

Mainly because I now have a little person to knit for. So far I have knitted him a couple of jumpers and a few woollen soakers and I am currently working on the suede booties off the DIY site. My son is nearly 14 months old and into everything. He used to lay there and watch me knit but now anymore, sigh! lol, now he wants to join in.

I also knitted a pair of cotton maryjane booties the other day for a friend's baby due in november, I wish I could find a pattern that had the maryjanes and the socks, but so far no real luck.

I am in sydney, out west, in Liverpool.

Not sure what happened to my username, it turned out a bit of a mess!

Jumbuck
09-23-2007, 08:27 AM
I won't be using Lincraft sock wool again, it's on a par with Patonyle 4 ply - splits very easily and is 'fluffy' . Not sure how it will wash, if it is anything like the Patonyle...:frog:

i've done one sock so far and am not in a hurry to do the second.:wall:

Looks like I'll have to do them whilst I watch the cricket... Crossed Fingers







I have a ball of that, Jumbuck. It is lovely and soft.. and yes... $12 a ball is much nicer than +$20... LOL

Susan, dont' stay away too long.. :D

Julie
09-26-2007, 09:40 AM
Hi Aussies :)

This seems like a decent sale! Going out of business...

http://www.xotikyarns.com.au/shop/index.php

Waggus
10-03-2007, 09:00 PM
I'm in Central Victoria, moving to Melbourne in a couple of months.

miss_molly
11-04-2007, 08:12 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm in Cronulla, Sydney. I hadn't knitted since my children were babies, so for many years knitting didn't exist for me. Then three years ago I had my first grandchild and started tentatively knitting for her.

That snowballed... I fell so in love with knitting baby clothes that I haven't stopped since. What a lot has happened since my younger years of knitting!!! :cheering: Now there is so much choice in patterns and colours, and I love the art of playing with colour schemes and making baby clothes that look modern. I knit most days, year round. But I stick with baby things - they're so cute and they're quick! Problem is, what to do with them? So apart from gifts for friends or family, I sell my knits on eBay.

I buy most of my yarn from eBay UK. I find it so much cheaper than I can buy here, even including postage, and the range is much bigger. But if you give it a try, be warned that its addictive. My stash is taking over the spare wardrobe, spreading under the bed too - I think its breeding!

jess_hawk
11-08-2007, 01:55 AM
Ummm, I thought I had posted here but I can't find it so I guess not...
I'll be studying abroad in Australia next semester:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: !!! I'm obviously not Australian (I'm Iowan) but can I join your fun anyway:pray: ? I need some inside tips on where to go. I'll be studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Sippy Downs, north of Brisbane). My $$$ is limited so my explorations of the country will be, too:pout: , unfortunately, but I hope to at least get up to the Great Barrier Reef :teehee: (found out I was probably going halfway through my dive certification and nearly died from joy:woot: :thumbsup: :cheering: :woohoo: :happydance: :yay: :passedout: ... found out I was DEFINITELY going the day after I completed my certification and literally cried from the excitementcloud9 :balloons: :thud: :lol: :blooby: :sun: :mrgreen: :woot: :cheering: :yay: :happydance: :woohoo: :hug: ). And, hopefully find some nifty lys's where I can pick up whatever the local fave yarns are. :)

Firey Vixxen
11-08-2007, 07:48 AM
I love the look of possmerino - has anyone knitted with it?

flippa b :)

Victorian Vixen Here!
I reckon the possmerino looks brill too. they need it in more colours though before I'd fork out that much. anyone tried it?
anyone know of LYS's in CBD Melbourne area? I rely too much on lincraft (yeah, their site does suck, the stores are allright though) and my backup is the spotlight near home.
FV