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Old 12-13-2006, 06:03 AM   #1
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Ni hao everybody, it's winter and I've gotten interested in knitting again.
Last year I was in Korea, now I'm in Beijing, China. Anyone else in China browse this forum?
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:44 PM   #2
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Obviously I'm not in China, but I just wanted to say HI!
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:47 AM   #3
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It's raining and cold here. Perfect weather for knitting. Hows the weather in CHina?
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:51 PM   #4
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It's dry and cold. Beijing doesn't seem to get rain. Maybe just a few times in spring. But, yes, it's the time of year for indoor hobbies.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:57 PM   #5
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How are the yarn supply stores out there??
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:14 PM   #6
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Hi there. I'm maybe the only(?)Korean in here... MAYBE. It is nice to know that someone has visited my country.

I don't know about how much yarns and knitting suplplies cost exactly in there, but I know it is VERY CHEAP!

I bought in Korea my favorites needles, aluminum circulars and they were maybe 1 or 2 dollars cheaper. I wish I was into knitting in there so I could buy a lot of supplies... hmm
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Old 01-03-2007, 06:37 AM   #7
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Hi Juneko, did you ever go to the wool market at Dongdaemun? I wrote a post about that last winter: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...pic.php?t=7985.

I've been searching for a similar market in Beijing. I know that China is the biggest textile-producing country in the world and the professionals must have a marketplace, but I haven't found it yet. I have some names of markets still to check out, though... I will find them!

As for the LYSs, they are fair. There are apparently quite a few; I was able to find one only a few hundred meters outside of the university, in fact it was that accidental discovery that got me started on knitting again this winter. The yarns are good quality and there are several imported brands, mostly from Australia/NZ. One thing I don't like is that most of the yarn is behind a counter and you have to ask (in Chinese) if you want to feel it.
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Old 01-03-2007, 05:45 PM   #8
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Hi Joe,

When I went to China almost a year ago, I went to a sort of "yarn district" in Jinan, which was awesome. It was a street with several yarn shops within a few feet of each other. One of the 2 I went into was fairly large, and if I had more time, I definitely would've bought more yarn. As for Beijing, I saw 1 yarn shop near the Forbidden Palace, but was unable to go in, even though we drove by it twice!

Good luck in your search! I would love to visit a wool market in Beijing if I ever go back, so I really hope you find one!
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Hey Joe--tell us again (or maybe just tell me 'cause I don't remember)...why do you travel so much? Do you love it (I do) or are you in some type of career or educational path that requires it?
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Hi Joe from chilly So. Cal. (44 degrees is chilly for us!). Have you found any of the yarn markets you've been talking about? I hope so. How's the weather over in China these days? Have you met anyone else there that knits? It seems like it would be a lonely place to be ~ are you the only American? How do they treat you? I admire your spirit of adventure.
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