Lifeline Bookfest Bonanza

Today was the first day of the four-day Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane and I was up early and ready to go in time for the doors to open. Unfortunately I was about 15 minutes late as there were roadworks along the way which resulted in detours. I had to calm myself down as I was so keen to get there. Not to worry, I managed to get a park near the stairs into the Brisbane Convention Centre where this event is held twice a year (January and June). It’s the highlight of my bibliophile and yarning life as it’s where I buy my books and my knitting pattern books. You can pick up some absolute gems at this Bookfest.

I was a bit despondent as I trailled up and down the aisles in the high priced section as I couldn’t find any knitting books (plenty on scrapbooking and quilting mind you) so I zipped into the $2.50 section where they have lots of stationery and it’s here I found lots of lovely little notebooks which I seem to be collecting at an alarming rate!! I use them to track my knitting rows and also to record any modifications I make to patterns. You could say I have a stash of notebooks now.

This little bundle cost me $1 each except for the largest notebook and that one was $2.

One dollar notebooks

These were also $1.

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And these were only 50 cents each!

Fifty cent notebooks

After the stationery section I high-tailed it to the magazine area so see what I could find. This section is the only one where there’s just boxes on the floor and you have to bend down to fossick in each box to find what you’re after. A bit hard on the old back I must say. There were so many vintage pattern books to pick from and these ones tempted me.

Vintage yarn books

Plus these pattern books also caught my eye.

Assorted knitting patterns

I was just about to pack it in as I was a bit weary by then plus all that bending and crouching down was getting to me too when I stumbled across the mother load. I seriously thought I’d need to get medical help as my heart rate jacked up, my breathing quickened and my eyes lit up. And all because I found these magazines. What a beautiful bonanza!!!!!!

Spin-off (a spinning magazine from the US)


The Wheel (published by Ashford Spinning Wheels in New Zealand). In my state of excitement I didn’t realise I’d picked up two the same. Not to worry, I’ll pass the second one on to a friend.

The Wheel

Australian Knitting Magazine

Aust Knitting

Creative Knitting (and yes, there’s two of them here again – not to worry I have lots of yarn friends)

Creative Knitting

Piecework (I’ve never heard of this magazine but after Googling it I realise it’s distributed through the Interweave website)


Yarn Magazine

Yarn Mag

One copy of Embellish (which also happens to be the very first copy published so you could say I have a First Edition!)


Plus these assorted magazines

Assorted Knitting Mags

Wow I have heaps and heaps of wonderful yarnie reading material and I am soooo excited about that. I can’t wait to plonk myself in bed tonight and start reading them. My only dilemma is how can I read them and knit at the same time!

I am exhausted as I immediately photographed my buys and wrote this blog post when I got home….I didn’t even stop for a cuppa! So that’s what I’m going to do now. I just wanted to share my excitement with all of you!

Hope you’re having as much fun as I am. Until next time…



Brisbane Bookfest Bargains!

Brisbane can boast that it holds the largest second hand book sale in the world! And it’s held twice a year….in January and in June. There are literally millions of books. It’s called the Lifeline Bookfest and I love travelling to the city twice a year to grab some bargains. They even have their own Facebook page. This January they’re open for 10 days!

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As I arrived yesterday morning (the first day), I could actually feel my heart rate elevate in anticipation of what bargains I would find. As you walk into the Great Halls of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, there are huge crates of books ready to be used to refill tables after the first couple of days.

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Ideally, I would love to go on the first and second day of the Bookfest but as parking cost me $18 yesterday and it’s a 45 minute drive each way, I’ve only ever managed the one day. Besides, it is quite exhausting walking for hours looking at books. I was there for just over four hours.

Have a look at the set up. It’s amazing and this is only a section of the tables.

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I always head for the high priced section as that’s where the more current books are. I pay from between $5 and $8 for each book and that’s still way cheaper than retail price. Here are some of my bargains.

Bookfest 01

Thought these two books would be handy when I retire and I have more time and can knit for charity.

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Lots of interesting ideas here.

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Just what I need….more socks!

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I’ve never thought about rug knitting before. I do love colourful Afghans.

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Some gorgeous patterns in these books.

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I have The Gentle Art of Knitting so I may even sell this one on Ebay. This is one of my favourite knitting books and it contains the pattern for the Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket that I made.

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More gorgeous Afghan patterns.

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Lots of helpful information here.

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And of all things….a knitting journal.

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A beautiful pattern book by Kaffe Fasset and it was only $2.50!

Kaffe Fassett

I’m selling these two on Ebay as I already have all three of Loani Prior’s tea cosy books. This is her first book and it’s harder to get hold of.

Felt n Tea Cosies

A knitting pattern book by Debbie Bliss.

DBliss Home

And lastly, some notebooks that ranged from between 50c and $2. I use these to keep a record of my row counts and any modifications I make to patterns.

Notebooks 01

They sure do have colourful covers don’t they?

Notebooks 02

All in all another successful visit to the Lifeline Bookfest. To offset the book expenses, I managed to sell a Little Peggy spinning wheel today for twice as much as I bought it over the Christmas period. The new owner was ecstatic with the wheel and I was ecstatic with the sale!

Little Peggy 1

It’s a 1978 John Rappard Little Peggy and the reason I didn’t keep her is because I already have one!.

Little Peggy 6

Don’t forget, if you live in Brisbane and can get along to the Lifeline Bookfest you won’t regret it! You may also get some bargains like I did.

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I hope you had a great weekend and did lots of crafty and yarnie bits and pieces. I finally finished my Glitz at the Ritz shawl which I’ll show you a little later. It’s outside blocking at the moment.

Until next time…