I'd like to find some cute, patterned Wellington boots for rainy days.Shower Power, Mount Austin The Dictator rules: Ah, so they're for rainy days. It's good you pointed that out or we might have thought you needed them for sunny days. You've almost missed the boat on this one. A few seasons ago, you could find Pucci's great rubber boots - but not this year. Even rather conservative Aigle has sold out of its poppy-print rubber boots from last year (customer hotline: 2425 6226; www.aigle.com.hk ). We were going to suggest you choose from the fabulous patterns and colours selling for only $155.20 at American-based www.target.com , until we found similar rainboots at Bauhinia (shop E, 38 Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2529 8689). The shop charges a bit more ($239), but weigh up delivery charges and waiting time and it's worth buying them here and now. If you still can't find any you like, go to www.wildwellies.co.uk , which delivers to Hong Kong and carries such brands as Tamara Henriques. My wife always loses an earring or some piece of jewellery when we travel. She keeps it all in separate little pouches. I thought she'd like one of those folding cloth jewellery bags that have lots of zippers. Where can I get one? (It doesn't need to be a famous brand, but hopefully easy to find.) Bag Man, Sai Kung The Dictator: Tell the truth: you're not being sweet; you're just sick of replacing lost pieces. What could be easier than going to Shanghai Tang (Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2525 7333)? It sells Chinese brocade jewellery rolls (yes, that's what they're called) in a pretty dragonfly pattern of purple, black or red for $290. Lane Crawford in Pacific Place (Admiralty, tel: 2118 2999) carries paisley jewellery rolls by Liberty of London in turquoise or red for $450. Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium (39 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2522 2333) sells basic Chinese brocade rolls ($20) and in a slightly smaller version with embroidery ($42). Surprisingly, another favourite source, Chinese Arts & Crafts (59 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2901 0338), demands much higher prices ($230 to $550). Upon closer inspection, though, the quality is higher and includes unique styles, such as jewellery rolls made from Chinese folk fabrics ($260). If you're trying to save for your jewellery-replacement fund, buy one of the perfectly acceptable folding cases at Ribbon Emporium (shop A, G/F, Po Fung Building, 33 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2377-4341), which has chic embroidered monochrome bags ($25). Other cheap options can be found wherever tourists go, such as Stanley Market ($23 to $33; Stanley 38, 38 Stanley Main Street, tel: 2813 7087). Where can I go for a knitting class in English. Basic knitting will be fine to begin with, but I would like to make a jumper. Purl Diva, Lai Chi Kok The Dictator: Your life is really exciting, huh? Art-Tastic Hobbies Centre (3/F, room 1, block A, Friend's House, 4 Canarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2739 8681; www.art-tastichobbiescentre.com ) will start knitting classes soon, charging $800 for four sessions including basic materials. Craft Paradise (shop 209, Citic Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Admiralty, tel: 2104 6210; www.craftparadise.com.hk ) also offers a range of creative courses. It charges $300 for a three-hour knitting class, including materials, plus $100 for every extra hour you need to complete a project. A basic course is five sessions. Needlework Club, also known as Tailor & Alteration (1/F, Shing Wah Mansion, 451 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2836 5103; www.needleworkclub.com ), is cheaper but fees don't include materials. A series of four 90-minute lessons costs $300 and classes are held on Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 8pm or Saturdays at 2pm. Oh, the fun you'll have.