White Night Melbourne started in 2013 and attracted more than 300,000 people to Melbourne’s city streets, laneways, landmarks and the cultural institutions that are open from dusk-till-dawn. It is inspired by Paris’ Nuit Blanche, the international network of White Night programs that has grown to over 20 cities globally.
Etsy and the CAE (Centre for Adult Education) have joined forces to participate in White Night Melbourne in an all night pom pom making project. You can join in the making of a progressive garland of white pom poms in a collective workshop with special guest instructors. It’s suitable for the whole family or friends to participate in and will happen from 7pm-7am on Saturday 22 February. CAE is on the corner of Degraves and Flinders Lane. They will provide pom pom templates ready for you to do your bit. All of the pom poms made on the night will be added to a sculpture which will be on display for two weeks at the CAE. Afterwards, it will make its way to a new home to be announced.
Go to the White Night Melbourne website to plan other activities to go to when you have finished with the pom poms. Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, and the State Library of Victoria will be offering special programming over the entire 12 hours. You can download a printable version of the event guide from the White Night Melbourne website.
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There are a couple of opportunities to view and make tea cosies for display coming up in metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Firstly, the Bundoora Homestead will be holding its biennial tea cosy exhibition that will raise funds for the Australian Animal Protection Society from sales of the cosies. The exhibition is on from 26 February until 23 March, 2014. If you haven’t already been to the Homestead it is worth a little trip to see this magnificent Queen Anne style Federation mansion that was built in 1899 and is now operating as a historic house, art gallery and cafe, registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. The Bundoora Homestead is at 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora and is open Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 12noon-5pm, admission is free. For more information visit their website or Facebook page or call (03) 9496 1060.
Secondly, the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival is running over two weekends from 16-25 May (the pictured tea cosy is from the Fish Creek Festival). This is an annual event held in Fish Creek, Victoria. During the Festival visitors can enjoy creativity at the Makers Market and family friendly events and fun. Knitters can enter in the cosy competitions by filling in and returning an entry form by 15 April and then sending their completed tea cosies by 5pm on 30 April 2014. The tea cosies must be the original work of the entrant and have been completed between May 2013 and 30 April 2014, and not previously exhibited. There are several categories to enter under: Traditional, Fish/Aquatic, Butch and Exuberant Whimsy. Winners receive prize money and the cosies will be for sale. The Fish Creek Tea Cosy 2014 Festival will run from 16 May to 25 May 2014 and this years theme is music so you can expect singing, dancing and live music. They even have a Facebook page. The Tea Cosy Festival will be held in the Fish Creek Memorial Hall, in Fish Creek in South Gippsland, near Wilsons Promontory and Cape Liptrap National Park.
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The Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria wishes you all the very best for the holidays and sincerely hopes that you get some serious knitting time in when you can.
This lovely knitted pudding was a cover for a little box of sweets and was one of the Kris Kringle gifts exchanged at the Guild’s Christmas gathering.
The next Guild meeting will be on 2 February at Ross House. New members are welcome.
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Knit One Give One (KOGO) is a Melbourne based charity started in 2004 that accepts knitted clothing, toys and blankets for distribution to disadvantaged people in Australia. Initially they were sponsored by Australian Country Spinners who supplied yarn but the rapid growth in the response from knitters meant that KOGO stopped supplying yarn to their volunteers in 2010. This didn’t deter the volunteer knitters who sent in an even greater quantity of items in 2011!
KOGO now provide items to bushfire survivors, women’s refuges, the homeless, disadvantaged mums and children through over 100 different welfare agencies. KOGO has distributed over 35,000 items this year and have recently teamed up with with Foodbank Victoria, a food relief organisation. Working with Foodbank will expand KOGO’s distribution to include more regional areas.
Knitting Patterns can be downloaded from the KOGO website or you can make what you prefer and they will find a home for it. The pictured knits were donated by a KOGO volunteer. KOGO distribute the winter woollies from March until mid-September but will collect items all year around from designated collection points all over Victoria listed on the website. To keep up-to-date with KOGO news you can register for their e-newsletter. If you want to learn more about how KOGO started and is progressing there is an interview with its founder, Ros on their website. Or if you just want to knit something for someone in need over summer you can make it and send it to KOGO at: P.O. Box 2156, Caulfield Junction VIC 3161 and it will be greatly appreicated.
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Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam makes large handmade fibre artworks. They are complex enough that an individual installation can take up to a year to prepare. The story goes that Toshiko collaborated with another artist on a three dimensional artwork that was visited by friends with children, who climbed into the work to play on them! When she saw the kids playing she saw new potential in the work and began to experiment with more durable fibres to create actual playground environments.
Toshiko’s most famous project is the Woods of Net pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. The works are made with nylon using a mixture of techniques including knitting, crochet and braiding. You can read an interview with Toshiko here where she explains what she has learned about how children play as well as how she makes these incredible and inspiring playgrounds.
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Knitted Knockers is a charitable organisation in America started as a short term project by a blogger working for a yarn company. The Knitted Knockers are handmade, comfortable prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients. It was so successful that a website was established just for Knitted Knockers and other groups have joined in. Knitted Knockers has a Ravelry group and there is a Facebook page that has updates on the project. Recently the Burwood branch of the CWA started to make and distribute their own Knockers for the many Australian women who have had a mastectomy and cannot or don’t want to use silicone implants. The Knockers are made with cotton yarn and are light and soft.
At the Guild’s November Sit and Knit Julia from the Country Women’s Association (CWA), Knitted Knockers Australia visited and let us know about their Knitted Knockers project. If you would like to help by knitting a Knocker you can get a pattern and details from the Knitted Knockers website or contact Julia through the Burwood CWA if you are in Australia. Julia can send you a pattern with specifications and yarn suggestions for Australian users.
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You may recall in a previous post we mentioned the 5000 Poppies project? Well, Lynn Berry visited the Guild at the November Sit and Knit and updated members on its progress. Lynn brought the poppies pictured with her to demonstrate the variety of poppies that she has received.
Lynn and her collaborators are assembling 5000 knit or crochet red poppies to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. The 5000 poppies will be ‘planted’ in Federation Square in 2015 during the Anzac commemoration but other activities are planned along the way.
Since there has been a huge response to their call for poppies the organisers will be displaying as many of the poppies they have already received (4000 to date) as they can, at Federation Square in Melbourne on November 11. They will also be there to host a Poppy Playtime from 12 midday to 2 pm while the display is up. So why not join them for poppy making and a chat.
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