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Bookings have opened for the Hand Knitters Guild Victoria, Knitting Winter School to be held on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June 2017

The Winter School will be held over a weekend in June 2017 at Ross House in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. There will be 2 classes per day of 3 hours each, from 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm. The classes will be taken by members of the Guild who each have many years of knitting experience.

Classes are:
Saturday 17 June, 9:30am-12:30pm: Yarn Substitution with Sue Loci
In this class you will learn to how to work out what yarn to use when you want to substitute something you already have in your stash for a pattern that specifies another yarn.
Materials: Bring a notebook and a pen.

Saturday 17 June, 1:30pm-4:30pm: Short Rows with Barbara Bugg
This class is for knitters wanting to learn how to work with short rows to shape their knitting. In the class you will explore 3 types of short row techniques.
Materials: Bring plain yarn in two colours and appropriate needles for the yarn and scissors, notebook, and a pen.

Sunday 18 June,  9:30am-12:30pm: Buttonholes and Bands with Shirley Pullen
Learn how to make neat buttonholes and bands to lift the finish of your knitting.
Materials: Bring some plain coloured yarn, knitting needles, scissors, notebook, and a pen.

Sunday 18 June, 1:30pm-4:30pm: Finishing with Shirley Pullen
In this class Shirley will cover different techniques to sew an article together including seaming and mattress stitch and picking up a neckline or a cardigan front. She will demonstrate how to steam and wet block your work to make sewing easier and achieve a professional finish to your knitting.
Materials: Yarn and appropriate needles to match, 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook, a darning needle, scissors, notebook and a pen.
Homework: Bring two sample squares of any stitch approximately 20cm by 20cms with a ribbing section of 2.5cm. If you have a half finished item then that would be useful to bring also.

Booking and information
The Winter School is most suitable for intermediate knitters.
Prices per class are $65 for Guild Members and $75 for non members.

All classes will be held in the 3rd floor meeting room at Ross House, in 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (next to the City Library). Some classes may fill fast so we recommend that you get in early. No refunds will be given, although you can give your spot to a friend if something comes up. There will be a minimum of 5 people per class and a maximum of 10. For members, the Guild’s library will be open for borrowing during the Winter School.

To secure your place in a class email the Guild with your name, phone number, and the class or classes that you would like to attend.  You will receive a reply with a code for your class and payment information. This is great opportunity to learn from experienced knitters and to improve your range of knitting techniques.

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Join the Hand Knitters Guild Victoria for another WWKIP Day on Saturday 10 June 2017 from 12 noon to 2pm, at the City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. WWKiP events started in the US in 2005 and have spread worldwide with outdoor activities sprouting everywhere.

You don’t have to be a Guild member to join in – everyone is welcome! Bring along your knitting or crochet and enjoy this crafty gathering. Guild members will be available to get you started if you’re a beginner, and some needles and yarn will be provided. Library staff will make us welcome and have kindly offered to have a selection of their knitting book available for you to peruse. If you are a member of the City of Melbourne Library service you will be able to borrow them as well.

We will be meeting up with the City Library’s craft groups in the upstairs Gallery space. Join us for an opportunity to meet other knitters and have a chat while knitting in public.  If you are on Ravelry you can register your interest in joining the event. Not in Melbourne? Visit the WWKiP Day website for a listing of gatherings around the world, there is bound to be one near you.

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This year’s Yarn and Craft Market is going to be bigger than ever with about 38 stalls of knitting related joy. Last year some stalls were so busy you had to make like it was a mosh pit and dive right in. We have mentioned most of the stall holders in the previous post but here are some more:

Cathryn will be back with Push My Buttons, Robyn, the Alpaca Yarn Lady will be there, Juliet will have a stall for Craft Circle, Donna will be there with Fibre Craft Yarn, Vivienne will be back with Fibres of the Yarra Valley, Can Do Books will have a great selection of knitting books, Dairing yarns will be back with their great collection of special yarns, Tarndie yarns will be joining us this year, Jennifer with Little Yellow Cat will be there, and Danielle with her lovely Half Baked Yarns. Gotland yarns are new this year and will be be selling Gotland rovings, fleece and yarn. Gotland is a variety of sheep known for its good nature and its soft and curly fleece.

On her Facebook Little Yellow Cat said, “I’m building up my Fairy Bread sock yarn stocks so it doesn’t sell out before lunchtime like it did last year.” That’s good to know, I like the look of that colourway. Although, Little Yellow Cats’, Blue Beetle and VoVO are also great names for those of us who like the nomenclature as much as the yarn.

If you are on Ravelry we have put the market up as an event and there is a discussion thread on the Guild’s Group page. It’s going to be a great market, so tell your friends and support these great yarn makers.

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The Guild Committee have been busy inviting stallholders for this years market, organising our own retired books stall and completing this years raffle blanket. The market will happen on Sunday 21 May at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am to 3pm. Entry is free. Many of our regular stallholders are coming back and some new ones have come onboard to keep it interesting. We are still supporting Victorian yarn makers and dyers that mostly do not have shops, online or in the world. This makes the Yarn and Craft Market a unique opportunity to meet the makers, see and feel their yarns and products, stock up your stash, and support the Guild.

Some of the stall holders returning this year are Ixchel Angora Fibres & Yarn, Nanny’s Spin On ThingsMiss Click ClackShiloh WoolMetafour StudioDyed By Hands YarnsCat & SparrowLara DownsKaye Adolphson DesignsRaxor Yarns & FibresChangeling YarnsColoured JulesPush My ButtonsThe Craft Circle, Crafty Yarns, Yarn Barn, Fibreyarncraft. New this year are: Wool DaysOziFarmerNotAnotherHatWool2yarn, and Heathermaid.

There will also be Guild member’s stalls including, Barbara’s project bags and knitted accessories, Sadie with hand dyed silk gradient yarns, Angela’s fun project bags, Kay’s preserves, cards and handmade items, Maryanne and Marg with their tea cosies, and Rose with a stall of knits with her proceeds all going to charity.

If you are as excited as we are about this year’s market you can download and share this photo sized flyer and tell everyone.

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Save the Date

The Guild’s annual Yarn and Craft Market is on again at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am-3pm on Sunday 21 May. This is a fantastic event for the Guild and for the stallholders we love to support, who are all small yarn producers and indie dyers from around Victoria. Come back soon for information about this year’s stallholders.

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The Guild is having a Summer School over 3 days in January 2017 at Ross House in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. On Monday 9, Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 January 2017 there will be 2 classes per day of 3 hours each, from 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm. The classes will be taken by members of the Guild who each have many years of knitting experience.

Classes are:
Monday 9 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Lace Knitting, with Nola Raabe
Only 4 places left

This class is for advanced beginners or intermediate knitters. In this class you will learn to how to work lace stitches, the best yarns and needles to choose for knitting lace, preventing and fixing mistakes, finishing and blocking your lace work. You will knit a lace sample to take home with you.
Materials: 2 balls of yarn (not unwound skeins) in 4ply/fingering or 8ply/DK weight, straight or circular 4mm needles, pen/pencil, and a notebook.

Monday 9 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Colourwork, with Nola Raabe
Sold Out

This class is for knitters wanting to learn how to work with coloured yarns. We will cover basic colour theory, explain and demonstrate different colour techniques including intarsia, fair isle and slipped stitches. You will also learn to work from charts, helpful tips and more. You will create a coloured sampler to take home. Skill level: Intermediate. You must know how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, work slipped stitches and yarn overs.
Materials: Bring 6 different coloured yarns of the same weight, either 4ply/fingering or 8ply/DK, 4mm circular knitting needles (40cm or 60cm preferred), a small pair scissors, stitch markers, pen/pencil, and a notebook.
Homework: Cast on 30 stitches, knit 5 rows in garter stitch, then 5 rows in stockinette. Do not cast off or cut yarn.

Wednesday 11 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Mastering Mistakes, with Barbara Bugg
Only 4 places left
After this session you will be more confident to deal with dropped stitches, accidental extra stitches and holes. Learn to safely rip back or unknot your work. Hints on avoiding these and other problems will also be covered.
Materials: Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, notebook, a crochet hook, and two sizes of needles, 4mm and 3.25mm needles.
Homework: Cast on 15 stitches, knit 4 rows stocking stitch. DO NOT CAST OFF.

Wednesday 11 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Finishing Techniques, with Shirley Pullen
Sold Out
In this class we will cover different techniques to sew an article together. Seaming and mattress stitch will be covered as will picking up a neckline or a cardigan front. We will demonstrate how to steam and wet block your work to make sewing easier and achieve a professional finish to your knitting.
Materials: Yarn and appropriate needles to match, 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook, a darning needle, scissors, notebook and a pen.
Homework: Bring two sample squares of any stitch approximately 20cm by 20cms with a ribbing section of 2.5cm. If you have a half finished item then that would be useful to bring also.

Friday 13 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Sock Knitting, with Natalie Siem
Only 2 places left
For anyone who has ever wanted to knit socks, but has been frightened off by the words ‘turning a heel’ this is the class for you! We will be knitting miniature versions of adult socks, just right for a newborn, using techniques that you can utilise to customise your own socks.
Materials: 100g of 10ply/Aran yarn, a variety of stitch markers, and 4mm needles. EITHER a set of 5 double-pointed needles, OR 2 different coloured 60cm circular needles, OR one set of 80cm circular needles for those brave enough to try the Magic Loop Technique, (Natalie recommends the latter).

Friday 13 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Reading Charts, with Valerie Elliott
Cables, lace, motifs and textured patterns. All of these can be written in full, but some pattern writers use charts. You will be will be practicing reading charts and will learn the symbols for all types of patterns to be able to confidently tackle any chart you come across.
Materials: A cable needle, plain coloured 8ply/DK yarn, and some knitting needles.

Booking and information
The Summer School is most suitable for intermediate knitters.
Prices per class are $65 for Guild Members and $75 for non members.

All classes will be held in the the Jenny Florence meeting room on the third floor at Ross House, in 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (next to the City Library). For members, the Guild’s library will be open for borrowing during the Summer School.

Bookings have been extended until 1 January for the remaining places. No refunds will be given, although you can give your spot to a friend if something comes up. There will be a minimum of 5 people per class and a maximum of 10.

To secure your place in a class email the Guild’s Treasurer with your name, phone number, and the class or classes that you would like to attend. The Treasurer will reply with a code for your class and payment information.

This is great opportunity to learn from experienced knitters and to improve your range of knitting techniques.

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Members of the Hand Knitters Guild Victoria will be helping out at the Crafternoon for Seniors Week at the City Library on Thursday 13 October between 2pm and 5pm in the Gallery space on level one. Come along and learn how to cast-on and start knitting or bring your knitting and hang-out or get some help with a project you are working on. There will be some needles and yarn available for you to use to get you started or bring your own set.

Knitting is a great activity for anyone but even better if you have a bit of time available to improve your skills and try new techniques. An added bonus is the therapeutic effect of knitting that include stress release and the opportunity to socialise. We think it’s good fun as well.

Seniors Week at the City Library has been organised to be a part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. The Festival is an initiative of Seniors Online, a Victorian Government website for older Victorians. The Victorian Seniors Festival (now in its 34th year) has over 1500 free or low cost events taking place across Victoria during October. Visit their website to see what else is on or pick up a print copy at a library.

The City Library is located in 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. Drop by in the afternoon on the 13th October and say hello.