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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.

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This years market is going to be bigger than ever with over 30 stall holders bringing GREAT stuff. Here are some more of the stallholders not previously mentioned: Shiloh Yarns will be there with their silky yarns, and Spin Addict (Fibres of the Yarra Valley). Metafour Studio will have the beautiful Tasmanian super fine yarn from White Gum Wool, some fibre and weaving equipment as well as some Metafour Studio handwoven originals.

Other stalls are, Crafty Wool Yarns, Can Do Books, Kaye Adolphson Designs, Push My Buttons, Raxor Yarns and Fibres, the Alpaca Yarn Lady,  Coloured Jules mohair yarns, Changeling Coloured Yarns, Little Yellow Cat with Knitting kits and hand dyed yarn, and Madam Tricot with project bags and accessories.

 

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There will also be Guild member’s stalls including Jill’s beautiful cashmere yarns, Barbara’s project bags and knitted accessories, Nola’s hand knit beanies, Angela’s fun project bags, Kay’s preserves, cards and handmade items, Maryanne and Marg with their tea cosies (pictured), and Rose with a stall of knits with her proceeds going to charity. The Machine Knitters Guild will be demonstrating so if you ever wanted to learn how to use one of these machines, this is your chance for an introduction.

Knitwear designer Georgie from Tikki Knits will join us this year and will have her own items, as well as information on her stall about the large-scale, community textile art project called the WARM project.

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The Guild will have a stall of second-hand books and patterns and will be offering a yarn winding service so you can get that beautiful skein of yarn you purchased wound into a cake ready for knitting when you get home. We will be selling raffle tickets at the entrance to the market for our 2016 Must Have Blanket (and other great prizes). If you want to know more about the Guild stop by and say hello, there will be some tables and chairs in the foyer if you want to sit and knit for a while. To keep your caffeine levels stable there will be a coffee cart out front. Don’t miss this great opportunity to win a fantastic blanket, touch yarn and meet makers and yarn dyers.

 

 

Are we excited?

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Yes we sure are. The Guild has had a great response from yarn and craft makers wanting to have a stall at our Yarn and Craft Market coming up on Sunday 29 May at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am-3pm. This means that there will be plenty off lovely yarn and supplies from independent makers from Victoria for you to get excited about.

Charly from Ixchel Angora Fibres and Yarns will be back this year with her beautiful soft yarns. Like many of the stall holders at our market, Charly does not have a bricks and mortar shop so this is a great opportunity to feel how soft her yarns are and to see the rainbow of colours with your own eyes. Cat and Sparrow will be returning this year with their yarns and fibre roving (pictured) for spinning. Dairing Yarns will also be back with a stall showcasing their unusual fibres, visit their website to see what I mean.

We are very excited to welcome Kelly of Miss Click Clack to the market this year with her hand dyed sock and DK yarns with great names after places in Melbourne such as the Merri Creek sock base in the DangerWillRobinson colour way. Ursula of Little Dipper yarns is returning to the market this year with her lovely hand dyed yarn, as is Julie of Dyed By Hand Yarns. Julie will have some one off OOAK skeins that were colour experiments, that she may not repeat, along with her regular array of great hand painted yarns. Lara Downs will be back with their range of mohair and merino yarns. Janet of Nanny’s Spin on Things  is returning with her art yarns.

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

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Come back and visit soon as we add other stallholder information and share a bit more about what else will be happening at the Guild’s Yarn and Craft Market.

save the date

The Guild’s annual Yarn and Craft Market is on again at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am-3pm on Sunday 29 May. This is a big 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 stallholders.

Helping Out

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The Guild is often asked to help out with knitted items for charity and other special campaigns. Guild members have regularly donated knitted items for the Caroline Chisholm charity and The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. In 2015 the Guild participated in two charity campaigns to raise awareness for a cause. The first was the Little Yellow Duck Project for the Royal Children’s Hospital to raise awareness of organ donation.

DonateLife Week was held in August 2015 and is a national awareness campaign to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia. The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home and to visit the projects website to register where they found their gift. The Royal Children’s Hospital aimed to raise awareness of the life saving gift of organ donation in a child friendly way, in keeping with their patient’s at the Hospital.

Guild members knit over a dozen ducks that were used in the campaign. If you would like to participate in the Little Yellow Duck project any time, visit the project’s website for a selection of patterns and instructions on how to get involved.

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The second campaign was for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation (AMF) for a Christmas campaign that they organised to thank the donors that support the Foundation. The AMF charity, which started nearly 20 years ago, is committed to keeping children safe from violence. The AMF requested that Guild members knit some purple hearts that would be finished so they could be used as a christmas decoration. The AMF was delighted with the response and received 216 hearts from the Hand Knitter’s Guild and a total of 1,100 hearts for their campaign.

We couldn’t participate in these projects without the help of Guild member’s. Our thanks to them for their contribution and for representing the Guild so generously.