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The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibre. It is hoped that this resolution will help some of the millions of poor people, in some of the poorest countries around the world, whose livelihoods, food security and economic development depend on the production and processing of natural fibres.

It is hoped that during 2009 The International Year of Natural Fibres, that there will be an increase in consumers’ awareness of natural fibres, resulting in an increased demand for these products. The result will be an improvement in quality of life for the farmers and their families, and increased revenues for countries that export natural fibres.

Natural fibres are produced from a variety of plants and animals and include wool, silk, cotton, soy, flax, coconut fibre, sisal, jute and more. Natural fibres are made into clothing, consumer goods and also used in the industrial setting.

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Wednesday September 24 – The Melbourne Fringe Festival K2TOG Public Art Project will be on display for one day only – Wednesday 24 September. Knitters who participated in the project will meet at 1.00 p.m. on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, Swanston Street, Melbourne. The knitting project will be on display along Swanston Street and on selected Melbourne Tram routes.

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Our next ‘Sit and Knit’ meeting is on Sunday 7 September between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne.  The colour of the month is green to celebrate the coming of Spring.  Please bring along any green knitting or crochet item either finished or not.
Raffle Rug 2009 – We are asking members to provide a ball of 8 ply pure new wool in any tones of cream, beige, brown, plain or variegated to knit up for the 2009 raffle rug. So if you can bring along your offering of wool to the September Sunday Sit and Knit, that would be appreciated.  The block kits will be handed out in October and will include a ball of wool, instructions, list of abbreviations and the Afghan guidelines.  November 2 please bring along your blocks and if you are having any difficulty re the instructions, we shall have a problem solving afternoon.  The aim is to get the rug finished early 2009 to take some pressure off the making up folk. 
Pink Project – We are going to contirbute to Prudence Mapstone’s Pink Project for Breast Cancer.  Please bring either some small pieces of knitting or crochet in pink or bring some pink wool to work on. Those who undertook the scrumbling workshop can give us some ideas of how to scrumble.  We will also have some knitting on needles that will be passed around and added to. Any shape or size is great. Prudence is accepting pink pieces up until November.  Refer to the website www.knotjustknitting.com

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2008 Raffle Winners

Our 2008 Raffle was drawn at our Annual General meeting in August. Congratulations to the following winners:
1st Prize – Jacqueline from Mitcham
2nd Prize – Lynn Mouldany
3rd Prize – Victoria Smith
4th Prize – R Peters
5th Prize – Margaret Eisenback (current member)

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Welcome to our new members who are Patricia, Anne, Carol, Nola, Rhonda, Allison, Anja, Heather, Glenn, Nola and Cheryl.  Hope to see you all at the Sunday Sit and Knit meetings and upcoming events. 

 

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From our President Barbara Bugg:
Welcome to the 20th Annual general Meeting which somehow is our 21st birthday.  Thanks for the delights displayed here on the table and the beautiful mudcake decorated with a hand knitter which needs to be admired before it gets cut.  During the last 12 months we have done an enormous amount of charity knitting with over 150 Anglicare squares, we have made a number of marsupial bags for marsupials caught in bushfires/floods/injuries, we made face washers for indigenous women in Alice Springs, a large selection of knitted/crocheted items for Caroline Chisholm and we have supported World Vision through Guardian Angel knitting.  Our Wool Fair in May raised about $2000 which was excellent and thank you to many members who took part in that.  Special thanks to Shirley and Valerie who worked especially hard for this event.  Our library continues to grow and over the next month I will be running the annual stock take so please look in your many cupboards and knitting bags for books that have missed being returned.  We will run a number of workshops; learn to knit, learn to crochet; stash reduction vest and scrumbling.  The window display in May did encourage many to come and join, and in the last couple of months we have had nine new members sign up.  The Quilt and Craft Show again was terrific and our stand again was excellent and we picked up another two new members.  Again many thanks to Shirley, Jennifer and Valerie for putting the display together and packing it up which is a tremendous effort.  Many thanks also to Merryn, Anne and Lindy for knitting our Handknitters Guild sign.  The Beanie Festival again was started off by our own competition which gave information and members showed plenty of imagination with their wonderful efforts, and we will continue that next year.  I would also like to thank the committee, there is a large number of us these days but it does make the work easier.  I would like to thank Val Elliott for continuing as Secretary and general dogs body.  I would like to thank our wonderful Treasurer Barbara Schembri who says “there is plenty of money so go and spend it”; the best treasurer I have ever had the pleasure to work with.  Thanks to the committee for their unsung work and efforts. 

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