Archive for August, 2013

Join us for another members Sit and Knit tomorrow from 1.30pm-5pm at Ross House, next to the City Library in Flinders Lane. This meeting is starting a half hour earlier to include our AGM. New members are always welcome. This months skill sharing will be with Barbara who will demonstrate how to do a one row buttonhole.

There will be the usual show and tell of finished projects and works in progress. Here are some more from the last meeting.


This work by Suzanne was in progress at the August Sit and Knit is knitting up in crochet number 50 cotton and will eventually be a tablecloth. Suzanne is using the Lilac Time pattern and started the work with a provisional cast on for grafting at the end.


This striking crochet blanket was not quite finished but Deb was adding a border in green at the August Sit and Knit.

Come back and visit our blog for more projects from our Sit and Knit afternoons.



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The Royal Melbourne Show will be on from 21 September to the 2 October. This year there will be a massive yarn bombing (a type of graffiti or street art that uses colorful displays of knit or crochet in unexpected public places) of a woollen four-roomed house and backyard including car, caravan and clothesline. This will be an international first and the central feature of the Art, Craft & Cookery Pavilion. There will be yarn bombing workshops to get you in the spirit of things.

The yarn bombing will be led by the Yarn Corner who are the “world’s largest yarn bombing group’s with over 500+ local and international members, who come together to yarn bomb large projects in Melbourne Australia.” You can find out more about this collective on their website or on Facebook.

Also at this years RMS, Tetley are sponsoring a Great Tea Cosy Swap for charity by matching entries with a monetary donation to the breast cancer support charity the McGrath Foundation. Tea cosies will be displayed in the Tetley Tea Cosy Café for the duration of the show.

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Travellers Tales

The Embroiderers Guild of Victoria is having their annual exhibition Travellers Tales with both embroidery and textile art on display. The exhibition runs from Saturday 7 September to Sunday 22 September. The Embroiderers Guild is a not-for-profit organisation open to lovers of embroidery and textiles, from beginners to experts.

The Guild is located at 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern and open from 10am-4pm. Entry to this exhibition is $7. For more information call (03) 9509 2222 or email
email embgv@bigpond.net.au 

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Grampians Texture screenshot

Grampians Texture is an opportunity for textile artists to explore their passion in a beautiful environment at Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park in Western Victoria. The retreat offers a range of workshops on felting, lace knitting, printing, stitching, dyeing, jewellery and book making under the direction of local, national and international tutors. Workshops offered are for the weekend and/or for four days (Mon – Thurs), 9am-4 pm. All workshops are located in Halls Gap.There will be opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities such as special exhibitions and the Grampians Texture Twilight Makers Market on Saturday 22 February at Stony Creek, Halls Gap, where students and tutors will sell their wares.

It’s a long way off but workshops at the Grampians Texture retreat have limited numbers and fill up quickly. If you are interested we suggest you look at the website or give them a call and request a program soon.

For more visit the website or email grampianstexture@gmail.com
or call 0428 825 971.

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The Australian Country Spinners and the Wangaratta Woollen Mill are celebrating 90 years of yarn making. To commemorate this achievement they are entering the Guinness World Records in a new category for the longest pompom garland.

They have asked Guild members and any other keen crafters to participate by contributing pompoms to help them achieve their goal of a 90 meter garland using over 4000 pompoms! The garland will be unveiled and measured at the Mill on 31 August, 2013.

Pompoms can be any colour and a PDF of instructions for making a pompom is available here. Collection details are on the ACS website but you can post your pompoms anytime before the 31 August to: Pompom Garland World Record, PO Box 7276, Melbourne, VIC 3004. They will be prize draws weekly for those who send in pompoms.

For more call Penny on (03) 9380 3834 or visit the website.

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A beautiful wool blanket knitted by members of the Guild and sewn together and finished by members of the Committee was the first prize in the annual Guild raffle. The winners were drawn at the August Sit and Knit at the Guild on Sunday and it rarely happens, but our first prize winner was present for the draw.


Kathy was delighted to win the blanket and take it home with her on a cold Melbourne day. The other prizes of wool and vouchers from Morris and Sons and Sunspun were won by Valerie, Ally, Wilma and P. Jones. Our congratulations to them all, happy knitting.

At the end of the announcements at Sit and Knit gatherings there is a whip around the room to see the projects that members have finished or are working on. There is usually cause for some oooohs and aaahs as some beautiful knitting gets held up for praise followed by a bit of questioning  about patterns, yarn and skills.


These lovely gloves were knitted by Shara using a Knitscene pattern with yarn from the Fibre Company called Canopy.


This fine houndstooth pattern scarf was made by Jill using soft cashmere yarn that she imports. Jill made the pattern up and added a picot and eyelet edge.


This scarf was made by Wendy using Zauberball 4ply yarn (available from Morris & Sons) in a simple basket weave stitch. The combination of yarn and pattern produced a lovely effect.

That’s all for now on finished knitting projects from the August Sit and Knit but stop by soon and we will have some more projects to show off.

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The next Sit and Knit at the Guild is on this Sunday 4 August at Ross House (next to the City Library) in Flinders Lane from 2-5pm. New members and the curious are welcome, just bring your knitting (or crochet). If you have a freshly finished knitted item we would love to see that as well.

Sit and Knits are gatherings so there are announcements, show & tell, the library (1300 knitting books and magazines to borrow from) and time to knit in the company of other knitters and have a chat about what you are working on. Many of the knitters at Sit and Knits are very skilled and are willing to share skills and answer questions. The demonstration at this Sit and Knit will be given by Nola who will show you how to  knit with beads.

It’s not too late to get a ticket for the raffle blanket knitted by members of the Guild (above) and other prizes, if you drop in to this sit and Knit before the draw. The other 4 prizes include a $90 hamper of products from Morris & Sons, $35 of Jo Sharp yarn donated by Lindy and 2 x $25 vouchers from Sunspun. Tickets are only $2.

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