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In August we had a post about the Australian Country Spinners and the Wangaratta Woollen Mill celebrations for 90 years of yarn making. To commemorate this achievement they went for a Guinness World Record for the longest pompom garland and they succeeded. They made a garland with 6,977 donated pom poms! Visit their blog for pictures and details about their Record.

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If you have used Barbara Walker’s Treasury series of books you will appreciate what a great resource they are for designing your own patterns or as inspiration. (Yes, the Guild does have copies for loan to members in the library at Ross House.) The Treasury has mostly small black-and-white illustrations that can prevent us from seeing the full potential of a pattern.  To improve this resource a group of very keen knitter’s have undertaken the Walker Treasury Project.

They are gathering high-quality, colour photos of all the patterns in all of the Treasury books and putting them on the internet as a visual aide. You can join in and help by choosing a pattern from one of  the Treasury series, working up a swatch in a light-colored yarn, and posting it to their blog. The project’s aim is to get a better visual representation of each pattern, the patterns themselves will not be published. The project team have a system that will help you label and categorise your swatch.

Visit the project and look at the many swatches that have already been included. You might be inspired to make a swatch of your own to help the project along.

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On the 29 September the Black & Coloured Sheep Breeders Association will be hosting their annual woodcraft day. The Guild will have a stall at the show so do drop by and say hello.

There will be craft demonstrations of spinning, weaving and dyeing; stalls offering yarns, craft supplies, garments and more; a fleece market with specialty fleeces for projects; and coloured sheep of course.

Being a breeders society, members of the Association have breeding flocks of coloured sheep and are keen to promote this type of wool so join them to learn about naturally coloured sheep and wool.

The Sheep and Woolcraft Day is on Sunday 29 September 2013 from 9.30am – 3pm at the Cranbourne Public Hall (corner South Gippsland Highway and Claredon Street, Cranbourne (near KFC). Melways Map Ref 133 K4. Entry $5 for adults, children under 16 free. There is free parking available and a train service to Cranbourne (the walk from the station is about 15 mins)

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