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Human Knitting machine

Photo: The human knitting machine in action by the Machine Knitters Association of Victoria

The Handknitters Guild of Victoria will have a stand at the Craft & Quilt Fair coming up at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. If you are going to be there make sure you stop by and say hello. There will be raffle tickets for sale for the priceless blanket made by members of the Guild using Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury wool. Tickets are only $2 people!

After you have stopped by the Hand Knitters Guild stand there are several other knitting related stall holders to visit, including:

• Stranded in OZ who are coming over from SA and are offering our members a special 10% discount
• Dairing yarns with their usual range of extraordinary yarns
• free form fibre artist Prudence Mapstone who collects unusual yarns on her travels is bound to have something interesting on display and yarns for sale
• Loani Prior maker of extraordinary tea cosies, will be signing her book Pretty Funny Tea Cosies
• AK Traditions
 Can Do Books who have lots of knitting titles
• Wondoflex Yarn Craft Centre
 the Machine Knitters Association of Victoria with the  intriguingly titled, Human Knitting Machine happening twice daily and involving the use of mechanical principles, that the knitting machine uses to turn yarn into fabric, being replicated by people
 The 5000 Poppies project will have a display having received over 17000 poppies to date. Bring your own materials and learn how to make a poppy from the team at the display

Several other Guilds will be at the Fair including the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria where you might get some lovely hanks of handspun yarn and the Embroiderers Guild.

Sounds like a great day out if you are a maker.

The 2014 Craft & Quilt Fair is on from 26-29 June, Thursday to Sunday from 9am-5pm. There is ticket pricing for groups of 10 or more, seniors concessions and a reduction if you get there after 3pm. The Melbourne Exhibition Centre is located on the banks of the Yarra River in the Southbank precinct. Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations are both a short walk from the Exhibition Centre.

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Show Girls knitting

Photo: Showgirls knitting garments during a drive to provide goods to servicemen. From the Life magazine archive.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKiP) events started in the US in 2005 and have spread worldwide with outdoor activities sprouting everywhere. This year outdoor knitting excuses events will take place around the world from 14-22 June. The Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria is getting on board with an informal ride-around-on-trains knitting experience in Melbourne on Saturday 14 June. If you spot us say hello. The WWKiP website has a list of other knitting in public events around Australia from 14-22 June or you could make up your own and get together outdoors with friends who knit.

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