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There are only thirteen more sleeps until the Guild’s annual Yarn & Craft Market at the Coburg Town Hall on Sunday 13 May from 10am to 3pm. You are sure to find some lovely additions for your knitting (or crochet) stash from the 35 stalls that will fill the hall with an array of hand dyed yarn, hand dyed fibre, batts for spinning, yarn and fibre, knitting, spinning and weaving equipment and accessories.

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The Guild’s market supports yarn dyers and producers from around Victoria that mostly do not have shops or produce limited batches of yarns and colour ways. This is a golden opportunity to get up close to some yarn, talk to the makers and go home with something special.

Our stall holders this year are: Can Do Books, Cat & Sparrow, Changeling Yarns, Coloured Jules, Coral Stuart, Dairing, Dyed By Hands Yarns, Fibre Yarn Craft, Great Ocean Road Mill, Green Tea Yarns, Half Baked, Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Heathermaid, Ixchel Angora Fibres & yarn, Kaye Adolphson Designs, Madam Tricot, Metafour Studio, Miss Click Clack, My Spin on Things, Not Another Hat, Push My Buttons, Raxor Yarns & Fibres, Robyn Betts Alpaca yarn, Shiloh Wool, Spin Addict, Swish Yarns, Yarn Barn, and Guild member stalls with project bags, accessories and knitted items.

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Save the Date

The Guild committee is gearing up for another great Yarn & Craft Market at the Coburg Town Hall on 13 May 2018. Expect lots of stalls of yarn from makers and dyers from around Victoria. Entry is free so you can spend big on yarn. Save your pennies and stay tuned for updates on our fantastic stallholders.

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Bookings will close on the Tuesday 2 January for the Hand Knitters Guild Victoria Summer School to be held at Ross House on Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, and Friday 12 January, 2018. In response to feedback from 2017 participants we have added some classes this year so we think you will be able to find a technique you are interested in learning and will enjoy expanding your range of knitting skills. The Fair Isle and colour workshops are filling up so we recommend that you get in soon before they are fully booked. Scroll down for details of each of the 13 workshops on offer and information about how to book. You do not need to be a member of the Guild to attend a workshop, everyone is welcome.

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Bookings have opened for the Hand Knitters Guild Victoria, Knitting Winter School to be held on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June 2017

The Winter School will be held over a weekend in June 2017 at Ross House in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 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:
Saturday 17 June, 9:30am-12:30pm: Yarn Substitution with Sue Loci
In this class you will learn to how to work out what yarn to use when you want to substitute something you already have in your stash for a pattern that specifies another yarn.
Materials: Bring a notebook and a pen.

Saturday 17 June, 1:30pm-4:30pm: Short Rows with Barbara Bugg
This class is for knitters wanting to learn how to work with short rows to shape their knitting. In the class you will explore 3 types of short row techniques.
Materials: Bring plain yarn in two colours and appropriate needles for the yarn and scissors, notebook, and a pen.

Sunday 18 June,  9:30am-12:30pm: Buttonholes and Bands with Shirley Pullen
Learn how to make neat buttonholes and bands to lift the finish of your knitting.
Materials: Bring some plain coloured yarn, knitting needles, scissors, notebook, and a pen.

Sunday 18 June, 1:30pm-4:30pm: Finishing with Shirley Pullen
In this class Shirley will cover different techniques to sew an article together including seaming and mattress stitch and picking up a neckline or a cardigan front. She 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.

Booking and information
The Winter 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 3rd floor meeting room at Ross House, in 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (next to the City Library). Some classes may fill fast so we recommend that you get in early. 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. For members, the Guild’s library will be open for borrowing during the Winter School.

To secure your place in a class email the Guild with your name, phone number, and the class or classes that you would like to attend.  You will receive a 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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This year’s Yarn and Craft Market is going to be bigger than ever with about 38 stalls of knitting related joy. Last year some stalls were so busy you had to make like it was a mosh pit and dive right in. We have mentioned most of the stall holders in the previous post but here are some more:

Cathryn will be back with Push My Buttons, Robyn, the Alpaca Yarn Lady will be there, Juliet will have a stall for Craft Circle, Donna will be there with Fibre Craft Yarn, Vivienne will be back with Fibres of the Yarra Valley, Can Do Books will have a great selection of knitting books, Dairing yarns will be back with their great collection of special yarns, Tarndie yarns will be joining us this year, Jennifer with Little Yellow Cat will be there, and Danielle with her lovely Half Baked Yarns. Gotland yarns are new this year and will be be selling Gotland rovings, fleece and yarn. Gotland is a variety of sheep known for its good nature and its soft and curly fleece.

On her Facebook Little Yellow Cat said, “I’m building up my Fairy Bread sock yarn stocks so it doesn’t sell out before lunchtime like it did last year.” That’s good to know, I like the look of that colourway. Although, Little Yellow Cats’, Blue Beetle and VoVO are also great names for those of us who like the nomenclature as much as the yarn.

If you are on Ravelry we have put the market up as an event and there is a discussion thread on the Guild’s Group page. It’s going to be a great market, so tell your friends and support these great yarn makers.

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The Guild Committee have been busy inviting stallholders for this years market, organising our own retired books stall and completing this years raffle blanket. The market will happen on Sunday 21 May at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am to 3pm. Entry is free. Many of our regular stallholders are coming back and some new ones have come onboard to keep it interesting. We are still supporting Victorian yarn makers and dyers that mostly do not have shops, online or in the world. This makes the Yarn and Craft Market a unique opportunity to meet the makers, see and feel their yarns and products, stock up your stash, and support the Guild.

Some of the stall holders returning this year are Ixchel Angora Fibres & Yarn, Nanny’s Spin On ThingsMiss Click ClackShiloh WoolMetafour StudioDyed By Hands YarnsCat & SparrowLara DownsKaye Adolphson DesignsRaxor Yarns & FibresChangeling YarnsColoured JulesPush My ButtonsThe Craft Circle, Crafty Yarns, Yarn Barn, Fibreyarncraft. New this year are: Wool DaysOziFarmerNotAnotherHatWool2yarn, and Heathermaid.

There will also be Guild member’s stalls including, Barbara’s project bags and knitted accessories, Sadie with hand dyed silk gradient yarns, Angela’s fun project bags, Kay’s preserves, cards and handmade items, Maryanne and Marg with their tea cosies, and Rose with a stall of knits with her proceeds all going to charity.

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

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Save the Date

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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