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Helping Out

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The Guild is often asked to help out with knitted items for charity and other special campaigns. Guild members have regularly donated knitted items for the Caroline Chisholm charity and The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. In 2015 the Guild participated in two charity campaigns to raise awareness for a cause. The first was the Little Yellow Duck Project for the Royal Children’s Hospital to raise awareness of organ donation.

DonateLife Week was held in August 2015 and is a national awareness campaign to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia. The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home and to visit the projects website to register where they found their gift. The Royal Children’s Hospital aimed to raise awareness of the life saving gift of organ donation in a child friendly way, in keeping with their patient’s at the Hospital.

Guild members knit over a dozen ducks that were used in the campaign. If you would like to participate in the Little Yellow Duck project any time, visit the project’s website for a selection of patterns and instructions on how to get involved.

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The second campaign was for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation (AMF) for a Christmas campaign that they organised to thank the donors that support the Foundation. The AMF charity, which started nearly 20 years ago, is committed to keeping children safe from violence. The AMF requested that Guild members knit some purple hearts that would be finished so they could be used as a christmas decoration. The AMF was delighted with the response and received 216 hearts from the Hand Knitter’s Guild and a total of 1,100 hearts for their campaign.

We couldn’t participate in these projects without the help of Guild member’s. Our thanks to them for their contribution and for representing the Guild so generously.

 

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Ho Ho Ho

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Every year members of the Hand Knitters Guild of Victoria take home a pack with some wool, a pattern and instructions for knitting a 20cm square. They knit them and return them to the Guild where they are collected and organised for sewing up. Then a border is added and ‘hey presto’ a large, gorgeous blanket is finished.

The completed blanket is the first prize in an annual raffle and is on display at markets and Guild events to tempt ticket buyers. Every year the blanket is beautiful and shows off the skill of the Guild’s members. The 2015 blanket has been knitted by members over the summer, in luxury cream wool from the Bendigo Wool Mill, and is currently being sewn up. It will be on display at our Yarn & Craft market at the Coburg Town Hall in May and tickets are just $2. We all want to win it. So get excited, it’s on its way and it is a MUST HAVE kind of blanket.

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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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Seasons Greetings

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The Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria wishes you all the very best for the holidays and sincerely hopes that you get some serious knitting time in when you can.

This lovely knitted pudding was a cover for a little box of sweets and was one of the Kris Kringle gifts exchanged at the Guild’s Christmas gathering.

The next Guild meeting will be on 2 February at Ross House. New members are welcome.

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Join us for the last members Sit and Knit for 2013 at Ross House on this Sunday 3rd November from 2pm-5pm. Ross House is next to the City Library in Flinders Lane. New members are always welcome, just bring some knitting. This months skill sharing will be with Suzanne who will demonstrate some grafting techniques. The Guild library will be open and the Creative Knitting competition for original designs will be judged.

The six lovely bears pictured were finalists in last months Best Knitted Bear and Best Dressed Bear competition. The winning bear is third from the left and Best Dressed is second from the right but they all were beautifully knitted and had lots of personality.

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You may have noticed that the Guild’s monthly newsletter Knitters Knews is no longer available on our blog as a download. We have developed it as an email bulletin that is sent to current members of the Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria. Our first e-bulletin contained Guild news, updates about what is new in our library, links to websites and blogs about knitting, news from yarn suppliers and some of the finished knitted items that members bring to Guild meetings.

If you would like to receive the Knitters Knews e-bulletin why not join the Guild? The Guild’s annual fee is just $25. Go to our membership page for a membership form to download and more information about the Guild’s member benefits or email us if you have a query.

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