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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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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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The next Hand Knitters Guild Sit and Knit meeting will be at Ross House at 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, on the 7 July from 2pm-5pm. Join us for a catch-up on Guild news and to share some knitting time or show off a finished project. The library will be open for borrowing and there will be a 30 minute demonstration by Joan on turning a sock heel. Visitors and their knitting are welcome.

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Margaret modelling her winning beanie

Margaret’s Winning Beanie – handknitted and felted

Our annual Beanie and Tea Cosy Competition was judged at our 1 May Sit and Knit meeting.  Our judges Lindy and Valerie found the quality of the beanies and tea cosies was very high and the finishing to be of a very high standard. 

The 2011 winner is Margaret Banks and her beanie that was knitted and felted. Congratulations to Margaret who won the set of Knit Pro Interchangeable needles donated by Morris and Sons – www.morrisandsons.com.au.

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Out next Sit and Knit meeting is from 2 p.m. on Sunday 7 November at Ross House. 

Kylie Gussett (http://gusset.net/blog/) will be selling her hand dyed yarns. 

There will also be a presentation from Marion who is going to spin yarn in Antarctica (http://www.spinningyarninantarctica.com/), and will then auction the yarn to raise funds to help with the restoration of Mawson’s Hut.

Christmas Luncheon at The Pavillion Fitzroy Gardens
Our annual Christmas Luncheon will be held from 12 p.m. on Sunday 5 December at The Pavillion in the Fitzroy Gardens (http://www.thepavilionfitzroygardens.com.au/).  A variety of lunch options are available to purchase.  We will also have our Kris Kringle Lucky Dip.  If you would like to participate, please bring a gift-wrapped knitting or crochet oriented gift up to the value of $10.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Please note that there will not be a Sit and Knit meeting at Ross House in December.

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Wool Show at Lang Lang

The Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association (BCSBA) held their annual wool show at Lang Lang on Sunday 29 August 2010.  A small group of members  (Valerie, Yvonne, Margaret, Lindy and Anne) went to the show to represent the Handknitters Guild.  The show was open from 9.30 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. 

Members of the Guild donated three prizes for the raffle – two scarves and a pair of socks, and the BCSBA were very grateful for the prizes.  All prizes are made using natural coloured sheep wool.  There were two fashion parades through the day, with garments and items from the stallholders featured.  Valerie’s lovely possum yarn wrap was featured, along with two of Anne’s scarves.  An assortment of knitting was on display showing different techniques and yarns. 

Continuing the tradition started in 2009 by Yvonne (a guild member) who won  the first prize of a handknitted jumper, the first prize this year was a handknitted travel rug and was won by Anne (a guild member). 

If any member would like to knit a prize for the BCSBA raffle next year, we will have wool available for you to use early next year.  Contact Anne (president) at any Sit and Knit meeting to register your interest.

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