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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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The Guild is having a Summer School over 3 days in January 2017 at Ross House in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. On Monday 9, Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 January 2017 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:
Monday 9 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Lace Knitting, with Nola Raabe
Only 4 places left

This class is for advanced beginners or intermediate knitters. In this class you will learn to how to work lace stitches, the best yarns and needles to choose for knitting lace, preventing and fixing mistakes, finishing and blocking your lace work. You will knit a lace sample to take home with you.
Materials: 2 balls of yarn (not unwound skeins) in 4ply/fingering or 8ply/DK weight, straight or circular 4mm needles, pen/pencil, and a notebook.

Monday 9 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Colourwork, with Nola Raabe
Sold Out

This class is for knitters wanting to learn how to work with coloured yarns. We will cover basic colour theory, explain and demonstrate different colour techniques including intarsia, fair isle and slipped stitches. You will also learn to work from charts, helpful tips and more. You will create a coloured sampler to take home. Skill level: Intermediate. You must know how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, work slipped stitches and yarn overs.
Materials: Bring 6 different coloured yarns of the same weight, either 4ply/fingering or 8ply/DK, 4mm circular knitting needles (40cm or 60cm preferred), a small pair scissors, stitch markers, pen/pencil, and a notebook.
Homework: Cast on 30 stitches, knit 5 rows in garter stitch, then 5 rows in stockinette. Do not cast off or cut yarn.

Wednesday 11 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Mastering Mistakes, with Barbara Bugg
Only 4 places left
After this session you will be more confident to deal with dropped stitches, accidental extra stitches and holes. Learn to safely rip back or unknot your work. Hints on avoiding these and other problems will also be covered.
Materials: Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, notebook, a crochet hook, and two sizes of needles, 4mm and 3.25mm needles.
Homework: Cast on 15 stitches, knit 4 rows stocking stitch. DO NOT CAST OFF.

Wednesday 11 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Finishing Techniques, with Shirley Pullen
Sold Out
In this class we will cover different techniques to sew an article together. Seaming and mattress stitch will be covered as will picking up a neckline or a cardigan front. We 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.

Friday 13 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Sock Knitting, with Natalie Siem
Only 2 places left
For anyone who has ever wanted to knit socks, but has been frightened off by the words ‘turning a heel’ this is the class for you! We will be knitting miniature versions of adult socks, just right for a newborn, using techniques that you can utilise to customise your own socks.
Materials: 100g of 10ply/Aran yarn, a variety of stitch markers, and 4mm needles. EITHER a set of 5 double-pointed needles, OR 2 different coloured 60cm circular needles, OR one set of 80cm circular needles for those brave enough to try the Magic Loop Technique, (Natalie recommends the latter).

Friday 13 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Reading Charts, with Valerie Elliott
Cables, lace, motifs and textured patterns. All of these can be written in full, but some pattern writers use charts. You will be will be practicing reading charts and will learn the symbols for all types of patterns to be able to confidently tackle any chart you come across.
Materials: A cable needle, plain coloured 8ply/DK yarn, and some knitting needles.

Booking and information
The Summer 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 the Jenny Florence meeting room on the third floor at Ross House, in 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (next to the City Library). For members, the Guild’s library will be open for borrowing during the Summer School.

Bookings have been extended until 1 January for the remaining places. 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.

To secure your place in a class email the Guild’s Treasurer with your name, phone number, and the class or classes that you would like to attend. The Treasurer will 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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From 2014 to 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The 5000 POPPIES project is for crafters  who would like to contribute a handmade red poppy to be included in a field of 5000 poppies to be publicly displayed in Melbourne on ANZAC Day 2015. The 5000 poppies will be a community tribute recognising the service of Australian servicemen and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. There will be an initial display of the poppies in Fed Square in November 2013 for Remembrance Day. To be included in the initial display at Fed Square, poppies should be submitted by 30 September.

Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight are the two fibre lovers behind the project and they are hosting workshops at Fed Square on the 2nd Monday of every month from 12noon until 2pm with the next one scheduled for the 12 August. Visit the 5000 POPPIES blog for progress reports and for free poppy patterns for knit and crochet poppies. If you have some red wool in your stash (we know you do) you are halfway to participating in this fibre project.

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The Finishing Techniques Workshop will be held Sunday 15 May 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ross House.  The tutor is Lucille McDonald.  Cost $40 for members/$50 non-members.  Contact Valerie (9878 3758) if  you would like to attend.

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Woolly Weekend Wrap

This year our Woolly Weekend was at Heathcote for accommodation and Bendigo for the wool mill and Bendigo Sheep Show, followed by a detour to Castlemaine on the return trip to Melbourne on the Sunday. The weekend was a great success.  Thirteen people took part and on Saturday night we had a fantastic “show and tell” to show off our purchases, followed by a hands on felting workshop led by Barb Bugg to make a rose brooch.  Our crew had mixed results but we had a lot of fun. Due to the success of the weekend we have made a tentative booking at Heathcote Lodge to incorporate the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show for next year – 2011.

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Upcoming Workshops

Feedback from our members indicated that they preferred workshops to be run on Sunday afternoons between1 and 4 p.m. The following workshops are coming up:-

Crochet A Beanie – 22 August 2010
Tutor – Shirley Pullen
All materials provided
Cost $40 Members   $50 Non Members 

Stash Reduction Vest- 12 September 2010
Tutor – Barbara Bugg
Materials – to be advised
Cost $40 Members   $50 Non Members

Refer ‘Workshops’ page for further details.

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The Victorian Tapestry Workshop (www.victapestry.com.au) is planning on running classes later in the year, with the focus on techniques that utilise their 300+ yarns  in 2 ply.  Victorian Tapestry are looking for experienced knitters and crocheters who can teach techniques/classes using this type of yarn.  If you are interesetd in running a class contact Lily at Victorian Tapestry for more details – lfaser@victapestry.com.au .

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