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This years market is going to be bigger than ever with over 30 stall holders bringing GREAT stuff. Here are some more of the stallholders not previously mentioned: Shiloh Yarns will be there with their silky yarns, and Spin Addict (Fibres of the Yarra Valley). Metafour Studio will have the beautiful Tasmanian super fine yarn from White Gum Wool, some fibre and weaving equipment as well as some Metafour Studio handwoven originals.

Other stalls are, Crafty Wool Yarns, Can Do Books, Kaye Adolphson Designs, Push My Buttons, Raxor Yarns and Fibres, the Alpaca Yarn Lady,  Coloured Jules mohair yarns, Changeling Coloured Yarns, Little Yellow Cat with Knitting kits and hand dyed yarn, and Madam Tricot with project bags and accessories.

 

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There will also be Guild member’s stalls including Jill’s beautiful cashmere yarns, Barbara’s project bags and knitted accessories, Nola’s hand knit beanies, Angela’s fun project bags, Kay’s preserves, cards and handmade items, Maryanne and Marg with their tea cosies (pictured), and Rose with a stall of knits with her proceeds going to charity. The Machine Knitters Guild will be demonstrating so if you ever wanted to learn how to use one of these machines, this is your chance for an introduction.

Knitwear designer Georgie from Tikki Knits will join us this year and will have her own items, as well as information on her stall about the large-scale, community textile art project called the WARM project.

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The Guild will have a stall of second-hand books and patterns and will be offering a yarn winding service so you can get that beautiful skein of yarn you purchased wound into a cake ready for knitting when you get home. We will be selling raffle tickets at the entrance to the market for our 2016 Must Have Blanket (and other great prizes). If you want to know more about the Guild stop by and say hello, there will be some tables and chairs in the foyer if you want to sit and knit for a while. To keep your caffeine levels stable there will be a coffee cart out front. Don’t miss this great opportunity to win a fantastic blanket, touch yarn and meet makers and yarn dyers.

 

 

Are we excited?

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Yes we sure are. The Guild has had a great response from yarn and craft makers wanting to have a stall at our Yarn and Craft Market coming up on Sunday 29 May at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am-3pm. This means that there will be plenty off lovely yarn and supplies from independent makers from Victoria for you to get excited about.

Charly from Ixchel Angora Fibres and Yarns will be back this year with her beautiful soft yarns. Like many of the stall holders at our market, Charly does not have a bricks and mortar shop so this is a great opportunity to feel how soft her yarns are and to see the rainbow of colours with your own eyes. Cat and Sparrow will be returning this year with their yarns and fibre roving (pictured) for spinning. Dairing Yarns will also be back with a stall showcasing their unusual fibres, visit their website to see what I mean.

We are very excited to welcome Kelly of Miss Click Clack to the market this year with her hand dyed sock and DK yarns with great names after places in Melbourne such as the Merri Creek sock base in the DangerWillRobinson colour way. Ursula of Little Dipper yarns is returning to the market this year with her lovely hand dyed yarn, as is Julie of Dyed By Hand Yarns. Julie will have some one off OOAK skeins that were colour experiments, that she may not repeat, along with her regular array of great hand painted yarns. Lara Downs will be back with their range of mohair and merino yarns. Janet of Nanny’s Spin on Things  is returning with her art yarns.

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

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Come back and visit soon as we add other stallholder information and share a bit more about what else will be happening at the Guild’s Yarn and Craft Market.

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The Guild’s annual Yarn and Craft Market is on again at the Coburg Town Hall, from 10am-3pm on Sunday 29 May. This is a big 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 stallholders.

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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Beautiful Swatches

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The Guild is lucky to have some amazing knitters in its membership. These swatches were knit by Merle who is a very experienced and talented fairisle and intarsia knitter. To get a pattern right and to test colour combinations knitters (often grudgingly) knit a test square called a swatch, while others skip the swatching to get straight into the knitting and just hope that their finished garment will be the size they want.

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From the swatch knitters can work out the gauge (stitches per centimetre) of their knitting using a particular yarn and needles and learn about how the yarn is going to perform. Swatches are usually washed and blocked (pinned out) so they will be as close as possible to the finished item. A washed swatch may show up unexpected characteristics in the yarn such as a tendency to felt or bloom.

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Designers knit swatches to work out how a garment is going to work, including edgings and textures. Some of us rip out our swatches to use the yarn and others, like Merle, keep them as library of their experiments to look back on.

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I hope you enjoy these lovely swatches as much as I do.

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A photo from the New York City Museum blog about how in 1946, Stanley Kubrick set out as a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine to capture the story of New York City’s subway commuters.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPD) is coming around again on Saturday 13 June and the Guild has planned another knit-on-the-train trip to take our knitting outdoors. If you want to join in we are listed on the WWKIP website along with 22 other gatherings you might like that are happening in Victoria. If you are on Ravelry you can let us know you are joining in, on the Guild’s group page. WWKIPD started in 2005 and is the largest kniter-run event in the world and a great opportunity to knit in company and celebrate the craft.