Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Kitchener stitch (grafting) workshop

If you are interested in doing this workshop in Ocotber, please bring two stocking stitch swatches each twenty stitches wide and at least ten rows long. I would recommend using 8ply yarn in any fibre.

Please bring your swatches still on the needles to the workshop, along with a wool/darning needle and a length of contrasting yarn at least 40cm (16 inches) long.


Sunday, 19 February 2012

2012 Calendar

February 18thCrochet for Beginners – Mavis
March 17thTijuana Alpacas Wool ShopChart Reading – Clare
April 21stRex & Evelyn ReynoldsBind Off Techniques – Lynne
May 19thThe Wool InnICord Applications – Clare
June 16thFull Day Workshop – Sock Knitting with Lynne
July 21stSusanne’s House of Wool
August 18thNatural Dyeing – talk from Asa Wahlquist, Inner City GroupStash Sale
September 15thWooldancerMaking a string bag – Meredith
October 20th1 Skein Challenge
November 17thBelisa CashmereMore Bind Off Techniques - LynneAGM 1 Skein Swap Exchange
December 15thAinsworth BooksChristmas Party

OTHER HAPPENINGS around and about
March - Saturday 3rd – Guild Annual General Meeting. 11am in the Target Theatre, Powerhouse Museum
March - 8th to 11th – Craft and Sewing Show, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill (
April - 5th to 19th – Sydney Royal Easter Show 2012 ( The NSW Knitters Guild is part of the Sydney Royal Easter Arts and Crafts Feature Display this year. The Fabulous Fibres Display will feature work, demonstrations and information from the Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild, the Machine Knitters Guild, and us.
May - Sunday 27thMamre Harvest Festival, 9:30 – 3:30 at 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. The Festival is in the grounds of Mamre House and will offer a diverse range of fresh produce, gourmet food, wine, craft stalls, entertainment, food vendors, cafe and lots of fun things to see and do for the whole family.(
June – 13th to 17th – Craft and Quilt Fair, Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour (
July – 20th to 22nd – The Australian Sheep Wool Show, Bendigo, Victoria ( Even if you’re not lucky enough to get to the show in person there is a Woolcraft competition, including classes for knitted items from commercial and handspun yarn. Entries close 15th June, exhibits due 7th July.
August – 25th to 26th – Penrith Show held at Penrith Paceway, Penrith. Penrith AH&I Society - 47212375
November – 17th to 18th – Love Lawson Festival (

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

January 2012


Easter Show 2012

The theme of the display will be an Aussie Backyard. Groups are encouraged to create items for the display. Our group will work on fruits and vegetables. All items will need to be collected for display by 20 March.

Two members have volunteered to coordinate the Easter Show Display they can be contacted by email:

Six to eight volunteers are needed daily at the show: two people from opening to 11am, at least three on between 11am - 7pm and two from 7pm to close. Volunteers will be required to hand out and verbally give info about the Knitters’ Guild, knitting, crochet etc; demonstrate knitting/crochet techniques.

Helen asked anyone who could assist to let her know dates and times that they would be available.

A Graphic Designer is also required create a banner for the Guild that can be used at events

2012 Knitters‘ Guild Knitting, Crochet & Fibre Art Competition

This event, is an opportunity for us all to learn by creating items to a schedule which will be judged and given personal feed-back so that we can improve our techniques, learn new ones and also have an opportunity to see what wonderful things we can all create. There will be classes for novices as well as long-time knitters and crocheters. There will be both traditional classes and more innovative ones.

The entries will be put on public display (venue to be finalised) so that both Guild members and the public can see the diversity and beauty of our craft.


A one skein challenge for October. Items will be displayed anonymously, members will vote, the item with the most votes wins a prize.

There will also be a one skein swap to be exchanged in October, to the value of $30. You will know who you are knitting for. If you would like to be involved, forms need to be completed and returned by the March meeting.

Raffle won by Stannis

Next meeting 18 February 2012

Saturday, 31 December 2011


Please note this calendar is subject to change

15 January
workshop: colour work / Fair Isle (part I) - Terry

19 February
workshop: colour work / Fair Isle (part II) - Terry

5 March
11am: Knitters' Guild of NSW AGM
Target Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, Harris Street, Ultimo

19 March
workshop: garter stitch entrelac - Lynne

26-27 March
weekend workshop: Orenburg lace - Galena
$120.00 for the weekend

16 April
retail: Wooldancer Fibre and Yarn - Michelle Snowdon
workshop: entrelac (part 2) - Lynne

21 May
no workshop this month

18 June
full day workshop: Liz Gemmell
$40 for members; $45 non-members

16 July
retail: The Wool Inn - Anita
workshop:  colour theory for knitters - Terry and Lynne

20 August
retail: Rex and Evelyn Reynolds
workshop: no sew grafting - Lynne

17 September
all day workshop: socks - Lynne
Secret swap exchange
Stash sale

15 October
workshop: steeking - Mary-Helen

19 November
retail: Belisa Cashmere - Bev Cooper
Blue Mountains group AGM

17 December
retail: book sale - Keith Ainsworth
Christmas Party

Monday, 1 August 2011

July 2011

Many compliments have been received for the Darling Harbour dispay in June. Allan Tremain, a past president of the Guild, was responsible.

Friday 5th August: Knit In ant the ABc studio in Ultimo, for Wrap with Love. There will also be a knit-in at Springwood Aquatic Center at 8 am, Everglades (Leura) at 10 am and Penrith library.

The workshop today was on colour theory which is a very broad topic. We were given a a short talk on the colour wheel, colour in culture and society, and how colour influences us.

Today's retail was The Wool Inn. Anita and Bess brought many yarns to tempt us, including some new yarns from Noro. Anita donated two books to be raffled.

The raffle was won by Donna, Stanis and Bev.

Next month
  • Retail: Rex and Evelyn Reynolds - yarn sales
  • Evelyn will give a short talk on an aspect of knitting
  • Workshop: no sew grafting (as demonstrated by Galena Khmeleva). Please bring two small samples of garter stitch, 20 rows on 10 stitches and leave live stitches on separate needles.
  • afternoon tea: Penny, Yvonne and Ann

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

June meeting and Liz Gemmell workshop

A small group gathered for the June meeting; some members were at an all-day workshop with Liz Gemmell and some had gone into the city for the WWKIP (World Wide Knit In Public) Day. Perhaps the cold kept others away?


The tutor for our all day workshop was Liz Gemmell. We learnt about using colour when knitting Feather and Fan patterns. In the morning we learnt or revised the Feather and Fan (aka Old Shale) pattern and tried some variations. Liz brought some examples to show us and one of our members, Judy, also brought her version.

samples knitted during the workshop
After morning tea, Liz explained how to read the schematic of her "upside down cardigan". This was challenging for many but we got there in the end.

After lunch, Liz showed us some of her knitted "jewellery"

knitted "necklace"
and how to transfer colour to synthetic knitting using disperse dyes, lithopaper and a hot (not steam) iron. She also showed us that we can create any shape we want by heat setting and it will hold its shape, even after washing. This can only be done with synthetic yarns.

transfer paper on left, printed fabric on right

Thank you, Liz, for a most interesting and informative workshop.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

May 2011

Terry thanked all those who showed up for the first meeting of the Knitters Gild of NSW upper Mountains Group . The meeting was a great success with many visitors from the North shore group attending. Donna is the Secretary and the next meeting will be on Saturday June 4th at 1.30 pm. All are welcome.

The annual Back-to-Back Challenge is on at the Turpentine Tree, Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong, on Sunday 5th June, starting at 8am. It is a wonderful day out with great food, kids entertainment and lots of woolly things to see and buy.

The workshop, Colour Theory for Knitters, that should have been held at the May meeting has been postponed until later in the year.

Kate explained that all new members have to pay a $10 joining fee. This is a one-off fee, then the annual fee is $30. The first two meeting that you attend are free then $2 per meeting afterwards. As a paid up member you are able to attend meetings at any number of the 22 branches of the Guild in NSW.

World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP) will be held on Saturday 18th June at Customs House in the city. There will be many raffle and door prizes donated by yarn shops and sellers. Unfortunately this date clashes with our next meeting day.

Those attending the Liz Gemmell workshop in June need to bring yarn in five colours and either dark blue or black. Bring needles to suit the yarn that you have chosen. Please come at 9:30 for a 10am start.

The raffle was won by Pam.

Next month’s afternoon tea is being provided by Janette, Shirley and Rosie.