Saturday, 25 April 2009

April 2009 meeting

Guild Business
  • Volunteers are are still needed for the Craft Fair at Darling Harbour 10-14 June. If you help for a 3 hour shift your admission to the Fair is free. Contact Merrin for the details
  • Workshops [Epping]
    • May – Aran knitting
    • August – Moebius
      Details are in the latest newsletter.
  • Faye Ellesworthy from the Standards Committee would like contributions for a book to mark the 25th anniversary of the Knitter’s Guild. The book will be Hints and How-to’s. Please pass on any contributions to Merrin.
  • Congratulations to Kate [one of group members] who is now the Guild Secretary - we wish her well in this executive position. Clare [also from our group] continues as editor of the newsletter.
  • The biannual Guild camp will be at Kurri Kurri on the October Long weekend, detail are in the newsletter.
  • Pam North from the Southern Group will be holding a fair-isle workshop, one day per month over two months, 10am–4pm, Saturday May 16th and Saturday June 20th. maximum participants: 15; cost $70 [members only] includes morning and afternoon tea. To be held at Kogarah at the Old Schoolhouse, contact June Maddick on 9533 2064 for more information.
  • The Northern Group is organising a bus trip to the Mudgee Muster 29-31 May. Cost: $250 includes dinner and accommodation at the Best Western. Maximum numbers 30.
  • The Guild website now has a chat room for members only. Email Kris and get a password. There are only two websites for branches of the Guild and they are the Inner City Group and Blue Mountains Group. The Inner City Group has a members only section that we may discuss setting up with Kris.

Changes to calendar
  • June - Kris Howard will visit us to talk about the "Knitternet", show us what is available and how to use the Guild website.
  • September - "Stash Sale": Please bring along any yarn, books or accessories that you want to sell or swap.

knitters wanted
Nick from Nundle Woollen Mill is after people to knit and write patterns, see Merrin.

other events
  • The "Back to Back Challenge" is on at Kurrajong at The Turpentine Tree Sunday 31 May.
  • Spinning classes are available at the Springwood Arts Centre in Ferguson Road. Contact Suzanne for details on 47587049. Classes are held every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30 – 4 and every Wednesday night from 6.30 – 9. Enrolments and a spinning demonstration on Saturday May 2 at the Arts Centre.
  • The Hawkesbury Show is on at the Clarendon Showground the first weekend in May. Entries for the show have closed.

Next month
  • retail visit - Evelyn and Rex Reynolds
  • Afternoon Tea will be provided by Chesne Jones, Ruth, Lynne and Janette
  • Anita from The Wool Inn visited and lots of shopping was enjoyed.

    Show and Tell revealed an interesting array of articles.

    Ruth gave a short talk about getting perspective right when quilting and designing pictures for knitting.

    The raffle was won by Janette and a second prize was won by Susan. The first prize winner had the choice of a book or a gift voucher donated by The Wool Inn.

    Saturday, 4 April 2009

    March meeting

    We had a very interesting meeting with an fascinating talk from our guest speaker, Tracey Greenway, regarding the National Quilt Register.

    Visitors were welcomed to the meeting. The use of a karaoke machine was introduced as some members were having difficulty hearing at previous meetings.

  • Catalogues for the Hawkesbury Show are now available. The Show will be held at Clarendon 1-3 May.

  • The Blacktown show had very little knitting on display this year. A suggestion was put forward that if members are considering entering Shows, this may be a good place to start. The categories are fairly basic and entry fee is about $3 . Merrin will get a copy of the schedule for 2010.

  • The annual Back to Back Challenge is on Sunday 31 May at the Turpentine Tree: 1665 Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Heights. Starting at 8am till they are finished . Suzanne will be part of a team. It is a great day out with stalls and entertainment and things for children to do . Details of how to sponsor a team member will be supplied by Suzanne next month. This year there will be an apple pie bake off as well.

  • Kate Venn is now a member of the Knitters’ Guild of NSW Committee.

  • Clare continues in her role as editor of the newsletter.

  • Reverend Bill Crewes was unable to appear at the AGM as the guest speaker due to unforseen circumstances but is happy to appear to talk to any branch if requested.

  • The Guild camp will be at Kurri Kurri in October, more information will be in the next newsletter.

  • The Executive has not met since the AGM. The Secretary, has resigned since the AGM. A meeting will be held next weekend to elect a new Secretary.

  • A special general meeting will be held to deal with the archives motion. This is a formality to include the archives in the constitution.

  • The Inner City Guild has a new meeting place at Customs House library [2nd floor] at Circular Quay 2nd floor. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month from 11am; please feel free to drop in.

  • The Guild will be at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on the last Saturday of the show.

    Patons are running a competition until April 30. Spend $30 on Patons yarn and go in the running to win $5000 stash. I have the entry form .

  • Ravelry is an online community of Knitters with a worldwide membership.

  • The Up the M4 group on Ravelry has changed its meeting location to the Red Cow at Penrith on the 1st Sunday of each month from 1.30 to 3.30 All are welcome.

  • A second group is being formed to meet at Two Doors Cafe at Lawson . Details are being finalised.

  • A craft group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2pm at St. Aidan's Anglican Church Hall on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Hat Hill Rd, Blackheath. The next meeting is 1 April. For additional information, contact Carole 4757 1334.

    There will be a special showing of the movie Young at Heart at the Dendy cinema at Circular Quay at 10am on Sunday 22 March. All knitters are invited, entry fee is $3. There will be more showings of special movies, see Kate for details.

    Treasurer’s report tabled.

    Kate Venn won the raffle.


    Tracey Greenaway talked to us for an hour about quilts and the National Quilt Register. She talked on the history of quilts from the earliest examples, through the Middle Ages and finally to the Australian “Waggas”. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious. Tracey brought many examples with her and many members found it very interesting.

    Ruth then showed us many example of handmade knitted and crocheted rugs. Merrin had one her mother had made and an unfinished one from the 70's. Tracey encouraged us all to put any quilts that we may have, old or new, on the National Quilt Register for future generations.

  • Ruth will talk on perspective in quilts and asks that we bring pencil, ruler and paper.

  • Retail member: Anita from The Wool Inn.

  • Afternoon tea to be supplied by Carole, Rosie, Penny and Sheila.