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We are very excited to announce 2 new Knitters' Guild NSW groups - Northern Tablelands in Armidale and Mid North Coast in Port Macquarie.

 

Northern Tablelands Mid north coast

Did you hear all about the last cruise and want to know what you missed?  Enjoyed it so much you want to go again?

 

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You asked and here it is! Knit Like a Viking is back by popular demand.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And don't forget to check out the other exciting Workshops we are running.

 

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Cancellation Policy
The Guild will issue a full refund for cancellations advised to us 14 days or more before the date of the event. However, please note that bookings are transferable. Should you wish to transfer your place at an event to another member, please advise the Workshop Convenor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to the new array of workshops organised for the first half of the year. There is a lot to get involved with.

Frolics

This year we have TWO frolics for you. Our February Frolic is back by popular demand. Learn four techniques in one day. You will learn how to knit from charts; colourwork; knitting with beads; and buttonhole techniques. We also have our first "frolic" for crochet. Learn four techniques in one day. Learn Tunisian Entrelac, African flowers, chainless foundation and crochet texture.

Yarn Tasting

If Indie yarn is more to your taste, come along and meet 3 Indie yarn dyers showcasing their yarn.


Reaction Dyeworks - www.etsy.com/au/shop/ReactionDyeworks
24 Mile Hollow Yarn - www.etsy.com/au/shop/24MileHollowYarnCo
The Australian Woolstore - theaustralianwoolstore.com

Each dyer will tell us the story behind their creations and then provide an opportunity for us to purchase their products.

 

Technique


Beautiful yarn, superb knitting, but how is your finishing? Knowing the art of finishing is not only enlightening but is the secret separating the ‘homemade’ from the ‘hand crafted’. Learn the joy of sleek shoulder lines, invisible seams and picking up stitches without leaving a hole. Learn why you should swatch first and why and how to block your completed work.

Are you looking to learn a new technique? Twined Knitting is a traditional Scandinavian knitting technique dating back at least to the 17th century in Sweden. It’s called tvaandsstickning in Swedish and tvebandsstrikking in Norwegian – both meaning ‘two-end knitting’ because traditionally both ends of one ball of yarn is used. It differs from stranded knitting but the two are often worked in conjunction. This may just be the best wearing sock heel and is good for mittens, slippers, hats, trims on garments and bags – just for starters.

 

Handy App


Finally, do you have a table or smart phone and are looking for a better way to manage the admin side of knitting? You really should be using KnitCompanion. KnitCompanion is an app that manages your patterns, charts, rows, stitches all in one place. This workshop will teach you the basics and provide you with an overview of the free version of the app.

 

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Sue Grandfield from The Wollmeise Yarn Club is coming to Sydney........

"Sue Grandfield (RiotousAssembly on Ravelry) is an English knitter living in Melbourne, Australia with her Tasmanian husband. Their work sees them travel the world, and knitting is the perfect companion on those long journeys!
Sue’s love of travel means she can often be found knitting socks, shawls and accessories, small portable items that are great for knitting on the go, but there’s always a larger item on the needles too! Sue’s designs feature beautiful yarns in fabulous colours and are often inspired by her passion for photographing curious details from the world around her. She loves to research, explore and reinterpret traditional knitting techniques and her style features simplicity with a twist, attention to detail - sometimes elegant, sometimes riotous, but always fun to knit!
Sue loves to teach and pass on her love of knitting. "

Find her on Ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sue-grandfield

 

 

We are taking bookings through TryBooking.com. Please click on the link below and you will be taken to TryBooking to complete your order.

 

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Cancellation Policy
The Guild will issue a full refund for cancellations advised to us 14 days or more before the date of the event. However, please note that bookings are transferable. Should you wish to transfer your place at an event to another member, please advise the Workshop Convenor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Just look at the retailers we have coming to FibreFest!   Connect with old favourites or try someone new. Need ideas or yarn for your Christmas knitting or just want to bag an early present for yourself? Don't miss out!!!

 

 

Looking to buy Norah's books before attending a workshop?

Please try our media partner Booktopia. Framework: 10 Architectural Knits is available to preorder.

Click on one of our 4 great locations to see further details and book your tickets.

 

Workshop Summary

  June 19 June 20 June 22 June 24
  Newcastle Penrith Sydney Canberra
AM Knitting 2-sided Cables  - Swatch Development Swatch Development
PM Exploring the Cable Toolbox Make It Your Own - Cabled Hat Knitting Polygons Make It Your Own - Yoked Sweater
Evening  - Chat: Designing With Geometric Shapes  -  -

Workshops:       $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member     Chat:      $10 per person

 

Newcastle  - Monday, June 19

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Knitting 2-sided Cables

Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Suggested skill level: Intermediate

What You Need to Bring: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes (4.5, 5mm), cable needle.

Morning Tea included.

Venue: Hamilton North Bowling Club, 31 Boreas Road, Broadmeadow

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Exploring the Cable Toolbox

By knitting cables made from ribs, mini cables and lace in unusual and useful cable structures you’ll become familiar with a new vocabulary of cables, preparing you for experimenting with new cable fabrics on your own.

Skill Level: Intermediate, comfort with chart reading a plus

You Will Need to Bring: Worsted-weight yarn and a range of appropriate needle sizes (4.5, 5mm), cable needle, #2 pencil & eraser.

Afternoon Tea included.

Venue: Hamilton North Bowling Club, 31 Boreas Road, Broadmeadow

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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Penrith - Tuesday, June 20

1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Make It Your Own - Cabled Hat

Learn some of Norah’s favourite techniques while knitting her cabled hat and customising it for yourself. You can knit the hat as is or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

All levels of knitters welcome – confidence with knitting in the round helpful.

You Will Need to Bring: Worsted weight yarn and circular needles with both 40cm and 60cm cables – point sizes 4.5, 5, 5.5 and 6mm. You'll also need a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.

Afternoon Tea included.

Venue: CWA Rooms, 1 Tindale Street, Penrith

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Chatting with Norah: Designing with Geometric Shapes

An opportunity to chat with Norah as we learn about designing with geometric shapes. Explore the design possibilities of sweaters made with rectangles, triangles, circles, or half circles. From finding inspiration to testing an idea with fleece to taking your idea to the next level, Norah takes you through her design process and shares her current obsession with making innovative garments (yet wearable) garments where fit isn't a big issue.

Finger Food provided.

Venue: CWA Rooms, 1 Tindale Street, Penrith

Cost: $10 per person

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Sydney - Thursday, June 22

9.30 am –12.30 pm

Swatch Development

Norah will describe her design process for coming up with a new stitch pattern and final product. Explore taking a pattern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren't ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on ending the perfect pattern stitch for their combination of yarn and silhouette.

Suggested skill level: Intermediate.

What You Need To Bring: Bring a wide range of needles sizes plus partial balls of textured yarns, or a yarn you don't know what to do with.

Morning Tea included.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Knitting Polygons


From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.

Skill Level: advanced beginner, comfort with double pointed needles a plus

What You Need To Bring: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes (4.5, 5mm).

Afternoon Tea included.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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Canberra - Saturday, June 24

9.00 am –12.00 pm

Swatch Development

Norah will describe her design process for coming up with a new stitch pattern and final product. Explore taking a pattern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren't ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on ending the perfect pattern stitch for their combination of yarn and silhouette.

Suggested skill level: Intermediate.

What You Need To Bring: Bring a wide range of needles sizes plus partial balls of textured yarns, or a yarn you don't know what to do with.

Morning Tea included.

Venue: TBA

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Make It Your Own - Yoked Sweater

This is a fun, hands-on workshop on working from the top down, in the round.  You will design your own cabled yoke cowl, which could grow into a poncho or sweater.  You will begin by choosing from Norah’s variety of textures or cables and move on to manoeuvring details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s “fill in the blanks” template.

All knitters welcome – confidence with knitting in the round helpful.

What You Need To Bring: Worsted weight yarn and circular needles with both 40cm and 60cm cables – point sizes 4.5, 5, 5.5 and 6mm; cable needles or double pointed needles.

Venue: TBA

Cost: $60 Guild Member, $90 Non-Member

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