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Knitters' Guild NSW Inc

News Desk

News Desk

It's a Knitters World

The Newcastle Group will be holding their 25th Anniversary Exhibition "It's a Knitters World" from 9.30am to 4.00pm on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Scots Kirk Hall, Murray Street, Hamilton, Entry is free.

The proceeds from the raffle of a hand-knitted rug will go to Motor Neurone Disease Research. For further info email

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Recycled Plastic Shopping Bag Pattern


 The big favourite at the Easter Show stand was the bag made from Plarn or plastic yarn recycled from shopping bags. Workshop Coordinator, Helen, shows off the before and after components of her Plarn bag.

A pattern for a similar bag is here and the process of making plarn is here.

2014 Annual General Meeting

2014 AGM

The Annual General Meeting is on Saturday 3rd May, 11.00am at the Powerhouse Museum.

Paperwork for the AGM will be distributed to all financial members (by email or post, depending on their stated preference) week-commencing 14th April. The general business normally takes until about 12.15 at which time we stop for a sandwich and cake lunch. At 1.00pm we welcome our

Guest Speaker Brenda McGahan, the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Country Spinners. I do hope that many of you will be able to attend.

West Ryde Group Knit Train.

West Ryde Group are having a train trip up to Blackheath on Sunday 13th April catching the 10.31am train from Strathfield.

They are going up to meet at The House of Wool shop in Blackheath, have a wee walk round the shops and of course knit on their journey up.

If you're interested or would like more details contact West Ryde Group Convener, Jean.

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All the workshops take place at Customs House Library, Circular Quay.
Bookings may be made via the website from Monday 3rd February. If that is not convenient, please contact the Guild Secretary who will give you the details for direct deposit into the bank account or payment by cheque.


Basic Sock Workshop
Saturday 5th April from 11.15 – 3.45pm
Lynne Byass is conducting a basic sock workshop for a cuff-down construction on dpns, one circular needle or two.
members - $14
nonmembers - $18
Basic Sock Workshop



Relief organisers need large numbers of blankets over the next few days and weeks so any help the knitters and crocheters of the Guild can offer would be very gratefully received.

Please knit or crochet 25cm squares - no need to block or sew in ends (leave long ends for sewing up) - and let us know the yarn content ( so we can match wool with wool, acrylic with acrylic etc).

Send to:

Knitters' Guild NSW Inc

P O Box 460 Epping,

NSW 2121

Or email

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for further information or alternative drop-off points.

Our team of volunteers is standing by to sew these together. Many thanks


Thank You! The offers of blankets/squares are pouring in.  The problem we have is how to get them/where people can drop them off etc.

Individual groups may be able to use their funds to post them, or see if they can get a local courier who are happy to do this sort of thing for nothing.

Squares/blankets can be dropped off at the following wonderful Guild retail members;

Rae (C. R & K Daisy Designs) in Fairy Meadow is happy to use their shop as a drop-off point.

Anita at the Wool Inn has said "We are collecting knitted or crocheted 25cm squares to make up into blankets for those who lost their homes in the Blue Mountains fires. A dedicated group is ready to stitch them together. Drop them into the shop at any time."

Debbie at Mosman Needlecraft is also happy to use her shop as a drop-off point.


2013 Knit Camp a big success

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! To the 90+ members who made this 2013 Knit Camp such a successful weekend.

To those of you who weren’t able to attend, this is what was on:

A party on Friday night with lots of food and strawberry champagne cocktails. And cupcakes with the Guild logo!

Techniques turntable (learn a new skill in 5 minutes)!

10 workshops

7 retailers

A Show and Tell that took our breath away

Guild bags with notebooks, pens, earplugs (just in case your room-mate was a snorer!) and special Knitters Guild rock candy

A masseur (yes, we had massages!)

Prizes, prizes and more prizes

Food, food and more food

And lovely weather

A very special thank you to those members who held workshops and to the non-members who came along to pass on their skills. There is a very long list of people to thank and we’ll make sure their contributions are acknowledged in the newsletter and on our website.

Three people made this all possible. Helen (AuntyToots), Clare (ExistentialKnits) and of course our wonderful Kris (Webgoddess). Thank you so much to all of you for your incredible hard work over the last 12 months or so and the energy, enthusiasm (and even more hard work) you brought to the weekend.

Roll on 2015, we say!

July Newsletter is out

The  July edition of the Guild Newsletter has been published and distributed.

It features articles on Magda Sayeg’s eye-catching wild and woolly knitted installation at Sydney’s Strand Arcade as part of the The Campaign for Wool celebrations of the 3rd Australian Wool Week, running from 2 May to 30 June 2013.

What happened to Rambo's big scarf? The Goulburn group has an update on the continuing interest in their highly successful  'Scarf Event"and their plans for future community projects.

Epping Group reports their Biggest Morning Tea recently raised $1256.00 for the Cancer Council and display some of the winning entries.

If you have articles to contribute to the Newsletter or have not received it by post or email contact the editor, Ailsa at

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