Monday, 24 September 2007


Canberra Stitch 'n' Bitch is having a Pic-Knit at Floriade this weekend.

Sunday 30 September
12pm +
Beanie Marquee at Floriade.

Leunig Inspired Hat in the Exhibition

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival Travelling Exhibition is at Floriade this year. This Sunday, indigenous women involved in the Beanie Festival and Gay from Ashford Australia Gay will be there.

The nearest entrance to the Beanie Marquee is the Parkes Way entrance. You'll need to take a seat and sunscreen as well as your knitting. There is a VERY little bit of space in the marquee in which to knit.


Thursday, 19 July 2007


Missing from the initial information about the workshops being held in conjunction with the Craft ACT Knit 1 Blog 1 exhibition is this event:

The Toes and Heels of Socks: Penny Hadobas
Sunday 22 July, 11:30am to 1:30pm

Ever wanted to knit socks and been too intimidated to try it out? Come along and let Penny Hadobas (aka Happy Spider) walk and talk you through every step of the process and help you on your way to knitting's deepest addiction.

All ability levels welcome!

Handpainted sock yarn will be available for sale at the workshop or feel free to bring your own (4ply or 8ply preferable).

Please bring your own double-pointed needles.

Miss Penny is our Stitch 'n' Bitch sock guru - how could you miss the opportunity to learning at and from the feet of the Mistress (and I'll let you in on a secret - she has a new sock pattern and it's gawjus. Be the first to see it at the workshop). Go on - email now, or ring in the morning. You know you want to.

Workshops cost $15 or $5 concession includes hot drinks and dainty bikkies as well as pearls of wisdom.Bookings essential Phone: 02 6262 9333 Email: [Craft ACT Admin]

Monday, 9 July 2007

Term 3 Knitting and Crocheting classes in Canberra


Knitting For Beginners,
4 weeks beginning Thursday 2 August, 6.00-9.00 pm
Canberra College, Launceston Street, Phillip
$65 + materials cost

Knitting For Beginners,
8 weeks beginning Thursday 2 August, 6.00-9.00 pm
Canberra College, Launceston Street, Phillip
$130 + materials cost

More info contact the Brain Gym, Phillip
Phone: 62055781
FAX: 62055776
Email: lynl AT canberrac DOT act DOT edu DOT au


Contemporary Knitting on a Machine
Learn the art of limitless machine knitting, maintenance, garment measuring and finishing. We want you to develop your skill so that you have the confidence to create garmets that you will be proud of. Males welcome, and age is no limit to this exciting art. Please bring your own machine to the class.

AAD2266 Continuing
Saturday, 18 Aug, 2007 Sunday & 19 Aug, 2007 9:30AM - 4:30PM
CIT Bruce Campus
$210 + possible materials cost
Tutor: Jan Richards

AAD2213 Beginners
Saturday, 20 Oct, 2007 Sunday, 21 Oct, 2007 9:30AM - 4:30PM
CIT Bruce Campus
$210 + possible materials cost
Tutor: Jan Richards

Knitting is fun, fashionable, creative and relaxing, the perfect antidote to computer fatigue. Learn the basics to begin a project of your choice and learn to unravel the mysteries of sl.1,k1, psso in a sociable and supportive group. Bring to first lesson size 4.00 or 4.50mm needles and some 8 ply smooth yarn in a light-medium colour.

AAC2146 Beginners
Tuesday, 21 Aug, 2007 Tuesday -18 Sep, 2007 6:30PM - 8:30PM (5 sessions)
CIT Weston Campus
$120 + possible materials costs
Tutor: Alexandra Davey

ACT2151 Beginners
Saturday, 29 Sep, 2007 Saturday, 27 Oct, 2007 1:00PM - 3:00PM (5 sessions)
CIT Bruce Campus
$120 + materials costs
Tutor: Alexandra Davey

AAD2028 Continuing
Saturday, 3 Nov, 2007 Saturday, 1 Dec, 2007 1:00PM - 3:00PM (5 sessions)
CIT Bruce Campus
$120 + possible materials costs
Tutor: Alexandra Davey

Crochet Made Easy
Crochet is a simple technique which calms and adds balance to a hectic lifestyle. It is portable, practical, sociable and allows you to experiment. In this class you will learn basic stitches and shapes, how to read English and American patterns and master an easy but unusual stitch suitable for a lacy scarf. Bring to first class a size 4.00mm hook and some light or medium coloured smooth yarn preferably crepe or similar tightly spun yarn.

Saturday, 18 Aug, 2007 Saturday, 15 Sep, 2007, 10:00AM - 12:00PM (5 sessions)
CIT Bruce Campus
$120 + possible materials cost
TUTOR: Maureen Bell

Crochet Continuing
If you can confidently work Double Crochet, Half Treble and Treble, you can learn new interesting stitches and techniques, Broomstick Irish and Solomon’s Knot

Saturday, 20 Oct, 2007 Saturday, 10 Nov, 2007 10:00AM - 12:00PM (4 sessions)
Bruce CIT Campus
$100 + possible materials cost
TUTOR: Maureen Bell

To Enrol
To enrol in a short course please download a enrolment form:
PDF Format (48.5kb)
Word Format (151kb)
Please send your completed enrolment form through to CIT Solutions using one of the following methods:
Email: providing relevant information as per form details
Facsimile: 02 6207 3430 to send your form through promptly
Telephone: 02 6207 4441 direct to enrol.


Knitting for Beginners
8 weeks beginning Monday 30 July, 7.00-9.00 pm Dickson College, Phillip Avenue, Dickson

For more info contact
Dickson College
Phone 6205 6424 or 6205 6455
or email susan DOT bell AT ed DOT act DOT edu DOT au

If you know of any other classes or workshops, please leave a comment or send an email (the address is in the blog profile)

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Knit 1 Blog 1 Exhibition

Hi all,

Some of you may be aware that Craft ACT is holding an exhibition NEXT MONTH focussing on Knitting and Blogs - the show is called Knit 1 Blog 1, and they are keen to get local donations of hand-knitting for display, from those of us who also have knitting blogs. This show is already in our Calendar, but thought some extra info could be interesting for people...

The show will be at Craft ACT's Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, North Building, Civic, from 13 July to 26 August 07, and entries need to be in by Tuesday 3rd July. There is no entry fee (unlike many art exhibitions!).

The show will be quite interactive - in addition to displays of knitted objects, there will also be projectors projecting a revolving list of blog sites on the walls. Computers connected to the internet will be in the gallery, so visitors will be able to click around on sites and open other blog sites.

Barbara is also on the lookout for knitters who would be interested in running a workshop or two (and being paid for it), both for beginning and experienced knitters. These would run on the weekends of 21 - 22 July, and 11 -12 August. If you are interested in offering something, please contact Barbara McConchie. I don't think you'd need to be one of the exhibiting knitters to teach a workshop - so if you're Blogless, but would like to teach something, please drop Barbara a line.

You can read more about it - appropriately enough - on their Blog :
E-mail Barbara for an Entry Form.

From the Craft ACT web site :
Curated by Barbara McConchie, Knit 1 Blog 1 exposes the social phenomena of knitting and blogging. The Festival of Contemporary Art opens at the Australian National University School of Art Gallery 5:30pm, Craft ACT 6:15pm and Festival Party at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space 7pm (Friday 13 July).

Friday, 8 June 2007

Knit in Public Day

Late notice, I know, but it took some time to get consensus...

OK, for those of you who feel like braving the elements to put your knitting on display then rock up with a picnic lunch, hot drink, warm clothes, and your knitting, of course :

Saturday 9 June (TOMORROW)
The gazebo at the centre of Glebe Park, Civic
12 - 1.30 pm

Happy knitting all!

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Beginning Knitting

The Craft Store is offering two beginner knitting workshops this month:

Knit Yourself a Winter Scarf
Beginners Knitting Workshop - perfect for those who want to learn basic skills in knitting.
Knitting Kit = $14.95
Civic - Saturday 9th June 10:00am
Gungahlin - Saturday 23rd June 10:00am

****stop press****

Third workshop added: Woden - Saturday 23rd June 10:00am

Also this month The Craft Store is offering a buy 2 get 1 free deal on its yarns. Frankly, it's not a huge selection, but last time I passed through Civic the new Patons Shadow Tweed was in, plus the usual suspects of acrylic baby yarn etc.

If you are on the mailing list, you will also get a voucher for "Buy 5 balls of yarn, get a free set of needles"

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Fibre opportunities this weekend

The Hellenic Club of Canberra is the venue for the annual Creators and Designers Expo starting Friday 1 June.

Don't forget this weekend is the Felter's exhibtions at the CSIRO Discovery Centre at Black Mountain - details are in the calendar over there on the right.

Monday, 28 May 2007

Don't look at me, look at the road! That's how accidents happen.*

On Saturday 26 May, the Big Merino at Goulburn moved the 800m from its home of 22 years to a new postion on the Hume Highway. The journey took 1.5 hours.

Apparently we'll be able to go up into Rambo's head again from late August. I wonder if the eyes will light up again, too?

Image from Goulburn Post online.

*Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo in Rambo : First Blood.

Oh what a tangled web ...

The ANU Centre for Continuing Education is offering a weaving course this semester.

Simple block weaves and learning to weave with Monique van Nieuwland starting Wed 18 July.

Further details.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Knit in Public Day

This worldwide event is fast approaching (Saturday 9th June).

Some suggestions gathered so far :

A picnic for knitters in Civic or elsewhere (Karen)

Knitting in the display window at Cassidy's in Kingston (Bells)

Knitting 'flash mob' - we have a list of places and times, and suddenly gather in each place to knit for say 20 minutes, then mysteriously disappear, and go to the next place. The schedule could be something like 11am Parliament House, 12pm National Library, 1pm Botanic Gardens etc (places that are free to get into, and have easy parking) - and you can attend as many or as few as you like (Jejune)

Not sure if I can attend much of anything, as we're going to Sydney that weekend, but I'm happy to sort out a flash mob schedule if there's interest. I think it could be quite fun :)

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Share the Warmth

Winter woollies for the Salvation Army can now be dropped off at any Bell's Dry Cleaners.

It doesn't have to be hand knits, although they are very welcome. Old blankets, clothing etc. can be dropped off and Bell's will clean them for free and the Salvos will distribute them to families in need.

Monday, 21 May 2007

Rapt in Felt

The Canberra Region Felters always put on a great exhibition - this year looks like a beaut.

Thursday 31-Sunday 3 June
CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross St, Black Mountain

Monday, 14 May 2007

Celebration of Wool Day

A reminder that this Sunday, 20 May, is


at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston from 10am.

It's also a regular SnB day for the Canberra crowd.

We know there will be some Sydney visitors and we are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Any other locals or visitors are welcome to attend.

We extend an


Starbucks, City Walk, Canberra from 2pm for show and tell (all of the good wool will be gone by then anyway).

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

AIDS baby knitting - updated patterns

This project has amended the basic jumper pattern with a longer sleeve.

There is also a pattern for a larger jumper and the beanie (scroll down).

***** edited 14/06/2007
Please note that this project finishing - please read this letter.

DIY sock blockers

A tutorial by Little Sesame Knits on how to make your own sock-blockers for next to nothing.

Link sent in by The Shopping Sherpa - thanks TSS.

Monday, 23 April 2007

World Wide Knit in Public Day

World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday June 9th. Do we want to do something for this?
The Blog which is coordinating it all is


Sunday, 22 April 2007

Knitting Classes, Term 2 2007

The Brain Gym - Woden Campus is holding evening learn to knit classes for beginners this term.

There is a 4 week and an 8 week course.

Classes start Thursday 10 May 6pm-9pm and costs $135 for 8 weeks and $70 for 4 weeks. Extra costs for materials will be levied.

Classes are at the Woden Campus of the Canberra College, Launceston Street Phillip. You should be enrolled by 2 May.

Monday, 2 April 2007

AIDS Baby Jumpers

It seems everywhere I look knitters are taking up needles for the AIDS babies of Africa. The tea room at work looked like my regular SnB last week with several women knitting these little jumpers.

Today's Canberra Times contains an article on women living at Araluen Village in Weston Creek, who are making a contribution. I use Kate Leith's picture from the article.
If you are interested in knitting one or more of these jumpers or a little doll, the PDF patterns for a jumper is here, and for a doll, here. Further details can be found at AIDS Net.
***** edited 14/06/2007
Please note that this project finishing - please read this letter.

Saturday, 17 March 2007

Knit Event - Harlot Happening - EVERYONE WELCOME

The poster is by Jejune - she's very talented. :)
If you find the poster difficult to read at this size - check the post.
Stasia Dabrowski will be joining us for a short time at 6pm. Stasia unable to make it, but her son will join us for a while.
Those wanting to contribute a hat who can't make it on the night can email for a contact address.

Sunday, 11 March 2007


Welcome to the group blog of the combined Canberra knitting groups.

Canberra is home to several independent knitting groups. For some time we've been looking for a way to keep in touch with what each of the groups is up to and to communicate with each other, particularly around knitting events and opportunities.

Soon you will be able to find from this site, a group calendar, lists of local wool shops, a fibre tour of the Southern Tablelands, patterns and local charity knitting opportunities.

If you belong to a local knitting or crafting group, please let us know and we'll link to your group online or provide contact details in some other way.