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

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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).

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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.