Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Phew, its been so busy I didn't get a chance to post yesterday, and much has happened.

Yesterday a parcel arrived from Liana Kabel with her fabulous knitting needle jewellery. Also known as Plastic Girl, Liana's take on tupperware, knitting needles, bright coloured plastic is inspirational and she make ssome of the most fun jewellery around let alone a whole bunch of other stuff. Unfortunately I discovered her and her wares a bit late but when I rang and asked her if she would like to sell some of her jewellery during the Knit1 Blog1 exhibition, she agreed and the parcel arrived yesterday. I am very grateful as I know it will be popular, we'll be lucky to keep the staff away from buying it all before we open!

Jas worked out an arrangement in the gallery and we have set it up to have a more relaxed feel. As it has live internet blog projections, Jas was thinking of internet cafe style and featuring the knitting from the wonderful blogger participants. It is quite a new look for us in the gallery, but it is very inviting. Alex our fabulous installation person trialled the projected blogging and did a bit of reading of the blogs we had up, I think it was Beatlewear and Jejune. In the centre there are circles of chairs around a low plinth which will be used for the knits ins and the workshops.

What knits ins and workshops I hear you say. Yes well I meant to post this info last week and it didn't happen, but it is now.

We have organised for the pleasure of our audiences special workshops as part of the Knit1 Blog1 experience. For more information go to or contact Craft ACT directly for bookings on

Knit Ins

Bring along your knitting project and relax in the gallery at Craft ACT with other knitting enthusiasts, with steaming cups of tea and coffee available.

Lost in Translation - from pattern to finished peice: Jacqui Kempton

Open to all knitters who can knit and purl. Does the pattern stipulate a yarn that costs $20 a ball? Would you like to know how to make the same garment using a more economical yarn? What does (K2, P2tog tbl, CB8, RT, P8) 6 times really mean, and do you need to know yoga to work it out? Will your jumper fit a giant even though the pattern says it will fit a 32 inch bust? This session will help you to determine the correct tension to use; substitute yarn; decipher patterns; read charts; choose appropriate cast on and bind off methods; fix the yarn ends; and block a finished piece. Plus lots more if you come along and ask!

SAT 21 JULY 10am to 1pm / $15 or $5 concession

Short Circuit Scarf: Denise Sutherland

Learn how the magic of short rows can help you create a stunning curly whirly scarf, designed by a Canberra Knitter. Bring 1 ball of 8-12 ply smooth soft yarn (not mohair, boucle, feathers, eyelash etc), 1 pair of knitting needles that suit the weight of yarn or a bit bigger (eg 4-5mm needles for 8ply yarn). Skill level - easy, all you need to know is how to cast on and knit. Pattern sheet provided.

SUN 22 JULY 10am - 11:30am / $15 or $5 concession

The Toes and Heels of Socks: Penny Hadobas

Ever wanted to knit socks and been too intimidated to try it out? Come along and let Penny Hadobas 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! Hand painted sock yarn will be available for sale at the workshop or feel free to bring your own (4ply or 8ply preferable). Please bing your own double-poined needles.

SUN 22 JULY 11:30am to 1:30pm / $15 or $5 concession

ON UR BLOG: Caren Florance

Ever wanted to start a blog? Or maybe you read them and just cant' work out how to comment? You might even have a blog and have never worked out how to add all those groovy sidebar thingies. Or maybe you're reading this and asking what on earth is a blog? Come along to this workshop and the many secrets of blogosphere shall be revealed, with a few giggles along the way. No question considered too stupid!

SAT 11 AUG 10am - 11:30am / $15 or $5 concession

Knitting First Aid: Penny Hadobas & Denise Sutherland

This is your chance to bring along all your tough knitting questions and all those problem, unfinished and abandoned knitting projects. Friendly knitters from the Canberra Stitch'n'Bitch group will help you get started again. No techniques or questions too simple. One-on-one help. Bring along your problem knits, whatever projects you're stuck on as well as the knitting patterns. Please bring a notebook and pen for taking notes.

SUN 12 AUG 10am to 1pm / $15 or $5 concession


Join the Canberra Spinners and Weavers for a spinning demonstration at Craft ACT.

SUN 22 JULY and SUN 12 AUG 1 - 2pm

Would you like to learn to spin and weave?

Spinning and weaving classes are held whenever a sufficient number of people have indicated that they are interested in learning. If you would like to participate please contact Craft ACT for more details

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