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.
Guild Membership now includes access to Wool Inn online discounts
Some retailers offer discounts to Knitters' Guild members, however, for many it means travelling some distance to visit the retailer who may not have enough stock at the time of your visit or spending time on the phone trying to locate a retailer with the product/shade in stock.
Anita Borcherdt, the owner of The Wool Inn at Penrith, has just launched an online store to help address the issues.
When we spoke to Anita she said "We have loaded the most popular products into our online store and we show the quantity available. The store is updated from the system in our retail shop nightly.
Traditionally we have used mail order to service members geographically displaced from our shop. The member had to trawl through online websites and then phone or email the shop to confirm we had stock of that product/shade. The new online shop allows the member to shop at any time, knowing what products/shades we have in stock. Members can pay using direct deposit, a credit card using Paypal or by posting a cheque/money order and we ship using Australia Post - same day for orders placed before 3:00pm that using Paypal as the payment method."
The Wool Inn has provided the Knitters' Guild with coupon codes that members can use to redeem their discount as they use the online checkout process. Your regular newsletter will contain the coupon code to use when shopping at http://the-wool-inn.com/shop/
My name is Erin Carmody and I am writing on behalf of the registered not-for-profit charity Yasminah's Gift Of Hope (YGOH).
At YGOH, we provide support and a Gift Of Hope to families who experience miscarriage, premature birth, neo-natal loss, stillbirth or infant loss of their child. Our Gift Of Hope is a hand decorated journal (as pictured here) given to families via hospitals, medical centres, funeral homes and palliative care facilities. We also provide knitted/ sewn garments along with our journals to provide families with a lovingly made keepsake that their baby has been able to wear.
Items we like to include: beanies, booties, blankets and clothing (in premature sizes as well).
I ask for your assistance in being able to supply such items to families
Thanks kindly for your assistance,
Yasminah's Gift Of Hope
There is a permanent record of this request on our Charities page.
New ratified Guidelines for Group Executives have been posted here along with helpful forms to use to notify the Guild Secretary of who is filling the roles of Convenor, Secretary and Treasurer for Groups for the next year.
From time to time the Secretary of our Guild receives requests from the outside world for knitters to help with projects. The following are current:
UTS Fashion Course - Student Needs Help
Fourth Year Fashion Student at the University of Technology Sydney is designing 3 garments (a sweater, a tank and an oversized cardigan) to be knitted in rock climbing rope and cord, from 3-7 mm, presumably on appropriate sized needles. She can do basic knitting but is not familiar with knitting whole garments or following patterns and thus needs some assistance from an accomplished knitter to complete her final collection.
She describes this as collaborating with her, and promises knitters will be paid and recognised.
Bananas in Pyjamas
The guild has received the following request from Joy in Mosman. She is looking for someone to help her knit 2 Bananas in Pyjamas for her grandsons, and is happy to remunerate her assistant.
Rod writes: I have a much loved beanie that is wearing out. I am trying to find a knitter that I could pay to make me a couple of copies. Can you help?
The Knitters' Guild now has a Twitter account – the feed can be seen on the bottom right-hand side of the website Home Page so all members can see what is posted.
President Merrin Marks explains this latest innovation: "At our last meeting the Executive ratified an official Twitter Group @KnitGuildNSW. This Group will be controlled by the Publicity Officers, Anne Powell and Margot Palk as well as Vice President, Mary-Helen Ward, and will be used for two main purposes: to quickly contact members if, for example, help is needed at the last minute for staffing at Shows or advise of upcoming deadlines and events and to broadcast from events posting pictures of displays or competition entries etc.
Why do we need this, some may be asking? Again it is part of modern culture. I joined Twitter recently and I am the 507,357,013th person to join up. Basically it will allow more immediate communication with members and it provides a public profile which is intrinsically free advertising"
Please register on Twitter and join us to get bulletins on latest shows, results, events. Your Group can also use this to advertise your own events or even ask for last minute help if required.
Recently we “tweeted” Castle Hill and Sydney RAS show results, as well as photos.
If you wish to post anything on Twitter, please either contact our external Promotions Officer Anne Powell, Vice President, Mary-Helen Ward or the Newsletter Editor. We hope this will become a valued additional communications vehicle for members.
The Guild has received the following email from Faye Taylor of Blaxland, NSW:
My husband and I are the co-ordinators for the Lower Blue Mountains (NSW) Operation Christmas Child Team. For the last four years we have been involved in this unique project of Samaritan’s Purse that brings joy and hope through delivering gift-filled shoe boxes to children in desperate situations around the world. Many are victims of war, natural disaster or disease. These boxes are likely to be the only gifts these children will ever receive. Each box contains something to wear, something for school, something for hygiene, something to play with and something to love (nothing is second hand).
Last year our team, based at Glenbrook Baptist Church, filled 1808 gift filled shoe boxes that were handed to children in impoverished communities in places like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and New Guinea. As you can imagine this takes a lot of gathering of new toys, clothes and school items, but the joy the boxes bring to the children is immeasurable.
We were wondering if your group could assist by kitting little glove puppet dolls to go into our boxes. We realise that you support many organisations, but would welcome even the smallest number of puppets to go into our boxes. I attach a copy of the puppet in the hope that you might publish it on your web site. My contact details are on the top of the sheet if anyone would like additional information.
The pattern - along with Fay's contact details - is available for download here (PDF).