Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Christmas!

The guild has now closed for the year and we hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and come back refreshed and raring to go in the new year.
Next year we start back on 07th January at St Marks in Opawa Rd; we have 2 events in January in new venues.  On the 21st January there's a gap-filler event and on 28th January the area AGM is being held in Darfield.  I've put both events in the calendar and further details will be added as soon as I know them.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 Christmas Lunch

A quick introduction first.  I'm Rachelle Crosbie and I've just joined the committee where I'll be helping Tedge with the Ravelry group and this blog as well as helping with promotion of the guild in the coming year.

Yesterday (Sunday 04th December) was the 2011 Christmas lunch for the guild.  I'm not quite sure how many people were there, but it was a very good turnout and everyone had a wonderful time!    The food was nice and the company was even better.   We had a room set up especially for us and they even signposted so we knew where we were going which was nice.
As you can tell this was before most of the group arrived; this is how it looked later
I think I need a bit more practice taking photo's of groups; reading the booklet that came with the camera might help too.

There was the final raffle for the year which had 2 prizes; sorry no photo's of that so you'll have to use your imagination.   There was a yarn prize which was a lovely turquoise boucle yarn and a fibre prize which was a bump of Merino and some Alpaca in a basket.  Both winners were at the lunch and very happy with their winnings.

We also had 2 tables with displays of work.   One had the items people made for the theme this year which was "Containers", there were some lovely pieces there including 2 neck containers (scarves), kudos for those ladies for thinking outside the square
Isn't the Pukeko bag at the back wonderful?   That won a prize for the most colourful item, some of the weaving was magnificent and has definitely made me think about dragging out the loom to try it out.

The other table was the challenge bag, the bag included Merino, silk, Romney, Corriedale, glitz and cotton and everyone did something different.
On the top-right you can see the original fibres we had to work with for this challenge and you can see how many different directions we went in.   There's some in yarn form, some felted ones and a couple knitted up as well.   I took some photo's of individual items and the better photo's I will show for your enjoyment.

Sue's wonderful Pukeko bag

a prizewinning notebook cover using the fibre challenge fibre.

My sheepie also from fibre challenge fibre

Fingerless mitts by Pat Old who took one bag when she visited us earlier in the year.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Updates, finally!

After a busy few months I've finally managed to get a few things updated. Firstly, the calendar is now functional and up to date with when and where we're meeting (just click on the calendar tab).

The short version is as follows:
We have no permanent home at the moment, but have been meeting at various members houses on Saturdays. We intend to meet at the Parklands Baptist Hall, 180 Queenspark Drive, Queenspark on the second Saturday of every month, where we will also be kicking off our fibre studies again.

On the 11th of July we would love to see what people have made from alpaca (the fibre we looked at in February!), and start looking at silk.

Other Saturday meetings will continue to be held at people's houses, if you are interested and need any contact details please ask at

We also have casual get-togethers at midday Monday at the Gardens Cafe, Marshlands Road, and from 3pm Friday at Esquires Northwood

The gear we had stored at the Shirley Community Centre has been reacquired, but the majority of our library and equipment is still in the arts centre. But despite everything, we are still going strong, and would welcome anyone who wants to come and see what we do!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Earthquake (again)

This isn't exactly what I had intended to put up as the first post on this blog.

We are currently still hearing from members as they check in after the earthquake on 22nd February, if you have any news please email

The Shirley Community Centre is currently closed due to damage. (I hope it isn't too bad - it was at least still standing when I walked past on Wednesday). I will post more updates as soon as I hear anything.

I don't know anything certain about the Observatory building at the arts centre, I have only heard rumours.

Best wishes to everyone, and hope you are all as well as possible in the circumstances.