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Beyond the Bale : June 2011
12 OFF-FARM June 2011 BEYOND THE BALE Knitting... Did you know Julia Roberts does it, Sarah Jessica Parker does it, even tough guy actor David Arquette does it? Did you know the social networking site for knitters ravelry.com has over 1.3 million registered users? Have you noticed how guerrilla knitting, or yarn bombing as it is often known, is happening in cities and towns all around the world? Without a doubt, hand knitting is in fashion. There has never been such an abundance of magnificent colours, textures and weights of wool from which to choose. So dig out your knitting needles and ball of wool, and cast on... But what if you have never knitted? There are plenty of knitting groups around the country and online forums that can help you, or ask a friend or a relative. OrpickupaKnitKit,anewkit containing all you need to learn how to knit. Produced by Winning Wool and supported by AWI the Knit Kit includes everything you need to make a scarf including: knitting needles, four balls of 100 per cent Australian wool, an easy to read instruction book, an instructional DVD and a carry bag to take your knitting with you. The kits are available in blue, black, green or pink wool. "The Knit Kit takes the hard part out of learning," Bill Winning of Winning Wool says. "With the instructional DVD you can follow in the comfort of your own home a live knitting teacher, Joanne Mansell, show you step by step how to cast on, knit plain then purl, and cast off. Once you have mastered the art of knitting, you can use the easy to follow scarf pattern to knit your very own creation." The Knit Kit is proudly made in FAST FACTS l There is a resurgence in knitting with many people once again experiencing the joy of making their own garments out of wool. lA new product for beginners, the Knit Kit produced by Winning Wool, is a kit containing all you need to learn how to knit and make a scarf. l The Knit Kit is proudly made in Australia and contains all Australian products and is available for purchase from Spotlight stores around Australia. Cast on with the Knit Kit Woolmark licensee Australian Country Spinners and Spotlight invite you to enter their knitting competition for your chance to win a share in $30,000. You can knit a scarf, hat, jumper, cardigan, blanket, toy, novelty item, ANYTHING! Enter it into ONE of the following three categories to win $10,000: l Baby, child and teen l Men's and women's fashion l Homewares and pet fashion. Your ball bands and receipt must be submitted with your entry and the name/number of the ACS pattern or pattern book. Purchases of hand knitting yarns or wool must be made between 14 March and 31 July 2011. Australia and contains all Australian products -- you can be proud of your finished product. The wool in the Knit Kits is produced by Woolmark licensee Australian Country Spinners, based in Melbourne with a mill in Wangaratta, that produces the Patons, Cleckheaton, Panda and Shepherd brands of yarn. The Knit Kit breathes new life into the age old art of knitting and aims to reconnect people to the unique features and benefits of natural pure new wool. The kits are available to purchase at Spotlight stores around Australia or online at www.winningwool.com. More information: www.winningwool.com www.spotlight.com.au www.auspinners.com.au KNIT YOUR WAY TO A SHARE IN $30,000! A jumper from the new knitting pattern book "Sweeeet!!" from Woolmark licensee Australian Country Spinners. The jumper is made from Dreamtime 8 ply in their Patons range -- it's a beautiful, soft Merino wool available in 10 eye-catching cute colours. The patterns were designed by John Macarthur of Purl Harbour. A panel of judges from fashion and media will choose one winner from each category that shows how much you love knitting... so send in those cute, funny and absolutely fabulous photos and WIN!!!! The closing date for entries is 5pm AEST on Sunday 31 July 2011. For full Terms and Conditions, entry forms and a list of yarns that can be used in the competition, visit the Australian Country Spinners website www.auspinners.com.au or phone 1300 564 475. Note: This competition is not being run by AWI. All enquiries should be directed to Australian Country Spinners or Spotlight. The Knit Kit, available at Spotlight stores.