To know a place is to love a place, we invite you to connect with local fiber producers and create a garment that reflects the area we live in.
Photos by Karen Baker and Paige Green
In 2018 Fibreshed Melbourne is supporting Woolgathering in a celebration of all yarny things Australian and New Zealand. We have wonderfully talented designers, yarn producers, indie dyers and retail stores down in our southern part of the world and this KAL encourages us to look to them for our knitting and crochet inspiration.
The beauty of this knitalong is that by using products that are farmed, processed and botanically coloured in your own area you are directly giving back to a number of local businesses. Our Fibreshed (map) is blessed with choices for this project, from silky fine alpaca, to rare breed wools in chunky blends. We are hoping that our listings open your eyes to the possibilities of going #totallylocal.
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If you need some inspiration you could use one of our past Knitalong patterns:
- Emily Cunetto designed a shawl pattern especially for Fibershed: Radiata is designed to highlight the qualities of local fibres. It can be made in a range of yarns from featherweight through to bulky. Its an easy pattern, so even a novice knitter like myself can participate. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or from Emily’s website.
- Natalie Goudey has designed the Barrabin Mittens pattern to add some local flavour to the Knitalong. A bite sized project that can be made in a range of yarns, with both male and female sizing, even those with a small amount of yarn can join in. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or by direct email .
YARN / FIBER SOURCE:
To be eligible for the Fibreshed Melbourne prize source local yarn from within 500km of where you live (or fiber, if you wish to hand spin) using the following resources:
- Check out the Knitalong Provider List to browse the of farms and mills in our area that work from farm to product all within the Melbourne Fibreshed. When your purchase supports the ongoing operation of a farm AND mill (and possibly botanical dyer) it is bound to feel good. We encourage you to add to our listings if you find another provider and help us grow this project. Remember that all fibre, processing and natural colour is to be within the Fibreshed.
- There are some fabulous yarns that are produced straight from local farms that aren’t often seen in our regularly visited retail spaces. We have put together a sample basket of these beautiful yarns for you to touch and feel. This basket is travelling around participating stores in Melbourne. Why not drop in and ogle:
Sunspun Yarns Canterbury from Thurs 1 Feb to Wed 7 Feb
Maker Maker Brunswick from Thurs 8 Feb to Wed 14 Feb
Woolarium Northcote from Thursday 15 Feb to Wed 21 Feb
Unwind Cafe Keilor East from Thursday 22 Feb to Wed 28 Feb
Fibresmith Yarraville from Thursday 1 Mar to Wed 7 Mar
Yarn&Co Fitzroy from Thursday 8 Mar to Wed 14 Mar
Get in touch with your local Fibershed Affiliate organizer if you’re located outside the Melbourne Fibreshed. Some places to try for Perth, Queensland, NSW (and here) and New Zealand. You may wish to meet fiber producers through local farmer’s markets, fiber festivals, and “locally grown” promotional programs or certifiers.
Join in the chat and general good fun in the Wool Gathering Australia Ravelry group and use #kangakiwikal whenever you post.
During the Kanga Kiwi KAL some of our lovely local stores are hosting a Kanga Kiwi KAL Meet Up so you can get together in a physical space to chat, knit/crochet together and create a community around your wonderful local store.