Knitting up world of escape

Skein Sisters owners Janine Smith and Debbie McDonald. Photo by Warren Smith.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | February 7th, 2018

BELIEVING that a stitch in time saves stress down the line, two enterprising friends are weaving a new world of creativity and relaxation from inside their Dulwich Hill outlet called 'Skein Sisters'.
Opening their shopfront and workroom last April, Debbie McDonald and Janine Smith were brought together through their love of delicious yarns and accessories as well as a desire to share these wonderful treasures and skills.
Debbie says that over the last nine months, hundreds of residents have attended their group and private classes.
"We have special guests from overseas, introducing new techniques and make the most of website Ravelry, a community site, organisational tool, and a massive yarn and pattern database for knitters and crocheters," she said.
"We connect with knitters all over the world in this way and definitely believe there has been a resurgence in the crafts.
"Just last night we had about 20 attending a social knitting class, discussing our projects.
"There's a huge creative side to it, choosing colours and patterns and getting exactly what you want with your one-off pieces so it's the opposite of being dictated to by what the stores think you need or want.
"Right now we have some beautiful silk cashmere yarns which are total luxury to use and I've recently been working with lace and beads too.
"I like to experience a new skill each time, try different techniques and learn about new yarns and fabrics."
With classes returning in mid-February, Debbie said Skein Sisters had opportunities on offer for beginners right through to the most experienced.
"It's fun, it's satisfying, it's practical - it's my meditation and my go-to world."
For further info, give Debbie or Janine a call on 9554 7444 or visit

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: News | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 134455 | Viewcount: 4569