Friday, 24 November 2017
Thank you to everyone who knitted – especially Jean Conduit, who has provided a range of hats and scarves – and to Priscilla Morley, for organising it all. I’m sure you’ll agree that it looks very inviting.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Colour workshop in AugustSue Booth kindly volunteered to be the guinea pig for the meeting, and Pat Collins tried various colours to see which suited her best.
Demonstration by Sue Booth
|The meeting in full-swing.|
Thursday, 10 August 2017
More news from the Guild Day and AGM
During the meeting, Sue mentioned that you may have to set your MT to 6 to get the required size.
The electronic proved to be relatively popular, and a number of people had a brief overview of its capabilities, and the opportunity to try out the machine to see how easy (or difficult, depending on your perspective) it is to use.
The session this month finished with a discussion around the idea of a charity hamper, as we have a lot of donated yarn that must be used for charitable purposes (either swapped for a donation to charity or used to knit for charity.
The idea is to knit basic items (scarves, hats, gloves, and so on) using either yarn from our own stashes or the charity yarn, to price the items and put them in a hamper. The hamper is then given to a nominated charity for a predetermined period of time for them to sell the contents. When the time period is up, the hamper (and any unsold items) are returned, the hamper is replenished and the process repeated.
News from the Guild Day and AGM
After that, people broke into small groups to discuss their knitting. Many had brought something with them to do, either sewing up of something they had machine.
We got the club machine out (a Brother punchard machine) with the intention of reproducing the crochet-look stitch that Clair had tried to show us the previous month, but there had been a slight error in the instructions. Unfortunately, although we had updated instructions, no-one had the punchcard pattern with them. However, some new members were happy to be shown some basic steps on the machine, such as casting on and the different stitch types (tuck, slip, lace, etc.)
As a hands-on session was so popular, we arranged to have a variety of machines available during the next meeting.
Saturday, 13 May 2017
|Clair enjoys a welcome cup of tea during a short break|
Thank you to Pat and JanetOur new Club Chair, Helen Flarry, presented gift tokens to Janet Jackson and Pat Collins to thank them for their sterling work for the Club. Janet has acted as club treasurer over many years; Pat has been club secretary for several years and in recent times has acted as both secretary and Chairperson. Their dedication to keeping the Club going is much appreciated by all members.
|Pat Collins (left) and Janet Jackson are presented with a token of our appreciation|
Knitting for the hospiceClub members have been busy knitting in response to the appeal by Nottinghamshire Hospice. Speakers from the Hospice came to the April Meeting and told the group about the work done there and in the Community for those in the final stages of their life and their families.
The need to raise at least £7,000 a day is being given a boost by holding a “Big Purple Party” consisting of fund raising events during the week 22nd-28th May. The club was asked to support their Yarn Bombing efforts in purple and white yarn which will be used to publicise the Hospice during the party week. The first fruits of club member’s efforts were displayed at this month‘s meeting.
|Our 'purple and white' knitting in support of the Nottinghamshire Hospice yarn bombing event|
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
The Nottingham Machine Knitting show took place at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton on Sunday 9th April.
There was a lot to see - yarn (of course), patterns, machines/spares and accessories - and some very interesting talks.
Some members of the Mapperley Knit and Natter club were there, and Ann Matthews did a great job demonstrating on a machine set up next to the stand belonging to the Guild of Machine Knitters.
|Ann Matthews demonstrating on a Brother knitting machine.|
Ann gave both hands on experience to some wishing to try machine knitting for the very first time and demonstrated some really striking hand-manipulated designs.