Saturday, 13 May 2017

8 May - Guest speaker: Clair Crowston

Clair Crowston was guest speaker at the May meeting of the Mapperley Knit and Natter Club for machine knitters. After demonstrating how to knit both sides of a plain V neck simultaneously, Clair showed how you can create a crochet look using a punch card and lace carriage. She also made a unique tuck stitch cuff using a Knitmaster card on her Brother machine. Clair finished the session with some three colour work in slip stitch.

Clair enjoys a welcome cup of tea during a short break

Thank you to Pat and Janet

Our 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 hospice

Club 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
The Club was also very happy to receive a thank you note from the Hospice for the donation of £125 from the Club charity fund which was presented to them at the April meeting.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Nottingham Show

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.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

3 April - AGM and talk by Nottinghamshire Hospice

Our AGM was held tonight and was very well attended (23 people altogether). It was a very positive meeting, with people volunteering to take on various responsibilities within the club.

Our guest speakers were from the Nottinghamshire Hospice, and it was a talk that was extremely relevant to us. They are holding a ‘purple week’ when they are ‘yarn bombing’ the hospice and its grounds (and an area in Woodthorpe Park) over their big purple party fundraising week to raise awareness of the hospice and its work.

Apparently, yarn bombing is something that started in the USA a few years ago, and is known by a number of other names. As a group of knitters, we’ve been asked to use any oddments of purple yarn we have to create streamers, tree-wrappers and bunting to decorate the hospice and grounds. Quite a challenge!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

6 March - final meeting of the financial year

Our final meeting of 2016 was held on Monday 6th March. We had a good attendance (22 people).We discussed our plans for 2017, and asked everyone to consider what they would like to happen next year, and whether they could help organise some of the meetings.

A number of people had brought garments to show, some finished and some still needing a bit of work. A fair bit of hand-knitting was also being done during the evening.

Next month (April 2017), we have a guest speaker from a local hospice, who is going to talk about their work and about fundraising. It is also the first month of the new financial year, and we will be holding our AGM.

If you would like to come, please see the About us page for details.