Friday, 31 July 2020

Show & Tell

As we cannot meet during the CoVid19 crisis, we're sharing the fruits of our machine knitting efforts online.

While the pandemic is forcing us all to stay at home, it's the perfect opportunity to progress your knitting.

Good, bad or ugly, send your pics to mappknitnatter@gmail.com (or to Alison) and we will post them here so we can continue to enjoy our craft together.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Norwegian mittens

Strictly speaking, did these before the lockdown, not sure if I brought them to the Club. Knitted in the round on five double pointed needles. This pair of traditional Norwegian mittens are man size. Knitted to free pattern from https://osterdalsbrura.blogspot.com/2018/12/how-to- knit-selbu-mittens.html.
Watched the video a thousand times before I finished. Hopefully we will meet again before we need them.

Sue M. 'Show & Tell'

Sue M. sent the following:

It’s a good idea to have a virtual knit and natter.

I have actually completed a garment for the first time in years. Unfortunately, it was hand knitted due to its garter stitch borders. I also had to translate the pattern from Danish – I don’t speak Danish but there’s a lot of Danish words in English and there some great websites on the internet. It kept me out of mischief for a good few days.

It was knitted with 3 strands of some nice fluffy pinky-blue French yarn that I got from a car-boot ages ago because I liked the colour.

Helen - Show & Tell

Helen sent this in a her contribution to 'Show & Tell'. She said:
Made in 2 strands of 2/30s so it’s very light.   The first thing I have made for myself in a while.


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Jean - Show & Tell

Jean has sent in a few photos for her own 'Show & Tell'.

Some of you may have seen from Jean's email that she has been knitting baby things as her first great-granddaughter is due in 3 weeks.

Congratulations, Jean.


The white and pink baby cardigan has a neat cable down the front, and you can see just how little was left on the cone at the end. A close thing!

The hoodie and the cardigan in the photo on the left are machine knitted, and the booties are a hand-knit.

Alison - Show & Tell

I keep meaning to hold on to the jumpers I make to bring them to the Club - the trouble is, I've often given them to the recipients between finishing them and the next meeting. To set the ball rolling with my own "Show & Tell", I offer two jumpers, both made for my grandchildren.

This one is hand-knitted from the neck down, in the round; no seams, but still a lot of ends to sew in because of the stripes. This was a special request from my 3-year-old grandson. I'd made his sister a tunic in self-striping yarn from my stash, and he wanted a "stripes jumper" too. I managed to stop him after he'd chosen purple, blue and white (fortunately all acrylic and all double-knitting!). Grandad is modelling it. I took the photo to prove to my grandson that I'd finished it, as every time he spoke to me the question was "Granny, done my jumper yet?" The only images I have of him wearing it are videos.

The second is a Christmas jumper I made for one of my grand-daughters. Again, her own request. This one is machine-knit intarsia. The main part of the jumper is a blue chenille, and the snowman has a little bit of pearl shimmer to it. The arms, eyes, hair and the outline are embroidered afterwards. I cheated, and the "buttons" are actual buttons. I could have done with starting the snowman a little sooner – he's a bit close to the neck (I forgot about his hair while I was knitting him).

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Regular meetings cancelled until further notice

We have decided to cancel all further meetings of the club until further notice. This is in line with recent guidelines.

We are also aware that many of our members fall into the 'vulnerable' groups regarding the Corona virus - we are thinking of you.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Nottingham Show cancelled

We've just been notified that the Nottingham Show (the club was going to have a stand) has been cancelled.

We are disappointed but understand the reason why. For more information, see Machine Knitting Monthly's post about the cancellation.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Coming up shortly...

We have a full programme over the next three months:

  • March - Sue Booth is demonstrating 'all things tuck', both on the single bed and the ribber. Sue's talks are always inspirational, and I always learn something useful.
  • April - our AGM, where we review our finances (including deciding how we're going to distribute the funds we've raised for charity) vote for the committee members, and decide on some of the things we'd like to do over the coming months. It's a great 'knit and natter' evening, too.
  • May - Amy Twigger-Holroyd is coming to give us a talk. Amy is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, and has published two books: Folk fashion - understanding homemade clothes and Fashion knitwear design. She is a very experienced designer, maker and teaching of knitting, and has done a lot of work around reworking textiles.
All are welcome, but obviously only club members can vote on anything at the AGM.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

February meeting - Erica Thomson

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that there was no meeting in January as such. Instead, a group of us headed off to the Eagles Nest in Arnold for our Christmas meal.

February saw us back to a more normal meeting, and we had a great external speaker. Erica Thomson came to talk to us about knitting with wire. I don't know about you, but it's not the first material that comes to mind when I think about knitting - and we were all needing reassurance that you wouldn't damage our machines.

It was a very interesting talk, and Erica bought wire and other bits and pieces with her that many of us bought to try out the techniques. The big thing I took away is that you're knitting a flat piece of 'ribbon' over about 4 needles. Any more than that, and you probably *would* risk damaging your machine. You then do a bit of pulling, tugging and 'easing' with a pointed tool (a knitting needle, for example) to get the bit of knitting look exactly as you want it. From then on, the options are braiding, twisting or simply keeping the 'ribbon' flat.

For anyone who is interested in finding out more, visit Erica's website. She has some examples and some patterns.