Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Nottingham Machine Knitting Show - 8th April 2018

Exhausting but so enjoyable; after an absence the previous year the club had a stand at the Nottingham Machine Knitting Show held annually at West park, Long Eaton.  Many club members provided exhibits from their wardrobe to celebrate thirty two years of the club. They also  came along to support the stand and no one left before buying some extra kit or yarn which was on display in abundance. 
During the day we met many knitters from clubs around the country and potential new members for the club, some of whom we were so happy to see again the next evening at our April meeting which also happened to be at our AGM.
Luckily there was also time for the second part of Sue Booths talk about Knitting Lace on the Machine.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

March meeting

Sue Booth treated us to a double demonstration featuring some handy tips on Intarsia  knitting and the first part of her talk about Lace knitting on the Brother machine which will be continued after the AGM at the next meeting on April 9th. Many thanks to Sue and Andrew for projecting the action.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Steaming demonstration - February 2018 meeting

The February meeting featured a great demonstration by Ann Matthews, aided and abetted by Andrew. Ann shared her skills for steaming completed pieces of knitting to the exact shape and size to give the perfect finish her garments always show. Members all got a first class view as Ann’s son Andrew was kind enough to project all the action on screen.

After a quick round of “show and tell”, of members latest creations, time was also given to organizing for the Nottingham Machine Knitting Show on Sunday April 8th.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Charity hamper on its first outing...

We were inspired after a visit from the Nottingham Hospice to knit for charity, and we decided on the concept of a hamper, containing a selection of hand and machine knitted goods that could be sold by a charity. The idea is that the hamper is taken to an event of some sort, the contents are sold, with the money taken being kept by the charity. The hamper is then returned to the knitting club for replenishment, ready for sending to the next event.

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

Latest club news...

I have an apology to make. Life has got so busy in the last few months that I haven’t been updating the website. However, better late than never, so here are some photographs of recent meetings.

Colour workshop in August

Sue 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

Sue, as always, delivered a very good demonstration. An added bonus this time was that Andrew Matthews very kindly set up a camera and projector so we could see much more easily what was going on. As is always the case when people know Sue is delivering a workshop, the club was buzzing.
The meeting in full-swing.
We're always grateful for Sue's workshop, but this time she got an extra 'thank you'. Priscilla had been busy baking, and presented Sue with two cakes, one for eating during the meeting and one to take home. Thank you, Priscilla!

Sue, admiring her cake, which is a knitting machine carriage!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

7 August - Looking at colour

This evening's meeting was spent looking at colour - what suits us and what doesn't. Many of us acknowledged that we forgot sometimes that we're getting older and automatically reach for the colours we used to wear a few years ago. Very thought provoking.

More news from the Guild Day and AGM

Many congratulations to Sue Booth, who was awarded the Chairman's Cup in recognition of her unstinting promotion of the craft of machine knitting, and all the help she has given those struggling with some aspect or another. (This couldn't be announced at the July meeting as Sue was being presented with the award after the meeting had happened.)

We're very lucky to have Sue as a club member. Thank you from all of us for the help you give us.

Knitting poppies

We have heard through the Guild of Machine Knitters that Wonderwool Wales 2018 wants to create a "Curtain of Poppies" to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. Their aim is to have 887, 858 poppies, one for each person from the UK who died during that conflict.

The poppies need to be 6cm in diameter, and the link to Wonderwool Wales above gives hand-knitting and crochet patterns.

Sue Booth has kindly produced a poppies pattern that we can use to knit them on the machine, and has given permission for it to be made available here:

During the meeting, Sue mentioned that you may have to set your MT to 6 to get the required size.

3 July - hands-on with various machines

As promised in June, this month we had a variety of machines for people to look at: a Brother punchcard machine, a Brother electronic, and a Knitmaster chunky.

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

Our own Ann Matthews won a prize (the members' choice) in the Guild Challenge this year for a woven jacket in autumn colours. Congratulations, Ann!