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.