About Us & Meetings

NOTICE: Meetings have been cancelled until further notice to help reduce the spread of the Corona virus.

We are a group of people with a passion for machine knitting, who meet once a month to share tips and techniques, showcase what we’ve made and generally talk about our hobby.

Although we were formed as a machine knitting club (and that remains our main focus), most of our members also hand-knit or crochet (or both), and needles and hooks are often in use during the meetings. You can keep hand-knitting or crocheting while listening to a talk - but a machine is a bit too noisy. You also can't tuck your machine under your arm and bring it along.

Where do we meet?

We meet at a community centre in Nottingham.

Killisick Community Centre
Killisick Road

When do we meet?

We meet on the first Monday of every month, unless that is a Bank Holiday. On those occasions, we normally move the meeting to the second Monday of the month, but please check the timetable below.

Meetings start at 6.45pm and we are finished for 9pm – and that includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Most people get there a few minutes early so we can start promptly.

Even on a ‘natter’ evening (no planned speaker or demonstration), we share what we have been making (usually machine-knitted, hand-knitted or crocheted - but some members do dabble in other crafts), and the club machine is normally set up if you want to ask a question or are unsure how to do something.

We sell unwanted gadgets and yarn to each other during the meeting, and a good proportion of these are donated with the proceeds going to charity.

We are now on Facebook!

If you are on Facebook, you may be interested to join our new closed Facebook group.  Search for ‘Machine Knitting Nottinghamshire’ or ‘Mapperley Knit & Natter’ (both will find us) and ask to join the group.

5 April 2020The Nottingham Show has been cancelled. For more information, see Machine Knitting Monthly's post on their website.
6 April 2020CANCELLED: This should have been our AGM, which will be held when meetings resume.
4 May 2020CANCELLED: Amy Twigger-Holroyd was going to give us a talk. This will be rescheduled when meetings resume.
1 June 2020To be decided
6 July 2020To be decided
3 August 2020To be decided
7 September 2020To be decided
5 October 2020To be decided
2 November 2020To be decided
7 December 2020A long time in the future, but likely to be our Christmas fuddle. We still bring our knitting and crochet, but also bring food for a shared table and a small gift for someone. (We draw lots and choose in turn.)

Please note: topics for the meeting are subject to change.

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings while deciding whether to join – or just to see what it’s all about – but there is a charge of £3.00 to cover costs.

If you decide to join the club, the membership fee for 2019 is £9 for the April 2019 to March 2020 year, plus £1.50 to cover refreshments each meeting that you attend. As we get towards the end of any year, it may work out cheaper to come as a visitor and join the following year.

If you want to talk to someone before you come...

We know it’s sometimes a little strange turning up when you don’t know anyone, so one of our members has kindly offered to be an initial point of contact for anyone considering coming to a meeting.

Please send an email to mappknitnatter@gmail.com with any questions. If you would rather speak to someone on the phone, we can let you have a number to call.

Why the Mapperley Knit and Natter Club?

We were founded in 1986 by a group of enthusiastic machine knitters and used to meet in a community centre in Mapperley, which is a district of Nottingham in England. Although we now meet in Arnold (a nearby district of Nottingham), we decided not to change the name.

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