Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 2018 - Ann Brown of Posh Frocks

News and updates

A small group of club members organised a visit to to see Joyce Meader's personal collection of historical knitting patterns and items. Joyce gave a talk at club in October 2016 and will be returning in May 2019.

Unravel will he held at Farnham Malting on Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February 2019

Make it 2019 and Knit & Stitch it 2019 takes place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, Farnborough

Show and tell

Carol made a cotton-blend top

and a white and pink cardigan for her great-niece

Deb has made 2 white and 2 mauve children's dresses, made from a combination of hand and machine knitting

Sally completed a hat kit that included a Christmas topper
Liz has been practising weaving on a table-top weaving loom

Talk by Ann Brown

Ann Brown, knitwear designer for Posh Frocks gave a tips and tricks filled talk on a large collection of recent machine and hand knitting designs and projects. Ann was very generous in sharing both her tips for success, and sharing mistakes and lessons learnt.

Ann was wearing one of her own designs that has an i-cord edge (Posh Frocks book 108) and explained that on a knitting machine the i-cord can be created by knitting every row, and the knitting will still curl, which works perfectly for the edging on this cardigan.

There was a comparison example of the difference that tension can have on a garment. Ann shared two jumpers both made from Artisano yarn, with one having been knit at a higher tension that the other. Even a small difference in tension can have a significant affect on the finished knitting. The lower tension was more fluid and softer.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

November meeting soon

This month we have Ann Brown of Posh Frocks coming to see us and bring some of her knitted garments (hand and machine) to inspire us.   Posh Frocks  It's been a while since Ann visited us so there should be plenty of interesting garments to see and hear about.

The date is Tuesday 6th November.  As usual we will be meeting at 8pm.  Don't forget we now meet at Courtmoor School.

I'm sure Ann would be interested to see your recently completed items, so bring them along for show and tell.

Knitting Collection

Some of us visited Joyce Meader on Saturday 27th September to see her collection of vintage knitting patterns, books and garments as well as other knitting memorabilia.  We had a great time browsing through her wardrobes, boxes and bookcases.  We must admit to a lot of "I remember".  We were talking about our visit all the way home.

Thanks Joyce for the lovely cake and most welcome cuppa!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

October 2018 - Unusual yarns

Events and updates

Fleet has a new artisan craft market every month. The 'Hart of Craft Artisan Market' takes place inside the Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet with 20 stalls. The person who previously ran the Internet Cafe in Farnham has a stall selling yarn. There is a Facebook page:

Following on from the charity knitting discussion last month, Liz now has copies of both hand and machine knitting instructions for making ventilator caps for babies. Please contact Liz is you would like to see the patterns. Black Sheep Wools also has a PDF for a hand knit pattern.

Sally has arranged a visit to view Joyce Meader's collection of knitted garments and items, and extensive pattern collection on Saturday 27th October. Spaces are limited. Please contact Sally if you are interested.

Unusual Yarns

Banana yarn (heavy, solid)
 Rowan river tape (light, crunchy)
 Baby alpaca and silk (light, soft, expensive)
 Royal alpaca, cashmere, silk (light, very soft, warm, very expensive)

 70% angora, 20% nylon, 10% wool (warm, can shed when warm but less so when cold)

 100% manila hemp (paper yarn)

 Latex effect, 65% polyurethane, 35% polyester

 100% Ramie (nettle fibre)

 Grilon K-85 (thermoformable yarn) 840 dtex

 Daytona 100% polypropylene

 Kevlar (para-aramid)

 62% wool, 38% copper

62% Glass beads, 21% polyester, 7% resin, 6% aluminium, 4% nylon (fabulous sheen under torch light)

Solvron (dissolves in water at 30-50C)

 80% cashmere, 20% silk
 50% silk, 50% acrylic
 Shantung: 40% lambswool, 40% cotton, 20% silk

Show and Tell

There are a lots of WIPs at the moment, but fewer finished objects this month. Both Sally and Liz had finished items that had been started whilst demonstrating knitting machines at the Southern Wool Show in Newbury last month.

Liz machine-knit a peach top using in-hold shaping.
Hand-knit turban

Sally machine-knit a kimono-inspired cardigan, that also used in-hold shaping.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

October - yarns

At our October meeting (Tuesday 2nd October) we will be playing with yarns and have got some really unusual ones! Paper, Latex effect, Kevlar, Grillon, Copper and Wool, and Ramie (nettles) to name but a few! We've found over 25 different ones amongst our stash not including acrylic!  We'll be exploring the possibility of knitting them by hand and by machine.

We'll also be having show and tell of our recently finished projects and maybe if there is time we'll also be making a bit of progress on our work in hand.

Please join us for the evening.  The times and address of where we meet is at the top of the page.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

September 2018 - AGM and charity discussion

Beginning of a new club year, and sticking with tradition, with started with the AGM and paying subs for the year. There has been a small increase in venue cost with the move last year, but this has been offset by the lack of available speakers, so the subs have stayed the same at £15 for the year, or £3 per evening for those who can only occasionally attend.


The AGM section was dealt with swiftly. There was discussion on changes to the committee and the requirement for a new treasurer. It was decided to continue supporting the Royal Marsden charity, but also to discuss other charities in the local area to also support (further discussion on this took place after the AGM section). There was also lively discussion on plans for the Xmas meeting and appropriate celebrations.


There are a lot of national and local charities that put out requests for knitted items. Over recent years the requirements have been getting increasingly specific, which is putting some people off. As the roots of the club are with Machine Knitting, the increase in requests for items that are specifically hand-knitted has frustrated many. Here are some of the charities and requests that we discussed:

UK Hand Knitting Association - Commit to Knit month (June)
Knit for nowt - Therapy hand puppets and worry monsters
Knitted octopus for preemie babies
Emily's Gift neonatal boxes - including bonding squares
Royal Navy and Royal Marines RNRMCF - knitted family toys for military families
Knit for Peace
The Donkey Sanctuary - knit a donkey toy for the charity to sell in their shop
Twiddlemuffs for Hampshire hospitals
Comfort blankets for Surrey hospitals
Royal Surrey - knitted hats for babies

Show and Tell

Julie knit a snuggly adult green cardigan with colourful buttons.

Sandra had knit two preemie baby cardigans and a hat for charity.

Nina machine-knit a 4-ply Branwell Savannah Cotton top with shaped neck and picot edge. Was a labour of love, as Nina's knitting machine was being a little grumpy working with the Savannah cotton.

A hand-knit garter stitch scarf looked warm, and kicked on a discussion on different ways to wear such a scarf, including the use of a strategic feature button or brooch.

Two colourful and super-soft crocheted knee blankets intended as comfort blankets for hospital to keep patients comfortable whilst in waiting areas.

Stash-busting 'odds and ends' striped top with cut-and-sew neckline.

Pink, yellow and green tops for children.

Annette won first place in a WI competition with a crocheted sheep. There was also a friendly frog made from a free knitting pattern that was being given out from a stand at the Ally Pally knitting show