Saturday, April 29, 2017

May meeting soon

Fleet Knitting Club time again.  Tuesday 2nd May.  8pm as usual.  Jean will be taking the meeting.  You are going to work on no-sew log cabin and other knitted or crochet patch work.  It sounds a good way to use up all those odds and ends that are just too good to throw away.

Jean has asked if you could bring a few things with you:
·         3 different coloured  balls of yarn of the same ply and a pair of needles or a crochet hook to match.
·         A pencil and coloured crayons or pencils

Don’t worry if you don’t have them; come along anyway.  I’m sure there will be some spares.

Don’t forget to bring your finished projects too for show and tell.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

April 2017 - 40th Anniversary

This month's meeting celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Fleet Knitting Club. The club was started in 1977. To celebrate, Liz brought along a photo album of club photographs, and copies of all the printed copies of the newsletters/blogspots over the years.

Nina iced a beautiful cake that was shared and enjoyed during the tea and coffee break.

It was a smaller turn-out, possibly due to the excellent weather and coinciding with school holidays. Half the members brought along work-in-progress hand knitting and crochet. Several members brought along pattern books from the 1970s and 80s for some reminiscing, and some interesting discussions on the changes in patterns, yarns and designs over the last 40 years.

Upcoming events

The Shepton Mallet 'Craft 4 Crafters' show is on the 6th-8th April, 2017, at the Bath and West Showground.

Reminder that the club challenge this year is to knit a 2 piece set for the July meeting. Some of the ideas for the 2 pieces include: hat and gloves, scarf and hat, baby cardigan and booties, etc.

Wonderwool Wales is on the 23-24th April at the Royal Welsh Showground.

Next month Jean will be running a workshop on knitting patchwork. Please bring along different colour yarns of the same gauge, with the appropriate pair of needles, pens, and graph paper.

Show and Tell

Annette had handknit a blue mermaids tail snug for a baby (up to 6 months).

Light pink lacy top, with button front, which only took 2.5 balls of Opal yarn.

A machine knit blue and white stripped jumper from 4ply yarn from stash (possibly Bonnies or Bramwell).

Carol knit little jackets, both from the same King Cole pattern for DK yarn. The first is purple/white stripped with a hood, and the second was a blue jacket with a hood.

Monday, April 03, 2017

April meeting and we're 40!

Sorry – I’m really late sending this reminder!  It’s been really busy in my house and I’m not sure where the time has gone.

Anyway – the April meeting is tomorrow!  And it’s our 40th Birthday meeting – yes Fleet club has been going for 40 years!  How time flies.  I’m sure we don’t look a day older than ...............

Anyway, I’ll be bringing the printed archive copy of our blog and the photographs taken before everything went on line, so we can look back and have a good laugh.  Bring your knitting with you, and if you’ve patterns or knitting from 40 years ago bring that too!  

Hope to see you tomorrow, 8 pm!

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 2017 - Talk by Anne Baker of Karabee Designs

The Bournemouth show was last weekend. We are able to be joined by this evening's visitor, who resides in Yorkshire, because they travelled down to host a stand at the show, and generously offered to attend several local clubs before and after the show.

The next shows are at Shepton Mallett, and then at Nottingham.

Reminder that the deadline for the Guild of Machine Knitters annual competition is approaching in just over a month.

Show and Tell

Julia is finishing off the last square of another colourful blanket for the 60 Million Trebles project.

Nina had machine knit a pink jumper with a rolled rib collar.

Annette had hand knit two vests.

Liz had hand knit a pair of multicolour pink socks, and also brought along all the Innocent Smoothie "Big Knit" hats that were produced during the Make It show in Farnborough.

Sally has machine knit a brown child's jumper from stash yarn, using a top-down pattern with saddle shoulders.

Talk by Anne Baker, Karabee Designs

Anne gave an interesting talk about how she got started with machine knitting, and how she evolves her own designs. Karabee Designs began back in 1999 with 8 patterns. The designs are all straight-forward wardrobe staples, of basic to medium difficulty. There is clever use of variegated yarns to give the appearance that the garments are more complicated that they actually are. Anne discussed some of the more complex patterns, discussing the steps in detail. There was a lengthy discussion on textures, yarns and sizing, with lots of questions being answered.

There was a rail displaying lots of samples of the patterns, which all had boys and girls names. Some of Karabee's designs can be found in the Machine Knitting Monthly magazine, and on Ravelry.

Friday, March 03, 2017

March meeting - Anne Baker/Karabee designs

We have a speaker this month - Anne Baker of Karabee designs. 

Anne is based in Yorkshire, and is travelling South for Machine Knitting Live, Bournemouth on Saturday 4th March.  She is exending the trip to include visits to a number of knitting clubs, including ours. This is a rare opportunity to see her exclusive designs for hand and machine knitters.

We will also be collecting the annual membership subscriptions for the Guild of Machine Knitters.  So if you are currently a member and wish to renew, or if you aren't yet a member and wish to join, please bring £16.20 with you.

There will also be time for "show and tell" so if you've completed anything recently we'd love to see it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 2017 - Demonstration of no-roll edges

It was a bitterly cold evening, so it was lovely to see a good turn-out, and to catch up after the Christmas break. There was a lively discussion about current works-in-progress and the items brought along for show-and-tell. There was a small charity table, and the usual tea and biscuits. Liz provided a demonstration of a couple of techniques on the knitting machine to produce interesting no-roll edges.

News and Upcoming events

Unravel at The Maltings in Farnham. Running from  Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February.

Make It 2017 at FIVE in Farnborough. Running from Friday 24th to Saturday 25th February. There will be lots of stalls and demonstrations, including the Guild of Machine Knitters stand with demonstrations and advice available all day.

Machine Knitting Live Show at Bournemouth on Saturday 4th March at from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth BH8 9UJ. There will be lots of Machine Knitting designers and suppliers, including the Guild of Machine Knitters stand with demonstrations and advice available all day. This may be the last time Machine Knitting Monthly magazine hosts the show, due to decreasing attendance over the years. You are encouraged to attend, if you would like the event to keep going in the future.

The Guild of Machine Knitters newsletter had changed to a new format, and an external company is being used to mail out the newsletters. For technical reasons, the renewal reminder will no longer be bright yellow, so keep an eye out and please don't throw away the inserts without reading them first!

The annual Innocent Big Knit knitted hats need to be submitted by July, due to the huge numbers they now receive. Please bring any hats you make along to the club, and Julia has volunteered to collect the hats together and submit them all in one go to save on postage. Liz printed some patterns for machine knitters and hand knitters. Patterns are available from:

Show and Tell

Julia has crocheted two blankets for the Sixty Million Trebles project. The pattern is Mystical Lanterns by Janie Crow.

A jumper knit on a Passap using 2 strands of 2/30 using a double-bed tuck stitch. It felt very stretchy, and there were discussions about the tension.

A purple DK hand-knit jumper was very soft and chunky, with a double-over feature neckline. The pattern looks like vertical wavy lines on the front, and basket weave on the reverse.

Sandra knit a green-based multi-colour V-neck jumper in Denys Brunton Designer Yarns Magicolour. The yarn is no longer produced, and Sandra discussed the creative solutions she used to finish the neckline when the main yarn ran out.

There were 2 yellow baby cardigans, and a pink adult cardigan in sable crepe.

This was followed by a plethora of  beautiful crochets blankets that have been made to give to residential care home in Fleet.

Liz hand-knit a white sideways-knit wingspan scarf.

Demonstration Machine Knitted Decorative No-Roll Edge by Diana Sullivan  No Roll Edge by Roberta Rose Kelley

Sunday, February 05, 2017

February - our first meeting of the year!

Seems hard to believe, but February is here already and it is our first meeting of the year on Tuesday (7th February).

As usual, because of the uncertainty with the weather, we will be having a “catch-up” and knit and natter meeting.  I’ll bring a machine along and demonstrate a couple of edgings that are supposed to stop the knitting curling.  I found them on You-tube and they look to be easy; at least I’m hoping so as I haven’t had time to practice them yet!  Bring along your completed projects to show, and also your work in progress.  I’m sure there will be time to sort out any other knitting or crochet problems you may have too.

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. 8pm.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Reminder - no meeting in January, see you in February

Reminder that the club doesn't meet in January, and the next meeting will be Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 2016 - Christmas Charity Evening

It was the annual Christmas Charity evening, and our generous club members brought along purchased and hand-made donations to go to the Royal Marsden's charity sale. The hand-made donations included the cutest little baby jumpers and cardigans, as well as a beautiful peacock-feather adult shawl, and covered 2 whole tables.

We all sat down with work it progress knitting and crochet project, and provided assistance to those who were having head-scratching issues with patterns and yarns. Whilst we knit, Liz ran through some of the yarn and craft events to look forward to in the new year. This included:

Unravel at The Maltings in Farnham. Running from  Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February. Talks will include Susan Crawford presenting her Vintage Shetland Project, and Amy Twigger Holroyd discussing her PhD research into re-knitting (which I have previously seen at the Knitting History Forum last year, and it is a fascinatingly different approach to looking at a knitting garment).

Make It 2017 at FIVE in Farnborough. Running from Friday 24th to Saturday 25th February. There will be lots of stalls and demonstrations.

Machine Knitting Live Show at Bournemouth. Telephone Machine Knitting Monthly on 01628 783080 for details.

There was a discussion about the possibility of hosting a machine knitting meet-up for the county, that could be a single day, or several days, somewhere central in Hampshire. If you have any suggestions for a venue that has a large room with electricity and tables for people to bring their electronic knitting machines, and has catering and accommodation, please contact one of the committee.

There was an abundance of completed items for the show and tell.

Nina had made a cornflower blue roll-neck jumper using a mix of boucle and acrylic, a pink cardigan, and a white jumper with beading detail.

Carol had made donations for the charity table.

Sandra had knit a bag full of baby hats for use in ventilators (they have a small flap for the monitoring sensor wires to go through), a pink hand-knit cardigan, and a machine-knit multi-colour v-neck cardigan.

Christine had hand-knit a designed-on-the-needles all-in-one maroon garter stitch cardigan in a linen/cotton blend.

Julie was crocheting a blanket that she will be donating to the 60 Million Trebles charity challenge.

Trudy had hand-made a multi-colour infinity cowl.

We then enjoyed mince pies, Christmas biscuits and a cup of tea.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

December Charity Evening

This has come round so quickly!  In fact the whole year has flown by.

Once again it is our Christmas Charity Evening, (Tuesday 6th December, 8 pm) when we bring along items we have made and things that we have been given but are unable to use (new condition only please).  We pack everything up and take it to the Friends of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton Branch.  They put everything on their sales tables and raise lots of money for the hospital.  We understand that the items we donated last year helped them to raise over £16,000  - a fantastic amount. 

What else will we be doing on Tuesday evening?  We thought that this year we would give you the opportunity to bring along a "work in progress" so that you can have some dedicated time to knit and maybe finish it before the big day. Whilst having a chat, a cup of tea and a mince pie of course!  Bring along any recently finished items too to show us - we do like to see them.  

A little reminder - we don't meet in January, so if you don't come on Tuesday our next meeting will be in February and we'll post about that nearer the time.

Do come and join us but if you can't make it, then Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

November 2016 - Knooking

This week we tried our hand at "knooking", which is knitting with a crochet hook. You can make the bits yourself by sticking or taping a length of ribbon to the end of a crochet hook. As you use the crochet hook to create each knit stitch, instead of dropping the completed stitch off the crochet hook, the stitches remain on the hook. At the end of the row, the stitches are moved onto the ribbon so the next row can be "knooked".

Here are some in-progress photos:

There is only 1 knitting show left this year, which is in Harrogate. Unravel will be at Farnham Maltings on the 17-19 February 2017, followed by Make It at Farnborough on the 24-25. It will be the anniversary event of the machine knitting show at Bournemouth next year, but it most likely will also be the last one.

Next month is the charity meeting. Please bring along your donations for the Royal Marsden shop. We will also remind you of the details of this years' challenge.

The show-and-tell included two beautiful blankets, a dart-shaped blue raglan jumper, a rainbow baby jacket, and a flower blanket WIP.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The start of another Month - November

November - our meeting is on Tuesday 1st so easy to forget to come being so early in the month; it couldn't get any earlier!

And it's time to try a different yarn craft.  We are going to see what knooking is all about.  I've read that it is faster than knitting but slower than crochet.  Well - what else do yarn addicts do on a winters evening?

So please bring a crochet hook, and a length of fine ribbon (about 1/8"). The ribbon will be stuck onto the crochet hook with sticky tape.

Can't make the meeting and want to know more - then go to You Tube and you'll find a number of videos showing the techniques.

We'll find time for a bit of show and tell too so if you have finished anything recently please bring that along so we can all see it.

Looking forward to seeing you.  8 pm as usual.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 2016 - Talk by Joyce Mead

Upcoming events

Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace 5th - 9th October, 2016
Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings 16th & 16th October, 2016
Craft for Crafters, Shepton Mallet 13th - 15th October, 2016
The West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Market, Farnham 22nd October, 2016
Farnborough Craft Guild show, Farnborough 15th October, 2016

Show and Tell

Christine had knit a beige jumper in the round.
Sue had knit a yellow and white cardi from a 1951's twinset pattern in cotton and linen.

There was a dramatic black top with lace squares and colourful accessories, and a scarf that had a cute dog at one end. An arm-knit necklace has been completed from a previous hands-on session, and this blue, green and yellow child's cardigan.

Talk by Joyce Mead

"Joyce Meader is a historical knitting expert who owns a very extensive collection of commercially printed knitting patterns. Her collection ranges from the 1817 to the present day." (from Joyce's website)

This evening Joyce gave us her talk on knitting patterns from 1800 to 1950. It was a fast-paced and humorous talk, with plenty of hands-on garments and patterns being passed around, from jumpers to swimwear, and everything in-between! Joyce knits for historical reenactment, and for television and film production companies,

Joyce Mead's website:

Joyce Mead's book "Knitskrieg : A Call to Yarns! A History of Military Knitting from 1800's to Present" is available to purchase from Amazon.

Next Month

Next month is a hands-on session learning knooking. You will need to bring with you a crochet hook, some fine ribbon, and some yarn.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A speaker at our October meeting

I am looking forward to our October meeting.  It's next Tuesday, 4th October, 8 pm as usual.

We have a speaker coming.  Joyce Meader is her name and she will be talking about Knitting from the 1800's to 1945.  Joyce has an amazing collection of patterns and often adapts them for the modern day figure.  She knits historical knitting expert and has knitted for film and re-enactments.

It promises to be a very interesting meeting, so I do hope lots of you can make it.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

AGM 2016 and favourite patterns


The evening began with the AGM. Nina stepped down as Assistant Organiser, and suggested that a hand knitter or crocheter volunteer for the committee, in order for the committee balance to match the balance of machine knitters, hand knitters and crocheters in the club. Liz reviewed the program for the year ahead, which includes two speakers, three hands-on evenings, and the club's 40th anniversary celebration evening.

The 2017 club challenge is to knit or crochet a 2-piece set from your stash. This could be, for example: twinset; gloves and hat; baby jacket and hat; blanket and bootees; top and skirt. The rules are that it must be made from already owned stash yarn and accessories, or, at a push, second-hand yarn or accessories from a charity shop.

Liz reviewed the statistics for the blog since it started. There have been over 33,000 page views from around the world, including the United States, Holland, and Germany. There have been nearly 9000 views from the UK, and we would like to say a special hello to our subscribed followers.

Show and Tell

The club members have been very busy over the summer, and there was an amazing turn-out of show-and-tell bags.
Janet is crocheting a flower blanket, made from 9 panels. This is one of the outer 8 identical panels.

Sylvia has been knitting designs by Clair Crowston, including a pink jumper and a white cardigan.

Julie had knit a purple/multi-colour cardigan that was intended for the 2015-16 club challenge, but was unfortunately misplaced.

Julia had knit some baby blankets, including a pink and white shell stitch crocheted blanket, and a yellow and white knit and crocheted blanket. Sandra knit a very sparkly silver hedgehog (facial features to be finished).

Marcia had knit a tiny baby jacket in white double-knit, and Sandra has knit a pair of white baby leggngs. 

Sandra had also knit a blue, white, and pink button-up top in King Cole Opium.
Christine knit a two-piece purple top. During the day, both pieces can be worn layered, to give a v-neck affect. For the evening, a layer can be removed to give an off-the-shoulder casual look. It is based on an American vintage 1950's pattern.
 Julia has also knit this shawl in light blue with a lovely sheen and small fluffy bobbles.

Favourite Patterns

Jean created her own pattern, based on a design from her favourite vase (the knitting machine pattern is in the plastic sleeve on the right in the photo). The pattern was used to create this grey and red cushion for a knitting club competition.
 The same pattern was also used for this jacket. This time as a weave pattern.