Tuesday, December 19, 2006
We were again supporting our favourite charity, The Friends of the Royal Marsden. Club members are always very generous, making varous items for them to sell, and donating unwanted gifts they have received. So our table was groaning with goodies, which we all admired. They have now all gone to the hospital, and are probably all sold!
It was nice to see some hand knitted pieces from our newer members too. They have a lot to teach us.
After much jollity, we all left and are looking forward to Christmas. Then next year we can all
There is no meeting in January but we will be back again in February when Terry Viner will be entertaining us taking machines apart for maintainance.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
We will also have mince pies and tea/coffee, and of course lots of chatter!
We would like to take the opportunity to wish anyone who is reading this blog a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and , of course, Happy Machine Knitting! Long may it continue!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Not only did Elaine talk about these techniques, she demonstrated on the machine and explained how the pattern needed to be programmed. Seems there is a difference between the patterns for punchcard and electronic machines! Easy to understand when it is explained!
Elaine also has books by Mary Ann Oger which cover a variety of things. One for the wish list is The Necks Best Thing, plenty of changes to the traditional neckline.
Elaine also explained to us the Guild Challenge for next year, plenty of scope for all to enter.
Unfortunately we were all so absorbed in watching and asking questions we forgot to take any photos this month! Maybe someone will knit something in lace combination for next month!
Friday, November 03, 2006
If there's anyone out there that finds this in time and would like to come along to see Elaine then you will be made welcome. The location is given on the left hand side, or if you need directions then post a comment and we'll get back to you.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
He gave us a talk about different fibres, both natural and man made. Plenty of examples of each, including soya and bamboo tops. Nick also demonstrated the burn test for identifying fibres, and didn't burn the place down!
We also found out who makes the profit from commercial knitwear, and it isn't the sheep farmer!
Nick is a mine of information and facts, all very interesting!
After Nick's talk there was an opportunity to browse the yarns he had brought with him, all the usual favourites plus some luscious fancy Italian yarns to experiment with! We did hear the sounds of money changing hands, but who can resist adding to their stash?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
There will also be a talk about fibre types, testing, preparation and uses.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
At our AGM recently Liz announced the challenge for this year.
It is to make something to put on your feet. This covers a lot of items, socks, bedsocks, stockings, slippers, baby bootees, felted items, wire items, let's face it Liz didn't say anything about it being practical! How about jewellery for your toes? Let your imagination run riot, items can be sewn, knitted, crocheted, woven, whatever takes your fancy! Don't forget the embellishment, how about lots of bling! Don't limit your creativity, go wild!
We will try to show some examples at future meetings, just to get you going!
Roll on next July, when we can see the finished articles!
Here's one idea we saw last week from Linda, slippers made by modular knitting.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
5th September AGM. Linda and Albert Moss - Spinning
3rd October Uppingham Yarns
7th November Elaine Cater - new lace patterns
5th December Charity Evening
2nd January No meeting
6th February Terry Viner - Machine Maintainence
6th March Gillian Lamb - Multi directional knitting
3rd April Liz and Nina
1st May Anne Laverne
5th June Hands On
3rd July Challenge Evening
7th August No meeting
4th September Annual General Meeting
Our speakers for the evening were Linda and Albert Moss, who entertained us until 10.30pm (I can't remember the last time we stayed so late!) Linda gave a demonstration on her spinning wheel and talked about the different types of fleeces, their preparation, how to spin and ply, and how to get various finishes of yarn. She had also brought along a good selection of garments, bags, rugs and other items for us to see. I will post photos of these over the next few days. Albert gave a demonstration of braid making and we all had a go using cardboard templates. Linda also showed us peg loom weaving. Did you know you can not just use carded fleece for weaving, but you can also knit with it?
Although there was not a knitting machine in sight, we were all inspired and informed! Those of us who own spinning wheels really should get them out and dust them off!
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Here's one naughty boy who missed the party, wonder what he was doing. Dressed by Kathy, he is wearing a knitted hat and striped jumper, sewn denim jeans and boots made from black felt with funky foam soles. He is carrying a very large Swag bag overflowing with crocheted gold and silver jewellery and of course, a torch! Don't forget his black felt mask, just so you won't recognise him! Maybe he will visit in September.
Meet Tabitha, Tallulah's little sister, who's keeping a close eye on her as she gets ready for her night out! She is trying to copy her big sister, so has her own caribou/boas stole and posh shoes. She has a flower hat and a lilac gathered skirt. Another of Liz's creations!
This is Liz's creation, wearing a white knitted dress trimmed with crochet and ribbon and with a lilac net underskirt. All dressed up for a night on the town. Her shoes and tiara are free standing lace worked on an embroidery machine, as is the star on the end of her wand. She also has ear rings and a necklace and a caribou/boa stole for when it gets chilly. As she is such a modern miss, she is also wearing a thong! And whilst she is getting ready for her night out she is having a glass of something to get her in the right mood! Look carefully and you can see the glass in her hand!
You may recognise Fiona's Bunny made when we did felting. She now has a change of clothing. She can dress up as a fairy in her knitted lace dress with net underskirt. Pinned to the front of the dress is a beaded flower corsage and she has a beaded bag on her arm. Her crown is knitted in wire and beads and her net wings are decorated with glitter fabric glue.
Another fun meeting, and the members rose well to Liz's challenge with a lovely collection of fully dressed bears! Wonder what her challenge will be for next year?
Here is a group photo of the bears in all their glory. I will upload individual pictures of each bear later, with details of their clothes.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Here's a photo from July 2004, showing some of the girls from the club. We had knitted, crocheted and sewn 57 blankets over a period of 9 months to donate to Project Linus. Here we are presenting them to Angeline, who has since given them all to children who needed them. A worthwhile project, and a good way to use extra stash, try out different techniques and ideas!
Friday, June 09, 2006
Here are Liz's summer tops, knitted in 2 strands of 2 ply cotton, based on a Busy Bees pattern with different hems on each. These have tone on tone machine embroidery. Keep watching as there are plans for a multi coloured cardigan to go with them, just to use up the left over yarn!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Hi everyone. Tonight I'm adding a picture - I hope! The bunny was made by club member Fiona. She machine knitted and felted the fabric herself. It's 2ply lambswool and she felted it in a washing machine. Then cut out the bunny using a printed pattern. It is so sweet and the felted fabric is so soft, you just want to cuddle it.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
We'd like to encourage people to get knitting! We'd love to see some new faces, so if anyone would like to come and meet us, please just come along. We will post pictures of things we've made and let you know what's happening at our monthly meetings. We may look like a group of old fuddy duddy's but we are all young at heart!