Saturday, October 27, 2007

The November meeting

Fiona Morris is coming to see us on November 6th. She will be talking about felting knitting and needle felting. One of our club members brought along a bag she had made at a workshop with Fiona, you can see the picture of it under the October Show and Tell.

Fiona is a very talented lady, she teaches both hand and machine knitting and writes for the only machine knitting magazine published in the UK, namely Machine Knitting Monthly. She has a website ( Do take a look, she has a diary there that shows other places she will be visiting, so if you can't get to our club you might be able to see her elsewhere.

We really must remember to take photo's during the talk, so that we can post them here. One speaker we had was so inspiring and interesting we completely forgot!

I'm sure Fiona will have lots to talk about, so it will be a prompt 8 pm start. Visitors will be very welcome and I look forward to seeing everyone on November 6th.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

October Meeting

Tonight we had a visit from Frances Perkins, and a rare treat, a machine set up with a ribber.

Frances demonstrated drive and release lace. Release lace is the most fun as you are deliberately dropping stitches to make the pattern. This will work as long as your hem has been sealed with one row of knitting!

These are samples knitted on the night.

Left top is the sample of release stitch, using the racking handle to create the pattern. Left bottom was using a tuck stitch pattern which gives a nice pattern.

Right is drive lace knitted using a punchcard for the patterning.

At the top of the right hand sample is a row of cabled long stitches, and effective detail to put above a hemline.

We all had an enjoyable evening and learnt a lot.

Show and Tell

Sue went on the Metropolitan Dream week and produced these two items.

A wire necklace from Erica Thompson's pattern.

A felted machine knitted bag, pattern, Fiona Morris.

Sylvia knitted this versatile waistcoat.

This is Nina's wedding outfit top and jacket. There was also a matching skirt.