Thursday, February 28, 2013

March meeting & other things happening during the month

The March meeting is coming up in a few days time. Tuesday 5th March to be exact.   We have arranged for Ros Wilson to come and talk to us about "Designing for the Yarn Industry".  Ros is an independent knitwear designer and artist, and undertakes the design of garments from drawing to completion of the garment.  She designs and writes hand knitting patterns (including larger sizes) in up-to-the minute styles.

Some of our members are also hoping to visit Machine Knitting Live on Saturday 2nd March at Bournemouth School for Girls.  It is a great day out if you can get there.  More details should be on the Machine Knitting Monthly website.

There is also a new show coming up in March called The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.  It is at Olympia 2 from 14th to 17th March.  It is organised by Twisted Thread, the same people that put on the show at Alexandra Palace in October, so I am sure it is going to be very good.

For those that can travel further afield, Sewing for Pleasure (exhibition) will be at the NEC, Birmingham from 21st - 24th March and that is also a delight to visit, although the temptation to spend too much needs to be kept in check (well for me anyway!)

Regular visitors will also have noticed that the website has been re-designed and updated (well, we're using a different template!).  We thought it about time as we have been writing this blog since 2006.  It has become very popular with spammers (30 or more messages a day some times) who have been offering us prescription medication, and hot dates, so for the time being we have switched the comments facility off.  I know some people do like to leave nice messages,  so we'll try switching the comments on again in a few weeks time and see if the spam has stopped.

I do hope some of you make it to the Fleet Knitting Club meeting on Tuesday 5th March.  The meeting starts at 8 pm and usually finishes around 10 pm.  Tea and coffee are served during the evening.  I'm looking forward to hearing Ros talk.  It's been a while since we had a speaker and this talk should be really interesting.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Good Start

The first meeting for the new year got off to a great start. It was very busy with a sales table full of yarns, show and tell, as well as knitting/crafting gadgets of all kinds and vintage to explore.

Which one shall I have?     

The following pictures are all the wonderful items the members have made since the last meeting. What a lot of activity and creativeness. Some are hand knitted and some machine knitted.

Garter Bar, wool winder, clips...

Liz had an interesting selection of gadgets including a number of vintage skein winders

Friday, February 01, 2013

First meeting of 2013

The first meeting of 2013 is on Tuesday 5th February.  I haven’t been able to book a speaker who lives nearby and I’m reluctant to ask anyone to travel a distance as we can never be sure what the weather is doing. So I put my thinking cap on!  Now I know you’ve all got gadgets tucked away that you use when you are knitting, or to embellish your knitting or that use yarn (yes I’ve got plenty too!).  Or maybe it is something you bought, but haven't ever tried! I would like you to bring them along and a bit of yarn and whatever else you need to use with them.  Then we can all have a play and it could help us decide if it is worth us looking out for them.

I’ll also bring a machine and some gadgets that aren’t made by the big companies so you may not have seen them before.  If you have any tucked away that you aren’t sure how to use, or you think are great, then bring them along.

And bring your purse (with lots of cash in it) as I will be bringing some yarn with me to sell.  Any money raised will go to Cancer Research this time at the request on the person who is passing it on to me.

Don’t forget to bring things to Show and Tell.  

Looking forward to seeing you all again after the break.  And visitors are always welcome. 8pm is our start time.