Saturday, March 29, 2014

April is just around the corner

Only a few days to go to our April Meeting.  Tuesday 1st April and as early in the month as it could be!

We've changed the programme slightly as we are in the process of making the final arrangements for a speaker for May.  We had hoped that she would be able to come in April, but prior commitments do not permit it, so we opted for May rather than not at all.  As soon as we have everything in place we will let you know and hopefully that will be at the meeting on Tuesday.

So what will we be doing in April? That's easy - we've brought forward the topic from May, namely "shawls".  Both and and machine knitted and very fashionable.  They can sometimes take a while to knit so we thought that April would be a good time to discuss them and you'd  have time to knit for when it was needed again.

If you've knitted a shawl already please bring it along to show. Don't worry if you haven't we'd be pleased to see you any way.

We will be meeting at 8 pm as usual and look forward to seeing you.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wonders of the Garter Bar

The talk this month was all about how to use the Garter Bar and its many practical applications.

It comes usually in a box with a number of lengths for transfering stitches onto from the knitting machine, as well as parts that block movement of stiches on the needlebed, while applying the stitch transfer movements. They usually only fit standard gauge machines.

There were clear instructions on the correct side up to use the bar to begin transfer and then on turning to replace stitches back on needles. Bumps down to start transfer off the needlebed and bumps up to replace back onto the needlebed so the open needles catch the stitch from within the hollow. 

Before the talk we had show and tell.

This crocodile scarf is a great design idea