Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2015 meeting

If you'd looked at our proposed programme for the year you would see that we were hoping to have a speaker this month.  Unfortunately it is getting harder to find anybody to talk on any subject relating to knitting, so we haven't been successful.

So - rather than just sit and chat we thought we'd keep your hands busy and get you doing something. If you take a look at this website  you will find instructions on how to make a decorative button.  English instructions are under all the pictures and foreign wording.

So what do you need to bring?  Well a button with four holes to start with.  Plus a crochet hook and some yarn.  I'd suggest that the crochet hook should be about 2mm in size if you are bringing 4 ply yarn.  Depending on the button(s) you bring you may find that the crochet hook won't fit through the holes.  If you have a smaller one that will fit through please bring it.  If not, we will have one or two there so can share.

I'm sure plenty of chatter will go on and don't forget show and tell as well.


Jean talked to us this month, about putting pockets in our knitwear - a subject applicable to both machine and hand knitters.  So many different options and things to think about.  Jean showed us some examples and gave some suggestions - thank you Jean for an interesting talk.

There were a number of items for show and tell.  All beautifully knitted as usual.  However I didn't make notes about who knitted what and my sieve-like brain has forgotten!  apologies to the knitters - I will try and do better next time. 

This lovely blanket isn't shown at it's best when photographed.

Our memberes are coming up with some lovely shawls.  As the number of stitches increases from around five or seven it doesn't seem like you're knitting hundreds on the last row!  It would be a different matter if you had to cast on 400 stitches!

This beautiful cardigan (knitted by Carole - yes I can remember that!) incorporates a pocket.  What a co-incidence - and it shows how neatly it can be done.

I think this garment was knitted by Christine.  It is a cardigan, with the main part knitted in the round, so that gives it a shawl collar.  Christine also incorporated sleeves.

If memory serves correctly, this was also knitted by Christine.  The colours haven't come out well in the photo as I think it was a blue/grey.  It has a very vintage feel to it and would be lovely to wear in spring and autumn and maybe even a cool summers day.

Now I do remember that this little bolero cardigan was knitted by Sandra.  The yarn has sequins incorporated into it, so it adds a little bit of sparkle.  There's a little girl somewhere wearing this now and feeling like a princess.

Monday, February 02, 2015

February 2015 meeting

It's tomorrow and if I spend too long writing this it will be today!

Our first meeting of 2015 is on Tuesday 3rd February.  It almost caught me out as it has come round very quickly.  Jean is going to be talking about pockets including where and how to put them into your garments.

I hope it hasn't caught you out and that you are able to make it.

8 pm as usual.

December 2014 update

How remiss of us not to have updated the blog before now.  So sorry to our regular readers. Time has slipped away from us.

We did get together in December and we had a lovely time looking at the many items brought along for the Friends of The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton Branch.  The photos are of just some of the donations.  They were taken to the Hospital just a couple of days later and on sale within hours.

Stephanie knitted this colourful clown, having found the complete pattern in a magazine from a new club member. Stephanie had previously kept the yarn aside and the partial pattern from an old butchered magazine for a long time, hoping to find the whole pattern one day. 

Crochet blanket

An interesting use of raglan for the fastening details

Vee made this bolero jacket

Sue knitted this sweater with the side split detail and the back a bit longer than front, shown below

Liz demonstrated a new stitch design on the mid gauge machine