Thursday, April 30, 2015

May meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 5th May.  We'll be doing another knitting project this month.  This time it is something that we hope knitters will find useful.

We spotted this when we were looking on line :

The instructions are all there and also a note of what you need to complete the project.  If you would like to start the knitting before you come then please do.

Machine Knitters - you could knit pieces of the same size and use the purl side, however we can't guarantee it will look exactly the same, but it should work.

If you prefer not to make one of these, then you could bring your work in progress and continue with that.  

Look forward to seeing you, 8pm as usual and visitors are welcome.

April - oops!

Oops, guess who forgot her camera!  I did manage to get this photo, taken with my phone, but that's all.  We were making ducks for the Little Yellow Duck project (see the earlier entry for a link to the project).  I wonder how far these few get? I hope they give the finder as much pleasure as it did us to knit them.

Of course there was lots of chat and laughter as we knitted, and it was good to share the yarns, needles etc that we'd bought with us as well.

There were some show and tell items as well, but they didn't get photographed.  Sorry to those that bought them.  I will try and do better at our next meeting.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

April Meeting coming soon

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th April.  In the programme it says we will be having a hands-on evening but not what we will be doing.Well - we thought it time to do a little knitting for a change.

I was on one of my regular internet forums a couple of weeks ago and there was mention of this project .  The Little Yellow Duck Project is a global initiative highlighting the life-saving random acts of kindness of blood, bone marrow, and organ and tissue donation.   Basically you knit a duck, put a tag round it’s neck and leave it somewhere for someone to find and hope that they will sign up to one of the afor mentioned lists.  

I thought this appropriate for a number of reasons - the first because it's a good cause and needs promotion.  The second because it's Easter and spring (well it is here in the UK so they tell me!) and little fluffy yellow ducks are quite in keeping with the season.  They're cute - which is probably reason enough!

So, take a look at the website.  There are free patterns to download to help us make our ducks.  Choose which one or ones you’d like to knit and print the pattern.  Come along to the meeting armed with the yarn (yellow, white, orange and maybe a bit of black or brown), needles, pattern and a bit of stuffing and we’ll see how we get on.  There are tags available to download so you can name your duck if you wish or you can let the finder name it.

If you prefer not to join in, bring your current knitting project and work on that.  We'll also find time to sort out any problems you may have.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, 8pm as usual.

Adding crochet to buttons

 For our March meeting we did a bit of hands on.  We each brought along a four-holed button (or maybe a few), a crochet hook and some yarn and crocheted round them to make a pretty flower. A really small hook was required to go through the holes, but it can be done. We also tried crocheting a cover for a button.  Both techniques would be useful if you can't find a button to go with a garment you've made or just for decoration.

There was a bit of concentration involved, but there was still plenty of time for chatter and a lot of laughing!


 There was of course time for a bit of show and tell.  As usual I didn't make notes of who'd knitted what, so apologies if I haven't put your name against your item.

Of course I can't remember who knitted this beautiful outfit for a lucky baby.

But I can remember that Sue knitted this cardigan.  The yarn is Yeoman Grigna and the pattern is a free download from Long Buckby Machine Knitters website.

 Nina knitted this jumper.

But I've forgotten who knitted this - I think it was Sandra.

 Again my memory has let me down.  (note to self - write it down next time!)

 (don't ask me why that has come out as a caption - it did it all by itself and I can't get rid of it! and I can't get the picture below to move left or right!  Hey how, one day I might understand.)

 This is a section of a scarf knitted by Liz.  The yarn is from Drops Lace, 2ply and 70% alpaca, 30% silk. 

And last but not least two machine knit scarves, and once again I've forgotten who knitted them!