There was a good turn-out for the February hands-on meeting, despite the wet cold weather. After the Christmas quiet, the knitting and crafting shows start with abundance in February.
Unravel is taking place at The Malting in Farnham from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February.
Knit & Stitch It is taking place at FIVE in Farnborough from Friday 26th to Saturday 27th February.
Machine Knitting Live is a one day event taking place at Bournemouth School for Girls in Bournemouth on Saturday 5th March.
Reminder that subs for members of the Guild of Machine Knitters are due next month. The renewal form will be included in the next Guild magazine, which has just gone to the printers.
The club received a lovely letter from The Royal Marsden, thanking us for the donations.
Our creative club members have been very busy over the last couple of months, and there was a wide variety of items brought along for the show and tell.
Carol made a green and white striped child's cardigan, and a pink/mauve child's cardigan.
Mandy knit a sparkly green scarf from 4 ply yarn on her knitting machine. The pattern is by Knit-1 in Brighton, and uses short-rows (hold) to create the 3D structure.
Julia created two chunky cowls. The first is knit from knitted i-cord.
The second is knit using colourful chunky yarn.
This blanket is knitted from one continuous 10 stitch wide pattern, using short rows to turn each corner.
The hands-on session was making felt balls from scraps and ends of wool yarn. There were varying levels of success! It isn't always easy to tell which yarn scraps are pure wool, and which are treated wool. The treated wool doesn't felt, but instead shreds or doesn't change structure at all. Some tried shaking the wool inside the plastic egg from inside a Kinder Egg (good excuse for a chocolate treat!), and others tried rolling the yarn between their hands.