Lace Technology

This meeting was about how lace is formed, and its different formations.

We looked at hand manipulation, the Brother lace carriage, the Knitmaster/Silver lace carriage, tuck lace and punch lace.

It is obviously a popular choice since the Guild of Machine Knitters featured it in their current newsletter too!

Our newsletter can be found here.

Necklines

This meeting covered a range of necklines and treatments, described in our newsletter [download here].

Pat also demonstrated knitting a round neckline using holding position.

And then there was a yarn sale! Lots of people went home with huge bags, some with huge boxes.

Bill King

 

We had a packed house for a fantastic session with Bill King, who brought us an array of his sample designs, a wealth of knowledge and some insight into his introduction to textile design and inspirations.

 

Here are a few photos, but for much more, visit our Facebook page, where Mary has posted a plethora of great pictures.

     

Patterns

This meeting was one of the few, where we didn’t have a knitting machine in play!

Instead we had a presentation and discussion around the theme, working on projects from inspiration to completion.

Lynda showed how she conceived and made two garments from scratch, one on the machine and the other hand knit: all described in the newsletter. The latter may be reproduced as a machine knit version when time allows!

knitweave tunic    hk cardi

 

Pat showed her two designs for a baby comforter/rabbit, which will be a pattern on this website before long!

January 2018

Patterns

Our first meeting of 2018 was a packed one: we had the annual competition/exhibition, with lots of entries, and a discussion about the club’s future in the light of the possible demise of the Guild. We also discussed problems with access to patterns, but the consensus was that it was more of a design issue: we are often stuck for ideas about what we want to knit, rather than not being able to find patterns. But the discussion was lively and interesting.

We had two winners of the competition, both worthy, so two awards were presented!

 

Long time member, Fran, who has sadly decided to retire from machine knitting [we will still see her, though, thankfully], kindly donated all her equipment and resources to us. Members were able to snap up bargains. For those who missed it, there is still plenty left for February!

A new pattern, Alexa, is available in the newsletter, and elsewhere on this site, or click the picture:

 

Newsletter available here.