December 2014

 

As another year draws to a close, we held our annual exhibition of members’ work, with sales provided by Wendy Piper, and a demonstration of knitweave, which members were also able to practise.

The knitweave was demonstrated on the Brother and the Knitmaster machines:

Brenda and Jill demonstrating [to each other]

Brother sample

Knitmaster sample

 

Then we had the results of the competition. Members voted for their favourite item in a secret ballot.


The winner keeps the Long Buckby Trophy for 2015, and it was Brenda!

Brenda's entry was a cardigan and scarf combination.

 

Lynn was a close runner up with a jumper, which had a decorative border:

Other people described their entries, and all agreed it was hard to choose between them.

 

So in the end, everyone wished each other Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, as do we to all our members and friends.

November 10th 2014

Using Leftover Yarn

This was a real mixture of techniques and patterns.

We started with suggestions for patterns from our website:  there are quite a few which only take small amounts of yarn.

Some of the items laid out before the meeting.

Pat showed us a Christmas stocking she had made from a pattern found via Ravelry:

which had then inspired us to make a miniature for the Christmas tree [pattern here]:


We then moved on to demonstrations of some of the suggestions: making flowers, making a cast on rag, and using weaving as a way of incorporating small amounts of yarn into bigger projects.

Then we discussed stripes, using a variety of methods to generate patterns.

Link to random stripe generator

Link to Ravelry page with excellent illustration of stripe knitting

 

 

Our pattern this month incorporates stripes into leggings: LEGS


Some of us are also knitting baby blankets for the Norfolk and Norwich Neonatal Unit, and we have patterns for standard gauge and Passap blankets.


Last, but not least, members showed items they have knitted.

Lynn used overlocked rectangles of knitting to combine into an extremely interesting jacket, modelled here by Margaret.


 

Doris showed how prolific she is as a knitter by producing many items to show,and here she is showing one of the patterns she has used.

 


October Knit Natter and Share

This was a very informal meeting, with lots of chatter.  Lynn showed us how to make Fimo buttons, and Wendy Piper brought her shop, both much appreciated.  There was also an opportunity to share projects, and to print personalised patterns

September 2014

Cut and Sew

This was a meeting when several members shared the stage!

First, we had Hazel showing us what cut and sew [or rather sew and cut] is.  She led us through the sewing and cutting part, with advice on how and how not to do it.

Then June took over with a practical demonstration on the knitting machine of a neat cut and sew neckline finish.  She also showed us a waistcoat, which she made at a workshop from fabric knitted on the machine.

And next, Lynn showed us a jumper made entirely by cut and sew, again by using fabric knitted on the machine.

Pat showed us her Hague Linker, and invited people to have a go.  And Lynda talked about steeking.

This month’s patterns:

A Machine knit shawl:

And a hand knit version:


August

Our first event in August was a dyeing workshop in Lynda’s garden.

Although we were a select group of three, we managed to dye a large quantity of yarn, both vegetable fibre [cotton] and animal fibre [wool and cashmere].

This is some of Kathy's dyeing:

And then we had our monthly meeting, the topic being hand manipulated work.

Kathy gave an accomplished demonstration with the garter bar, showing us how to do garter stitch on the machine, as well as darts, eyelets and cables.  She made it look easy, and some of our braver members had a go in front of the club. Watch this space for updates from Kathy [swatches and instructions]. This is a link to how to use a garter bar.

Crescent shawls and Fan Lace scarf

 

Lynda then showed how to join the two halves of the Crescent shawl [pattern link ] and also how to knit a Scallop trim. A similar trim is also available here: Sawtooth Lace. We were going to watch a You Tube video of Fan Lace, but ran out of time, so here is the link to watch it now.

Finally, we have a new pattern this month, which has a hand manipulated v neck, and is a multi-sized jumper knit in Yeoman Panama. The name is Ali