Pressing Matters with Erica Thomson


We welcomed Erica back after 3 years, and were not disappointed. 
After updating us on her current creative exploits, including card making and broomstick crochet, Erica showed us the importance of blocking and pressing to finish knitwear.

She demonstrated how to use blocking wires, pins and mats, and had examples of the effects of different treatments.

We all felt the need to consider pressing in future 

We welcomed Claire Newberry as our guest speaker.

Claire is a Knitware designer who lives locally, and she showed us how to make a very simple shape of top, using basic measurements and holding position.

She then showed us her designs for industry, and described her 30 year plus career, from textile student to freelance designer, including various spells as a university teacher. Post pandemic she is using more sophisticated CAD designing, which enables her to submit designs virtually.

It was fascinating to hear about the quite rigorous demands of the industry, and how she has survived in it. Claire is a great designer and communicator.

Joining Knitting

This was part presentation of pictures and video, and part demonstration [by Pat] of various joining methods, including on and off the machine.

The meeting was well attended, and, with our first complete use of the equipment since the beginning of the pandemic, it felt like we were returning to 'normal' service.


This was an ‘open forum’ meeting, but, as only one demonstration was requested, everybody who attended was given a demonstration of the various software available for pattern making.

Software shown was:



Garment Designer

and a look at the Knit it Now website

Questions raised were about pricing, which software might work on the Mac platform [only Garment Designer is available, apart from using e.g. Parallels to run Windows] and availability [Knitware being currently unavailable].

Also mentioned was SweaterMaker [Seedling Software] which is still available and moderately priced.

AGM and Christmas celebration

This year at LBMK ended with us meeting for our AGM, which was an informal affair - committee members gave short reports of their actions and roles, and then all members were invited to say something about their machine knitting, including which machines they had. It was very interesting to hear the different experiences of both new and experienced knitters - although most of our newer members are ‘returners’ rather than novices!

The meeting included Christmas refreshments, and ended with good wishes, but a small amount of trepidation about the coming months, and whether we would be allowed to meet.

Here’s hoping! ?