The start of another year. We have met regularly throughout 2022, and have had good meetings with lots of interaction between members, existing and new. We have also had generous donations of yarn, which helps to sustain our knitting and bank balance.

 

Mary posted this on Facebook about the January meeting

 

Our first meeting of 2023 was all about colour.
As a club we are fortunate to have members who are talented, creative, skillful and bring with them wide and varied life experiences too.
Today Sue, one of our members who had a career as a Colour Consultant, gave us a most interesting insight into colour theory and how it's principles can be helpful when designing and making items.
The choice of colour and how colours are put together can completely change the look and impact of a garment and it is a vital component of the design process.
We chatted about the colours we are unconsciously drawn to and chuckled at some of the fashion colour mistakes that we've made in the past!
It was a most stimulating meeting and a great one to start the year! :)

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:

Knitware

Designaknit

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.