January 29th 2011

As a follow up to the Knit and Natter day in October, a group met at Crick Village Hall to practise some of Bill's techniques.

Apart from a few snags with the tables, the day went well, with us all having a go at two variations with tuck stitch, and a bit of short rowing using holding position to produce geometric shapes.

Hopefully, we will all produce scarves using what we learned, and these should be displayed on the Guild of Machine Knitters' stand at the NEC [March 24th to 27th] and at the Nottingham Show [April 3rd]

Here are a few pictures [kindly donated by Jane Harrisson]



New Year 2011

The meeting was again depleted by weather and illness, but we managed to muster a reasonable turnout.

Our focus was the Guild competition, which requires a minimum of 5 people working together to produce an exhibit to the theme of A Day in the Country.

We had lots of good ideas, and have a small working party to pursue them.

Previous entries have been

2008 Winner!

and 2009 runner up


Other items for discussion included contributions to charities, future events and the launch of a new marketplace page on this website [soon to be arranged]

Christmas 2010

Attendance was reduced by illness, but we still managed to have some fun and games.

We hoped to have a competition to produce decorations from knitting, and we managed to produce these

but the competition element will have to wait for next year [and more entries].

Pat and Lynda enjoyed a visit to Toft Alpacas for a Christmas workshop on felting hand-knitted alpaca, where some of the baubles were made.  Brenda used her machine to make the crowning figures.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all members and friends!

November 2010 - What we have been doing this year

We started with a review of the Knit and Natter, which was successful again.  We discussed what we are going to do next year [a copy of the programme to be published shortly] and the venue change for next year's Knit and Natter [to Dunchurch Village Hall].

Then we had a show and tell of our work:

We had a wonderful collection of machine and hand knitted items, and a little crochet too!

Items for babies and children:

This blanket is from a pattern in Machine Knitting Monthly October 2010 - hot off the press!

A child's hat

Multicoloured tuck stitch blanket

Seamless teddies

More tuck stitch, I believe


Adult garments:

This is in mercerised cotton

Pattern from Machine Knitting Monthly February 2010

Yarn purchased at last year's Knit and Natter from Uppingham Yarns


Here I am in front of the camera for a change, wearing a waterfall cardi from a Posh Frocks pattern, knitted in Uppingham Merino, with a corkscrew scarf designed by our very own Pat Banyard-Smith [click here for pattern]

The same waterfall cardi knitted in crepe

Accessories and other things

A fairisle patterned bag

a design prototype modelled by June's doll - she will give us a picture of the real thing when it is finished

a scarf in progress hand knitted in Butterfly see http://www.gruendl-wolle.de/

and another [great minds think alike]

A machine knitted and felted bag

A cowl inspired by Bill King