November 2017

Gadgets

This meeting was a chance for members to see what kind of accessories are available for use with our knitting machines, and to have a go. We also had various types of embellishment gadgets around.  Kathy was particularly industrious, with two garter carriages in action, one on an electronic machine, the other on a manual.

There was some interest in the card punching machines we had on show: these can be bought new from Hong Kong Knitting Machine http://shop.sckmcl.com.hk/product_info.php?cPath=39&products_id=55&currency=GBP but the current price is quite high for UK residents, because of the exchange rate, I fear.

 

Also shown today was a machine knitted poppy, the pattern for which is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Monadelphus/easy-peasy-poppy.

 

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Sue Booth


Sue demonstrated how to set in sleeves on the machine.

She showed us how to attach a sleeve to a garment, having knit the sleeve head using holding position, as well as how to knit the sleeve downwards from the armhole.


 

Both methods produced an exceptionally neat finish, and we all left with inspiration to practise this technique!

 


ACCESSORIES


This meeting was arranged to demonstrate some different kinds of machine knitted accessories, in time for knitting a few gifts for Christmas, perhaps!

Various items knitted from patterns on this website were on display and being demonstrated, as well as Erica Thomson’s method of wire knitting.

 

A few items of jewellery were demonstrated, as well as a shawl and hat.

 

The latest pattern is a necklace:

the pattern can be found in the latest newsletter

 

We also showed how to put beads on to knitwear, and good sources of beads suitable for knitting are here: World of Wool or here: Debbie Abrahams

And here is a link to the fingerless glove pattern, which Pat demonstrated.

Stitched Up

This was another meeting where we had three machines on demonstration: Knitmaster and Brother punchcard machines, and a Brother electronic.

We demonstrated using as many techniques as possible on one punch card: fair isle, tuck, slip and Knitweave, for example.

 

I found that going back to basics like this meant that members learned a few tricks that they had missed in the initial eagerness to get going with making garments. Many members left with the resolve to try something new.

This month's newsletter has more on the techniques and punch cards used, as well as links to sites for punch cards and books. Download here

Knitting in different directions

 

Before we started with the main event, we watched a slide show of the Guild of Machine Knitters annual meeting, and had a presentation to deliver, as Lynn Timmins stole the show with her wonderful knitting: seen below, she won the Alison Lee Award, the Creativity Cup and the Members’ Choice.

Pat presented her with the trophy, and various prizes, including a knitting machine!

 

After that excitement, we settled down to the three demonstration tables, where Pat, Kathy and Lynda demonstrated various techniques, including Pat showing an Ann Lavene pattern and how to knit parts of it; Kathy and Lynda showed how to knit the latest club pattern

Click on picture for pattern.


all of which involves various uses of holding position/ partial knitting.

Modular knitting was also touched upon, including joining techniques.

 

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