Our meeting today was focused on bags made with any kind of fabric, including machine knitting.

Several members brought their home made bags, and Pat led the way with an outstanding collection, explaining the method and rationale of construction for each type.

A pictorial overview of what was on show is here

And there is a lovely collection of photos of Pat's bags, annotated at this Facebook page .

The newsletter contains a few more links and ideas and is available here.

And for those who were interested in the leather bag kit I made [purple in the bottom left picture] it was bought from Simple Way

Plating and Weaving

This meeting was divided into two ways of making fabric by incorporating different yarns: plating, where one yarn lies behind the other in the fabric, and weaving, where the thicker yarn is woven between the thinner yarn threads, which are knitted.


We demonstrated how to thread Brother and Knitmaster machines for both techniques, and showed a few articles made using them.

Further information and links to our patterns are available in the newsletter, available here.


January 2019

To start the New Year, we had an open meeting, where no specific demonstrations were planned, but machines were out, mini demos took place, and lots of chat ensued.

It was a small turnout, partly caused, we think, by a road block in Long Buckby, which made for some interesting journeys.

Key attraction was Pat’s new pattern, available here.

Newsletter available here.


Annual Celebration

We began with our first Annual General Meeting, which introduced our new membership scheme, whereby, for £5 a year our knitters are now officially members.

In addition, we heard reports from the Chairman, Pat, the Treasurer, Brenda and the Membership Secretary, Kathy. All were well received, and the current committee continues to run the club.

We discussed our workshops, as these have not been well attended, and it was felt that beginners’ workshops were the most useful, with a suggestion for a real introduction to machine knitting e.g. knit a scarf in a workshop.

Then we moved on to the celebration and the competition. Pat won the vote, with her adaptation of an Alison Dupernex cardigan from Machine Knitting Monthly. We then heard from each of the entrants regarding their entry.

Newsletter available here. I have included next year’s calendar and a new charted pattern, which can also be used as a dressmaking pattern, for a jacket.

Ribbing by Sue Booth

Sue Booth demonstrated using the ribber in fine style: from the basics of attaching the ribber, through setting it up and adjusting it, to basic ribs and more complex uses. Her little 'asides' come from a wealth of experience, and offer both beginners and experienced knitters some practical tips which make her garments so special.


A wonderful experience!




This month's newsletter available by clicking here.