March 11th 2013

For the third month in succession, the snow tried to put us off, but it was business as usual at Long Buckby!

The theme was Open Work, and there were different kinds of lace on view.

Pat started us off with the latest news:

which culminated in a preview of our GMK challenge entry [top secret - therefore not shown!]

Then we were off to a flying start, with Fran demonstrating how to use the Brother lace carriage, both for normal and fine lace:

[The picture shows Fran setting up, with many members still getting their teas.]

Then Pat showed us how to knit tuck lace, and then how to use the lace carriage on the Knitmaster.

And I attempted to show how to knit punch lace on the Knitmaster - not entirely successfully, but luckily I had one I had done earlier to show:

And then I demonstrated a hand manipulated lace, the instructions for which are in a Kindle book costing 80p called

Ruby Lace Technique Machine Knitting ePattern All Machines click on the title for a link to it.

The pattern for March was a tuck lace scarf:

And finally we had a yarn sale


February 11th 2013

We came within a whisker of having to cancel again, but the committee and many members pulled together, and drove through the snow, to make this a very successful meeting.

Fran demonstrated joining shoulders on the knitting machine.

Pat demonstrated the Hague linker: joining seams and finishing edges, as well as attaching embelliishments with the linker.

Lynda demonstrated the overlocker.

And we had another yarn sale!  With more to come at future meetings.

We welcomed several new members, and now have quite a complement of beginners, as well as a more even distribution between Knitmaster and Brother users.

We are also planning workshops on overlocking, knitting the Swirl cardigan and mini-workshops for beginners and others.  Watch this space!

January 14th 2013

Amid [accurate] forecasts of snow, it was decided to postpone this meeting until next week.  Hope to see you then, but meanwhile there are two new patterns to look at.  Visit

the patterns section: machine knitting garments

Swirl knit in Mohair


Shrug knit in Grigna


Sadly the meeting had to be cancelled again due to wintry conditions.  We are hoping to see Wendy later in the year.

December 2012

Our last meeting of the year was a huge yarn sale with mini demonstrations by club members of finishing techniques.


Despite the hectic festive season approaching, it was well supported!  We look forward to another year of machine knitting, learning and developing new techniques as well as meeting our friends!


Happy New Year!




November 12th 2012

Erica Thomson

It was lovely to see Erica back again this year, with her talk/demonstration on blocking and pressing.

She showed us various new items she has for sale, and new jewellery ideas she is developing, before moving on to the main event.

Most of us feel that we should finish our work with more expertise, but Erica took it a stage further and explained what happens when we do certain things with our irons.  It would be more accurate to call this talk 'Blocking and Steaming' because Erica does not touch the fabric with the iron but hovers it over her work and uses lots of steam.

Someone whispered to me that I probably knew how to use the blocking wires that Erica provided for us to have a go with, but I realised at that point that they do not know me well!  I learned so much from this demonstration, and will be using my blocking kit in future, having seen how the shape of a garment can be radically altered by different steaming techniques.