Manor House Machine Knitting Club

Andrewes St, Leicester


Please note that the dates for the rest of our programme have now been updated.

We will be running a Sue Booth workshop on October 18th 2018. Please let Sheila know if you are interested in attending either of these so we have an idea of numbers and costs.

Latest news

4 September

The new programme has been released, please see the programme page for further details. The first meeting of the 2017-18 year is the AGM on Thursday, Sept 21st 7-9pm

21 September

There will be a 20p charge for refreshments from now on, and workshop days will be £3. We raised £52 for Loros with the raffle in June. Please note meetings have changed to the first Wednesday (10am - 4pm) and third Thursday of the month (7pm - 9pm). The day session is a drop-in session (you don't have to stay all day). If you are going to the Christmas meal, a deposit of £10 or the full amount (£17.50) should be given to Jean ASAP - cheques preferred.

19 October

There was only one item for the show and tell - one of Bob's sideways knitted jumpers - and only because he forgot to post it!

Bob's jumper

Sheila did a lovely demonstration of how to do a professional neckline on the knitting machine. This is the method where you knit some stocking stitch, then create a hem, then knit some more stocking stitch, and the stocking stitch part is used to enclose a cut and sewn edge. It was quite fiddly but it looked lovely when it was finished! Sorry Sheila, I realised last night that I did not get a picture of your lovely sample.

UPDATE: There has been a reduction of the competition categories, and they will now be as follows:

    Machine Knitting:
  1. Adult sweaters
  2. Adult cardigans
  3. Children's items
  4. Miscellaneous
    Other yarn crafts:
  1. Adult sweaters
  2. Adult cardigans
  3. Children's items
  4. Miscellaneous

29 October

We had a good two days at the Big Textile show in Oadby, and had lots of interest. On the Saturday we made lots of poppies for a centenary event next year.

Big Textile Show Big Textile Show Big Textile Show Big Textile Show

21 December

We had our annual Christmas pot-luck buffet, alongside the annual competition. The winners were as follows:

Thelma - seamless top down sweater (handknit)

Jenny - crochet jumper

Jane - CSM socks (overall winner)

Jane - "Kate" short-row shawl with ruffles (machknit)

Pictures in the gallery.

January 18th

We had some lovely show and tell entries - definitely a sock theme tonight!

Show and tell

Bob awarded the overall prize to Jane for her winning competition entries last month. They're both giggling as Jane is usually the photographer and it took a while to get a shot.

Prize giving

Sheila very kindly demonstrated motif knitting. The machine decided it wanted to add some impromptu lace (aka dropped stitches).

Motif in progress A clown motif

Dates for your diaries:

There is going to be another "Heart of England" meetup on Saturday June 30th, this time for a whole day, in Crick. Please contact Jane for further information.

"A short note of thanks!
We were thrilled to receive the beautiful poppies created by the Manor House Machine Knitters in Leicester. As far as we know, these are the first poppies that have been donated having been made on a machine, so they are very special. Please will you pass on our most grateful thanks? The support that we are receiving is tremendous – we already have well in excess of 6,000 poppies, and they have come from all corners of the globe. I do hope that, in the autumn, you and your fellow knitters will be able to come to Warwick and see our display. It will be open between 6th October and 7th December.
Best wishes,
Helen, on behalf of Warwick Poppies 2018".

22 February

Sheila very kindly gave us lots of patterns with unusual collars to look at, and then demonstrated a racked rib edging from one of the Iris Bishop books. Jane demonstrated how to do mock rib for one of our younger members.

22 March

Jane very kindly shared samples of several kinds of pockets, and demonstrated a vertical pocket and a "kangaroo" pocket on the machine. Everyone was somewhat distracted by a large donation of coned yarn! :)

Two kinds of pockets!

6th July

Please note workshop is now 15th August not 1st August. This will also be a committee meeting.

19th July

Scarf competition

Many thanks to all who attended the end of year party last night. We raised £25 for Loros, and there were lots of lovely entries in the scarf competition. I had some chuckles from my other half when I said I was knitting a scarf in 28 degree heat!

December the 4th at midday is the date for this year's Christmas meal - we are not taking deposits as yet but only put your name down if you know you can definitely come.

1st August

Joy wins the GMK award

I am sorry to report that longstanding member Joy Scott lost her battle with cancer today. She was a lively member of Manor House club and had been both chairman and secretary in the past. She was a Passap expert but also had a Brother machine and loved creating beaded jewellery, which she often wore to meetings. She will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be held at Countesthorpe on Thursday 23rd August 2018 at 3:00pm.

Ongoing projects

We have been asked if we would like to help knit and crochet poppies for a WW1 centenary/remembrance event at St Mary's in Warwick. They need as many as possible, so let's get knitting! Jane is happy to take any poppies and drop them off locally.

Poppy - machine-knit standard and chunky gauge versions

Poppy - chunky version for Bond

Poppy - crochet version (PDF)

Poppy - knitted version 1 (PDF)

Poppy - knitted version 2 (PDF)

Poppy - knitted version 3 (Hobbycraft) (PDF)

Charity Knitting

It's easy to lose interest if you've been knitting a long time, and sometimes it's nice to knit a small item to try out a new technique. There are many charities requesting knits, these are just a few ideas. Jane is happy to accept donated items for any of these charities listed below:

Knit for Peace - warm clothes for adults, babies and children at home and abroad wanted, also blankets, hats, gloves, scarves etc

Romanian Orphanages - Jumpers, hats, mitts, scarfs, socks, comfort blankets and soft toys for ages 0 to 8

Newlife foundation for disabled children - anything the charity can sell on eg knitted goods, handmade cards etc

Where we meet:

West End Centre
Andrewes Street (off Hinckley Road)