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. Not sure what happened Sunday as I was not there myself! :)
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!
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.
We will be having a stand at the Big Textile Show (Leicester Racecourse, Oadby) on the 28th-29th October, which is next weekend. Do come along and say hello!
NEWS: The Guild of Machine Knitters Area Reps for Warks, West Mids, Leics and Northants are trying to organise a social event for machine knitters on Saturday November 18th, 10-12.30pm, at Houlton - this is a new suburb on the A428 between Hillmorton (Rugby) and Crick. The nearest postcode is CV23 0AB, The Tuning Fork Cafe - the venue is actually The Barn, a community centre, right next door. It is easily accessible from the M1 J18 and there is free parking. We are planning on bringing some hands-on workshops, some machines to play with and hope Wendy Piper of Knits n Bits will attend.
We appreciate this is possibly too far for some of you but we would love to know if you are interested and to get an idea of numbers to see if this is viable. If this date does not suit you (we appreciate it's short notice!) then would you be interested in a similar event in the New Year?
There will be a small charge for refreshments (yet to be decided - slightly more for non-Guild members). If you wish to attend or would be interested in such an event in the future, please contact Jane Harrisson.
UPDATE: There has been a reduction of the competition categories, and they will now be as follows:
1 Adult sweaters
2 Adult cardigans
3 Children's items
Other yarn crafts:
1 Adult sweaters
2 Adult cardigans
3 Children's items
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.
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
Bob demonstrated half milano and birdseye double jacquard as part of our "fairisle" themed month.
Dates for your diary:
Xmas lunch date is 5th December, places are limited to 12. Cost will be £17.50. Please put your name down with Sheila if you would like to go.
Finally, congratulations to Joy who won both the Fiskerton award and the Creativity cup for her blue waistcoat, which was entered into the Guild's annual challenge (kindly modelled here by my next door neighbour).
We have been asked if we would like to help knit poppies for a WW2 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 at the church.
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)
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.
"There are now 1.8 million refugees in Kurdistan who have fled ISIS and civil war from neighbouring Syria and Iraq. Last Winter 6 thousand refugees died of cold.
As winter approaches the need for warm clothing and blankets is huge. We have found a reliable way to deliver your generously donated knitting to those in need. (We take care to ensure the deliveries are not stolen en route or held up at the borders till huge ransoms are paid). It matters to us, and we know it matters to you that your knitting gets to those who need it.
So please get your needles busy, to literally help save lives.
We also want warm clothes for those in need in the UK and abroad: chilly grannies; school children; babies; teenagers, and, of course, Twiddlemuffs to help dementia patients. In fact, whatever you make we can find a home for.
Have you got any spare needles, yarn or other knitting related paraphernalia? We are always on the look out for these as we can then use them in our work with marginalised sections of society, for example in prisons, to help set up new groups and keep the needles clacking!"
- Donations can be anything the charity can sell on eg knitted items, handmade cards etc