Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2015 meeting

If you'd looked at our proposed programme for the year you would see that we were hoping to have a speaker this month.  Unfortunately it is getting harder to find anybody to talk on any subject relating to knitting, so we haven't been successful.

So - rather than just sit and chat we thought we'd keep your hands busy and get you doing something. If you take a look at this website  you will find instructions on how to make a decorative button.  English instructions are under all the pictures and foreign wording.

So what do you need to bring?  Well a button with four holes to start with.  Plus a crochet hook and some yarn.  I'd suggest that the crochet hook should be about 2mm in size if you are bringing 4 ply yarn.  Depending on the button(s) you bring you may find that the crochet hook won't fit through the holes.  If you have a smaller one that will fit through please bring it.  If not, we will have one or two there so can share.

I'm sure plenty of chatter will go on and don't forget show and tell as well.


Jean talked to us this month, about putting pockets in our knitwear - a subject applicable to both machine and hand knitters.  So many different options and things to think about.  Jean showed us some examples and gave some suggestions - thank you Jean for an interesting talk.

There were a number of items for show and tell.  All beautifully knitted as usual.  However I didn't make notes about who knitted what and my sieve-like brain has forgotten!  apologies to the knitters - I will try and do better next time. 

This lovely blanket isn't shown at it's best when photographed.

Our memberes are coming up with some lovely shawls.  As the number of stitches increases from around five or seven it doesn't seem like you're knitting hundreds on the last row!  It would be a different matter if you had to cast on 400 stitches!

This beautiful cardigan (knitted by Carole - yes I can remember that!) incorporates a pocket.  What a co-incidence - and it shows how neatly it can be done.

I think this garment was knitted by Christine.  It is a cardigan, with the main part knitted in the round, so that gives it a shawl collar.  Christine also incorporated sleeves.

If memory serves correctly, this was also knitted by Christine.  The colours haven't come out well in the photo as I think it was a blue/grey.  It has a very vintage feel to it and would be lovely to wear in spring and autumn and maybe even a cool summers day.

Now I do remember that this little bolero cardigan was knitted by Sandra.  The yarn has sequins incorporated into it, so it adds a little bit of sparkle.  There's a little girl somewhere wearing this now and feeling like a princess.

Monday, February 02, 2015

February 2015 meeting

It's tomorrow and if I spend too long writing this it will be today!

Our first meeting of 2015 is on Tuesday 3rd February.  It almost caught me out as it has come round very quickly.  Jean is going to be talking about pockets including where and how to put them into your garments.

I hope it hasn't caught you out and that you are able to make it.

8 pm as usual.

December 2014 update

How remiss of us not to have updated the blog before now.  So sorry to our regular readers. Time has slipped away from us.

We did get together in December and we had a lovely time looking at the many items brought along for the Friends of The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton Branch.  The photos are of just some of the donations.  They were taken to the Hospital just a couple of days later and on sale within hours.

Stephanie knitted this colourful clown, having found the complete pattern in a magazine from a new club member. Stephanie had previously kept the yarn aside and the partial pattern from an old butchered magazine for a long time, hoping to find the whole pattern one day. 

Crochet blanket

An interesting use of raglan for the fastening details

Vee made this bolero jacket

Sue knitted this sweater with the side split detail and the back a bit longer than front, shown below

Liz demonstrated a new stitch design on the mid gauge machine

Monday, December 01, 2014

December 2014 meeting

Our last meeting of 2014 and a late reminder that it is Fleet Knitting Club tomorrow evening (Tuesday 2nd December).  Please come and join us for mince pies and tea or coffee.  No wine as most of us will be driving!

We will be collecting items for the Friends of the Royal Marsden, Sutton Branch, for their sales table.  Last year (2013) their sales tables raised over £14,000 from the sales of donated goods so I know they appreciate everything we send them.  If you would like to see what they do with the money raised please take a look at .  I will be delivering the handmade and new/unwanted items that you donate to the hospital as soon as possible so that they have them in time for sale before Christmas.

Of course there will also be a knitting machine at the meeting so that if there are any queries we can try and sort them out.  Plus if you have any hand knitting problems, bring them along and we will all put our heads together to see if we can solve them.

Don’t forget to bring your recently completed knitting to show.

We won’t be meeting in January, so I will take this opportunity to say Happy Christmas and Best wishes for 2015. 

Hope to see lots of you at the meeting.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fun with Finger Knitting

Lots of creativity happened during the last meeting. We cut up T shirts and other fabrics into strips and knitted up with needles, crochet hooks and fingers. Finger knitting with yarn was also tried. Here are a few pictures.

Cutting into strips

We also had show and tell items.
Nina machine knitted and decorated a short sleeved top with ribbon in diamonds design and drop beads hanging from the bows 

This is a machine knitted slip textured pattern knitted sideways

Sandra made this seamless baby jacket, using holding position, on the knitting machine

Sandra machine knitted this baby outfit
Close up of Liz's hand knitted shawl, showing beaded drop edge decoration

The whole hand knitted silk multi coloured shawl

Cast off edging giving a droplet effect

Close up of knitted in beads on this hand knitted shawl

Beautiful cashmere hand knitted shawl by Liz
We also had 3 busy sales tables.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

November meeting

Only a few days to go now till the November meeting.  Tuesday November 4th is the date and the time is 8pm as usual.

So what will we be doing?  It's a hands-on evening; going back to basics and reminding ourselves how to finger knit and maybe arm knit as well.  You don't need to have needles to knit!  This is a great activity to do with the younger members of your family and can be a way to get them started on a hobby for life.

And we will be making our own yarn as well - by recycling old t-shirts! 

It would be helpful if you could bring a t-shirt to cut up and a pair of sharp scissors but if you don't have one then don't worry; we will have some available!  And if you aren't quite into this sort of recycling then bring some chunky yarn; the thicker the better.

There will also be balled and coned yarn and knitting patterns on sale with the money raised going to the Friends of the Royal Marsden, Sutton Branch.

As a reminder - we will be collecting new items next month for the Friends of the Royal Marsden.  They will be taken to the hospital a few days after the meeting and sold in aid of their funds.  The items can be things you've made as well as things you've been given and can't use.  Doesn't have to be knitted, just new and unused.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Producing Texture

Susan Holton is a contemporary knitwear designer who joined us as this month's speaker and shared her passion for producing textures and colour in her pieces. 

Some of Susan's pieces have been created by combinations of two different fibres in one garment, that have different absorbtion rates for taking on dye, and created a two tone effect. Most of the textures and dye effects she has found quite by accident from experimenting to see what happens. Sometimes it has been a pleasant surprise and quite unexpected. The fibres she has tried for example are silk with viscose and Susan usually dyes her pieces after making and not the fibre independently before knitting, which is quite unusual for most domestic knitters.

Another one of her trade marks is use of the 7 prong tool to create smooth lines around neck, arm and shoulder shaping. A lot of her clothes also have short row shaping and this has also produced beautiful flowing garments that flatter and fit most shapes and sizes and also added texture.

A selection of Susan Holton garments

The above are all close ups of a few of Susan's garment textures

A few members brought in some show and tell.
My very first knitted item ever! 

A shawl by Carol

A colourful throw

Saturday, October 04, 2014

October meeting and a speaker visiting

Hi everyone

Just a quick note to remind you that it is Fleet Knitting Club on Tuesday (7th October) 8 pm.  We have a speaker booked.  Knitwear designer-maker Susan Holton is coming to talk to us.  You can find her website here: Her work looks really interesting – beautiful and contemporary.  We’ve been trying to get her to come and talk to us for ages and at last we have been successful so I do hope you will be able to make it.

Unfortunately I won’t be there as I’ll be up in London, setting up for the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace which opens on Wednesday and goes on till Sunday – just my luck!  Here's the website for the show, just in case you can pay a visit.  Always worthwhile as you'll come back full of ideas and probably things to do as well!

I've got someone else lined up to take photos and write about it here so I won't miss out totally but I am a little disappointed I can't be there.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beads and More

The meeting started with the AGM and after reviewing and agreeing agenda items we looked forward to the next years meetings schedule and events.

Certificates were handed out for those that entered the challenge competition, held last meeting.  The 2015 Challenge was announced.  This time you are challenged to knit or crochet something using or incorporating ribbon or ladder type yarn.  As an example Liz brought along a shawl  to show.  Here's a close up of the type of yarn.  If members haven't already got some of this yarn in their stash, we have plenty available to give them some.

Rosie (from Moon Beads) our speaker for the evening gave an interesting talk about using beads in various knitting projects and showed a lot of samples. It was particularly interesting because Rosie provided a number of explanations for techniques used with machine knitting and others that were used in hand knitted and crocheted projects.

Show and tell produced a good selection of items made during the summer break.
Knitted in wire.

This bag has been knitted out of plastic tape that is non-biodegradable.  The wording round the middle is "Makers Faire" as this is what it was made for.

Isn't he cute!

A little girl will look lovely in this

A lovely blanket for a lucky baby

Slipper socks knitted with the yarn remaining after a pair of socks had been completed.

A pretty little dress and cardigan (below) for a pretty little girl.

Wire and bead bracelet