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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September and the start of a new year for us

We don't meet in August as that's when a lot of us are on holiday so no report on a meeting this month.

Our year runs from September so it's time once again for our AGM - Tuesday 2nd September at 8 pm. It is the ideal opportunity to give us your ideas and thoughts about the club and what you aim to knit during the next year. You can of course e-mail us direct with ideas for club meetings so that we can try and include them in the programme during the coming year.

Along with the AGM (which as you know doesn’t take us very long!) we have invited Rosie from Moon Beads to come along and talk to us about knitting with beads.  I am sure she will have some of her gorgeous beads with her as well of other items of interest to you, so bring your purse!

Hardly a day goes by without someone, somewhere in the world looking at this blog spot of ours.  We are keeping a paper version as a form of diary to show those members that don't have an internet connection.

Once again it has been difficult to find speakers and as yet some dates haven’t been filled.  We are aiming to do that as soon as we can.  We will also be asking members to volunteer to show techniques and stitches to fill the programme. Programme updates will be posted here on the Blogspot as soon as a date is filled.

With your agreement, we will continue to support the Friends of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton Branch with donations of knitted and other new, but unwanted, items. We will collect them together at our December meeting, and they will be taken to the hospital a few days later. The Friends of the Royal Marsden will also be the recipient of the money raised at our club meetings through the sale of donated yarn and other items of knitting paraphernalia, plus donations from other sources.  The “pot” currently has over £188 for them. The total amount sent to them over the years stands at over £2,200 and the amount raised through the sale of goods we’ve sent must double, maybe treble, that.

Having looked at the amount in our treasurers account, the subs will remain £15.00 for the next year so please help us by having your cheque ready (made payable to “Fleet Machine Knitting Club”) or the correct money to hand and maybe in an envelope with your name on it. As an alternative, if you don’t expect to be able to make some of the meetings you can opt to pay £3 per night that you attend. We may need to levy an additional variable amount towards any evening when we have a speaker; depending on how much they charge and the distance they travel.

Looking forward to another successful year of knitting.

July 2014 - We challenged You!

This year we challenged you to knit something incorporating buttons, beads or sequins and you did not disappoint.  Fourteen of us brought along something we had knitted and they were displayed so that we could choose our favourite.  Here are a few pictures of them all laid out on the tables.

We also had some yarn for sale and as usual some of us couldn't resist a bargain!

During the evening Christine finished the main parts of the jumper she was knitting.  It just needs the neckbands added now.  Grace modelled it for her.

And a few things were brought along for show and tell.


Monday, June 30, 2014

July meeting

Sorry - a late post from me, but not quite too late.

The next club meeting with be tomorrow, Tuesday 1st July.  Perhaps that's what caught me out as it is really as early in the month as it can be.

Anyway - what will we be doing?  It's the month where we bring along the things you've made for our Challenge.  This year it is to knit something incorporating beads, buttons or sequins.  I look forward to seeing what you've all made.  And don't forget there will be a prize for the entry that is voted best by the members present on the night.  To make things as fair as possible, all entries should arrive in a bag, and the bags placed in a box so the knitter is unknown to the other members.  Shirley will then open each bag and put the contents on the table with a number.  Simple? well we hope so.

That's only going to take up part of the evening, so what else will be happening?  Well there will be a sales table.  Yarn, knitting books and other craft items will be on there, so bring your purse just in case there's something you like.  

And of course we will do a bit of knitting.  Either bring a work in progress, or have a go at knitting a puff.  You'll need 3 double pointed needles and some yarn if you want to have a go. 

If you've completed any knitting or crochet this month, do bring it along for show and tell.  We like seeing what others have made and it gives us inspiration to try something similar, or ask about a technique.

Hope to see lots of you there.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer is Here!

Linda Newington is Head of Library and Archive Collections for Art and Design at Winchester School of Art and gave a very interesting presentation at our last meeting. Linda explained about her 'In the Loop' project that has seen various exhibitions and workshops about knitting crafts. We were all spellbound by the stories and pictures she shared with us. There was a lot of information about copyright and trademarks that had made it difficult to electronically catalogue and make the collections available to the public. Some very old knitting books have been scanned and made available so it is possible to read them on the website and knit some items as they may have been knitted so many years ago.

Our members had also brought in a few items for show and tell.

 Sally had made a great hat with illuminations!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

June meeting coming soon

Our June meeting is coming up fast!  Tuesday 3rd June 8 pm at the St Johns Ambulance Hall as usual.

We have a special treat for you.  A speaker!  Linda Newington is Head of Library and Archive Collections for Art and Design at Winchester School of Art, a specialist art and design library, of the University of Southampton Library.  She will be telling us about the collection of knitting books and knitted pieces that are looked after by the University.  I don’t think she will be allowed to bring any of the pieces with her, but she will be bringing digital photographs and talking about the collection. And I am sure she will explain how you can view some of the collection on line.

I’m sure you will find it a fascinating evening.

For those that can’t make it on Tuesday, may I remind you that at the following meeting in July it will be our Challenge evening, when we ask you to bring along something you’ve knitted that includes buttons, beads or sequins.  Don’t show or tell anyone else what you are bringing as we will all be voting for our favourites on the night.  All entries should be anonymous and there will be prizes for the favourite entries.  More about this on Tuesday and e-mails next month.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Knitted Jewellery

This month the club members brought along yarn, beads, needles, a knitting machine, cord knitting machines and crochet tools and made some jewellery. A couple of pieces of Show and Tell too.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May meeting - what's happening!

We had hoped that Susan would be able to come and talk to us about knitting and her business designing and supplying high end knitwear, but unfortunately she isn't well.  So we've rebooked her for later in the year.

What are we going to do instead?  How about making some knitted jewellery?  We've got lots of ideas and we think you'll also come up with some more on the evening.

Jewellery is great for presents, and knitted jewellery is unusual.  You won't find anyone else wearing the same piece as you.  And just to give you a bit of an idea of what we will be doing take a look at the pictures below.