Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September and the start of another new year.

I hope everyone has had a good summer.  

Our new year starts on Tuesday 1st September with our AGM.  That doesn't take long, so we will also be having a bit of a discussion about converting patterns from hand to machine, machine to hand and also to using a different yarn.  We'd also like members to bring along a favourite website name and share it with us.   Feel free to bring your knitting too so that you can work on it while we natter.

There will also be the usual show and tell so bring those along too.

We'll be e-mailing the summer letter round to everyone shortly so if you don't receive it please get in touch.

Visitors and new members are welcome to any of our meetings.  The meetings start at 8pm and we usually finish around 10 pm.  The car park isn't over large, so if the spaces have all been taken then double park.  We'll all be leaving around the same time so it won't inconvenience anyone.

Hope to see you on 1st September.

July and our Challenge Evening

We had just 5 entries in this years challenge.  It was to knit something using a ladder yarn.  From the comments received, club members just didn't have any idea what to knit.  We need to be more specific in the challenge next time.  Some of the entries didn't photograph well, partly due to the nature of them but also because we were indoors, however for the record these were the entries.

The one chosen as favourite is the one in the middle row, right hand side, a crochet head scarf/shawl.

There were a few items bought in for show and tell.  Jean crocheted this lovely angel.  Small enough to hang on your tree or for decorating anywhere.  She designed it herself.

Janet has made another crochet blanket.  She's still using up her stash but she assures us the quantity is going down - slowly!

Liz knitted this short sleeve jumper using her knitting machine and garter carriage.  She said that the top part of the jumper was knitted in stocking stitch as it isn't so easy to shape using the garter carriage.  It's quicker too.  Still needs to be pressed.

 Apologies to whoever knitted this - I didn't make a note and now I can't remember.  The zig-zag pattern on the body is caused by yarn, nothing the knitter did.

Stephanie  knitted this blue summer top on her knitting machine.  She said it wasn't finished yet.  She ran out of time to finish the pressing.

 And last, but not least, someone has been preparing for winter by knitting this scarf.  Another one where the picture doesn't do it justice!

I wonder what will be bought along for show and tell when we meet again in September?
Hopefully all the photos will stay where I put them, but sometimes the computer thinks it knows best!

Monday, July 06, 2015

July meeting tomorrow

It's been a busy month for me, so little time for actual knitting, although I've lots of ideas for things I would like to do!

It's our club meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday 7th July).  It caught me by surprise so the reminder is late.  I had intended to post at the end of last week, but events overtook and it didn't happen.

This month is the evening we have our annual knitting challenge.  This year you were asked to knit something using ladder yarn.  You could use as much or as little as you liked and it could be machine knitted, hand knitted, crocheted or a combination of any of the crafts.  I hope we get lots of entries.

I'm sure we will also find plenty to chat about, and don't forget to bring your recently finished knits for show and tell.

Visitors and new members are welcome even if you haven't got anything for the challenge!

8 pm as usual.

June meeting update

We got a knitting machine out - a Brother KX350 Mid Gauge machine and did some hand tooling.  (No photos of it in action as the demonstrator is also the photograpaher!)  There were a number of different cables and twists shown, plus a few other techniques.

Stephanie has seen this youtube video

  and wanted to see a live demonstration.  No problem!  Try it - we liked it and it was simple.

We also had the usual show and tell.  Christine was wearing a very intersting shrug.  Luckily there was a whiteboard and pen available so a few sketches and notes helped with the explanation of how it was knitted.

 Stephanie bought along this supper top that she had recently finished.
Janet has been stash busting again and bought along these two crochet blankets.  She says she still has yarn to use!

 Nina has knitted a summer top using thread lace.
 And Liz has completed another pair of socks (by hand) plus a summer top.  She knitted it to wear at the Guild of Machine Knitters National Guild Day and AGM.  They had challenged members to knit something to wear on the day.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

June meeting

Oh it’s come round quickly again!  Yes its Fleet Knitting Club again on Tuesday, 8 pm.  This time we will be doing some hand tooling of stitch patterns on a mid-gauge machine.  Simple but effective.  And most, if not all, of the techniques can be done by hand too.

Of course we’d also like to see what you’ve been knitting this month so do bring that along as well.
The date will be Tuesday 2nd June   The time is 8 pm.   Look forward to seeing you there.  Visitors and new members are welcome any time.

May meeting update

May - hasn't it gone quickly!  Still there is time for me to update you on the May meeting before it turns to June.

We had a lovely, chatty and busy evening.

Some were working on their own projects and some on the project of the evening.

This is the result of our evenings work - they are knitters bits holders! And some progress on our own projects of course but I didn't photograph that too.  See the pre-meeting post for the link to the website where we found the information about how to make them.And very useful they will be too.

And here now are some of the show and tell items - Carole knitted this lovely lacy shrug.  Just the think for a cool evening.

Nina knitted these three pink fleck cardigans for her three granddaughters.  (sorry the camera didn't want to take auto-flash - there was enough light in the room not to need it, but it gave an odd light to this photo.)

More from Carole - an evening stole this time beautifully knitted and pressed.

Another one from Carole - a cowl neck warmer- all ready now for the cooler weather

Janet crocheted these two lap blankets.  Just the job for using up all those odd bits that are left at the end of a  larger project.
 We do like to see what our members have knitted and hope you enjoy looking at them too.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 5th May.  We'll be doing another knitting project this month.  This time it is something that we hope knitters will find useful.

We spotted this when we were looking on line :

The instructions are all there and also a note of what you need to complete the project.  If you would like to start the knitting before you come then please do.

Machine Knitters - you could knit pieces of the same size and use the purl side, however we can't guarantee it will look exactly the same, but it should work.

If you prefer not to make one of these, then you could bring your work in progress and continue with that.  

Look forward to seeing you, 8pm as usual and visitors are welcome.

April - oops!

Oops, guess who forgot her camera!  I did manage to get this photo, taken with my phone, but that's all.  We were making ducks for the Little Yellow Duck project (see the earlier entry for a link to the project).  I wonder how far these few get? I hope they give the finder as much pleasure as it did us to knit them.

Of course there was lots of chat and laughter as we knitted, and it was good to share the yarns, needles etc that we'd bought with us as well.

There were some show and tell items as well, but they didn't get photographed.  Sorry to those that bought them.  I will try and do better at our next meeting.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

April Meeting coming soon

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th April.  In the programme it says we will be having a hands-on evening but not what we will be doing.Well - we thought it time to do a little knitting for a change.

I was on one of my regular internet forums a couple of weeks ago and there was mention of this project .  The Little Yellow Duck Project is a global initiative highlighting the life-saving random acts of kindness of blood, bone marrow, and organ and tissue donation.   Basically you knit a duck, put a tag round it’s neck and leave it somewhere for someone to find and hope that they will sign up to one of the afor mentioned lists.  

I thought this appropriate for a number of reasons - the first because it's a good cause and needs promotion.  The second because it's Easter and spring (well it is here in the UK so they tell me!) and little fluffy yellow ducks are quite in keeping with the season.  They're cute - which is probably reason enough!

So, take a look at the website.  There are free patterns to download to help us make our ducks.  Choose which one or ones you’d like to knit and print the pattern.  Come along to the meeting armed with the yarn (yellow, white, orange and maybe a bit of black or brown), needles, pattern and a bit of stuffing and we’ll see how we get on.  There are tags available to download so you can name your duck if you wish or you can let the finder name it.

If you prefer not to join in, bring your current knitting project and work on that.  We'll also find time to sort out any problems you may have.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, 8pm as usual.

Adding crochet to buttons

 For our March meeting we did a bit of hands on.  We each brought along a four-holed button (or maybe a few), a crochet hook and some yarn and crocheted round them to make a pretty flower. A really small hook was required to go through the holes, but it can be done. We also tried crocheting a cover for a button.  Both techniques would be useful if you can't find a button to go with a garment you've made or just for decoration.

There was a bit of concentration involved, but there was still plenty of time for chatter and a lot of laughing!


 There was of course time for a bit of show and tell.  As usual I didn't make notes of who'd knitted what, so apologies if I haven't put your name against your item.

Of course I can't remember who knitted this beautiful outfit for a lucky baby.

But I can remember that Sue knitted this cardigan.  The yarn is Yeoman Grigna and the pattern is a free download from Long Buckby Machine Knitters website.

 Nina knitted this jumper.

But I've forgotten who knitted this - I think it was Sandra.

 Again my memory has let me down.  (note to self - write it down next time!)

 (don't ask me why that has come out as a caption - it did it all by itself and I can't get rid of it! and I can't get the picture below to move left or right!  Hey how, one day I might understand.)

 This is a section of a scarf knitted by Liz.  The yarn is from Drops Lace, 2ply and 70% alpaca, 30% silk. 

And last but not least two machine knit scarves, and once again I've forgotten who knitted them!