Tuesday, 9 May 2017

April 2017

Marcia demonstrated some edgings and shared a number of samples knitted on the single bed and double bed machines.

A challenge was set at the meeting for everyone to try to knit an edging pattern that was partially demonstrated during the meeting and bring to the May meeting.




The competition entry this month was made by Margot. It is a jacket sideways knitted with knitweave pattern and fancy yarns.



 
The May meeting will have Shirley talking about machine knitting the entrelac technique and demonstrating it on the LK150.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

March 2017


At the March meeting Sandra talked about v neckbands and various ways to knit them. A few photos are shown below.






 
The following are the competition entries for March. The categories and placings will be updated.



 
 


 
Vee made this baby blanket and it came with a request to knit for Guildford's Royal Surrey Hospital Baby Unit.

 
These were knitted by Jenny on the Passap and are cosy little cross over short neck warmers.
 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

February 2017

The February meeting topic for demonstrating and discussion was about machine knitting gadgets and accessories. The trip to Bournemouth MK Live was discussed as the group planned to travel together by minibus like we did last year.

The following pictures are the stacking yarn twister that was demonstrated. Samples were knitted up from the resulting fabric and the 3 colours shown.


 
The yarn produced was not as tightly and evenly twisted as the style of twisters that wind and twist either by manual handle or electric power but did produce a successful fabric with a good spread of the different yarn colours throughout. No uneven blocking, which is what can happen if all ciones are threaded directly through the yarn masts and knitting without any twistingat all.
 
The competition had 5 entries this month.
1st - Sandy knitted a white jacket with interesting details down the centre back. 



 
Joint 2nd - Marcia had made a double bed tuck jumper on her Passap in beige although the lighting makes it look yellow and used cut and sew.
 
Joint 2nd - Janet created a jumper using her garter carriage for textured designs in a brown coloured Forsell yarn.

 
3rd - Margot made a fine crepe striped skirt

 
4th - Sandra made a blue raglan jumper in 4 ply yarn.
 
 
 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

October 2016

It was the Charity evening for the October meeting.
Charity Challenge entries:

1st joint Snowman scarf by Marcia and Teapot cosy in red and green striped by Vee


 
2nd Hats 3 with each red, blue and green by Janet


3rd White baby set with a topsy turvy top by Sandra

4th Baby lace lilac hat by Margo

5th Xmas snowman tree hanging by Shirley. the pattern is from Nov 2994 MKNews  pattern by Diane Bennett



Usual Monthly Competition:
Advanced
Shirley with Xmas snowman

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

September 2016

The topic this month is the 'Ribber'.


Items discussed or demonstrated on the machine using a Brother KH864 and KR850.
  • Setting up the ribber and main bed
  • The settings
  • Casting on
  • Fully fashioned increase
  • Fully fashioned decrease
  • Vertical buttonholes in rib
  • Horizontal buttonholes in rib
  • Scalloped edgings using ribber


 



Competition
Beginners:
Sandy knitted the pink cardigan in crepe and the back has a lace panel into a v.
 Advanced:
1st Valerie with a white lace shawl with crochet edging threaded with ribbon.
2nd Shirley with a red top knitted in 3 strands of crepe
3rd Sue knitted a jacquard waistcoat on the passap using 2 strands of each colour
 
 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

July 2016

A talk was given about different ways of knitting cables on the machine and using them together for various effects.

The cables were not demonstrated on the machine but a number of samples were shared and passed around the group for discussion. The samples included:
Various widths of cable knitted across a number of needles
Cables crossed in various directions
With needles in and out of work
Using cables to join 2 pieces of work across the shoulders or seams
On pockets
On the rib for a fancy texture
With cords or ribbons threaded through the cables
Cables with beads and other decoration




Some baby garments were made by the group for a local charity.








Competition
Advanced only entries this month.
1st  a jacket knitted in teal Grigna from the Ann Brown Versatile Jacket pattern by Shirley
2nd a scarf/wrap knitted with 2 strands very fine yarn in green and grey by Valerie


 
 
 

 Other knitting for another club competition were brought in and shared.