Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December 2014

During December we all enjoyed our annual xmas meal, this time at the ELY, between Blackwater and Yateley. We always exchange secret Santa gifts. This year we also gave out certificates for the end of year competition results and charity competiton. It was a great end to a very busy knitting year.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

November 2014

Sandra started her talk on embellishments with decorative buttons. A number of embellishment samples were passed around. Patterns, garments and pictures were also shown to provide lots of ideas and inspiration.


Contrasting yarn at joins adding decorative finish
Machine Embroidery

Iron on Swarovski Crystals

Swiss darning using kits
Sales Table  

Beginners entry of slip stitch baby blanket with crochet endging 
Winner of advanced November competition, knitted in jacquard on passap in 1 strand of 2/30 acrylic of each colour
2nd in advanced was Valeries ankle warmers/spats with button details

3rd in advanced was a stole by Phyllis with cuffs in and knitted in tuck rib

Gillian had the 4th entry in advanced

This years competition results:
Beginners - 1st Jenny
                        2nd Annette

Advanced - 1st Valerie
                 2nd Marcia

Well done everyone, we had a busy and creative year.

Some of us also attended a weekend workshop with Ann Brown during November, here are some photos.


Saturday, 25 October 2014

October 2014

The club had an arcticle and photos published in the local Yateley Town Crier, so we hope it encourages some new members and guests.

On the weekend of 8th and 9th November some of us will be attending the Ann Brown of Posh Frocks weekend workshop. This is a local event held in the Yateley WI hall. If it is something you are interested in finding out more about, then contact Sandra for details.

We also had our charity evening where everyone made something under the title 'anything goes'. The items all go to our local sponsored charity "The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre" in Reading for them to sell at their Christmas Fair and raise much needed funds for the Centre.

Here are the items made and donated to the cause this month. We always have a competition where everyone at the meeting votes for their favourite, and the winner gets a prize, which is awarded at the Christmas meal.

This year Vee was selected as the winner for the pale green and apricot top with crochet and knitted flower embellishments.


Marcia made the cushions and produced an interesting texture using the Passap machine

Selection of baby hats

Valerie made the xmas scarf

Jenny made a watefall scarf

Sandra made this beautifully trimmed baby jacket

A beatiful textured cowl
The results for the monthly knitting competition.

Winner of the beginners class is the Hugs & Kisses pillow made by Mandie

2nd in beginners class is the baby cardigan made by Jenny

Winner of the advanced class is the cabled top by Sandra

2nd in the advanced class is the Passap lace scarf by Sue

The Sales Table with aprons made by Annette and some knitting magazines donated by Vee

Monday, 29 September 2014

September 2014

There has been a huge gap in posts due to holidays and because the club did not meet in August, but we are now back on track.

Sandra gave a talk about the charity evening for Octobers Meeting and brought in many patterns and ideas for entries and contributions.
Vee brought along a large pile of past issues of knitting magazines to the club meeting and were eagerly shared between the members.

1st Valerie who had knitted a huge and very different shag pile rug or wrap in vivid green
2nd Phyllis with a neck warmer

This is pretty amazing and the texture is so good. You really wouldn't think it had been made on a domestic knitting machine. It looks like a cosy rug or a very warm throw.

This is a handy little neck warmer. Just pop it over the head and tuck it into your coat or top and it looks like you have a full size garment on under your outerwear.

1st Jenny with a waterfall scarf made with holding position.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

June 2014

For the June meeting we had guests from the Woodley Machine Knitting Club. Each of them told a story about their knitting journey and what had inspired them to create. Each story was accompanied by beautiful pieces of crafted items that were passed around for everyone to inspect and ask questions. Its a great way to extend knowledge and hear about new ways to try texture and combinations of fibres.

Here are some of the items shared with us.

This wonderful design was inspired by a garment being worn in the shopping precinct. The Woodley knitter then went home and designed it.

Our monthly club competion was  won by Valerie in the advanced class with the covered basket.
The purple scrunchie was the winning entry for
the beginners section and made by Mandie.

What a neat idea!