Mid-gauge magic

 This 4+5-prong transfer tool is for 6.5 mm mid-gauge machines such as the Silver Reed LK150. The wooden tools are individually crafted and smoothly finished. Use either four or five prongs to move stitches or work wide fully-fashioned decreases along a raglan. By moving ten stitches at each decrease, you’ll have enough stitches for an edge stitch plus a stitch either side of a 3×3 cable and the decrease. With a pair of tools and a bit of bridging, you can also cross 4 or 5 stitch cables. Individual, 4 and 5-prong tools cost $18 each and the combination tool is $26 available exclusively at www.guagliumi.com


News & Views

 News & Views

The Sep/Oct issue of News & Views from Country Knitting of Maine is now available on-line and includes a pattern from Susan Guagliumi, incorporating techniques from her new book Open Spaces. Dedicated to machine knitters, there are six issues a year and the full-colour PDF file is available for 60 days. Linda Williams is the only seller and the price for six issues is $46.99, around £35 in the UK. To find out more, contact Linda Williams, Country Knitting Of Maine, 351 White Schoolhouse Road, Madison, ME 04950-3202, USA.

Tel 207-696-5418

Email oth98@hotmail.com

Website www.countryknittingofmaine.com

September 2018 – Issue 248

This is September 2018 and our latest issue.

Subscription Bundle If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you this issue and the October 2018 magazine will be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 6th September.

New subscription If you chose a new subscription, it will start with the October 2018 magazine – to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 6th September.

Open Spaces

Open spaces

Susan Guagliumi’s ‘book that would not end’ is finished. As the cover says, there are chapters on eyelets, ladders and slits and these huge open spaces are very different from a bit of hand-tooled lace. Many samples will produce gorgeous garments, but definitely need to be worn over something if you’d prefer not to be arrested! The book is 8.5 x 11 in and by increasing the size it saved about 40 pages, which translates into lower costs. There are 225 pages with over 300 inspirational swatch photos and charts. We’ve not seen such diverse possibilities of eyelets, slits and ladders in all their extremes and variations. Susan has also included photos of fabulous garments by some of her favourite designers and the designs are awesome. Written in the style we all know, the book is suitable for owners of all brands and every gauge of knitting machine.

Looking through the book, we can see the way a machine-knitter’s mind works. Bill King often reminds us that by changing one factor we stumble upon something new and much more interesting. What if I knit more or less rows between repeats? What if I try it with an odd or even number of stitches? What if I cross the stitches in the same direction, or alternate it? There are a huge number of charts, swatches and photos and Matthew Bragg at Softbyte came to the rescue with DesignaKnit. It cut Susan’s time massively, using the pre-designed symbols and grids. There are no garments, but free patterns are on her website. The patterns, swatch photos and how-to videos on her blog will whet your appetite and all details are at www.susanguagliumi.com

News for clubs


Subject to distance, Dave and Jason from The Wool Cabin are happy to come to your club meeting and give a general talk about their life in the knitting world. They’ll also bring a selection of machine and hand knitting yarns for you to buy at special club discount prices. Fancy a day out? Why not visit them at Chesterfield Market Hall? You’ll find them at Unit 12 in the indoor section. Don’t forget they sell Wendy, Twilleys, Robin, King Cole, Stylecraft, JC Brett and Opal. Please mention the magazine and they’ll give you their best prices on the day.

The Yarn Cabin, Unit 12 (Indoor), Chesterfield Market Hall, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1AR

Tel 07553-847483

Email Singlemalt48@hotmail.com and please put The Wool Cabin in the subject box


Family fun

Dear Readers

When I wrote my letter last month, little did I think that we’d still be in the grip of what we call a heatwave and the rest of the world calls summer. It’s been too hot to even potter in the garden, so spare a thought for me juggling press invitations to view this year’s selections for Christmas!

As Susan Guagliumi said herself, her new book has been the hardest to write – but it’s finished and a copy of Open Spaces: Machine Knit Eyelets, Ladders and Slits arrived recently. I’ve often said that if I was to be cast away on a desert island, the book I’d take with me would be Susan’s Hand Manipulated Stitches. Now I have to revise my plans, as Open Spaces has moved to top of the list, to give me something new to try each day until the rescue boat arrives. It’s been a long time coming but merits huge congratulations. It’s the best book published by a machine knitter for all machine knitters, probably since More Hand Manipulated Stitches. You can read about it on Page 6 and if you enjoy sitting in front of your machine and ‘messing about’ to discover some amazing machine-knitted fabrics, make it top of your Christmas wish list.

My other news this month is the relocation of Silver Reed to larger premises. They’ve only moved down the road to the next village, but needed the extra space. The excellent news for all of us in machine knitting is that their business continues to grow. Their new address is a bit of a mouthful and in full it’s the John White Business Centre, Atlanta House, Midland Road, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 8DN. The phone number remains the same and is 01933-311888. There’s parking at the rear of the building and a nice bright showroom, but much larger warehouse. We’ve known for a while that the SK-830 fine gauge electronic machine was to be discontinued and it’s now no longer in stock. However, we still have the SK-155 chunky, the LK-150 mid gauge, the SK-280 standard gauge punchcard machine I use and the SK-840 electronic standard gauge in full production.

One thing to mention is a current offer including UK mail order, plus overseas with shipping at cost. They’ve hugely discounted their stocks of Forsell yarns with a 50% reduction on all cones. There’s 4-ply hand-wash Pure Wool and Slalom Aran plus 2, 3 and 4-ply Superwash Wool and Superwash DK. So, visit www.silverviscount.co.uk to see all the shades and prices. Until next month, try to stay cool!


October 2018

Subscription copies sent out

Thursday 6th September

On sale Thursday 13th September

Ask your newsagent to reserve a copy now



Oxford blues

Hi Anne

I’m taking over running the Oxford Machine Knitting Group. The trouble is our numbers have dwindled so much that I’m putting in a plea to any knitters living in Oxfordshire to come and join us. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Yarnton Village Hall. We quite often take our machines with us and get useful tips from each other. Although two of our ladies are unable to bring their machines, they have a wealth of knowledge which is greatly appreciated. However, if we can’t get any more members, I doubt if we will be able to carry on much longer. Do please email nisekoang@gmail.com so, here’s hoping. Best wishes, Angie Reed

As Angie mentioned, Oxford Machine Knitters meet monthly on the second Tuesday from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. The venue is Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, Kidlington OX5 1TE and you really would be most welcome to swell their numbers a little.

Massive sale this weekend

The Makery has decided to close their shop in Bath and move it all online. They’ll still be running all the workshops and it will give them more energy to develop their workshops, parties and events. They’ve had a week’s crazy packing in the shop and have decided to have a MASSIVE archive sale this weekend! Literally everything in the sale must go, so they’ve slashed prices by up to 80%! They’ve included sewing machines, fabric, haberdashery, furniture, loads of vintage finds and more so go early to grab the best bargains!

Opening times are Saturday 28th July 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Sunday 29th July 10.30 am to 4.00 pm
The Makery is at 19 Union Passage, Bath BA1 1RD

August 2018 – Issue 247

This is August 2018 and our latest issue. If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you this issue and the September 2018 magazine will be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 2nd August.

Summer fun

Dear Readers

The August issue went to the printer at the end of June and it was surely been one of the hottest months for years. Many of us have giggled on the phone that we’re spending far more time in the garden than knitting, though some have shown willing by finding a shady spot to read MKM or do a bit of crochet. It’s one reason why some new kits from the Wool Couture company caught my eye. It may seem a bit silly to tell you about cosy slippers in the middle of summer. However, with everything you need in the kit including a bamboo hook, which is great for crocheting in the heat, we could easily get ahead of the game. They’d make a gorgeous gift for young or old, there’s a great colour choice and full details are in Newsline. If the heat continues, I may also surprise myself by tackling some macramé to make a new deckchair cover!

If you haven’t been in the garden, it seems you’ve been shunting things around to free up space in a conservatory, where many of you have your machine set up. It’s a while since I mentioned them, so let me give you details of TWAM, short for Tools With A Mission. It’s a Christian charity which collects unwanted tools then refurbishes them, sorts them into trade kits and sends them across the world. They send about 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year to support local people in their own community. Dignity comes through having work and providing for yourself and your family, so lives can be transformed if folk are given tools, equipment and training. Of special interest TWAM will take manual, electric and treadle sewing machines, knitting machines including yarn and needles, lots of haberdashery such as needles, cottons, large material pieces or rolls of fabric plus buttons and zips. They take tools for use by agricultural workers, builders, carpenters, motor mechanics, electricians and plumbers, as well as power tools and items from a workshop. Children’s educational books are also passed on. They have requests for big items such as welding machines, generators, compressors and industrial sewing machines so if you’ve any of these or similar items, do get in touch and ask if they can use them. The list is comprehensive so visit the website to find your nearest volunteer collector or refurbishment centre. Here are their contact details.

Tools with a Mission, 2 Bailey Close, Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0UD.

Tel 01473-210220 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm)

Website www.twam.uk

Instead of a trip to the tip, make TWAM your first port of call and help others to help themselves. Until next time, enjoy the sun.


September 2018

Subscription copies sent out Thursday 2nd August

On sale Thursday 9th August

Ask your newsagent to reserve a copy now.