November update

Dear Readers

Last month I promised you some captivating reading and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with our centre four pages this month. It tells the remarkable story of a circular knitting machine and its owner. The machine is restored and in full working order, having started a remarkable journey almost 100 years ago in Essex. Milissa Ellison Dewey has researched and written our fascinating story and she lives in America with her husband, Alan. Master Turner Alan is originally from Hull in the North East and he’s the world’s foremost restorer of antique chess sets and spinning wheels. Together, they’re superheroes of the spinning world and are the fibre-tool restoration couple known as Bobbin Boy. Milissa has one of the world’s largest research collections of circular knitting machines. They range in age from the early 1870s and come from 13 countries, including many from the UK. She now has about 80 circular machines, as well as ten or so rigid ‘V’ bed models. Whenever possible, she tries to identify machines with known provenance as it’s the machines, together with the folk who struggled to find the money to buy them, that are of equal interest. Thank you so much Milissa for all your historical research, which has brought one of this country’s knitting machines to life.

I’m pleased to have heard again from Carole Dunkerley, whose Father Christmas hat pattern was a huge success in our December 2018 magazine. Lockdown has given Carole lots of knitting time and she’s been busy making an assortment of knitted ‘heads’. They can be attached to all manner of items such as gift bags, key rings or a Christmas tree. If you’ve run out of time to knit garments for everyone, they’ll be thrilled with a personalised gift bag and you’ll find Carole’s happy collection on Page 27.

Another alternative that’s homemade and original could be one of Bill King’s cards. Uncover a wealth of possibilities in your stash of oddments. The fabric to make 80 or 90 cards will soon be knitted with eight single motifs across the width of the needlebed and Hobbycraft has 50 plain white cards and envelopes for £5.50. Bill tells us what to do and how to do it on Page 52, so you really can knit something for all your friends and family this year.

In this issue, I always remind you that we need to turn our attention to the kitchen in six weeks’ time. This year, though, I’ll not worry if I haven’t made the cake. Carole has come to the rescue with a last-minute recipe and it’s on Page 12. A drop or two of whisky is essential, but it will be the ‘merriest’ cake you’ll ever make! Until next month, cheers!

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December 2021 new subscriptions

This is December 2021 and our current issue

NEW SUBSCRIPTION The December magazine was mailed to subscribers on 4th November, so if you’d like a monthly subscription to the magazine, no money will be taken with your order and it will start next month with the January 2022 magazine, to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 2nd December. If you’d like to start with this December magazine, please buy it as a back issue.

December 2021 (Issue 287) with a feature by Milissa Ellison Dewey, who has one of the world’s largest knitting machine collections

Our full-colour December 2021 issue is on sale this week and our Designer Special shines the spotlight on Milissa Ellison Dewey. Together with her husband Alan, they’re the fibre-tool restoration duo better known as Bobbin Boy. Milissa has one of the world’s largest and most important knitting machine collections and she tells us the remarkable story of one of the machines and its owner. Our usual mix of patterns is for all machines, with designs from Alison Dupernex and Bill King along with lots of festive cheer including novel Christmas heads, to attach to a gift bag or hang on a tree. Susan Guagliumi offers lots of free help and advice and Sally-Ann Carroll has some seasonal ideas to help you and your knits sparkle and shine. Bill King shows us how to knit some spectacular 3D fabric, Karin Rogalski has a great stash buster and Iris Rowe’s Mother Goose is heading straight for the Toy Box. Passap knitters have a classy man’s sweater to knit, along with a feature on using the Japanese holding position technique. There’s always help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details for ideas and inspiration.

October 2021 update

Dear Readers

It’s been a happy month, with a steady flow of news that clubs are starting face-to-face meetings again. There are lots of changes in Clubline and our Clubs Directory and I’ll include full details next time that Middlesex Machine Knitters has a new name and new venue. Members used to meet in Hounslow, then kept in touch via Zoom when Covid-19 appeared. They were planning to go back in September, but had a problem with the venue so have found somewhere new in Ealing, West London. This has needed a name change as well. They now call themselves West London Knitters: Machine, Hand & Other Textile Crafts. They’re meeting at the Open Ealing Art Centre at Unit 14 Dickens Yard, School Lane, London W5 2TD. It’s easy to get to by public transport and there’s a car park nearby. Meeting times have also changed to the second Friday of the month, from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. For the most up-to-date details, contact Elaine Cater at info@elainecater.com or call 01305-852255.

Similar news came from Janet Shuttleworth in Christchurch. You may remember me telling you that Carbery Machine Knitting Club had closed and I was especially sad, after a long association with the club and its support for the Bournemouth show. Their new name is Dorset & Hampshire Coastal Machine Knitting Club and members will meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. The new venue is St Catherine’s Hall at 17 Marlow Drive, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2RR. For up-to-date details, email Janet at jan.knitting@outlook.com

Lots of clubs have enjoyed Zoom, but you’ve all told me that seeing each other in the flesh is wonderful. There’s no hugging (of course!) but meeting in person feels as if things are returning to a new ‘normal’. I’ll include full details for Ealing and Christchurch in Clubline next month, along with updating our Clubs Directory. There are also some gorgeous samples from Ealing. In the meantime, do contact Elaine or Janet direct for their latest news.

Next month, the magazine goes out to subscribers on 4th November and it will be time to mention that the ‘annual event’ in December will be just seven weeks away. I’ve promised many of you that I’ll include a selection of your most popular requests. However, if it’s one time of the year that passes you by, you’ll be spellbound reading the remarkable story of a restored circular knitting machine and its owner, who lived in Essex and achieved financial miracles using it. Karin Rogalski has been knitting for us once more and we’ve an Alison Dupernex design. Do join me again next month and, until then, knit happy!

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December 2021

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November 2021 (Issue 286) with a Designer Special feature from Susan Guagliumi

Our full-colour November 2021 issue is now on sale. Remember the poncho? Well it’s back and you couldn’t have an easier item to knit, so we’ve two patterns. We’ve our usual mix of designs and we always tell you how to knit all our patterns on standard gauge machines. This month, Designer Special shines the spotlight on Susan Guagliumi with Part 2 of her exclusive new Bubbles design and technique. The 6-page feature includes step-by-step full knitting instructions and techniques. We’ve two designs for Passap machines, one in a lace pattern that doesn’t need transferring, along with the final part of three articles on converting Passap patterns for Japanese machines. We’ve a hugely popular Anne Baker Karabee Design for a his ‘n’ her Aran-style roll neck sweater for standard gauge machines. Sally-Ann Carroll reminds us that it’s all about the detail for the new season ahead and Bill King is on the move again sending stitches in every direction except, of course, straight up and down! There’s always help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details for ideas and inspiration.

November 2021 new subscriptions

This is November 2021 and our current issue

NEW SUBSCRIPTION The November magazine was mailed to subscribers on 7th October, so if you’d like a monthly subscription to the magazine, no money will be taken with your order and it will start next month with the December 2021 magazine, to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 4th November. If you’d like to start with an earlier magazine, please buy it as a back issue.

Hand knit and chat

Enjoy your Sunday afternoons with a lively group of likeminded people who show each other their knitting and offer hints and tips to each other. If you knit on an LK-150 and combine a little hand knitting with your fabulous machine knitting, why not show off your skills! The link is Knit and Chat, 4pm to 6pm, every Sunday (free)

Bookmarked

Exciting news! Search Press and David & Charles have teamed up to create Bookmarked, a free-to-join website that offers inspiration and creative insights to art and craft enthusiasts the world over.

Bookmarked has been developed by these two award-winning publishers to connect the global art and craft community with brilliant authors and their amazing books. The site features articles, reviews and interviews from hundreds of authors as well as an exciting range of extra features and exclusive content including:-

  • Show and tell – where members can share their projects with the community
  • Valuable free downloads including sewing pattern templates and painting outlines
  • New free projects – exclusive to members
  • Video demonstrationsMoney-saving offers
  • The very latest news, views and events from the finest art and craft authors!

Registration is simple and free of charge and new members will gain immediate and unrestricted access to all of the exciting content the website offers. This is a unique platform for art and craft lovers to join an international community of like-minded people and to share their creative passions. For more details visit BookmarkedHub.com.

RSN Stitch Bank

Royal School of Needlework Launches World Directory of Stitches

The Royal School of Needlework launches the RSN Stitch Bank today by revealing the first 150 stitches to kick off celebrations of the charity’s 150th anniversary.  The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) aims to compile the world’s largest repository of stitches, digitally conserving and preserving every stitch around the globe.

RSN Stitch Bank is accessed online via the website rsnstitchbank.org.  This comprehensive resource features videos, written instructions, illustrations, photographs and information for each stitch.  Stitches range from the well-known Back Stitch and French Knots, to the more technical Queen Stitch and Turkey Rug. Rarely used stitches are also featured, such as Underside Couching and Battlement Couching Trellis.

RSN Stitch Bank is a resource for all stitchers, teachers, curators, historians, researchers and students. Stitchers can find a new stitch to use in a project and learn how to work it.  Researchers, curators, historians and students can use the site to learn about the use, structure and history of each stitch, in a range of embroidery techniques and to identify individual stitches on a textile.

Tunnel vision

Dear Anne

I have a use for my empty cones that you might find amusing. I use those with wide tops for our gerbils, as the larger openings make them like tunnels. After several weeks, the cones have been reduced to flakes of paper and since we use peat in the cages, we have a good garden mulch. We also have very happy gerbils… having started with two, we now have twelve! Keep going Anne and all the best, Sandra