January update

Dear Readers

Each year I’ve to finish this issue long before I’ve looked at a mince pie, so let me remind you of one or two things which may slip through the net. The first is a note from Jean Richardson to let us know that starting in the New Year, members of Bromsgrove MKC will meet on the third Saturday afternoon of each month, instead of a Thursday. You’ll find all the details in Clubs Directory on Page 59.

Now a note to reassure you that Claire Newberry hasn’t deserted her many devotees. After her exciting trip to Italy last month and wonderful tales from Bologna, she’s taking a well-earned break. Her popular DesignaKnit feature will return next time and don’t forget that Patreon is a new way to connect with Claire. For a small subscription fee, you’ll have access to recorded tuition on beginner DesignaKnit topics. Replay them at leisure as many times as you wish and she’s adding new recordings all the time. Look for Patreon.com and the page is Claire Newberry’s Knitting School.

I now need to give you very grateful thanks from Brenda Bristow at Heathercraft. You’ll remember that last month we looked back at the life of her husband Doug, who had passed away and Brenda writes: “Thank you so much for your lovely tribute to Dougie and I’m attaching a thankyou letter to you, which I’d love you to put on your ‘Dear Anne’ page, if possible. It’s to let people know that I’m continuing with the shop on my own, with the help of other members of the family”. As Brenda’s letter arrived just before this issue went to the printer and we’d finished the whole magazine including Dear Anne, here’s what Brenda would like you to know.

“My dear Anne, thank you for your wonderful tribute to my dear Dougie, he would have been very touched by it. I was moved by all the wonderful cards and letters of condolences from everyone and I thank each one of you. Doug leaves a big gap in all our lives, but I intend to continue to run Heathercraft Machine Knitting Centre. It will be with the help of my family to assist where needed, although there will be a few gaps which will be difficult to fill. However, we will do our best for everyone. Thank you one and all for bringing back such wonderful memories of the shows that I had forgotten. Very best wishes, Anne, to you and all your readers and wishing you good luck for a successful New Year. Love from Brenda, Alan and Peter”

I’ll bring you more news of Brenda’s plans for Heathercraft next time and let’s now look forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead for us all.

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February 2024 (Issue 313) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

The cover design on our full-colour February 2024 issue is in a large size range. It’s a comfy round neck sweater and the largest finished measurement is 55½ inches. We’ve our usual mix of patterns and one of the highlights this month is a fabulous Persian Knot jacket in amazing colours from Alison Dupernex. It sits alongside an elegant serape Alison has designed using as many cone ends as you like. Bill King reveals his secret hoard and uncovers some retro-rack gems for us this month and Susan Guagliumi (https://susan-guagliumi.teachable.com/) is our constant help and support. Dee Crew knits some superior mock ribs you’ll not have seen before and Karin Rogalski is helping us keep warm on a budget. Sally-Ann Carroll shows us how to show off our knits to their full potential and our mail order shop is always open. We’ve help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

Great news from Craftsy!

When Susan Guagliumi shut down her website, she made arrangements with Craftsy.com to offer some of her most popular patterns on their website, including the carrying case for the LK-150 and other hobby knitting machines. It took a while, but there are now 5 patterns for sale and five FREE patterns available at https://www.craftsy.com/

You don’t need to be a member of Craftsy, just go the website and search for machine knitting patterns. You’ll be directed to the checkout for the free classes, but will not ultimately be charged for them. Enjoy!

To celebrate the patterns being available, Craftsy has also authorised a 30% discount on all three of Susan’s Craftsy classes through to the end of this month! Just enter the code SUSAN30 at the checkout. You can use the code three times for all 3 classes until 31st January 2024.

January 2024 (Issue 312) with Bill King

Our winter classic on the cover of our full-colour January 2024 issue is in a large size range, ideal for wearing all year round and it’s a comfy round neck sweater. We’ve our usual mix of patterns and a moving tribute to the life of Doug Bristow. One of the highlights this month is an Alex Raw design, with an interesting pull-up technique. It sits alongside a Carl Boyd classic in two, three or more colours. The tensions and shapes are the same for both, so you’ve the bonus of two patterns in one! Bill King has us multi-tasking to knit some truly amazing patterns, racking in Half Fisherman’s rib. DesignaKnit queen Claire Newberry shares her Italian trip to Bologna and Dee Crew knits six pretty edgings using simple lace. Sally-Ann Carroll rounds up some looks worth copying, to get us out of a mid-winter slump and our mail order shop is always open. We’ve help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.