December 2017 (Issue 239)

Our cover design is a striking Karabee jacket from Anne Baker in black and white 4-ply. We’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, LK-150 mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. As well as our usual mix, our designer line-up includes two patterns from Anne Baker, a great cover-up from Roni Knutson and six fabulous hats and scarves in one pattern, using oddments of Yeoman Tibet, from Alison Dupernex.  Our regular features include Clubline and Dear Anne. Sally-Ann finds some ‘must have’ party pieces, so we step out in style and we look at neckbands in Part 27 of our major series for beginners. Helen Lewis returns to show us an easy way to use colour by knitting slits and Fran McCarthy reveals her yarn hall of shame for newbies. Bill King shows us how to knit (yes, really!) this year’s Christmas Cards and we ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

October 2017 (Issue 237)

Our cover design this month is an exclusive Anne Baker Karabee Design for chunky machines using three shades of Aran-weight yarn. We’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, LK-150 mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. We’ve a gorgeous serape from Alison Dupernex to use up oddments, as well as our usual mix of designs. Our regular features include Clubline and Dear Anne. Sally-Ann helps us kick-start Autumn in Style File and we look at advanced holding position in Part 25 of our major series for beginners. Bill King gives us a few ideas that just might intrigue your hand-knitting buddies and Marianne Henio’s Designer Blog talks about her newly discovered ‘no-roll’ edge. You won’t want to miss Fran McCarthy telling it like it is for newbies and we ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

September 2017 (Issue 236)

If you like quick and easy tops, our cover design is for you. You need a standard gauge machine and ribber plus some 4-ply yarn. We’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, LK-150 mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. We’ve two designs from Alison Dupernex, as well as our usual mix including an Anne Baker Karabee design. Our regular features include Clubline and Dear Anne. When she hit the shops, Sally-Ann spotted some sassy season stretchers in Style File and we look at fancy raglan shaping in Part 24 of our major series for beginners. Bill King shows us how to produce crochet-type fabrics on a knitting machine and Iris Rowe’s fire fighter is hugely popular. He stands around 38 cm, 15 in tall. This month, Marianne Henio’s Designer Blog talks about how best to combine The Pear Shape with knitwear and it’s hats off again to Margaret Woodliff Wright, who transforms an old jumper into a work of art. We ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

August 2017 (Issue 235)

Dip into your stash for a part cone of Yeoman Tibet 3-ply (Silk, Merino Wool and Nylon) to knit Alison Dupernex’s easy front cover design for standard gauge machines and thee’s also a short sleeved version. We’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, LK-150 mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Our designers this month include Alison Dupernex, the late Carl Boyd and Anne Baker from Karabee. Our regular features include Clubline and Dear Anne. Sally-Ann shows us how to combine linen (the epitome of summer) with our knits in Style File. We look at fancy hems in Part 23 of our major series for beginners, Bill King shows us how a few stitches with a needle and thread can create amazing cable designs and Iris Rowe’s fluffy bunny is knitted from oddments of mohair. This month, Marianne Henio’s Designer Blog talks about how best to combine our Hourglass Body Shape with knitwear. We ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

July 2017 (Issue 234)

We let the space-dyed yarn do all the work for our front cover stocking stitch design and we include a button-to-the-neck version as well. We’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, LK-150 mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Our designers this month include Alison Dupernex, the late Carl Boyd and Anne Baker from Karabee. Our regular features include Clubline and Dear Anne. Sally-Ann is here to help us best combine the summer season’s fashions with our knitwear in Style File. We have a second look at hems in Part 22 of our major series for beginners, Bill King shows us some serious 3-D drama with mega-twist cables and Iris Rowe’s baby bears are quick and easy to make. This month, Marianne Henio’s Designer Blog talks about how best to combine our Rectangular Body Shape with knitwear. We ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

June 2017 (Issue 233)

Dip into your stash for a part cone with a real luxury feel to knit our easy front cover design for standard gauge machines with a ribber. We’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Our designers this month include Alison Dupernex, the late Carl Boyd and Anne Baker from Karabee. Our regular features include Clubline and Dear Anne. Sally-Ann is here to help us bring a little ray of sunshine into our new-season’s knitted wardrobe in Style File and Helen Lewis inspires us to use some easy surface texture to add a whole new dimension to our knitting. We look at collars in Part 21 of our major series for beginners, Bill King helps us turn a blunder into a positive and Iris Rowe’s splendid Lion King can be either a toy or door stop. This month, Marianne Henio’s Designer Blog talks about how best to combine our Apple Body Shape with knitwear. We ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

Nottingham Show

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Hi Anne

You did it for Bournemouth, so do let us know who will be at the Nottingham Show and give us some info about the talks please. Looking forward to it.

The show takes place this Sunday 9th April from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at West Park Leisure Centre in Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4AA. Although the centre’s kitchens were decommissioned at the New Year, we’ve some great local caterers who will supply freshly-made hot and cold drinks and food throughout the day. 

 Tickets are available and cost £6 on the door, plus tickets to our talks at just £1 each and we’ve three Guest Speakers.

BILL KING is first to speak at 11.00 am and his talk is called Strange Shapes. There’s always a huge interest in his holding position garments, so he’ll  go into detail about the short row garments you love and include fresh ideas and possibilities. He’ll bring his knitting machine and be available all day to explain techniques personally.
ELAINE CATER  follows Bill at 12.30 pm and she’ll be talking about cables. Let’s Twist Again takes the fear out of knitting a cable and Elaine will explain the cheats cables  suitable for  all single bed machines.
SUE BOOTH is our final speaker at  2.00 pm and she’ll talk about  Finishing Touches.  Sue will include feature seams, zipper enclosures, reversible joins and all sorts of other things using her garments as samples.
Confirmed exhibitors are Anne Baker and Karabee Designs, Sue Booth, the popular button man Arnold Bennett, Elaine Cater, Bill King, Brenda Gould and Knitting Machine Journal, David and Jason Hampson from The Wool Cabin, B Hague & Co with twisters, linkers and accessories, Mary Hawkins representing the Framework Knitters Museum, Guild of Machine Knitters including Ann Matthews from Mapperley Machine Knitting Club demonstrating throughout the day, Knits ‘n’ Bits from Wendy Piper, Machine Knitting Monthly also with Anjo Designs, Metropolitan Machine Knitting, Nina Miklin, Rob Fountain, Erica Thomson and Uppingham Yarns. We also welcome Patricia Dyson and a team of six representing the Nottinghamshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.
I hope this is all the information you need, but do please ask if you’re unsure about anything. 

Bournemouth Machine Knitting LIVE!

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Hi Anne

I’ve had a request from some club members wanting to know about the Bournemouth Machine Knitting LIVE! Exhibition specifically. They would like to know about the speakers and the exhibitors who will be at Bournemouth. I did see there was a list of all exhibitors in the magazine for both Nottingham and Bournemouth but no indication of who was specifically going to which show. If you could point me in the right direction that would be appreciated.

The show takes place this Saturday 4th March from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Bournemouth School for Girls in Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. Tickets are available and cost £6 on the door. The school refectory opens and staff provide hot and cold refreshments throughout the day. Cadets and officers from the local branch of St John Ambulance are on standby and also look after left luggage and run a tombola to swell club funds.

 Guest Speaker is Fiona Morris at 11.00 am and Carbery and Ringwood club members organise and will present a fashion show in the afternoon around 2.00 pm.
Confirmed exhibitors are Andee Knits, Anne Baker and Karabee Designs, Anne Croucher and the Knit Clinic, Bill King, Brenda Gould and Knitting Machine Journal, Carbery MKC, Dave Hampson from The Wool Cabin, Elaine Cater, Fiona Morris, Guild of Machine Knitters, Knits ‘n’ Bits from Wendy Piper, Machine Knitting Monthly also with Anjo Designs, Metropolitan Machine Knitting, Nina Miklin, Ringwood MKC, Rob Fountain, Sue Castro and Uppingham Yarns.
 
I hope this is all the information you need, but do get back to me if you’re unsure about anything.

March 2017 (Issue 230)

Our front cover ​shows a gorgeous Karabee Design from Anne Baker for chunky machines and we’ve our usual pattern selection for standard, mid gauge and chunky models including instructions for converting all of the designs for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Our regular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File with Sally-Ann reminding us that we’re in for a frill this Spring, as flounces and frills take prettiness to ravishing new heights. We’ve reached Part 1​8 of our major series for beginners and it’s time to look at trims. Bill King ​reminds us that, whatever the season, stripes are ever-present in knitwear collections you won’t want to miss Irene Krieger’s quick and easy hats for all machines including Passap. We’ve more of Joan Lafferty’s Magical Memories and Roni Knutson’s stash buster is a quick and easy lace vest for chunky machines. We ​also ​include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.

Bournemouth & Nottingham Shows 2017

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MACHINE KNITTING LIVE!

Spring 2017

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

As you’ve read and no doubt heard, it’s possible that the 2017 shows at Bournemouth and Nottingham will come to an end. Over the years, these two early shows have always been organised by machine knitters, for machine knitters. They’re not a hotchpotch of lots of crafts, they concentrate through and through on machine knitting. At both friendly events we always offer free help, advice, demonstrations and encouragement. New machines and accessories are on sale, including reconditioned models at bargain prices. There’s always a wide selection of yarn as well as designers, books, patterns and quality lectures. Our Bournemouth event also includes a full Fashion Show, presented by members of Carbery and Ringwood clubs. Refreshments and free parking are available and both shows are supported by leading names in machine knitting. If you want these shows to continue, you need to make every effort to attend this year. Your presence and vote will count towards the decision to carry on or close both shows. Tickets cost £5 in advance, £6 on the door so call Anne Smith on 01628-783080 to order your advance tickets now.

Andee Knits, Anne Baker and Karabee Designs, Anne Croucher, Arnold Bennett, B Hague & Co, Bill King, Brenda Gould with KMJ, Carbery Machine Knitting Club, Clair Crowston, Dave Hampson, Elaine Cater, Erica Thomson, Fiona Morris, Framework Knitters Museum, Guild of Machine Knitters, Iris Bishop, Knits ‘n’ Bits from Wendy Piper, Machine Knitting Monthly, Mapperley Machine Knitting Club, Metropolitan Machine Knitting, Nina Miklin, Ringwood Machine Knitting Club, Rob Fountain, Spinners, Weavers & Dyers, Sue Booth, Sue Castro, Uppingham Yarns

All of these exhibitors support MKM and please check beforehand to see if they will be exhibiting at the show of your choice.

2017 Dates

Bournemouth Saturday 4th March 2016 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth BH8 9UJ

Nottingham Sunday 9th April 2017 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4AA