We’ve had confirmation that Bournemouth School for Girls is available to welcome us all to Machine Knitting LIVE! You’ll remember that we had to cancel the show at the beginning of March, when much of the country was covered in snow and ice. So many missed this great event and we’re delighted to let you all know that Saturday 8th October 2018 is confirmed as the new date for the show. More details will follow, so watch this space!
First of all, I‘d like to thank everyone who supported the Nottingham Show this year. Our three talks were sold out and we had a fabulous day with lots of very positive and rewarding comments. The staff looked after us very well with extra seating, car parking and good value refreshments.
I didn’t have quite such a good time, because we went over a ‘bump’ on the motorway on the way up and then one of our tyres shredded. I guess the smoke from disintegrating rubber alerted everyone behind us, so they slowed down and we managed to get across onto the hard shoulder with no mishap. We waited for a couple of hours and when we’d been uplifted to a garage, we learned that the wheel had actually cracked, so we were going nowhere in our car. Parts couldn’t be ordered until the Monday, so a kind young man loaned us his Astra. We’ve never been more grateful for four wheels and an engine. We loaded what we could fit into the boot and set off for Nottingham. The Leisure Centre stayed open for us and we eventually reached our hotel at 10.00 pm. It had to be an early start on Sunday, to arrive at 7.30 am with the first of the exhibitors, but we sorted everything out in time. Robert at B Hague & Co made a lovely little video of the day and you can see it on the following link at https://youtu.be/J8atPqpNJzQ
One thing which pleased me was to see the large range of the new yarn cakes on The Wool Cabin display. The colours are fabulous and there’s every weight available from four ply upwards. Many hand knitting yarns produce some amazing effects and Nottingham visitors simply couldn’t believe that the garment on the cover of last month’s magazine is stocking stitch. King Cole Drifter is wonderful and The Wool Cabin has it on offer this month on Page 00. They’ll supply by mail order, so call 07854-121067 or 07553-847483 for details. There are also super reader offers from Search Press with free postage on every order, as well as up to £2 off some beautiful craft books. You’ll find this month’s selection on Page 8 and don’t forget to mention this issue of the magazine to claim your reader discount.
It’s always good to see Alan Hunt, who came along to Nottingham for some of the time and chatted with everyone. We remembered back 21 years to his first Nottingham Show and mine in Bournemouth. Machine Knitting LIVE! had to be cancelled this year when we had atrocious weather at the beginning of March. One thing I’ve promised is to try to arrange a suitable date for a Bournemouth show this autumn. All the exhibitors are willing, so I’ll bring you more news next month. Until then, happy knitting.
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The Anne Baker cover design of our May 2018 issue is one of the most popular patterns we’ve published recently. It looks complicated to knit but it’s plain, simple stocking stitch. The yarn does all the work and there’s a huge colour choice in King Cole Drifter and extra shades in Drifter For Baby. Visit www.kingcole.com/knitting-wool/drifter-dk/ to discover more.
If you can travel to Nottingham, do please come along to the West Park Leisure Centre in Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton NG10 4AA. The centre is about a mile and a half from Junction 25 on the M1. When you come off the motorway, take the exit to Long Eaton onto Bostock’s Lane. After about half a mile, at the junction with Longmoor Road, turn right onto the B6002. The road bears left and becomes Petersham Road. Continue along the B6002 into Wilsthorpe Road and the Leisure Centre is along this road on the left.
This year our show is from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday 8th April and Guest Speakers are Clair Crowston at 11.00 am, Marianne Henio at 12.30 pm and Bill King at 2.00 pm. The lectures cost an extra £1 each and numbers have to be limited so it’s best to book in advance. If you can’t then don’t worry, as we usually have tickets to sell on the door. The talks are held upstairs, but there are stairs and a lift, so access is easy for everyone.
Clair Crowston is a popular designer, giving a talk and demonstration on different neckbands instead of rib. Marianne Henio is an up-and-coming designer with a large Internet following and she’ll talk about how her life started in machine knitting and the new directions her machine knitting is taking. Bill King is an incredible fabric designer and his talk is about hand transfer and producing amazing cable-type fabrics on a machine. Bill also takes masses of samples he’s produced for industry and he’s always a source of inspiration. Clair is classic style, Marianne is wacky and modern and Bill always leaves us speechless with knitting you’d never believe had come from a domestic machine.
We’ll have hot and cold snacks and drinks available and last year’s excellent caterers will look after us again. I look forward to seeing all those who can join us. We’ll have the usual lucky dip for free tickets and you could be one of our winners. Send an sae as soon as possible, marked Nottingham in the top left hand corner of both envelopes to Machine Knitting Monthly, PO Box 1479, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8YX. We’ll pick out the winners before Easter and send out their free tickets at the same time. If you’d prefer to buy your ticket on the door but would like a map then just give me a call.
I’ve had some sad news from Brenda Gould, who publishes Knitting Machine Journal. For a number of personal reasons, she’s unable to continue editing KMJ and August will be her last edition. It means she’ll not have her usual stand at Nottingham this year, so we can’t say a personal goodbye. I know everyone will join me in thanking Brenda for all she’s done to support machine knitting and wish her well.
Finally, let’s all give ourselves a huge pat on the back. In March 1986, the first issue of Machine Knitting Monthly went on sale, so this month we celebrate our 32nd birthday. Some of you have been with me from the very first issue, so each one of us must share the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve played our part in keeping machine knitting alive. My very sincere thanks to everyone reading this magazine for the enduring support you’ve given and long may we all continue to fly the flag for machine knitting.
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We had storm Emma come in last night and there is ice everywhere. It might all melt by tomorrow, but there are trees down, crashed and abandoned vehicles and it would be very dangerous for the exhibitors to travel today to set up in time for tomorrow – though some had set off early this morning to try to reach us. Apparently the Dunkirk spirit is still going strong. Please contact anyone you know might have been intending to travel to the show, just to be sure that the news is passed around asap.
Friday 2nd March After speaking with all the exhibitors, the school and friends in Bournemouth, I’ve decided to cancel the show. Some exhibitors had already set off, as some roads are clear. However, safety must come first and the dreadful weather across much of the country means we must all stay safe. Please spread the word as best you can and I’m truly sorry this year’s event can’t go ahead.
Ann Croucher posted at 11.00 am this morning (Friday) in her Facebook Group The Bournemouth show is cancelled. We had storm Emma come in last night and there is ice everywhere. It might all melt by tomorrow, but there are trees down, crashed and abandoned vehicles and it would be very dangerous for the exhibitors to travel today to set up in time for tomorrow – though some had set off early this morning to try to reach us. Apparently the Dunkirk spirit is still going strong. Please contact anyone you know might have been intending to travel to the show, just to be sure that the news is passed around asap.
Thursday 1st March (The first day of Spring!) We spoke to the school this morning and everything is ticking over as usual. The roads in and out are okay and the forecast for Saturday is five degrees, chilly with a thick cloud cover and a little rain in the afternoon, so we’re still optimistic. We haven’t had an update from the area about the progress of Storm Emma, but we’re keeping a close watch.
Anne Croucher posted at 11.23 am on Wednesday in her Facebook Group “If you are coming to the Machine knitting LIVE! do in Bournemouth this Saturday and are worried about the snow, there isn’t any around here. It is too warm for it I think – the year the country looked like an iced biscuit when viewed by satellite, we were the bit at the edge which had been missed. The road to the school is a main thoroughfare anyway, and close to the hospital. so it would be amongst the first roads to be treated if there is ice, but that is a rarity too. The ground is simply too warm here.”
Wednesday 28th February At 11.00 am we’ve just spoken to friends in Bournemouth. There’s no snow and any frost there may have been overnight is gone. The sun is shining and the sky is blue. It’s cold, but there’s no frost to be seen on roof tops and the roads are running smoothly.
The ‘beast from the east’ has definitely blown in and the weather has disrupted travel in some parts of the country. At present our Bournemouth Show will go ahead this Saturday and we’ll keep the website updated for your reassurance.
I am currently keeping everything crossed that the red weather warnings around the country are lifted before Saturday so that all the exhibitors can make it to the show. The Beast from the East is due to hit me here in Somerset this afternoon and we are all being advised to be warm and indoors by 12.00 noon before it hits! Hueemonster the Van is loaded to the hilt with Yarn, Spares and Books and we really hope to see everyone on Saturday as planned!
Hi Anne, just wondering if you know of anyone not too far from Old Windsor who is going to Bournemouth on Saturday? I’m desperate to go and I’ve arranged for someone to sit with my Aged P. Will pay petrol if anyone is willing and I can meet someone not too far away, but I’m just not sure my car will make it all the way to the show. Here’s hoping, Clare
Your prayers have been answered Clare and we’ve had the offer of a lift for you.