War effort

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which has recently come up with what it calls a (moebius) snood, a lacy scarf with a single twist before stitching the cast-on to the cast-off edge, making a circle with a twist. When you put it over your head, it hangs in a neat fold in front.
that this is not a real snood. Snoods, as we made and wore them in the 1940s, were constructed from a single knitted or crocheted square. The row ends were gathered up at each side and fine elastic was threaded right round, through the cast-on and cast-off edges, so they looked like decorative hair-nets. The big joke was that if you made a larger double square, stitched the sides and put handles on the cast-on and cast-off edges, you’d made yourself a shopping bag for the groceries. That’s not as daft as it sounds and useful too because it was difficult to find shopping bags to buy during the war, when all materials went into ‘the war effort’. I’ll try to do a sketch on the laptop (the iMac doesn’t ‘do’ drawing!) and send it by snail mail!

Best wishes
Edna Cahill, Sandown, Isle of Wight

Light & Lacy

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Hi Brenda I’ve found something useful in the files which might be relevant in your case. Back in August 2000, Doris Coutts told us that some years ago, she had to go in for a hip replacement and had made a bed jacket for the stay in hospital. A good friend told her that bed jackets are useless if you have to have a drip in, so she hurriedly knitted a lightweight stole. My late sister also needed a stole rather than a jacket in her final stages of terminal cancer. This one is very easy to knit and Doris used one strand of 2/30s acrylic yarn on her Duo 80.

Cast on 120 sts on each bed in full needle rib and work a border of 5 straight pin tucks (40 rows), using stitch size 4/3 and blue strippers. Change to Card 108, Deco on 2, locks on N/BX, stitch size 4½/4½ and knit 800 rows. A little weight can be used, but if you are using a motor, it is better to tension the work by hand. At the end of the 800 rows, knit the end to match the pin tucks at the start and cast off. Finishing this stole consists of darning in two ends! The stole weighs 130g, is warm and is still going strong over 20 years later after countless washes.

Doris has made similar ones in various fine yarns; they make great gifts, bazaar items and so on. They provide extra warmth for the shoulders when you’re reading in bed in the wee small hours, or laid across the top of the duvet to snuggle into on very cold nights. Add a fine Lurex thread in silver to a royal blue or black yarn and it will do for evening wear! For knitting on any machine, just find a suitable lacy tuck stitch pattern.

There’s an even easier Maggie Andrews shrug pattern on page 33 of February 2006 (Issue 97). Maggie uses 4-ply Acrylic and pushes 198 Ns at centre of machine to WP. Counting from the left, arrange Ns 3 in WP and 10 in NWP across the bed. Start off with waste yarn, then set RC at 000. Using MY, K 696 rows. Maggie adds cuffs and ties and this can be knitted in a strong bold colour for day or evening wear.


2010-02-03 20:36:05

Starting up

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Any suggestions you could offer would be most welcome to help them get off to a good start and perhaps attract more members. Glenys ends by saying ‘I do hope you can help as we really don’t know what we’re doing’. If you run a successful club, do please get in touch.

I’ve been looking for a machine knitting club since resurrecting my machine after 12 years. I’m interested to know if your club is now up and running and where it is situated?
2012-01-09 12:32:24

Shades of Cashmere closing down

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Hello Anne
I started Shades of Cashmere in August 1997, with about five kilos of Pure Cashmere, two kilos of Cashmere Blends stock and one pattern. All the stock was kept in a spare bedroom and it grew from there into a barn, which many times was full to the rafters with boxes of the most lovely yarns in almost every colour and blend available. Over twelve years later, my how it has grown. Now, after many thousands of kilos of Pure Cashmere and Cashmere Blends, many patterns and quite a few exhibitions, I’m ready for a rest, so it’s retirement for me! With two grandchildren this past two years and two more expected in January, I don’t suppose I’ll have much of a rest, but I will thoroughly enjoy helping out. At last I may get some time to myself to actually get my knitting machine out and use it more often!

I’ve enjoyed running this business, meeting new people and making several friends through the years and had quite a few good weekends away with either Diana, Iris (my mum) or Wendy. Special thanks to them all for the help and support they gave me through the good times and bad. I’ll miss the contact I’ve had with many knitters both machine and hand, plus all the conversations over the phone – ‘knit chats’ as I call them. However, now it’s time to move on. There’s still just a very small amount of yarn remaining and I’d advise a phone call or e-mail to check availability of yarn and postage options and prices before ordering. Some patterns also remain, not many and not all of which have been in Machine Knitting Monthly magazine – although past issues do contain many of them and I’m sure some of them are still available from you, Anne.

So after 12 years of successful trading, Shades of Cashmere is finally closing down. Thank you so much for all your custom during the last 12 years. I feel I’ve made many good friends with customers during that time and will miss the contact with everyone, but it’s time for me to take a break. I’ll continue to sell off the yarn until all of it is sold. So stock up now with some of the best quality yarns you can buy, ready for the coming months of knitting and perhaps for some lovely knitted presents. Happy knitting!
Jane Woodward

Happy Harrow

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She’s been able to help Joyce White (down the road in Bushey) get back to machine knitting and would welcome anyone who used to be a member or would like to return. New faces are especially welcome and for more details call Elaine on 020-8863 7000.

Help please

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monthly meetings, friendship and lots more. Thankfully I discovered a paper shop with your magazine. Unfortunately it is closing and so my subscription is in the post. I have made some wonderful contacts in Scotland who have been ever so helpful. For example my Brother electronic ‘died’ even though I had a proper adaptor, but with the help of Jill Baillie and Frances Murray from the Scottish Machine Knitters I was able to borrow a standard punchcard machine. Happiness reigns!

“However I do need help again. I was knitting a jumper from one of the magazines and thought I had the whole cone. I must have used a small amount so I’m looking for Bramwell 4 ply colour Viola – just enough to do part of a sleeve. Of course I’d be willing to pay for the yarn and the mailing. I really enjoy your magazine and look forward to its arrival every month.”” Please email us if you’ve any of the Bramwell yarn she needs.”

Hi Christine

Re: “Does anybody know whether an SRP60 carriage will work on the needlebed of an SRP50?”

Angelica’s Yarn Store website shows a Silver Reed ‘What fits what’ compatibility chart.

The link is http://www.yarn-store.com/silver_reed_studio_what_fits_what.html

Regards, Valerie

2011-09-30 20:23:59
Thank you very much Valerie, that has answered my question.
Kind regards, Christine.
2011-10-10 19:12:11

New from Nina Miklin

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The pattern is available on its own or free with the yarn purchase. Pattern M59 (for machine knitters) or H59 (hand) is a short, sideways knitted jacket in Cashmere and Wool. The yarn is available in nine shades : White, Turquoise 22, Lavender 59, Pink 56, Purple 58, Bright Red 03, Dark Chestnut 30, Melange (Light Beige) 41 and Green 16.

MKM Special offer until 31 Jan 2010
The jacket requires 250g of Nina Miklin Cashmere & Wool yarn blend.
Regular yarn price £47 for 350g of yarn.
Pattern price £3.50 each (M59 for machine knitting or H59 for hand knitting).
Great saving £29.90 for the yarn and either a hand or machine knitting pattern.

For the pattern only, there’s free postage anywhere if it’s sent as an e-mail attachment.
By post UK 30p, overseas £1
Yarn and pattern Add £2.50 for one 250g cone to UK addresses and add £4 for one 250g cone overseas.

The yarn and/or pattern can be ordered by post direct from Nina. Don’t forget to include your full name and address plus telephone number and the shade you’d like if you’re ordering yarn. Please enclose a Sterling cheque made payable to Nina A Miklin or send the usual credit card details to Nina Miklin, PO Box 32503, London W3 8GD.

Tel 020 8740 3599

New courses

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You’re just in time for Festive Flowers & Floral Decorations (5th December) to fill your house with wonderful arrangements in time for Christmas. You’ll complete two different festive floral decorations including door wreaths, garlands and mantelpiece and table arrangements and the tutors are both experienced florists. For more information, contact:

West Dean College, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ
Tel 01243-811301
E-mail enquiries@westdean.org.uk
Website www.westdean.org.uk

Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting

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Scotland’s Fair Isle is celebrated the world over for its distinctive, stranded-colour knitting and Alice Starmore is famous for her expertise in designing and instructing knitters in this appealing regional tradition. This volume is profusely illustrated with colour photographs, plus drawings and charts that illustrate the art’s history, patterns and techniques. The book is a reprint of The Taunton Press Inc, Newtown, Connecticut, 1988 edition and an absolute ‘must have’ if you didn’t buy a copy the first time round. It’s a fabulous bible for every knitter, by hand or machine. There are masses of charts and colourways to keep all knitters busy on a desert island for ever.

ISBN 10 0-486-47218-3
ISBN 13 978-0-486-47218-8
Pages 208 Size 275 x 210 mm
Dover Publications, 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501-3852, USA
Website www.doverpublications.com

Projects for Christmas

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I also had the pleasure of taking with me a watercolour painting of Joan and her grand-daughter. It had been copied from the photo of the two of them in October 2009 on page 59. I know you’ll all remember Ruth Cox. When she retired from Pippin Designs, Ruth took up painting as a hobby and I asked her if she’d accept a commission to copy the photo for me. It was absolutely lovely, so it went with me and I was delighted that Joan loved it. It’s to be framed to fill just the right size gap on one of Joan’s walls. Now I need to nudge Ruth’s son Chris into action, because it would be nice to have his cartoons in the magazine again.

My other good news came as a result of Glenys Taylor’s plea for help in the December issue (Clubline, page 10). Joyce Monks has run a very successful club in Warrington for 37 years and she’s offered to be a new Knitting Buddy. Joyce wrote a very useful and popular series on setting up a club from scratch and running it. It was first published in World of Knitting and I’m sure the ideas might help Glenys and others wanting to start a small group. Some of the suggestions may also be useful for giving existing clubs a new lease of life. We’ll bring Joyce’s articles up-to-date and start the series next time. Clubline will therefore take on a new look but please continue to send in your club news, because we’ll include it elsewhere in the magazine.

Now all that remains is for me to join everyone at MKM in sending you the compliments of the season and wishing you a very happy New Year.