It’s been another busy month so let me start with the news just in that the Knitting and Crochet Guild July 2020 Convention, which had been postponed until September, has been cancelled and moved to September 2021. There will now be an ‘Un-Convention’ week-long virtual event running from 9th to 15th September 2020. It will include workshops, videos, discussions, show and tell and much more, across various social media channels. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch via email@example.com
It now seems unlikely that many face-to-face events will be possible for the remainder of this year. We must, therefore, all do what we can to make sure we keep machine knitting afloat. Our clubs have taken a pounding and are doing their best to keep members interested and connected. Sue Snook wrote to me back in March to tell me about the Downend Machine Knitters in Bristol and asked to be put in our Clubs Directory. Little did we know then that our monthly clubs listing would go on hold, as a chunk of the country was about to enter lockdown. Schools and leisure centres closed and, as clubs use them as venues, meetings had to be cancelled. Our Nottingham Show bit the dust and many knitters are still self-isolating or shielding. The staff at Bournemouth School for Girls will be on a new learning curve as they re-open the school for teaching in September and this brings me to my sad but, I suppose, inevitable news that there will be no Bournemouth Show this October. Let’s hope that the ‘new normal’ that lies ahead for all of us, will include the possibility to meet up again to enjoy our craft.
Now let’s have a little bit of cheer. In around a month’s time, King Cole will launch two new yarns and we hope to have some samples in time to include a garment in the September magazine. For one of them, dust off and stand by your LK-150. If the hand-knitted sample is replicated on a machine, it will give us the most spectacular results I’ve seen in a long time, from knitting plain stocking stitch. The second yarn is an Aran weight and if that’s fine on the machine, there’s a couple of nice men’s designs in the pipeline.
Finally, we send our congratulations to Fay Butcher who writes our Passap articles. At the AGM of Macknit Inc earlier this year, Eleanor Goldfinch retired and Fay was elected President until 2021. I’m so pleased that between us all, machine knitting is very much alive and kicking both here and down under. Until next time, keep well and stay safe – all of you.
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