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Dear Readers

So much has happened this month, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with the welcome news that indoor markets can re-open from mid-June. It will be a relief for Jason Hampson, whose plans to open his new larger shop in Chesterfield Market Hall were abruptly halted when the country went into lockdown. You’ll now find The Wool Cabin at Units 9 and 10 with an even bigger selection of hand and machine knitting yarn and local retail shops can also begin trading again.

            My next news is that Lidia Higson has a new role with the Knitting & Crochet Guild (KCG). After last year’s merger with the Guild of Machine Knitters, we’re beginning to see a much greater presence of machine knitting within the KCG. We’ve discussed it at length and Lidia’s series of How To… articles will be available for use by the KCG. It will introduce members who hand knit and crochet to our craft and, hopefully, swell the number of machine knitters in the KCG. Again, I’ll bring you updates of progress.

            Claire Newberry returns soon with a new DesignaKnit feature and we were chatting on the phone recently. Due to Coronavirus, she’s lost all of her one-to-one teaching. As we’re living through such uncertain times, she’s decided to write eBooks for both knitwear design students and creative knitters. She’s also writing simple patterns which a beginner could tackle on the simplest of machines. Her on-line classes for domestic home knitters have now taken off and are aimed at students, beginners and intermediate knitters with Japanese, Passap or industrial machines. As time goes on, tutorials will also be added to the website and she’s open to suggestions for new topics. The demand has come from knitters who are interested to learn to knit, but can’t travel to her studio in Northampton. Claire told me that she’s been asked for one-to-one online classes for a while now, from knitters all over the world. In the current pandemic crisis, I’m sure this has come at the right time. From phone calls I’ve had, folk want to learn something new whilst they’re at home. Knitters are also rediscovering their knitting machines in spare bedrooms and loft spaces all over the UK and beyond. You can book a class on Claire’s website at or chat about the things she can offer by calling her on 07944-622535. Until next time, we’re still saying to each other… stay well, stay safe.


August 2020

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