July update

Dear Readers

It’s been another busy month, as you’ll know if you tried to call me when we’d to make a quick trip to Scotland. (Is a round trip of over 1000 miles by car ever quick these days?) There wasn’t too much of a problem, just the family support we’re all pleased to have as we get older. Our garden fried in temperatures of 37C, whilst I shivered in 14C degrees with rain pounding down. I was glad of the extra layers I’d taken, along with a cardi or two and it brought back memories (with a wry smile!) of how we change over the years. The evening before we left there was a ‘prom bash’ at the hotel and fortunately the rain held off until all the selfies had been taken. Big party, huge dresses and stretched cars spilling out their squealing passengers. Hours had been spent perfecting hair, make-up, eyelashes and nails. Glasses were overflowing and they were (of course!) the first generation to strut their stuff as teenagers. I giggled, Lafferty fashion, as I watched them. Back then, I’m sure we could all hobble a bit better in our three inch stilettos, but perhaps not?! The next morning all traces of the party were whisked away, as the room was transformed for a wedding. With everyone frantically searching their phone for a positive weather app, we started our trek south.

Back safely at home, I’d two lovely books to read and both have been published by Crowood Press in their Knitting Techniques series. The first is Patchwork Knitting by Fiona Morris (ISBN 978-1-78500-979-2). Fiona guides us through the essential techniques of creating individual units of knitting and joining as you go. The second is Entrelac by Molly Brown (ISBN 978-1-78500-983-9). Molly explains how to produce intriguing knitted pieces with a woven look. Both books are for hand knitters, a handy size (172 x 242 mm) and affordable paperbacks at £9.99.

You might wonder why I’ve mentioned this and the reason is that it’s brought back memories of Beryl Jarvis, who died in August 2016. She wrote about knitting entrelac on a machine and set out to make her Info Sheets affordable information on lots of machine-knitting subjects. It seems the right time to make them available to you all. It was a quite different approach to her teaching series, so I’ll start working on them now. As Anne Croucher says in Dear Anne: “There are so many things we used to do ‘in the old days’ which seem to have been forgotten about, with some more complicated technique now used”. If there’s any topic you’d like explained in simple terms, do please ask and look out for this new series in the not-too-distant future. Until next month, knit happy!

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August 2022 (Issue 295) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

The cover design on our full-colour August 2022 issue is an A-line top that’s perfect when the sun shines. It’s in easy-to-knit stocking stitch with colours flowing from the yarn as we knit. We’ve our usual mix of patterns for men, women and children on standard, LK-150, mid-gauge and chunky machines including two Anne Baker Karabee Designs. We’ve the final two patterns in a series of three mix ‘n’ match slip stitch designs from Alison Dupernex as well as a feature taking a new look at the old technique of felting.  Dee Crew has another design for us in her Show & Tell series and this time it’s a plated top with lace motifs and step-by-step instructions. It’s time to smile as Bill King makes a feature of the ‘grin-through’ of Jacquard fabric and the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offers lots of free help and advice. We’ve a summer top to run up in ribbon yarn in Stash Box and Sally-Ann Carroll guides us through the summer ‘must haves’ to update our knits with practicality and comfort. Our mail order shop has been restocked and we always have help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

June update

Dear Readers

One way or another there’s been lots going on this month and my first mention has to be the time, effort and energy my friend Irene Krieger is devoting to raising funds to fight a special type of cancer. Each week I speak to many of you, either having to overcome problems of one sort or another or losing your nearest and dearest. As you’ll read on Page 10, Irene’s story is remarkable and if you’ve access to a computer, please visit her website at https://beads4research.com/. I so wish I still had her as a Passap designer, but hugely admire the wonderful work she’s doing for such a worthy cause. To put life and its troubles in perspective, I’ve never forgotten something Irene said years ago: “A brain surgeon looks the same as a labourer when they’re in T-shirt and shorts, lining up for the toilet”. It may make you smile, too, when you’re struggling to get by.

Bill King isn’t a brain surgeon, but he has to be our ‘boy wonder’ this month. No electronics, no patterning devices, just a couple of basic tools… and a steady hand, of course! We’ve included his photos and it somehow brings the knitting to life, in much the same way that Susan Guagliumi shows us how to manipulate stitches. This month Alison Dupernex shares the second of her trio of designs using slip stitch. It’s a much neglected technique but if you’d like to learn and use it more, there’s a substantial section devoted to it in her book Machine Knitting: Designing With Colour. Machine knitting has some real stars and it’s such a joy to share their incredible knowledge in the magazine.

One thing that’s surprised me a little is the struggle many of you have had to understand the diagrams in last month’s Show & Tell. We routinely insert a card in the machine, lock it on Row 1 and release it when we’re ready to knit the pattern. It often doesn’t matter if our knitting isn’t quite in the centre of the machine, but once in a while it’s vital and this is one such time. To help many readers, I’ve written out in words what you have to do to knit last month’s tuck stitch edgings and it’s on Page 13.

Finally, with no fuss and few words, I’m letting you know that a very dear friend, for more years than I can remember, has died. His wife Freda called to tell me that Dennis Wright, champion of circular sock machines, has passed away. He asked me for no fuss in the magazine so, to respect his wishes, I’ll quietly say: “Rest in peace, Dennis, I’ll miss you”. Until next month, let’s hope the sun will have his hat on!

NEXT ISSUE August 2022

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July 2022 new subscriptions

This is July 2022 and our current issue

NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS The July 2022 magazine has been mailed to subscribers. If you’d like a monthly subscription to the magazine and order by or on 1st July, your subscription will start with the August magazine. No money is taken with your order and it will be mailed out to subscribers on 7th July.

Orders received on or after 2nd July will start with the September 2022 magazine. Again, no money is taken with your order and it will be mailed out to subscribers on 4th August.

If you’d like to start with an earlier magazine, please buy it as a back issue.

July 2022 (Issue 294) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

The cover design on our full-colour July 2022 issue is a cool cover-up with side vents, that’s perfect for trips to the shops or beach. It’s in easy-to-knit stocking stitch with colours flowing from the yarn as we knit. We’ve our usual mix of patterns for standard, LK-150, mid-gauge and chunky machines including four more multi-size raglan classic patterns in 4-ply tuck or stocking stitch. The sizes stretch from 87 to 132 cm, 34 to 52 inches (finished 55½ inches). We’ve the second design in a series of three mix ‘n’ match designs from Alison Dupernex as well as a feature on knitted appliqué to use up small amounts of yarn. Joan Lafferty has some short cuts to pass on and we include much loved but (you tell us!) frequently mislaid or lost strawberry tea cosy pattern. Bill King’s amazing Twist-Tarsia project needs one or (better still) two 7-prong tools and the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offers lots of free help and advice. We’ve a gorgeous jacket with interchangeable patterns to knit on E6000 Passap machines and Sally-Ann Carroll helps us to holiday in style. Our mail order shop has been restocked and we always have help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

June 2022 (Issue 293) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

The cover design on our full-colour June 2022 issue has a crisp summer look, in easy-to-knit stocking stitch with colours flowing from the yarn as we knit. We’ve our usual mix of patterns for standard, LK-150, mid-gauge and chunky machines including the first design in a series of three mix ‘n’ match designs from Alison Dupernex. We’ve pick ‘n’ mix ideas for different pattern options on a single punchcard and Joan Lafferty knits with DK yarn on a standard gauge machine. Bill King gives us some fresh, new ideas for simple transfers with great impact and the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offers lots of free help and advice. We’ve the easiest summer top to knit on Duo or E6000 Passap machines, with a choice of crochet edgings and we share great techniques for lots of tuck stitch edgings on standard gauge machines. Sally-Ann Carroll introduces juicy citrus shades to our summer wardrobe and our mail order shop has been restocked. We always have help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

April update

Dear Readers

Lots of things seem to have happened this month, so let me start by passing on a new email address for Nina Miklin. She’s had to change it very quickly to nina.a.miklin@gmail.com If you’ve tried to get in touch with Nina in the past month or so, please make contact with her again especially if you wanted to take up her recent yarn offer. Full details are on Page 18 of the April magazine and the offer remains open until 30th April, or while stocks last. There are savings of almost £20, but you won’t get through to her unless you use her new email address or visit www.exclusiveyarns.co.uk

I need to let you know that almost all the Forsell yarn, on special reader offer at Silver Viscount, has now been sold. There may be an odd cone or two tucked away, so it’s worth calling Jackie on 01933-311888 just to double check. In its place, Silver Viscount will now stock three qualities of Yeoman Yarns. There are 16 shades of Sari 3-ply, 20 shades of DK Cotton and 29 shades of 4-ply Soft Cotton all on 400g cones. For more details about the yarn, call Jackie or ring Yeoman Yarns direct on 0116-240 4464. To see how to knit and use Yeoman Yarns on Silver Reed machines, @yeomanyarns is the place to go.

Do please read about the Machine Knit Community on Page 11. It’s an exceptional online space for machine knitters of all abilities, helping us to get the most from our machines. Nic Corrigan is a designer with a studio in West Yorkshire. She offers step-by-step classes, modern designer-level knitting patterns and an online support network. You’ll find her at www.machineknit.community and it’s a place to meet and be inspired by other machine knitters from all over the world. I’m sure we’ll hear more from Nic in the coming months.

I’ve had a number of calls from readers singing the praises of Tools With A Mission. TWAM is a Christian charity that collects unwanted tools and equipment including knitting machines, sewing machines, accessories and yarn. Items are refurbished and sorted into kits for Sub-Saharan Africa, where TWAM works closely with local grassroots organisations. To get someone started, a knitting machine kit includes a machine, yarn, patterns, all useful items and accessories. Similarly, sewing machine kits include a machine plus cottons, needles, zips, buttons and haberdashery. There’s a constant need for tools from gardens, garages and workshops plus computers and IT equipment. Visit the website at www.twam.uk to see what’s needed, find a volunteer collector or refurbishment centre. The head office is at 2 Bailey Close, Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0UD. They’re open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm, but you must ring first. Their number is 01473-210220 or email post@twam.uk Instead of a trip to the tip, make TWAM your first port of call and help others to help themselves. Until next month, knit happy!

NEXT ISSUE June 2022

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May 2022 (Issue 292) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

Our full-colour May 2022 issue has gone out to subscribers and our cover design is an easy-to-knit stocking stitch top, with colours flowing from the yarn as we knit. We’ve a real mix of patterns for standard, LK-150, mid-gauge and chunky machines including a timeless design from Alison Dupernex. We’ve punchcard ideas for changing colours on a punchcard design and an article and pattern for knitting seamless socks on Japanese machines. Bill King shows us how to turn a simple needle layout into some fabulous fabrics and we’ve the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offering lots of free help and advice. We help Passap owners to clean and care for their machine and Nic Corrigan introduces her Whitehall Studio and online space for machine knitters of all abilities. We’ve a great article on making your own chenille yarn for knitting and Sally-Ann Carroll introduces Spring’s favourite mood-busting hue with key trends. Our mail order shop has been restocked and we always have help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

May 2022 new subscriptions

This is May 2022 and our current issue

NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS The May 2022 magazine has been mailed to subscribers. If you’d like a monthly subscription to the magazine and order by or on 1st May, your subscription will start with the June magazine.

Orders received on or after 2nd May will start with the July 2022 magazine. No money is taken with your order and it will be mailed out to subscribers on 2nd June.

If you’d like to start with an earlier magazine, please buy it as a back issue.

April 2022 (Issue 291) with Alison Dupernex, Bill King and Nina Miklin

Our full-colour April 2022 issue has gone out to subscribers and our cover design is a Nina Miklin classic and special yarn offer. We’ve our usual selection of patterns for standard, LK-150, mid-gauge and chunky machine and there’s a real mix including designs from Alison Dupernex, Nina Miklin and Anne Baker at Karabee. We’ve punchcard ideas for knitting lace and Part 2 of our Show & Tell series, sharing methods and techniques developed over a lifetime spent machine knitting. Bill King has a ‘light-bulb’ moment and explains how to loosen up fabric to cross some mind-blowing cables. We’ve the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offering lots of free help and advice and Joan Lafferty lends a helping hand to all newbies starting out as machine knitters. Sally-Ann Carroll highlights the floral prints ‘in bloom’ for Spring and Summer’s key trends and latest looks. Our mail order shop has been restocked and we always have help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details for ideas and inspiration.