April 2018 – Issue 243

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April 2018 is our latest issue, officially on sale on 8th March. If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you this issue and your May 2018 magazine will be posted on Thursday 5th April.

Bournemouth Show is cancelled

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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.




Andrea from Andee Knits writes:-

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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!

Lift to Bournemouth wanted

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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.

Bournemouth Machine Knitting LIVE! 2018

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This year the show takes place on Saturday 3rd March from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Bournemouth School for Girls in Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. Tickets are available and cost £5 in advance or £6 on the door. The school refectory opens and staff provide hot and cold refreshments throughout the day.

Fiona Morris is our Guest Speaker at around 11.00 am. She’ll be talking for the first time about her journey into knitting, her adventures into machine knitting and her latest exciting project.  Marianne Henio, together with Carbery and Ringwood club members will organise and present a fashion show in the afternoon around 2.00 pm. Many of Marianne’s designer garments will be on show for the first time and she’s available all day to chat about her work. 
Look out for Andee Knits, Anne Croucher and the Knit Clinic, B Hague & Co, Bill King, Carbery MKC, Dave and Jason Hampson from The Wool Cabin, Elaine Cater, Fiona Morris, Guild of Machine Knitters, Knits ‘n’ Bits from Wendy Piper, Machine Knitting Monthly also with Anjo Designs, Marianne Henio, Nina Miklin, Ringwood MKC, Rob Fountain, Sue Castro and Uppingham Yarns.
Buy advance tickets now in the shop and save £1!

Help for American and Canadian knitters

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If you live in the USA or Canada, you might like to know that we ​send out copies from the UK, but we also also ​offer a bespoke service. Dorothy and Bernie Rosman are our distributors for the USA and Canada and they look after all our readers personally. They sell new Silver Reed knitting machines, used Brother, Knitking, Studio and Silver Reed models as well as carrying many needed parts for Brother, Studio, Singer and Silver Reed knitting machines. Machine Knitting Monthly can be ordered direct from http://www.customknitsmfg.com and they also distribute Machine Knitting Monthly by subscription or single copies.


National Needlecraft Awards

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The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia London in March will be hosting an exciting new celebration of the world of needlecraft –  the National Needlecraft Awards (www.sewandso.co.uk/national-needlecraft-awards-2018). Developed by online needlecraft shop SewandSo (www.sewandso.co.uk), the awards are open to individuals and for nominations for talented friends and family. There’s also an opportunity to vote for favourite designers.  There are General, Cross Stitch and Needlecraft categories and awards include Needlecrafter, Young Needlecrafter and Best Joint Needlecraft Project of the Year, Stitching Hero of the Year, Best Use of Colour and Designer of the Year for both Cross Stitch and Other Needlecraft and Best Contemporary Embroiderer. Entries are via the National Needlecraft Awards website and must be submitted by midnight on Thursday 15th February 2018.  Shortlisted entrants will be notified by 17th February and will be required to post their submission for final judging.  The awards take place at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia London on Thursday 1st March 2018 at 4.30 pm in the Creative Living Theatre.

Mocha Swirl Coat

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Everyone wants a wrap-around coat you can throw on over anything! Sometimes they’re a great way to hide from the world and Marianne Henio’s Mocha Swirl Coat is an absolute beauty. It’s almost floor length with an amazing twist at the hem. It’s a great way of taking a simple design and making it extra special. The details of how to create the swirl is fully explained in the pattern book. The coat can be knitted in any 3-ply weight and for more details, please follow the link and Click Here!