July update

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Dear Readers

Here in the South East and unlike last year, our green and pleasant land was definitely fact and not fiction in June. We needed the much-wanted rain to hammer down but, in the hope that we may have something of a summer after the blazing heatwave at the end of July, I’ve included some pretty tops this time. However, if summer doesn’t materialise, remember that lacy tops look equally stunning for the party season, which will be here before we can turn around! A fine thread of Lurex or shiny metallic makes no difference to the tension and adds a lovely sparkle to many yarns. Call Uppingham Yarns on 01572-823747 or Yeoman Yarns on 0116-240 4464 to ask what they have on offer.

            This month we welcome back Heidi Cleary, who has been absent from our pages for too long. She’s still knitting for all the tiny tots in her life and this month’s striped sweater is an ideal stash buster. Heidi almost always uses acrylic double knitting for her kids’ knits. There’s a huge colour choice, it’s hard-wearing, machine-washable and dries in next-to-no-time. She simply sets the tension dial as far round as it will go on her standard gauge machine and opens up the tension on the mast. Her garter carriage loves it and I remember Hilary’s mum, the late Barbara Belton at Busy Bee, also loving Forsell Shamal DK for many of her designs. By the way, the half price offer on Forsell yarns continues at Silver Viscount and there are still stocks of lovely colours. If you’re looking for something special, visit the website at http://www.silverviscount.co.uk or give Jackie or Rosie a call on 01933-311888 and they’ll let you know what’s currently available.

            DesignaKnit enthusiasts will love Claire Newberry’s new feature on Page 52 and Part 2 follows next month. Fay Butcher shares her Passap pattern for a pretty baby cape and I’m sure you’ll want to re-discover your love of Artika Designs. Linda has been producing her booklets for more years than I care to remember and they’re absolutely packed with masses of stitch pattern diagrams, colour variations and design ideas. There’s a special offer for all our readers on Page 54 and overseas knitters are not left out. Simply email Linda at artika@compuserve.com and she’ll look after you personally.

            I’ve a great Autumn of knitting lined up for you with exclusive features and patterns from our craft leaders Susan Guagliumi and Nina Miklin together with popular favourites Helen Lewis and Karin Rogalski. Until next time, happy knitting.

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August fun day

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On 10th August, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, V V Rouleaux will be at The Makery in bath with Sewisfaction and their fabrics to hold a pop-up shop. There will be a selection of £5 workshops all day long and V V Rouleaux will also have lots going on, including goodie-bags with every purchase. Oh, and there will be cake! The Makery is at Beau Nash House, 19 Union Passage, Bath, North East Somerset BA1 1RD or call 01225-581888.

August 2019 – Current issue

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Our cover design is a pretty cropped cardigan in King Cole Giza Cotton 4-ply. There’s a similar sweater design, both are easy to knit and for a large size range. We’ve a selection of ten designs and we include details for converting our patterns for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. If your summer knitted wardrobe needs a new zest for life, a cool citrus hue will instantly add a fresh new flavour says Sally-Ann Carroll and Bill King reminds us that tape yarns make a little effort go a long way. Fay Butcher shares an easy pattern for E6000 and Duo machines and we refurbish an old chair in a splendid Artika tartan. You’ll also want to catch up with Linda Jackson and rediscover your love of Artika Designs with our great reader offer. Claire Newberry shows us how to design a motif in DesignaKnit and then put it into a repeat and we always ​include news, books and fashion plus great reader savings on new craft books from Search Press.

Taunton MK Workshop

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Taunton Machine Knitting Club is holding a Knit-a-Long Workshop with Anne Lavene on Tuesday 20th August from 2.00 pm. There will be a shared meal where everyone brings something and an evening demo by Anne, finishing at around 9.00 pm. The cost is £20 for the day or £8 for the evening and five spaces are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For further details of what to bring and so on, contact Mary on 01823 442453.

Knit To Finish

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Nina Miklin has a new design (M216) with a scallop trim featured in her new Book No. 4. Knitted in stocking stitch with plating gives a beautiful mottled effect. The fabric is compact, but very light. Most machines have a plating feeder and here’s a great opportunity to use it. The pattern is in four sizes from small to extra-large and suitable for standard gauge single bed machines at £5.40 for a printed version and £4.50 as a PDF email attachment. Book No. 4, with 39 colour pages, is £14.50 for a PDF download. Email Nina for more details or to order.

Special reader offer For a short while, the PDF pattern and yarn is available as a kit (£42) for MKM readers, to include 250g of Roma Extra Fine Merino Wool wound double in each of two colours, Shade 08 Black, Shade 17 Soft White plus 40g in contrast for the scallop trim. (The full shade range is on her website.) For lots more details or to order, write to Nina at PO Box 71930, London NW2 9QZ.

Tel 020-8455 1996

Email nina.miklin@virgin.net

Website www.exclusiveyarns.co.uk



July 2019 Subscriptions

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This is July 2019 and our current issue.

New subscription If you select a new subscription, it will start with the August 2019 magazine, to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 4th July. If you’d like to start with this July issue, you need to order a Subscription Bundle.

Subscription bundle If you select a subscription bundle, it will start with our current July 2019 magazine and we’ll send you a copy straight away. Your magazine will then be mailed direct from the printer on the first Thursday of each month and the August 2019 issue goes out to subscribers on Thursday 4th July.

July 2019 – Current issue

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Our cover design is a pretty summer top in King Cole Opium. There’s a similar sweater design, both are easy to knit and cover a large size range from 72-76 cm (28-30 in) to 112-117 cm (44-46 in). We’ve 10 designs and a co-ordinating cardigan and sweater for Passap machines. As always, we include details for converting all our patterns for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Sally-Ann Carroll reminds us to add one or two key pieces to freshen up our summer wardrobe and Bill King has come up with a brand new basic pattern. Fay Butcher’s Passap knowledge will help anyone using a double bed machine and Tony Bennett uses up cone ends for a couple of fashion pieces. A new feature this month is to use a knitting machine for home comforts and you’ll love our easy blackout blind for the summer months. We always ​include news, books and fashion and have great reader savings on new craft books from Search Press.

June 2019 – Issue 257

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Our cover design is one of two chic patterns, with or without sleeves, in 4-ply cotton. Both are easy to knit and cover a large size range from 71-76 cm (28-30 in) to 112-117 cm (44-46 in). We’ve 14 designs, with lots in 4-ply, and we include details for converting all our patterns for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Sally-Ann Carroll reminds us that floral prints are out in bloom and Bill King can already hear the purists ‘tutting – but let’s live with his great ideas. We welcome Fay Butcher from Sydney, Australia, as a new regular contributor and her expertise will help all Passap knitters. Joan Lafferty confesses all and we pass on ideas, tips and how to knit 3, 5 and 7 stitch cords in Dear Anne. We always ​include news, books and fashion and have great reader savings on new craft books from Search Press.

May 2019 – Issue 256

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Our May 2019 cover design and short-sleeved version in this lovely summer yarn are easy to knit and cover a large size range from 71-76 cm (28-30 in) to 112-117 cm (44-46 in with the actual measurement 128 cm, 50¾ in). We’ve 15 designs and we also include instructions for converting all our patterns for knitting on standard gauge machine​s​. Iris Rowe introduces a new friend to the Toy Box, Sally-Ann Carroll reminds us to ‘think pink’ for spring and Bill King creates open fabrics on machines without a lace carriage. Karin Rogalski has designed some great hats to use up left-over yarn quickly and Helen Lewis helps newbies, step-by-step, to knit their first sweater. We’ve masses of ideas, top tips and golden oldies in Dear Anne and we always ​include news, books and fashion. We also have a special reader discount on new craft books from Search Press.

New machine-knitting course in Basingstoke

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Gillian is a fashion and textiles technician in the Art & Design department at Basingstoke College of Technology in Hampshire. She tells us that they’ve recently started to run evening courses covering various disciplines including sewing, crochet, painting, screen-printing and pottery. A new machine knitting course is running in May. Taught by Antonia Sullivan, knitwear designer and owner of Sprig Knitwear, this course is four weeks in length and will take place on Thursday evenings from 6.00 to 8.00 pm. Costing only £125 and with a small class size (enrolment is limited to 8) it’s a great introduction to machine knitting. Here’s the link for more information and online registration https://www.bcot.ac.uk/subject-areas/art-and-design/FEBC030.