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!

February 2018 – Issue 241

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February 2018 is our latest issue. It went out to subscribers on 4th January and is officially on sale on 11th January. If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you this issue and your March 2018 magazine will be posted on Thursday 1st February.

Great offer

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Little Knitting Fairy has waved her wand with a great offer. For the whole of January and until 11th February Joan Fielding-Browne is offering a FREE Bug Portable Sewing Machine worth £65 with the purchase of any knitting or sewing machine. They’re great for camping holidays, or if it rains and you get withdrawal symptoms. Contact Joan by phone for more details and all major debit and credit cards are accepted. For those who didn’t get the chance to knit warm socks, Joan has three pairs of ready-made left in size 6 to 8. (Joan is a shoe size 5 and they fit her well.)  They’re lovely and warm in boots or wellies and a bargain at £9.50 per pair. Call Joan on 01896-850734, email joan@littleknittingfairy.co.uk or visit the website at http://www.littleknittingfairy.co.uk

Important announcement for Make it & Knit & Stitch It 2018 visitors

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The Organising Team has announced that Make It and Knit & Stitch It will not now take place in Farnborough in 2018. Unfortunately the new venue will not be ready to host the 2018 show. With the already over-packed craft exhibition calendar, there’s no suitable alternative date for the show. They apologise to all their loyal visitors, will be back with a flourish on 22nd and 23rd February 2019 and thank all their exhibitors and visitors for their continued support.

Time for tea

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The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show has teamed up with the Betty Blythe Vintage Tea Room in West London’s Brook Green to hold The Knitted Tea Room competition. From cream scones with jam to champagne flutes, teapots and cucumber sandwiches, the show’s organisers are looking for a sumptuous spread of life-size knitted and crocheted tea room items.  Entrants can design their own tea room pieces or use a pattern and a tea cosy pattern by Monica Russel of The Knit Knacks is available to download from The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show competition page.

Entries will be displayed throughout the show and competition judges will be looking for innovative and beautifully made pieces.  Judging takes place on Thursday 1st March and luxury prizes from the Betty Blythe Vintage Tea Room will be awarded to three talented winning stitchers.  First prize is a Victorian-themed afternoon tea for eight, second prize is a Vintage Afternoon tea for six and third prize is a Cream tea for four.

All entries should be registered on the Spring show’s competition page, with up to five items eligible per entrant.  Items should be submitted before 23rd February to The Knitted Tea Room Competition, twistedthread, 58 White Lion St, London N1 9PP, or brought along to the show on Thursday 1st March. The Spring Show takes place from 1st to 4th March 2018 at Olympia London.  Spring Show highlights include over 200 workshops and free demonstrations hosted by expert tutors, galleries by leading textile artists, graduates and groups, drop-in knitting and crochet clinics and a unique craft shopping experience with 150 specialist retailers under one roof. Tickets are £13.50 in advance (concessions £12.50, children aged 5-18 £6.00) plus a booking fee of £1.50 payable per order.

A wide selection of options is available from www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/spring or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6165 from outside the UK).