Then there’s Fiona Morris with patterns and yarn; Forsell Yarns with Undy Yarns; the Guild of Machine Knitters; Heathercraft pre-owned machines and accessories; Iris Bishop and her new collection; Jane Woodward and Shades of Cashmere yarn; Nina Miklin with her new patterns and luxury yarns; Riverside Spinning with yarns plus home comforts; Sue Castro with her novel patterns and ideas; Undy Yarns who bring their shop to the show and Uppingham Yarns with a wide range of yarns. In addition, John Scotton and Hilary will help me and bring Hague linkers, twisters and accessories. New this year will be Claire Watson at Thread Yarn & Fabric with a selection of finer yarns including lovely Tussah Silk plus Tessa from Silkwood Angoras with hand-dyed angora yarns. We featured Les and Tess in Spotlight in April 2008, Issue 123. It’s looking good, so please try and join us on the day.
I’ve chatted with Alison Dupernex recently and she’s back at her machine designing for us, having been away at shows for several months. She tells me she’s stocked up on cottons and also knitted us some sumptuous throws for cosy autumn and winter months. Don’t laugh – the summer will soon roll by! Several readers have also mentioned the tremendous talents of Mark Fast. He truly is a knitwear sensation and it’s great to know that domestic machines are being used to produce such amazing catwalk spectacle. Sally-Ann has been on the case to feature him in MKM since we read about him in The Times back in February. So far she’s had no joy but she’ll keep trying and will hopefully succeed.
Finally, do turn to Newsline this month to see the fabulous new books now available from Iris Bishop, Elaine Cater and Nina Miklin. The trio are three of the best designers currently working in machine knitting and they present masses of expertise in their quite different approaches. Devotees of all three will be thrilled with their latest offerings and Elaine also has a special MKM offer on a garter carriage book. It’s been much requested, following on from our article on the garter carriage last time. At just £6 including UK postage, Simply Garter Stitch is not to be missed and the offer is open until the end of July.
It was indeed exceptional, except for one thoroughly mean act brought to my attention at the end. One of the stands hoped to sell a couple of wool winders. They had been donated and the proceeds were to be donated to a worthy cause. £10 was asked for one that holds a plastic cap and the other was £7.50. The show was very crowded and the exhibitor couldn’t always see what was going on at the other end of her stand. When the crowds cleared, the £10 wool winder had gone and not been paid for. Perhaps it was unintentional or maybe too tempting when other winders were being sold at the show for around £30? It left all of us wondering how much more stock had gone the same way. Surely the vast majority of knitters are honest and fair minded? This miserly person won’t ruin it for the rest, but it was a bitter pill to swallow on an otherwise lovely day.
On to happier things and I managed to have a quick word with Beryl Jarvis. We were all thrilled to know that Jeffery now has a permanent job. He’s proudly showing off the medals he won in China on the front of a leaflet for the Special Olympics in Leicester in July this year. (Lord Mayor’s Special Olympics Appeal, Leicester Games 2009 Ltd, c/o A12 New Walk Centre, Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZG.) Beryl also mentioned that Uppingham Summer School will take place again this year from Monday 10th to Friday 14th August. We’ll include full details next time, but one of the courses fills quickly and they often have to turn people away. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome and Brother punchcard machines are available, or take your own. If you can’t wait until next month, contact Uppingham Summer School, 34 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9UD, telephone 01572-820800 or visit www.uppinghamsummerschool.co.uk
Also received just too late for Newsline this issue was a note from Dorothy Hughes who is Regional Officer for GMK. She’s organising an exhibition at Living Crafts in Hatfield from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th May 2009. This is held in the grounds of Hatfield House. We’ll see Dorothy at the Nottingham Show so if there’s any more information, we’ll include it next time.
We have been growing continuously and now we are thirteen. We meet once a month chatting about knitting exchanging patterns, showing our knits etc. We all come from very different backgrounds. Our youngest member is 24 and our oldest in the eighties. I always go to the meetings with MKM magazines, explaining and translating patterns into German.
If any knitter happens to come to Vienna we would be glad to meet her (or him?).
Kind Regards from Vienna
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The exhibitor list is looking good and new additions this month are Carl Boyd coming along with his new patterns and Jane Woodward back in her usual classroom. As we’ve mentioned, Carl is working on a new collection and you may also remember that Jane was on holiday last year and couldn’t make it. She’s back this year with Wendy’s help and the sleeved wrap featured on page 35 is the first of Wendy’s designs for MKM. It’s been much admired, so we snapped it up for the magazine. You can belt it, button it, pin in or let it drape into soft folds and points. It’s a very flattering shape to cover all manner of ‘lumps and bumps’ and the length takes it well past any ‘thunder thighs’!
When I went to the Isle of Wight last autumn, I spent a lovely morning with the Newchurch Knitters. Jan’s coffee and cake went down a treat and Linda showed me lots of her designs. Amongst the goodies was a pile of Tan-o’-shanter hats, which she makes by the dozen for young and old alike. The pattern is ever so easy and you can add a brim or pon-pon if you wish. Best of all, they can be knitted from any oddments and take next-to-no-time. The base of the hat needs to be picked up on a circular needle for eight rows of garter stitch but you can vary the number of stitches you pick up, to fit different head sizes. It’s a fabulous pattern I’m sure you’ll want to cut out and keep.
As the days get longer, spring will soon be here and the cover girl on our latest issue (February 2009) wears a lovely jacket from Anne Baker knitted in Charlotte, from Chris Brennan. It’s very soft yet holds its shape beautifully and, when knitted in Fair Isle, makes a gorgeous warm garment. You can use Anne’s stitch pattern, or chose one of the hundreds you must have stored away. If haven’t used Charlotte before, raid Chris’ stand at Machine Knitting LIVE! (Sorry, he doesn’t do mail order.) At his knock down prices, every cone will be a bargain!
How was your Christmas and New Year break, and what are your plans for the New Year? Let me know by leaving a comment!
All the best
However there’s something extra in this book, which newer knitters especially will enjoy. Full instructions are given for multi-colour tuck stitch and partial pin tucks. Multi-colour tuck is a simple way to add both colour and texture to the fabric, whilst partial pin tucks can be used on any machine – even those that can only do plain knitting. It adds bands of texture, thickness and weight to the fabric easily and the price of Book 205 is just £4.
The second book is Making Cushion Covers and these quick and easy covers can be made on all machines with any yarn and stitch pattern from just one piece of fabric. What could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical theme, a summer meadow design plus Fair Isle and textured patterns. Another option is to use some of the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs. These cushion covers are not just for the living room. We can also use them for dining chair pads, a workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers. Book 206 Making Cushion Covers costs £2. If you’d like more information about Busy Bee Basics 83 pattern books containing over 300 exclusive designs, please write to Hilary. Don’t forget to include your name and address and a large sae would be appreciated.
The second book is Making Cushion Covers and these quick and easy covers can be made on all machines with any yarn and stitch pattern from just one piece of fabric. What could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical theme, a summer meadow design plus Fair Isle and textured patterns. Another option is to use some of the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs.
These cushion covers are not just for the living room. We can also use them for dining chair pads, a workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers. Book 206 Making Cushion Covers costs £2. If you’d like more information about Busy Bee Basics 83 pattern books containing over 300 exclusive designs, please write to Hilary. Don’t forget to include your name and address and a large sae would be appreciated.
Busy Bee Basics
9 Alpha Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 9JJ
Tel 0161-864 1191
9 Alpha Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 9JJ
Tel 0161-864 1191
It’s Geelong Merino Lamb’s Wool Slub (Yarn reference GL17) and it’s a really lovely Australian Merino Lamb’s Wool. It knits as a fine double knitting and for machine knitting we’d recommend it’s used on chunky machines at around Tension 1 for stocking stitch, lace, Fair Isle and so on. It can also be used quite easily on standard gauge machines with the ribber as a lovely rib fabric. To support this yarn for machine knitters, Jane has a Wendy Piper Wrap Pattern for £3 for sale with yarn and if you can wait a month or two, there will be a number of patterns in MKM, so stock up now at bargain prices. For hand knitters, 20 to 22 stitches to 10 cm over stocking stitch is recommended and Jane has Wendy’s wrap pattern, a sweater pattern, a cable trimmed jacket and an Iris Hutchins Lace Jacket pattern. Each pattern costs £3 each when bought with the yarn.
SPECIAL MKM OFFER
Buy 1, get 1 free
The yarn is on 500 g cones at £15 per cone. In the following eight shades : Ceramic (soft pale blue), Pandora (soft magenta), Brown (burnt almond), Blue (denim), Bengal (burnt orange), Cinnabar (warm rust), Raspberry (deep pink) and Cygnet (very soft pale grey). Jane has reduced the price to buy two cones for the price of one. Postage and packing is £4.56 for the kilo so two cones will cost £19.56 (£15 plus £4.56 p&p). Don’t forget an additional £3 for each pattern, if required. You need to tell Jane which two colours you’d like and they don’t have to be the same. However, please give a second choice for each selection in case some of the shades sell out quickly.
Cheques should be made payable to Shades of Cashmere and sent to:
Shades of Cashmere, Grove Farm, Wolvey, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3LL
In recent years, Texere has been the source of film and stage props for many blockbuster films and stage productions. Hundreds of balls of Texere Yarn plus knitting needles and patterns filled the make-believe shop for the set of a new Tom Hanks film City of Ember, due for release in October 2008. The company has also proved a useful source of yarn for the film Elizabeth, West End musical Mamma Mia, the Northern Ballet, Blackpool Ice Theatre and the makers of ‘kiss me quick’ hats on Blackpool’s Golden Mile.
College Mill, Barkerend Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 4AU Tel 01274-722191