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
This children’s charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. For more information and to see the full range of Christmas gifts visit http://www.gosh.org/christmas
First into the store were Jo Pay and 14-year-old Seleena from Wheatley, who were given a free crafty gift for being among he first 100 visitors on the day and £25 worth of complimentary HobbyCraft gift vouchers for being in pole position. For locations of HobbyCraft stores nationwide visit http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk or call free on 0800 027 2387
Each centimetre in the kilometre long scarf will represent the 100,000 children and young people who run away from home each year in the UK. The Big Stitch campaign runs until 13 January 2009, traditionally the coldest day of the year. To find out how to get involved call 0845-300 1128 or visit http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/bigstitch
Whatever the problem, Helen would solve it and she was always prepared to go that extra mile in her work by organizing trips to Exhibitions, Wool Sales and so on at weekends. In her busy life she still thought of others by running marathons for charity. Indeed, she ran one for Cancer Research just weeks before she died.
Many of us in the class at Oldham Life Long Learning Centre have known Helen for over 25 years and will miss her on two levels, both as a friend and as a teacher and we know that the world of machine knitting has also lost a skilled ambassador. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband and family and our thoughts are with them as they face the difficult months ahead.
God Bless, Helen from all at the Friday Knitting Class, Gallery Oldham
A PROBLEM SHARED
Members of the club went to Machine Knitting LIVE! at Bury and told Anne about the problems the club now faces to keep going. Since Helen’s untimely death, the Friday morning class at Gallery Oldham is in a dilemma. They were almost ready to start the new term and found themselves without a teacher and no hope of getting one until January 2009 at the very earliest. They’ve had great support from the management of Life-long Learning, who have allowed the club to use the facilities and equipment for a very nominal sum until Christmas.
They call themselves a Community Group and as one of the more experienced members has kindly agreed to act as leader, they’ve been able to keep together as a group. However, in spite of advertising they’ve so far been unable to find a replacement teacher and face having to close down completely in December 2008. They wonder if there’s anyone within travelling distance of Oldham, who is suitably qualified and free on Friday mornings. All that’s required is to teach a keen and friendly bunch of enthusiastic machine knitters. If you’re hiding your light under a bushel and are interested in picking up the gauntlet, please call Kath Stone direct on 0161-770 8029.