Bournemouth School for Girls will, once again, welcome us all to Machine Knitting LIVE! Bournemouth School for Girls is in Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth BH8 9UJ and the show opens from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The school is on the A3060 (Castle Lane West) and once you reach Castlepoint Shopping Centre on the right, continue straight. First left is East Way, then take the next left turn into Castle Gate Close. Everything is on one level so disabled access is easy. If you want to bring a non-knitting friend, Castlepoint is a good dropping off point for shopping and free parking.
Unless something comes up at the last minute, most of our exhibitors join us every year and our 2019 exhibitors included Andee Knits who brought her shop to the show. She had machines and accessories, books and patterns, spares and yarn. Anne Croucher is our machine expert and she holds a Knit Clinic to help with any problems. Ann Brown brought a selection of her designs and garments. Rob Fountain had used machines and accessories plus spares, bits and bobs. Bill King had his machine and lots of samples to show you what to do and how to do many of his Masterclass techniques. David and Jason Hampson brought The Wool Cabin to the show with not-to-be-missed bargains on packs of quality yarns at knock-down prices. Designers Elaine Cater and Nina Miklin brought their designs, books and patterns and Fleet Knitting Club set up displays and demonstrations. Nick Traylen had a huge selection of coned and balled yarn from Uppingham Yarns and Anne had Machine Knitting Monthly current magazines, back issues, binders and Anjo Patterns.
We always have excellent displays and demonstrations from local knitting clubs Carbery in Christchurch and Ringwood, with some wonderful ideas to inspire us.
Last year we had a break with tradition and warmly welcomed Guest Speaker Sally Butcher. Sally is a prolific knitter and she runs a monthly knitting club in Bodmin. Her main focus is on all makes and types of Japanese machines and she talked about the huge presence of machine knitting on the internet. She told us how they set up the Beginners Group, talked about what they try to achieve and displayed some of their designs. She also brought a laptop, to show us photos of many interesting projects completed. Having set up one of her machines, she talked to everyone during the day whilst sitting and knitting.
The School Canteen opens all day with hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks.
Do come and join us and tickets will be on sale on the website very soon.