April 2014 – Issue 195

Anne Baker’s Karabee design is on the cover and we’ve around 15 patterns to knit with our usual mix of designs for standard gauge, LK150 mid gauge, chunky machines and Passap models, including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Our regular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. The demand for Bill King’s Gold Star design has been so great that we’ve published it again, because we’ve sold out of December 2011 where it was first featured. Alice Wilmshurst sorts out some everyday problems for new Passap knitters or those returning after a long break and we knit Carl Boyd’s Passap pattern. Joan Lafferty takes a slow meander through Stitchworld and we’ve the final part of our series on colour changers. Our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings.

May 2014 – Issue 196

Anne Baker’s Karabee design is on the cover and we’ve around 12 patterns to knit with our usual mix of designs for standard gauge, LK150 mid gauge, chunky machines and Passap models, including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Our regular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. Bill King shows us how to make three great twirly scarves and Alice Wilmshurst guides Passap knitters through Fair Isle without the Deco. Carl Boyd’s new pattern gives us detailed instructions to make a cut ‘n’ sew jacket and Joan Lafferty mixes hand and machine knitting. We’ve Part 6 of our series on lace techniques, a multi-size Fisherman’s rib sweater and finger-less gloves in four sizes in Stash Box.Our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings.

March 2014 – Issue 194

Anne Baker’s Karabee design is on the cover and our regular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. Bill King reminds us why quality classic knitwear stands apart from its more cheap and cheerful relatives and shows us how to knit fully fashioned shoulder shaping. Alice Wilmshurst shares useful tips for Passap knitters and all machines. We knit Bea Roberts’ cosy cowl in Stash Box and Carl Boyd’s Passap pattern. Joan Lafferty considers a designer’s lot and suggests that if we can’t beat ’em, we join them. We’ve Part 5 of our Lace Techniques series featuring punch or thread lace and we look at patterning in Part 5 of our series on colour changers. Our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings

January 2014 (Issue 192)

At the start of a New Year we’ve over 15 patterns to knit with our usual mix of designs for standard gauge, LK150 mid gauge machines and chunky models including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Anne Baker’s design from her Karabee collection is on the cover and ourregular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. We’ve Part 4 of a new lace series and Part 4 of a series on colour changers. Joan Lafferty is just a girl who can’t say ‘no’ and Bill King sees what he can do with travelling ribs on single bed machines. Alice Wilmshurst opens up a Pandora’s box for Passap knitters. Everyone will love our hot water bottle cover with a panda motif and our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings.

December 2013 (Issue 191)

This is our Christmas issue and it’s packed with 17 festive patterns plus an extra 4-page pullout from Dewsnaps Woollens with gifts to knit for men. Anne Baker’s design from her Karabee collection is on the cover and we’ve our usual mix of designs for standard gauge, LK150 mid gauge machines and chunky models including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Ourregular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. We’ve Part 3 of a new lace series and Part 3 of a series on colour changers. Joan Lafferty shares a few of her patterns and Bill King throws a seasonal hat into the ring with four designs to make Christmas cards. Alice Wilmshurst has some sound advice and top tips for Passap knitters and our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings. Our Stash Box pattern this month is a festive hot water bottle cover and Tony Bennett has a novel idea to sip with style and leave hands free to munch at parties. It’s a great issue, so don’t miss it!

November 2013 (Issue 190)

This month we’ve an extra 4 pages and our front cover is the popular Rebecca pattern from Anne Baker’s Karabee collection. We’ve our usual mix of designs for standard gauge, LK150 mid gauge machines and chunky models including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Ourregular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. We’ve Part 2 of a new lace series and Part 2 of a series on colour changers. Joan Lafferty tells us about a bygone visitor and Bill King encourages us to be creative and have fun. Carl Boyd’s design is a man’s Fair Isle sweater and Fiona Morris shows us some tuck stitch variations. Alice Wilmshurst has masses of topical tips plus patterns for Passap knitters and our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings. Our Stash Box pattern this month uses up oddments to make some pretty pot-pourri hats and Maureen Sanders returns to machine knitting with a special teddy offer and pattern.

October 2013 (Issue 189)

This month we’ve an extra 4 pages and our front cover is an original Karabee design from Anne Baker. We’ve lots of designs for standard gauge, LK150 mid gauge machines and chunky models including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Ourregular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. We’ve Part 1 of a new lace series and Part 1 of a series on colour changers. Joan Lafferty asks why we love our knitting machine and Bill King experiments with basket stitch and produces some amazing results. Carl Boyd’s design is a new man’s sweater pattern and Fiona Morris reminds us how easy it is to forget the basics. Weaving on the Duo might be something Passap knitters might like to try and our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings. Our Stash Box pattern this month uses up oddments to keep kids’ toes nice and warm.

Packed full of Spring patterns

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Now I must pay tribute to three friends of machine knitting who have passed away. Many of you will remember Doris Coutts as a founder member of the Sandown Club on the Isle of Wight and a regular contributor to both To & Fro and MKM. Her knowledge of machine knitting was immense. A founder member of Perth Knitting Club has also died. Peggy Rourke was an Area Representative for the Scottish Machine Knitters and she will be hugely missed. Finally, we remember Eileen Langford, Treasurer of the Guild of Machine Knitters, who has also died. Eileen played an important role in the Guild and, together with Peggy and Doris, they will all be greatly missed. We send our sincere condolences to members of their families, as well as their many friends.

Tony Bennett is coming over to the UK later this year and he’ll stop off at Metropolitan to open this year’s Dream Week on 2nd September. He’ll then return a couple of weeks later on 16th September for a week of hand’s-on tuition. Last year Tony was awarded WA Wool Designer of the Year and he’s lectured to fashion and textile design students at Perth’s Western Australian Central Institute of Technology. He’s run Dormani Designs for almost 20 years and gives talks about machine knitting as well as fashion trends. He also runs workshops for machine knitters. He’s travelled extensively in Australia and across to New Zealand, sharing his creativity, flair and expertise with many machine knitters. He fits in regular Down Under reports for us and it will be a pleasure to meet him in September.
Inevitably places are limited, so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

My other news is that Carol Hocknell and I have made a diary date to repeat our very successful At Home at Metropolitan. The date is 6th October 2013 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and again places are strictly limited. As last time, we’ll arrange demonstrations throughout the day, provide a Ploughman’s Lunch and Cream Tea and we’ll print further details as they develop. Having accepted the kind invitation to teach at Dream Week in September, help to run our At Home in October and keep the flag flying for Alan Hunt’s Nottingham Show on 14th April, my year is filling up fast. Until next month, happy knitting!

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April 2013

Subscription copies sent out
Thursday 7th March
On sale
Thursday 14th March
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Reserve a copy : see page 61

Packed full of Spring patterns

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Now I must pay tribute to three friends of machine knitting who have passed away. Many of you will remember Doris Coutts as a founder member of the Sandown Club on the Isle of Wight and a regular contributor to both To & Fro and MKM. Her knowledge of machine knitting was immense. A founder member of Perth Knitting Club has also died. Peggy Rourke was an Area Representative for the Scottish Machine Knitters and she will be hugely missed. Finally, we remember Eileen Langford, Treasurer of the Guild of Machine Knitters, who has also died. Eileen played an important role in the Guild and, together with Peggy and Doris, they will all be greatly missed. We send our sincere condolences to members of their families, as well as their many friends.

Tony Bennett is coming over to the UK later this year and he’ll stop off at Metropolitan to open this year’s Dream Week on 2nd September. He’ll then return a couple of weeks later on 16th September for a week of hand’s-on tuition. Last year Tony was awarded WA Wool Designer of the Year and he’s lectured to fashion and textile design students at Perth’s Western Australian Central Institute of Technology. He’s run Dormani Designs for almost 20 years and gives talks about machine knitting as well as fashion trends. He also runs workshops for machine knitters. He’s travelled extensively in Australia and across to New Zealand, sharing his creativity, flair and expertise with many machine knitters. He fits in regular Down Under reports for us and it will be a pleasure to meet him in September.
Inevitably places are limited, so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

My other news is that Carol Hocknell and I have made a diary date to repeat our very successful At Home at Metropolitan. The date is 6th October 2013 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and again places are strictly limited. As last time, we’ll arrange demonstrations throughout the day, provide a Ploughman’s Lunch and Cream Tea and we’ll print further details as they develop. Having accepted the kind invitation to teach at Dream Week in September, help to run our At Home in October and keep the flag flying for Alan Hunt’s Nottingham Show on 14th April, my year is filling up fast. Until next month, happy knitting!

NEXT ISSUE
April 2013

Subscription copies sent out
Thursday 7th March
On sale
Thursday 14th March
Ask your newsagent to
Reserve a copy : see page 61

Machine Knitting LIVE!

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The school is on the A3060, Castle Lane West. Once you reach Castlepoint Shopping Centre on the right, continue straight. East Way is first left and Castle Gate Close is second left. Everything is on one level so disabled access is easy. Organised by machine knitters for machine knitters, Machine Knitting LIVE! really is a friendly event that welcomes everyone. This year we’ve some new exhibitors, so please support the show.

ADMISSION
Pay on the door and entrance is £6 for everyone. Children are admitted free as long as they’re supervised throughout.

DESIGNERS
This year our leading names include Iris Bishop, Sue Castro, Elaine Cater, Clair Crowston, Beryl Jarvis, Nina Miklin and Fiona Morris. Hilary also hopes to bring her collection of Busy Bee patterns.

EXHIBITORS
Apologies that at the last minute Anne Baker with Karabee designs and Carl Boyd can’t attend for health reasons. As we go to press, we look forward to welcoming the following exhibitors:

Arnold Bennett with amazing buttons
Busy Bee Hilary hopes to bring the full range of patterns to the show
Iris Bishop will have her fabulous designs and she’s our Guest Speaker
Sue Castro has innovative ideas and help for club leaders
Elaine Cater designer patterns and books
Anne Croucher will run our Knit Clinic and offer help and advice on all machines – she has 50 of her own!
Clair Crowston and her designer patterns
DesignaKnit with expert advice including the new DesignaKnit 8 from Carol at Metropolitan
Guild of Machine Knitters Frank Dineen launched the Guild at our first exhibition in Bournemouth in 1998 and it’s gone from strength to strength
B Hague & Co bring their selection of linkers, twisters, winders and accessories for all machines
David Hampson is new this year with packs of major branded yarn including Wendy, Twilleys, Stylecraft, King Cole and JC Brett. He’s hopefully recovered from his back injury
David & Phyllis Hilton bring their intarsia expertise and designs
Beryl Jarvis brings her designs, Info Sheets and DVD
Knits ‘n’ Bits Wendy Piper brings a large selection of used machines, accessories, books and patterns
MKM will bring current and back issues, Anjo patterns, La Rivière dust covers, American patterns plus binders
Metropolitan has a huge selection of machines, books, accessories and yarns including Metro Crêpe
Nina Miklin brings her luxury yarns and designer patterns
Fiona Morris has innovative patterns, yarn and notions
Silver Reed new machines and accessories are available at Metropolitan
Uppingham Yarns always has a wide range of yarns

FASHION SHOW
This year, our show is staged with lots of help and support from several clubs.

FIRST AID
In case of difficulty, members of the Talbot Division branch of St John Ambulance will be on hand all day.

GUEST SPEAKERS
We’re delighted to confirm that our Guest Speaker this year is Iris Bishop.

LEFT LUGGAGE
Members of St John Ambulance organise the Left Luggage point and your donations to their fund-raising efforts are always much appreciated.

MACHINES & ACCESSORIES
There will be new and second-hand machines, together with a wide range of accessories for all machines. If you’d like to find out more about buying and using a knitting machine or linker, come to Bournemouth for expert advice from the long-established and highly reputable Metropolitan plus B Hague & Co. A newcomer this time is Wendy Piper with Knits ‘n’ Bits – a large selection of used machines, accessories, books and patterns

REFRESHMENTS
The school’s caterers provide drinks and refreshments at very reasonable prices. We use the school dining room, so there’s lots of seating available.

TRANSPORT
Parking again is right outside the door in the school’s playground and we reserve spaces for disabled travellers just by the entrance. Coaches and mini-buses usually drop knitters to leave the driver free to look around Bournemouth. The main bus route is on the road right outside the school.

YARNS
Local stockists with a good supply of coned yarn are in short supply so if you’d like to re-stock your knitting room, you’ll find lots to tempt you. Nina Miklin brings her fabulous luxury yarns and Metropolitan will have a large range including Metro Fine French Crêpe. Uppingham Yarns always has a wide selection of popular yarn and hopefully David Hampson has recovered from his back injury. He’ll bring Wendy, Twilleys, Stylecraft, King Cole and JC Brett yarns. Arnold Bennett is now the ‘haby man’ with his button collection. It’s looking good, so please make every effort to join us this year. This is the only MK LIVE! show in 2012 and the craft really needs your support if it’s to survive.

I’m sad to see that there won’t be any shows ‘up North’ this year!
AmyA
2012-02-16 11:13:46
I am really happy to join Machine Knitting Monthly. I know that I would be able to learn how to knit from them.
Jake Reeves
2012-03-05 15:51:24