Romford Autumn Spectacular

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Raffle We always hold a raffle, with fantastic prizes.
Exhibitors Our impressive list of exhibitors so far includes Anne Baker with her Karabee Designs and Sue Booth with her designer patterns. Sue Burns will offer make and take sessions and Sue Castro will demonstrate machine knitting techniques. Edwina Dunham has a selection of patterns and Rob Fountain brings his innovative sponge bars. Brenda Gould comes along with Knitting Machine Journal and The Guild of Machine Knitters flies the flag for our craft. David Hampson will bring packs of yarn at knock-down prices from The Wool Cabin. A huge choice of pre-owned and new machines and accessories will be on sale from Wendy Piper at Knits ‘n’ Bits. Nick Traylen will bring a great selection of Uppingham Yarns and Diana Bensted returns from The Crochet Chain – loving life, crochet and yarn.
Demonstrations Our two local clubs will be demonstrating machines and accessories.b>Talks We’ll hold free talks throughout the day.
Come and join us Organised by machine knitters for machine knitters, it will be a lovely day out. There’s easy access from the M25 and the only show of its kind in this part of the country.
Advance tickets Entry is £6 on the day or £5 in advance and you can buy tickets in Trading Post.
It was full to bursting last year, so this time the exhibitors will spread out all over the rooms on the ground floor and we’ll use the small hall, down the flight of six steps, for our talks. If required, there’s access to this hall round the outside of the building, avoiding the steps.

June 2014 – Issue 197

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 gives us a glimpse of his everyday work and knits some fascinating samples with a ‘Fisherman’s Twist’ and Alice Wilmshurst guides Passap knitters through E6000 maintenance. Carl Boyd has another Passap pattern and Joan Lafferty recons that learning to use a knitting machine is like learning to drive a car – or is it? Jo Newton has designed some great motifs for rugby enthusiasts and we’ve a sparkly headband to knit in Stash Box. Our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings.

August 2014 – Issue 199

We’ve a Karabee design on the cover and around 12 patterns to knit, with special emphasis on standard gauge machines including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Our regular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. Bill King produces some incredible textured fabrics with a garter bar and, in her birthday month, Alice Wilmshurst takes a trip down memory lane. Sally Williams returns with a new design from Dewsnaps Woollens, Carl Boyd’s design has a classic signature neckline and Linda Collins creates a truly adaptable multi-design for standard gauge machines. Jo Newton’s 4-page feature is one not to miss if you love ponies and Fashion Scout Katie Karara looks at London Fashion Week earlier this year. Our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus Book Review with reader savings.

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.