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
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.
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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
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
To–Fro.jpgShe will be sending you some photos I expect when they get back. So thank you for putting us in touch, she very kindly brought me some patterns. I know that you are encouraging younger people to machine knit and using some of the chunky knitting now so popular to encourage them into taking the magazine. I was looking through some old To & Fro copies I was given and wondered if it would be a good idea to re-publish the jacket on the front of the Nov 1991 – January 92, Vol 14, No. 3 issue?
The pattern is on page 28 and it’s by Raymonde Chessum. It’s knitted in pieces, which makes it ideal for chunky machines that have a very small number of needles. Perhaps you could suggest more modern yarns that could be used? It looks like a fun jacket, as it all makes chevrons when you put it all together.
Best wishes Anne and I hope you are not working too hard
Barbara Tulip in Canada
You may wonder why I am telling you this and it’s because Barbara Tulip lives in Vancouver and we’re hoping to meet up. Should our plans come to fruition, I will take some photos and send them to you on my return and hopefully you’ll be able to print them in a forthcoming edition. Barbara and I have had a few e-mails since you put us in touch and neither of us could believe it when we found out about the ‘Vancouver’ connection. Watch this space for my return!
With all good wishes from Fran Davidson
I have been looking for a suitable hat pattern for my three granddaughters for the past couple of months without much success. You can imagine my delight when I opened my November issue of MKM and found the article by Helen Macleod about her grandson’s hat. I immediately sorted out some suitable yarn and tried out the pattern. It is perfect. I will certainly be putting her new book on my Christmas list. I look forward to receiving MKM each month and keep all my copies, reading them many time over. Once again, many thanks for the hours of reading pleasure you provide.
Keep up the good work and kindest regards
Shirley Marsden in Doncaster
I’ve just finished knitting a sideways sweater and I must say that it’s very comfortable to wear. I’ve tried to find a machine-knitting pattern for a sideways knitted cardigan but as yet I’ve had no luck. Could you look into your archives to try and locate one and if possible would you be able to print the pattern in one of your future issues?
I was so disappointed not to be able to attend MK LIVE! this year as I’m sure that I must have missed some new exciting goodies that I’d have been happy to purchase. Perhaps I’ll have better luck next year but usually I can’t do an October show as I’m away on holiday. I noticed that in one of your back numbers you had a pattern for a ladies shrug. I wonder if you would be able to print the pattern in one of your future issues?
I’m gradually getting back in the swing of using my knitting machines (Brother 890 and Brother 260 both with ribbers) but I can’t seem to be able to master using the ‘holding technique’ instead of the traditional cast off method. To the accomplished knitter, this is surely a very easy method and I think my problem may be due to ‘senior moments’, which we older people sometimes have – well I do! Would you please print the way of using the method in one of your helpful articles?
I also wonder if you could have a page dedicated to hints and tips from other readers which would, I assume, cover many problems which others returning to machine knitting would find very helpful. I really do look forward to my issue of your magazine each month, as it is a good mix of patterns. Keep up the good work and long life to your magazine!
Many thanks from June Wisdom
Jumper2.jpgJust thought you might be interested in the attached. I actually knitted the jumper on the Bond using Keyplate 2 but the jumper could be knitted on any machine by manually selecting the needles. Then again a card could be punched or it could be put into an electronic by whatever method is appropriate. Because the floats are only three stitches long, it’s fine for chunky machines and for kids who we all know catch their finger and drag on any floats whatsoever!
I’m not giving a pattern as this Fair-Isle can be added to any jumper, but I have to admit to using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Percentage System (EPS) for working out the number of stitches to cast on for such things as the cuff and the Magic Formula for working out increases, so mixing hand and machine knitting techniques. Obviously a tension swatch is essential and honest body measurements. However, since I’m the only one to read the tape measure and then turn it into rows and stitches, no one else need know what the measurements were in the first place. I think I’m finally getting the hang of my computer now my son has moved out and I get a chance to use it.
Keep up the good work
Katharine Humphries in Poole, Dorset
I make a continuous bag that’s joined at the bottom and I knit until the cone runs out. I finish off with waste wool. I then pin sheets to the inside and also put in some washing or something to rattle around, tack up the top and stick it in the washing machine. I use Uppingham 2-ply and sometimes it takes two washes : it just depends on the colour and whether it has been agitated enough. It makes very nice jackets and embroiders beautifully.
More happy felting from Rita Lambeth
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.