Our first meeting of 2016!
It was lovely to see so many of you at our first meeting of 2016.
Nora welcomed everyone, including some new faces. It has been a challenging first year as Chair and she thanked the committee members for their help. We have had a change of name this year going from Woodley Machine Knitting to Berkshire Machine Knitting and although we have lost a few members, we have gained new ones. We are planning another Knit In weekend in Frebruary.
Shelia showed us the club accounts and although we have lost a number of members, we had some of our speakers cancel, so we haven’t lost out financially.
Val has been working hard to sort out a programme for this year as she is stepping down as Secretary. The new programme will be emailed to members and displayed on the website, but if anyone has any ideas about speakers or subject please let Nora or one of the new committee know.
Apart from Val, the new committee remains the same with Nora as chair, Philip vice chair, Shelia treasurer. No one could be persuaded to run for secretary, so their duties are being shared amongst the committee until a new one is found.
Show and Tell
Members have been very busy over the Christmas period.
Val and Joan
Val, inspired by Philip’s shawl, has made her own, though she admitted it took longer to block out and steam, than to knit it.
Joan has finally finished the kit she bought at Ali Pali. It was knitted on ‘broom sticks’ with four strand of moss stitch, put away halfway through, retrieved but lost the pattern, emailed suppliers who sent through a new one and finally finished.
Jenny and Nora
Jenny has be crocheting a blanket and scarves, not bad as she only learnt to crochet just before Christmas.
Nora has been trying out Hairpin Lace, by knitting a cowl. It is basically three pieces of knitting where the sides are lopped up and joined with a crochet hook.
Pat, Delphine and David
Pat found and original Guernsey in a charity shop.
Delphine finally mastered the garter carriage on the last ‘knit-in’ weekend and used it to create a moss stitch edging for her jacket.
David has also produced a shawl.
Nora finished off the evening with a demonstration of hair pin lace.
Nora demonstrating hair pin lace