First Meeting of 2018

Our AGM was held on 18th January 2018 at 19.45 at the Woodford Park Pavillion. Those present were the  current committee:  Philip Massey, Sheila Mather, Trish Vickers, Nora Phillips and ordinary members:  David Barratt, Joan Belcher, Barbara Hull, Pat Kiddie, Barbara Mullins, Nicola Nicholson,  Delphine Perkins, Elizabeth van Trierum, Carol Wardle, Kay Warner. Apologies were received from: Jacqui Davies, Christine Henwood, Shirley McEwan and Maureen Pope.

The meeting opened with a welcome to all attending.

The Chairman gave his report for the past year and thanked all the members for their input during the year especially in the making of our sample garment.

The Treasurer gave her report and presented the account to the members. The club made a small loss.

Re Election of Commitee. No new nominations/volunteers came forward so the same committee will remain in post.

Matters arising: 

It is anticipated that our membership will decrease to around 20, there it was decided that our annual subscription will therefore increase to £20 to cover the increasing cost of speakers and hall hire. Our bi weekly payments will remain at £3 per head.

We will in future pay for our refreshments. The amount decided is 50p per visit.

It is becoming increasing difficult to get speakers due to declining availablity and reluctance to travel. However we have managed to book seven speakers so far depending on confirmation.

A New Data Protection Act is coming into force this year. We appear to comply with the new rules according to the membership forms which we sign each year.

We discussed the introduction of day time meetings. This resulted in a vote to stay at our usual evening meetings for this year but we will revisit this topic on the 1st of November 2018.

The members were asked for suggestions for topics for our member evenings. This resulted in a good choice of topics which we will follow up on.

For the first Knit In weekend of this year it was decided to join the Crafters group at the Sutton Bowling Club on a trial basis.

The AGM was concluded at 21.00

The next AGM will be on 17th January 2019.




Christmas Party

Our Christmas party was held on the 7th and a good time was had by all. The catering was superb and all the plates were emptied. It was a chance for us to dress up and have a good chin wag with fellow members.


Ann Brown on Designing

We had a very interesting evening with Ann Brown. She gave us a brief history of how she started in garment design, from studying at Kingston Poly, through working at Radley and Concorde. She showed us many of her designs, both drawings and final garments.


Ann Brown



Converting Hand Knitting patterns


Delphine attended the National Guild Day/AGM of the Machine Knitters Guild, which was well attended with at least 120 participants (most ever). As well as the usual yarn stands, there was a very interesting demonstration on knitting with wire.

Next year is the 25th Anniversary of the Guild and the National Guild Day/AGM is to be held in Hampshire.

Show and Tell

Joan has been making necklaces from silk and ? a grey scarf. Nora and Nicky have been making knitted pasties for use in a school play at Nicky’s school.








 For the rest of our meeting Nora showed us how she converts hand knitting patterns so they can be used on a machine.

Machine knitted from a hand knitting pattern

Machine knitted for a hand knitting pattern


Maintenance Evening

David and Philip reminded us how to maintain our machine by cleaning a fine gauge machine recently purchased by Philip. It seems it has never been used, but appears to have sat in a cupboard for many years. The main problem being the grease has solidified meaning the carriage was virtually unusable. David had to use a lot of elbow grease to free up the carriage parts.

David and Philip inspecting the carriage

David and Philip inspecting the carriage

David cleaning the carriage

David cleaning the carriage

Philip cleaning machine bed with a long brush and potable vacuum

Philip cleaning machine bed with a long brush and potable vacuum

Shelia then showed us how to make sure your ribber is positioned correctly when doing double bed knitting.