Liz’s visit

As usual Liz’s talk on holding position was interesting and enlightening.

Below are links to websites mentioned in the talk.

Joining on the machine:     Seaming and binding off simultaneously on a knitting machine

Maggie Andrews:    patterns and booklets

Anne Lavene freebie:  Free visual Pattern – Living Knitwear

Eileen Montgomery’s homepage:   Home

Heidi’s Knitting Room:   Round Afghan with Diamonds in Center

You-tube Video Fan Lace Scarf: Part1; Part2; Part3 Part 4 Part 5

Knit Design Courses: Spikey Scarf

Liz Bivens: easy_shawl_pattern

Janet’s talk on Colour

Another fascinating talk by Janet from the Guild of Weavers and Spinners. She explained how important combinations of colour was to creating cloth.

She explained how colour is described using the three primary colours on a colour wheel:

  • Monochrome – shades  of lightest to darkest of one colour
  • Hue – main colour
  • Tint – main colour plus white
  • Tone – main colour plus grey
  • Shade – main colour plus black


To help see if colours will blend, try producing a black and white photocopy, as the colours will be the same.

Also you can produce different colours depending on the if you use a colour as warp or weft. The examples below use the same yarn, but navy is the warp and the other the weft.


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