Our First Meeting for 2017

Happy New Year to you all.

Are first meeting of the year is always an important one where we hold our AGM. Nora, who has been taking on both chair and secretary, thanked the present committee for their help, especially Philip.  She gave the following report:

  • We had 30 new members starting during the course of 2016, though  some of them have left due to various reasons.
  • The survey we held towards the end pf 2016 was inconclusive, but members still seem to want to have two meetings a months, one of these with speakers if possible.
  • The summer and Christmas parties were well supported and successful. Thanks to Trish and Delphine for these.
  • A number of well known knitting people have passed away over the last year. They will be greatly missed.
  • Finding speakers who are able to travel to us ans are not too expensive has been a challenge, but hopefully all speaker meetings will have been filled by the next meeting. Please see website for details.
  •  During our members’ meetings Philip will be demonstrating the construction of a whole garment over a numbers of sessions so if you have any particular problems, let him know.

A new committee was voted in and consist of:-

  • Chair – Philip
  • Secretary – Nora
  • Treasurer – Shelia
  • Membership/social – Trish

Once all the formalities were finished, we had tea and show and tell.

Joan's scarves

Joan’s scarves

Nora's knitted corsets and scarf

Nora’s knitted corsets and cowl










barbara philip carol

Barbar’s hats, Philip’s hat, Carol’s fairisle jumper




Christmas Message from Nora

We had our Christmas Party held on the 1st December. It was a lovely meal prepared for us by Delphine, her daughter. and granddaughter. They went to a lot of trouble to have the room looking very festive and welcoming.IMG_0280


During 2017 it was thought that it would be a good idea if the machine is taken out every members evening and that we work on a garment, trying different techniques and ideas from everyone. At the end we hope to have a finished garment even if it has mismatched pieces as far as style and patterns go.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. We get together again on the 19th January 2017 at our AGM


Racking with Liz Holness

We were visited by our regular local demonstrator Liz, who showed us various examples of double bed racking.

Many people have replaced their ribbers with a garter carriage, but you do need to have a ribber in order to rack.

Racking does give a bias, so unless this is what you want, remember to rack in both directions. The grey collar in the photos below were knitted on the bias to allow it to fold easily.

As you will be using yours left hand to do the racking, this can become tender so make sure you take rest breaks and invest in a pair of gloves. Screwfix sell inexpensive lightweight gloves which still allow you to feel what your doing. Right handers will find it more tiring than left handers.

Tension swatches are very important.

The main thing is to experiment and have fun!

Tension swathes are very omportant

Tension swathes are very important

Grey collar is knitted on the bias

The grey collar is knitted on the bias











Liz demonstrating racking

Liz demonstrating racking


David’s Crochet Evening

We had another enjoyable evening  with David demonstrating how to make cord edging or crab stitch. Many members had a go at this with David  on hand to help with problems.

BUT first some show and tell.


Mavis has been very busy quilting for her daughter's birthday

Mavis has been very busy quilting for her daughter’s birthday!


15th Sept 2

Both of these were knitted on the LK150 by Nora


15th Sept

Something to put your feet in. A lap blanket fit for a mermaid and slippers for little ones, also by Nora

Plus some notices

The ‘knit-in’ weekend will be held on 5th and 6th November. If you want to attend, but can’t stomach taking your machine, please feel free to bring any craft items. Joan ad Mavis will be making patchwork bags.

So far members have made 51 sailors hats. The 20th October meeting is the deadline for these.

The ‘Knit and Stitch’ show is on at Ali Pali – 5th to 9th Oct. Click here to find out more.

We are sad to hear about the death of Beryl Jarvis and will remember her visits to us.





Polymer Clay Buttons

We had a fascinating talk from Francis Lewis on how to make polymer buttons. There are four brands she uses: Fio, Sculpey, Premo and Kato and each come in a block, which Francis then cuts into slices, before laying them together and rolling them like pastry.


She then uses a pasta machine to assist the rolling. Different colours can be blended at this stage. She repeats folding and rolling until the correct thickness is achieved. Then she rolls them up as evenly as possible making sure there are no air bubbles. This gives you a cane which you then roll to the length you require.







You can the carefully take a number of these canes and mold them together to form a triangle. Then taking several if these triangle slices you can form the button you require.

Francis uses a dedicated convection oven to bake the clay as it does have an unfortunate smell while baking.

Remember to put the holes in your button before baking.