Spinners and Weavers with Janet & Mary

Quick news – The Sailors’ Society have thanked us for the hats.

Janet and Mary’s talk this evening was about unusual fibres used to make yarns.

They started off by showing us examples of natural fibres including: animal yarns – angora (doesn’t hold on it’s own, so needs to be mixed with wool); Yak (often mixed with silk); camel; bison. Plant fibres (these are stiffer, though they do get softer with use) – nettles; flax; hemp, bamboo.

Fibres with are natural, but have to be treated with chemicals to produce yarn: milk; corn; rose; banana; soya bean.

Then there are the artificial fibres: triloble nylon; re-cycled plastic bottles (washing in a machine can cause very small pieces of plastic to break off); kevlar (often used when making socks as toes and heels are more resistant).


Members’ Meeting

This evening we continued with making our garment. We have reached the neckline stage and Nora demonstrated how to add a neckline onto the front and back of the garment.


We also have been discussing which charities we would like to knit for. We have just sent off 51 hats to the Sailors’ Society in Southampton, that’s over 100 in the last year and we are now thinking of something different to knit.

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