Leicestershire Machine Knitters

Andrewes St, Leicester


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15 September

We had our annual AGM today. Celia announced she would be standing down from the committee completely, and we thank her for her sterling work for the club. Bob now takes up the role of Chairman, and Sue is to be the Vice Chairman. Sheila will now become the club secretary, and Jean continues to offer her services as our treasurer. She will be shadowed by Joy in this capacity. We have one new committee member, Jacqui, to replace Celia. The subscription to the club of £2 is to stay the same for this year (2016-17). The treasurer's report indicated that the club continues to have a good bank balance and as many talks and trips are partly or wholly funded by the club, it continues to be very good value for money. Many thanks to all on the committee for their tireless efforts in running the club.

The club will continue to meet every 3rd Thursday 7-9pm; the evening situation will be reassessed regarding 2017. The daytime club will continue to meet 10.30-12.30 (slightly earlier) on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. The programme has yet to be agreed for 2017 (the proposed dates are on the programme page). Please put your thinking caps on for subjects you would like to see next year. All suggestions welcome.

We raised over £60 at Joy's "At home" event for the "Warner Brothers Wish to Walk" campaign. Many thanks to all for your generosity.

20 October

We had our annual competition this evening, and there were a wealth of garments to chose from although possibly more handknit and crochet than machine knit. The winners were as follows:

Handicraft misc:

1st Thelma - Crochet shawl in autumn shades

Handicraft adult cardigan/jacket:

1st Jackie - blue crochet shawl
2nd Bob - grey cabled cardigan
3rd Thelma - sparkly cardigan in self-striping yarn

MK adult cardigan/jacket:

1st Joy - grey cardigan with teal and black fairisle bands
2nd Carol - blue/beige jacket
3rd Hedi - cream jacket

Handicraft adult sweaters:

1st Bob - blue fairisle jumper

MK adult sweaters:

1st Bob - brown jumper
2nd Carol - purple sweater

Handicraft childrens:

1st Ruth - rainbow cardigan and hat
2nd Thelma - green and yellow cardigan and hat

MK childrens:

1st Sue - yellow cardigan

MK misc:

1st Carol - blanket

MK skirts and suits:

MK misc:

1st Pat - blue skirt suit*

Hats from "card 3":

1st Carol - pink and white fairisle
2nd Bob - blue beret with white knitweave band
3rd Joy - brown hat

*Overall winner was Pat with the blue skirt suit. She was not present to receive her prize. Many thanks to all who entered, and thanks also to Sally for judging for us. She said she had a hard time choosing. Certificates will be handed out at the next few meetings. Pictures of the entries are on the gallery page.

31 October

We had a smashing two days at the Big Textile show and had a lot of interest in our garments on display. Many thanks to all who helped with the show, and apologies for the rotten pictures I took of it!

Big Textile Show 2016 Big Textile Show 2016 Big Textile Show 2016

17 November

We had a fun evening measuring ourselves for the January meeting where we will be looking at shaping and getting garments to fit.

Bob circulated a copy of the 2016/17 programme. It has been decided to cover one subject a month in a comprehensive way, thus giving a bit of meat to each meeting. We hope you will approve.

16 February 2017

We had some fun messing around with various rib fabrics, and Jane demonstrated various cast ons and cables to a new member.

18 May

Sheila demonstrated how to press a garment, using iron and pillowcase, and Joy demonstrated her linker.

22 June

Bob demonstrated half milano and birdseye double jacquard as part of our "fairisle" themed month.

Winning waistcoat The winner!

Congratulations to Joy who won both the Fiskerton award and the Creativity cup for her blue waistcoat, which was entered into the Guild's annual challenge (kindly modelled here by my next door neighbour).

Where we meet:

West End Centre
Andrewes Street (off Hinckley Road)