Thursday, April 12, 2012


Having dipped our toes in the water with our first Knit and Natter, the Middlesex Machine Knitters have taken the plunge and dived in again for a second year. This year on July 7th we are creating an even bigger splash!

On the main platform will be special guest speaker Iris Bishop, well known for her inspiring, informative talks and imaginative garments. We are also very excited to have an exhibition of creative garments, accessories and experimental art pieces from Morley College's machine knitting students, some of which will be on sale. How would you like to own an exclusive one off item?

We are delighted that Heathercraft, Sue Castro, Nina Miklin and our own Elaine Cater will be attending again this year and welcome new exhibitors Anne Smith, editor of Machine Knitting Monthly, Uppingham Yarns with a wide range of yarns, and Erica Thomson knitting with wire.

Liz Holness will be sorting out any machine knitting problems that visitors have; Janice Engall, from our club, will be showing how to create Dorset buttons, and Barbara Logan, also from our club, will demonstrate her Victorian sock knitting machine. You are welcome to have a go.
We will also have a charity table for the Shooting Star Children's Hospice - a charity caring for local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. All those who apply for advance tickets will be sent a FREE hand knitting pattern for a child's bag and a FREE surprise machine knitting pattern. Please knit these up and bring along to the  Shooting Star Children's Hospice table. Alternatively, bring along anything that you have knitted, as long as it is brand new. Everything will be sold to raise money for the Hospice.  If there is anything left unsold, then it will go to the Hospice's charity shops.

Try your luck with the raffle (prizes supplied by the exhibitors) and test your knitting knowledge in the Knitting Quiz. Don't forget that we will also be giving away FREE 'How to' leaflets.

If  July 7th turns out to be a scorcher why not enjoy your picnic lunch in the Church Hall's garden. And to quench your thirst - coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available throughout the day.

All Saints Church Hall is only eight minutes from the M3 and located on The Avenue in Hampton, TW12 3RG, West London with no parking restrictions. Buses 111 and R70 stop nearby and Hampton Rail station is half a mile away.  Entrance is £5 and for students £4. For advance tickets please send a cheque made out to Elaine Cater  to 31 Watergates Lane, Broadmayne, Dorchester, DT2  8HA. The ticket will be held for you at the door. Also please provide your email address so that the FREE patterns can be emailed to you.

If you want any more information email

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will have an enjoyable day!

Note: Please allow plenty of time to get to the venue. Hampton Court Flower Show is on from July 3rd - 8th. On Saturday July 7th they are open from 10.00. If coming via the M3 do NOT come off at Junction 1 for Staines Road East (your Sat Nav may say this, and this is where flower show people would go) but carry on on the A316 till the next exit for Feltham/Lower Feltham and take 4th exit on right (Nailhead Road) signposted for Hanworth.

Hello there, I'm looking for a machine (or very fast!) knitter to knit a christmas jumper for me for a Christmas photo shoot. I work for a design company in Twickenham and we are organising the photo shoot for the middle of July. We need a 'Bridget Jones' style Xmas jumper (not as complicated as that) for the shoot. Do you know any knitters that would take that commission on for us? I won't be at this computer until 4pm but you can contact me on 07790 595751. Thank you very much. Sara

I am wondering if you trade links? I have a knitting website and would like to trade links if you do.

thanks :)
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