Machine Knitters, Southeastern, PA

This blog is now under the domain of Streets Smarts Fiber Arts. The transition from Spring City Knitters Club to Sophisticated Stitches Club and now Streets Smarts Fiber Arts has been quite a journey. Though this blog will undergo many new and exciting changes machine knitting will still be one of the fiber arts featured Look for information on sewing, machine embroidery, hand knitting, and many other fiber arts related subjects.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

How To Use the Knit Leader

In the early days of machine knitting before software programs such as Design-A-Knit and Garment Designer were developed, the knit leader was used as the pattern to knit garments. So it's no wonder that some of the members of the Sophisticated Stitches club were unfamiliar with this accessory.

Cathy Bausman, showed the club members how to work this accessory. The advange of using a knit leader instead of a software program is that is doesn't require electronics. That's a nice way to say, it's a low tech accessory that will last forever, or just about forever.

So if you were curious about the knit leader and what it can do for you as a machine knitter then this video is for you.

The video can also be seen on our YouTube channel: Knit1997.

As I mentioned previously, the Sophisticated Stitches club hopes to make available more machine knitting videos in the not to distant future.

One last comment, if you are experiencing difficulty viewing the video, you may want to ensure you have the latest version of "flash player." I'm told an updated flash player may be the difference between viewing or not viewing a video.



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Friday, January 27, 2012

Pottstown Knit Out and Crochet Too

Member Uyvonne Bigham with attendees.

Member Donna Streets working on her knitting.

Member Jackie Willard at the knitting machine while an attendee and Tammy Noble look on.

Members Jackie Willard, Deb Rogers, and Tammy Noble.

Members Donna Streets, Tammy Noble and Eileen Ferrero.

Saturday the 21st, despite the snow, the Sophisticated Stitches club held it’s January 2012 meeting at the 8th Annual Pottstown Knit Out and Crochet Too event held at the Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, PA. Yes it did snowed 1 to 5 inches depending on where in the Delaware Valley you lived. About half our membership attended. That’s impressive, especially on a snowy day.

For the past several years, the event has sold out and had a waiting list. The two hour delay must have inspired approximately 140 of the 200 people who signed up, to show up despite the weather. The knitters and crocheters who attend this event are very dedicated.

Holding the meeting at the event provided advantageous for the Club. The attendees were interested in Jackie Willard’s modular knitting demonstration on the bulky machine. Tammy Noble had a table and sold various knitting items. A former member, Uyvonne Bigham rejoined the club and a current member, Deb Rogers, renewed her membership.

The event featured various knitting and crochet classes, a fashion show, door prizes, free massages, a silent auction, a complimentary breakfast, a buffet lunch plus of course the camaraderie of fellow knitters and crocheters. Three of our members won a book door prize. One of the members who won was me!

Above are some of the photos I took at the event. Enjoy.

The next meeting of the Sophisticated Stitches Club will be February 25, 2012 from 10:00 AM to noon. We will be holding our annual winter party at the meeting. If you are interested in attending one of our meeting, just contact me below.

February 25, 2012
March 24th, 2012
April 28th, 2012
May 19th, 2012
June 23rd, 2012 July 28th, 2012 (Place to be determined)
August 29th, 2012 (Place to be determined)
September 29th 2012

The First United Church of Christ
145 Chestnut St.
Spring City, PA 19475
(Parking in the back.)



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Garter Carriage Demonstration with Deb Rogers

At the November 2011 Sophisticated Stitches meeting, Deb Rogers gave a demonstration of the Brother Garter-Carriage. She did an excellent job of explaining how the carriage works on the Brother electronic standard gauge knitting machine.

I hope everyone who views this blog will take a moment and view the video. It's the first video I made after taking lessons with our local educational center. Over the years I have done a lot of video recordings of the demonstrations by the Sophisticated Stitches Club members. But until this past November, I had no real training on how to edit those videos.

The quality of this video is in question because I had difficulty uploading it. If you want to see a full screen version of this video, check out our channel "Knit1997" on YouTube.

Hope to upload more videos and share them with other machine knitters in the near future.