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This month our focus was the technique of plating.  In this, two yarns are used, one appears on the knit side and one on the purl side.  Using patterning such as tuck stitch both in single bed fabric  and ribbed fabric, the yarns can appear on the opposite side. This makes an interesting textured fabric and also sovles some problems such as itchy wool yarn which can be backed but a silky acrylic yarn. It is also suggested that yarns which have a tendency to produce a slight bias can be knitted with a yarn which doesn’t although some small experiments suggest this is not always the case.

To start the meeting,  we had a show and tell. Barbara brought a stripy child’s top, Anthea showed a V neck jumper, April brought a paisley patterned throw/blanket.

Barbara's stripey top

Childs top

Anthea's V neck top

V neck jumper with interesting lacy pattern

 

We also watched a video on some laptops to see how plating works.


 

After this, Frances gave us an excellent demonstration of plating on a Brother machine.


We also looked at various samples and garments brought by members using the plating technique.

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Programme During Covid-19 Pandemic

The club is meeting regularly - online - we have monthly Zoom coffee mornings on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 where we do a "show and tell" session and keep up to date with our members.

Due to the age profile of the membership there is not much likelihood of us having any face to face meetings in the foreseeable future. But we are considering having more content in our online meetings.

If you have not joined in so far it is very straightforward, Margaret sends out an email with a link and you need to click on it. It may ask you for the password which is in the email. You will need a device with a working camera if you are going to show anything you've made. A laptop computer, tablet computer or iPad are best but even a smartphone is possible.