Virtual Friday – 7

The 1st of May and we’re still in lock-down. Although restrictions are being eased in some countries, this isn’t happening here in the UK and the government is maintaining its advice of Stay Home etc – you know the rest.

Our Zoom meetings are continuing and we have up to 15 ladies present, which is very nearly all of us. We’re all getting much more proficient. Today’s session was really good.

So, what news is there? Well, two of our ladies have become grandmothers to girls in the last week. Many congratulations to Krysia M and Perveen!

This would make a lovely project

Everyone’s needles have been very busy:

Sheila has sewn two lovely Luna lapin rabbits using a kit she bought at a knitting and stitching show. Linda has knitted a beaded necklace. Perveen managed to knit a lovely hat for her grand-daughter’s journey home from hospital. Krysia M is knitting a bobbly baby blanket for the new baby – try saying that when you’re tired and have had a dronk or two! Agnes has knitted yet another blanket – this one for Nancy.

And Liz has surpassed us all with three new projects: a shawl and two rainbows. Phew!

Catherine told us all about Manchester University NHS Foundation’s request for “ear savers” which ease discomfort for those wearing PPE masks all day.
They are small and would probably need to be single use, so might be a way of using up odds and ends of wool and buttons.  
There is a free pattern on Ravelry:

We had another quiz today, this time with questions provided by each one of us in turn. A very interesting collection of questions indeed. Here they are if you want to have a go:

4 thoughts on “Virtual Friday – 7

  1. In case anyone would be interested in more information on Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights and knitting, here is an informative site……


  2. I was very interested in Sheila’s question about the invention of the knitting machine. I have been able to find an article about William Lee, entitled “William Lee and His Knitting Machine” by R. L. Hills ……. Even though it was written in 1989, it is still paywalled, unfortunately, but here is the abstract…..

    “William Lee’s invention in 1589 of the stocking frame was remarkable, because it was an invention of a complete new machine. At the time, it stood on its own as a production machine with many small parts made to a high level of accuracy. This paper outlines the growth of hand-knitting in the sixteenth century and shows how Lee’s machine derived from peg knitting. Constructional details and the mode of operation are closely described. An account is given of the development and use of the frame-knitting machine in Britain and France. Finally, the invention is related to the state-of-the-art in other machinery of the time”.


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