Welcome to the website of Andycrafts which is non-profit making and has three objectives:
To donate any money made to Fairfield Methodist Church.
To give garments and materials free to good causes.
To promote the knitting craft through active membership of the Guild of Machine Knitters.
A little about us.
The founder of Andycrafts Ann Baker holds The City and Guilds of London Institute Certificate in Creative Studies Machine Knitting which she studied at Sheffield and Rotherham College of Technology in South Yorkshire. She is a member of the Guild of Machine Knitters and a qualified teacher.
Ann and her knitting
Ann creates her garments in a wide variety of yarns and techniques . While she keeps a small stock of childrens garments she normally designs and supplies to order. Her garments have been supplied to people in many countries including France, Italy, Portugal,India,Belgium,Russia, Belarus & Afghanistan.
Since 1999 Ann has been involved with the Chernobyl Children's Project (UK) charity number 1059832, knitting many garments as well as supplying yarn for other knitters and displaying her garments with all takings being given to the local organisers of the Chernobyl Children's Project (UK) and additionally now Chernobyl Aid UK charity number 1159179.
Ann who has always been interested in the Knitting Craft developed her skills from traditional hand knitting through to computer aided electronic knitting machines.
She has worked for many years with computer aided machines specializing on the Pfaff/Passap Electronic knitting machines and has developed her own designs some of which can be seen on this site.
Some of Ann's designs can be seen on the " My Designs" page often interpreting items she sees into a design for her machines. Ann likes a challenge and on her "My Designs" page you can see a few examples including the "worst" Christmas Jumper competition (as seen on TV), a jumper designed and knitted for Nick of Uppingham Yarns as part of the Metropolitan "Knitters Dream Week" competition and a jumper for a young person mad on "bikes". One of Ann's recent(ish) challenges was to design and produce a pattern and then knit a garment based on the Baptistry at Pisa. The finished product can be found on the "My Designs" page above.
In October 2016 the Vicar of Dibley came to Chapel en le Frith as the Chapel Players proudly presented the Vicar of Dibley at the Chapel Playhouse, Eccles Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire SK23 0EZ. It was a really memorable performance which included some garments designed and knitted by Ann. The items at this link show the items produced by Ann worn by the vicar herself.
So what about 2017?
There's lot of knitting going on, and at the end of January Ann received the 2017 challenge she expected from Carol at Metropolitan aided and abetted by Nick of Uppingham Yarns to design and knit using a "challenging yarn " which you can see here. Ann as one of the tutors for "Dream Week" will take part in the challenge but not as a competitor. There are two classes and Ann can choose to either knit a wearable item or a non wearable item. It is not going to be easy but with time in hand before the September "Dream Week" is held it gives all the competitors time to plan and then knit an outstanding item. To see a larger picture of the "challenging yarn" click on the small picture .
So if you have a knitting challenge, talk to Ann, she might just be able to help.