This is one of my hard worked and elderly Pfaff/Passap Electronic knitting machines. They have made hundreds of garments between them with very few problems. I originally used the "Jacob" software but as computers have got quicker I now use "DesignaKnit 8".
When on holiday in 2012 Ann was inspired by a visit to Pisa to set herself the challenge of designing, producing a pattern and eventually knitting a garment which featured some detail from this incredible building.Well it's now finished and you can see from the the starting point in Pisa right through to the the final knitted garments. Much more on this project including the various stages from visit to completion can be found by clicking here.
While in Afghanistan at Christmas 2011 some of the troops had a "Worst Christmas Jumper" competition. This is the one Ann produced and we think it was the clear winner. As far as we know the jumper remains in Afghanistan. This jumper also featured on BBC Breakfast programme in December 12 where it was agreed to be a clear winner and it certainly produced lots of laughs from the presenters Louise Minchin & Charlie Stayt.
This was the winner of a competition at Metropolitan "Dream Week" in September 2012 where each entrant was asked to knit a garment for Nick from Uppingham Yarns. It is based on his hobbies and interests
"Dolphin"-not an original design but a modified childrens "Metbury" jumper now seen here modified to a size 42".
A very popular design for the year 2000 and still often requested. This one is a pintuck jacket based on the letter "M" repeated and reversed.The second image is a variation of the design knitted in a fine acrylic yarn and steam pressed.
Designed based on the concept of a Christmas Tree. The item displayed is a small crew neck jumper but like most of the designs can be incorporated in almost any garment.
Inspired by a holiday in South Africa this pattern is based on the stripes on the head of a zebra around the eyes.
This design was "70" designed for a special birthday.The "7"s are reversed and inverted around the "0".
Where Europe meets Asia. This design is based on some of the glorious remains where St Paul once visited. This has now been used by me on a number of garments and is very effective. You can see one of the original mosaic tiles which have been converted into designs and these have been used in the final garment. More information can be found at the link here.
Summer Palace in Beijing is a huge building and this is one small part of it which looks a little similar to a band stand. It was certainly used by musicians although the music style was very different from the sounds we are accustomed to. Much more at the link here
"Temple of Heaven", Beijing was visited on the same day as the Emperors Palace , Tiananmen Square & Beijing Zoo but still impressed. Much more following the link here.