Welcome to the website of Andycrafts, which is non-profit making and has three objectives:
To give garments and materials free to good causes.
To promote the knitting craft.
To donate any money made to selected charities.
Prior to closure of Fairfield Methodist Church in August 20 they were the main beneficiaries. A brief history of Methodism in Fairfield can be downloaded from [HERE]
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 was a member of the Guild of Machine Knitters, and now is a member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild. Ann is a retired 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 U.S.A, 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.
In 2020 these machines were joined by a Silver Reed LK150 knitting machine.
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".
Among other things you will find on the "My Designs" page are a few more challenges Ann accepted. Including to design and produce a pattern and then knit a garment based on the Baptistry at Pisa. To help a local theatre company to dress the "Vicar of Dibley" and to produce something innovative and non wearable from a challenging yarn, to knit a garment using techniques used by Tony Bennett.
The finished products can be found on the "My Designs" page link above.
Brought different challenge for Ann. In addition to her usual knitting she was asked by Carol of Metropolitan to run two three day courses "Passap Hands On". These were among the group of courses run by Metropolitan before Carol & Mark retired later that year.
We welcome a new baby to Ann's sewing room. No not TJ but a Silver Reed LK150 knitting machine. To see what our new arrival looks like go to the My Designs page by [clicking here].
With the current lock down, knitters the world over are finding knitting an important part of their day. That is certainly true here!!!! To see what lockdown is like here, go to this lockdown page from the menu above.
The Silver Reed LK150 has an addition to it. This is an Intarsia carriage received as a Christmas gift. To have a look at the first product from it made in January 21 go to the "Lockdown Page" . On the same page you will find some special knitting for very big and important March birthdays.
So if you have a knitting challenge, talk to Ann, she might just be able to help.