E6000 Machine baby cardigan and hat pattern can be found here
Welcome to the website of Andycrafts which is non-profit making and has three objectives:
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]
To give garments and materials free to good causes.
To promote the knitting craft.
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 now Knitting & Crochet Guild 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.
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.
Techniques used on a course Ann went on at Metropolitan led by Tony Bennett. Space Challenge. In late 2018 Ann had a request to knit a jumper for a young person who was space mad.
The finished products can be found on the "My Designs" page above.
This year brings a different challenge for Ann. In addition to her usual knitting she has been asked by Carol of Metropolitan to run two three day courses "Passap Hands On". The courses run from May 1st to May 3rd and August 7th to 9th. These are among the group of courses run by Metropolitan before Carol & Mark retire later this year. Course details are available from Metropolitan Knitting
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 was like here go to this lockdown link!!
So if you have a knitting challenge, talk to Ann, she might just be able to help.