It's not that Epping haven't been doing anything over the last couple of months, it's just that I haven't been organised enough to write some words and sort through photos.  And I apologise for failing to get any photos of the two wonderful baby blankets that Eleanor showed us as part of her demonstration of machine knitting.

It's been another good year for charity knitting. The Epping ladies have made, or in some way been involved with the making of, the following:

  • 119 teddies (all but 6 by Jacqui)
  • 29 chemo caps (men's,)
  • 13 chemo caps (women's)
  • 7 shawlettes for cancer patients
  • 6 complete Wrap With Love rugs + 6 bags of 28 squares
  • 15 premmie blankets
  • 10 premmie jackets
  • 50 premmie beanies
  • 10 prs premmie boottees
  • 6 beanies (Exodus Foundation)
  • 4 scarves (Exodus), 1 toddler jacket
  • 1 baby shrug
  • 2 baby jackets
  • 14 baby beanies (not premmie)
  • 1 mohair rug

Many thanks to Jacqui for all her teddies - below are the teddies we received from Jacqui in October and December.  Along with a box of delightful premie baby hats, booties and jackets made by Thelma.  Janet, a new member at Epping, made these delightful pale blue booties - her first pair.  I'm sorry I don't know who made the other set of three booties, but thank you for them.

Our members have also been busy making items:
- Stasia has made another cardigan for her granddaughter.  Stasia's grandchildren are the recipientsof many delightful cardigans.
- Hazel has finished her "Catherine Parr" jumper from Alice Starmore's book Tudor Rose.  It's beautiful Hazel.  all we need now is cold weather so that you can wear it!
- Maria has incorporated a number of techniques taught on our education days through out the year.  She has used the German short-row shaping for the shoulders and collar, and added an I-cord edging.
- Diane had caught the lace bug! She has discovered the delight in making light, lacy scarves.  We look forward to her next creation.
- Jill has made a lovely cape with, I think, yarn that she has spun.  That is real dedication to creating a garment. 
- Brenda made this scarf on the knitting loom, and she's going to show us how early next year.  I think this will be on the education day in February, so keep an eye on our calendar.
- Sue has made this delightful wrap using the Orenburg honeycomb lace stitch - which is reversible. And I love the colours!

Some of the Epping knitting group also go the the Epping crochet group, so we get to see crochet show-and-tell too.  Here is a small sample of some of the crochet items shown recently.  The blanket was made by the crochet group from yarn given to the Guild, and will now be donated to charity.

Not only are the ladies at Epping talented knitters and crocheters, but they are also talented cooks.  This is always quite evident at our Christmas celebration where we had a veritable feast.  This year we had Christmas bunting made by the ladies at the nursing home where Anne goes to knit with her mother-in-law.  Anne had the ladies knit the flags.  Then Anne had to block each flag and duplicate stitch the letters on - a mammoth effort.  But Anne it was well worth it.  The bunting was fantastic.

Finally, I'd like to say that at our final meeting of the year we were able to present our lovely Thelma with life membership to the Epping group of the Knitters' Guild.  Thelma brings a lot of joy to our group.  She makes the most exquisite booties, hats and jackets for premature babies, and has done so for many, many years.