New Year Greetings to you
We hope that this newsletter
finds you well, ready to
face a New Year of knitty goodness head on, with needles sharpened, and
woolly eye on the mountains of new projects you want to start over this
year. Work off that Christmas turkey with some furious purling! If you
learn something new this year then S&B London is raring to help you
reach new knitting heights.
It's 2008 (yes
already!) and this year promises to offer you, the discerning S&B
Londoner, a whole stash
of goodness with more events than you can shake your 5mm bamboos at, a
bargains from yarn emporiums galore, and, as always, the chance to take
knit and do something fabulous with it.
To help us do
that we are very proud to announce the inauguration of a brand new
who will be working her DPNs to the max to bring you news of the knit and
little more sass to your stitching.
Chand casts on with
the Stitchette team from this newsletter onwards (check out her New Year
knitting article below). We are
have her climb aboard the good ship S&B London.
We’d also like to take
raise a glass in woolly thanks
to Laura ‘Lady
Knitsalot’ Delaat who, after spinning skeins of
loveliness for the past year is now hanging up her Stitchette hat to
things. A 21-needle salute to all your hard work, Lady.
Our last few meetings
before Christmas saw a veritable mountain of hand-knitted Secret Santa
drawn from the giant S&B London stocking in our biggest Christmas
And at the Royal
Festival Hall plans were hatched for an ingenious
knitting gadget, hardcore knitters arrived after lengthily Christmas
few too many glasses of wine better off and therefore unable to knit), and
sad farewell was said to our co-founder Stitchette Lauren ‘Deadly
Stitch and Calling all
Details of the
To kick off 2008
in yarny style we would like to encourage those of you who have not yet
up the courage to come to a meeting before, or any of you wanna-knits to
us and start stitching. Knitters old and new are welcome too, and
teaching our socks off if you want to learn. So pick up some yarn and
on the way, grab a chair, and get your New Year knit on.
Waterstones Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
Stitch and the Long and Winding
the meeting after that:
As well as the
usual knitting and nattering of our normal meetings, this week is a chance
those of you who hate winding your skeins/ hanks of yarn into balls by
sit back and wind away your pet hate. Purl Princess will be bringing her
Christmas gift of a swift and birthday present of a vintage ball winder to
Royal Festival Hall for you to try out yourself. So don’t for get
you’ve been meaning to wind since Ally Pally.
Royal Festival Hall
Map Website Nearest Tube:
Stitch and Swabbing the Decks
Details of the
meeting after that:
TS Queen Mary
Map Website Nearest tube:
Embankment, Temple, Charing Cross
Stitch and Exploring the Knitting Seas of
Have you ever
wanted to knit a jumper but felt too daunted by the thought of such a
project? Does the prospect of knitting a
sock send you into cold sweats? Do you
shy away from the patterns on Knitty that
Well fear not
have decided to shun the tradition of new year's resolutions in favour of
Year's Knitting Resolutions, by deciding to knit something that
tackled before in the new year. Why not
join us and delve into an ambitious project for 2008?
Pick up that
pattern that has been lying at the bottom of your knitting bag for ages,
cast on those first magic stitches.
those lucky people on Ravelry, add
something unique and daring to your queue, and tell us all about it
the Stitch and Bitch London forum.
If you get stuck you can
always bring your project
along to a BL meeting, where we can all share our purls of
Stitch and New
The Winter Issue
of Knitty has
descended on us just in time for New Year resolutions to knit new and
If you want to
learn lace, why not dive in with the coolest cowl Ice Queen,
for a bigger project that will be ready in time for spring there’s
the cute top
Alternatively you could work on your cables and gain some strange looks
and Bits, a fashionable shrug for dogs.
Whatever you’re looking
for Knitty has the best of
it’s kind in the archive, so dig
in for inspiration aplenty.
Stitch and Getting By with a Little Help from
The urge to
expand your knitting knowledge is all well and good, but where to learn
mysterious powers that are cable knitting (huh?), turning a heel (gasp),
the three-needle bind off (cor blimey!).
If you can’t
make it along to an S&B London meeting then help is virtually at hand.
yourself a cuppa, connect yourself to the internet, and click and
Help – What does it all look
like in the flesh? Knitting Help brings you the knit in the glorious
of video. From the basics, to more spicy techniques, to video knitalongs.
like having a knitting teacher in the room.
Lion Brand’s Learn to
Knit – Lion
Brand are the roaring king of funky, fabulous yarns. And they are keen to
you get your claws into them. They offer a helpful pride of techniques and
beginner projects to get your needles purrrring and purling.
Knit – A simple step-by-step
guide, with rather humongous pics, to help you navigate the tangled paths
the knit. An excellent one for the work printer…
Southpaws out there – This
learn-to-knit site caters to left-handers. Yay!
knitting – About.com know everything about
everything. So it is
they know all about (see what we did there?) the knit too. There is a
on there, so get comfy.
Stitch and Purl About
You may have
noticed a familiar face on the back page of the January issue of Knitting Magazine, and you
be right in thinking so.
Stitchette Laura ‘Purl Princess’
Parkinson has joined
the Knitting team to bring the world her very own Purl About Town
column; offering readers the untanglings of her woolly mind and imparting
what’s hot and what’s not to the knitting world.
Today national knitting
magazines, tomorrow covering
the planet in a giant tea cosy you can see from
Stitch and Wacky Walking Stick Window
As you may
already be aware, the Missability
Walking Stick Competition was well under way in 2007 and continues
2008. If you missed these fabulous and wacky designs at the UK
S’n’B Day, then
you have another chance to catch them in a window display at Prick Your Finger in Bethnal
from 6th January.
were submitted before 20th November
2007 will be featuring in this fabulous display and from what we
saw at the
S’n’B day, it will certainly be an eye-catching
To enter the
competition simply visit the Missability Radio Show website,
where you can read about
of the entries received in Round One, and get inspiration for Round
That is just
about the whole skein of New Year news we can unwind for you, so we will
you to get back to planning your 2008 knitting victories. We hope to see
newbies venturing into the world of the public knit, we know you’ll
and we look forward to seeing familiar faces too.
Here’s to a most
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