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  31st December 2007

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Starting the New Year with a Woolly Bang

Newbie Meeting ... New Stitchette ... New Knitting Frontiers ... New Knitty (yay!) ... New Technique


Freshly-hatched 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 your woolly eye on the mountains of new projects you want to start over this coming year. Work off that Christmas turkey with some furious purling! If you want to 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 bevy of bargains from yarn emporiums galore, and, as always, the chance to take your knit and do something fabulous with it.

To help us do that we are very proud to announce the inauguration of a brand new Stitchette, who will be working her DPNs to the max to bring you news of the knit and a little more sass to your stitching.

Annisa ‘Dr Stitchlove’ Chand casts on with the Stitchette team from this newsletter onwards (check out her New Year knitting article below). We are proud to 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 knitting loveliness for the past year is now hanging up her Stitchette hat to pursue new 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 gifts drawn from the giant S&B London stocking in our biggest Christmas event to date.

And at the Royal Festival Hall plans were hatched for an ingenious knitting gadget, hardcore knitters arrived after lengthily Christmas lunches (a few too many glasses of wine better off and therefore unable to knit), and a sad farewell was said to our co-founder Stitchette Lauren ‘Deadly Knitshade’ O’Farrell.


Stitch and Calling all Newbies!

Details of the next meeting:

To kick off 2008 in yarny style we would like to encourage those of you who have not yet plucked up the courage to come to a meeting before, or any of you wanna-knits to join us and start stitching. Knitters old and new are welcome too, and we’ll be teaching our socks off if you want to learn. So pick up some yarn and needles on the way, grab a chair, and get your New Year knit on.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Waterstones Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
203-206 Piccadilly

Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus



Stitch and the Long and Winding Skein

Details of the meeting after that:

As well as the usual knitting and nattering of our normal meetings, this week is a chance for those of you who hate winding your skeins/ hanks of yarn into balls by hand to 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 the Royal Festival Hall for you to try out yourself. So don’t for get those skeins you’ve been meaning to wind since Ally Pally.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
Address: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment




Stitch and Swabbing the Decks

Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6 PM
Venue: The TS Queen Mary
Savoy Pier
Victoria Embankment

Map  Website Nearest tube: Embankment, Temple, Charing Cross



Stitch and Exploring the Knitting Seas of 2008

Have you ever wanted to knit a jumper but felt too daunted by the thought of such a massive project?  Does the prospect of knitting a sock send you into cold sweats?  Do you shy away from the patterns on Knitty that are described as 'piquant'?

Well fear not friends!  We have decided to shun the tradition of new year's resolutions in favour of New Year's Knitting Resolutions, by deciding to knit something that we have never 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, and cast on those first magic stitches. 

For those lucky people on Ravelry, add something unique and daring to your queue, and tell us all about it on 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 wisdom!



Stitch and New Knitty!

The Winter Issue of Knitty has descended on us just in time for New Year resolutions to knit new and fabulous creations.

If you want to learn lace, why not dive in with the coolest cowl Ice Queen, or for a bigger project that will be ready in time for spring there’s the cute top called Dahlia. Alternatively you could work on your cables and gain some strange looks for knitting Cables 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 My Virtual Friends

The urge to expand your knitting knowledge is all well and good, but where to learn the mysterious powers that are cable knitting (huh?), turning a heel (gasp), and 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. Make yourself a cuppa, connect yourself to the internet, and click and learn.

Knitting Help – What does it all look like in the flesh? Knitting Help brings you the knit in the glorious Technicolor of video. From the basics, to more spicy techniques, to video knitalongs. It is 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 help you get your claws into them. They offer a helpful pride of techniques and beginner projects to get your needles purrrring and purling.

Learn 2 Knit – A simple step-by-step guide, with rather humongous pics, to help you navigate the tangled paths of the knit. An excellent one for the work printer…

For the Southpaws out there – This learn-to-knit site caters to left-handers. Yay! knitting – know everything about everything. So it is no shock they know all about (see what we did there?) the knit too. There is a whole lot on there, so get comfy.



Stitch and Purl About Town

You may have noticed a familiar face on the back page of the January issue of Knitting Magazine, and you would 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 knitting 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 space…



Stitch and Wacky Walking Stick Window Display

As you may already be aware, the Missability Walking Stick Competition was well under way in 2007 and continues into 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 Green, from 6th January.

Entries that 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 exhibition.

To enter the competition simply visit the Missability Radio Show website, where you can read about some of the entries received in Round One, and get inspiration for Round Two.



That is just about the whole skein of New Year news we can unwind for you, so we will leave you to get back to planning your 2008 knitting victories. We hope to see you newbies venturing into the world of the public knit, we know you’ll love it, and we look forward to seeing familiar faces too.

Here’s to a most knittastic 2008!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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