greetings to you
hope this newsletter finds you well, and not feeling not too doomy and
gloomy about the financial times we're stitching in. We are here to
bring you a good old dose of knitting news, with a particular emphasis
this week on free events and money-saving ideas. Join us in sticking
your needles up to the Credit Crunch.
We have bags of activities for you this week
ranging from Girl Guides to
vintage buttons. And the
best bit is that they are all free
free free! OK, so knitting isn't exactly a cheap hobby and you might
want to buy a coffee and/or some amazing glass buttons, but all the
events listed this week will cost you nothing to attend. So come join
us in making the best of being knitty in the city.
Also, we were
featured in an article in
the Metro newspaper last week, spreading
the woolly love a little further. If you've joined us after reading
article, we're looking forward to knitting with
We'd also like to
mention that all the details of the Christmas party are now on our
Click on over there to have a read and get
knitting that Secret Santa for TUESDAY, 16TH
At the lovely Leon we
triumphantly took over the whole self-service area, ate our weight in
pie and met lots of nice new people. We also had a visit from Tara who
exchanged surveys for free yarn as she prepares to open her own online
watch this space for more news.
The last few meetings have been packed with those of you craving a
little stitching in the cold weather. At The Maple Leaf we took the
Canadians by storm, got super-cosy at the back of the bar and certain
people tried to sneak off with other peoples' sparkly shawls.
Leader of the Pack
Details of the
We will be helping
the Stockwell Girl Guides to earn their knitting badges this week at
the Royal Festival Hall. Although the meeting will continue as usual we
would love some helping hands to teach the basics. You do not need to
be experienced at teaching, just someone who is enthusiastic and
willing to give up a small amount of their knitting time for a good
cause. It would be fab if you could come along and help out the
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
Address: South Bank Centre
Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment
Oh, and you can have
some Girl Guide knitting fun here.
Stitch and Knitting INSIDE
Details of the
meeting after next:
welcomes us into her home at the amazing, and Hogwarts-like,
Westminster Abbey to stitch, peruse and purchase her amazing vintage glass
buttons made by her father from 1946 - 1966.
and tipples will be provided, so don't miss out on this rather
event. Please take the phone number and directions with you to avoid
being lost and knitting yourself into a corner.
Time: 6 - 9pm
Venue: Westminster Abbey
Address: 1 Little Cloister
Nearest tube: Westminster, St. James'
please bring cash or cheque only, no credit cards. (WARNING: You'll
kick yourself if you don't!)
into Dean's Yard through archway off the drive-in in front of the
Abbey. Take a left and go into cloisters behind Abbey (if stopped by a
Marshall say you are going to Canon Reiss (ignore Private and Residents
Only signs)). Walk to the end of the passage then go right.
Follow the cloister all the way round until you get to a fountain
court. Little Cloister no. 1 is to your left, and says Rev'd Reiss
If you get lost you can
call Laura on 07739 005 017
Stitch and Festive Fair
Details of the
meeting after that:
We had so much fun at
the Create @ Late event earlier this year that we had to go back for a
bit of festive fun in The Museum of London. There will be lots of free
activities, including Christmas decoration making, and our knitting
area. As if that wasn't enough, the museum will be completely open
you to wander round and learn London's history as you
Nearest Tube: Barbican, St. Paul's
5 - 9pm
Venue: Museum of
Stitch and rippit, rippit
Many of us have
stashes of yarn, the odd ball or two picked up here or there, that
suddenly starts taking over all available storage space at home
even heard of people that have an 'at work' stash too!). But
comes to knitting a larger project, the costs of buying enough yarn to
knit a whole jumper can be prohibitive and in the current climate, many
of us are tightening our financial knitting belts.
Fear not! A budget
needn't mean you can't supplement your stash occasionally. An
of getting hold of lots of yarn on the cheap is to look out for good
quality jumpers in charity shops and 'frog' or unravel them.
find a brilliant 'how to' with step by step instructions and
on the CraftStylish
website, but here are the
key points for those of you who can't wait to get
1. Make sure your
jumper has been knitted in pieces rather than cut out of a big piece of
knitted fabric. You can check this by close examination of the seams
2. Carefully pick
apart the seams, making sure you don't cut into the knitting itself.
seam ripper tool is useful here.
3. Unravel each piece
into hanks of yarn - this can be done with a niddy
or over the back of a chair. Secure each hank
in several places with scraps of yarn.
4. Soak your hanks of
yarn in lukewarm water (don't agitate them; you don't want
after all your hard work!) and hang them up to drip dry.
Once the hanks are dry,
you're all set to wind them into balls and get knitting! You might
to a bit more swatching than usual, but it'll be worth it for all
money you've saved!
Stitch and Socktopus Shop
opened its online doors to you back in
September '07 we wrongly reported that it was a real-life, go in and
have a knit, shop. We are now proud to resurrect that news because
Socktopus has gone all bricks and mortar on us and has its very own
premises with doors and everything.
They have classes,
Thursday evening knit nights, Sunday afternoon knits, and cupcakes once
a month with Bittersweet
Bakers. And for spinners,
Tuesday evenings are social spin nights with Diane Mulholland.
Drop in with a drop spindle, or your wheel, or just drop in to see what
spinning is all about.
In the spirit of the
credit crunch, if you are going to buy then give your dosh and support
to your local stores.
Opening: Sundays 12-
5pm, Tues, Wed & Thurs 12-8pm, or by appointment.
132-134 Lots Road
That's about all the events
we can cram in this week
that's a lot of
events! We hope
that you can pick up some needles and yarn and come join us at some (or
all) of them.
Until then, may the knit be
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