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14th July 2008

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and London Calling

New VenueMore Yarn BargainsLondon rulesKnit an Estate

Four Seasons Greetings

We hope that this newsletter finds you well and that you are not too confused by the ever changing hot, cold, rain and sunshine of our fair city. Stop figuring out what to wear and get your fill of yarny news, right here, first.

The sale madness continues with Loop, Banyan Tree yarns and just about every other yarny place getting in on the summer sale action.

Apart from stashing like there’s a fibre shortage, there are free workshops going on to create your own part of a knitted estate and we give you another way into London with Kudocities.

In the last few meetings you packed out the basement of Waterstones which sadly chucked you out a bit early. Splinter groups carried on the stitching in various locations around Piccadilly; now there’s dedication.

At the Royal Festival Hall you all showed up in spite of the continuous showers, complete with your projects for sewing-up and had a fabulous time (don’t think we didn’t notice the love hearts coming from one end of the table).

Stitch and Culture on the South Bank 

Details of the meeting after that:

Join us on the South Bank in one of our favourite venues, where there will be plenty of wine, culture and knitting for everyone!

Time: From 6pm
Venue:National Theatre in the Long Bar (ground floor main foyer)
South Bank

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and City Knittin’ 

Details of the meeting after that: 

Back to Leon in Spitalfields this week, where there will be no shortage of yummy food. If the weather is still warm, then we’ll sit outside. No need to worry about the possibility of rain, as there is sufficient shelter for us all! 

From 6pm
Venue: Leon at Spitalfields Market
3 Crispin Place
E1 6DW

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and Shiny New Venue 

Details of the meeting after that: 

From 6pm
Venue: The Maple Leaf
41 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden

Map Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

Stitch and Yet More Bargains! 

We’ve been reading many tales of summer sale joys over on Ravelry. It seems all our favourite yarn shops are getting in on the action and you lucky knitters are coming away with bags of yarn and beaming smiles on your faces. 

If you’re not all shopped-out by now then you can get your hands on even MORE discounted yarn, without having to leave your house!  

Banyan Tree Yarns is offering everyone a 25% discount on all yarn available on their online shop. You know what this means, S&B Londoners: funky and fabulous Lion Brand yarn at irresistible prices. 

The only bad bit about this deal is waiting for the postman to deliver your goodies. Don’t get too impatient now…

Stitch and the City 

S&B London isn’t all about knitting. We are, as our name clearly shows, all about London too. London is probably the most fabulous place in the world to live in. You can’t help but love it for the sheer madness of everything that is packed in. But how to make sense of London is the tricky part. 

That is where Kudocities London comes in. Kudocities is a beacon in the chaos that is the city. It helps Londoners, from wisely old and shiny new, make sense of the place they live in. Ask KCLers a question (Where can I find good yarn shops? Where can I buy obscure German meats? Why do they play classical music in my Tube station? Weirdest thing found on a Tube train?) and lo and behold you’ll get answers. Not just any answers. Answers from people who have lived and loved in this city like you have (or like you will). 

Help someone out with some of your London smarts and you may well get some shiny kudos (which can be spent on goodies galore when you have enough). 

Best of all KCL is all about living your life offline and online. Regular events help you find people who share your love of booze/Scrabble/karaoke/chilli/Mexican wrestling/small dogs dressed as bees.  

Join up (it’s free). Share your love of the city. Find out Londony things you never knew. Live London life out loud.

Stitch and the Estate 

InSpire and I Knit London have teamed up to knit a scale model of the Aylesbury Estate which is sadly due to be demolished. They are aiming to capture the very fibre of the estate in wool and fabric and with over 2,500 homes to create they need your help to do it. 

They welcome all knitters, experienced or novice to take part in knitting perhaps a window or even a whole block. Open community knitting sessions will be happening throughout July and August and materials will be provided. Here’s the itinerary: 

12th July - At Elefest architecture week event from 6pm - 9pm. Includes a free open air screening of archive footage of when the Heygate and Aylesbury were built. 

16th and 23rd July from 11am - 1pm - Older peoples’ session at InSpire - FREE TEA & CAKE! 

1st August - Kids session 2pm at 2InSpire, including face painting and BBQ. 

13th August from 1.30pm - 5pm - Thurlow Lodge - Family Knit session  

14th August from 1pm - 4pm - Thurlow Lodge - Family knit session. 

15th August from 2pm - 4pm - Open Knit session - InSpire at St. Peter’s and I Knit London’s shop in Waterloo. 

More details and patterns will be available on the InSpire website from 20th July. Please note, that website will only be active from 20th July. Until then you can find more details on our blog.

That’s us all knitted out for another week. Don’t forget to pack a brolly, sun hat and scarf along with your knitting and be prepared for any weather that may be thrown at you. Just remember to keep stitching!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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