Fat, jolly and
dressed-in-bright-red greetings to you
We hope this newsletter finds
well (and not coughing and sneezing with the omnipotent London flu no one
can escape), roasting your chestnuts on an open fire, knitting a
nose-warmer to keep Jack Frost from nipping, and stitching a stocking for
Santa to fill with goodies.
Yes, Christmas is officially carolling on our
doorsteps, leaving hoof prints on our rooftops, and making us all feel
fairy-lit inside. Dashing through the snow towards us is the S&B Christmas Party and Secret
Santa. And judging by some of the hints we’ve been
getting from Secret Santa knitters it is going to be a good one (even the
simple things will be much appreciated).
Newbies are most welcome at the
party, with or without a Secret Santa gift. Join your fellow S&B
Londoners to feel a bit festive, and raise a glass to the love of yarn.
We also wanted to let you know that there are only two more S&B
meetings before we break for Christmas. The five weary Stitchettes get to
have a well-earned rest, before launching into the New Year with a
humongous Calling All Newbies meeting in
Our last meeting of the year will also be a farewell (or should we say au
revoir) to one of our fabulous S&B co-founders Lauren ‘Deadly
Knitshade’ O’Farrell who is swanning off to write, knit, and
live a fabulous life in the South of France. Lauren will still be
contributing to the newsletter from sunny France though (the wonders of
Internet), so expect a few garlic-scented, wine-soaked woolly words from
across the channel.
AND you can enjoy
a swatch of festive knitted comedy with Girl and Dean too.
meetings have witnessed some frantic Christmas-knit-finishing off,
will-they won’t-theys over what knitting gifts might appear under
tree, and many tales of the sneaky joys of secret foot-measuring for
We flooded the National
Theatre bar (they really need more chairs in
there), got in the festively fruity mood with our friends at the HOHC
Christmas Fayre (and ate too much cake), and warmed our cockles with the
sweet, sweet hot choccie at Leon.
Stitch and IT’S
the next meeting:
Yes, we've been
going on about it for ages and yes - the S&B London's
Party and Secret Santa is finally here!
We are kicking the night off with Secret Santa, so if you have managed to
knit a gift then drop it into the ‘giant Christmas stocking of joy'
when you arrive. From 7pm you will be able to pull a gift out for your
If you have not knitted something for Secret Santa then we still welcome
you with yarn-covered open arms to come join us; newbies, old hands, and
wallflowers alike. After the wrapping paper has been ripped into tiny
pieces (and maybe after a spot of knitting), we will be getting into the
Christmas spirit(s) by inviting you, your other half, any friends you
to bring along, or your pet (ok, maybe not that last one, unless they are
toilet trained) to join us for festive drinks and general merriment until
Come one, come
all... it's CHRISTMAAAAAASSSS!!!!!!!!!!!
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal George (downstairs)
1-3 Goslett Yard off Charing Cross Road
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Farewell for another Year (and Goodbye Deadly Knitshade)
Details of the meeting after next:
We at S&BL have been working
our woolly butts off over the
raising money, and generally living it up in the world of
knit. We have hosted fabulous Knit and Relax areas at Excel
and Ally Pally, we dressed London’s lions in 550ft of scarf – raising almost
£2,000.00 for Cancer Research,
we pulled off the finest Knit Crawl that London town has ever seen, we didn’t drop a
the UK S&B Blanket, and were thrilled to meet our mentor Debbie
But sadly as the year comes to an end the Stitchettes grow weary, and
be taking a well-earned break over Christmas. Our last meeting of the
will be a chance for you to finish off some Christmas knitting (or start
it), and will be the last meeting for a long while for Stitchette Lauren
‘Deadly Knitshade’ O’Farrell.
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
Address: Southbank Centre
Map Website Nearest Tube:
Stitch and Calling all Newbies!
Details of the meeting after that:
We would like to invite
knitters old and new to join us in
welcoming in the New Year of yarny wonders. We are especially encouraging
of you who have not yet plucked up the courage to come to a meeting
any of you brand-new knitters (perhaps with a New Year’s resolution
to learn an
amazing new skill) to join us.
There is no need to be
afraid, we don’t bite – just jab a little
with our pointy sticks.
THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Waterstones Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
and Sleigh Bells Ring, are You Knitting?
Christmas is a-coming and if you aren’t already desperately trying
to knit your way out from under a woolly avalanche of Christmas knits,
why not get your festive sticks and string into some Xmas wonders.
Christmas Tree Ornaments: What’s cute, festive,
hangs on trees? No, not a sheep with a potbelly and white beard who
he’s a monkey.
tiny Christmas stocking: Ok, it’s tiny and you
many presents in it, but it is lovely (and great if you have really tiny
flake: Snow use wishing for a white Christmas, so why not
After the summer we had it’s hardly likely to snow either. How
knitted rain dear? Sorry, that should be knitted
reindeer (these are getting worse aren’t they?).
1945 stocking: Make sure Santa knows which one to put the
in. Yule be the envy of all the other stocking owners (ok we’ll
Snaps: S&B London Go Flickr
You may have noticed that a few S&B Londoners are a bit snap happy.
We’re just a bit in love with what a fabulous sight you all are to
the muggles (non-knitters) who are passing by with bemused looks on their
faces. Feel free to scowl at us if you’re camera shy, but over the
years we’ve captured some gems and recently appointed official
S&B Photographer Annisa “Doctor Stitchlove” Chand has
up with the genius idea of creating our
own little Flickr
Stop by to share your own S&B snaps, comment on an image of yourself
unaware and happily stitching away, or to tell us off for not letting you
do your hair first. MWA! You all look maaaaaaaaaaarvellous, dahleeeenks!
|Stitch and You
Never Have Too Much Yarn
We hear many things on the woollen grapevine, but this week we have heard
a wondrous sound … that of fabulous yarns, patterns and
Magnificent knitting and crochet brand, Debonnaire, are holding an exclusive
‘open house’ event (in SW6) on Thursday 6th December from
to 6pm. If you are after shiny, beautiful products for a knitter’s
Christmas gift or just for your own love of the craft then email
firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for this very VIKP* event.
*VIKP: Very Important Knitting Person
|Stitch and Spinning Spielberg into Yarn
Ever wondered what to do with all those VHS and TDK tapes that are
up all over your abode? Well look no further that Rachel Matthews’
(of Cast Off fame)
Rachel is asking folk to bring their old tapes along to her latest exhibition
where you can tell her how much you loved/hated/cried at those cheesy
movies, before she turns them into a knitting masterpiece.
Preserve those memories of the first Take That album or when you were old
enough to buy Gremlins 2, as each tape is spun into lovely new yarn.
The exhibition runs from 7th November 07 till 17th January 08 and takes
place at Tatty
Devine’s Brick Lane shop. It’s totally free to
and to see the exhibition, but spun yarn prices are on request.
You can drop tapes into either the Tatty Devine store or Rachel’s
own haberdashery Prick Your
Finger (which is worth a visit even if you have no tapes, as it is
Now where’s that Turner & Hooch Video…
Stage Full of Knit-flavoured
Girl and Dean are
London’s favourite comedy duo. We saw them at Ally Pally and
UK Day, and their knitting-flavoured madness has us in stitches (sorry).
you missed them before then have no fear.
The lovely Girl and Dean invite you (and your knitting if you would like
to give it some culture) to warm the cockles (and whelks) of your
organs at London’s Pleasance Theatre.
They’ve written a bunch of new material with usual larks and
silliness (yay!), and are crafting a special Christmas backdrop of
and cotton wool sculpting (oooo).
They share the show with sharp suit wearing sketch comedy group, the
Idiots of Antsand you can catch them on Sunday 16th
December at 7pm at the
Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, London, N7
website Tel: 0207 609 1800 Tickets:
Break a thread,
|That’s all the
cinnamon-scented news we’ve gift-wrapped for you this time, so get
back to your Christmas stitching and have a mulled wine for us. See you
a glass of something festive at the Christmas Party, wrap up warm in your
woollies, and don’t forget those knitted long-ear warmers for
Prancer, Dancer and co.
Stitchette Lauren would just like to say that it’s been a pleasure
and a privilege working with my four fabulous fellow Stitchettes and all
you other S&B Londoners to make S&B London the group of woolly
wonder it has become. Save me a seat and a slice of cake for when I come
back. Au revoir, mes amis de tricotage.
Merry Knitting Christmas and Happy New Yarn Year.
The S&B London Stitchettes x
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