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20th July 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Storming the Towers

Exclusive Fruit Towers Meeting ... Debbie Bliss Competition ... Macmillan Comfort Blanket  ... Knitmap 

Soggy greetings to you


We hope this newsletter finds you well, with dry feet and creating something beautiful from that yarn you couldn’t resist last week...

We've been very busy Stitchettes lately and as a result we have some wonderful stuff for you lovely S&B Londoners.
We have another fabulous (and cute!) book to give away. Blankets, Bears and Bootees by Debbie Bliss could be yours if you can answer our baby-themed question correctly.
We're inviting you to Islington for the launch of Claire Montgomerie's new book Easy Kids Knits and some pub knitting.

Then join us at an exclusive S&B London knitting field trip to Fruit Towers (home of Innocent smoothies nonetheless!) as part of their campaign for Help the Aged. We're also collecting hats for them till October.

Recent meetings have seen us investigate a lovely new venue, the surreally named Camel and Artichoke on Lower Marsh. We took advantage of a 10% discount at iKnit, you donated your hard-earned cash to charity to win some glorious Soak, and we drank quite a bit of pear cider. Thanks to you all, and congrats to the lucky winners.

At EV was fought over the last of the humus, cooed over new tiny and rather dribbly newborn S&B Londoners, and welcomed many newbies.
The weekend saw some of us wandering the depths of Waterloo's Leake Street tunnel for a bit of yarnstorming or “gritting” too. Those mysterious Knit the City girls were in attendance amongst the knitting masses and we hear tell their woolly Web of Woe was disturbingly fabulous.

Stitch and Book Launch at lovely Loop

Details of the next meeting:

Join us within yarn-throwing distance of the lovely Loop for a fabulously knitty book launch for Claire Montgomerie's Easy Kids Knits. There'll be cake, wine, and raffle goodies at Loop and 10% off of the book.

Then wander from yarn shop to pub to get your knit on in the usual S&B London manner at The New Rose pub.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The New Rose pub
84-86 Essex Road
N1 8LU
Book launch
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Loop knitting shop 41 Cross Street
N1 2BB
Map Shop website Nearest tube: Angel, Highbury and Islington

Stitch and Getting Fruity
Details of the meeting after that:
Join us at an exclusive meeting at Innocent’s ‘Fruit Towers’ this week for the launch of this year’s Big Knit campaign. They’ll have hat patterns for us, as well as lots of needles, yarn and pom-poms.
Show off your stitching to the Innocent employees, who’ll tell us about what they’ll be up to in the coming year, and a few ladies from Age Concern. AND we have been assured there'll be lots of smoothies to hand for everyone (as well as tea and cake)!
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Fruit Towers
1 Goldhawk Estate
Brackenbury Road
W6 0BA
Map Website Nearest tube: Goldhawk Road (4 minute walk), Hammersmith (8 minute walk) or Shepherds Bush (12 minute walk)

Stitch and Holding Out for the Summer
Details of the meeting after that:
Time: From 6pm

Venue: The Royal Festival Hall

Address: South Bank Centre

Belvedere Road




Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and contributing to the Macmillan Comfort Blanket 


Macmillan are lovely folks. They’ve been improving the lives of cancer fighters since way back in 1911 and this year they have teamed up with The Knitter magazine to ask for your help.


A Nationwide campaign called the Macmillan Comfort Blanket, in association with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25th September and supported by Rowan, has been launched.


They’re asking folks to knit 20cm x 20cm squares to make up Comfort Blankets. The blankets will consist of 40 squares (8 long and 5 wide). Each will be handed over to someone who is living with cancer to make them cosy while they fight their battle.


Fabulous designers (Amanda Crawford, Debbie Bliss, Jane Crowfoot, Jean Moss, and Martin Storey) from all over the knitting planet are joining in with some jaw-dropping square patterns which you can download on Macmillan’s website. Or you can make something even more stitch-worthy of your own.


Coffee Mornings will be taking place all over the UK on the 25th of September. But as we’re evening owls we’ll be planning a Macmillan Comfort Blanket meeting to bring your squares to and sew up blankets at the end of September.


Until then you can send your Comfort Blankets to:

The Knitter Macmillan Comfort Blanket, Future Publishing Ltd, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW or drop it off with them at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace.


You can also register for a coffee morning or donate online or call 0845 602 1246 quoting NA3

  Stitch and Stashing Souvenirs

Summer holiday time is upon us, and while the thought of knitting on the beach might not appeal, the prospect of a little bit of stash enhancement can be rather tempting. But where and how to find yarn shops when you’re not on home ground? We have a few suggestions that might just help you out.

Firstly, take a look at the fabulous – an online catalogue of yarn shops across the world, including reviews from other knitters. They even have an iPhone application for those who can’t be without their electronic devices even when on holiday! If you manage to find a shop that isn’t on their list, the site also allows you to add new locations.

Another useful resource is good old Ravelry. Have you noticed their Local Yarn Shop Directory? No? Well, just head along to the ‘yarn’ tab and get searching. Don’t forget to tell us about all of your exotic purchases when you get back!

Stitch and Bitch and Blankets, Bears and Bootees (Oh my!)

Yes, it’s another fantastic giveaway.  The good people at Quadrille Publishing have given us 4 copies of Blankets, Bears and Bootees by legendary knitwear designer, Debbie Bliss for you to win by answering a simple question below.

Blankets, Bears and Bootees is based around three essential baby knits, with lots of fantastic examples of each, which are designed to cater for knitters of all abilities. Each of the designs in the book would make a great baby gift in its own right, but many of the patterns are designed to co-ordinate with each other to form unbearably cute sets.  One of our favourites is the big bird bean bag with matching (and slightly less imposing) small bird toy.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a free copy of this book, follow the simple steps below.

Answer the following question.

Which of the babies below is the grumpiest little knitwear model (clicky links to see)?

A) Baby model 1 (Debbie Bliss book)

B) Baby model 2 (Knitty baby)

C) Baby model 3 (Erika Knight book)


Email us at with:

The subject "I Want to Make Knitty Baby Smile"

Answer A, B, or C

Your full name, email address, and contact phone number (if you have one)

The deadline for the competition is Wednesday 12th August at 10am. The 4 winners will be picked (by the most baby-faced selecter we can find) from all correct entries, and notified by email or phone within 48 hours. 

Please note: cake and alcohol bribes are not accepted, nor are pleading baby pictures. Just pick your answer, email us and keep your fingers crossed. Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 12th August 2009 at 10am. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified within 48 hours via email or phone. 5. If winners don’t reply with addresses within two weeks of closing date then new winners will be chosen. 5. No cash alternatives. 6. Book will be posted to winners.

Stitch and Smoothie Moves

Tiny hats for bottles of Innocent smoothies are becoming a bit of a tradition. You S&B Londoners have been knitting them annually since S&B first began and have come up with some tiny loveliness.

The hats are sold atop smoothie bottles and do more than just them look pretty. Each one raises money for Age Concern, helping support older people when they need it most.

This year we've decided to go all out and try to churn out as many tiny hats as possible. Fancy knitting a few?

You can find three fabulous tiny hat pattern on the Innocent site. Start off simple, start off a little bit crazy, or go entirely wild with your idea.

The Stitchettes will collect up the Innocent Hats and hand them over for the deadline of Friday 16th October. You can bring them along to any meeting. We'll feature our faves on our blog and in the newsletter after the deadline.

If you can't make it along to a meeting then fear not. You can send them into Innocent via snail mail too.

Just pop your hats in an envelope along with your name, address and number of hats knitted, and send them by the 16th of October to this address:

The Big Knit
Fruit Towers
1 The Goldhawk Estate
Brackenbury Road
W6 0BA

That’s all for now folks.  Don’t forget to knit your squares and dinky hats for charity, and get those book comp entries in asap! You can also casually stalk us on twitter, disagree (1) on Ravelry, and cast your peepers on our blog for a bit of S&B London when you're not at a meeting.

So long, lovers of the knit. Until next time...


The S&B London Stitchettes x


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