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21st May 2007 Stitchin', Bitchin' and Shiny Newness

Squelchy-shoed greetings [YMLP2]

We hope that the new look newsletter finds you well, and that a break in the clouds momentarily bathes you in knitted sunshine between rainy showers. As you can see we’ve ditched the ‘skull and knit bones’ for the ‘London look’ and we sincerely hope you like it.

This week’s meeting at the fabulous Leon saw free cake given to the birthday gal, Laura ‘Purl Princess’, and a sad good bye said to Sophie ‘Knit Wit’ who’s Goth knit ways will be deeply missed, but not forgotten, as they are now deferred to York. Many a deliciously fresh lemonade was slurped, novice knitters were cast on a-fresh, and knitters of months-past joyously rejoined their yarn to the group once more. Twas a fine evening for it.

In other news the BHKA have presented us with the £50.00 worth of yarn we deservedly won for being the biggest UK hand-knitting group! It’s all down to you, kind people of the knit, who have joined our massive mailing list and come along to knit with us at the groups. So a big thank you to each one of you! The yarn will be distributed between the Lion Scarf Ladies, who worked their butt’s off for our beast bescarfing. Here’s hoping they make something amazing with it.

On to this week’s news...

Stitch and mine’s a sausage and mash, oh and a pint please

Details of the next meeting:

Off we go to Ye Olde Pub in the heart of London town to quaff ale and eat hearty portions of filling food, whilst using those sticks and string to create something cosy for your Nan or someone equally deserving. Come and find us all unravelling our balls of woolly goodness, and drinking the odd glass of wine or two! Hic Hic. 

Time: From 6 PM
Venue: The Silver Cross (up the back on the left)
Address: 33 Whitehall  London

Phone: 020 7930 8350


Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster


Stitch and bowl me over

Details of the meeting after next:

Banish those post bank-holiday blues and get ready to rock & roll, bop and bowl as this week we are going retro at the Bloomsbury bowling lanes. This venue is just so kitsch, and will get you all inspired to break out all those vintage patterns you’ve been meaning to try. Grab some fries and a milkshake and get stitching! 

TUESDAY 29th May
Time: From 6 PM
Venue: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
Address: Basement of Tavistock Hotel
Bedford Way

Phone: 0207 691 2610



Nearest tube: Russell Square, Euston, Euston Road

Stitch and weird air-kissing

Details of the meeting after that (!): 

Time: From 6 PM
Venue: National Theatre
Address: The Long Bar (in the main foyer)
South Bank
SE1 9PX  



Nearest tube: Waterloo, Waterloo East, Charing Cross, Embankment

Stitch and private viewing of shiny, shiny buttons

Adding a touch of vintage class to this week's newsletter, the S&B London Stitchettes have arranged a rather special day out to Nichols Buttons, courtesy of the lovely Dixie.  

Dixie sells beautiful vintage glass buttons. Handmade by her father, these exquisite couture buttons dating from 1946 to 1966 can be viewed and bought on her website.

However, we are privileged enough to have been invited to a private viewing of these works of art at historic Westminster Abbey on Saturday 26th May.  

Lionel's beautiful creations are elegant and intricate, ranging from detailed illustrations of butterflies and flowers to shiny, bold, glass buttons, in all the colours you could possibly need to fasten your latest knitted creation.  

So, if you want to add a touch of vintage style to your work and see these buttons in the flesh (or in the glass), come along on Saturday to Westminster Abbey.  

Dixie has been kind enough to offer us an exclusive visit to view these works of art at this wonderful location. Make the most of this opportunity S&B Londoners! 

Time: 2.00-4.00pm
Venue: Westminster Abbey
Address: 1 Little Cloister

Phone: 0207 654 4804 (if you have any problems on the day) 

Nearest tube: Westminster, St James’

Directions: Go into Dean's Yard through archway off drive-in in front of the Abbey.Go into cloisters behind Abbey (if stopped by a Marshal say you are going to Canon Reiss (ignore Private and Residents Only signs).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 on door. 


Stitch and what do I do with them now??? 

Before you sew on these wonderful embellishments, here are some useful online tips for making those button holes nice and neat: 

How to Knit Buttonholes at Knitting on the Net

Horizontal Buttonholes on learn to knit

How to Knit a Neater Buttonhole on BBC

Knitting Tip- Button Holes on Lana Grossa

Stitch and Knit-Crawl for World  Knit in Public Day

Attention all closet knitters! And those of you that love to whip out the needles where ever you may go! 

SATURDAY 9th June is Worldwide Knitting in Public Day! 

Therefore we decree that by divine order of the knit we shall host the most fabulous London Knit-crawl the city has ever seen! Prepare to knit on famous monuments, outside the queen’s gaff, in pretty parks and on wobbly bridges! 

Now don’t be shy… be a knitter and be proud on this day of getting it out in public!  

Details/itinerary of where we will be and when will be announced in the next newsletter on the 4th of June, but make sure it’s in your diaries now to ensure you don’t miss out on throwing your yarn to the wind and showing London what knitting is all about.

Stitch and new Knit1 magazine  

The marvellous Knit1 magazine is officially back to form with the glorious new ‘Green Issue’. Its patterns are inspired by green issues, such as animal print pillows, beautiful recycled fibre dresses, and ideas for using surplus plastic bags to make your self a reusable shopper. Those knitting kitties really have their finger on the eco pulse.  

Get yourself down to a local stockist, buy it online or try jabbing your local mag shop with sharp needles till they start stocking it!


 That’s about it for your first bi-weekly S&BL newsletter. Watch out for changes to the website and don’t forget to drop in on one of the groups. We don’t bite… promise!

Happy knitting and hope to be stitching with you soon.

Stitch and Bítch London

PS If your name is wrong at the start of the newsletter and you want it changed then please email us and let us know. :)



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