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6 June 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and the End of an Era

... Farewell Purl Princess ... Electric Sheep Podcast ... Win Moustache Ring  ... Cancer Fighter hat update ... 

Sticky heatwave greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, 
enjoying the weather, complaining about the weather, and recovering from all the Wimbledon excitement with a healthy dose of strawberries and cream while you knit in the sunshine.

This week sees the end of an era, with the retirement of one of our founding Stitchettes (awwwww), Laura 'Purl Princess' Davis, who will still be attending the group as regular member (yay!). We've stitched up a look back at Purl P's Stitchette journey for you too.


We’re putting a final call in for all the Cancer Fighter chemo caps, which have been knitted in conjunction with the Race for Life. It’s not too late to contribute so get stitching.

We’re also extending our Moustache Ring of Power Competition to the 13th of July. See details on how to Knit and Win here.

We have a bit of new Stitchette news too but that can wait till next newsletter.

Finally, it’s summer yarn sale season so why not grab a bargain in one of the many sales going on, and come along and tell us about your haul on Ravelry.

Recent meetings have seen us heading out from central London to sunny Camberwell and the Camberwell Arts Festival. We met some new faces, drank strawberry cider, and taught Finnish TV presenter, Jaako Selin how to knit for his show Jaakko ja maailmanvalloittajat.

Jaako is travelling the world interviewing Finnish 'world conquerors' on his show, and learning new skills as he go. He was rather proud of his finished Finnish knit. Proclaiming knitting was better than sex by the end of it... Hee hee.

At our old favourite, the Royal Festival Hall, we sheltered from the fierce sunshine and fought for room with the UCL graduation ceremony. Madness.

Stitch and Super Salads


Details of the next meeting:


We’re stitchin’ it up in Spitalfields this week with power smoothies and pecan pie. And there’s always the refreshing coolers to keep your knitting fingers from overheating.



Time: From 6pm

Venue: Leon at Spitalfields Market

3 Crispin Place


E1 6DW


Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and Sunny Southbank


Cultured stitchin’ this week, as we knit amongst the theatre goers and all those enjoying the summer entertainment on the Southbank. We’ll be in close proximity to the bar, as always, so there’s no chance of dehydrating!


Details of the meeting after that:



Time: From 6pm

Venue: National Theatre in the Long Bar (ground floor main foyer)

South Bank




Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Strange Name but Nice Pub


Details of the meeting after that:



Time: From 6pm

Venue: The Camel & Artichoke

121 Lower Marsh

London SE1 7AE


Map  Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Stitch and Saying Goodbye to a Purly Queen

Laura “Purl Princess” Davis leaves Stitch and Bitch London’s Stitchettes to go off into the world outside of S&B London and do other lovely things.

We take a look back at her fabulous wool-flavoured S&B London career in a pictorial journey of cake faces and knit on our blog here.

Laura was one of the founding members of S&B London back in December 2005. Her vision was to pass on the love of the Knit to as many people as she could. She did just that.

We take our knitted hats off to a phenomenal Stitchette who was never too tired to teach, proudly practised some expert bitching along with her stitching, never shrank from a knitting challenge, and always shared her cake. We're sorry to lose her from the Stitchette army, and wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavours, woolly or otherwise. It's been wicked, chick. You're welcome back anytime. xx

Stitch and Knitting with Electric Sheep

(we send our mystery next new Stitchette to find out more)

Hoxton, the voice of the Electric Sheep podcast and writer of the Hoxton Handmade blog, took the time to share some of her knitty thoughts and memories this week, and shed some light on a very important question that frankly any Philip K Dick fan would probably scream from the tops of their voices.

First knitting memory? “My grandmother knitting big cabled Aran jumpers, without a pattern and at quite a speed, watching Countdown.”

She knit with us in public at the Knit Crawl this year, but public displays of knitty affection weren’t always something she was comfortable with.

Her first public knitting? The morning commute on the Tube:“My heart was racing, my hands shaking, trying desperately to look nonchalant about the whole thing and, of course, failing. Nowadays I whip it out all over the place quite happily...”

In fact, her favourite hangout for KIP is London Fields on a sunny day, armed with her weapon of choice: bamboo circulars, and a stash of brownies from Broadway Market.

And the answer to the question, do androids dream of electric sheep? “Ha ha. I reckon androids knit with electric sheep. And possibly dream of Harrison Ford. Ooh, electric yarn, how cool would that be?"

You can catch Hoxton’s discussion of this year’s Knit Crawl at and

Stitch and Rounding up the Chemo Caps


Back in May we joined Tina in the Race For Life at Battersea Park, and knitted Cancer Fighter caps as we walked, using yarn kindly donated by Natalie from Stash Yarns, to donate to cancer patients in London.  

We had so much yarn that a number of Stitch & Bitch members who weren’t at the race also offered to make caps.  So far, several members of the group have made hats both with the yarn Natalie provided and their own.


The deadline that we are setting for the return of the chemo caps is Sunday 26th of July, which is the last of the Race for Life events. 

If you have a chemo cap on the go, please return it to us by that date – either at a meeting or by contacting us for an address to send it. 

Similarly, if you haven’t yet made a chemo cap but would like to, then that would be very welcome too.  If you’re looking for a pattern, two can be found on our blog and others are available on Ravelry.  Once we have all the caps in, we will do a big handover.

That’s all for another newsletter. Keep yourself cool in the British summer and, if your knitting just seems too hot at the moment, here’s something to cool yourself down with. Don't forget to get your tash pics in for your chance to win the fabulous Moustache Ring of Powerrrrrrr!

Until next time folks, may the knit be with you.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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