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14th Sept 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and That Warm Fuzzy Giving Feeling

... New Start for Startitis ... Macmillan Comfort Blanket ... Oxfam Squares  ... Yarnstorm update ...  

Mothball-scented jumper unearthing greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you’re feeling the thrill you get from digging out warmer woollies as the summer winds to an end, and that you managed to catch some of the awesome knit-flavoured action taking place in London over the weekend.

We thought we’d give you a chance to knit your hearts out for some lovely causes this newsletter, so if you’re feeling that giving feeling bring it along to our Cosy Comfort Blanket Stitch Up meeting or join Oxfam for something square and snugly.

Coming up on the knitting horizon we’re also charging up our charge cards and sharpening our yarn scrum elbows for Ally Pally’s Knitting and Stitching Show 8-11 October.

This newsletter also sees another new start for lovely Stitchette Jenny ‘Startitis’ Steere who hangs up her Stitchette hat and gets to go back to her first love, the knitting. We say goodbye and look back at her Stitchette past.

The Papered Parlour's Come Across Stitch event is taking place next weekend on Saturday 19 Sept 2009, 11am - dusk. Public artist Hannah Hull covers bit of London with oversized bunting and gynormous doilies on a craft hunt of extreme proportions as part of the London Design Festival 2009.

Yarnstorming update: The mysterious gals of Knit the City have been up to no good in a big way this week with Altartist’s short documentary on their Oranges and Lemon’s Odyssey.

Graffiti knitting also went all arty at the BFI’s onedotzero event where Deadly Knitshade took part in a debate about art in public spaces. One small stitch for Knit the City, one giant row for knitting kind.

We’ve gone all cultured for the last couple of meetings. And why not? We’re a clever bunch of stitchers.

At the National Theatre we were serenaded by a live band, gawked at by theatre goers and swamped by knitting newbies. We were also slightly afraid of a passerby who insisted on helping teach…everyone. Even those who knew how to knit. Eek!

At Covent Garden we ventured outside before the evenings draw in and were rewarded with the sight of a string quartet performing the can-can - excellent work that cello player!

Stitch and Mmmmeze

Details of the next meeting:

Join us for stitchin' and bitchin' this week deli style. We'll be stitchin'  to our hearts delight over Mediterranean delights, fresh tea or organic wine. Oh and of course, the amazing freshly made cakes. Yummy!

Time: From 6pm
Venue:  EV Delicatessen
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London SE1 8DD

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and Cosy Comfort Blanket Stitch Up

Details of the meeting after that:

Tonight's meeting is dedicated to the MacMillan Comfort Blanket. Macmillan have asked folks to knit 20cm by 20cm squares to make comfort blankets. The blankets will consist of 40 squares (8 long and 5 wide). Each will be handed over to somebody who is living with cancer to make them cosy while they fight their battle. Bring along any squares you have already knitted or use tonight's meeting as an opportunity to knit a square or two and leave it with us and we'll do the rest. Check out our blog for more details on this.


Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map  Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Artichoke

Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Camel and Artichoke
121 Lower Marsh
London SE1 7AE

Map Nearest Tube: Waterloo

  Stitch and Coffee and Comfort for Cancer Fighters


A while back we mentioned the Macmillan Comfort Blanket and how you can help Macmillan make cancer fighters cosy.


Just to refresh your brains Macmillan have teamed up with The Knitter magazine to ask for your help in a nationwide campaign called the Macmillan Comfort Blanket. It’s being run in association with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25th September and supported by Rowan.


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.


On the 21st of September we’ll be holding our Stitch and Cosy Comfort Blanket Stitch Up where we’ll be knitting squares and sewing blankets for the Comfort Blanket cause. More of a coffee/wine evening than a coffee morning but you get the idea.


You can bring your squares along on the night, drop them off at an S&B meeting before then, or take your completed blankets along to Macmillan at Ally Pally’s Knitting and Stitching Show.


For more details check out our blog which also has an address to send your completed blankets along to by post.


Stitching and More Knitting for Charidee

Artyarn, a Lancashire ‘collaborative fibre arts project’ and Oxfam are working together again this year to raise awareness of maternal mortality and Millennium Development Goals to help end poverty in less economically developed countries.

Last year, they worked together to create a blanket. The people of Greater Manchester were asked to contribute squares. The target was 1400. This was exceeded, and Oxfam frequently use the blanket in campaigns.

This year, Oxfam Manchester want to create something different, and are asking for patches to make an attention-grabbing dress for campaigns, and to make mittens and woolly hats that can be sold in the shop as part of a fundraising campaign. The aim is to have the dress made by the time of the Conservative Party Conference, between 5th and 8th October 2009. Coinciding with this, Dorothy Ngoma, head of midwifery in Malawi, will be visiting Manchester to help raise awareness of maternal mortality and public provision of health care.

If you want to get involved, contact Chris Mitchell, Media Campaigner (North West) at

Contact address:     Oxfam Campaigns
                             Green Fish Centre
                             46-50 Oldham Street
                             M4 1LE


Image: © Artyarn 2008

Stitch and a New Start for Startitis

S&B London are sad to announce that Jenny ‘Startitis’ Steere is hanging up her Stitchette hat (and shawl and intricately knitted socks) in order to have a break from the hectic schedule of life as a Stitchette. She’s off to spend a bit of time actually knitting, doing other crafts and getting on with having a life.

Jenny joined the team of Stitchettes a year ago and made her mark immediately by getting the attention of the Yarn Harlot at I Knit Day with a splendid red sock and a Stitch & Bitch London badge.  Since then she has taught countless knitting newbies, penned numerous humorous newsletter bits, wrangled readers for the spin-off Stitch and Book group, and been a much-valued member of both the Stitchette team and Stitch & Bitch London. Lucky for us her knitting Startitis never carried over to her Stitchette work. She’s been a Stitchette wonder and we’ve been proud to have her as part of the team.

Jenny’s going to keep attending the group meetings as a regular member, so she’ll still be at hand to tell it like it is, share a glass of wine (never coffee) with those in need of a nice relaxing drink and eat cake (which is never as good as the ones she makes herself) with us.  We will be announcing who has the daunting task of stepping into her shoes soon (you know who you are and you’re not coming out of that cupboard until you have learned the whole Stitchette training manual by heart) but, until then – Jenny, we salute you!

To join us in looking tearfully back through Jenny’s Stitchette story have a butcher’s at our blog.

We’ve run out of exciting knitting news but fear not, we’ll find more for next time. In the meantime feel free to drop in on the Ravelry message board, tweet us on Twitter and force us to eat cake at meetings. As always we encourage you shy newbie wallflowers to get up off your sofas and bring your knitting out into the city. Go on.

Happy knitting, city stitchers.


The S&B London Stitchettes x


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