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16th June

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Fab Crawl Knitting

The S&B Knit Crawl 2008... Prize Draw WINNER!... Brand new Knitty... Socktopus Getaway... Meetings

Sun-warmed proud public-knitting greetings  

We hope that this newsletter finds you well and that if you didn’t join us on our fabulous Knit Crawl this weekend, that you managed to show your stitches in public wherever you were.

The big news of course is the Knit Crawl and the winner of the giant pink Breast Cancer Care blanket. A fabulous day was had by all, Sit-Upons were sat upon, the sun shone for us, and the rain was kept at bay. 

The day began on the lawns of Westminster Abbey where Morris dancers and chiming bells entertained us while we kicked off the public knitting. 

At St. James’ Park we caught some rays along with our stitching and watched the red arrows and all manner of planes and jets fly by for the Trooping of the Colour. 

Onto Trafalgar Square where we plonked ourselves in the spicy flurry of the Thai festival with food, music, and dancing. Plenty of cause for a fair few people to stare and wonder how knitting was related to Thai culture. Hee hee 

When we reached Soho Square we sat in the kind shade and enjoyed cups of coffee with our yarn. Hare Krishna’s passed by a fair few times with their bells and chants, adding a harmonious air as the Crawl would down. 

By the time we reached All the Fun of the Fair we were all knitted out, happy and slightly footsore, ready for the big draw. Shop owner Buzz lent us her son, Dom, to draw proudly lucky winner, Hannah Wirman, from the bucket. Congratulations!  

A grand total of £650 has been raised by you lovely people. Thanks to all that donated money and knitting for the beast of a blanket. We think you’re all lovely. If you didn’t get round to it there is still time to donate online. 

Keep an eye on the blog and flickr group for more pictures and tales of the day coming soon. 

Also please feel free to join the S&B London flickr group and add your pics of the day for all to see. 

It was an amazing day and we hope you loved it as much as we did. Thank you all for coming along and getting your knits out in the city.

The past few weekday meetings have seen us take over the Crusting Pipe in Covent Garden, where amazed passers by got so excited some of them even had to call their mates.

We also lounged in the sun at St. James’ Park where the summer was welcomed in with the happy clicking of our needles. More outdoor knitting meetings will be scheduled soon.

Stitch and Mmmeze  
Details of the next meeting:

Back to EV this week, stitchers. Join us for scrummy healthy food in this Mediterranean delicatessen. Knit one, eat one, knit one, eat one…

From 6pm 
Venue: EV Delicatessen 
The Arches 
97-99 Isabella Street 

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark

Stitch and South Bank Knitting 

Details of the meeting after that: 

Admire the picturesque views of London from the south bank with us. There’ll be plenty of space for us inside, but if it’s sunny, then we’ll be enjoying the summer sunshine on the terrace just outside. The Hyperbolic Crochet Reef is now also resident of the Royal Festival Hall, so it is well worth the trip to take in its magnificence. 

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Bookish 

Details of the meeting after that: 

From 6pm 
Venue: Waterstones Costa Coffee Café (in the basement) 
203-206 Piccadilly 

Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Summer Knitty 

The Summer issue of Knitty is online now. Check out their super summer knits such as the beautifully floaty Seascape.  

For those of you who have friends getting married this wedding season why not knit them something a little saucy such as Eloping to add some spice to the wedding night?  

The cute simplicity of the Shetland Shorty might be just the thing you’re looking for to use up those couple of balls of beautiful yarn you bought ages ago and have no idea what to make with.


Stitch and a Weekend of Socks 

Our good friend Alice at Socktopus has contacted us about a fab weekend long event happening in November. So if you’re barmy about foot warmers, or ‘socks’ as they are more commonly known, then read on… 

The weekend retreat and socktastic two-day course with tutor Lucy Neatby will be held on the held from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th November in a gorgeous converted barn in Norfolk. You will get to grips with loads of different techniques and learn to make the perfect fitting sock.   

As places are booking up fast the only spaces left are in shared accommodation. The price is £220 and for your money you get two nights of accommodation (Friday and Saturday night) and a two day course with Lucy. That works out to 12 hours' of socktastic classes! Meals are not included, unless you eat yarn. A deposit of £100 will hold your place, with the remainder due by the end of August. 

Experience of sock knitting is required, but Socktopus will be hosting online tutorials over the summer for anyone wanting a little refresher prior to the retreat. 

Check out the website for more details and how to book.

That’s all our weary knitted-out fingers can bring you this week. Keep your eye on the blog for a gallery of the sit-upon designs from the Knit Crawl. Now the Stitchettes have just enough energy to knit crawl to one more venue… bed! 

Until next time…keep stitching!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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