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29th July 2007 Stitchin', Bitchin' and Inspired by the Showers
   

Hopefully sunny summer greeting to you

 

We hope that this newsletter finds you well, rushing out to knit in the occasional sunshine and rushing in to protect your creation from the unseasonably sad downpours the UK is suffering.

Recent group meetings have witnessed a knitted Dalek, giant pink sparkly knitting needles from down under, and even a dedicated Harry Potter fan stitching, bitching and reading (as Hogwart’s Huggers ourselves that is fine with us). Keep all your fingers crossed (which makes it pretty tough to knit but you’ll get by) for better weather so we can finally knit in the sunshine.

In other news we have been asked for a link to the message board so here it is, and also we thought we’d let you know there are lots of events coming up later in the year including our Lion Scarf Exhibition, something fabulous at October’s Knitting and Stitching Show and other stuff in the woolly pipeline. Keep watching this space. The 5-6th of August also sees The Big Innocent Village Fete in Regent's Park, which promises some knitting. So get down there for some weekend stitching. And for those who have no time to read the whole thing SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS OF A BARGAIN 10% YARN DISCOUNT (well, we didn’t want you to miss out)!

Stitch and knitting up a storm in a coffee cup

Details of the next meeting:

Down to the cool basement for a cup of coffee, a brownie and of course some highly social stitching. As usual renegade groups of knitters will dash up to the 5th floor to bringing back the delights of the craft section all evening. Best bring your reading glasses then…

THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
203-206 Piccadilly
London
SW1Y 6WW
Tel: 0207 734 4870

Map  Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus


Stitch and braving outside knitting (with a back up)

Details of the meeting after:

Yes, it is true; we shall be attempting to knit outside once more by taking advantage of the new terrace at the Royal Festival Hall. Bring your project to the bustling riverbank to have a knit and natter in the setting sun. We will, however, drag our yarn inside if the heavens grace us with yet more rain, glorious rain.

WEDNESDAY 8TH AUGUST
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall (We will be outside on the terrace. If it rains or is really cold then we’ll be on the right-hand side of the ground floor on the leather sofas)
Address: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Map  Website Nearest tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Yeah Baby!

Details of the meeting after that:

WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Kingly Court (off Carnaby Street)
London
W1B 5PW

Tel: 020 7287 2303 (All the Fun of the Fair knitting and haberdashery shop upstairs who reserve the tables for us)

Map Website Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and bargain, bargain, where is my cash card?
 
You lucky bunch of S&B Londoners have yet another special offer to sink your sticks into. The lovely folks at Fyberspates are offering a 10% discount throughout the whole of August (including shipping) to all of our members!

You will find hand-painted yarns and fibres galore on their website. Just contact the lovely Jeni on fyberspates@btinternet.com or visit the website at www.fyberspates.co.uk. The offer is only valid for August so rush over to Fyberspates and buy something stunning (after all Christmas is only five months away, you had better get knitting). Don’t forget to mention that you are an S&B London member to get your discount.

Stitch and sea creatures on your sticks

So how can we make the most of our needles in this rain-filled weather? Forget about rubber ducks and plastic boats, get inspired by the wet. How about knitting a fabulous sea creature to join you in the damp? A jellyfish, skelefish or a  naughty squid (we’re not sure what it has done), to see whether it floats, soaks up water, turns soggy or sinks. And for happy hookers try this beautiful crochet mermaid.
 
Clare Garland’s Dream Toys has an array of wonderful creatures, not just of the sea, and is a must for any creature-knitters bookshelf. You’ll find tropical fish, a big cuddly dolphin (!?!), seahorses, and even a crab with knitted pincers!
 
Joelle, our very own S&B Stitchette, is starting her own knitted aquarium. She has created a very simple pattern for a dazzling starfish, which you can find on the S&B London blog.
 
For something a little more practical to actually soak up water, you can find washcloth designs at Knitting Nonsense, such as dolphins and turtles. Or there’s the anchor cloth from PurpleDuckie.

Stitch and Something Out of Something Else (and saving the planet)

Soggy yarn is not a fun thing to deal with so we thought you might like to knit with something a bit different. For some recycling fun you can turn the hundreds of plastic carrier bags you seem to have an unending supply of into something fabulous and waterproof. Soon you’ll be seeing those sunny orange Sainsbury’s bags and posh purple Opodo carriers the way Michelangelo saw his blocks of marble.

Turning plastic into yarn – Marlo’s Crochet Corner has a tutorial for knitters and crocheters alike to turn your carrier bags into something to stitch with. The photos are clear and straight to the point, and her plastic bag tote pattern will inspire you.

Bags out of bags - There are tons of bag patterns online if you look. We like the Knitty Gritty Recycled Plastic Carryall and the Magknits Reduce Reuse Recycle Bag.

Bag reincarnation – And if you don’t want to knit a bag then there are plenty of other amazing ideas out there to inspire you from Australian Gooseflesh’s jaw-dropping sea creatures to an entire 1950s outfit to a pair of rather uncomfy-looking sandals.

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 Well, that is just about all the news we can wring out for you this week. We hope to see you all brave the elements and make it out for a knit in public. New members are always very welcome; be they beginners or old school experts, and you’ll find us a friendly bunch if you pull up a chair and pull out your yarn. And much knitty love to those who keep us updated with any knitting news you just can’t keep to yourself.

Happy knitting and may the stitch be with you.

Stitch and Bítch London
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