stitch and bitch london

 5th November 2007

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Ooooohhh! Ahhhhh! Fizz! Boom! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
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Sparkling Bonfire-night Greetings

We hope that this newsletter finds you well, preparing to twirl sparklers with handmade mittens, and watch those oh-so-pretty fireworks whilst wrapped up in your woolliest of scarves.



Upcoming events over this rocket-whizzing month include not one but two meetings next week, as we browse vintage buttons, and have our regular meeting. And also the big one, UK SnB Day on the 10th and the chance to win a ticket at the next meeting.

Also a quick reminder that Secret Santa is now one month away, which gives you bags of time to join in. Don’t forget that even if you can’t join in with the present exchange you can still join us for a few drinks at the Christmas Party.



In the last few meetings we stormed The Greenwich Maritime Museum with our salty-sea dog stitching, engulfed The Royal George, where we knit tiny jumpers for Breast Cancer Care, finished fabulous intarsia patches, and saw the completion of some crazy multi-coloured socks, and lurked in the shadows of Halloween as knitters overflowed the caverns of the Old Star pub, where a fair few witches and demons emerged amongst us.


Stitch and Mmmmm Mezze (WIN A TICKET TO SnB DAY!)

Details of the next meeting:

We are taking our needles back to the arches this week, for the delicious Mediterranean organic food at EV. Our last visit saw many yummy dishes and fruity smoothies, as well as some prize purchases from the deli, along with knitting goodness. This meeting you can also enter the lucky dip for a chance to win a FREE TICKET to UK SnB Day! So come along to nibble, knit, and nab a freebie if you can.


Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen (the first archway – not the restaurant next door)
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street

Tel: 020 7620 6191 / 020 7620 6192

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo



Stitch and Spectacular Vintage Handmade Buttons


S&B London will be re-visiting our friend Dixie of Nichols Buttons for an EXCLUSIVE chance to see her collection of vintage buttons. Here is a reminder of the details:


Time: 6pm
Venue: Westminster Abbey
Address: 1 Little Cloister



Tel: 020 7654 4804 (on the day)


Website Nearest tube: Westminster, St. James’ Park


Please bring cash or cheque only, no credit cards.


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 Marshall 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 Red’d Reiss on door.


This is a great chance to get something really special and individual for Christmas presents for those crafters in your life. Remember to bring your knitting!




Stitch and Are There Any Coffee Cups Left?

Details of the meeting after that: 

Join us in one of our favourite knitting spots at Waterstones Piccadilly. Find us in the basement with the hot chocolates, muffins, squishy sofas, and plenty of room for us to take over with our sticks and string.


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

Tel: 020 7734 4870
Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus  



Stitch and Waiting For the Show to Start

Details of the meeting after that:


Time: From 6pm
Venue: National Theatre
The Long Bar (in the main foyer)
South Bank


Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment



Stitch and So Much Stuff at UK Stitch ‘n' Bitch Day

Come and celebrate the arrival of ‘The Queen of Knit’, Debbie Stoller, at the UK’s first official Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Day.

Debbie is arriving in our dear London town to celebrate the launch of her new book Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch which is crammed full of ideas to knit and crochet for the men in your life. On the day, she will be signing copies of the book and hosting workshops. There is even a fashion show to inspire you just in time for Christmas, and if that isn’t enough there will be waffles. Mmm waffles…

The show will also have stalls selling tons of goodies for all your woolly needs, including some of our favourite sellers; Socktopus, Banyan Tree Yarns and Jane Waller to name a few. For those who want to take it easy, there will be a relaxing area with a bar and entertainment from the glamorous Shellac Sisters and their 78s.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, then come along and see our magnificent UK Stitch ‘n Bitch Group Blanket which has knitted contributions from groups all around the country (and all your blue squares!).

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Royal National Hotel
Bedford Way

Map Website Nearest tube: Russell Square

Click here for tickets (Groups of more than 10 get in for £5 each, so if any of you want to meet up at the door at 9.30 then email us and we’ll try to co-ordinate a group of you. We may also have some £5 tickets going at the next meeting, so ask us!)

Hope to see you all there, don’t forget to come and say ‘Hi!’




Stitch and Spreading The Love

Pay it Forward is a warm-fuzzy-feeling concept that will make the world a better place. The basic idea is that instead of returning a favour, you pass that favour on to some other needy soul. The idea, which dates back pre-Hollywood and modern book to Robert A. Heinlein’s Between Planets, has taken on legs of its own (thanks to the movie and her royal highness Oprah) and finally it has come to the knit.

S&B London Stitchette, Lauren, came across it in the virtual halls of Ravelry and jumped on the band wagon of sharing. The basic idea is this:

  • The first three people to leave a comment on the Pay it Forward post here on the S&B blog will receive a knitted item from the blogger (in this case Lauren) within 6 months
  • The people who comment then put Pay it Forward on their own blog for three people to comment on and knit those three an item within 6 months
  • Those people then put it on their blog
  • Then the next three put it on theirs
  • You get the idea

You have a whole six months to think of something suitable, it can be small, huge, simple, clever, whatever you want. You could be sending and receiving from anywhere on the planet! And lots of people go wild and put sweet treats and all kinds of madness in there too.

For some ideas of what to send we traced PIF back through blogs to London to Denmark to Maine, USA, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Australia, before we decided there wasn’t time to trace them all!

Rush over to the S&B blog now to comment (with your email address in the right box, so we can get back to you), and if you are too late start your own on your blog (and leave a link on ours to invite people in). Soon there will be London knitting pinging from pole to pole.

Pay it Forward, S&B Londoners! And let us know how it goes and we’ll publish your goodies on our blog too. 
(Don't have a blog? You can get a free one at loads of places on line) 



Stitch and Purl a Poppy

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the UK remembers all those heroes past and present that have served our country. We show our support by donating to the the Poppy Appeal.

Now the crafty among us can show knitting their support by stitching your own poppy. Knit on the Net and Just Call Me Ruby have come up with a unique pattern to show our support and stitching skills. Just go to the Poppy Pattern site and donate £2 to the appeal. These are quick little knits which you can reuse each year, not forgetting to drop a few quid into the collection boxes.

If you’re a happy hooker rather than a natty knitter then there is an amazing crochet poppy too. The lovely Erssie has published her pattern on her Skeinspotting blog here, and promises to donate to the Poppy Appeal too. Hoorah!

To find out more about how your donation will help, please check out Go on, wear you knit on your sleeve this month.

You can also knit your poppy in white, and it becomes a Peace Poppy, supporting the innocent victims of war.



Stitch and Bear

It’s that time of year again, when people are sponsored to be silent, grow gross facial hair, and sit in baths full of baked beans. Yes, on the 16TH NOVEMBER it’s the BBC’s Children in Need.

The charity does a sterling job in raising much needed funds for disadvantaged kids all across the UK. A great way to do your bit is to knit your own Pudsey Bear. The pattern costs £2 and if you choose to knit one perhaps you could auction it off to raise money for this worthy charity. Beats sitting in a bath of baked beans any day!



That’s about it for this week. We hope to see you at our Exclusive Vintage Buttons Viewing – rumor has it that there will be mince pies! Or indeed at the UK SnB Day next weekend, where there are so many knitty goodies to get set your peepers on you’ll be spinning like woolly Catherine wheels! Or just at a good old meeting, where can stitch and amaze passersby all at the same time.

Happy knitting and enjoy the fireworks!

Stitch and Bítch London xxx


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