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Crunchy-leaf-crushing Autumnal Greetings to You

As the days draw in, the leaves start to turn, and your winter wardrobe wear begins to peek out of your drawers. It’s time to concentrate on those Autumn essentials that keep you cosy inside and out. So grab that project you’ve kept meaning to start, and get going to warm you up.

Recent meetings have seen us filling the basement of Waterstones, where a chunky knits book from New York had us wide-eyed with possible future projects, and treading on new and tasty territory at Ev café and delicatessen, where the amazing mezze filled our tummies and yarn filled our hands.

In other news, three of our Stitchettes attended the fabulous Socktopus launch in Notting Hill where we ate cute canapés, bought cool knitting goodies, and miraculously won a door prize each! We’d like to point out that Socktopus ‘the newest online yarn shop on the internet’, not an actual venue. Apologies to Socktopus and anyone wandering around Notting Hill in search of yarn, and thanks to Alice for having us.

Also a tide of up-coming knitty events is coming! The Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show (the knitting event of the year, shame on any knitter who is not there), National Knitting Week with our S&B London Blue Blanket Square Spectacular (more on that next week), and UK SnB Day (we’re still looking for groups to join in the SnB Blanket). And there are more events coming, so watch this space…

On to the news...

Stitch and Sleeves?

Details of the next meeting:

If we could base all of our group meet-ups in places with vaguely knitting related names we would, unfortunately this is the only place we’ve found so far but it is a jolly good one. Come join us and perhaps set in some raglan sleeves for our amusement whilst sipping a pint.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Lord Raglan
61 St. Martins-le-Grand

Map Nearest Tube: St. Paul’s

Stitch and Jazzing It Up

Details of the meeting after that:

A chilled drink from the bar, soft yarn in your hands and plenty of conversation awaits you at the National Theatre bar where cool jazz will further relax you as you knit. We just love the South Bank.

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 Mmmm Chocolate Brownie

Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Leon at Spitalfields Market
Address: Spitalfields
3 Crispin Place
E1 6DW

Tel: 020 7247 4369

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street, Whitechapel

Stitch and Teeny Tiny Stuff to Save Lives

Two things S&B Londoners seem to love: tiny knitted stuff and saving the world one stitch at a time. So how about getting your sticks into some ultra-cute teeny tiny trendy key ring knits in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer?

Knit a Natty Key Ring campaign gives you the chance to knit some of the tiniest fashion accessories on the block. Wendy and Victoria Else are offering free patterns for mini jumpers and handbags to raise money for a cause that hopes to kick the stuffing out of cancer (Wendy herself is a cancer survivor so it means a lot them both).

Just download the pattern here, knit a couple of cuties (they’re addictive to knit too, like the knitting equivalent of Pringles), e-mail the ladies to request key rings to attach to them, send them back all done, and sit back and feel good about yourself as some lucky so and so goes home with your creation. The only rule is that there’s a bit of pink for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in there somewhere.

Each key ring returned before 1st November also enters you in a draw to win knitting goodies. An added bonus to the feel-good factor of charity knitting (but feel free to knit after that too). AND you can buy key rings created by other knitters to treat your nearest and dearest (just e-mail the ladies to ask). Every single one is different and a tiny work of art for a very good cause. And why not? Christmas is creeping up and you know you’ll never get through all those present knits in time…


Stitch and this train terminates at…

The way we see it knitting is meant to be viewed as a work of art, so we recommend getting down to South Wimbledon Tube station where the students from Wimbledon College of Art and the members of Morden Women’s Institute have collaborated to make a series of knitted panels in the name of art.

The installation was created as knitted pieces were passed between each member documenting the chatting, discussions, sharing and probably bitching that happened as they knit - sounds like week night meeting to us.

The exhibition will be running till 12th October but before that the students and WI will be staging live knitting performances and taking part in the art. ‘All aboard! This train is now ready to depart for South Wimbledon.’

Stitch and Hooking You In

When the lovely Helda popped in to the S&B London’s Knit Crawl at the start of the summer (by the way… where did the summer go? Answers on a postcard) she was inspired to start up her own group dedicated to the marvellous craft of crochet. The London Crochet Meet Up is for crocheters to meet, mingle, share patterns, tips and maybe learn a thing of two. If you are yearning to show off your hook skills why not sign up to receive details of their next meeting.


That’s your lot for this week. We hope that you’ve started getting excited about the upcoming Knitting and Stitching show in a few weeks. We, of course, will be there in a rather fabulous manner – but more on that in the next newsletter.

Happy knitting – now go kick a pile of leaves over.

Stitch and Bítch London



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