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7th April 2008

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and a Snow-coated City

Stitching Assistance... Cinema Knits... Chatshow Charity Knits... Needle Review... Late Night Yarn Shop

Sparkling white blanket of snow-covered greetings to you  

We hope that this newsletter finds you well, wrapped up in the woolliest of goodness, and rolling about in snow drifts delighting in the fabulousness that is London in the snow.

S&B London have had a bit of a fabulous week presswise, which means waves of new People of the Knit. Yay! April’s Simply Knitting gave us a mention, and we’re a little overwhelmed to have been given a nod from The Guardian newspaper too! Knitting is indeed taking over the world.  

Up and coming everyone is abuzz over Wonderwool Wales on Sat 26th and Sun 27th April. Londoner’s can juggle knitting and popcorn at Knit Flicks on the 19th of April. We’re also going a bit exclusive with some late-night yarn shopping at one of the next meetings.

Recent meetings have seen us groundhog day it up by descending on the tasty cavern that is EV in Waterloo for mezze, merino and much knitting joy, and then descending on the tasty cavern that is EV in Waterloo for mezze, merino and much knitting joy (with a camera and interviews galore this time. Thanks to all those who were interviewed and filmed).

Stitch and Bookish 

Details of the next meeting:
Grab a couple of books from the 5th floor and get down to the basement for some knitting, nattering, coffee, and cake. If you get there first be sure to snaffle a few tables and chairs for the rest of us. 

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

Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Cream Teas 

Details of the meeting after that:
Camellia’s World Teas have invited us to sip fine teas and take advantage of their special offer of Cream Tea (scones, jam, cream, and pot of tea) for only £5 at Kingly Court. This cute shop is on the same balcony as All the Fun of the Fair and both shops are staying open late just for S&B Londoners. Get your fill of haberdashery, yarns, and cake all in one fine evening.  

Venue: Camellia’s World Teas
Unit 2.12 (on the 2nd floor balcony)
Kingly Court (just off Carnaby Street)  

Map Nearest Tube: Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Flying the Flag 

Details of the meeting after that: 

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Flicks 

Everybody loves a trip to the cinema. Grab a few friends, tub of popcorn, a super-size beverage, and your knitting. Ok, so that last one isn’t quite the norm, but with Knit Flicks you can knit to your hearts content whist watching the latest feature at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton.  

Special, knitting-friendly viewings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month, with enough lighting to enjoy your stitching, as well as the movie. Afterwards meet your fellow knitters at the cinema café for post film analysis…and more knitting. 

The next opportunity for you to get your knit on at the pictures will be SATURDAY 19TH APRIL around midday. The film is announced a few days before, so email or visit the Ritzy for details.

Stitch and Save the Children 

As you may be aware, the latest charity campaign encouraging knitters to get out their needles is the ‘Knit One, Save One!’ campaign, supported by Paul O’Grady.  

They’re asking British knitters to knit baby bonnets, and send them to Save the Children. In turn, they will send them to children in developing countries, to help these babies survive. The charity wants to get 10 million people taking action for the 10 million children, still dying before the age of five, by 2010.  

And as it’s about sharing you can encourage your non-knitting friends to take part in this campaign too, their website has a ‘knit-kit’ with clear instructions and information on where to send the knitted bonnets.  

Paul O’Grady has never picked up knitting needles before in his life, but he has been challenged to get learning. Maybe we can invite him along to a meeting…

Stitch and Sticks 

When starting work on a new project it’s the little things that make the experience all the more enjoyable; fabulous yarn, cute stitch markers, and swanky knitting bags are all very important. But when you find yourself knitting on second hand, slightly bent up, metal needles, dragged out from the bottom of your knitting bag, don’t you just feel you deserve better?  

There is so much needle choice out there now that you are literally spoilt. So get your mitts round our pick of the bunch: 

Signature Needlearts These’ll make you the classiest knitter in town. Completely customized with tips, toppers, lengths, and colours, these are a chic treat. 

Knit Stix Chuck out your measuring tape and minimise your knitting bag; these funky sticks have measurement markings right on the needle. Get that garment correct to the millimeter. Buy in the UK from Banyantree Yarns 

Peace Fleece Carved in the US and hand painted in Moscow, these needles flaunt individual designs and a smooth feel from a yarn company “committed to helping historic enemies cooperate and prosper through trade”. Buy (and feel good about yourself) in the UK from Aragon Yarns 

Serendipity Needles These ones are for the playful knitters. You may find it hard to choose between the kooky toppers from teddy bears, sea shells and bumble bees and to special edition cancer research ribbons. 

Knit Lite If you’re planning on visiting the cinema, or knitting in a solar eclipse or after lights out then and just can’t put that project down, then these light up needles are for you. 

Now there’s no excuse not to pick up those sticks and get stitchin’!

Stitch and Pattern Pandemonium 

Back in the days of yore our knitting foremothers (and fathers) would sit by their spinning wheels diligently spinning, whilst dreaming up patterns to knit with their latest skein of yarn.  Little did they realise that in the 21st Century we would be signing up to worldwide knitting communities like Ravelry, downloading patterns on our iPhones, and buying ready-to-knit yarn on eBay.  

Despite technological advances it seems that the humble knitting pattern perplexes almost all of us at some point during our knitting lives.  Thankfully, when you get stuck looking at a mishmash of letters and numbers, there is always the internet to help you out. 

The Knitting Fiend: Offers a gauge calculator, an extensive How To section, a comprehensive guide on reading charts, and an article on unraveling the mystery behind intarsia.  

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting: The authors of this fab tome have compiled handy quick-reference tidbits to help you with everything from checking your gauge at the project start to selecting the correct decrease at the end.  

Knitting Help: When pictures and words just don’t cut it S&B Londoner can turn to this site for salvation. With a glossary the size of your Aunt Betty’s raglan sleeve, links to videos that show you almost anything (including the difference between an M1A and an M1B), and all sorts of wonders, it rules with a woolly fist. You really do learn something new every day… 

Last but certainly not least, it is always handy to have a copy of Knitty’s list of standard abbreviations in your knitting bag.  

The internet and knitting, eh? Who’d have thunk it…?

Well that’s all the yarn-draped information we can possibly untangle for you this newsletter. We hope you find a way to amuse yourself until the snow melts (knit, knit, knit), and we hope your snowy footprints manage to lead a trail to a meeting or two.

Keep warm, keep woolly and watch out for that snowball! 

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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