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21st April 2008

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Night Time Knittin’

St George's Day Meeting... Create @ Late... Turning Japanese... Mauritian Adventures 

Chilly greetings 

Just when you thought it was safe to put the chunky knitwear back in the loft, the big chill returns. We hope that this newsletter find you well wrapped up and ready for some knitting news.

S&B London has a busy few weeks ahead. With the Museum of London’s ‘Create @ Late’ event next week, the auction of the S&B Breast Cancer Blanket at Ladyfest in May and the upcoming Knit Crawl in June, you best keep a knitty eye on the newsletter and blog over the next few weeks.


At the last few meetings we have been overwhelmed with the number of you wanting to come and knit with us. At Waterstones we commandeered almost all of the seating and made a new friend in a drunken passer by. At the fabulous Camellia’s World Teas we spilled out of the doors and stole any available chairs from neighbouring stores. A big thank you to All the Fun of the Fair for helping with the shortage and apologies to those who had to wait for seats. In the end, cream teas and huge slices of Victoria sponge were enjoyed by all.

Stitch and Flying the Flag

Details of the next meeting:

To celebrate St. George’s Day, we will be returning to the south shores of the Thames this week. We revisit one of our favourite venues with plenty of good lighting and space for us all.

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


Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Cultured Knitting

Details of the meeting after that: 

This week we will be asking you all to join us and help sew up the many pink squares we have been sent for our Breast Cancer Care Blanket. The blanket will be raffled at Ladyfest in May, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. We have had an overwhelming response to this in the past few weeks and need your help to make it into a huge blanket! So bring along a darning needle and be prepared to get stuck in.

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Stitch and Pecan Pie  

Details of the meeting after that:

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and Knit at the Museum

This May, the Museum of London is coming over all crafty for an exclusive late-night museum trip with a bit of a difference, with Create @ Late.

The night offers guided tours by comedians, crafts from plasticine sculpting (squish it when you’re done) to badge-making (tiny circles of fabulousness), some museum knitting to add to your list of places you have stitched, a few refreshments, and special exhibitions to give your brain something to do too. You can even join their Facebook group.

S&B London are thrilled to be getting their needles clicking as part of it all. Get your knitting out of the house for a bit of culture. Making stuff in the midst of a bit of learning about London. Yay!

From 6pm to 9pm
Venue: Museum of London

150 London Wall



Map Website Nearest Tube: Barbican, St. Paul’s

Stitch and Japanese Knitted Houses

Knitting on faraway shores, the Japanese artist “Mafuyu” has exhibited her original knit pieces in Europe as well as in Tokyo’s National Art Centre. Using both crochet and knitting she creates clothes and toys with a unique form. Dresses that are knitted houses are modelled elegantly and are quite fascinating works of art. What better way is there to keep warm than climbing into a knitted house?

The Japanese love of craft is one we all know and love at S&B London. With their own Knitting Prince, Japan hosts some of the most fascinating Eastern artists and even an S&B Tokyo. The Knit Japan site takes a look at some of these artists. And check out Fleegle’s Blog for translating your Japanese knitting patterns!

Stitch and Back to Our Roots

Half the S&B London Stitchettes went back to our roots last month for an S&B with a tropical feel. The first ever S&B Mauritius took place in the pretty little town of Pereybere on Mauritius’s fabulous north-west coast.

You can have a look at some of the pics from this momentous occasion here. And to celebrate we thought we’d share this free cute little dodo crochet pattern, allowing you to bring an extinct animal back to life and bring a bit of island goodness into your London life.

That’s about all we can stitch into the newsletter this week. Keep warm with the clicking of your needles and we hope to see you soon at a meeting.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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