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18th Jan 2010

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Helping Haiti (and MEETING UPDATE)
...... P/Hop Patterns for Pennies ...... I Knit Fundraising Tea Party ...... Knitting to Help Haiti ......

World-changing with wool greetings to you

IMPORTANT: Meeting venues have changed for the 19th and 1st. Please check here for details.

We hope this newsletter finds you well, fighting off those Monday blues with a sharpened pair of DPNs and dreams of jacking it all in to spend your days knitting and eating cake.

This newsletter is a one-off special to let you know a few ways that you can help with the heartbreaking disaster that has hit Haiti as the Knit Signal is beamed into the sky by kind-hearted knitters worldwide. You can knit to help Haiti, purchase patterns to give your pennies and eat cake to help too.

For Londoners we've also had a bit of a venue reshuffle for the next three meetings. Please check new meetings for details.

S&B London learners: Free knitting lessons will take place twice a month at S&B London meetings. Check for the Learners Lesson icon next to the meeting title.
Please note: Knitting lessons are free but your teachers are volunteers and do deserve a lovely thank you at the end of the night for giving up their time. Thank-you cake and booze offers are also appreciated.


Stitch and right royally knitting
PLEASE NOTE: This meeting venue has been changed to the Royal Festival Hall since the last newsletter.

Come and get some culture, cake and drinky-poos on the Southbank.  Admire the river views of Big Ben and the London Eye on your way in. There's also a ton of January offers on at the South Bank Centre. Two for one cocktails! Woo hoo!

Venue: The Royal Festival Hall (ground floor)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Eek! I got spicy sauce on my stitching!

Leon gobi? Check! Dark and stormy? Check! Spanish fennel biscuity-thing that we can never remember the name of? Check! With so many yummy things to eat and drink, you’ll have to tie a piece of yarn around your finger to remind you to actually knit!

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and swap ya that for this

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Stamford Arms
62 Stamford Street

Map Website Nearest tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and sticks and string to help Haiti

Many of you have asked how you might help Haiti with your sticks and string. The short answer to this is that for the time being it's best to make cash donations to help with the basics before piling yarn-based goods on people.

We've got a few helpful suggestions to help with your sticks and string:

If you're a designer – Sell your patterns and donate the proceeds or donate a pattern to P/Hop (see article below) to help your pattern keep on giving.

If you're an Etsy seller – Donate your proceeds to charities helping Haiti. Highlight you're doing so to help people find ways to buy from you and help.

If you're a quick knitter – Whip up some handmade knits and auction them of in your office/pub/around the family dinner table/outside some posh restaurant (we didn't send you) for a bit of fibre-based fundraising. The same goes for those 'It might fit me one day if I get my arms lengthened' jumpers you've got stashed at home.

If you're a yarn hoarder – Offer your yarn for donation cash. We're planning a Help Haiti Yarn Swap on the 1st of Feb and we've got a thread on our Ravelry group to help you out too.

Got donations? Check out Yarn Harlot's advice on the best way to donate here.

There are hundreds of other ways to help too so do help. We know what a lovely bunch you are and we're sure you all will.

Stitch and P/Hop: putting your pattern pennies to good use

We all know it's easy enough to find a knitting pattern online and fork over your pennies for the hours of pleasure knitting. That's all very well and good but wouldn't it be lovely if your pennies did lovely things once they were out of your pocket?

Enter P/hop. P/Hop (Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure) was born to help knitters pennies for patterns do some good where it's needed.

Every pattern you buy from P/Hop raises funds for worthy emergency medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders/Doctors Without Borders.

It's a plethora of ever so lovely patterns, donated by incredibly generous designers. The patterns are available for you to download on their site. You donate based on how many hours of pleasure you'll get from knitting your p/hop pattern. There's no set price for a pattern; you can donate 50p or £50. It's entirely up to you.

Need more yarn? (Who doesn't?) P/hop are also swapping lovely yarn for donations on their Ravelry group.

You can donate in pounds or in dollars and the patterns are well worth your money and time.

Do something that is good for you, good for knittingkind and good for those who really need some good in their lives.


Stitch and tucking into tea and cake to help Haiti

If you fancy blowing a raspberry at your diet and eating cake and having tea to help Haiti then I Knit London are holding an event at their shop this very weekend.

They're promising tea, cake and games to raise funds for Haiti. They're also holding a raffle with some fabulous yarny prizes. An excuse to eat cake, win yarn and do some good? Who can refuse?

Time: From 1pm
Venue: I Knit London
106 Lower Marsh

Your normal newsletter service will resume next time with a cool competition to win something cute and kooky along with all manner of knitting insanity. 
In the meantime you can keep us with us as always with our Twitter tweets or on our Ravelry message board.

If you wish to shove any woolly news at us or anything else that might be helpful then drop us a line by replying to this email or emailing us at

Happy stitching, you helpful handmakers

The S&B London Stitchettes x



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