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25th May 2009

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Handmade Heaven

S&B London Wee Ones ... Upcoming Sock Surgery ... Craft Guerrilla Market ... Charity Knit a Square

Bank holiday greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well rested on this bank holiday Monday and hopefully enjoying some well-earned sunshine. But if it is raining, then use it as a good excuse for some knitting time in front of the TV. Like you need an excuse!

Don’t forget to keep Saturday, 13th June free for our fabulous annual Knit Crawl. We will be raising money for Prostate Cancer and taking knitting to London’s streets in aid of Worldwide Knit in Public day. You will find all the details in the next newsletter and on our Blog.

We would also like to say a special welcome to some newborn S&B London members. Grace has had a baby girl, Maya, and Rachael a baby boy, Hugh (possibly our youngest ever S&B London group attendee). Congratulations to both mothers and we look forward to a ‘Stitch and Baby’ meeting some time soon.


Knit crawl 2009

In recent meetings we have taken the National Theatre by storm (as usual) and caused quite a stir, as theatre goers wondered where all the chairs had gone whilst we made progress on our projects.

At Leon we ate our fill of super food salads and said hello to baby Hugh who managed to wake up for a quick cuddle with the broody ones. We tried to get him to learn casting on but he seemed more interested in sleeping. He’ll soon learn.

S&B London also made it into a fair few newspapers (including the front of the Financial Times - lah dee dah) last week as intrepid Stitchette, Lauren 'Deadly Knitshade' O'Farrell, knit in the name of art for Antony Gormley's Fourth Plinth practice. You can read all about it from the Stitchette herself, see the Evening Standard article here, and the BBC coverage here. (Thanks to Linda, Tina, and Marion for helping with the knitted plinth).

We were also featured in a fab article on knitting in New Design magazine too. Knitting is slowly taking over the world.

Stitch and Sock It Up

Details of the next meeting:

Struggling with your latest sock project? Not sure about how to turn that darned heel? Or are you simply mystified by all those little needles and simply wouldn’t know where to start? If so, this week’s sock surgery may be just what you need. The experienced sock knitters will be happy to share their sock expertise with anyone who needs it.

From 6pm
The Royal Festival Hall
: South Bank Centre

Belvedere Road



Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

royal fest hall

Stitch and Deli-cious

Details of the meeting after that:

We return to one of our favourite venues this week, for copious amounts of stitchin’, bitchin’ and meze consumption. There is little we can find wrong with this venue, which is why we can’t keep our needles away from it

From 6pm
EV Delicatessen

The Arches

97-99 Isabella Street



Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and Utterly Kingly

Details of the meeting after that:

From 6pm
The downstairs courtyard
Kingly Court (off Carnaby Street)


Map Website Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus 

Stitch and Daaaahn ta Market

Are you bored of the rubbish you find on the High Street? Do you long for original and handmade goodies? The East London Craft Guerrilla is here to answer your call.

The Craft Guerrilla monthly craft markets return to east London for another season. A selection of hand-picked designer-makers will be selling quality art and craft items ranging across jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics, clothing, accessories, toys, illustrations, home wares, soft furnishings, artwork and more.

Come check out the handiwork of the Craft Guerrilla guys and girls and help support British arts and crafts by buying directly from the talented lot themselves. They promise that there’s not a knitted loo roll dolly in sight!

Entry is free and there will be tea, coffee and a cocktail or two to get you into the spring shopping mood!

From 10:00am till 5:30pm
Beautiful Interiors
34 Orford Road



E17 9NJ

Website Map Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central

Entry: Free

Watch out for other Craft Guerrilla events such as clothes swapping and sewing party on 2nd June, Crafternoon in the pub on 13th June and an event at the Make Lounge on 16th June. They’re busy aren’t they? All details are on the website.


Stitch and Selfless Knitting for AIDS Orphans

Fancy doing something noble with your sticks and string? Judging by how awfully lovely the average S&B Londoner is we think you probably do.

To make it all kinds of easy for you we’ve found Knit a Square. All you need to do is make and send an 8” x 8" square. Your stitching will help keep an AIDS orphan warm. Who wouldn’t want to put down their me-me-me WIP and stitch up a few squares?

The lovely Sandy, who runs Knit a Square, lives in Australia but is originally from Zimbabwe and has a strong knitty tradition in her family. She’s giving us all the chance to assist the Soweto Comfort Club to help the church communities in Soweto, near Johannesburg. This children's charity serves many of these abandoned children and AIDS orphans both affected by, and infected with, HIV AIDS.

It is estimated that there are 11.6 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. 1.4 million live in South Africa. It would be ever so lovely of you to pass on a bit of comfort from your own two hands.

You can see all the details on the Knit a Square website. Go on, do something noble with your knits. You can get back to being a selfish knitter after.


That’s all for another newsletter. We hope you can join us for at least part of the Knit Crawl on 13th June. Dust off your sit upon or if you didn’t make one, why not cast one on now?

Till then, keeeeeeep stitching!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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