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24th March

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Easter Knitting

S&BL does Groundhog Day... Yarny Graffiti... Shopping Heaven... Crocheted Coral... Psycho Knits

Windblown Easter greetings

We hope that this newsletter finds you well and that your tummy is full of chocolate joy. Hide away from the pesky wind this Bank Holiday Monday and let us snuggle down with you for some treats of the woolly variety.

This week we are so packed with news of all that’s happening in the world of the knit that we have to quickly squeeze in here a couple of reminders. 

The Stitch & Craft 2008 show is happening at Olympia2 from the 27th-30th March, so head down for some crafting inspiration. 

Please keep bringing in or sending us your squares for our fabulous Breast Cancer Care Blanket. The blanket will be raffled at Ladyfest in May to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Squares must be pink but can be any size. Let’s make it a beast of a blanket!

Over the last few meetings you packed out the Silver Cross in true S&B London style. The pub didn’t know what hit it. 

Then, at the National Theatre, a newbies corner was formed as new knitters took their first steps in stitching together. All enjoyed a good old bitchin’ session as they unwound with a cuppa.

Stitch and Deli-cious Delights 

Details of the next meeting: 

Escape from the windy city and join us under the arches for a plate of good value mezze and cosy stitching at EV this week. Pull up a log stool and enjoy the site of knitters taking over an entire café. 

From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen 
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark

Stitch and Groundhog Day 

Details of the meeting after that: 

We love this place so much that we ask you to join us at EV for the second week running! We asked a bunch of you and you didn’t seem to mind this Groundhog Day type scenario, and we just can’t get enough. However, we would like to assure you this type of thing is a one-off – we promise you new and exciting venues soon!

From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen 
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark

Stitch and Bookish 

Details of the meeting after that: 

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

Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Springing up all over the shop 

The yarn shops of London town are stepping things up a notch for your spring delight this month. There’s so much going on that we’ve rounded it up here for you lovely people: 

All the Fun of the Fair is having a spring clean and so are inviting you to come and stock up over the next three weeks with 20% off all gifts and 15% off yarns and haberdashery. 

I Knit has opened a new shop in Waterloo - perfect for grabbing those essentials before a meeting.  

Loop has got in on the spring action with a bundle of new stock and classes. 

To top it all off, The Make Lounge have announced a new line-up of exciting workshops, so check it out for new skills to add to your yarniness.

Stitch and Stab! Stab! 

Bored, bored, bored of booties, scarves, hats with bobbles on? Tired of the person sitting next to you in the office asking you to “knit me a jumper, go on”? Eye-gougingly underwhelmed by the idea of crocheting yet another doily? Why not knit them something disturbing?! Yeah! That’ll learn ‘em! 

How about a fair few feisty, fearless and somewhat disturbed knits for a bit of inspiration? Stab a knitted rabbit with a knitted carrot, feed a squalling stitched sibling to a crochet croc, chop off the yarn head of an ex-love of your life, and impale ever so cute woolly teddy bears on the horns of rainbow sparkly purled pink unicorns. 

Mysteriously, S&B London and the rest of the knitting world have been unable to find out where these photos came from, but wherever you are Psycho Knitting Creator, our woolly hats (possibly with knitted axes chopping into them) are off to you.

Stitch and Micro-Fibre Miltia 

Chicago: where Calamity Jane was shocked at the price of a haircut (it cost a quarter), where Roxy battled Velma for a slice of the big time, and where crochet graffiti is currently prettying up the streets. Over 30 crocheted lovelies have been snugly fit around the city’s lampposts, fences, street signs, and wherever there’s a chilly inanimate object in need of a bit of love. 

Keep an eye on their blog for more of their ventures, and you can read the whys and wherefores here.

Stitch and Saving the Planet with Crochet 

The Great Barrier Reef is recognised as one of the great wonders of the natural world. Sadly, everything from over-fishing to climate change is threatening the survival of this rich ecosystem.  

But you can help! The Institute for Figuring are working on a massive project to crochet a coral reef using hyperbolic crochet and they want as many people from across the world to get involved.  

Hyperbolic crochet? What on earth is that?!? 

It’s a form of crochet based on hyperbolic planes which creates a frilly circular pattern. The finished product looks a lot like coral! If you’re a crochet virgin check out Lion Brand’s crochet tutorial or search YouTube for some helpful crochet videos. An explanation on hyperbolic crochet can be found here 

If you want to get involved you can email Christine and Margaret Wertheim for more details. For some inspiration you can browse some of the pictures of the completed sections of the coral reef.

The completed coral reef will be on display at the Royal Festival Hall later on in the year and we will keep you posted on the details nearer the time. Happy crocheting!

That’s all we have time for at the end of this nice long weekend. We hope that this newsletter has helped to further revive you and recharge your woolly batteries. Don’t forget, we’d love to meet you, so please do come down to the group and say hello if you can.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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