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20th October 2008

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Bring on the Festive Knitting

Operation Elderly Stitchers... Knitting for Bliss... Knitted Village... Yarn Forward Magazine

Shopped out greetings to you !

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you have at least started planning your Christmas knitting and that the credit crunch didn't stop you from spending your pennies on fabulous yarn at Ally Pally last week.

With Christmas approaching fast the more organised among you will already have lists of yuletide gifts to get stuck into. But if Christmas seems just too far away for you to even think about, how about some Halloween festive knitting first?
Knitting Pattern Central has a stack of eerie patterns available for free, from eyeballs to the more practical batty dishcloth. Where Knitting on the Net have gone that extra mile to bring you a witches costume for your Barbie doll! 

In S&B London news we're still knitting blanket squares for Operation Elderly Charity Stitchers, so if you didn't get your squares done during National Knitting Week, you can still bring them along this week and we'll send them off for you. 

Sadly the deadline for the cute Innocent Smoothie hats has now passed. But as always you crafty bunch have come up with some wonderful little hats. You can take a look at the Big Knit's colourful creations on their Flickr group here.

Our last few meetings have seen us take over a fabulous new venue, The Clarence in Whitehall. We impressed them with a great turn out of faces old and new, and with our marvellous appetites for knitting and for pub grub. We're always delighted to see new people taking up knitting and it just proves how knitting is gradually taking over the world!
We also visited our favourite venue EV, for National Knitting Week. As usual, we devoured the scrumptious food. But more importantly, we did our bit for Operation Elderly Charity Stitchers this year and would like to thank everyone who knitted/crocheted up some beautiful squares for the blankets. We know a number of you haven't finished yet, so please bring along any more squares to next week's meeting and we'll send them all off together.

Stitch and Ice Cream at the Interval

Details of the next meeting: 

It's back to our old favourite, the National Theatre, where we can enjoy many glasses of wine and will probably still be talking about our recent Ally Pally escapades. 

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Stitch and Chickpeas Galore

Details of the meeting after that: 

Big mugs of creamy hot chocolate, plates piled high with mezze goodness, succulent olives and stuffed vine leaves, exotic flavours of ice tea, freshly baked Turkish bread, luscious quiche, cakes that melt in your mouth, organic chocolate….this isn't just a S&B meeting, this is an EV-style S&B meeting.  

From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen,
The Arches,
97-99 Isabella Street,
SE1 8DD.

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark

Stitch and Sweet Maple Syrup

Details of the meeting after that: 

From 6pm
Venue: The Maple Leaf
41 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden

Map Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

Stitch and Knitting for Bliss

During National Knitting Week we all got together and knitted up some fantastic squares to be made into blankets for Operation Elderly Charity Stitchers.  However, they're not the only ones that need to keep warm this winter. The younger members of the world also need our yarn-flavoured donations.  

Bliss, the charity that helps families with premature babies, is looking for willing knitters to help knit either clothes for premature babies or knitted breasts to help new mothers learn how to express breast milk. 

To get you started Bliss has provided helpful patterns for both projects (or you can use your own patterns).  Bliss are asking anyone who knits something for them to donate them directly to their local neonatal hospital unit.  If you don't know where your nearest unit is, you can find out on the Bliss website 

So get creative, S&B Londoners!  Put that leftover baby yarn to good use and we look forward to seeing your teeny tiny creations.

Stitch and Nothing To See Here 

Nothing To See Here is a blog and collaborative guide to some of the world's lesser-signposted places to go. They go out of their way to bring you those strange little places that tourist boards try very hard to keep out of the guide books. Nothing To See Here urges you to love the places that still have a certain charm, a bit of je-ne-sais-quoi about them; places that are a little bit special in both senses of the word. 

And of course among the out of the ordinary attractions such as Postman's park a London Tank and a frankly scary Fairy Tale garden you will of course find a little piece of stitchery. The knitted village sits nestled in amongst the stalls of bric-a-brac and furniture antiques centre in Lancaster open 364 days a year. Imagine browsing for a present for Auntie's birthday and suddenly finding yourself in an entirely knitted seaside town. The impressive village boasts 72 buildings, 8 shops and a train and was knitted by 3 local ladies in over 6 years.  

Such an impressive feat is well worth a look. So if you're in Lancaster go show this unusual attraction some love.

Stitch and Magazines Galore! 

On those rare occasions when needles and yarn aren't to hand, what's a knitter to do? Read about knitting of course! We love to peruse the magazines for inspiration on yarns and patterns & and of course to read Purl Princess's fabulous column in Knitting Magazine.  

There are an increasing number of UK-based magazines available and one of our current favourites is Yarn Forward Magazine. Speaking of which, we have great news: as well as your LYS, you can now pick up a copy of Yarn Forward at WHSmith or Tesco, or ask your local newsagent to get a copy for you.  

And the good news just keeps coming; instead of four issues a year, they are now publishing ten. The only downside will be even more amazing patterns to choose from, adding to your 'what to knit next' list.

Well that's all we have knitted for this edition folks. We'd like to thank you for your continued spreading of knitty love throughout the world; we will make the world a better place. Keep the newbies coming!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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