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19th January 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin',  a Lotta New Knitters and New Places to Knit

Whole Lotta Knitters... Make Lounge Meeting... Blogging Along... Knitted Brains... Yarny Hearts

Chilly-to-the-bones January greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, and that you are wrapped up warm with a plentiful supply of yarn to keep you occupied through these frosty days and nights.

We've got some great new venues coming up for you in the next few weeks, including a special event at The Make Lounge, where we will be welcoming more new knitters to the group and sustaining ourselves with yummy cupcakes (not that we need an excuse to eat cake!).

There is also news of anatomically-themed knitted projects, from knitted brains to knitted hearts. Makes a change from scarves and socks!

We've been asked if we're planning another newbies meeting soon, to which we say - all our meetings are newbies meetings. Come along anytime you like and chances are you won't be the only first-timer there.

We're also always ready to teach, so just get hold of some needles and yarn and come along. Go on, you know you want to.

Were you at the newbies meeting? If you were, then you were one of the 194 knitters who got their New-Year Knit on at the Royal Festival Hall, where newbies and established knitters stitched side by side in beautiful yarny harmony.

It was our largest meeting ever, and we couldn't have done it without all you wonderful S&B Londoners! Why not head over to our Flickr group and see if you can spot yourself in one of our snaps?

And if you weren't there you can read all about it on lovely Londonist

We would also like to send out a massive thank you to all our fabulous regulars, who gave up their knitting time to teach our newbies the way of the knit. We couldn't have done it without you!

As if this garangutan meeting wasn't enough, our meeting at EV saw a 68 of you making your way through rows and plates of mezze at the same time. Mmmultitaking in the best way.

Stitch and Leon Lovers

Details of the next meeting:

We’re heading East this week, to the wonderful land of Spitalfields. You may have noticed that we rather enjoy venues that serve up some reasonably priced grub, and Leon is no exception! So, bring your knits along and join us for some tasty treats. 
We're also going to get our hooks into a bit of crochet at Leon. Some of our more crochet-flavoured S&B Londoners have kindly offered to pass on their chain-stitching smarts. Bring your own 4.5/5mm hook and yarn if you're in. Yay!

Time: From 6pm

Venue: Leon at Spitalfields Market

3 Crispin Place


E1 6DW

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and Lounge Knitting

Details of the next meeting:

The Make Lounge has been one of our crafting buddies since it started in 2007, and now they have invited us into their lovely workshop space to hold one of our woolly meetings.

On the night you will be able to purchase tea, coffee, wine and amazing cupcakes (cash only, please). There will also be a limited number of starter kits on sale for £5 each for you newbies, which include needles and a ball of Rowan Classic luxury cotton yarn. If you'd like one, please email, so they know how many to prepare.

**Please be aware that due to the space being a little cosier than you S&B knitters are used to, there may be need to create a splinter knitting group at a pub nearby. You’ll have just as much fun, we promise.**

Time: From 6pm – 10pm

Venue: The Make Lounge

49-51 Barnsbury Street

N1 1TP

Map Website Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington, Angel

Stitch and Scholarly Knitting

Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6pm

Venue: The Underground Room

London School of Economics Student Union

Houghton Street



Map Website Nearest Tube: Holborn, Temple, Covent Garden

Stitch and Blog Blog Blogging Along

Do you have a blog locked away somewhere in a darkened room just dying to get out there in the Internet sunshine? You do? Well, why didn’t you say so?!

We’re well aware what a talented bunch of online people of the knit you are. We’re dying to know what you’re up to. So, S&B Londoners out there blogging, share the bloggy love.

Our new and shiny blog page, now has a Proud S&B Londoner’ button that you can put on your very own blog. We’ve also got a little S&B London button if you want to link to our website too. It’s kinda purty…

We’d like to know where your blog lives so we can link to it in our ‘S&B Londoners blogs’ section. Drop us an email, link to us from your blog, or give us a ping (we’re not sure what that means either), and we’ll put you on our list of honours. Showing the virtual world out there that S&B Londoners rule the online world with an iron pair of needles.

(If all this is rather confusing for you, then maybe just go to this website and look at some pictures of dogs dressed as bees. Feel better? Good.)

Stitch and Braaaaaaiiins

Ever wondered what the world's largest extant collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art would look like? No, neither did we.

But if you are wondering about it now, you can see what it would look like for yourself at The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art.

Inspired by neuroscience and those mad brain scans you see on ER/ Grey's Anatomy (MmmmMcDreamy)/Holby City, Marjorie Taylor and Karen Norberg have re-created the brain in knitted and quilted forms.
Anyone who knows a thing or two about anatomy will be able to tell you that these are bang on the money when it comes to accuracy.
So really all that’s left to do is to pop it into a willing victim’s head and watch the knitted consequences. It’s alive I tell you, alive!!!

Stitch and Sweet Yarny Music

There are all sorts of yarny gems on the internet but every now and again a real woolly diamond surfaces. Abigail Smith, a musician and composer based in Dublin, wrote to us to tell us about her new music video because it is of a rather yarny nature.  

The video for the song 'Oh Sam' was directed by Adena Rice who was inspired by her own crafting skills to create a knitted chest of drawers, realistic heart, and entire forest for the shoot.

Enlisting the help of knitters around Ireland the video became a bit of a community project and the finished product is a real triumph of knitted art.  

Check out the video on YouTube or on Abigail’s MySpace.

We’re up for a knitted heart transplant, how about you?

Well, that's it from us for now. Keep your eyes peeled for more new venues, and a few special meetings over the coming months. And keep in touch, if you have a new venue idea, a bit of stitching news you can't keep to yourself, or just the sudden urge to shout something yarn-based at people who care then email us at and spill it. Also look out for new bigger, better, shinier S&B London badges for £1. All badge proceeds go to keeping S&B London alive and stitching.
Until next time, London, keep stitching...

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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