Wand Waving Greetings
It’s that time of
year again where fully grown adults and small children alike get very
excited over a young wizard and start reading cumbersome novels on the
Tube. We of the knitting world, of course, feel very close to the world of
Hogwarts; I mean we all carry no less than two wands about with us at all
times (needles) and use them to conjure magical items seemingly from thin
air (or balls of yarn). This newsletter aims to bring you wonders of the
stitch world that will rival the best Defence Against The Dark Arts class
Hogwarts has ever seen. N.B. If you do not like Harry Potter, this
isn’t your lucky newsletter.
Since the last newsletter, our meetings have seen us brave the
rain to sit under the wide umbrellas of Kingsley Court, where more than a
few of us ventured up to see Buzz at All The Fun Of The Fair and purchase
some fabulous titbits. Our club-knitting debut at The Embassy Bar was met
with open arms and strangely turned into a bit of a couples’ night.
We were also found in the deep caverns of the Old Star Pub, where
trying-hard-to-be-funny barmen attempted to confuse lost knitters and a
knitted wig was finished to the amusement of all.
We’ve had our fair share of newbies come and join us over the past
few weeks, so we just want to say a big hello to all, thank you for coming
and hope you can make it back for anther session of stitchin’ and
On to the meetings:
Stitch and Waiting For The Interval
Details of the next meeting:
Come join us on the South Bank for a cuppa, glass of wine and an unwinding
ball of stress as you knit your troubles away. Pull up a chair, share your
woes and projects with us and enjoy the reassuring hustle and bustle of
London’s culture vultures.
WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall - Level 2 Terrace Bar
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tel: 020 7921 0758
Nearest tube: Waterloo, Embankment
Stitch and Traditional Pub Grub
Details of the meeting after:
Back to our most beloved pub to enjoy a traditional sausage and mash, fish
and chips or just a beer, while you knit. Roll out the barrel with us in
our cosy corner as we whip the punters into a knitting frenzy.
WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Silver Cross (up the back on the left)
Address: 33 Whitehall
Tel: 020 7930 8350
Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster
Stitch and the Coffee Shakes
Details of the meeting after that:
THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly Costa Coffee Cafe (in the
Tel: 0207 734 4870
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Stitch and Charmed Knits
With the film
released this weekend and the book
due on SATURDAY 21ST JULY you would be hard pressed to not be living,
breathing and eating Harry Potter right now. However, there seems to be
something missing in that equation, but fear not, now you can knit Harry
Knits by Alison Hansel combines projects for new and experienced
knitters as well as young and old wearers. Try a simple scarf in your
favourite house colours, an original Mrs Weasley ‘H’ insignia
jumper or even a wand holder for the most diehard of fans. This book is
great for getting wizard-mad kids into knitting or simply to satisfy your
grown up addiction to the series. So get those wands warmed up for some
seriously enchanted stitching.
Stitch and Spellbinding
If you fancy conjuring up an insignia jumper for one of your favourite
little wizards or witches but don’t want to have to buy a whole
book, which might make you look like some kind of Hogwarts geek, you can
purchase Harry Potter packs from Yarn
Warehouse . Just pick a colour and size and the pattern and yarn will
whisk its way (possibly via owl) right to your door.
For something a little more manageable, why not knit up a Bookscarf
to mark your page in that leather-bound potions book? Make them in
Gryffindor House colours for a loved one, or Slytherin for those you think
have a dodgy look about them.
Try a Golden
Snitch washcloth to clean yourself up after Quidditch practice. This
cute pattern is great for moving on from ‘knit one row, purl one
row’ patterns and looks impressive as a gift.
Alternatively you can freestyle your knitting powers as was demonstrated
at S&BL’s Secret Santa last Christmas. One of our favourite
Harry Potter fanatics, Clare, was given an amazing
Gryffindor hot water bottle
cover, much to her delight (as you can see to the right). Time to get the
creative jinxes flowing and knit up a magical treat.
If you’re just not
sure what we’re on about check out the plethora of knitted goodies from
the films and we’re sure you’ll be hooked on their spellbinding
I believe we have all had our
fill of the boy wizard for one newsletter. We hope that those of you who
love the books can now combine your love with newfound projects and
inspiration. For those of you that hate everything Harry Potter, we hope
you don’t wish a thousand hexes on us (although we have a pretty
good knitted Patronus going on to combat that).
Till next week knitters; keep stitchin’.
Stitch and Bítch London