Can't read this newsletter? Click here to see it online.

stitch,and bitch london

16th March

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Springing into Action

Race for Life... Free Pattern Donations... WIP It Up Winners... Disco Time

Springy Springtime greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying the first bulbs poking their heads out of the ground and the sun deciding to peek out from behind the clouds now and again. Sounds like a good time to get out and about with S&B London for some springtime stitching and fundraising.

The knitting world has gone Race for Life crazy and we thought it would be much fun to join in with the likes of Wickedwoollywitch, Socktopus and IKnit with our own S&B London team. Click here to read more.

Our cuddly Winner-picking Alpaca picked five of you from the tons of enthusiastic knitters that entered into our Weekend Knitting book competition. See who the chosen ones are here.


The sun shone, the homemade biscuits were particularly good, the Kurdish Newroz New Year celebrations had a funky beat, the stitching was really rather fabulous with Knit Me in Trafalgar Square on Saturday. Those of you who came along we salute you. Thanks for Kat at Knit Me for arranging it all. You can read more here on our blog. 

The last few meetings have seen us dominate Ev with our stitching power, filling practically every last seat in the house and almost eating them out of mezze. 

At the RFH our Sock Surgery saw so many of you who have caught the bug for sock projects that we are sure it will soon reach pandemic proportions. Magic loop queries were cured, DPNs were surgically extracted and all were sent away with a clean bill of health. We promise to hold more sock surgeries throughout 2009, so watch this space. 

S&B London would also like to congratulate S&B Londoner Yani on the birth of her son and our newest member (who was coming along to groups before he was even born). Tiny wee Aaron (an impressive 8lb 3oz) arrived on the 9th March at 9.30pm. Yay! Get knitting those baby clothes, folks.

Stitch and Mine’s a Pint 

Details of the next meeting: 

Come join us in the cosy upstairs room at The Clarence for some traditional pub ale and grub whilst you knit. Just don’t spill your pint of your WIP. 

From 6pm
Venue: The Clarence (upstairs)
53 Whitehall

Map Nearest Tube: Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster

Stitch and Keep Bustin’

Details of the meeting after that:  

We have been invited to take part in the first Nanna’s at the Disco at the Albert and Pearl cocktail bar for a night of music to knit by.  The night promises anything from “Ska, Soul, Funk, Motown, Rare Groove, Disco, Classic Album Tracks and unearthed gems” to listen to whilst you get your stitch on. So get your dancing shoes on knitters, and try not to drop a stitch whilst you’re rocking out! 

From 6pm
Venue: Albert and Pearl
181 Upper Street
N1 1RQ

Map Website Nearest Tube: Highbury and Islington

Stitch and Sew It Up!

Details of the meeting after that:  

From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall (Ground floor. Look for the knitters. You’ll find us)
Address: South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Fighting the Big C

S&B Londoners have always thought that cancer was really rubbish. We’ve been helping battle it since day one with our knits. There was our London Lion Scarf and our Blanket for Breast Cancer. And now we’re Racing for Life because cancer just can’t seem to take the hint. 

Tina ‘Wickedwoollywitch’ Bragaglia is doing the Race for Life (bright red stick and all) in memory of her brother. You can see her sponsor page here. We thought that was rather fabulous and couldn’t let her race alone. 

So inspired by Tina, and other teams such as Socktopus and IKnit , we at S&B London are joining in Race for Life too. We’re joining the event on the 6th of May at 7pm in Battersea Park (so no time off work or weekends taken up required). 

Join Team S&B London:

The race is on the 6th of May at 7pm in Battersea Park. We’d love you to join us whether you help us raise a little or a lot. 

To sign up just drop us an email at We’ll sign you up (there’s a £2 each admin fee from the site). 

We’ll be racing in a group at a walking pace to make sure some of us less gazelle-like members don’t walk on their own. 

Sponsor Team S&B London:

You can sponsor us at

if you can’t join in the Race. 

Almost FREE woolly hat patterns:

Because Cancer Research is about those who are fighting, as well as those we have sadly lost, we’re going to be knitting chemo caps as we go (knitting as you walk is optional). The caps will be donated to various cancer wards across London. 

S&B London are offering two fabulous chemo cap patterns for a minimum £2 donation (give more if you like).  To donate and download the patterns click here. 

Just hop along to our blog page here, use the link to donate as much as you like, then download the patterns. 

Sponsor or join Tina:

For those of you who know the fabulousness that is Tina you can sponsor her here or contact her to join her team.

Stitch and Pay as You Go

We all love a free knitting pattern, it’s true, and with everyone wanting to save a bit of cash these days delving into your stash seems like a much better idea than going out on a yarn splurge. But as you start your low-cost project take a moment to think about how many hours of stitching happiness it will give you. Did you pick up any new techniques for free? How much did you save by using stashed yarn? What would all that be worth? 

P/hop have posed this rather interesting question to raise money in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.  

P/hop stands for Pennies per Hour Of Pleasure and they are asking you ‘What is the p/hop rating for what you just knitted?’  

Super-generous designers (you could be one of them) will be donating free knitting patterns which will be available for download here as well as on where there is a p/hop group. With no ‘set price’ for a pattern you can give 50p to £50 - it’s up to you. To donate to the p/hop project visit the justgiving page. 

If you are a designer (budding or established) and would like to donate a knitting pattern for the MSF cause please email 

So ask your self the P/hop question – how much is your knitting joy worth for a good cause?

Stitch and WIP it up Winners

In our last newsletter, we gave you folks the chance to win a copy of STC Craft’s Weekend Knitting (not Knitting Weekend, as we wrote in error), by answering the question: What do our American knitting cousins call moss stitch? 

You knowledgeable knitters correctly answered ‘seed stitch’ (not ‘I-laughed-so-much-I-peed Stitch’). And our Winner-picking alpaca chose five lucky winners: 

Sharon Spiteri


Clare McCaughren

Emma-Lee Yarwood

Rebecca Milloy 

The lucky winners have been notified and the books are in the post. You can find out more about American publishers STC Craft’s releases here. And keep your eyes peeled for more knitty competitions coming soon…

That’s about it for this week. All that is left is to quickly mention that the new Knitty which is up now with loads of lovely free patterns – don’t for get to think about donating with P/hop when you add them to your queue! Hope to see a fair few of you join us in the Race for Life too. Also remember to keep the 13th of June free; the S&B London Knit Crawl is recharging for another epic WWKIP day. 

Happy stitching!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


submit to the,knit

S&B London promise not to share your email address with anyone, not even if they ask us nicely and offer us sweet, sweet cake or cashmere. S&B London is a non- profit group and we do all this for no payment in our spare time, so please be patient if we make mistakes.