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20th July 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Woolly Dinosaur attacks

New Stitchette ... Discounts and Book Launches ... Knitting Comedy  ... Dinosaurs needed ...  Cheeky Graffiti
Rain-or-shine greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, making the most of the sun when it shines and finding places to store your summer-sale yarn stash when it doesn’t. Curse you, clouds!

We’ve got a yarn-shop filled newsletter for you today. First, we’ll be heading to Lower Marsh this week and attempting to reconcile the ‘knitting vs. shopping for yarn’ dilemma with a 10% discount at IKnit for S&B Londoners at our next meeting.

In August we’re off to Loop for the launch of a new knitting book (and a few stitches/drinks). So many temptations, so little time…

In other news, we’re pleased to announce that the lovely Gemma is the winner of our Moustache Ring of Power Competition; we look forward to admiring her new moustache-arama bling soon. See the fabulous feline face fur pic in full on our blog.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in exploring your arty side, take a look at our blog for details of a string-based ‘interactive commission’.

Recent meetings have seen us at Leon, where a fine jumper was completed, newbie knitters went away with debut knitting projects underway, and we scoffed organic goodness.

At the National Theatre we sheltered from the summery showers, and were serenaded by some funky latino tunes.

London seems to have gone yarn crazy lately, with knitters on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, and Knit the City's Yarn Corps up to no woolly good again recently with their crazy Phonebox Cosy. Wonder what stitching hijinks they’ll be up to next?

Stitch and strange name but nice pub

Details of the next meeting:

Hanging about the backstreets of Waterloo is the oddly named Camel and Artichoke pub. A trendy wee haven of booze and comfy seating. We’ve snagged you lucky S&B Londoners the whole top floor.

Not only that but the funky folk at I Knit London are offering 10% discount at their shop, which is just down the road. Grab your voucher from the meeting and then scoot along to buy your goodies. We’ll look after your knitting while you shop.

On top of that we’re also giving you the chance to win a bottle of Soak for a 50p donation to Prostate UK per ticket. Lucky lucky you.  
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Camel & Artichoke
121 Lower Marsh
London SE1 7AE

Map Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Stitch and someone watch my bag while I get my mezze

Details of the meeting after that:
Ah EV. Jewel in the hungry crown of S&B London meetings. Join us for a knit in the cave of yummy wonders, listen to the cheerful music of the bizarre metal frog band, and chuckle at the straw chickens while you stitch.
Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and Book Launch at lovely Loop
Details of the meeting after that:
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The New Rose pub

84-86 Essex Road

N1 8LU


Book launch
Venue: Loop knitting shop
41 Cross Street
N1 2BB
Map Shop website Nearest tube: Angel, Highbury and Islington

Stitch and Introducing The Purple Purler

She guest-wrote an article in the last newsletter, but we’ve been keeping our newest stitchette’s identity a closely guarded secret. We can now whisk away the bag we’ve been making her wear over her head to reveal her as Emma-Lee “The Purple Purler” Yarwood, who comes riding in from South-east London on a giant wave of excitement and enthusiasm.

You’ll have seen her at meetings, fighting nightmare yarn until it submits and becomes a wrap, and seeking out the nearest bottle of Sailor Jerry and the best Totoro-themed accessories in town. Or maybe dashing round the Race For Life, while knitting a hat, like a cake-seeking missile.

She’s been getting in a bit of practice, helping run Stitch and Book as a Bookette, and has now officially joined the Stitchettes.
We think she’ll be a fantastic addition to the team (as long as she leaves that Edward Cullen at the door on the way in).

  Stitch and Knitted Dinosaur Art!

Matthew Robins, an all-round arty fella, needs you and your amigurumi skills!

As part of the Watch This Space season at the National Theatre, Matthew Robins is putting on a show called Walter Knitty about a man who wakes up to find the eggs he has been laying have hatched into woolly dinosaurs.

There are many eggs to hatch, so Matthew needs a lot of dinosaurs for the show. If you want to help him, you need to take your dinosaur(s), knitted or crocheted, to the National Theatre on Saturday 15 August before 10pm. There may even be a bit of a competition for the best one!

You can find details of Matthew’s other work at, and details of the Watch This Space season on the website.
Thanks to Stephanie for passing this one on to us. :)


Stitch and stitching your sides back together

Girl and Dean are our very favourite knit-flavoured comedy act. Granted they may be the only knit-flavoured comedy act we are aware of, but that doesn’t make them any less good.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to have their brand of woolly humour poured into your brain before then think Mighty Boosh with more wooden spoons and yarn, and less gorillas and Noel Fielding.

Sit yourself down with a nice cup of tea, and prepare to have the tea gush out of your nose as you gaffaw at their Sorry? You knitted what? and Worldwide Knit in Public Day videos.

Keep your peepers on their site for future tearoom gigs if you fancy spluttering into your tea to their live show too.

That’s all for now folks. Keep your peepers on the city for those dastardly guerrilla knits and do let us know if you see any. Also feel free to wander along to the message board for online S&B Londoness, and follow our knitty tweets on Twitter too.
Keep your knitting sheltered from the torrential summer rain!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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