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5th May 2008

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Naughty Knitting

Lost Property... Exclusive Event: Ladyfest ... Bit of Butch Stitching ... MicroRevolt ... Naughty Knitting

Hopefully sunny Bank Holiday greetings to you

We hope that this newsletter finds you well, enjoying the spring sunshine (or bank holiday rain), and ready for some saucy treats in this week’s amalgam of stitching goodness.

We are pleased to let you know that you can win the beautiful blanket at our prize draw at Ladyfest, this coming Sunday, 11th May. For more details see the article below. It would be great to see you come along and support a good cause, and there are loads of tasks for you to dip your crafty toe in too.

Also don’t forget to put the 14th of June in your woolly diaries for the upcoming Knit Crawl 2008. This year it is going to be even more humongous than the last KIP beast. Yay!


S&B London have been busy this past week. The Create @ Late at the Museum of London was a great success and oh, did we have fun! We knitted, made glittery moustaches and plasticine models and showed off the wonderful S&B UK Blanket. Watch this space for more crafty fun at this educational London venue. You can see some of the photos from the event here.

We’ve also been hard at work stitching up the Breast Cancer Care Blanket and would like to thank you all for your hard work. There were hundreds of pink squares to be stitched together and all your efforts have made it look absolutely fabulous.

We know sewing up isn’t most peoples' favourite task, but it was a fun and rewarding evening when it all came together. So, thank you to all who sent in their squares and to those who stitched them all together.


Stitch and Reuniting You with Lost Property 

Remember that scarf you thought you lost on the Tube? That DPN you thought was gone forever? Or even that library pass you thought you would never get back? S&B London may well have your missing item! We hold a plethora of lost goods from meetings, so if you think you might have misplaced something in our vicinity please let us know.  

You can send us an email or ask at the group. Who knows, someone might claim the bag of gold bars we found at the National Theatre last week.

Stitch and Perfect Pecan Pie

Details of the next meeting:

Back to one of our favourite venues in the east end of London. We’ll be stitching to our hearts content, finishing off the Breast Cancer Care Blanket and eating pie. Mmmmm pie…

From 6pm
Venue: Leon at Spitalfields Market
3 Crispin Place
E1 6DW

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and Ye Olde Caverns 

Details of the meeting after that: 

Join us for some stitching in the basement caverns of this cosy London pub. Big tables, scrummy food, and and piles of points and pints for everyone.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Old Star
66 Broadway

Tel: 020 7222 8755

Map Nearest Tube: St. James’s Park (just across the road), Westminster

Stitch and Seriously South Bank Stitching

Details of the meeting after that:

From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
Address: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment


Stitch and Ladyfest Crafternoon

Come and support S&B London and see all your hard work on our Breast Cancer Care Blanket pay off at the Ladyfest 'Crafternoon and Swapshop' on SUNDAY, 11TH MAY. We will be knitting up a storm and raising money with our giant pink blanket at the Islington Arts Factory from 2pm-5:30pm.  

There will be all manner of crafters participating and giving tutorials, so you will be sure to leave with a new skill or two and who knows you might even be going home with the Breast Cancer Care Blanket itself.

Time: 2pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Islington Arts Factory
2 Parkhurst Road
N7 0SF

Map Website Nearest Tube: Holloway Road

Stitch and Titillating Teases

Warning: this article contains exceptionally saucy stitching and may not be safe for work! 

It’s official, S&B Londoners: spring is the air! Daffodils are blooming, you’re waking up to the calls of newborn lambs and bunnies are in their warrens doing what bunnies do best.

However, the chances are you’re looking at that jumper you’ve been knitting for your significant other for the past four months and wishing that your knitting bag had something a little more exciting in it. Something a little more naughty perhaps...?

If you’re looking for ideas it wouldn’t hurt to start with Naughty Needles Knitting, a blog inspired by the rather saucy Naughty Needles book.

What would the man in your life say if you presented him with a Giddyup Pony Hood?  Or would the lady in your life be enthralled with your latest WIP if it were a filthy Frenchy?  And let’s not forget that ever-so-irritating friend who always commands you to knit them a scarf every time they see you.  Imagine the look on their face when you give them a Hootchie Kootchie Tassled G-string and insist they try it on to check it fits correctly.

As if the thought of knitting something kinky wasn’t exciting enough, you can also see some pictures from the Naughty Needles Burlesque Show, featuring items knitted from the patterns in the Naughty Needles book.

What could be next, an S&B London Burlesque Show perhaps? Hmm…


Stitch and a Bit of Butch Stitching 

We stumbled across two fairly manly knitting video gems this week, and thought you could probably do with a giggle while you garter. 

Stitch and Staples – If you haven’t seen the new Staples ad then it’s worth 30 seconds of your time to watch this, even if just to inspire you to plan ways of slowing your office printer to a knit-enabling crawl. 

Stitch and Beats – A knitting drummer. How cool, you think! But oh dear, how terribly uncool. He does look quite pleased with himself though, even though he is shamefully not exactly the best multi-tasker in the bunch. Painful to watch and yet you can’t look awaaaaaaaaaay. Go on, try.

Stitch and Stand Up for What You Believe In 

Knitting isn’t just about making something squishy for someone, as S&B Londoners you know more about changing the world with the knit than most people, with knits like the Lion Scarf and Blanket for Breast Cancer Care. 

Which is why we thought you would point your sticks and string in the direction of microRevolt. What we love about this little knitting army is that they are taking the big brand names back. So you can stick your needles up at the big guys by whipping up natty Nike kneesocks, an anti-Mickey and crossbones scarf, or a pair of taking-back-Barbie legwarmers.  

See some examples here, and make use of their KnitPro patternmaker to turn your images into knitted statements. 

MicroRevolt are also responsible for a knitted petition for fair labour policies for Nike garment workers worldwide, which will be presented to Nike’s Chairman of the Board this summer. Keep an eye on their website and blog. These people are worth watching.


That’s all we can squeeze in to this week’s edition. We hope you have enjoyed the naughty knitty goodness we’ve brought to your inbox. And don’t forget, if you haven’t yet plucked up the courage to come along to a meeting – we won’t bite! Newbies will be welcomed with open arms, regardless of age, gender, race or level of experience. People of the knit unite! 

May the stitch be with you, always.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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