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2nd July 2007 Stitchin', Bitchin' and Knitting for our Furry Friends

Mud covered greetings [YMLP2]


Festival knitting has beckoned you, Wimbledon crochet is in full swing, and the heavens have opened right on to your yarn – because it wouldn’t be a British summer without it.

The past few meetings have seen us visit the Royal Festival Hall in all its glory where we drew in some Hackney newbies, a knitting bobby-off-the-beat and a Rowan-employed pro. We also returned to our most cosy meeting place: Waterstones Piccadilly to escape the rain. There we made an impressive show causing a shortage of mugs and seating much to the bemusement of the 2 staff in the café – long may we continue to do so.

In other news we have been invited to knit up a storm at the opening of a new music night at The Embassy Bar. On Sunday 8th July, Outline offers a mix of new, old, good and bad music to broaden your horizons. So get your self a cool drink, sample some musical delights and knit the night away.


Time: 7pm
Venue: The Embassy Bar
119 Essex Road
N1 2SN
Admission: FREE



Tube: Angel (Northern Line) or Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line)

On to this week’s news:

Stitch and Al Fresco Delights

Details of the next meeting:

Come sit under the wide umbrellas in the courtyard where cute little independent shops surround you, the smell of fine coffee inspires your stitches and the craft dæmon inside you rests content in the knowledge that there is a knitting/haberdashery shop just up the stairs. Bring your finest knitted creations in case the night grows cooler.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Kingly Court (off Carnaby Street)

Phone: 020 7287 2303 (‘All the Fun of the Fair’ knitting and haberdashery shop)



Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Pubbing It Up

Details of the next meeting:

Get yourself down to The Old Star pub, just yarn throwing distance from St. James’s Park station and join us in a pint of ale, a slice of pizza and some now smoke free atmosphere.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Old Star
66 Broadway
Phone: 020 7222 8755


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

Stitch and Waiting For The Interval Clearout

Details of the following meeting:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall - Level 2 Terrace Bar
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road

Tel: 020 7921 0758


Nearest tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Beating That Pesky Weather

We at S&BL are always looking for the best ways to keep your knitting safe from the elements whatever the weather.

It has been bought to our attention that yarn does not like the rain and we don’t want you to stop creating just because of the pesky drip drip drop of massive July downpours. Hauk yarn by Dale of Norway is Teflon treated to make it water and snow repellent. So you can now laugh at the rain as you continue to stitch in the deluge.

During those balmy sunny days on the beach, what better than a pretty parasol to keep that pesky summer sun from fading your amazing yarn. Then you can knit safe in the knowledge that there will be no faded patches on that cute summer camisole.

To keep your yarn clean, dry and insanely organised there is only one bag to transport your day-to-day knitting (and life) around in.  Jordana Paige is dedicated to transporting your everyday object alongside your growing project and tools. Our favorite is the stylish Knitters Satchel , which comes in a range of gorgeous colours.

Stitch and Creature Comforts

We all love creating knitted treats for our loved ones and for some of us, our loved ones are of the four-legged variety. After being inspired by two little doggies that came along to the London Knit Crawl on the 9th June, we bring you the best in creating that special something for your special pet.

Fancy knitting a Lacy Evening Dress for your beloved canine? A Pooch Sweater or an Aran Kitten Blanket? You will find these and a great variety of free patterns to choose from at Knitting Pattern Central pet’s page.

Even if you don’t own your own fury bundle of joy, you can still knit for animals in a number of ways. K9 Rescue Knitting Club raises money for a number of dog charities. You can help them by sending wool, buttons, patterns and even knitting your own dog coat for a furry friend.

The Snuggles Project aims to make animals feel more at home in the sometimes ‘cold’ shelters. You can help keep them cosy by knitting a blanket, cat hammock or make a donation to support the cause.

Then there are the very animals which we take our wool from. If you are concerned about the cruelty that some sheep may receive when sheared, you can find out more and support the cruelty free ‘Craft Skein’ at Save the Sheep .

Finally, if you are looking for something very different, quite personal and possibly a little icky create a knitted work out of your own pet hair with VIP Fibers . What better way to get rid of the animal hair stuck to your sofa than by having VIP Fibers spin it into yarn, which you can then knit up into a one off creation? Hmmm…itchy.


On that pleasant note our newsletter comes to a close for another week. We hope that if you are jetting off on your summer holidays in the next few weeks you have some great ‘knitting by the pool’ stories for us on your return. If you’re staying put then keep your fingers crossed for sunny days.

Fare ye well people of the knit

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