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11th August 2008

Stitchin', Bitchin', and Shaking Your Pom Poms for Peace

...Pom Poms for Peace... Cut Out and Keep Craft... Win with Knitty... PicKnit for a Good Cause...

Stormy summer greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that your Ravelympic knitting is coming along nicely (Go Team S&B London!), and that your needles are fitted with lightning conductors – we wouldn’t want any weather related accidents now, would we?

Ravelry's Ravelympics are now under way, and if you've missed the start, then I'm afraid it's too late to enter now. But do not dismay!

There is plenty to look forward in the knitty world, as exhibitions peer over the horizon. The Festival of Quilts is on until 17th August in Birmingham, and tickets are on sale for the Stitch and Creative Craft Shows.

The UKHKA's Great British Picknit will be exhibited at this Autumn's Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft Shows, so if you haven't already, get your submissions in ASAP. You can also donate to their chosen charity The Wallace and Gromit Children's Foundation.


Recent meetings have taken us to new venues; some better than others. At the Maple Leaf we had a jolly good time in the lively atmosphere. The Corner Store however, is one we will be crossing off our list, we don’t recommend taking your knitting in there folks! (We have contacted the brewery about the staff at this pub and are currently awaiting a reply. Pictured right is an S&B Londoner's little knitty message for the bar staff. We're knitting whether you like it or not.)

If you missed out on the Pom Pom delights at Prick Your Finger, then read on to find out what was in store for our Stitchettes as they ventured their way to East London for the evening.


Stitch and A-meze-ing Treats

Details of the next meeting:

This week we are back at good old EV. We can’t go wrong here. Some very tasty, healthy and reasonably priced dinner to fuel us for that Olympic knitting we’re working so hard at. And if you’re a newbie knitter, we’ll help you out and show you the way of the knit.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen
Address: The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London SE1 8DD

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and Stitching It Up on the South Bank


Details of the meeting after that:


Join us at one of the our most exciting London spots, where arts and culture thrive, the views of the London skyline are enough to take a knitter’s breath away, and people keep saying “You’re knitting! Why are you knitting?!”



Time: From 6pm

Venue: The Royal Festival Hall

Address: South Bank Centre

Belvedere Road




Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Sipping and Singing


Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Crusting Pipe
27 The Market
Covent Garden


Map Website Nearest Tube: Covent Garden, Embankment

Stitch and Pom Pom Adventures

In the last newsletter we told you to get your butts down to the Pom Pom International party at Prick Your Finger. We took our own advice and sent roving reporter Stitchettes Purl Princess and Deadly Knitshade down to find out what shaking your pom poms is all about.

Navigating our way into the shop was trickier than expected. A web of yarn suspended around the shop had dangling pom poms bumping off your head as you entered. It was a bit like walking into some kind of woolly cloud. Once snuggled down in the corner (near the crocheted toilet), the Stitchettes set to work. Soon we were winding away, dipping into the wealth of colourful yarns readily available, in order to make as fabulous a pom pom as possible.

After a few arty Becks beers and a good chinwag with the lovely Amy Lamé and the Prick Your Finger gals, the pom poms were ready to be added to the woolly cloud. Their proud contributions will now be added to the mountain already created. Pom Poms for Peace!

You may have missed the party, but you can still add to the giant peace pom pom. Check out the Pom Pom International website for details, and don’t worry – there’s no closing date; perhaps one day it might be big enough for us all to live on in real pom pom harmony.

Stitch and Snapping Up Some Knitty Goodies

Tis the time of the year again when Knitty waves all kinds of woolly prizes at us humble knitters and our cameras. Yes, the 2009 Knitty calendar competition is here and, knowing what a snap-happy bunch you S&B Londoners are, we thought we’d remind you that the deadline for your fabulous photos is August 14th.

Knitty are scouring the stitching world for ‘the best, most enticing, amusing and well-shot photographs of items knit from Knitty patterns.’ So get your Knitty bits in front a lens and show them what you, your needles, and your trusty camera can do.

The grand prize (as well as having your pic on the cover of the calendar) is a ‘BIG BOX full of current knitting books and a variety of gorgeous yarns from all the great yarn companies Knitty works with’. You can’t so no to that really, now can you?

All the rules, photo sizes, dos and don’t are on Knitty’s site here. Best of luck.

Stitch then Cut Out and Keep

If you’re a crafty sort (we mean crafty as in decorative arts, rather than crafty as in being a sneaky little so and so) then Cut Out + Keep is the place for you.

This independent online community and social-networking website allows you to upload your own projects for all to admire as well as make and share step-by-step craft tutorials.

After officially launching last December in Scotland, the community has grown to over 6500 members and they have posted over 2500 craft projects. These super cool crafters love all kinds of craft, but knitting, sewing, cooking and jewellery making are particular favourites.

Check out their most popular projects, such as a Fish To Sushi Transforming Plushie, Toothbrush Bracelets and a knitted Keyboard Purse. Or to see what's hot right now, check out the Project pages.

Happy crafting!

That's all we can knit together for this edition folks, but watch this space for more news of the knitting waves. And newbies, come along and join in the fun. It’s nowhere near as scary as you think it will be!

May your yarn be tanglefree, London.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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