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17th August 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Returning from our Adventures

... Baby Book winners  ... A peek at the Sock Summit  ... All About Ysolda ... S&BL go to Fruit Towers ...

Fruity greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you haven’t drowned in the recent weather and that you’ve recovered from the excitement of all those new venues we’ve dragged you to.

This week we bring you stories from around the world – a new world record in America, a much loved designer from Scotland, and adventures in, er, Shepherds Bush.

Knitty Baby stopped glaring at the camera for a moment to pick the winners for the Blankets, Bears and Bootees book by throwing his dummy at the list we printed.

The winners are –

Nathalie Phelps
Ritu Pandey
Jaqueline Petersen
Gareth Ash
Your books will be on their way to you very soon. We hope the babies you knit for are not quite as moody.

In recent weeks, we have left our safety zone of Central London to venture to special haunts in the far distant North and the wild, wild West.

In Islington, we ate lovely pizza and drank cider at the New Rose while the braver souls ran through the torrential rain to Claire Montgomerie’s book launch party at Loop.

In a remote corner of Shepherds Bush we raided Fruit Towers, we ate cake, we drank our five portions and made tiny, tiny hats. And some of our members offered dating advice to the staff of Innocent. See more on the fabulous fruity evening below.

Stitch and South of the River

Details of the next meeting:

Join us at one of our favourite and most spacious venues this week as we stitch up a storm amongst the theatre-goers and those taking in the picturesque river views of London.


Time: From 6pm

Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
Address: South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment


Stitch and Summer Steepers

Details of the meeting after that:

Over East-side this week, we’ll be enjoying the delicious delights that Leon has to offer, that includes, yes, cakes. We simply couldn’t get as much stitchin’ done without our fuel!


Time: From 6pm

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and South Bank

Details of the meeting after that:


Time: From 6pm

Venue: National Theatre in the Long Bar (ground floor main foyer)
South Bank

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Sock Heaven

It appears that they’re really keen on sock knitting across the pond, so much so that earlier this month the first Sock Summit was held in Portland, Oregon, where knitters could learn about everything from Argyle socks to the intriguingly named ‘sock exotica’ (which we’re assured refers to exotic fibres). With a marketplace full of yarn, a sock museum and a ‘sock hop’ style party, it certainly sounds like a good time was had by all.

The organisers took advantage of having a huge number of knitters in one place and staged a record breaking knit-in, with almost 1000 knitters taking part. You can see a video of them on our blog. Apparently the Guinness Book of Records requires that all knitters use two straight needles – no circulars allowed.

Obviously they haven’t been introduced to the wonderful world of interchangeable needles!

Stitch and Praise Ysolda

There are some designers who never seem to get it wrong.  We’ve been fans of Ysolda Teague for a long time.  If you’re unaware of her work, (apart from the obvious question of “where have you been?), Ysolda is an outrageously talented and incredibly prolific and Scottish designer who has been producing some of the most imaginatively constructed and well written patterns around for the last few years.  If she wasn’t so generous with her designs, we’d hate her for being so clever. She’s even got her own fan club on Ravelry.

We thought we’d draw your attention to a little taster of her work with the selection of free patterns that she has on her website.   Urchin is a garter stitch sideways knit beret, which gives you a great introduction to the wonder that is an Ysolda hat. The garter stitch mitts are a great last minute gift which can be whipped up in a matter of a few short hours.  And how cool is the skull illusion scarf, which gives you a great introduction to illusion knitting?  Give them a go – you won’t regret it – and then come and share what you’ve made in our group projects on Ravelry.


Stitch and Smoothie Moves

Free cake, free smoothies, free cups of tea, free use of yarn and needles to get our knit on for a very good cause?

Oh go on then.

S&B London descended upon Fruit Towers last week in our dozens and managed to fill up every single cake-laden yarn-full picnic table. We were there to help kick off this year’s Big Knit campaign to raise money for Age Concern.

We had an absolute fruit-flavoured blast. There was munching, slurping, laughing, fighting over cake (even though they provided us with a seemingly endless supply) and some tasty tasting of brand-new Innocent smoothie flavours.

There were also prizes for best, worst, and fruitiest hats, and a whole lot of fruity goodness to take home.

We emerged from Fruit Towers a happy, knitted out and cakefull crowd of grinning S&B Londoners.

You can see the whole story in all its tiny-hat glory on our Big Knit blog post.

We’re also going to continue collecting hats till the 16th of October when we hope to wander back to Fruit Towers and pour so many hats on them that you can see the pile from space.

Bring your tiny hats along to S&B London meetings, and we’ll add them to the pile. Innocent are also sending us along some patterns but you can download them online too.

The Stitchettes would like to thank every one who came along and knit for the cause, and the lovely folks at Innocent for having us over to their gaff. You’re woolly wonders, the lots of you.

Well, that’s all we have time for this week.  We’re off to make offerings of cake to the weather gods to stop them crying. If you’re one of the lovely new faces who has joined us in our new venues over the last couple of weeks or you’ve just signed up to this newsletter, we welcome you and would love you to join us in coming weeks - don’t forget to look at our website for guidance on what to bring to a first knitting lesson and a guide to the lovely yarn stores of this good city.

Until next time – keep yourselves safe and dry and keep making those little hats.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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