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27th April 2009

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Buttons for Eyes

Knit a Chair event ... Local Yarn Store feature ... WIN Nursery Knits book ... Coraline: a knitty movie

Rain or shine (not the Five Star song) greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, and that you’re ready for the latest instalment of knitty news from deep in the virtual yarn stash of S&B London, despite the fact you never know whether to leave the house with your umbrella or your summer jacket these days.

We’ve enjoyed sharing the book knitting love so much that we’ve got yet have another, yes, another book competition for you this week. We have 5 copies of Erika Knight’s Natural Nursery Knits up for grabs. Check out how to win yourself a copy.

Race for Life is just around the corner. We’ll be racing and stitching simultaneously on 6th May at Battersea Park. You can sponsor us and download our cancer fighter hat patterns and to help support Cancer Research. Or come along on the day and congratulate us at the finishing line with a healthy portion of cake.

Coming up on the 2nd of May at the National Theatre is a Knit a Chair event we thought you might like to rest your knitty rear on. Check out our blog for more on that one.

And looming large on the horizon is our yearly WWKIP day event. It’s going to be knitty, it’s going to be crawly, it’s going to be for a very good cause indeed. We’re disgustingly excited about it. Once again we’ll storm the city knitwise. So start sacrificing your best yarns to the weather gods for 13th June. Watch this space for details…

Covent Garden

The last few meetings have seen us enjoy some of the cultural and educational delights of London. We joined the tourists and school holidayers in Covent Garden, as is now becoming a yearly tradition. We impressed them all not just with our knitting, but also with our melodic harmonies as we sang with the ‘Show Boy’ of the Piazza to a musical song or two.

Our evening at the Science Museum was marvellously educational, weirdly scientific and full to the bursting with free cheese. We checked out an invention or two and showed the sciencey bunch what we can cook up with just sticks and string. The experiment went ever so well. Not sure where the three-headed llama came from…

We’d also like to take our knitted hats off to Stitchette Annisa ‘Dr Stitchlove’ Chand who is leaving us to sprinkle her fabulousness through the world in other ways. Annisa, you were a Stitchette force to be reckoned with and your fellow Stitchettes will miss you, and your endless socks, very much. Thanks for all the time and effort you put in for the love of the knit. It’s been fabulous and we won’t be the same without you.

The Chand

Stitch and EVerybody Loves Mezze

Details of the next meeting:

This week we’re back at EV for yummy mezze and other deli(cious) treats. Will we all be knitting tea cosies after our adventures with Wallace and Gromit? Will we shun the feta after all last week's free cheese? Come along and find out.

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo
Knitting at ev

Stitch and Mine’s a Pint Please

Details of the meeting after that:

Or maybe a Pimms instead? Come along to the Old Star where some of us will be recovering from the Race for Life with a few medicinal beverages (or perhaps just a lemonade!).

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

Map Nearest Tube: St. James’ Park, Westminster
Pub knitting

Stitch and it’s Theatre, Dahling

Details of the meeting after that:

From 6pm
Venue: National Theatre in the Long Bar (ground floor main foyer)
South Bank

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Local Yarn Shop: All the Fun of the Fair

We have decided that with so many lovely yarn shops in London we should pay homage to one each month and make sure that you fine people know what woolly goodies can be found in the big city.

In these turbulent financial times it is important to keep your local independent shops in business, so we hope that these monthly features will encourage you to go and check out your LYS before going straight to the department stores.

We’re kicking off with one of the most central independent haberdasheries in London and one of our faves here at S&B London: All the Fun of the Fair just off trendy-as-hell Carnaby Street.

The best way to describe this little yarn shop is cute, cute, cute. All the Fun of the Fair is located on the top floor of Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, which is one of London’s best kept secrets. This little shopping arcade houses a plethora of beautiful independent clothes shops, café’s, a bead emporium and even a vintage hair dresser. It’s one of those places that you take your coolest visiting friends/ relatives when you want to impress them with your superior kooky London knowledge. With All the Fun of the Fair up on the 3rd floor it’s well worth a visit even if you’re not looking for yarn flavoured goodies (although we’re not sure when that might be the case, we’re always on the look out for yarny goodness).

You can read allllll about All the Fun of the Fair on our All the Fun of the Fair blog post by clicking here.

More London Yarn Shops soon...

All the fun of fair

Stitch and Mother Nature: Natural Nursery Knits Competition

We just can’t get enough of these competitions. This time the fabulous Quadrille Publishing have given us 5 copies of the beautiful Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight for 5 of you cuter-than-a-button knitters to win.

If you’ve been knitting for any length of time over the last three years you will know the name Erika Knight and the quality of patterns and books that she produces. Natural Nursery Knits is her latest offering and includes 20 beautiful projects for the new baby. All items are made with organic or sustainable fibres enabling you to start baby off on the right eco footing in life. There is a real heirloom feel to the designs and the colours are muted naturally dyed shades, perfect for the modern newborn.

So, to win a copy, simply answer this question:

Which of these is not a natural yarn?

a. Bluefaced Leicester
b. Nazca Baby Alpaca
c. Hideous Eyelash Yarn

Email us at with:

The subject "I Want to Knit Like Mother Nature Knits"

Answer A, B, or C

Your full name, email address, and contact phone number (if you have one)

The deadline for the competition is Wednesday 6th May at 10am. The 5 winners will be picked (by our amazing winner-picking hemp plant) from all correct entries, and notified by email or phone within 48 hours. 

Please note: yarn and cake bribes are not accepted. Just pick your answer, email us and let the nature take its course as the winners are chosen. Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 6th May 2009 at 10am. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified within 48 hours via email or phone. 5. If winners don’t reply with addresses within two weeks of closing date then new winners will be chosen. 5. No cash alternatives. 6. Book will be posted to winners.

Nursery knits

Stitch and Tiny Knits on the Big Screen

Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house…”  is a spooky first line and no mistaking. Coraline, a book by the master of fabulously fantastic Neil Gaiman, has been fashioned into the craftiest knittastic film you will possibly ever lay your button eyes on.

Coraline is a bored little girl who finds another world just like hers on the other side of a mysterious door in her flat. Just like hers except for a few sinister and fantastic differences.

Knitwise Coraline is tangled in all kinds of yarny goodness. It is crammed full of teeny tiny knits. Althea Crome knits on the smallest needles ever, with yarn almost as tiny as a human hair.  You can see a video interview with the amazingly tiny knits and hop along to her blog to marvel and make yourself feel like Hagrid-sized too. 

The Coraline team were so into the craftiness of it all that they also sent out mystery boxes of Coraline craftness to all sorts of knitting and craft blogs. You can envy the box received by on their blog.

Every single thing you see in Coraline is crafted by hand, even the 500 dogs in the theatre. You can see videos of all the crafty wonder on the website too (click on films) as well as a free sweater pattern if you click on the draws in her bedroom.

Coraline also packs in the famous folks. Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher (ugh), and the familiar voices of French and Saunders. It’s out on the 8th of May. Go feast your human eyes on its knitty goodness. And watch out for your ‘other mother’. She’s got her button eyes on you…


Stitch and Knit Café Competition winners

In our last newsletter, five of you fine knitters had the chance to win a copy of STC Craft’s lovely book Greetings From Knit Café. All you had to do was answer our question, which was, LA is home to a famous place called The Knitting Factory. What kind of place is it?

The answer was B) a music venue. A whole dozen of you surprised us by going with answer A) A giant yarn shop. Just goes to show what happens when we get a little tricky. A woolly round of applause to all of you who got it right.

Our clever Winner-Selecting Angora Rabbit randomly picked five lucky winners who are:
  • Claudia Allen
  • Mary Hancock
  • Angela Lee
  • Pauline Stone
  • Suzanne Hartley
These lucky so-and-sos have been notified and your books will be in the post shortly.

If you didn’t win this time and have finished weeping into your knitted hankie, then why not enter the Natural Nursery Knits competition in this newsletter?
Angora wabbit

Stitch and Sit On It and Knit On It

Limber up your public knitting needles again and join in with another fab outdoors public knitting event.

The lovely Yuvee is creating knitted chair covers, you can see some on her blog, but she needs your help to create a collaborative piece to exhibit at her degree show.

Knitters and non-knitters will be gathering at the National Theatre from 1pm to 5pm on SATURDAY 2ND MAY to contribute to the piece in her Knit a Chair event.

Bring your own unwanted acrylics and needles and simply dive in.

This will be a fun event, similar to the Knit Me events we took part in a few weeks ago, so please do come down and join in with the project.

See all the details on our blog post here.
Knit a chair

That’s all we have time for this week folks. If you haven’t made it along to a meeting yet, then we hope you’ll be joining us for a spot of stitchin’ and bitchin’ soon. Come cheer on Team S&B London at Race for Life, and get a bit of fresh air. You can also still stalk us on Twitter or Facebook or blather about stuff outside meetings with our Ravelry message board. It’s good to stalk.

Happy stitching, lovely S&B Londoners.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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