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18th June 2007 Stitchin', Bitchin' and Cultured Knitting

Glorious ‘Summer’s Here’ Greetings [YMLP2]


The sun had his crocheted hat on for a fair few days, but now the great British summer has descended with its sticky nights and thunderstorm weekends! With the heat turned up, it’s time to bring out the lightweight and cotton yarns for beautiful summer creations.

The weather was more than kind on the day of our London Knit Crawl. Much fun was had by all as we confused London with our yarn, needles and mere presence!

We knit on the steps of St Pauls, inside the Tate Modern, under the gaze of the London Eye, and amongst peace protesters and pigeons in Trafalgar Square. Check out our blog to see how the day went, and perhaps leave a comment about your favourite memory from the day.


Now on to the news…

Stitch and It’s Tonight!

Over the last few meetings we have been celebrating the numerous treasures of the South Bank with meetings at both the National Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Tonight we put the Jewel in the Crown with the opening of the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall. So gather your most impressive project, don some pearls and get swanky.


Details of tonight’s meeting:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall (We will be on the right-hand side of the ground floor on the leather sofas)
Address: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map   Website 

Nearest tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Buried by Knitting Books

Details of the next meeting: 

Time: From 6 PM
Venue: Waterstone's Piccadilly Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
203-206 Piccadilly

Phone: O207 734 4870


Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Cute Little Independent Shops (including a knitting shop!)

Details of the following meeting: 

Time: From 6 PM
Venue: Kingly Court (off Carnaby Street)
W1B 5PW 

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


Map Website 

Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus 

Stitch and Supergran: Teeny Bobble Hats

You know how it is. You pass a fridge full of smoothies in your local supermarket and all you can hear is “By ‘eck, my lids is chilly!” and “Oh for a tiny bobble hat to wear…” emanating from the cold bottles inside.

Well, it is that time of year again when Innocent Smoothies start their Supergran Campaign. The tiny hats are knit by folks from all over (we knit them at London’s Fruitstock last summer) to raise money for Age Concern. And this year they are planning to smash the £115,000 raised in 2006.  

It takes no time at all to knit a hat from their free pattern, and once you have knit one it is hard to stop. Quick to make, it is easy to get creative. They have their own flickr gallery for folks to post their creations on. And if that doesn’t get your competitive (but charitable) juices flowing then there is also the Hat of the Week page. If they love your hat enough it will be featured in pride of place on their site. Hurrah!  

So join Innocent in knitting their Supergran hats and help make the world a cosier place. 50p from each bottle sold goes to keeping grannies and grandpas cosy. And how often do you get to say they are selling your knitting in the local supermarket?

Stitch and Lion-Scarf

Inspired by our London Lion Scarf, Alice Bell has made it all the way to with her Lion washcloth. Catch up with her numerous projects on her blog and give her a nice big pat on the back from us.


Stitch and ‘Avin it Large

With all the summer festivals coming up this summer we at S&BL turn our attention to what to knit/wear whilst chillin’ in a field and eating a tofu burger.  

Try some banging headgear from Woolly Wormhead to impress mentalists ‘avin it in the rave tent. You can buy your self a ready-made, hand spun, freeform knitted or crocheted hat. Or you can make your own from a choice of 35 patterns (some of them are free!). 

Ethically traded yarn is the only thing to be seen to be knitting with at any festival this year. Deytheur Ltd specialise in fairly traded yarns and accessories. The products they sell help support education programmes in South Africa, communities in Nepal and efforts to protect the endangered snow leopard. 

For those late nights knitting in a dark field, tent, or when you’ve just forgot to buy glow sticks check out Knit Lite needles or Crochet Lite hooks. They illuminate your work and are particularly useful for projects using black or fuzzy yarns.

Stitch and Help Save a Life

Strictly speaking, this is a non-knitting announcement, but it is your chance to make a real difference in someone's life. Like one of our founders, Lauren O'Farrell, there are people everyday in the UK that are waiting for a life-saving Bone Marrow transplant to cure them of life threatening disorders such as Leukaemia, aplastic anaemia and Lymphoma.

On Wednesday 27th June, the Anthony Nolan Trust is holding a clinic to screen for potential bone marrow donors to join their registry in honour of an S&B London friend, Allen Hughes, who passed away in March of this year. Today, June 18th, would have been Allen's 33rd birthday.

What’s involved?
You will complete the necessary forms and provide an initial blood sample.  Staff from the Anthony Nolan Trust will be on hand to provide advice.

Who can help? 
People:* aged between 18-40, * in good health, * weighing over 8 stone and * not be severely overweight as minimum criteria.   

There are a range of illnesses and conditions that will exclude certain people from being able to register.  You can read about the criteria in the information leaflets available at the clinic or you can check the website (Please also read the donor stories – they’ll inspire you).

Can we stress that donor recruitment is a serious commitment and you must be 100% willing to donate bone marrow to ANY patient should you be a match, at any point in the future.


Time: 3pm - 7pm

Venue: 16th Floor

Portland House

Stag Place


For further details, please contact Laura deLaat at


That’s about all we can cram into your knitting bag this week. We hope the weather will allow us to be out stitching in the London parks very soon ,and that you will all be able to join us.  

Happy knitting and crocheting – don’t forget the sun cream.

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