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1st December 2008

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Getting the Warm N' Fuzzies

S&B Christmas Party!... Peace Knit... Big Stitch... Craftacular... Knitted Fish Auction

Wrapped-up greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you're nice and cosy, and ready for another newsletter packed with yarny news.

We have reached that time of year dedicated to giving and receiving. But giving nicely wrapped pressies to your loved ones isn't the only kind of giving you can do.

This week we bring you alternative ways to give your time and knitting skills for a better cause. We hope you can spare some time to get involved in knitting for peace, runaway children for fish on eBay. (Yes, you read that correctly!)

At the last few meetings we reached nearly 50 people at the Royal Festival Hall, with so many of you picking up your needles to join us. The S&B baby was paraded around, lots of newbies learned the tricks of the trade and Stitchette, Doctor Stitchlove (Annisa), stitched with us on her birthday. Happy Birthday Annisa! 

The Dixie Buttons meeting was a real success with a massive 44 of you in attendance. We all enjoyed the majestic scenery, comfy sofas as well as our first taste of Christmas with mulled wine and mince pies. Many of you went home with beautiful vintage buttons; we look forward to seeing what you make with them.

Stitch and Being Rather Crafty 

Details of the next meeting:  

Christmas festivities and crafty goodness go together like tea and cake, so why not join us at Craft @ Late at the Museum of London to make something cute to adorn your Christmas tree.  With a variety of craft workshops to choose from (including knitting) you will be spoilt for choice! 

5 - 9pm
Venue: Museum of London,
London Wall,

Map Website Nearest Tube: Barbican, St. Paul's, Moorgate

Stitch and Knit One, Eat One

Details of the meeting after that: 

Get to the scrumptious mezze, delectable salads and big mugs of hot chocolate before everyone else does at our favourite deli in central London.  Think of this visit as an early Christmas present (for your stomach).  

From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen,
The Arches,
97-99 Isabella Street,

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and S&B Xmas Party! Secret Santa! Woo!!

Details of the meeting after that: 

This is our last meeting before Christmas and for 2008.  Don't forget to bring your Secret Santa presents!  

From 6pm - Secret Santa from 7pm - Party time from 8pm
Venue: The Clarence,
53 Whitehall,

Map Nearest Tube: Charing Cross, Embankment

Stitch and Knit for Peace!

We all want to feel warm and fuzzy inside from doing something good, and at this time of year it becomes even more important to lend a hand to those that need help.  

From 10th & 24th December, the UK charity Charities Advisory Trust will be holding a Knit In at on London's South Bank. They want you to be a part of their team of volunteers, to help knit scarves, socks and other winter warmers for cold people around the world including:

  • children and old people in former the Soviet Union
  • children in Rwanda
  • displaced people in Africa (including Sudan)
  • families in fuel poverty in the UK

Also featured at the Knit In will be an exhibition of photographs celebrating the success of Knit for Peace around the world.  

Great company and lots of fun is guaranteed and all wool and needles will be supplied. If you're not able to join in, but would like to contribute to the project, why not help by donating wool or needles? 

11am & 6pm, Monday & Sunday (until 8pm on Thursdays)
Bargehouse Street,
South Bank,

Stitch and the BIG Stitch

Help knit 100,000cm for 100,000 young runaways.

The Children's Society is calling all knitters to be part of a big new challenge. Help knit a kilometre long scarf and raise money for The Children's Society and its work with young runaways.  

Knit as far as you can and raise money by getting sponsored by the inch or centimetre or make a donation with your knitting. Every centimetre will represent one of the 100,000 children who run away each year.  

For many children, home is so unbearable that staying is not an option and the only solution they can see is to run away. The funds raised will mean that The Children's Society can continue to be there for children like these, providing drop-in centres, counselling, access to emergency accommodation and someone to turn to.  

Knit any length, any colour, any yarn, as long as it's 20cm wide. The deadline is 13TH JANUARY, traditionally the coldest day of the year. The completed scarves will not go to waste, some will be given to children in The Children's Society's projects, and others will be sold or recycled to raise even more money to help these vulnerable children. You can find more information at The Children's Society website.

Stitch and Craftacular Christmas Shopping

Many of us start planning knitted Christmas presents with the best of intentions, but with the big day rapidly approaching, you may be starting to run out of time. Well fear not & (handcrafted) help is at on its way! The fantastic Bust Magazine, published by the one and only Debbie Stoller, queen of Stitch n' Bitch, is bringing its Christmas Craftacular event to London on SATURDAY, 6TH DECEMBER, just in time for a spot of pressie shopping. 

Head over to St. Aloysius Social Club, NW1, to shop for handmade gifts for your nearest and dearest (and maybe yourself), dance along to some funky tunes and join the ArtYarn graffiti knitting crew for a spot of guerrilla knitting.  

Entrance is just £2, the festivities will start at 12pm and end at 12am. The first 100 visitors will receive goody bags and every attendee will be entered to win an enormous craftacular gift basket. You can find all the details here & we'll see you in the queue!

Stitch and Fish

Now for something completely different…a Knitted Fish Auction!  

Bid on eBay auctions for unique knitted fish to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Yellow Wellie Challenge.  

If you win, not only will you have supported a worthy cause but you also will have your own little fishy buddy. Our money is on the little hairy goldfish.

That's about all the do-gooding we can cram in this week. We hope that there was something there to tempt you into parting with your pennies or your knitting time.  

Till next time… Keep Stitching!

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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