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22nd June 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Yarnstorming the City

Tashtastic knit crawl madness ... Soak Competition ... Marvellous Moustache Competition ... Yarnstorming
PLEASE NOTE: The date of the next meeting in Camberwell has changed. It is now Thursday 25th June.

Pollen-clogged midsummer greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you’ve recovered from the sunburn, moustache tan lines, and sore feet that was knit in public day, and that you’re managing to keep yourself (and of course, your knitting) warm and dry in these unpredictable days of British summer. Achoooo. Bless you.

This year’s Tashtastic Knit Crawl, in aid of WWKIP day, was a marvellous moutachey day for all. Prizes were won, cake was eaten, moustaches were worn, more cake was eaten and much fun was had. Read all about it and see all the fun below.

Miss wearing your tash? You can still win with your fake facial hair. The donations page for Prostate UK is still open and we’re giving you the chance to win an absolutely tashtastic prize! Check out the details below.

There’s also a competition to win some sweeeet Soak at an upcoming meeting. It’s the year of S&B competitions, we tell you.

You may also have spied a little more knitting in your city than you’re used to. Knit the City, London’s sneaky secret Stitchers, found their way onto National BBC News this week with the yarnstorming of Covent Garden.

(Thanks to Mirvettium for the photo)

Recent meetings have seen us at Kingly Court where we were serenaded by singers singing about strawberry jam in all its varieties.

And at St James’ Park we bared up in the slightly chilli weather and let our knitting and picnic blankets keep us warm. At least it didn’t rain!

We also continued the Knit in Public with a bit of Gorrilla knitting at London Zoo. Some of you lovely S&B Londoners volunteered to teach knitting for London’s Knit for Peace group. See more on our blog.

PLEASE NOTE: The date of this meeting has been changed

Stitch and Knit your Own Damn Festival

Details of the next meeting:

This week we will be meeting as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival, which this year invites you to 'Make Your Own Damn Festival!'  They are staging a number of public, participatory events to get residents and artists involved and so we just had to get stuck in and knit our own damn festival. There will be good old traditional pub grub, a beer garden and seating reserved downstairs. Will you join us?

Thursday 25th JUNE
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Sun and Doves
61-63 Coldharbour Lane
SE5 9N5

Map Website Nearest Tube/Station: Brixton, Oval, Elephant & Castle/Loughborough Junction, Denmark Hill

Stitch and Soak Give-away

Details of the meeting after that:

We just love giving you lovely people free stuff. After giving away free samples of Soak, the loving handwash for your handknits, at our Knit Crawl last week, we’d like to offer you the chance to win one of three full-size 425ml bottles at our meeting on the 1st July. This big bottle will give you over 80 washes and could be yours for a donation to Prostate UK.
Simply turn up to the meeting, donate, and wait for the draw to see if you’ve won. If you win you can take your prize home with you that night. Good luck!

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
Address: South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and Super Salads

Details of the meeting after that:

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

Map Website Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Stitch and tashing it Up Knit Crawl style

London in the sunshine. What better way to see the city and celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day than winding your way down the South Bank wearing a knitted moustache, and dropping stitches as you go?

We took a whole herd of lovely S&B Londoners from the scorching Scoop at Tower Bridge, to the cool shadows of the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, to sun-drenched Jubilee Gardens under the gaze of the London Eye, to the Lion-guarded environs of Trafalgar Square.

And the moustaches, in aid of the Prostate UK Charity, were everywhere.

You can read all about it on our blog here and see all bevy of beautiful moustaches to boot.

An utterly tashtastic day was had by everyone and we raised an astounding £500 for Prostate Cancer UK.

The Stitchettes would like to thank every Knit Crawler for their dedication to the manly cause, for proudly wearing their tashes while knitting in some of London’s most public spaces, and for being an essential part of the best S&B London Knit Crawl to date. You guys rock (but you knew that).

Stitch and marvellous moustache competition

We had so much fun wearing our moustaches for WWKIP day that we don’t want it to stop – so we’re having another competition. S&B London member Clare (Dragonflysky on Ravelry) has generously donated a very covetable Tatty Devine moustache ring to the cause.  

The prize will go to the person who has sends us the best picture of themselves wearing a knitted or crocheted moustache – make us smile, make us laugh, make us proud, and you’re in with a good chance.  If you haven’t made a moustache yet – it’s not too late. 

Go here to donate to Prostate UK and download one of our patterns, then get stitching that face fur.

All photos will go on our blog for the world to admire your knitted nose neighbours.

To enter, email us at with the following:

•    Subject line “A moustache is for life, not just for WWKIP day”
•    A jpeg image of yourself wearing your moustache with the filename yourname.jpg (yourname being your own name, not the word yourname) attached to the email
•    Your full name, email address and contact phone number (if you have one)

The deadline for the competition is Monday 6th July at 10am. The winner will be decided upon by a panel of Stitchettes, based on the excellence of your photo, and notified by phone or email by the end of the week.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 6th July 2009 at 10am. 4. Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and notified by email or phone. 5. If winner doesn’t reply with within two weeks of closing date then a new winner will be chosen. 5. No cash alternatives. 6. Ring will be posted to winner.

Stitch and Bringing on the Yarnstorm

Some of you may have had a woolly surprise while munching your cornflakes on WWKIP day when the BBC finally got with the knitting beat and covered the yarnstorming of Covent Garden.

Knit the City’s Yarn Corps took to the tourist-busy streets with their swatches of woolly weapons to show David Sillito and his BBC cameraman just what yarnstorming is all about.

You can watch the BBC video and see more of the Yarn Corp’s dastardly yarn deeds on their website at

S&B London spoke to the Yarn Corps in a darkened room of their secret bunker. They made the following statement:

“Knit the City would like to encourage knitters to bring their own brand of woolly sunshine to the streets. Stitch up your signposts, purl your parking metres, and yarnstorm your yards.”

Disclaimer: The Knit the City Yarn Corps’ identity is classified. They would like to state that out any resemblance in our Yarn Corps to any S&B London individual, living or dead, is purely co-incidental. Pointing it out might well get you a visit from the memory-reknitting squad. You have been warned.

Well if that isn’t enough knitty news for you, then keep up with all the gossip on Ravelry and Twitter, as it comes in. If you’ve yet to join us at a meeting, don’t be scared. We don’t bite. Unless you are made of cake. In which case we can’t promise a thing.

Until next time folks, may the knit be with you.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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