We hope that this newsletter finds
you well. Hopefully, now January is drawing to a close, your bank
balances are beginning to look slightly healthier, and you are looking
forward to starting stitching something sassy.
week’s newsletter is packed to the
rafters with news, new products and charity projects for you to get your
crafty teeth into. We have a report on the fabulous Analogy Amnesty party and a new Oxfam
charity knit to tell you about.
We’d also like to mention that it is Woolly Hat
SUNDAY 3RD –
SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. So download the free pattern
get clicking for the Sailors'
At the last few meetings we tried to sail
the rather dark seven seas aboard the Queen Mary boat. Apologies to all
couldn’t see their stitches, we did not know that our usual spot
would be closed for refurbishment.
We also ventured back to one of our
favourite haunts, EV delicatessen, where delicious food was consumed by
newbies took their first stitches, and the lovely Lady Knitsalota received a knitted photo frame as
Stitch and Find Us in
of the next meeting:
Join us this week as we
venture down once more into the depths of the Old Star Pub. Find us
into the caverns, with a glass of wine, some pub grub, and a good healthy
serving of knitting.
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Old Star (in one of the caverns)
Tel: 020 7222 8755
Map Nearest Tube: St.
Park (just across the road), Westminster
Details of the
meeting after that:
Whilst the smell
of the grease paint wafts past, the interval drinks are being ordered, and
theatre luvvies take their seats, S&B London will be taking over the
Bar at the National Theatre with style. Come join us for the usual
nattering, and maybe a drink or two.
Time: From 6pm
Venue: National Theatre
The Long Bar (in the main foyer)
London SE1 9PX
Map Website Nearest
Charing Cross, Embankment
Be My Valentine
Details of the meeting after
WEDNESDAY 13th FEBRUARY
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Wellington (opposite the main Jubilee line
exit at Waterloo)
81 - 83 Waterloo
Tel: 020 7928
Map Nearest Tube: Waterloo
Stitch and Tangled Up in
Have you ever
wondered what would happen if a sheep swallowed a VHS tape? We
until last Thursday that is, when the Stitchettes attended the Analogue
In the packed
out Tatty Devine boutique on Brick Lane we witnessed the union of yarn and
cutting-edge 80s technology. It was unique, unusual and really quite
was of yarn beautifully spun with audio or video tape to create one-off
of yarn. These were hung decadently from the ceiling, displayed in
cardboard cut-outs of cassette tapes and each emblazoned with the name of
tape they were spun with. There was Bob the Builder, Christmas carols, and
from the tapes, as well as pictures of the yarn-spinning process, were
plastered to the walls. To accompany this, a DJ (with a fine beard) mixed
to create the perfect soundtrack for the party including the theme tune to
Inspector Gadget, which was a particular favourite of the Stitchettes.
Many thanks to
Rachel Matthews for her hospitality. Pictures of the event will be
the Stitch and Bitch
Flickr group very soon!
Knitting is a bit like Pringles: once you
stitch, you just can’t stop. Last year our friends at Barely a
came along to one of our meetings to work out how knitters could give the
gift of knitting as a gift. You lot happily answered questions and perused
their kits like the fabulous folk you are.
some hard work on their part they have come up with their ‘Knit Me'
kits which they are now selling at www.notonthehighstreet.com (a cool website all on its own). Their kits include a clear
pattern and everything a knitter needs to make it, from wonderful Rowan
yarns and Pony needles to designer ribbons and buttons.
The finished items (hats, armhuggers and
other lovelies) are all made up of simple knit and purl. So they’re
made for beginners, and look impressive enough to make a new knitter
for more; the perfect present to tempt those friends, who have been
over your shoulder as you stitch, into joining you.
Stitch and Ink
Candice looks into the ultimate knitting tribute…
Recently, I was
under the needle (again) at my local tattooists and I got to thinking how
it would be to have a knitting-related piece. This much excited Becca, my
talented ink maker, who said she'd love to design one, so watch this
In the meantime,
I've been researching high and low for other like-minded folk who have
ultimate commitment to show the world they love knitting. Here's what I
on the wonderful world of the web:
and Thread by Becca at Blood Brothers.
Also check out Redheadskydiver's
blog to see her yarn art at each stage.
If you’re not a
tattoo fan, why not try these knuckle tattoo
or this cool
t-shirt. I'm sure the ouch factor will be a lot less!
contacted S&B London and needs your help. Every minute, a woman with
medical care dies in pregnancy or childbirth. Millions of mums in poor
countries get low-quality health care, or are forced to go without it
In Africa and South-East Asia pregnancy and
childbirth represent the biggest cause of death amongst women of
They are asking
you to support their campaign by knitting or crocheting squares for a
baby blanket, where each square represents a newborn baby, left needlessly
without a mother because of lack of healthcare. These squares will be
together and handed into the UK government in September.
on size, type of stitch and where to send the squares please visit our blog.
That is just
about all the woolly words we can possibly spin for you this newsletter.
would love for you to brave the tail-end of winter cold and join us for a
knit or two. Newbies are, as always, more than welcome (brave the public
knit, quiet lurkers!), and its always great to see old faces return
Keep your yarn dry
and your needles sharp till next time.
The S&B London
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