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28th January 2008

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Sharing the Love

Knitting in the Caverns ... Analogue Amnesty Party ... Knit Kits ...  Tattooes ... Stitch and Care 

Packed-newsletter greetings

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.

This 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 Week from SUNDAY 3RD – SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. So download the free pattern and get clicking for the Sailors' Society.


At the last few meetings we tried to sail the rather dark seven seas aboard the Queen Mary boat. Apologies to all who 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 all, newbies took their first stitches, and the lovely Lady Knitsalota received a knitted photo frame as a belated-leaving gift.


Stitch and Find Us in the Caverns

Details of the next meeting:

Join us this week as we venture down once more into the depths of the Old Star Pub. Find us snuggled 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)
66 Broadway

Tel: 020 7222 8755

Map Nearest Tube: St. James's Park (just across the road), Westminster



Stitch and Mwah, Mwah!

Details of the meeting after that:

Whilst the smell of the grease paint wafts past, the interval drinks are being ordered, and the theatre luvvies take their seats, S&B London will be taking over the Long Bar at the National Theatre with style. Come join us for the usual knitting and nattering, and maybe a drink or two.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: National Theatre
The Long Bar (in the main foyer)
South Bank,
London SE1 9PX

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment


Stitch and Be My Valentine

Details of the meeting after that: 

Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Wellington (opposite the main Jubilee line exit at Waterloo)
81 - 83 Waterloo Road
SE1 8UD  

Tel: 020 7928 6083

Map Nearest Tube: Waterloo


Stitch and Tangled Up in Tape

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a sheep swallowed a VHS tape? We didn’t either, until last Thursday that is, when the Stitchettes attended the Analogue Amnesty party.

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 fabulous.

The exhibition was of yarn beautifully spun with audio or video tape to create one-off balls of yarn. These were hung decadently from the ceiling, displayed in oversized cardboard cut-outs of cassette tapes and each emblazoned with the name of the tape they were spun with. There was Bob the Builder, Christmas carols, and even Ghandi.

Paper inserts 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 tapes 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 uploaded to the Stitch and Bitch London Flickr group very soon!


Stitch and Share

Knitting is a bit like Pringles: once you stitch, you just can’t stop. Last year our friends at Barely a Stitch 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.

After some hard work on their part they have come up with their ‘Knit Me' kits which they are now selling at (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 hungry for more; the perfect present to tempt those friends, who have been peering over your shoulder as you stitch, into joining you.


Stitch and Ink

Stitchette Candice looks into the ultimate knitting tribute…

Recently, I was under the needle (again) at my local tattooists and I got to thinking how cool 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 space.

In the meantime, I've been researching high and low for other like-minded folk who have made the ultimate commitment to show the world they love knitting. Here's what I found on the wonderful world of the web:

Glove Love

Wool & Needles

Knit Happens

Knit Until Death
Scissors 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 gloves or this cool t-shirt. I'm sure the ouch factor will be a lot less!




Stitch and Care

Oxfam has contacted S&B London and needs your help. Every minute, a woman with no 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 altogether.

In Africa and South-East Asia pregnancy and childbirth represent the biggest cause of death amongst women of childbearing age.

They are asking you to support their campaign by knitting or crocheting squares for a giant baby blanket, where each square represents a newborn baby, left needlessly without a mother because of lack of healthcare. These squares will be joined together and handed into the UK government in September.

For requirements 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. We 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 too.

Keep your yarn dry and your needles sharp till next time.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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