S&B London
28th August 2007 Stitchin', Bitchin' and Knitting with Royalty
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Bank Holiday glowing greetings

We hope that you are reading this newsletter refreshed from the long weekend and contented by all that glorious extra knitting time. Although it may be back to the grind for some, S&B London are here to put some knitting love into your life: be sure to scroll all the way down for special money off vouchers to be won.

The last couple of meetings have brought out the brave knitters in you. We were amazed by how many of you (some with fabulous large-eyed plastic companions) braved the torrential downpour to sit under an umbrella at Kingsly Court and knit while rain dripped down your backs (and even learn to knit in those conditions). And the weather was just as kind on the way to the caverns of The Old Star, where a dragon took shape, a knitty bag was completed, and a knitted wig was sported. S&B Londoner’s are truly the hardcore of the knit.

In other news our message board vote has so far received a fantastic response of almost 60 votes. Thanks to those who have voted so far. However, with over 1000 of you on this mailing list we know you can do better. So if you haven’t already voted, click here to vote or click here to see the votes so far. Don’t forget, you are able to vote “Shhhh, stop asking me questions. I am trying to knit!” 

On to the meetings...

Stitch and Attempting The First Park Knit Of The Year (What Fools!)

Details of the next meeting:

For some reason, we expected some sun this summer. We were wrong about that. But just for the hell of it, we are going to knit in the park anyway. If all else fails, we will sit indoors at the park café and gaze dreamily out the window at the green whilst knitting. So grab your galoshes, your sun cream, and your pic-er-nic blankets and head for the park.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: St. James's Park. On the grass by the café called ‘Inn The Park' (or actually inside the café if it's raining)

Tel: 020 7451 9999

Map Nearest Tube: St. James’s Park, Charing Cross, Westminster  

Stitch and Lit

Details of the meeting after next:

We return to our usual haunt in QEH to mingle with cultural types and get our knit on by the riverside. On this night they're going a bit literary with an event involving the Nobel Prize for Literature winner for 2006, so we're knitting with nobility. Prepare to be asked what you think you are doing by people going to the performance; you haven't really knitted at QEH until you have shocked a passerby by knitting brazenly in public there.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall - Level 2 Terrace Bar
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
South Bank

Tel: 020 7921 0758

Map Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and So Whatcha Reading?

Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
203-206 Piccadilly

Tel: 0207 734 4870

Map Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Stitch and Make Stuff

Fancy dabbling in crochet but don't want to lay out for a block booking of 10 lessons? Want to learn to decoupage in a few after-work hours? Or just want to try your hand at soap making without buying a ton of materials? At The Make Lounge, they want you to be able to do just that.

The Make Lounge is a new organisation aiming to make craft courses more accessible, fun, and for people just like you. With a wide range of courses, now booking, their class sizes are nice and small, and are mainly held on evenings and weekends to fit in with your busy schedule.
Our very on Purl Princess (Laura P) will be teaching the Knitting Basics 1: Fingerless Gloves class. So come learn something new with like-minded creatives.

Stitch and Money Off Making Stuff
For the chance to win £5.00 off your first Make Lounge workshop, simply reply to this e-mail with the name of the workshop you want to sign up for stitched in to the following message:
"Gis us a fiver off the [INSERT COURSE NAME HERE] Make Lounge course and I'll make yer summink nice!"
The first five replies will be sent a voucher each to book the course of your choice online. So GO GO GO!

Stitch and the Knitting Prince
At S&B London, we love all things Japanese (especially amigurumi). So when our very own Stitchette, Joelle, took a visit to Tokyo this month, naturally, her first priority was to meet S&B Tokyo. Let's see what our very own ‘Knitting Ninja' has to say about stitching in the land of the rising sun.

"The group meet in the heart of Tokyo once a fortnight. Just like at S&B London, we knitted, ate, drank and enjoyed one another's company and knitting tips.

What most intrigued me about my visit, was learning about Japan's Knitting Prince! I could not believe Japan has its own knitting royalty! And he had paid a special visit to S&B Tokyo the previous year.

Mitsuharu Hirose truly is Prince (if not a King) of the knitting world in Japan. He is adored by the ladies and is a master of the art of knitting and crochet. He studied knitting at college and worked as an editor on Nihon Vogue. He always wears his fabulous creations proudly, like true knitting royalty.

The lucky ladies of S&B Tokyo even had the pleasure of listening to him sing his knitting song to them! See Kat's blog here for all the details and photos of the Knitting Prince's visit to S&B Tokyo."


If you want to find out more about the Knitting Prince check out Knitting Universe for an interview with the Prince himself





That’s about all we can swatch up for you this week.  Don’t forget to vote - this is a democracy you know. We hope to see you soon at a meeting and if not you can always drop us a line and let us know about any knitting gold you’ve struck.

Keep stitchin’


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