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7th Dec 2009

UPDATE: S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama and Sheepy Competition

The S&B London Christmas Party is sponsored by the lovely
...  Christmas PAR-TAY Venue Correction ... More Raffle Prizes Announced ... WIN! Signed Derek the Sheep books ... Join in Stitching Secret Santa with Your Handmade Goodies 

Christmas Yarnorama is acomin' greetings to you

This is a Christmas Party UPDATE to tell you:

The S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama in sponsored by the lovely

The S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama
Details of the Christmas party:
Grab your knitted mistletoe and your purled party frocks. Ladies and Gents of S&B London the Christmas Party Yarnorama is upon us and it is going to be fabulous. Bring your partners and non-knitting friends too. Go on.
This year you'll be exchanging your handmade gifts in the very merry Stitching Secret Santa, there'll be free samples of Soak Wash, discount vouchers from Loop, and we're running a Really Rather Marvellous Raffle with some stupendous stitching prizes to raise money for the very worthy charity Treasure Trove. The prizes come from all across the knitting world and quite frankly they're so good we're not sure we want to give them away. Lucky for you we're feeling the Christmas spirit. Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
The Really Rather Marvellous Raffle:
Tickets: £2 each. All money goes straight to the Treasure Trove charity Registered Charity No. 1065582
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The New Moon
88 Gracechurch Street
Map Website Nearest Tube: Bank, Liverpool Street, Monument

Special offers: For those who can't make the party we have online discounts for you lovely lot too. Use coupon code stitchlondon for 30% off all orders over £10. Expires 24th December. Use coupon code CK09SABL for 15% off everything in store. Expires 31st March 2010.

More about Treasure Trove: Treasure Trove is a week-long residential project held once a year for 40 or so young people. The young people may or may not have physical disabilities and are aged between 16 and 25 years. To read about why we chose Treasure Trove read S&B Londoner Emma's story here and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

More about our sponsors:
KAL Media are the publishers of Yarn Forward, Inside Crochet and Sew Hip magazines. Each magazine offers crafters a variety of original projects with clear instructions so you can make them at home. There's also plenty to read, with news, reviews, interviews, the latest products and fascinating features. Contributors include the UK's top designers and manufacturers, plus the hottest new talents emerging in the industry.

Sellers of fine knitting and needlepoint, original knitting patterns and Debonnaire Soft Spun, Sock and Lace yarns
Find them on Ravelry: ehdknits

Simple luxury – Yarn Box is a shop passionate about yarns and bringing the world's most exquisite yarns to you as well as sourcing delightful knitting and crochet accessories.
COMPETITION: WIN signed Derek the Sheep books

We interviewed the really rather handsome Derek the Sheep (featured in our banner) in our last newsletter. You can see the whole thing on our blog here.
To go with this we've got five signed copies of the entirely baaaaaarmy Derek the Sheep book to give away. Tales of the outstanding ovine fellow and his fabulous farmyard chums which will have you snickering while you stitch this Christmas.
The lovely Gary Northfield will sign and personalise them with a lovely picture just for you or whoever you intend to give the book to. (It's the only way he can get us to release him from the S&B London cellar).
All you need to do is answer this question:

Which animal does wool come from?
a. Angry ravenous grizzly bears.
b. Bugblatter Beasts of Traal.
c. Lovely lovely sheep.
Drop us an email at with:
  • The subject line "I wish Derek the Sheep was my boyfriend"
  • Answer A, B or C
  • Your full name, email address, and contact phone number (if you have one)
The deadline for the competition is Monday 14th December at 10am. The 5 winners will be picked (by our Derek himself if we can get him to come back) from all correct entries, and notified by email within 48 hours. 

Please note: Offering to wine, dine and woo the handsome Derek will not help you win his book. Just pick your answer, email us and let Derek do his choosing thing. Good luck!
If you don't win the book you can buy it here. It's ever so sheepy. Perfect present for a nutty knitter.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends Monday the 14th December 2009 at 10am. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified within 48 hours via email. 5. If winners don’t reply with addresses within two weeks of closing date then new winners will be chosen. 5. No cash alternatives. 6. Books can be collected from us or will be posted to the winner.
Stitch and Stitching Secret Santa

Do you ever feel envious of those lucky, lucky recipients of the carefully knitted gifts that you give them? Do you secretly wish that you could have something soft and woolly and handmade to open? Well, here’s your chance.

If you don't have time to knit then handmake something quicker. As long as it's handmade it's worthy of passing onto your fellow S&B Londoners.

There is no limit to secret santa subjects. We’ve had gorgeous gloves, dinosaur stockings (stockings with dinosaurs on, not a sock of dinosaurs!), pots of peeping posies, silky scarves, adorable armwarmers, and even a special Santa.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is:
    1.    Make one present.
    2.    Your present should cost approximately £5.
    3.    Your present can be ANYTHING, as long as it’s knitted or crocheted or handmade.
    4.    You must make your present before the S&B London Christmas Party.
    5.    Turn up at the S&B London Christmas Party with some Christmas cheer and your present wrapped up.

    6.    Place your Secret Santa present in the magic sack.
    7.    At present-giving time pick a gift from the magic sack.
    8.    Open your present and squeak with excitement.
    9.    Model your present proudly for the rest of the night looking a bit smug
    10.    Eat (cake), drink (insert booze of choice here) and be merry.

If you need ideas to get you started, there are plenty of ideas from the last few years in our flickr group or our 2007 Party set.

Remember, your gift is completely anonymous (unless you start pointing and saying “I made that!”) and it doesn’t have to be anything complicated – all gifts are valued equally.

There’s only three knitting days till the Christmas Party! Arrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhh!

If you're new to S&B London and you want to see the last newsletter you can click here. Learner lessons will resume next year as S&B London takes a break over Christmas to get that Christmas knitting done and eat lots.
We can't wait to see your Stitching Secret Santa goodies and we're ever so very excited about handing out all those lovely prizes and raising lots of money for Treaure Trove. 
See you for some smooching under the mistletoe, London.


The S&B London Stitchettes x



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