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6th October 2008

Stitchin’, Bitchin’ and Doing Your Bit with Charity Knits

National Knitting Week... Ally Pally 2008... Secret Santa... Big Knit Reminder

Autumn filled greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you have managed to catch the last of knitting in the sunshine and that you’re looking forward to the joys of the big knitting show and the official National Knitting Week.

There’s plenty going on in the knitting world, as always. Twisted Thread kick off
National Knitting Week, with the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on 9th October.  S&B London will be doing their bit by making knitted/crochet squares for our chosen charity, please see details below. We also bring you news of our favourite S&B challenge, Secret Santa!

The deadline for your knitted hats for Innocent’s Big Knit is 17th October, so get them in soon. Details of where to send them can be found here.  

We’d also like to point out that the Yarn Harlot, who featured in our last newsletter, is in fact Canadian, not American. We were just testing you of course, yet only two of you picked up on our deliberate mistake!

Recent S&B meetings have taken us to the Royal Festival Hall where we celebrated the marriage of Purl Princess by eating cake til it came out of our ears. We also said goodbye to our Deadly Knitshade who is off on her travels around the world. You can catch up with her and her tales of travelling on her blog,
Purl Interrupted.  

S&B London took over the student union bar in Peckham last week as part of the freshers week for the University of Arts London. We were mightily impressed with how well this arty lot picked it up, (and by the amount of cake available to us) and we hope to be joining them again in the future. A big thanks to all of those who came out of their way to help spread their knitty knowledge.

Stitch and New Venue! 

Details of the next meeting: 

Join us as we explore another new venue for your knitting pleasure. We’ll be upstairs, psyching ourselves up for a spot of shopping at Ally Pally… 

From 6pm
Venue: The Clarence
53 Whitehall
London SW1A 2HP

Map Nearest Tube: Charing Cross, Embankment

Stitch and National Knitting Week

Details of the meeting after that: 

We’ll be celebrating National Knitting Week in one of our favourite venues, so come along for tasty, healthy (and satisfyingly inexpensive) mezze. We’ve chosen Operation Elderly Charity Stitchers as our charity to do our bit for this year. We’ll be making blanket squares for this worthy cause (please see details below). If you’re new, we think NKW is the perfect time to make your first appearance at a meeting! 

From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London SE1 8DD 

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and a bit of culture

Details of the meeting after that: 

From 6pm
Venue: National Theatre in the Long Bar (ground floor main foyer)
South Bank
SE1 9PX 

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and National Knitting Week

Knitting for a good cause is something we love to do at S&B London. For this year’s national knitting week (12th-19th October), we will be supporting Operation Elderly Charity Stitchers, by knitting/crotchet squares no bigger than 7”x7” (any colour, any pattern).

This non-profit organization makes lap quilts and blankets for the elderly in nursing homes across the UK. Many of the elderly don’t have family around to support them and may feel neglected. So, you can help show your support by contributing a knitted square, which will help provide extra warmth in the coming winter months and will help lift the spirits of those who may feel lonely and forgotten about. 

Join us at our favourite venue, EV in Southwark, as we celebrate the wonders of knitting and appreciate what we can do to help others with our crafty skills.

Stitch and That time of year again

Yes, Ally Pally comes but once a year and now is that special time when money boxes will be smashed (do it, do it!) sofas will be searched and pockets double checked for stray cash. Forget the credit crunch, yarn and craft is far more important and the biggest show of the year is here to help you part with your dosh.  

The Knitting and Stitching Show is coming to London town and will take place at Alexandra Palace from Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th October. To find out your route to crafting glory go to the travel page and select Alexandra Palace, London. 

We know that you filled up on yarny treats at I Knit day but Ally Pally offers so much more for your woolly brain in shape of inspiration from a plethora of craft stalls, workshops, catwalk shows and exhibitions. By the end of the day you’ll be buzzing with ideas and weighed down with goodies with which to execute them. 

Wear your Stitch and Bitch London Badges with pride and if you see someone else wearing one give them the secret handshake… ok, so we don’t have one, but please do say hello to each other and maybe stop for a cuppa and a spot of stitching between shopping.

Stitch and Secret Santa Time!

Christmas may seem likes aaaaages away but S&B London is already planning a festive Christmas party for all you wonderful knitters.  Do you remember last year’s party? There was cake, carols, dancing, booze, lots of yarn-fuelled japery and our favourite bit: Secret Santa. 

Since Secret Santa was such a success last year (and seemed to get all your creative juices flowing) that we just couldn’t resist doing it again.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the proceedings, here’s the deal… 

S&B London Guide to Secret Santa

  1. You are to make one present.
  2. Your present should cost approx £5.
  3. Your present can be ANYTHING, as long as it’s knitted or crocheted. 
  4. You must make your present before the S&B London Christmas party (in December, date to be confirmed).
  5. Preen yourself, then arrive at the S&B London Christmas party looking fabulous with your present wrapped up.
  6. Place your Secret Santa present in the magic sack.
  7. At present-giving time pick a gift out of the magic sack.
  8. Open your present and weep with joy.
  9. Sing Christmas carols and eat cake.
If you need ideas to get you started, here are some pictures from last year’s party.  Remember, your gift is completely anonymous and it doesn’t have to be a work of art, so even if you’re a beginner you can still join in with the fun.  Get your thinking caps on knitters and we look forward to seeing your festive treats!

That’s all we have knitted up this week folks. We hope to see you during National Knitting Week and if you can’t make it along, we hope you will be knitting with pride wherever you may be. May your yarn stay dry and your knitting spirits high.

The S&B London Stitchettes x


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