|Stitchin', Bitchin' and Bescarfing the London Lions||15th March 2007
Gigantic woolly Lion Scarf greetings to you People of the Knit
We hope that this newsletter finds you feeling incredibly well and small-child-after-too-many-pennysweets-overexcited at the thought of those bescarfed London lions on Tuesday morning.
In other Lion Scarf news it has been insane at Lion Scarf Central. On Sunday we sewed, ate cake and marvelled at David Bowie’s tights in Labyrinth, on Monday the final postal patch of scarf arrived, on Tuesday your overworked newsletter writer got her own slice of internet fame, and the rest of the week is just a blur of Lion Scarf madness.
It is sadly too late to knit, but you can still donate and enter the FREE DRAW. If you do you are in with a chance to WIN one of the fabulous scarves, or one of the sets of Lion Brand yarn and Broomstick needles (which are really cool and we want to keep). Even £1 will chuck you in the draw, so give a little bit and get a warm, lionlike feeling deep down in your toes.
The big news is the event of course. So without further rambling…
On Tuesday the 11th of March the proud Lion Ladies of Stitch and Bitch London will be in London’s Trafalgar Square. We will be bescarfing the four magnificent Lions at the base of Nelson’s Column in four giant scarves handknitted by over 150 knitters from all across London, and the UK and from 15 different countries.
The humongous 150+ feet of Lion Scarf (that is more than three times the height of the Column itself) will warm those chilly lions in aid of all the lion-hearted people who fight the dastardly evils of Cancer every day. We are ever so proud to know every single one of you who contributed, and plan to make this the most fabulous Lion Bescarfing London has ever seen (as all the other ones have been so dull…).
We would love for you to come and join us. So tell your boss you have a dentist’s appointment, knit a woolly version of you to leave at your desk, cover yourself in ketchup and pretend to be rushed to A&E, and then come along to see the bescarfed beasts!
TUESDAY 20th March
Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster
If you can’t make to the Square (which is so very sad), then fear not. We have dug up not one but two online webcams! Hurrah!
Trafalgar Square Webcam 1 – Updates every five seconds for your London Lion viewing pleasure.
Trafalgar Square Webcam 2
– In case there is a pigeon standing in front of Cam 1.
Details of the next meeting:
Ah harrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Next meeting we be knitting on the fair sea-going beauty the TS Queen Mary. Bring yer knitted eyepatches, yer wooden legwarmers and yer crochet-hook hands. Anyone seen droppin’ a stitch be walkin’ the plank and knitting in Davy Jones’ Locker, so they be (and we don’t mean that fella from The Monkees).
WEDNESDAY 21st March
Nearest tube: Embankment, Temple, Charing Cross
Details of the meeting after next:
Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Embankment
It’s becoming a bit of a global concern, people just don’t knit in the cinema enough these days. It is almost a crime.
But fear not, yarn-obsessed friends, Knitflicks is here to save the day. They meet to view and knit on the last Saturday of every month at the fabulous Ritzy in Brixton.
Knitflicks knit at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, and management apparently leave the lights turned up for the knitters, and provide tea and coffee free afterward so the knitters can sit around discussing how they saw the surprise ending coming before everyone else, or how they dropped a stitch during the shot of Brad Pitt in the nip.This month they will be watching Hot Fuzz at 10.40am on Saturday the 17th.
Ah the sweet, sweet softness of alpaca yarn. You know you love it. Not only is it super soft and fabulous to knit with, but it comes from beasts with the best facial expressions ever, it is almost as strong as silk, it is cool in summer, warm in winter, and the Incas called it "Fibre of the Gods".
Best where can you get some of this fabulous stuff?
Barwell Alpacas - Out in Chessington, Surrey alpacas roam about Barwell Alpacas little piece of the world patiently growing their fleeces for your knitting pleasure. Their site sells all kinds of alpaca yarn in natural or dyed colours. It even sells alpacas, and if you don’t have enough space for one (one-bed flats are no place for them), you can adopt one and visit it on weekend. Awwwwwwwww.
They have promised to pop along to a meeting and show us some of their wares. We’ll keep you posted as to when and where you can get your mitts on it when they let us know.
Two quick links, as we are so Lion-Scarf busy this week:
London Knitters Blogring - Yay! There is now a London Knitters blogring. Chuck your own knitting blog in there, browse knitting blogs of other London knitters, wander in out of curiosity and come out the other side with some new knitting knowledge.Olympia Stitch and Craft 2007 - Thursday 22nd March to Sunday 25th March from 10am to 5.30pm.
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