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.

This week’s meeting, dubbed the Last Lion Scarf Social (or sew-cial), saw a whole lotta sewing of the final scarf patches, several knitters and ex-knitters (who now want back on the knitting horse) hovering about to ask what on earth we thought we were doing with a huge mound of knitting taking up two tables in the bar, and lots of oooohing and ahhhing at the lovely bits sent in from all over the world. Thanks so much to all those who sewed. Your neat and tidy stitches won’t have long to wait.


Lion Scarf Tales

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.

Lion Ladies with scarf

The Lion Scarf Fund total now stands at a huge £2070 for Cancer Research UK (and goes up every day.

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…

Stitch and the Great London Lion Bescarfing Event

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
Time: From 11 AM to 12.30
Venue: Trafalgar Square



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.

Stitch and Arrrrrrrghhhhhhh Shiver Me Timbers, Me Hearties

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
Time: From 6 PM
Venue: The TS Queen Mary

Waterloo Pier
Victoria Embankment
London WC2R 2PP



Nearest tube: Embankment, Temple, Charing Cross 

Stitch and Soooo Two Decades Ago

Details of the meeting after next:

TUESDAY 27th March
Time: From 6 PM
Venue: The Retro Bar
2 George Court (Off the Strand)

Tel: 020 7321 2811


Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Embankment

Stitch and Eat Popcorn, Stitch Some More, Eat More Popcorn

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.

Stitch and Hang on a Minute, That’s Not a Sheep

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.

Stitch and Short but Sweet

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.


That really is all we have to tell you this week. Hope to see you all in Trafalgar Square to warm those chilly lions (it would be amazing if all 550+ of you came along. London would not know what hit it! Ah well, we can dream). As usual let us know if you stumble across any knitting internet gold, and check in at the message board if you can’t stand the wait. Raise your needles to the warm lions wherever you may be at 11 on the 20th!

Happy knitting and see you at the Grand Bescarfing!

Stitch and Bítch London  
Our myspace group: Stitch and Bítch UK  




This week's stuff and things:

News from Last meeting
Lion Scarf News
Grand Lion Bescarfing
Next meeting
Meeting after next
Cinema Knitting
Animals with long faces
Two bits of news





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