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First S&B London meeting of 2009: 194 stitchers get their knit on

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on January 10, 2009

On the 8th of January 2009 S&B London shook off that Christmas and New Year laziness and got down to some serious 2009 stitching in the South Bank’s Royal Festival Hall.

We were expecting a fair few. New Year is always a busy time. People turning over a new woolly leaf want to get their needles clicking ASAP, and since we teach for free (and the world is in the grimy grips of the dreaded Credit Crunch) we guessed there’d be many newbies up for the stitching challenge.

Growing group of S&B Londoners

Growing group of S&B Londoners

What we didn’t guess was just how many of you would turn up.

Intent on helping S&B Londoners get to know each other, us Stitchettes had brought along a packet of 100 shiny name stickers for people to share their identity (or lie about their name, calling themselves something fabulous like Yarnia Von Cashmerino). But halfway through handing out stickers we seemed to run out. Odd. How could this be?

What started as a small island of knitters grew and grew. Tables and chairs were dragged in from other RFH areas. People squidged up to make more room, then they squidged some more.

A few more knitters

A few more knitters

It was all rather fabulous. Yarn was flying all over the place, needles were clicking away at varying speeds, wine glasses clinked, cake was consumed, and the bitching was just as furious as the stitching.

Sprinkled amongst knitters who’d been mastering the knit for a while were scores of yarn-hungry newbies. We were ever so grateful to the S&B Londoners who put down their current WIP (work in progress) to teach our newbies their first wobbly stitches. And ever so pleased that every single learner came away with a little bit of the knit of their very own.

The last count of the night saw 194 S&B Londoners knitting away. Had aliens taken the roof of the RFH we think you might have been able to see us from space. 🙂

194 of you!

194 of you!


10 Responses to “First S&B London meeting of 2009: 194 stitchers get their knit on”

  1. Carrie said

    What a great turn out. Did you have xerox flyers to go home with new knitters , what size needles did you use and what type of yarn? Did everyone donate the needles and yarn or did newbies bring there own?

  2. Hi Carrie. People bring all their own stuff along to be taught at our group. The lessons are free, but we don’t provide the materials ourselves. Part of learning to knit is getting out there and learning to buy the tools you knit with. 🙂

    You can see a list of the things we recommend on our website here.

    There is a list of London Yarn Shops where people can buy these things too.

  3. […] the ridicilous amount I still have lying around. What did cheer me up was turning up to the first Stitch & Bitch London meet up at the Royal Festival Hall. Perhaps it was the combination of the weather, the start of […]

  4. graceless said

    this was my very first stitch and bitch, and even though there was a ridiculously high number of people, i had a lovely time and will definitely be coming back!

  5. Andrea said

    I’m soooooooooooooooo jealous as I have only just discovered S&B and the first meeting looked great. Can you let me know when the next one will be?

  6. Jean said

    That’s amazing! I used to organise concerts in London and the RFH was one of our venues. In those days such a thing would have been frowned upon! And as for dragging more tables and chairs across that precious floor – the house managers were SO precious about it! Wish I could have been with you.

  7. Come along next time. We knit there lots. Excellent light and lots of space.

    We were careful with the floor. 🙂

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