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.
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.
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.🙂