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Stitch and Bitch London Year That Was 2009

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 27, 2009

Another year is being cast off and what a hell of a woolly year it’s been for you lovely S&B Londoners. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve dropped more stitches collectively than is healthy. Here’s a look back at the S&B London Year That Was 2009.

You could see us from space

In January 2009 you helped us explode on the knit in public scene when nearly 200 of you turned up for our first meeting of the year. The Royal Festival Hall didn’t know what hit them and yarn flew and the woolly whirlwind took over. The Londonist website featured a little story on the strange stitching phenomenon.

We also took over the Make Lounge the very same month where much making and lounging was had in the heart of Islington.

In February you reached across the globe to give a woolly hug to those affected by the Australian bushfires. Donating to the Red Cross and sending handmade heirlooms to those who had lost their own.

Yarnstorming the South Bank

Yarnstorming the South Bank

February also saw London get knitted when Magda Sayeg from Knitta Please came over for a cup of tea and a bit of a yarnstorm. We hit the South Bank from the Festival Hall to the Tate with our sneaky stitching and ended up yarnstorming outside St Pauls only feet away from the filth.

Art in the outdoors

In March you turned Trafalgar Square knitwise with Knit Me’s knitting in public art installation where many of you settled down to stitch amongst the people and the pigeons.

In April we said goodbye and oodles of thank yous to spectacular Stitchette, Annisa ‘Dr Stitchlove’ Chand, and we held a Wallace and Gromit-style meeting at the Science Museum, complete with free cheeeeeeeeeese.

In May you helped knit a bit of funky furniture with Knit a Chair on the South Bank. You can see some of your efforts on the Knit a Chair video of the day.

Weary but happy Race for Lifers

May also saw ten of you Racing for Life along with the lovely Tina B. We came in dead last but won the hearts of the crowd for knitting the whole way round. Look back at pics of us cramming celebratory cake into our faces on our Race for Life blog post.

Manly knitted mos

In June 100 of you sporting fine knitted face fur Knit Crawled from Tower Bridge to the Tate Modern to the London Eye to Trafalgar Square in aid of Prostate UK. We raised over £500, found free hugs on our way and ended to day with pear cider and the usual huge amounts of cake, cake, cake.

We also welcomed Marion ‘Bluestocking Stitcher’ Crick into the Stitchette fold and in July the purlescent Purl Princess Laura Davis handed in her Stitchette badge for a less stressy and more stitchy life.

Teaching on Finnish TV

Also in July new Stitchette Emma-Lee ‘The Purple Purler’ Yarwood taught Finnish TV presenter, Jaako Selin how to knit for his show Jaakko ja maailmanvalloittajat at the Camberwell Arts Festival. Jakko ended the night proclaiming knitting was better than sex. Blimey.

In August we helped out with Jo Roaches knitting documentary which saw several of you clamouring to teach the knit on camera.

Bit of not so Innocent bitching?

We also hit Innocent’s Fruit Towers like a ton of smoothie-hungry knitted bricks as a night of stitching and smoothie tasting ensued. We made over 100 hats for the fabulous fruit-drink floggers and ate more cake than they thought possible.

In September you helped knit the world’s first giant poem for the Poetry Society and Stitchette Jenny ‘Startitis’ Steere hung up her Stitchette hat to start new things.

Also in September new Stitchette Gertrude ‘Large Pink Ball of Yarn’ Woolsworthy became our resident agony aunt. Untangling your woolly woes with her knitted brains.

Comfy Comfort Blanket

October was Ally Pally time and you spent all your hardearned cash on so much knitted goodness. To balance it out you also helped knit the Macmillan Comfort Blanket which we handed over at the show.

Fibre fun at Fifteen

Also in October we filled our faces and had fun with fibre at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant to help launch their pretty knitting kits. Several lucky S&B Londoners won places at the event and a tasty time was had by all.

Knitting amongst bodies and bones

Halloween saw us haunting the Hunterian Museum for the spookiest S&B London meeting ever as you got down with the knit amongst the bones and body parts.

December shoved us into a Christmas knitting frenzy at Christie and Coralie’s Drink Shop Do where the mulled wine flowed and the making was marvellous.

Stitchettes meet Sheep

We also bagged an exclusive interview with the Beano’s Derek the Sheep and became the first ever knitting group in the world to have a cartoon critter as a fully fledged member.

Socking it to you in Stitching Secret Santa

We ended the year with a woolly explosion of Secret Santa stitching and Really Rather Marvellous raffle prizes as you came together with the knitting community to raise over £300 for the Treasure Trove Charity.

Quite frankly you’ve been a very busy bunch.

The Stitchettes (even Gerty) would like to give a fibre-flavoured hug to all of you for making S&B London the finest knitting group to pour our time into.

We’re proud to be able to have brought together such a generous, funny, fabulous, friendly and quite frankly ever so gorgeous knitting community. Thanks for coming along, thanks for staying and thanks for sharing cake.

Please raise your Christmas glasses to a 2010 that knocks the knitted socks off last year. It’s going to be knitastic.

The Stitchettes xxx


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