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Poor Anne Elliot

Poor Anne Elliot

It’s Sunday and for once in a long, long time I have a whole slothful Sunday to myself to do absolutely nothing (oh aside from laundry, grocery shopping and  other chores). It doesn’t matter that the sun is actually shining outside, I will not fall into the trap of feeling guilty for being indoor!

I think I finally understand why as obvious as it may seem why there are more knitters in the northern hemisphere. It really is fiendishly cold and I will forever be grateful for knitted scarves, beanies and mittens when the temperature dropped below the inside of my fridge. That being said, moving north should mean my productivity in said knitted garments should increase exponentially. Unfortunately although my stash and queued projects have increased the finished versus planned project ratio is rather woeful

It was no surprise that I was rather excited when I thought I knitted the lat bits of Anne Elliot only to realise that as I sew the pieces together that it was much too big and I just hated the way the sleeves draped on me. It didn’t help that the finished bust measurement ended up being much bigger than I estimated. No matter how I tried to block it, there was just no denying the fact that it needed a good frogging. The plan is to reknit the garment removing the number of stitch increase and changing the sleeves to raglan sleeves.

This rather depressing turn of event would have been the perfect reason to buy yarn at the various sales around town in John Lewis, Loop and Liberty, but I have already ordered a stash from Bendigo Woollen Mills not to mention 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 the year and the number of people who decided to take up knitting as their new year resolution, but 194 knitters turned up on the evening and by 8pm we had overtaken the majority of chairs and tables. In a lot of ways it was a reflection of how popular knitting and crafting have become in the past few years, resulting in an increased number of books, yarns and accessories in the market.

Christmas knit and Secret Santa


The rather doubtful joy of being jet lagged is the odd opportunities of waking up at 5 AM and not being able to go back to sleep, lending itself to be a perfect time to update my blog regarding all Christmas matter before the day arrives.

Stitch N Bitch London Christmas Party

Last week was the last Stitch N Bitch London meet up before the new year and true to form, the Stitchettes organised a Christmas party that confirmed why I loved this group so much. As part of the fun, (should they wish to) each person were to make a Secret Santa gift they knitted themselves that will be placed in a giant sock. The rules were simple

S&B London Guide to Secret Santa

  1. You are to make one present.
  2. Your present should cost approx £5.
  3. Your present can be ANYTHING, as long as it’s knitted or crocheted.
  4. You must make your present before the S&B London Christmas party on Tuesday 16th December
  5. Preen yourself, then arrive at the S&B London Christmas party looking fabulous with your present wrapped up.
  6. Place your Secret Santa present in the giant Christmas stocking.
  7. At present-giving time pick a gift out of the giant Christmas stocking.
  8. Open your present and weep with joy.
  9. Sing Christmas carols and fine Christmas pub food.

Those who knows me would realise that I am a rather selfish knitter and am more likely to teach someone to knit rather than knit them something. At the same time for some reason I really wanted to knit a random someone something. With terribly good planning I started knitting fetching the Sunday before the actual event. Reasoning that last time it took me an afternoon to knit I should be able to finish it in a weekend with plenty of time to spare. Unfortunately I forgot to factor how being ill would change the equation. A few hours before the party I elbowed hapless passengers out of the way on the overland train so I can find a seat and to knit in peace, continued to do right until I arrived at the pub and  (just) managed to cast off moments before everyone picked their presents from the giant sock.


The quality of gifts that night was incredibly high and everyone ooh and aaahed whenever someone took another present from the pile. I managed to score a knitted gray beret made from a super chunky soft yarn that I absolutely love and was an absolute godsend in the cold NY winter.

Stitch N Bitch London Christmas Party

Looking around the room it amazed me how many familiar faces and names I now recognised from this lovely, cheerful and always friendly group. From the first week I arrived in the country the group became my lifeline in settling in and discovering various places in London. Life in London would have been poorer had I been too intimidated to attend the first meeting and I can gladly say that I will continue to turn to more meet ups in the coming year.