Thursday, November 30, 2006

Is there a meeting this week?

If something seems off, feel free to double check by emailing seoulsnb@gmail.com.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sunday November 19

There's a regular meeting Sunday at 2:30 followed by Chris's going away dinner. We have 5:30 reservations at Petra. Hope to see ya'll there.

And I know the graphics on this page are borked. I'll fix that asap, worry not.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Awesome meeting!

Hey folks! Last weekend was really a blast. It was great seeing so many new faces, and some returnees. I'm really looking forward to spending the cold months crafting up a storm with all of you.
Don't forget, our next meeting is November 19th, 2:30pm at Indigo. If the mailng list is any indication, we're going to have some more new faces!

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Dinks visit Stitch n Bitch



Chub Creek is an awesome podcast hosted by Dave (and it was once Dave and Gary). Somewhere along the way Dave and Gary got turned into two knitted dolls that have been travelling the world. And guess what? They came to Stitch n Bitch on October 15th!





To follow their progress or to read more about them, visit the dolls at their travel blog.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

November Meeting Dates - minor location change

Stitch n Bitch now meets at Cafe T+ in Hyehwa.
Please refer to this post for directions.


We're going to be meeting on November 5th and 19th this month.
Also, be aware that we're no longer meeting at the Orange Tree but at Indigo, downstairs from the Orange Tree. The directions are exactly the same, just don't go upstairs.
A few of our members are going back to their home countries this month. We're definitely gonna miss you Chris and Talila.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

October 14 - 15

We will be going on a Stash Enhancing eXpidition field trip on Saturday October 14th. All of you who would like to meet us for the SEX (sorry, I've been wanting to say that for days!) we'll be meeting at Dongdaemun Stn. (lines 1 and 4) exit 9 at 1pm.

Also, there will be a regular Stitch n Bitch meeting at the Orange Tree on Sunday October 15th at 2:30pm.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sorry!

I've been really sick this summer so I kinda slacked off keeping this blog updated. Fear not, anxious reader, regular updates will begin again after my Chuseok vacation.

For now, a little head's up about an upcoming field trip to Dongdaemun on Saturday Oct. 14th. I just want to iron out times that are good for everyone so please participate in the discussion on the email list.

If you're not on the email list, please join. There's a little button over on the right side of this page.

That said there'll also be a regular meeting on October 15th, 2:30 at The Orange Tree.

Now, I've got to go finish packing...

Friday, July 21, 2006

Sunday July 23rd

Remember how the plan was to go on a templestay this weekend? Well that's been cancelled so...

regular Stitch n Bitch meeting at the Orange Tree at 2:30

It's also Cath's last SnB so we'll be going out to dinner after the meeting.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

I say Hello!

With all these goodbyes don't think I've forgotten we have some new members! Just wanna say hey to Miss Koco who is not only stitchin' and bitchin' with us, but also contributing to the blog.

Did you know that you can contribute to the blog too? Just send an email to seoulsnb@gmail.com letting me know and I'll get you all set up! It's easy as pie.

I don't know why you say goodbye... (part 3)



Two weeks later, it was Sarah's goodbye. And then the week after that Colleen's. We didn't have a typical SnB meeting for either of those.




For Sarah's goodbye, Seoul Stitch n Bitch took a fieldtrip to Gyeongbokgung. And to say by to Colleen, the remaining SnB ladies *cough* Me and Cath *cough* met her for brunch.

(I'm sure everyone understands the "read more" link at this stage in the game).



I've sorta been putting off writing these entries because I'm out of things to say. So I'll leave you with some photos...


Cath, Julia, and Sarah at Gyeonbokgung.


I'm sure the guide pamphlet told me what exactly this part of the palace was for, but I totally don't remember. Purty, isn't it?


Sarah, taking a picture of a fish. She got a really nice shot. And a picture of my bum.

After Gyeongbokgung we went to Insadong. This is outside the Old Tea Shop.

And that, folks, wraps up the goodbyes for now. Cath's last Stitch n Bitch is next weekend, July 23rd. We're hoping to take a fieldtrip to a temple stay. Details on that and August's meeting schedule to follow really soon!

I don't know why you say goodbye... (part 2)

D'you know who I forgot to mention in the last post? Mac. I didn't make it out to her going away party so I don't have any photos. Sorry! It was out at Anna's place and I'm told that everyone had a good time.

So after Jen's last Stitch n Bitch we went out to dinner and then to noraebang! Both Jen and Sarah objected but as you can see from the photos, eventually joined in on the fun.


(Click "read more" for the rest of the photos and my inane ramblings)


Being the woman with the biggest camera means I get to take embarassingly close pictures of my friends while they sing and then post them on the internet. Being the woman who writes the blog posts means that even though there were a few pictures of me that turned up on my camera, I get spared this embarassment.

Muhahahahah.

Cath - rockin' out.



So Jen was the biggest objector to the noraebang experience. She sorta sat and pouted for a little bit until a song came on that she wanted to sing. Then she rocked out.

We all rocked out. I sang "Stand by your man" by Tammy Wynette with an embarassingly awesome country twang.

But then, it was time to go home. *sigh* The goodbyes are starting to get hard to do...

Friday, July 14, 2006

In the News

Hello world, Miss Koco here. Here? Yes, yes, I'm blogging all over the place these days! I'm so excited.

The reason for such elation? The fabulous article about Seoul StitchnBitch in the Korea Herald, of course. Check it out here.
Okay, I'm just keeping this one brief. Till next time, here are some links for fun:

knitting for psychos

A collective fiber art project out in California:


knitting/graffiti

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I don't know why you say goodbye... (part 1)

I know none of you read my personal blog. But if you did you know I write notoriously long blog entries. I'm going to do my best not to do that here but I suspect today's might be a touch on the long side. Just in case you don't make it to the end, I'll remind you now there is a Stitch n Bitch meeting this weekend, July 9th - 2:30pm @ The Orange Tree.



We've had so many goodbyes lately. I believe it all began with Jane, our fearless leader. She moved back to Australia in early March. Then we had about 20 goodbye parties for Jen. And that's where the photos start. I actually don't have any pictures of Jen's official going away celebration but I do have some pictures of her actual last Stitch n Bitch meeting.

(Click "read more" for the rest of the photos and commentary. Also, all the photos are clickable for a larger view).



Not only was it Jen's going away, it was also Chris and Anna's last meeting for the summer (can't wait to have you guys back!). Jen showed up with bags and bags of stuff and sucessfully pawned it off on all of us.




Actually, I ended up with the bulk of that yarn. It was a tangly good time. That weekend's meeting was bittersweet. Not everyone was leaving permanantly but those who were coming back also had to say goodbye to those who weren't.








There's such a great sense of community that's formed between us. Really, I think that's one of the best things about crafting groups. Honestly I could go off about knitting creating a sense of community but I'll stay on topic for this post :) I will mention our frappr map. Go. Sign up. Put a pin and let us know where you've landed! And please, keep in touch.



Sunday, July 02, 2006

New Blood or: How to get to SnB, a referesher

Last night Cath and I went to Eden and we met some pretty great people. I certainly hope they can make it out to our next Stich n Bitch Meeting at the Orange Tree! *cough* July 9th, 2:30pm *cough*



If you're one of them or if you've just stumbled upon our little group here I thought I'd put the directions to our meetings up here and easily accessible. As always the full written directoins are available here and have an easy link on the sidebar on the right of this page.




Coming soon is the info on the templestay field trip and probably some pictures that we've taken at the past few events.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Meeting Schedule for July

Hey folks!
With Summer here and many of our members away on vacation I think it's best we drop back to every other week for meetings.

July 2nd - NO MEETING
July 9th - The Orange Tree 2:30pm
July 16th - NO MEETING
July 23rd - Special Field Trip (a templestay for Cath's last meeting. Details to follow soon)
July 30th - NO MEETING

Get it? Good. See y'all in a couple of weeks!!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Special SnB Sunday June 25th

With many of our members leaving either for the summer or for good our meetings have been happening weekly but the location and format have been changing.

This week is no exception. Or well, it is insofar as we won't be meeting at the Orange Tree or doing any knitting. It's Sarah's last weekend in town so we're all going to meet and go to Gwangbukgong Palace and then Insadong.

Meet at Gwangbukgong station.. Line 5 (purple line) at 1pm

If you get lost or want to meet up with us later call Marie at 010 3147 4354


Also, this is from Colleen's post to the SnB mailing list:


hey ladies,

i can't keep track of time - it is just flying by! i just realized that since i missed sunday's stitch n bitch (office outing with nathaniel's office), i only have one more sunday in seoul. and unfortunately, i'll have to miss that meeting too (office outing with my office).

of course, i can't leave korea without saying goodbye to the stitchers.

so, would anyone be interested in meeting up for brunch or dinner either this saturday (the 24th) or next (the 1st)? brunch either day or dinner this saturday would work for me.

i'm also open to other suggestions.

colleen


I vote we try to meet up for brunch on the 1st. Please feel free to discuss this on the mailing list, that's what it's for :)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Bad webgirl!
Bad webgirl!

Sorry all...It's been awhile since I've updated.
For those of you who are wondering, we still do meet weekly!

It seems as though we meet at the Orange Tree in Haebangchon every other week.
The weeks we don't meet at The Orange Tree, we're usually on an outing to an event or hanging out at someone's home.

Please send us an email at seoulsnb@googlegroups.com if you need more information about when or where we meet. I'll add you to the email list.

Here are some photos from some of our recent events!

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ENJOY!!

Cath

Thursday, March 09, 2006

URGENT- JOIN US FOR JANE'S SAYONARA ON SUNDAY NIGHT!!!

Calling all SnB and friends!!

This Sunday will be our fearless leader Jane's last Stitch in Seoul!
We will have our regular meeting at the Orange Tree as per usual, but please join us afterwards for a farewall dinner at Petra Middle Eastern restaurant afterwards.

Jane's sassy stitchin has been an inspiration to us all, so we hope you can join us on Sunday night!

Cath, Chris and Talillah

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Photos from Sunday Feb 26th



Colleen and Sarah




Jen and Chris



Catherine and Mac



Natalie

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

March 2006 Meeting Dates: Every Sunday!

Since it's raining today and the weather is STILL cold, Seoul StitchnBitch "weekly winter session" will be held for one more month! (and perhaps expect a new reason next month haha)

Time: 2.30pm
Place: the Orange Tree, Haebangchon, Seoul
Dates: Sunday, March 5, 12, 19, 26.

Learn to Knit and Crochet

Thanks to the multitude of talent shared by Seoul SNB members, there is nearly always someone at a SNB meeting who can show you how to knit or crochet. But if you can't wait, there's always THE INTERNET (with video instructions, alright!):

http://www.learntoknit.com has instructions on how to knit and crochet plus a guide to the tools of the trade, knit vs crochet, reading patterns and abbreviations, and some simple and fast projects for beginners.


http://www.helloknitty.com/videoinstr.htm has video instructions for casting on and off, and the two basic stitches of knitting: knit and purl.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/ has over 150 free instruction videos on its site. It has videos for basic and advanced techniques.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Craft Books for the Modern Gal and Guy

Yay crafters, we need no longer groan at craft books whose target audience is aging grandmas with a penchant for pastels. The last few years have seen individual crafters, designers and craft collectives publishing their own funky, innovative and inspiring designs. Knitted fried-egg earmuff, anyone?

While Kyobo bookstore in Gwanghumun and possibly the Kangnam branch stock both StitchnBitch books as well as Sublime Stitching Embroidery kits, you'll have to order the goodies below by post.

The books' titles link to the reviews that I cut and pasted below.



Super Crafty: a book by the women's craft collective PDX Super Crafty, containing over 75 amazing how-to projects, everything from shrink art and jewelry making to recycled crafting, plus "Social Craft Action," "Glitter Therapy," "Crafting Disasters," and more.



In Bazarr Bizarre: Not Your Granny's Craft Book Greg Der Ananian, founder of the bicoastal craft fair of the same name, combines a variety of how-to projects from radical crafters on his bazaar circuit. From silk painting to quilting and bookbinding, projects such as Anarchy Soap and Vinyl Record Cuffs teach basic skills of popular crafts and offer tips on how to creatively customize with thrift store purchases.



Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits is a crocheter's knitting book. Why? Well, mainly because we crocheters are used to patterns that work up fast, and the high-fashion patterns in the book are all made with nice bulky yarn that works up quickly. It's geared towards beginners but without the boring or shapeless patterns often offered to new knitters. Knitting basics are included with nice clear illustrations (there's even a small section on using crochet for edging). (review from The Hook and I)





Second-time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater presents an amazing array of ideas that can be made from a wool sweater that has been washed in the hot cycle and dried until it becomes like felt.




The Art of Knitting: Inspirational Stitches, Textures, and Surfaces is a creative and inventive overview of stitches and fabrics, both hand-knitted and machine-made, presenting hundreds of sumptuous ways of working with yarn, from silk thread to Shetland wool.




This book has the cutest and quirkiest knitted toys I've seen in a while - robots, two-headed toys and rabbits. There are only limited copies remaining here for order (as of January 25, 2006).



Oddball Knitting contains 31 patterns to provide you with inspiration when it comes to using up your left-over yarn. We felt this book was most useful when discussing the "how" of oddball knitting. The sections on combining colors, determining how much yarn you have, measuring weights, and calculating lengths to finish a row are creative . We always wondered how to estimate the length of yarn remaining in a partially used ball and now we know.






Knitorama 25 original and stylish yet practical designs that have step-by-step instructions on how-to knit each project, suitable for adventurous beginners and other knitters. Entertain your friends with knitted cakes; surprise them with fried-egg earmuffs; take revenge on bad TV with a woolly hand grenade; protect your speakers by knitting covers; cook with yarn vegetables; and make a glam cardigan from squares.


Knitheaven also has a great book review section.

FYI: StitchnBitch trademark debacle



Recently a New York firm called Sew Easy has got its knickers in a knot over its trademarking of the name, "StitchnBitch", despite claims by Debbie Stoller, author of knitting books "StitchnBitch" and "StitchnBitch Nation" that the term came about in the 1960s. Check out the story here....


This company has been aggressively trying to stop all "illegal" uses of its trademark, including 'lil old StitchnBitch groups. While Debbie Stoller and Sew Easy battle it out over the rights to use StitchnBitch, the company has successfully demanded that Yahoo, which hosts many SNB groups' mailing list, delete all mailing lists with "StitchnBitch" in their title. Obviously, this completely sucks - the name "stitch and bitch" is common use rather than an trademarkable brand, SNB groups are community groups that make no money off the name, and the claim to ownership by Sew Easy is pretty dubious anyway.

Since Seoul SNB uses google to host its list and blogger to host its blog, we've gone undetected, heh heh!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Photos from the last SNB of the (lunar) year

Sunday's StitchnBitch at the Orange Tree, Haebangchon, January 30 2006

Karolyn, Julia and Helen
Karolyn, Julia and Helen.

Natalie, Chris and Anna
Natalie, Chris and Anna.

Colleen, Astrid, Karolyn and Leslee
Colleen, Astrid, Karolyn and Leslee.

Jo's scarf
Jo and her amazing no-knit scarf!

Astrid's scarf
Astrid, knitting maestra, with her completed scarf.

Natalie beading
And prize for crafter with the most patience goes to Natalie...

Natalie's bracelet
...and her beadwork!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

SNB MEETINGS for the next few months of 2006

Here are the dates for the next few meetings of Seoul StitchnBitch:

Sunday January 31st

Sunday February 5th

*extra meeting to due popular demand*
Sunday February 12th

Sunday February 19th

*extra meeting to due popular demand*
Sunday February 26th

Sunday March 5th

Sunday March 19th

All meetings start around 2.30 pm the Orange Tree Cafe/Bar in Haebangchon with directions here.

BYO craft and see you there!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SNB Barbie Story



Last weekend, StitchnBitch had an outing to a vegetarian buffet in Sinsa, and visited the Barbie exhibition at the Seoul Arts Center.