Worldwide Knit in Public Day is a bigun for the Stitch London woolly Godzilla. It wants to get out there and stomp its yarny footprint all over London and this year we let it lose in London’s lovely museum district.
Nearly 100 of you knit your handmade socks off amongst the bones, birds and beasts at the Natural History Museum, in the cool poolside peace of the V&A, to the sundrenched symphony of the Albert Memorial and in the Neverneverland Neighbourhood of Kensington Garden’s Peter Pan statue.
We met with naked cyclists (MY EYES!), knitted dinosaurs, a chunky crochet frog who found a good home, a fibre-finding hound who was exhausted by all the adoration, far too much cake (no shock there) and all manner of gawping passers by.
There be dinosaurs nearby...
A raffle prize Derek the Sheep by Gary Northfield knits for a dinosaur
The cool climes of the heart of the V&A
Lucky winner of Sarah McIntyre's knitting Vern the Sheep print
I can't help but notice you're knitting
Recovering from Naked Bike Ride viewing at the Albert Memorial
Knit one, eat one
Last knitting stop Neverneverland
Why the long face? We brought cake!
Peter Pan observes the purling from his plinth
Prick Your Finger's crochet frog pretends to be a crocodile
The Knit Crawl winds to a close and many of us are dog tired
Celebration cider for a Knit Crawl well stitched
Just one more row...
The Knit Crawl raised a whopping £300 for the Brains Trust and left a huge woolly footprint on London for 2010. Thanks to all of those who donated prizes and everyone who took part in the public purling.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day comes but once a year and this year it’s the 12th of June. The Stitch London Knit Crawl rises from the depths of the Thames to stomp across the city once more.
What on earth is a Knit Crawl? It’s a day when you and your knitting proudly go out into the city and show yourself off. There’s sunshine, there’s cake, there’s hayfever-based sneezing, there are curious passers by and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the knitted moustache.
When is it? This year it’s the 12th of June from 12pm till 6pm.
Where will it be? This year’s Knit Crawl is going to be epic. We’ll take you through the Wild, the Wondrous, the Musical and the Magical. Four venues, four places to sit and knit, four chances to win something woolly and wonderful in our Knit Crawl raffle.
What will it cost? The Knit Crawl is free for anyone to join. Bring yourself, bring your knitting and bring a brain ready to be filled with the fabulous. We’ll take you and your knitting on a tour you and your stitching won’t easily forget. What can I win? We’ll have a grand prize at each stop of the Knit Crawl. The grand prizes will be announced nearer the time but they will be very cool.
What can I win in your marvellous raffle?So much fabulous fibre-based stuff! We have 12 amazing raffle prizes for the big day. You can see full details of what they are on our Knit Crawl page.
Join us for a day of knitting in the (hopefully) sunshine on the 12th of June from noon till the Knit Crawl Survivors Shindig at 6pm.
In 2007 we Knit Crawled for Cancer Research, in 2008 we Knit Crawled for Breast Cancer Care, this year Worldwide Knit in Public Day looms once more. The Stitch and Bitch London Knit Crawl 2009 has a far manlier theme…
The Stitch and Bitch London Tashtastic Knit Crawl 2009 will take to the streets of lovely London Town on Saturday the 13th of June.
We’ll stomp our way across four iconic London sights:
Tower Bridge: get down with the ravens and explain to tourists they’re not at London Bridge
Tate Modern: knit it up all arty-like in the gargantuan turbine hall where passers-by will assume you are an art installation
London Eye: get your stitch on in Jubilee Gardens under the gaze of the all-seeing London Eye
Trafalgar Square: a Knit Crawl traditional. Say hi to the Lions and furiously blend in with whatever festival happens to be taking place there, while knitting like you mean it
This year we’re doing it bloke-flavoured, raising money for the Prostate UK Charity in a tashtastic manner. We’ll be knitting (and possibly wearing, for those with no shame) moustaches for that manly feel.
Walkers of Whitehall
15 Craig’s Court
Join us for the whole thing, join us for a small part, just make sure you get your knits out on the town for a good cause.
Huge thanks to: Banyan Tree Yarns (the UK home of Lion Brand’s wonderful wool) Soak(amazing stuff for washing your handknits without the horror) Debonnaire Yarns (artistic yarns and all kinds of woolly goodness)
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Slap on the sunscreen (we hope), grab your WIP (work in progress), put on your best submit-to-the-knit face, and get out there. Show London your knits for Worldwide Knit in Public Day!
As International Knit in Public Day beckons on Saturday 14th June, S&B London prepares to embark upon it’s second annual London Knit Crawl. You are all invited to join us in bring knitting proudly to the streets of London. Check out last year’s Knit Crawl from our blog entries in June 2007 for a taster of what’s to come.
Details of this year’s crawl will be released soon – keep your eyes on the newsletter and this blog for them. But for now we would like to set you a challenge. We all had a fab time on last year’s crawl, but the day took it’s toll on our bums as they sat on London monuments, concreate and grass all day long. So this year, to keep you comfy we are asking you to knit along with us and create your own Sit-upon.
The pattern, designed by Steph Fairless of iloveknitting.net, is a carry-along cushion, one side knitted to your own design and the other made from any waterproof fabric. It cleverly doubles up as a bag for your project too.
Here’s how it works (expertly demonstrated by Purl Princess):
1) Turn up to the Knit crawl with your finished Sit-upon and look for a fine place to sit.
2) Once you’ve found your spot, don’t forget to take your project out of your bag first
3) Now plonk yourself down and enjoy a spot of well-earned knitting time. You bum with thoroughly enjoy the Sit-upon’s added comfort.
4) When it’s time for the Knit Crawl to move on simply grab your cushion and give the PVC waterproof underside a good brush down.
5) And you’re ready to continue on with the rest of S&B London, as we roll on to the next location to show London what we’re all about!
Once you’ve finished we’d love to see your take on the Sit-upon, so send us an email with some pictures of it or bring it along to the group and we’ll feature your design in our newsletter or on this blog.
We’d love you to join in and knit with us, so here’s the pattern:
STITCH AND BITCH LONDON SIT-UPON
This pattern is only to be used as a guide and inspiration to create your very own Sit-upon for the Stitch & Bitch Knit Crawl.
Be as creative as you like!
Send us a picture of your finished Sit-upon or bring it to the group, we will feature your design on our blog or in the newsletter.
Yarn of choice
Knitting needles to match gauge of yarn
Cushion - buy one from Primark/cheap shop or fill your Sit-upon with soft cushion filling/stuffing. (Rough size = approximately 37cm x 37cm (15″ x 15″))
PVC/ waterproof backing
Plastic bag to cover cushion (optional)
1. Measure up your cushion (or choose a suitable size to sit on) so you know how big to make your knitted square, and for cutting the PVC fabric. (Rough size = approximately 37cm x 37cm (15″ x 15″))
2.Knit a square to the size you want your cushion.
If you are using a pre-made cushion:
Make a tension square so you can work out how many stitches to the centimeter you need (unless you are a good guesser!).
3.Make a handle to your required length and width (rough size = approximately 60cm). The handle on the cushion shown is 41cm (16″) long and 4cm (1.5″ wide). Don’t make it too long as it will stretch. You can either do one handle or two.
4.Any extra embellishments to the cushion before sewing up. Add sequins, tassels, embroidery, buttons, or an appliqué, but remember that you’re going to be sitting on it, so nothing too pokey!
1.Cover your cushion with a plastic bag in case it gets wet (optional).
2.Pin and sew the handle to knitted square.
3.Put PVC and knitted fabrics right-side facing each other and sew round 3 edges.
4.Insert a zip if you wish to use the Sit-upon as a project bag also.
5.Turn inside out so correct sides are now facing outwards. Insert your cushion or stuffing.
6.Sew last edge (if you’re not using a zip).
Places to buy your materials
John Lewis, they will have most of what you need and a good range of PVC fabrics.
Your local haberdashery and fabric shop.
EBay, find wonderful fabrics and yarns online.
If you want to be extra special there is a double knit pure wool yarn which is Teflon treated to make it water and snow resistant.Dalegarn Hauk. It is available through www.dragonyarns.co.uk
Our final destination of the day was Trafalgar Square, not full of pigeons today but full of freedom fighters! Protesters waved placards for Palestine, police milled about making sure all was well, the lions looked down on all the chaos (tipping us a cheeky wink for their scarves back in February, and we plonked ourselves down on the ancient concrete and started to stitch.
A policeman told us, as we sat and knit away, that we were the most sensible thing he had witnessed in the Square all day (sadly we had missed the naked bike ride that went by, though I bet they could have done with our knitted items!).
Photo-snapping tourists didn’t bother to hide their fascination and snapped away happily, jaws dropped when Craig from I Knit turned up with his giant needles (causing two Japanese girlies to squeal in delight and demand a photo of themselves with them), Joelle had a giant knit just to see if she could (and she really could but it looked like hard work), one of our more weary members fell asleep at the needles (it had been a long day), and all in all it was a marvellous end to the most fabulous London Knit Crawl in knitting history (or it felt like it).
We want to thank all those who came of the knitting closet to show the city what knitting is all about. It was a wonderful day and we couldn’t have made as many heads turn if it wasn’t for the sheer (shear…? Sorry) number of you who turned up with your sticks and string.
A few pints in the pub at the end of the day and the London Knit Crawl was officially over. We cannot wait for next year. :)
The South Bank in the shadow of the London Eye has a festival air of choas and all the fun of the fair. Jugglers, music, people selling filthy hot dogs, picnics and bongo drums.
London Eye tourists peered down from their glass pods to see a circle of knitters stitching and lunching in Jubilee Gardens below.
We relaxed in the sun, showing off our stitching and taking some time out for an icecream. Knitting lessons began for more than a few as newbies arrived with sticks and string and made their first stitches bravely right out in the open.
An hour or so later we were lamenting leaving the soft lawns and sunshine, but the Knit Crawl must crawl. And so a small army of knitters, now our numbers were even bigger, crossed the lazy Thames once more and headed for venue four…
Outside the sun was blasting down, but inside the Tate Modern it was cool and shady. A bit of a relief from the midday sun.
We settled at the top of the slope in the humongous Turbine Hall. Every time I looked up from my stitching a new knitter had arrived, from our youngest ever 14-year-old stitcher (and her lovely mum and their friend) to our first male knitter of the day to crocheters and people balling up fabulous colourful yarn.
The public were very curious and slightly bemused and somewhat amazed. Were we art? Or were we just having a stitch in public? We liked to think we were a bit of both.
By the time the hour was up we had more than doubled in knitty numbers. Leaving the cool shadows of the hall we made our way back onto the South Bank for venue three…
As the St Pauls clock struck noon three of Stitch and Bitch London’s Stitchettes made themselves comfortable on the steps of the grand cathedral, pulled out their sticks and string, and began the very first stitches of the official 2007 Stitch and Bitch London knit crawl.
We were lucky with the weather. The sun shone down, the bells rang and gradually more and more knitters began to arrive. We even had a couple of four-legged group members (or though they were more interested in the bitching rather than the stitching).
A vicar stopped by to comment on our cathedral-steps stitching , countless tourists snapped away with their cameras (whilst pretending to be taking a photo of their friends), even Queen Victoria (in statue form) has cheeky peek over her stone shoulder.
By the end of hour one of our Knit Crawl we had gone from three to ten knitters. The stitching on the steps was done.
With a quick wave to the gods we were off across the Thames to venue two…