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    Keep Calm, Carry Yarn and Help Clean Up London

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 9, 2011

    There really is nothing anyone can say that can make the madness of the last few nights make sense. We woke up in a disillusioned and beaten-up London today.

    But rather than lock our doors Londoners are grabbing their brooms, pulling on their gardening gloves and getting out there to help the Riot Wombles clean up the capital. Hooray for Londoners!

    Here are a few ways you can help:

    Riot Clean Up has a list of locations where clean ups are happening

    @riotcleanup on Twitter is out there with the clean up teams and is tweeting away

    Post riot clean-up: let’s help London are doing a bang up job of keeping helping opportunities up to date on Facebook

    Over in Tottenham they’re asking for clothing, bedding, toys and other suitable items for families made homeless. Drop off at the Homes for Haringey office: Apex House, 820 Seven Sisters Road N15.

    In reply to all the footage being blasted at us from the news of burning buildings and a city gone mad, there’s this:

    And lastly Norwegian knitter Kaja Marie Lereng Kvernbakken, who recently made the OsLove knitted heart pattern to show love and support after the sad events in Norway, has updated the pattern with two new hearts for London, the Lovedon Hearts Knitting Pattern.

    Kaja Marie says “My hope is that you will use this pattern, tweak it as you wish, and make hearts, loads of them: To remember what happened in Oslo and on Utøya or anywhere else where a little bit of love is needed. Pin it close to your heart, give to a friend or a stranger, let it out in the wild, as my graffiti knitting friend Deadly Knitshade would do, so that the heart can find whoever needs it. Knit it in any colour, with or without words, knit them and share them.”

    Once the clean up is over and the knitting starts again I hope to see these little Lovedon hearts spreading the love.

    If you have any tips on how to help London then please post them in the comments for others to see.

    Keep calm, carry yarn and let’s get on with sorting out our city.

    xxx

    Posted in Charity Knits, Free Knitting Pattern, Guerrilla Knitting, Knitting News, Patterns, Pay it Forward, Stitch London | 7 Comments »

    Join us on the annual STITCH CRAWL 2011

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 23, 2011

    STOMP! STOMP! STOMP! The Stitch London Stitch Crawl is stomping across London this summer for Worldwide Knit in Public Day (and International Yarnbombing Day) and you’re all invited.

    11 June 2011 – 12pm to 6.30pm

    GLOBAL: Knit a Floating Flutterguy with our FREE PATTERN and release him in your city
    • LOCAL: Join the Stitch London Stitch Crawl 2011 in four of London’s lovely spaces and stitch in the great outdoors
    LOCAL: Enter the Stitch Crawl Really Rather Marvellous Raffle to win fabulous prizes and raise money for Evelina Children’s Hospital London

    Worldwide Knit in Public Day comes but once a year and this year it’s the 11th of June. The Stitch London Stitch Crawl rises from the depths of the Thames to stomp across the city once more.

    What on earth is a Stitch Crawl? The Stitch Crawl (previously the Knit Crawl but we’re going multi-craft – crochet, sewing, crossstitch. All are welcome) is a day when you and your crafting 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, there’s graffiti knitting, and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the London’s outdoor areas.

    Want to know more? Hop over the Stitch London’s shiny website to see venues, prizes and to find answers to all your questions.

    Posted in Charity Knits, Exclusive events, Free Knitting Pattern, Guerrilla Knitting, Help Us Knit, Knitting News, London Knitting, Meetings, Patterns, Stitch Crawl 2011 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Exclusive Stitch London patterns to kick the c**p out of cancer

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 6, 2010

    Cancer is utterly rubbish. It is a fiendish foe that deserves jabbing with our DPNs until it gives up and goes away. Fancy helping us vanquish cancer by supporting those fine folks fighting it and treating yourself to one of three fabulous knitting patterns?

    Team Raging Wool are a six-person team of knitters (and those sympathetic to the woolly cause) whose mission is to kick the tar out of Cancer by trekking 20 miles across London in one night for Maggie’s Centre Night Hike on 17 September.

    To help team Raging Wool reach their target of £1200 they’re offering three patterns for which they invite you to donate and download.

    Another reason to donate: Stitch London are also going to teach a ‘Stitch a Squid’ workshop at  Maggie’s Centre later in the month. Knitting is the perfect way to fill hospital time and time spent in waiting rooms, as well as being hugely therapeutic (as you all know). Help us to help them.

    Pick your pattern > Donate to the fund > Get knitting

    Slap My Thigh iPhone / iPod / iTouch Cosy
    Cosy your technology with a bit of chic cable craft from The Fibre Flinger. Featuring ‘Gertrude Garter & Susan Stocking stitch cable’.

    Candy Scarf
    Simple but sweet pattern works by changing between two yarns leaving loops throughout. Looks more complicated than it is, which is fabulous for impressing admirers when you’ve had an easy knit.

    Stitched Self Blank Body
    The Knitted Stitched Self pattern in shiny new updated Whodunnknit form, with more ‘how to’ images and more helpful hints on creating a tiny version of you in knitted form.

    Posted in Charity Knitting Pattern, Free Knitting Pattern, Knit, Knitting celebrities, Knitting News, London Knitting, Patterns, Special Offers | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    Knitting pattern: The Cake Makes It All Better Cushion

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 18, 2010

    Gerty and is made better by the cushion (and some gin)

    Fancy helping us raise a bit of Race for Life cash and stitching yourself something comfy and cake-themed? Well, the crafty Bluestocking Stitcher has created a fabulous pattern to stitch your own cake-flavoured cushion cover (You knew we’d get cake into the race somehow – right?).

    This batternburg-style cake cushion is an easy peasy knit and fits any size cushion. There’s really no excuse not to start stitching it.

    The Cake Makes It Better Cushion pattern can be downloaded here.

    You then donate however much you want to give to our Justgiving Race for Life Fundraising page.

    If the Race for Life page has expired then please feel free to donate to Cancer Research here.

    We’d love to see pictures of your cake cushions as you create them too.

    Warning: The cushion is not a real cake. Attempts to eat it may cause indigestion.

    Posted in Charity Knits, Free Knitting Pattern, Patterns, Race for Life 2010 | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Exclusive event: The Tiny Perching Pigeon Party

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 5, 2010

    Stand by for a huge helping of squeeeeeeeeeeeee! Stitch London are all kinds of excited to be welcoming one of our favourite inspiring stitchers to the UK this month and to celebrate she’s designed a pattern just for us.

    Ladies and gentleman, raise your magnifying glasses to spy the tiny, the teeny, the cute enough to make you implode Tiny Perching Pigeon!

    This small and perfectly formed feathered fibre fellow is the latest work of Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land, a Brooklyn-based knitter with a penchant for the tiny, the fantastically cute and the kooky.

    To celebrate her and her tiny knits arriving in the UK she’s conjured up the Tiny Perching Pigeon pattern for you lovely Stitch Londoners to cast on and create.

    EXCLUSIVE EVENT: The Tiny Perching Pigeon Party

    Anna will join us for our Stitch London meeting on the 21st of June for cake, sunshine (hopefully) and a bit of parkside pigeon stitching.
    We’ll flock to Trafalgar Square with our purled pigeons for a Tiny Perching Pigeon Party.
    We’ll place the pigeons in the shadow of those lovely lions and replace the sadly departed real life pigeons with a tiny knitted flock of our own. Putting pigeons back where they belong with a bit of proud purling.
    1. Knit your Tiny Perching Pigeon at home or on the day
    2. Bring him/her along to our meeting on the 21st
    3. Join us on our expedition to return pigeon life to Trafalgar Square
    4. Place your pigeon
    5. Get snapping pigeon pictures

    Meeting details:
    MONDAY 21st June

    Time: From 6pm
    Venue: St. James’ Park  On the grass by the café called ‘Inn the Park’ (or inside if it’s raining)
    Westminster
    London
    SW1A 2BJ

    Map More info

    Feel free to try to make your pigeon slightly manky to be London authentic. It won’t work. Your pigeon will be cute no matter what. Cuteness abounds! Yay!

    Keep your peepers peeled for an exclusive interview with Mochimochi Anna in our next newsletter to discover the story behind her tiny knitted genius.

    For details of more events like this and global knits you can take part in where ever you are join our Stitch London newsletter.

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Free Knitting Pattern, Guerrilla Knitting, Help Us Knit, Knitting celebrities, Knitting News, Meetings, Tiny Perching Pigeons | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Stitch Yourself for the Science Museum

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 6, 2010

    Stitch London are teaming up with London’s shiny Science Museum to bring you possibly the greatest knitting + science experiment the world has ever witnessed: the Stitch Yourself project.

    We’re inviting you to to contribute a tiny Stitched Self and take part in scientific stitching history.

    Your Stitching + Creativity = A Stitched Self

    All you need to do is knit, crochet or sew a tiny version of you. Then just send it in to us.

    Every Stitched Self sent in will be part of an exhibit for the London’s Science Museum‘s re-opening of their Who Am I? gallery in June 2010.

    You can send in your contributions from anywhere in the world. Every one will be blogged here for the online world to see too.

    We’ve spent hours in the dank shadows of the Stitch London lab conducting all manner of crafty stitching experiments to produce three ‘blank body’ patterns. These are the humble beginnings of your handmade ‘Stitched Self’.

    For all the information on the project, free patterns for each Stitched Self and an address to send them to please visit the Stitch London website

    The deadline for submissions is 26th June so get stitching yourself. Quick! Quick!

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Free Knitting Pattern, Help Us Knit, London Knitting, Patterns, Stitch Yourself | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

    Yarn + science = excellent

    Posted by steelanddough on April 15, 2010

    We’re pretty sure that by now you are totally convinced that science is totally cool…and if you’re not, have you not seen The Wonders of the Solar System presented by Prof Brian Cox? *swoons*

    So with your (maybe not so) new love of all things science, you’re going to want to test out our chemical equation:

    yarn + science = excellent

    Let Stitch London take you on a whistle-stop tour of all things knitty and science-themed.

    Biology:

    There are almost too many biology-themed patterns to mention. But here are our favourites.

    Looking a little cut up

    Feel morally against dissecting animals? Never fear: you can still learn all about the internal organs of amphibians and mammals using these fantastic patterns: Frog and Lab Rat.

    Want to know more about the heart? Why, here’s the pattern for you: Heart.

    Have ambitions that the fruits of your loins become geneticists? Then you need Baby’s First DNA Model.

    Just an adult science lover who wants to wear it loud and proud? Chromosome Hat and DNA Tank Top are the ones for you.

    Chemistry:

    Me me me meeeeeeeee!

    Ah chemistry: the one with the explosions, irritants, bad smells and Bunsen burners.

    Wear your favourite molecule on any of your knitted items using ChemKnits’s Molecule Knitting charts. Personal favourite? Capsaicin (Eh? It’s the active component of chilli peppers.)

    No chemistry lab would be complete without Earl Lenmeyer the Flask. Cute, and practical (right?!)

    Physics:

    Alan Titchmarsh eat your heart out

    Physics isn’t as well represented, but nevertheless I found these.

    Need a physics mascot? Make yourself a knitted Albert Einstein.

    And if you’d like your little nipper to grow up to be just like Prof Brian Cox, then this will send him/her well on their way: Out Of This World! Solar system jumper.

    So as you can see yarn + science = excellent QED!

    Posted in Free Knitting Pattern, Knit, Patterns | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    Oscar-winning glory knitwise

    Posted by The Fastener on March 12, 2010

    I’d like to thank my agent, my mum and all my adoring fans for this amazing award… oh wait, that’s another piece I have to write…

    The awards season is with us and what better way to embrace the Oscars, BAFTAs and a whole heap of other filmic awards than with the perfect filmic pattern to go with your favourite contender or simply your favourite film?  I’ve scoured the net and found some brilliant patterns that will quench even the most hard-core film nerds thirst.

    From one of the Daddies of the sci-fi genre – Star Wars.  Who doesn’t want to own their own lightsaber – and a knitted one? Even better. Use the fibre force with a Knitted Lightsaber*, Luke!

    “That’s no light sabre. THIS is a light sabre."

    Star Wars too old school for you? How about the newest Sci-Fi film to hit the big screeen, and one to have already scooped quite a few awards – Avatar? You too can make yourself look like a character from the movie!  Avatar headband*.

    "To become 'taronyu', hunter, you must choose your own Ikran and he must also choose you. And you must wear this silly hat."

    And if neither of these rock your boat, you could create a direct copy of Coraline’s jumper.  Not only is this cool, but it also echoes the fact that the whole of the film is handmade stop motion, even the tiny knitted jumpers! Set your button eyed sights on a Coraline Jumper.

    "I'm your Other Jumper."

    If you just can’t decide which film to create in knitted form, why not make a snack to go with your film viewing? Knitted Popcorn and Pretzel.

    Let's all go to the lobby. To eat knitted snacks. Mmm woolly.

    Here are some more film related patterns that I just had to share with you all:

    Awwww. A squishy stitched alien parasite.

    Harry potter patterns

    Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter – Golden snitch

    Star wars

    Coraline mittens

    Twilight – Bella’s hat*

    Alien facehugger

    Pirates of the Caribbean*

    If you do decide to make anything from these links, please tell let us know in the comments box below. We’d love to see them. :)

    Happy film viewing!


    *Sorry. You have to sign into Ravelry to view this pattern.

    Posted in Free Knitting Pattern, Knit, Knitting celebrities, We forgot to pick one | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Free pattern: Stitched Heart on Your Sleeve Brooch

    Posted by The Fastener on February 12, 2010

    MWA! If you really do insist on mushy love stuff and wish to give a huge stitched smooch to some one you adore, and haven’t got your fill of love hearts from all the cutesy Valentine’s window displays about London town, we thought we’d give you another reason to go all mushy and loved up.

    Crafty Stitchette, The Fastener has created an exclusive S&B London free pattern to give help you wear your woolly hearts on your sleeves this Valentine’s Day.

    Say it with wool

    Join in on the fluffyness by making your own vintage-style Stitched Heart on Your Sleeve brooch from our free pattern.

    You will need:

    • 2.75 mm needles (or size needed for yarn weight)
    • Red wool (I used DK weight)
    • Beads, buttons, felt and lace (optional)
    • Brooch back or safety pin

    Abbreviations:

    M1 = make one (knit into the front and the back of the same stitch)

    K2tog = knit two together

    Sts = stitches

    Turn = turn work to knit in opposite direction

    Pattern

    Heart front

    Cast on 2 sts

    Row 1: M1, M1 (4 sts)

    Row 2: Purl across

    Row 3: M1, K to last st, M1 (6 sts)

    Row 4: Purl across

    Rows 5 tand 6: Repeat rows 3 and 4  (8 sts)

    Rows 7 tand 8: Repeat rows 3 and 4  (10 sts)

    Row 9 tand 10: Repeat rows 3 and 4  (12 sts)

    Row 11: K6 sts, turn (leave the other 6 sts to be worked later)

    Row 12: Purl 6, turn

    Row 13: K2 tog, K4, turn (5 sts)

    Row 14: Purl 5, turn

    Row 15: K2 tog, K1, K2 tog, turn (3 sts)

    Row 16: cast off these 3 sts purlwise

    Go back to the 6 sts you left earlier:

    Row 17: K6 sts

    Row 18: Purl across

    Row 19: K4, K2 tog (5 sts)

    Row 20: Purl across

    Row 21: K2 tog, K1, K2 tog (3 sts)

    Row 22: Cast off the last 3 sts purlwise

    Heart back

    Repeat the above

    Finishing

    Weave in all of the yarn ends, and stitch the two hearts together.

    Optional: To finish off my brooch I stitched vintage lace, seed beads and vintage buttons to the heart. Finally I stitched on a small felt circle to cover all of stitching on the back and attaching a brooch pin (but you could use a safety pin).

    Woolly womance

    Now all you have to do is pin your brooch to your favourite knitted jumper and sing love songs as you skip along the street. Awwwwwww.

    Posted in Free Knitting Pattern | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

    Vampire knitting or a stitched pain in the neck

    Posted by steelanddough on October 26, 2009

    We’ve got a bit of a thing for vampires here at S&B London HQ (“No?! Really?!” we hear you cry). So what with it being Halloween and all that, we thought it high time to feature some Undead (or should that be Life Challenged?) inspired craftiness.

    We took our shovel and dug through Ravelry for some vampire find to get your fangs into. If you’re not a member of Ravelry click here to join and see the patterns.

    Here’s S&B London’s rundown of the top five bloodsucker-themed patterns. The stakes couldn’t be higher (sorry!). We’re going to stick our necks out and say that none of these suck! (OK we’ll stop trying now!) Just don’t bite off more than you can chew (we really will stop now!). If you crave the undead True Blood charms of Eric Northman and Bill Compton, pine after sulky Edward Cullen, or if you’re a purist and just want Dracula, then there’s something for you…

    In at Number Five: he was where it all began. The somewhat blood-curdling Dracula or Vlad. We thought both these patterns were worthy of a mention.

    At Number Four, and only recognisable to you Twilight fans out there, are Julie P. Miller’s Eclipse Socks. Simple and understated, but to those in the know, so Team Edward!

    This year’s Number Three is Edward. Yes, you can possess the most sought-after 17-year-old dead guy in the world. He’s our own brand of heroin…

    At Number Two: wear your fang marks with pride with Krysten Lewelling’s Love Bites scarf. Inspired by True Blood, and Sookie’s vampire-loving! You’ll be fangtasising (oops!) about Bill or Eric…

    And at Number One, the bloody fangtastic (sorry – couldn’t resist!) Twilight Finger Puppet Pattern. Not only could you have your own Edward, but a Jasper, Alice, Carlisle, Rosalie etc at your fingertips.

    Join us next year for the freshest patterns from the coffin!

    Stitch and Bitch London would like to apologise for the awful puns in this article. We’ll get our cloaks!

    Posted in Crochet, Free Knitting Pattern, Knit, Knitting News, Ravelry | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

     
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