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Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

DUCKIE CHRISTMAS MARKET: Stitch London stuff to buy

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 12, 2011

This Christmas some marvellous Stitch Stuff will be on sale at the brilliant Duckie Christmas Market at London’s Barbican Centre. Woo hoo!

Stitch London proudly presents the woolly might of Stitch London’s creator, Whodunnknit, teaming up with the fabulous Emma ‘The Fastener’ Toft of Tofty Makes to sell a whole load of Stitchy Stuff to the brilliant Duckie Christmas Market at London’s Barbican Centre.

What’s Duckie Christmas Market when it’s at home? Duckie Christmas Market will transform the Barbican Centre foyers into an indie gift market showcasing cult crafters, artisans, designers, hawkers, butches, bakers and candlestick makers. It’s a kooky, ultra-fun pop up market and it’s totally free!

What are we selling? Beginner knitting kits (including branded Stitch London needles, mini yarn-cutting snips, a how to knit booklet, yarn and other essential bits); beginnner crochet kits (including how to crochet booklet and other essential bits); gorgeous handmade buttons and button-based accessories; over 20 different Stitch London badges; graffiti knitting postcards, greetings cards and prints; Stitch fridge magnets; Stitch London books, and loads more.

We’ll have a something special for all members of Stitch London who come along on the 21st. Just say the codewords “Woolly Godzilla”.

When is it? We’ll be there on these dates:

  • 2pm to 9.30pm on Sunday 18th December
  • 6pm till 9.30pm on December 20th21st and 22nd
  • 6pm till 9.30pm after Christmas on December 29th and 30th

On December 21st we have an exclusive Stitch London Stitch Up area at the market so come along for our last  Stitch Up of the year!

Where is it? It’s at London’s Barbican. More info on the venue here.

What else is going on? Duckie promises workshops, pop-up performances and seasonal bonhomie. It’s going to be fun with a capital F, we tell you!


AGH! I can’t make it! Can I buy Stitch London stuff online?!?!?! The Stitch London shop will be opening in the New Year but Stitch London beginnner knitting kits and Tofty Makes beginner crochet kits will be available at the New Year Newbie Fest on January 3rd 2012. Email to order yours. Go on.

You can also support Stitch London by buying the Stitch London book (with free pigeon knitting kit) or the Knit the City graffiti knitting book. Cool, no?




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Come to the Stitch London Christmas Shindig 2011

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 28, 2011

This year’s Stitch London Christmas Shindig is sponsored by the good folks at Knit Magazine

Jingle! Jingle! Jingle!

Hark! What’s the noise? Why it’s the knitted reindeer pulling the Stitch London Christmas Shindig Sleigh filled with fantabulous crafty gifts for all! Woo hoo!

Every year Stitch London throws one hell of a woolly party for Christmas, and two things make it extra special:

Cracking Christmas Raffle and Stitching Secret Santa

The Cracking Christmas Raffle means we ask craft sellers to donate their most fabulous things to help raise money for a cause close to Stitch London’s handmade heart.

What can I win? We’ll be listing prizes on Twitter, Facebook and our Website. So keep checking as the list grows every day.

Where can I get tickets from? Tickets are only available on the night at the Stitch London Christmas Shindig. All you need to do is arrive at the party and buy your tickets.

How much are tickets? Tickets will be £1 each and all money raised from the Cracking Christmas Raffle will go to Yes to Life and the Andrea Giles Cancer Charity Appeal.

What’s this Secret Santa business about? Stitching Secret Santa is all about giving and more importantly about getting a bit of someone else handsome handmade handwork. Read all about it over at the Stitching Secret Santa post.

This year we’re raising money to support brand-new knitter Andrea Giles in her battle against breast cancer. Andrea’s fight is more than just a one-woman battle. She began using alternative and complementary therapy when the usual medical route fell short. Andrea is a brave pioneer for the Yes to Life Campaign, setting out to prove that there is hope even when the medical profession aren’t so sure.

Help Andrea kick cancer where it hurts

Andrea’s story is so inspiring we couldn’t fit it all in here, so you can read all about it in a special interview over at the Stitch London blog. It’s an amazing cause and Andrea is an amazing woman. Your raffle money could change the course of cancer treatment and give hope to so many. Please give what you can. And do read Angela’s interview. It really is very inspiring stuff.

Can’t make the party? If you miss it there’s the Global Stitching Secret Santa Swap on Ravelry too!

Want to donate something? For every item donated you’ll get a tweet to our 6000 followers and a link on our Facebook. Email to let us know you’d like to give a prize. Small sellers and large ones are all welcome.

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Interview with Andrea Giles – battling cancer with carrot sticks and alternative therapies

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 24, 2011

This year Stitch London’s Cracking Christmas Raffle will be held at our Stitch London Christmas Shindig on December 13th.

This year we’re raising money for a charity which is helping pave the way to giving hope to cancer battlers everywhere. All funds raised will go towards treatment for the amazing Andrea Giles and the Yes to Life Charity.

Here’s a bit more about it:

Possibly the worst news anyone can get after an initial cancer diagnosis is that the cancer is unlikely to be cured. And even though medical science is working hard to find cures, these cures are hard on the patients and a terrible risk to their health. It’s a scary world of chemotherapy, radiation and endless medical treatments.

But galloping to the rescue are Yes to Life. Yes to Life are charity who are showing there are other ways to help fight, and that there’s hope even when the medical world aren’t so sure.

Yes to Life are sneaking up on cancer from a different direction. They help people with cancer in the UK access the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine, they provide support, they help educate the medical profession on other ways to fight, and they work alongside the NHS and the usual treatments to give cancer battlers a fighting chance.

This year Stitch London have chosen to help raise funds for Andrea Giles. Andrea’s story is an inspiring one. She’s battling breast cancer in the face of a grim diagnosis from doctors; she’s becoming a pioneer for a new way of treating cancer; she’s telling the tale as she goes to inspire others; and, a happy coincidence, she’s also learning to knit.

Raising money for Andrea’s treatment is doing so much more than helping this inspiring person to keep on fighting. It will help fund a much-needed charity and prove that these treatments can make a huge difference, which means giving new hope to cancer fighters everywhere.

Andrea’s story is so fascinating we thought it would be best to ask her a few questions and let the lady herself tell her tale.

Hello Andrea. Welcome to Stitch London. Your blog and your battle have inspired us and we’d like to introduce you and your mission to our members. So here goes:

Can you describe yourself in one sentence?

Wow, that’s a difficult one… A woman in search of herself, perhaps! Though I’ve never lost my funny bone ha! ha!

You are currently battling Metastatic Breast Cancer with a combination of complimentary therapy and carrot sticks. Your website says you have had chemo and radiotherapy before. Why the change? Why the unconventional methods?

I had chemo and radiotherapy after my first diagnosis in 2007; though I did have a 5-day course of Radiotherapy after the 2nd diagnosis (October 2009) to help with pain relief to my left shoulder (which it did do – ease the pain I mean!). Doctors said no chemo this time as wouldn’t work due to type of cancer – palliative care only in the form of different drugs….

a) monthly implant to switch off my hormones and keep me switched off – cancer is hormone fed (had new implant every month), b) infusion of Bisphosphonates every month (bone-building drugs) and c) letrazol – a drug that blocks the process of aromatisation, and so reduces the amount of oestrogen in the body.

I started these treatments in November 2009 but decided to stop them all in August of this year because for a long while I had not been happy about using chemicals to treat my condition. Especially when some of the drugs had side effects that were detrimental to my condition! Also since changing my diet to that of raw food and changing my lifestyle to a more holistic one, the conventional medicine no longer fitted with my changing beliefs. The carrot sticks spoke to me.

Andrea and her friend Chris, who helped her start her website and fundraising effort

One of the ways you’ve already helped yourself is by a special diet of raw food. Do you miss hot dinners? And are you still allowed cake? (Stitch Londoners are big cake fans)

Ahhhhh cake, if only! On a conventional raw food diet you can have your cake and eat it, albeit raw cake, which by the way is amazing. However I am not eating any sweet stuff at the mo, including no fruit, as cancer cells like to eat glucose. They like it very much and take it up quicker than normal cells. So by stopping eating any sweet food that the cancer cells like, you are starving it, ha! ha!

Hot dinners…….. well until very recently I was 100% raw food, but since having a couple of consultations with a natural nutritionist I was advised to introduce some very simple warm food into my diet to be gentle on my liver. The liver is the organ of the body that holds on to lots of toxins as well as tries to clear them out, and so need a lot of care to get it back to full working order after all them damage that will have been done to it through conventional medicines and ‘bad food’ choices over the years. Too much info to explain here really. So for now I am having very simple warm food occasionally (nothing fried – oils become denatured through frying!) Feels odd though to be eating hot food again as I don’t quite feel as if I’m getting optimum nutrients, but I know that what I am doing by eating some warm stuff is being gentle to my system. I still eat a very high raw food diet though.

And yes I do miss cake – maybe one day I’ll have a slice of raw cheesecake again.

If you think any of your readers might be interested in trying raw food there are 3 places in London that have good selections. Inspiral Lounge in Camden – they make the most amazing raw ice-cream too (no dairy in sight), Vantra on Soho Square (organic and buffet style), and Saf Restaurant – a gourmet vegan restaurant – fabulous food. And here in Brighton too there is a fantastic restaurant and café called Aloka – their raw food is the best I’ve ever had.

Has having cancer changed the way you live your life in good ways as well as the expected bad ones?

Cancer has changed my life in so many ways, but above anything else it forced me to think about where I was going with my life – the jury’s still out on that one, hence my description of myself as a woman in search of herself!

Having chosen to change my life by going to university and take myself off in a certain direction, cancer came along and knocked me off that planned path. But in doing so it has forced me to face myself more clearly and more openly. Though this has taken time and is still on going. To question the way I think and feel about myself and others and the wider world and our place within it and how we conduct ourselves whilst on this planet; our relationship to each other and all living beings and the impact this has.

I have found I have questioned myself a lot; who am I, what is my purpose etc. Also I have a new and improved outlook on life, as I enjoy the beauty in small things more; a child whizzing down a street on a scooter, the sound of the wind through the trees, seeing happy faces and hearing laughter. I feel so glad that I am still here and a part of life as I have so much to be thankful for.

Also I have met and continue to meet so many amazing people; people who genuinely care for others, who delight in others delight, who support without judgement, who want the best for others without pressure; very inspiring people who I look up too and aspire to being like.

Your story is amazingly upbeat, humorous and inspiringly brave in the face of a terrifying diagnosis and so much
treatment. How do you stay so positive?

Andrea and her supporting army

Sometimes I do have down days or off periods when things pile up on you (like the dishes!!!) but look out of the window; it’s sunny, everyone is smiling, you can go for a walk, the birds are singing, the colours are bright, or it’s misty, how magical does that feel, conjures up fairytale stories, moisture settles on cobwebs and how beautiful do they look, or it’s raining, kids are splashing in puddles, it’s great to get togged up in waterproofs and feel the power of the rain, or it’s windy and what a laugh that is as it blows through you and around you.

It’s about perception really, and enjoying the things that make you and others feel good. When you feel good it ripples out to others and is reciprocated. I think I do generally have a positive outlook on life as a friend once commented (and I’m not blowing my own trumpet here – I don’t have a trumpet actually, but this is what she said to me) that she always liked talking with me because I would always find a positive when presented with a negative. So I guess that’s what I do, though I think it’s just how I am, but I’m not Pollyanna, just like to try and be upbeat.

You kept your diagnosis quiet for quite some time but have recently started a blog on your website. What made you choose to share your tale with others?

I guess in the past I didn’t want to be seen as ‘Andrea…..Cancer woman’ as if the cancer would be the way people saw and related to me. I wasn’t sure about the funding/website thing because it meant having to bear my soul to everyone and I didn’t know how I would react to having to do that. I was fearful of doing it, but strangely enough I have felt it to be very liberating as though I didn’t realise it til I’d done it.

I had been putting myself under a lot of stress by hiding my diagnosis as it meant struggling with things that I needn’t have had to if others had known, and also not being able to talk freely with others because of my need to feel protective of them; protecting others from news that might be difficult for them to deal with and respond to.

Now my truth is out there (or rather my cancer truth is out there) and I am free of carrying it all on my own, and if others find it difficult to deal with or talk about that is for them to sort out for themselves. I can understand some may find it difficult but we all have to be responsible for ourselves and our thoughts. By my sharing my story with others I am taking responsibility and ownership of this part of myself and acknowledging it to be valid. By letting people know of the alternative treatments I am having I was hoping it would give those who read it an insight into other treatments that are available should they wish to explore further.

I didn’t realise I would get such an interested response, such as your enquiries, and I am rather overwhelmed that you think I could be a positive role model in this, however if it allows more people a way into discovering more about these forms of treatment than I am more than happy if my story inspires!

What do your friends and family think of the new treatment idea?

Ah, this is an interesting one. Everyone is supportive in their way, however some responses have been tinged with the….. ‘ well, I guess if you think it’s going to work that’s good, but I don’t know if I could do it’ In other words they would have stuck with the orthodox route, whilst others who, from the conversations I have had with them, are more enlightened about alternative treatments have not put any ‘buts’ in the sentence and have been really enthusiastic about my choice.

Hiking somewhere lovely

You lost the use of one arm due to metastatic breast cancer moving into your bone, but radiotherapy and your alternative route means you returned to cycling, hiking and doing yoga. Are the doctors amazed at your success so far?

I did lose the use of my left arm due to my metastatic breast cancer in the bone, and the use slowly returned after having Radiotherapy to the left shoulder blade, the site of the biggest cancer cell location and the cause of the pain. The cycling etc I was able to do before changing recently to my current therapies. That said however, I strongly believe that my diet change helped immensely (and continues to help) in my recovery and energy levels and general well-being.

The doctors have always been pleased with my progress, but they are a reticent bunch when it comes to showing overt enthusiasm for anything other than the orthodox.

Your treatment started on November 7th and will continue for the next three months. Treatment for most cancer fighters consists of chilly disinfectant-smelling rooms and bad hospital food. What’s the centre in Brighton like?

The clinic in Brighton (Vision of Hope) is very homely and cosy. What was once a large Edwardian semi-detached residence is now a space of healing, and there is definitely no smell of nasty disinfectant! The Doctor and his assistant are 100% attentive and personable. I feel more like I am away at relatives, in as much that almost everything is done for you, though of course none of my relatives ever stuck a needle in my arm!

The fabulous Andrea beating the stuffing out of cancer in 'the pod' at the Brighton clinic

The room that you have the hyperthermia and ozone treatment in would be classed as the conservatory if being used in a domestic setting, which is lovely as it overlooks the garden, and each patient has that space to themselves for their length of treatment. The Vitamin C room can take up to five patients, and is more like a reception room. We lounge in padded directors chairs with hot-water bottles, blankets and music of our choice and rest or chat as we infuse the Vitamin C. Everything has an air of calm, even the décor. I am staying in one of the two flats available above the clinic and this is a blessing as it makes everything so much more manageable and less stressful. For me the small and personal is the perfect choice as it is so unlike a hospital environment.

Plus I have buzzy Brighton just down the hill which has one of the best health food shops I’ve ever been to and believe me I’ve been to loads (in fact in case you didn’t know, I used to be the co-owner of one! – we were pretty amazing too, but we didn’t have the space to sell organic veg! which this one does).

What kind of treatments are you having? Are they very different from chemo and radiotherapy?
The ‘Back to Wellness’ page on my website explains all my treatment or you can look at Vision of Hope for even more detail of the treatments.

Andrea's first knit. Much better than mine ever was...

Rumour has it you’ve got yourself some knitting needles. Do you have ideas of the kind of things you’d like to make or will you just see where the yarn takes you?

I am doing the typical Aunty thing and experimenting with my nieces and nephew in mind. For the girls I am knitting a little cowl type scarf with a pom-pom on one end, and for my nephew he gets a multi-coloured, possibly two stitch type scarf!

John Snow at Yes to Life event

Ultimately I would like to knit myself some funky jumpers and stripy socks, but I think that’s a long- way off yet! By the way one scarf is almost ready – I just have the pom-pom to make and attach. I may send you a photo if you’re lucky!

(Andrea did send us a photo shortly after this interview. So here’s her lovely pom pom scarf)

Do you have any advice you’d like to pass on to other cancer fighters or their families and friends who may not know where to start when looking into complementary and alternative therapies?

A very good place to start and one I wish i’d known about long ago, is the charity YES TO LIFE.

As their tag-line states, their centre offers ‘support and information on all aspects of complementary and alternative cancer therapies’.

(Below is a little Yes to Life video of a London event they did to raise awareness of the charity)

Another really helpful and knowledgeable person is Patricia Peat of Cancer Options

Both offer invaluable advice and are excellent sources of information. They take the struggle of doing multiple google searches and having too much to deal with. They listen and offer advice based upon what you are looking for and can offer more besides to give you wider informed choices.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish you all the best and will be keeping up with your blog to see how it goes. Stitch London sends you woolly hugs and hopes the donation we make from our Cracking Christmas Raffle will help you and everyone else battling cancer to triumph.

Follow Andrea’s story over on her website at

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Stitching Secret Santa goes Global!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 24, 2011

Hello lovely Stitch Londoners

There’s the jingle in the air. EEK! Christmas is acomin’ and there’s soooo much stitching to do.

This year we’re holding our annual Stitching Secret Santa at our Stitch London Christmas Shindig. But since there are now Stitch Londoners in 52 countries around the world we know some of you won’t be able to make the party.

So we’ve decided to start a global Stitching Secret Santa Swap on Ravelry. It will be announced in the next newsletter with a link to this thread.

Here’s the deal:

1. You come here to the Global Stitching Secret Santa Swap thread and post to say you’d like to join in
2. You knit or crochet or stitch (handmake) a gift costing about £5
3. You lovingly wrap your gift
4. One of our lovely mods will pair you up with another distant Stitch Londoner on December 13th
5. You swap details via private message
6. You post your handmade offering
7. You sit patiently by the post box until it arrives

Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! Christmas! Mind you remember to come back here and show us what you go afterwards or we’ll sulk!

Stitch London goes global for Christmas. Ain’t it grand?

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Stitch London the book is here!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 17, 2011

STOMP! RUSTLE! STOMP! RUSTLE! What on earth is that noise? AAAIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!! The woolly Godzilla that is Stitch London has been transformed… into a book! And best of all each book contains a kit to knit the world’s most beautiful ladylike pigeon inside. Woo hoo!

Finally London has its very own knitting book! Stitch London, written by Chief Woolly Godzilla Wranger Lauren O’Farrell and published by the good folks at David & Charles, is a collection of 20+ of Lauren’s kookiest London-themed patterns in one shiny book. It’s her first ever pattern book and it tangles together her two great loves kooky knitting and the lovely pigeon-filled city of London.

Stitch London? Why would I want to knit London?
You can whip up your own HRH to add a bit of majesty to your mantelpiece. You could woolly up your unexciting umbrella with handful of Umbrella Fellas. You can build a knitty city with some little London landmarks, and stop your tea getting tepid with a cockney-rhyming slang Mug Hugger. Whether you’re just visiting or striving to survive as a city knitter, Stitch London is the place for you.

Not a knitter or a bit scared of new knitting challenges?
Fear not! We’ll even show you how to get clicking with your sticks and string. We’re nice like that.

Instant Pigeon Stitching
“Cooo coooo…” Oh yes, and it’s not just full of little knits. The book also contains everything you need to knit the pattern for the quite frankly gorgeous Cooey the Pigeon. Wheeeeeeeee!

Beating the stuffing out of cancer
And lastly a MWA HA HA HAAA in the face of Cancer. At the same time as the book is published Lauren is celebrating 5 years in remission from cancer. With this in mind all sales of this book support Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to help other people beat the pants off cancer too.

Any more cool stuff?

You get two bonus patterns if you register at You can also follow @cooeythepigeon on Twitter and like her on Facebook for updates and exclusive Stitch London book stuff. Coo-coo-cool.



For those of you who might fear that pigeon knitting is a little too challenging for their needles we’ve made a little movie to show you how easy it is. Knit the Pigeon: the Movie contains scenes of daring rooftop knitting, the innards of the Fleece Station where this little pigeon was first hatched and a rather catchy tune.

You can attend the world premiere by watching it on Youtube here:

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WIN Crafty Curious Cats for Christmas

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 3, 2010


Knitting and cats have a love/hate relationship. Cats stalk yarn ends, sleep in your stash and feel the need to chew through your yarn while you’re knitting because it tastes a little like sheep.

On the other hand they’re often content to purr it up quietly while you purl, and both of you appreciate a good ball of yarn (even if one of you is likely to want to chase it about the floor like it’s alive).

So for Christmas we’re proud to offer you some of the nicest cats in the world of kids’ books from the talented writer/illustrator/crafter Viviane Schwarz.

There Are No Cats in This Book is Viviane’s latest cat-filled picture book from Walker Books. It follows hot on the paws of There Are Cats in This Book (so good it was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Prize), and tells the tale of three fine felines and their adventures across the pages. Moonpie, André and Tiny love wool almost as much as you. They also love cardboard boxes, pillow fights and making new friends furry or otherwise.

Both books feature a little bit of knitting and we thought they’d be perfect for you to encourage any sticky-fingered urchins you meet this Christmas to settle down with some kooky cats and leave you to your knitting.

The book-loving folks at Walker Books have offered us five sets of There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book to give away to you, you lucky cat lovers.

All you need to do to give yourself a chance to win is answer is join the mailing list (if you’re already a member you don’t need to join again), and answer this Christmas-themed stitching question:

The stitch pattern of knit one row, purl one row is known by which name?

a. Stinking stitch
b. So-easy-I-can-watch-a-subtitled-film-while-I-knit stitch
c. Stocking stitch

Drop us an email at with:

  • The subject line “If I win I will purr very loudly”
  • Answer A, B or C
  • Your full name, contact email and address (Anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK)
  • NEW MEMBERS: The secret password in green at the bottom right of your welcome email

The deadline for the competition is Friday 10 December at 8pm.
Please note: Offering to dress your cat up like a person and attempt to get it on the Royal Wedding guest list by calling it an ‘aristocat’ may amuse us but it won’t help you win. Just answer the question (correctly) and cross your fingers. Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 10 December 2010 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified via email. 5. If winners don’t reply within two weeks of being notified then new winners will be chosen. 6. Prizes will be posted to the winners by publishers. 7. You must be on the Stitch London mailing list to enter.

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The Stitch London Christmas Shindig

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 3, 2010

The Stitch London Christmas Shindig is acomin’ and we have a whole lot of handmade festive fabulousness to share.

Christmas Shindig partygoer can join in with Stitching Secret Santa and we’ll be holding the infamous Really Rather Marvellous Raffle with over 30 amazing prizes from the world of craft.

Tickets are £1 and can only be bought on the night so come along if you want to win.

The party is totally FREE to attend and will take place on Wednesday December 8 from 6pm at The Stamford Arms. Anyone is welcome to come along and join us, newbies, friends, partners and even enemies.

Wanna know what you can win? Check out this little lot:

Nature's LuxuryNature’s LuxuryGINGERBREAD SOCK KIT
• 2 hanks of “Camelina Fina” 100% Baby Camel yarn 50g
• High quality
embroidered ribbon
• Sock pattern in English

Packed in a lovely reindeer gift bag
yarn to knit Yarn to Knit – A skein of hand dyed yarn and a lovely lavender heart
itsamistryItsamistry Design Studio – Handmade Beaded Necklace in grey and silver knitshop
• Voucher for one of their lovely Workshops
• A skein of our delicious Mulberry Silk YarnKnitshop are also offering a 15% Christmas discount to all Stitch Londoners
(offer ends 28.2.2011)
Knitty Flitty
Sparkly yarn-themed jewellery from Knitty Flitty
Knit-themed card and teatowels from Tillyflop Designs
cheeky handmadeHigh-heel stockings from Cheeky Handmades




hooplaHoopla Yarn – lots of lovely bobbins of yarn chunky cotton and lycra jersey fabric yarn

vern and lettuceSarah MacIntyre – Signed copy of Vern and Lettuce book derek the sheepGary Northfield – Signed copy of Derek the Sheep
ellen lindnerEllen Lindner – Limited edition Gocco print (created on a nifty Japanese tabletop silkscreen press) signed by artists keep calm and carry yarnStitch London – Set of Stitch London badges, fridge magnet and Graffiti Knitting Postcards
Lotus Blossom Knit – two hand dyed skeins maxs worldMax’s World – Brooch, earring and badge set
LoopA skein of Wollmeise Lace yarn from Loop RU craft
RU Craft publishers
– A selection of crafty books
skein queen
Skein Queen – A skein of hand-dyed something fabulous (TBC) and an exclusive yarnie photos Skein Queen calendar
YSH – Three limited edition eco bag designed by Inside Out with goodies inside.

The Bothered Owl – A knitter’s bucket bag in lovely fabric
Susan Crawford – A copy of the fabulous Vintage Gifts to Knit book
Sari Silk – 6 Skeins of Kohinoor Silk Yarn All the Fun of the Fair – A £20 gift voucher

Woolly Wormhead – Two PDF copies of Twisted Woolly Toppers

Badschnoodles – Handmade cosy earwarmer and wristwarmer set My Vintage Dresser – Vintage-inspired earwarmer kits


The Stitch London Really Fab Raffle is raising money for Serendip Children’s Home in Sri Lanka. So it’s a very good cause.

Come spread the stitching Christmas cheer. Go on.

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Stitching Secret Santa the Second

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 17, 2009

Twas the very last Stitch and Bitch London meeting before Christmas and all through the National Theatre not a creature was knitting…except for 30 people on the first floor.

Since some of you lovely S&B Londoners missed out on Stitching Secret Santa (and one poor soul ended up with the unhandmade prize of pantsness) we decided to give Stitching Secret Santa another jingling whirl in what has come to be known, imaginatively, as Stitching Secret Santa the Second.

Witness the loveliness of what our handcrafting heroes contributed to Round Two here:

Cuuuuuute bag and row counter

A fine woolly pair

The proof was in the (tea cosy) pudding. Marion gets a fabulous present at last.

A very sweet stitched stocking

A snuggly snood

Perfect pink armwarmers (to be passed on to a friend by their slightly allergic recipient)

Charming handmade buttons and charm

Dangling decorations

Christmas tree peoples

Stitched soldiers

A selection of stockings

The ink-slinging Gary ‘Sheep Stitcher’ Northfield also wandered along to admire the woolly wonders and sign some copies of his Derek the Sheep book for our competition winners:

Derek runs from an angry bee

Derek in Wonderland

Derek joins Knit the City for a yarnstorm on the farm

All in all it was a marvellous Stitchmas way to end one of S&B London’s busiest, moustachiest, maddest years.

Thanks to everyone who stitched their second Secret Santa and everyone who ooohed and ahhed in the right places as they were opened.

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In pictures: the S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama 2009

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 15, 2009

Christmas is a time for knitting like crazy, screaming at people to shhhhhh because you are counting rows because this knit has to be finished in two weeks’ time and staring with horror at the calendar as the day between your Christmas knitting and the big day get nearer and nearer.

Lucky for Stitch and Bitch Londoners it’s also a time of year for the S&B London Christmas Party and this year we did our best to make it a Yarnorama worth coming along to.

Raising over £300 for the Treasure Trove charity we spent the evening knitting, exchanging some heavenly bits of handmade in our Secret Santa and eating, drinking and being knitty. It was Christmas with a woolly flare.

If you missed it you can have a virtual S&B London Christmas Yarnorama along with us by looking at the pictures and wishing really really hard that you were there.

Some Really Rather Marvellous Raffle Prizes:

Some very lovely Debonnaire handspun yarn

An Addicted to Knit shawl kit

A pretty Purlescence needle clutch

More kits from Sharp Works and Cafe Knit

Goodies from Milla Mia and Fabrications

Godzilla-like Ropey from Prick Your Finger

Some stitched and rather swish Secret Santa swaps:

Purple armwarmer goodness

Pretty in purled pink

A haaaaaandbag

A chilly winter Penguin

A cosy headhugger

A cosy headhugger

Handmade leather lovelies

Eek! A mouse!

Red and bobbly

Another handmade handbaaaaaaaag for the man who has everything

Blue sock smile

Ooo! Cable!

A dahhhling dinopurse

Pom pom people!

The green green scarf

Stitched ski hat

Cake and bow

Multicoloured and squishy

Sheep poo paper. Ewwwwwwww!

A cosy white cap

Handy handwarmers

Something flowery

Handmade hooter

Cupcake and cowl

A Christmas Bear


Ooo la la!

Green glee

Some angelic ornaments


Some sweet socks

Where did you get that hat?

A rather sorrowful bit of rule breaking (sadly not handmade or worth approx £5)

Itty bitty pin cushion

Rather funky purple wrist warmers

Before the raffle Emma told us a little about the charity we were raising money for. Cue all of us feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Emma tells us why Treasure Trove is so fabulous

The raffle begins. A selection of our prize winners as we had 27 prizes this year:

A yummy knit kit

Mmm magazine subscription

Handspun happiness

Balls of brilliant stuff

Some sharp stitching stuff

Happy happy happy

All the Fun of the Fair's coveted Noro

And we said goodbye to the lovely Startitis and it all got a bit emotional. :*(

A bunch of slightly sorrowful stitchers

It's all about booze and yarny loveliness in the end

There were over 70 photos taken at the party so if you can’t see yourself here hop along to our set on Flickr and hunt yourself down there.

The Stitchettes would like to thanks all the lovely Yarn Sellers and Magazines mentioned here who donated prizes to the Really Rather Marvellous Raffle and to our sponsors Debonnaire, Yarn Box and KAL Media. We heart you all. You helped us raise loads of money for a good cause and put some smiles on our lovely stitchers.

Thanks also to everyone who attended and the shops who gave vouchers and discounts too.

See you in the New Year as the woolly Godzilla that is S&B London stomps across 2010 roaring “Submit to the Knit” to the non-knitting masses till they pick up sticks and join us.

The Stitchettes x

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Lovely Vintage Buttons at Westminster

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 10, 2009

Christmasness is in the air and lots of lovely Christmas stuff is being given allllll over the place. What better place to go Christmas shopping than the environs of lovely Westminster Abbey. Dixie Nichols has invited Stitch and Bitch Londoners to drop in for a mince pie and a look at her lovely vintage buttons.

What’s more Dixie is offering a special offer.

Stitch and Bitch Londoners will get £5 off every individual purchase on the evening. That’s £10 off for two purchases and £1000 off for 200 purchases.

The buttons are lovely and Westminster in winter is about as Christmassy as it gets. So get along there and get your buttons on, folks. They make ever so lovely accompaniments to your handmade bits of lovely.

Dixie says:

Drop into 1 Little Cloister ( behind Westminster Abbey ) anytime between 3pm and 7pm next Monday December 14th and see if you can solve some present problems.
I am going to get out all sorts of Nichols buttons goodies, some of which will certainly be new to you.
Bring a friend, come alone. Even if you don’t find the right thing you will get a lovely whiff of Christmas coming through the Cloisters to be plied with mince pies and mulled wine you can be as quick or as slow as you like but Do Come.

How can you resist?

Hope to see you – all good wishes Dixie
1950s couture glass buttons made by my father

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