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Archive for the ‘Competitions’ Category

Win amazing handmades in the Knit Relief auction

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 19, 2012

Want to win an ever-so-cute amigurumi octopus? A handknitted pair of TARDIS socks? A one-off exclusive by an infamous graffiti knitters? Well, you’re in luck and it’s all for the Sport Relief Charity too!

Knit Relief items up for grabs

Handmade Little My needs a new home

Since quite a few Stitch Londoner’s are taking part in this project we thought we would post about it here too. Teen Granny Scarlett F Curtis’s Knit Relief project is offering 53 brilliant bits of handmade fabulousness to raise money for charity.

There’s a crocheted Kermit the Frog by Louise Campbell, goldenblades’s Rain Cloud, onehandknits’s TARDIS Socks, a personalised knitted figure by Scarlet herself, the handknitted TARDIS by Sally Rose for Dr Who fans, and some very squeeee amigurumi octopi by Alyssa Crittenden (which I have already been outbid on twice!) to mention but a few

Up for grabs is also an exclusive Whodunnknit, handmade Little My in an exclusive Whodunnknit presentation box with an exclusive set of graffiti knitting badges too. That’s three exclusives right there.

Check out all 53 of the Knit Relief makes here and give to get a heavenly bit of handmade.

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GLOBAL COMPETITION: THE BADGE FACTOR! THE BEST STITCH LONDON BADGE WINS!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 12, 2011

COMPETITION DATE EXTENDED! WHEEEEEE!!!

Wanna win a whole load of Stitch London goodies? Stitch London have been busy designing and making a whole load of Stitch London merchandise for you to show your crafty love to the world.

The brand new Stitch London online shop will open in the New Year and we’ll be selling our goodies at the Duckie Christmas Market, but you have the chance to get your grubby paws on the whole lot for FREE! Woo hoo!

To celebrate our 6th birthday we’re giving you the chance to win a whole load of Stitch London goodies. All you need to do is come up with the best new idea for a Stitch London badge.

Here’s what you can win:

  • Your badge idea designed and made into a Stitch London badge
  • 2 sets of the Stitch London badge set featuring your badge idea once they’re made
  • A fridge magnet featuring your badge idea
  • All 8 sets of Stitch London exclusive badges (four badges per pack which means 32 badges)
  • A set of 5 Stitch London fridge magnets
  • A Stitch London handmirror
  • A set of 10 Knit the City London graffiti knitting postcards
  • A Stitch London How to Knit Kit of your choice (including limited edition Stitch London 4.5mm Subabal polished wood knitting needles, yarn, tapestry needle, a How to Knit booklet and everything you need to make either Sheep and Martians, Floating Flutterguys or a Stitched Self Mini Me)
  • Rather lovely handmade buttons from Tofty Makes
  • A signed copy of the Stitch London book

Three runners up will win:

2 sets of Stitch London badges featuring their badge idea
1 set of Stitch London badges of their choice

All you have to do is come up with the best new idea for a Stitch London badge

Here are our current badges for you to get a some inspiration:

Here is what to do:

  • Come up with some ideas for Stitch London badges (e.g. ‘Purl, Interrupted’ ‘Will Knit for Marmite’)
  • Write them in an email (you can add scribbles, images and links to pics if you want to add any visual ideas but they’re totally optional)
  • Send it to us at at winstuff@stitchLDN.com with the subject line“My Stitch badge rocks!” (Please make sure you enter the right subject otherwise your entry might get missed)
  • Add your full name, contact email and address

How many ideas can I send? Send as many ideas as you like. You can send in three or 30. Up to you.

Do they need to be about knitting or can I do any craft? They can be about knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sewing, embroidery or any other kind of stitch or woolly craft. Go wild!

What happens if someone else sends in the same idea as me? The first person sending the idea in gets the credit. So get in quick!

When is the deadline? The Badge Factor competition will stay open until Stitch London rehatches mid 2012. Loads of time to think of fabulous ideas.

What happens next? In the New Year we’ll put up our 25 favourite ideas to the public vote on our website. The vote will go down to the final 4. The winning badge will win all those goodies and be announced in a newsletter. The three runners up will get prizes too.

Your idea might end up on all kinds of Stitch merchandise which means you can proudly tell the world you helped keep the woolly Godzilla stomping and spreading free stitching goodness across the world.

So what on earth are you waiting for? Got something punny to say about purling? Feeling inspired by the wonder of wool? Have an catchphrase you’d like that lady staring at you knitting on the tube to see? Need to get your needle love out there? Want to unravel the thread of your thoughts in a public badge-based statement? Cross that there aren’t enough cross stitch saying in the world?

Now is your time! Get your entries in and you could be the Stitch London Badge Factor winner! Yay you!

Competition rules: 1. All entrants must give contact details. 2. Competition ends mid 2012. Date to be confirmed. 3. No cash alternatives to the prizes. 4. Winners will be chosen by public online vote from 25 of Stitch London’s favourite entries and notified within 2 weeks of the voting closing date. 5. Competition open to everyone globally, including people outside London and the UK. 6. By submitting your idea you agree that Stitch London have free permission to turn your idea into merchandise and use it to raise funds to support Stitch London. (Stitch London won’t use any submitted images without separate permission)

Posted in Badge Factor 2012, Competitions, Designing, Exclusive events, Knitting News, Press, Special Offers | Leave a Comment »

COMPETITION: Find the Pigeon and WIN loads of knitting goodies

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 17, 2011

Cooey? Cooooooey? COOEEEEEEEY?!?!? Where on earth did she go? One minute she’s safely tucked into the front of every book in kit form and the next she’s been knitted and has flown out the window. If you have any idea where she is please let Knit the Pigeon know and in return there are yarny rewards!

So far we have had three lucky winners and there are seven more weeks to go!!!

How does it work?

Every single week for 10 weeks Cooey will flap off into London and land in a famous place.

Knit the Pigeon will put up three picture clues for you to guess where she ends up. A new image will be revealed on three different days with each a bit easier than one before.

What can you win? Knit the Pigeon have bagged a whole load of prizes from Coats Craft UK and All the Fun of the Fair. There’ll be a new hamper of prizes every single week. Coo!

How do I enter? Flutter over to www.knitthepigeon.com and fill out the form to enter. Terms and conditions on the website. You can enter where ever you live! Join in!

Please find Cooey before she gets lost and ends up in a pigeon pie!

Posted in About Us, Competitions, Exclusive events, Guerrilla Knitting, London Knitting, Patterns, Special Offers, Stitch London, Stitch London book | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

COMPETITION: Win a shiny copy of the new Stitch London book

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 27, 2011

Stitch London has it’s own book! Woo hoo! To celebrate we’re running a competition to win one of five copies!

Wanna win a copy of Stitch London just for answering an easy peasy question?

The Stitch London book features patterns for two London birds. One of them is a splendiferous pigeon and the other is the bird pictured on the left. To win one of five shiny copies signed (by both Lauren and my good pigeony self), complete with a pigeon kit inside, all you need to do is answer this feathered friend-inspired Londony question:

What kind of bird is famous for being found at the Tower of London?

A: Flamingo

B: Raven
C: Funky chicken

D: Vulture

Drop us an email at winstuff@stitchLDN.com with:

• The subject line“I want to get knitty in the city” (Please make sure you enter the right subject otherwise your entry might get missed) 
• Answer A, B, C or D
• Your full name, address and any leftover crusts of bread from your sandwiches
NEW MEMBERS: You need to join the mailing list here and then add the secret password, shown in green at the bottom right of your “A woolly welcome to Stitch London!” email, to your entry

Special Bonus Ravelry Extra: One lucky winner will get an extra prize of a full set of all 23 Stitch London badges and a Stitch London fridge magnet. Here’s what to do:

  1. Log in to Ravelry.com with your account
  2. Find the Stitch London patterns and pick one you like
  3. Leave a comment or add one to your favourites
  4. Add the line: “I commented/favourited on (put pattern name here).” to your competition email, along with the correct answer to the question.

As with most Stitch London competitions anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK. The deadline for the competition is 4 October at 8pm.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 4 October 2011 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and sent the book via post. 5. Competition open to everyone, including people outside London and the UK.

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Competition: Win copies of Knit the City’s new graffiti knitting book

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 10, 2011

Wanna win a copy of Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London? The most knitting graffitiest book ever by the mysterious Deadly Knitshade? Hell yeah you do!

Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London

To win one of five shiny hardback copies all you need to do is answer this taxing question:

Plarchie and ?

The Knit the City book cover features Plarchie, the handsome knitted squid, sitting on the lap of which famous scientific figure at the Natural History Museum?

A: Professor Brian Cox
B: Marie Curie
C: Charles Darwin
D: Dr Who

If you are already on the Stitch London mailing list drop us an email at winstuff@stitchLDN.com with:

• The subject line“Banksy wishes he could knit like KTC” (Please make sure you enter the right subject otherwise your entry might get missed)
• Answer A, B, C or D
• Your full name, address and any love messages you wish to pass on to Plarchie
NEW MEMBERS: You need to join the mailing list here and then add the secret password, shown in green at the bottom right of your “A woolly welcome to Stitch London!” email, to your entry

If you’re not on the Stitch London mailing list you’ll need to join up.

Special Bonus Ravelry Extra: One lucky winner will get an extra prize of a Knit the City badge, fridge magnet and three knitting graffiti postcards by posting on Ravelry. Here’s what to do:

  1. Log in to Ravelry.com with your account
  2. Go to either the Stitched Squid or Square Sheep pattern
  3. Leave a comment (you can favorite it too if you like)
  4. Add the line: “I commented on (put pattern name here). My comment number is (put comment number shown in top right of comment on Comments page here).” to your competition email, along with the correct answer to the question.

As with most Stitch London competitions anyone can enter as long as they’re on our mailing list. Even if you live outside the UK. The deadline for the competition is 15 September at 8pm.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 15 September 2011 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and sent the book via post or given a copy at a Stitch London meeting (where you can get it signed). 5. Competition open to everyone, including people outside London and the UK.

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Stitched Science: send your Stitched Science Specimens

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on April 14, 2011

Fancy knitting a neuron? Crocheting a comet? Sewing Stephenson’s Rocket? Cross-stitching a chromosome?

Last year you showed us that stitching was so much more than scarves and socks when you sent in your crafty clones to Stitch Yourself for the Science Museum.

This year you’ve been invited back for a global stitching event. Stitch London have teamed up with the Science Museum once more and we want you to bring a whole spectrum of Stitched Science Specimens with you.

What can I make? What do you want to make? If you’re passionate about something sciencey and think you can stitch it then we want to help you show it off. There are million billion things you could stitch from medical instruments and body bits (syringes? skulls?), to stars and planets (comets? black holes?), to famous inventions (telephones? bicycles?), to new technology (iPhones? cameras?), to diseases and bacteria, to pills and potions, to mathematical equations, to famous scientists (Einstein? Marie Curie?)

Crochet_rocketFor ideas:

DNA_illusion_scarfStill not sure? Be inspired by the science stitchers that have gone before you:
Nerve roots from Cedarstuff
Seriously sciencey stitching from Genetiknits
Knitted Higgs Bosun, Cosmic Radiation Scarf, and DNA Illusion Scarf (pictured left) from Slipped Stitch.
Periodic Table Quilt by Alyse Anderson
The mad-scientist stitching of Voraciousbrain showcased at Mr X Stitch
Crochet Space Shuttle from Ms Premise-Conclusion
Stitch Yourself’s 255 ‘stitched selves’ by you

When is the deadline? Your Stitched Specimen must arrive before or on June 17 2011

What else do I need to include? Your Stitched Specimen should include:

  1. Information about what you have made
  2. Any web links
  3. Your name, where you are from and your email address
  4. A return address and return postage if you want it sent back. It’s up to you to provide packaging and postage for anything you want returned.

 

Where do I send it? Send your Stitched Specimens to Stitch London’s home at The Fleece Station:Stitched_selves

Stitch London at The Fleece Station
Courtyard Studio (First floor)
The Old Police Station
114-116 Amersham Vale
London

SE14 6LG

Return of the Stitched Selves! And if that wasn’t enough for you we’re also going to bring back your Stitched Selves for the whole weekend. Come and meet your mini me once more!

It’s one small Stitched Specimen for science, one giant Science Museum spectacular

1.  Your item and copyright of the pattern you use will remain with you and you’ll get full credit for it. We’re just borrowing it to display.
2.  Stitch London and the Science Museum will not charge an entry or admin fee to be a part of this event. It’s free!
3.  Items will be available to collect after the event. If you’re posting the item from afar and want it returned you’ll have to include postage to return it to you. We’re happy to keep stuff too. It’ll have a good home.
4.  Responsibility for getting your submission to us is all yours. We can’t be held responsible if post gremlins eat it. Sorry. Please make sure you get the item tracked if it’s precious.
5.  By sending in your item you agree to allow Stitch London and the Science Museum to use images of your item for press and marketing linked with the event. It won’t be used for anything other than that without asking your permission. Please make sure we have your contact details.

Other ways you can help

Badges for Bags
Stitched Science Stars

Plarn

We need your plastic bags. Part of our Stitched Solar System will be an enormous Plarn-knit Earth made entirely from plastic bag yarn.
We need blue and green carrier bags to make a plarn planet. Bring them along to Stitch London or post them to the address above (anchor).

For every 12 plastic bags you send us, we’ll send you a shiny Stitch London badge of your choice.
teach_knitting
Help us teach in the hallowed halls of one of London’s most famous museums. Volunteer to teach at one of our one-hour workshops and become a Stitched Science Star.
If you’re already a Stitch Sage you’re first in line for volunteering and will get an email soon.
If you’re not and you want to give your time to pass on stitching skills somewhere amazing then join the Stitch Sage team.
Teaching is easy peasy, makes you feel warm and fuzzy and is tons of fun. Join us!

Posted in Charity Knits, Competitions, Designing, Events, Exclusive events, Help Us Knit, Help us teach, Knitting News, Museums, Stitched Science | 9 Comments »

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 winstuff@stitchLDN.com 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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Join us on the Stitch London Knit Crawl 2010

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 5, 2010

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.

The full details of venues and a map can be found on our website.

Last year's Knit Crawl in the shadow of the Eye

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.

For full Knit Crawl itinerary and map click here

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COMPETITION: Stitch a Skull to WIN weekend Camden Crawl tickets

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on April 25, 2010

The Camden Crawl is one of London’s most creative and slightly crazed festival weekends. Spread over over one and a half miles Camden Crawlers can sample new talent for over 30 hours across more than 40 venues. It’s Camdeny, it’s musicy and it’s going to rock.

Stitch London have snagged two pairs of Camden Crawl Weekend Tickets (worth £122.60 a pair) to give away for Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May 2010.

You can join us at the Crawl and take part in our graffiti yarnstorming workshop or ignore us and go and do a ton of other things.

To enter all you need to do is Stitch a Skull and send it to us by Friday 30th April or bring it to our meeting on Thursday 29 April.

You can knit, crochet or sew you skull in whatever size and colour you like.

For a free Skull Knitting Pattern see our website.

You get one entry for every single stitched skull you send.

For more information and an address to send your skulls to SEE OUR WEBSITE.

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Competition: go green with your garter stitch with Eco-Friendly Knits

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 26, 2010

*sighs*

So you’ve just been to the supermarket and you forgot to take your own carrier bags, so now you’ve got a heap of potentially planet-killing plastic bags that are going to sit on the already-huge pile of bags that you always intend to take to the supermarket next time…but you forget and come home with more plastic bags…ad nauseum.

But those plastic bags are potentially very fabulous ‘plarn’. Raveller and all-round creative, Emily Blades shows us how to make all kinds of accessories, from earrings to handbags, using this recycled gem of a resource in her new book Eco-Friendly Knits using Recycled Plastic Bags published by Search Press. And she’s kindly offered us 5 copies to give away to you lovely S&B Londoners.

All you need to do is send us the correct answer to the question below and we’ll ask the woolly Wombles to take time out from their busy recycling schedules to pick 5 winners from the rusty bucket they found on Wimbledon Common.


What is ‘plarn’ made of?

a. A pile of plastic bags
b. The bones of Plantagenet Kings
c. The plucked plumage of plague-ridden pigeons

Drop us an email at stitchettes@stitchandbitchlondon.co.uk with:
  • The subject line “I’m going to kick global warming’s ass with my plarn shopping bag!”
  • Answer A, B or C
  • Your full name, email address, and contact phone number (if you have one)
  • IMPORTANT: The secret mailing list joiner password (if you just joined) which is in green at the bottom right of your welcome email. If you don’t have the password you can’t enter the competition. If you’re already a member then go ahead and enter. No password needed.
The deadline for the competition is Monday 5th April at 10am. The 5 winners will be picked from all correct entries, and notified by email within 48 hours.

Please note: Offering the Stitchettes anything sweet or alcoholic will not help you win his book. Just pick your answer, email us and let the the Wombles do what they gotta do! Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends Monday 5th April 2010 at 10am. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified within 48 hours via email. 5. If winners don’t reply with addresses within two weeks of closing date then new winners will be chosen. 5. No cash alternatives. 6. Prizes will be posted to the winners.

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