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The Stitched Selves on Film!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 4, 2012

Remember back in 2010 when 255 of you made Stitched Selves and we showed them off at the Science Museum for one night only?

Since then they’ve been busy. They made an appearance at our Stitched Science event last summer and now they’re going to be on the big screen! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

The lovely folks at the Craft Club (the Craft Council’s initiative to get more people passing on the love of craft) got in touch to ask if we had any inspiring handmade bits to star in their brand new crafty film. Of course we did! Your Stitched Selves were possibly the most inspiring project we have ever done.

So we piled all 255 of you into a taxi and off we went to Craft Council Towers. Most of you were well behaved. Most of you…

The Stitched Selves spent the afternoon with the folks at Crush Creative making movie magic. Here are a few sneak peeks…

A whole lotta Stitched Selves wait nervously for their moment

Ready for your close up?

Pile of posing purly people

So where can you see this fibre-filled film? Well you’re lucky enough to be invited to the premiere at Stratford East Picturehouse, East London.

The FREE event takes place on Saturday  25th Feb 2012 between 12.00-13.00. You can book free tickets here.

There’ll also be a whole load of knitting going on, including free finger-knitting lessons and starter knitting kits.

All ages are invited so join the Cinema Knit-along with Craft Club and come and see if your Stitched Self made it onto the silver screen!

If you can’t make it along the film will be online very soon! We’ll post up a link as soon as it is.

There are also more pictures over on our Facebook page.

(We can’t guarantee all the Stitched Selves will be featured in the film. After all there are 255 of you! But if yours didn’t make the final cut there’ll be more Stitched Self mayhem in future. So keep an eye on Stitch London to see what they get up to.)

Lights! Camera! Knitting!

See you there, Stitch Londoners.


Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Knitting News, Learn to Knit, London Knitting, Meetings, Stitch Yourself, Stitched Selves | Tagged: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

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?



Posted in Christmas, Events, Exclusive events, Learn to Knit, London Knitting, Meetings, Special Offers, Stitch London, Stitch London book, Workshops | 1 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 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 »

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:

Posted in Charity Knits, Charity Knitting Pattern, Christmas, Help Us Knit, Knitting News, London Knitting, Patterns, Stitch London book | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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 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 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.

Posted in Competitions, Guerrilla Knitting, London Knitting, Special Offers | 2 Comments »

Knit Nation 2011 thunders into London once more

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 14, 2011

If you knit or spin chances are you’ll already be counting the hours until Knit Nation 2011 kicks off. If you have no idea what Knit Nation is then where on earth have you been?

Knit Nation is a “knitting and spinning extravaganza” taking place from July 15-17th at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus (with a special Marketplace Preview tomorrow from 5pm). There will be classes galore and there are still some places for workshops. Check out the list of teachers whose knowledge you can squish into your brain:

Cookie A
Lene Alve
Susan Crawford
Elise Duvekot
Carol Feller
Franklin Habit
Marjan Hammink
Anne Hanson
Susanna Hansson
Carol & Pete Leonard
Clara Parkes
Judith Mackenzie
Merike Saarniit
Julie Weisenberger

There marketplace has many of Stitch London’s fibre-flogging pals too: Anova Books, Artisan Yarns, Atomic Knitting, Blacker Designs & Yarns, Brownberry Yarns, Cocoknits, Debonnaire, Easyknits, GMC Publishing, Great British Yarns, Habu Textiles, Jeanette Sloan, John Arbon Textiles, Juno Fibre Arts, Knitting Magazine, Krafty Koala, Loop Knitting, NicsKnots, Nimu, Old Maiden Aunt, Purl Alpaca Designs, Renaissance Dyeing, Skein Queen, Sparkleduck, StitchMastery Knitting Software, Susan Crawford Vintage, Sweet Clement, Tall Yarns’n’Tales, Toft Alpaca Shop, The Bothered Owl, The Little Knitting Company, The Natural Dye Studio, The Yarn Yard, Tilly Flop Designs, Twisted Angle, Well Manor Farm, Woolly Wormhead, Yarn Box and Ysolda.

And if that isn’t enough there’s a Knit-Tea Salon, a film screening and a wild and woolly Charity Bingo Party on Saturday night to raise funds for Refuge.

Our friends at p/hop will be there too raising money for MSF with their fabulous patterns.

That’s a whole lot of woolly wonder in one place. Hurrah!

For more info and to book tickets check out the Knit Nation website

See you there, Stitch Londoners!


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Stitched Science: in pictures

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 30, 2011

The woolly eagle has landed! Stitched Science at London’s Science Museum blasted off last weekend and brought a galaxy of woolly stars with it.

There was a giant Stitched Solar System, over 250 Stitched Self handmade mini mes, over 60 Stitched Science Specimens sent in from around the globe, and eight cosmic crafty workshops areas teaching everything from Martian making to knitting planets from plastic bags.

If you missed it here’s a glimpse at some of what went on at the Star Spangled event:

The countdown begins. 5...4...3...2...1...

We have Stitched Science lift off!

When Stitched Science was dreamed up and we were shown the space there was to fill, I decided ‘space’ was certainly the word for it. The only thing to do would be to fill it with something sciencey and giant, and what’s more giant than the solar system we’re currently floating about in?

Bringing the wild idea to life took three planet wranglers (myself, Natali O’Farrell and Gary Northfield), 25 knitters (knitting long strips to make up each planet), and the kind donations of giant balloons from Signature Balloons and most of the yarn from Coats Craft. Here are our planets…

Our sun was over two metres wide and covered in over 8 metres of handsewn felt.

Here comes the sun

Tiny Mercury was wrapped in yarn to make a giant ball of wool in grey Mercury colours.

AGH! A giant ball of yarn!

Venus was rolled in handknitted strips and sprinkled with real poisonous gas (honest).

Cough! Cough! The poison gas!

Earth was fashioned from many, many plastic bags with plarn (plastic bag yarn) knitted up and shaped into the continents. The moon was handknitted too.

Plarn-knit Earth and a balloon moon

Handknit Mars began life with three Manic Mars Martians wandering about its woolly surface. More Martians would be added throughout the event. Things were going to get crowded…

Whee! The planet is ours!

Jupiter went up half-finished and it was up to our knitting jenny cord makers to complete it.

Half-naked planet *blushes*

Saturn was surrounded by a bare-naked ring ready to be filled up with pom poms to form its icy particles.

Simple Saturn awaits pom pom pals

Uranus (snicker) was conjured up on a knitting machine and then handsewn into a swirly shape.

The rudest planet there is. Poor thing.

Neptune was made up of some crazy handknitting and featured a white spot just like the real thing.

Have I got a spot coming up?

And because we didn’t want to leave him out here’s Pluto, the almost-planet. He was knit by hand in the round with a few purly rows thrown in for decoration.

I am a planet! Dammit!

Finished travelling the Solar System? We’ve got lots more to share!

Over the past couple of months people have been sending in Stitched Science Specimens from all over the UK and the globe. We wanted to make sure they were treated with the proper respect they deserved so we tucked each of them safely into official Science Museum showcases for the event. There were 64 Stitched Specimens in total and they were all absolutely astoundingly brilliant. We’ll blog them in more detail later on but here’s a view of a few.

A woolly welcome from a case of Stitched Science Specimens

Nebula, ovum, DNA to name a few...

Rockets, planes, paracetamol...

We had some science celebs in too.

The marvellous Marie Curie

A xylophone-playing Patrick Moore (and his cat)

A purly Professor Brian Cox with volcano crater in tow

And a little Galileo, telescope in hand

And there was more from the sublime to the silly…

A hand embroidered radiotherapy mask and hot-air balloon start our second wing of Stitched Specimens

Amazing embroidered and crocheted bacteria

Vacanti's Earmouse! Ewwwww and yet awwwwwwww!

A spritely Bacteriophage

A giant handknitted plug

Lego, DNA, a Space Invader...

Knitting infused with scents to tingle the senses

Artificial heart, blood cells, pencilliium...

Astronauts, experimental peas, Sputnik and telescope...

Aparatus for the lab, molecules, pills and cells...

A blue-screen computer, mathematical equations...

...lightbulbs and star-gazers...

and who could forget Plarchie, the handknitted squid?

Plarchie reclines at the plarn table

And we weren’t alone in our cosmic craft! We had crafty friends there too.

There was some Cross Stitch skill being passed on by manbroiderer Mr X Stitch and his folks:

Manly stitchin' abounds

Yay! Computery cross stitch!

There was some brainy knitting going on with the Knit a Neuron crew:

The KAN gals

Oooo. Brainy!

Woolly Thoughts were wowing the crowd with their illusion knitting:

Team Woolly Thoughts squashing maths into knits

Sneaky stitched science

Wizard! Ain't that young Harry Potter?!?!

The marvellous Materialists created a technological tapestry:

The lovely ladies of the Materialistics

Hard at work handmaking

and The Make Lounge went monster mad!

Jam-packed with monster makers

Tiny monster maker goes for the shiny things

Aaaaaaand that wasn’t all. Your 255 Stitched Self handmade mini me were there too!

Wheeeeeeee! Stitched Self par-tay!

It was fun, fun and more fun. Here are a few highlights…

A pleased pom pom maker

Putting pom poms on the planet ring

Plarn-knit Earth knitters getting to grips with their needles

Adding plarn to the planet

Martian-making stitching sisters

Releasing the Mars Martians

Plarchie meeting the plug: fried calamari for all!

And we met some of the makers too.

Knitted Nebula maker, Lisa Bentman

Lego-stitcher extraodinaire, Linda Laidlaw

Partick Moore purler, Clare Tovey

Plant Cell stitcher, Becky Button

Stitched Self makers Gary, Thomas and Susannah Northfield

Stitched Self maker, Katie 'Hoxton Handmade' of Electric Sheep podcast fame

When it was all over our Solar System was mostly stitched, the Martians had totally taken over Mars and a cosmic crafty time had been had by all. Phew!


Stitched Science. Ta dah!

If you missed out there are more pics over at Stitch London’s Stitched Science set.

Even more pics over at Stitch London’s Stitch Up.

And we’ll be blogging each of the Stitched Specimen’s close up and in detail very soon.

Plus you can purchase the Manic Mars Martian knitting pattern for a bargain price over at Whodunnknit. All profits go towards keeping Stitch London running free events like this one. Yay!

Thanks to everyone who came along and made Stitched Science so spectacular.


Team Stitch London (Lauren and Natali) would like to thank all the people who helped put Stitched Science together:

Huge thanks to: Sue, Caroline and Katrina from the Science Museum for allowing us to run riot with our yarn.

More huge thanks to:  Gary, Emma, Sarah and Jenny for Planet Wrangling and heavy-lifting above the call of duty.

More huge thanks to our Stitch Sage Stars: Maria, Monique, Frederica, Madelaine, Lisa, Stephanie, Linda, Genevieve, Honey-Lee, Lucy, Amy, Kate, Brigitte, Miriam, Anna, Virginia, Clare, Beryl, Amy, Suzanne, Nicola, Emma and Mary.

Even more huge thanks to our Planet Knitters: Clare Tovey, Ellen Lindner, Linda Laidlaw, Suzanne Strachan, Emmy Harrup, Penny Gregory, Ann-Marie Thondrayen, Amy Shannon, Jaqui Lund, Alex Lawson, Abby Pond, Beryl Scott, Maria-Jesus Rojo, Frances Lee, Sarah Kerry, Madelaine Emberton, Nicola Cockett, Lina, Janet Baker, Sandra Ong, Karen Laidlaw, Rite Hoyle (4 rows), Jenny Willett, Emma Walker and Brigitte Onyskiw.

A tad more thanks to: Thomas B. Ramsden for bargain emergency extra yarn and tinsel planet gas.

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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.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Meet Vern the knitting sheep

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 19, 2010

Vern is a sheep. He’s a slightly worried knitting sheep who spends his time with Lettuce, his bouncy bunny best friend, living in a tower block in London’s Pickle Rye where he battles with moles, parties with polar bears and meets some very dodgy pigeons.

Vern is one of the stars of Sarah McIntyre‘s brand-new Vern and Lettuce book that we’re helping to launch this week at our Stitch a Sheep meeting. I was lucky enough to catch up with the fine fleecy fellow and ask him a few questions about yarn, life as a Stitch Londoner and knitting himself silly.

Hi Vern. Welcome to Stitch London. Thanks for agreeing to an interview.
You’re welcome! I don’t usually speak to humans, so this is quite an event. My friend Lettuce the rabbit is quite jealous, actually. She loves the media spotlight.

Can you tell us who taught you to knit?
Well, we have our own version of Stitch London here in Pickle Rye. Most of the animals who come along are ewes, and you should see the way they fuss over me! They had me knitting in no time at all.

We even had a film crew come to our meeting once and Lettuce was hopping mad because they spent ages filming me, and she’s a much better knitter. My knitting had this big fat hole in the middle, but they asked me lots of questions so there would be a boy sheep in the documentary. The interviewer kept trying to get me to say that Pickle Rye was like ‘a ball of wool’, but I didn’t understand what she was getting at. I am kind of like a ball of wool, but I am not spun yet.

What’s your most shameful knit?
Most of my worst knitting moments come from over-shearing. I think, if you have a bit event to go to, like a wedding, you should be sure to get shorn several weeks before the event, not the day before. And that freshly shorn look makes my ears look too big.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever knit?
I once knitted some jumpers for the bunnies who lived upstairs. But then I was cold and they felt sorry for me, so they unpicked their jumpers and we all knitted a big jumper for me with a pocket in it for each bunny.

We wore it together a few times, but then the bunnies wiggled so much that they stretched the pockets. It’s rather saggy now.

Do you feel some friend only want to be friends with you because of your fine fleece? *eyes fleece hungrily*
Stay away from me! …Argh, that tickles!

What are your friend Lettuce’s knitting skills like?
She thinks she’s an amazing knitter, but she really should put more time into it. She’s always picking up new hobbies, but she needs to be like me, and stick with them. It’s all about dedication to the art. I tell her that knitting is the highest calling.

Ever fancied graffiti knitting? If so what would you graffiti and why?
Oh, but what if we were arrested? I think Lettuce and Derek the Sheep were talking about something like that the other day and I tried not to listen so I wouldn’t have to lie if the police asked me if I knew anything. You wouldn’t do something like that, would you? You look like a nice person.

You joined Stitch London recently. What prompted you to join?
I think I need to get out more, sometimes the animal world can get very gossipy. And one of the yaks kept stealing my stitch counters.

I think humans must be above that sort of thing. I am eager to listen to their deep, thoughtful discussions about life and art.

How was your first meeting?
It was pretty good, but I kept dropping stitches and that made me a little bit embarrassed. I was aware that they would have high expectations for my knitting and I think I may have let them down. I will spend a lot of time practising for our next meeting so I can be a proud ambassador for all sheep.

What do you family and friends think of the fact you’re now a celebrity with a book out in all the shops? They must be proud.
Yes! The polar bears who live downstairs gave me a photo album with lots of newspaper clippings in it from my adventure in the city with Lettuce and the bunnies. That must have taken them ages to put together!

Even one of the moles in the park asked me for my autograph, which made me realise that I
need to practice my signature so it looks more like a famous person signed it. Right now it just looks like the autograph of an ordinary sheep.

Can I have a hug? You look so squishy and fleecey.
Only if you promise not to steal any of my wool! The nights are getting rather chilly and I need it all.

Thanks, Vern. It’s been a pleasure to meet and bleat with you!
And you! I think you are a very nice human. You should come visit us in Pickle Rye sometime and I will bake a cake. And you can teach me how to stitch a little sheep, I hear that is becoming a big fashion in knitting.

But be careful about this graffiti knitting business, I don’t like to think of my friends leading a life of crime. You could try baking brownies if the urge strikes you again, that is what I do!


You can see more of Sarah’s adventures in sheepy sketching over at her Jabberworks blog and catch her and the Fleece Station team at The Fleece Station (home of Stitch London Towers too).

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John Smedley Yarnstorm: The Big Event!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 12, 2010

So us folks at Stitch London along with Knit the City‘s sneaky stitchers joined forces to bring the yarnstorm to one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, John Smedley.

The big event took place on October 11 at the John Smedley store on Brook Street. There was bubbly, there was wool, there was yarnstorming. Wanna see?

Each of our sneaky stitchers made a little piece of John Smedley history.


Shorn-a the Dead conjured up the founding of the historic mill where the process of sheep to yarn to woolly jumper was first perfected.


From woolly creatures to woolly jumpers

From woolly creatures to woolly jumpers



Two smiling sheep


1784 saw the first record of the Lea Mills, historic mill building on the factory site for ‘spinning fine wools and cotton’.


The Fastener produced a finely dressed Victorian lady who was happy to tell the world that only the finest folks wore John Smedley underwear.


Only the finest ladies...


In the 1820s John Smedley installed the first knitting frames in a factory environment to knit underwear.

The company prospered in the Victorian era, in the heartland of the industrial revolution. It was one of the first factories,as they are known today and this era sees major further developments from Water wheel to electricity.


Yusuf Osman whipped up a waving washing line complete with flapping pairs of Smedley underwear blowing the wind.

Pants to any underwear that isn't Smedley


In the 1820s John Smedley installed the first knitting frames in a factory environment to knit underwear.

The company prospered in the Victorian era, in the heartland of the industrial revolution. It was one of the first factories,as they are known today and this era sees major further developments from Water wheel to electricity.


Marion Crick found her fibre inspiration in the 60s with a little vroom vroom on a handmade moped and an embroidered scene of mods modelling their Smedley threads.


Keen to keep up with the latest looks the guys decided to wear their newest Smedley gear to the new Mod club. Steve got the message slightly wrong.


In the 1960s John Smedley went from underwear to outerwear. They made the breakthrough from a heavy reliance on the production in underwear to more outerwear styles, particularly in the European and American markets, where the demand for smart ‘Sports wear’ look is strong.


Emma-Lee Yarwood gots her 80s on via the medium of fabric fabulousness with her New Romantic scene.


Fade to grey


In the 1980s the designers discovered the manufacturing capability of John Smedley. They collaborated with some of the world’s most famous designers, the likes of Katherine Hamnett, Vivienne Westwood, Commes des garcons, Paul Smith and Margaret Howell.


Deadly Knitshade turned her yarnstorm Japanese to show Smedley taking on the latest knitting machine technology from the Far East.


Robot knit knit knitting


In the 1990s John Smedley opened the flagship store at Brook street, started the web store, and installed the latest Japanese machines, capable of patterning garments and multi-stripes.

Fabric scraps take flight

The lovely Lady Loop put her needles to work on making a handmade hive and handsome Smedley fabric bugs and butterflies.




A Stitched Self fashion parade

And not forgetting the fashion parade of 11 of John Smedley’s most iconic items, including the Long Johns which the company invented!



The John Smedley Bridge

And last but by no means least the John Smedley factory bridge. This marvellous monster was created by The Fastener (with a little bit of help from Deadly Knitshade and Shorn-a the Dead) and is a tribute to the bridge on site at the real life Smedley factory. An astonishing work of fabric and inspiration.

The bridge in all its finery


Let the yarnstorm commence!

After admiring it all it was time to yarnstorm. And yarnstorm they did.




























A yarnstormed window by Stitch London and Knit the City


The installation will be in the John Smedley window at their Brook Street store for the next two weeks. Go and see it!

Have a happy Wool Week, everyone!

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