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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 »

New Year Newbies Stitch Up 2012 and Stitch London’s 6th Birthday

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 29, 2011

It’s official. 2012 will be the year of the Stitch! This year Stitch London plans to cram as much stitching in as possible and we’re starting as we mean to go on with our fantabulous GIANT NEW YEAR NEWBIES STITCH UP!

3rd January 2012
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Every year we gather as many stitchers as we can at our second home, London’s Royal Festival Hall, to get our public stitch on in style. Each year we see around 200 proud crafty people gather.

Stitch London Stitch Up's can sometimes be seen from space

Celebrate Stitch London’s 6th Birthday!

This year we’re turning 6 years old! To celebrate we’ll have some spot prizes which will be given out randomly throughout the evening. Woo hoo!

Pass on the Knitting Love

STITCH LONDON NEEDS YOU! For our New Year Stitch Up we invite anyone new to knitting or new to the group to come along. We offer free lessons in knitting basics for learners, which is where is splendiferous Stitch Sages come in. If you know how to knit and think you know enough to pass it on (it’s really very easy), then please join our Stitch Sage team. You only need to teach for about half an hour and then keep an eye on your learner’s in case they get a bit lost while they practice.

We really really need new Stitch Sages to pass on the woolly love, so if you want to volunteer in the New Year please drop us an email at stitchsage@stitchLDN.com with the subject “I want to help wrangle the woolly Godzilla”.

It’s easy to teach. It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. It’s a fabulous way to begin the new year. Create a brand new knitter! You can read some of our inspiring Stitch Sage stories here.

Find out more about teaching as a Stitch Sage here

Learn How to Knit

Fancy learning to get your knit on? The New Year Stitch Up is your chance to learn to knit for free!

You can bring your own yarn and needles, but Stitch London will be offering Whodunnknit How to Knit Kits in three flavours Sheep ‘n’ Aliens, Floating Flutterguys and Stitched Squid (each perfect for beginners), as well as Whodunnknit Stitched Self Mini Me Knitting Kits for those who know how to knit already.

The Whodunnknit Knitting kit includes:

  • An exclusive Stitch London skyline drawstring bag to keep your projects in
  • A set of bamboo knitting needles
  • A set of 4 Stitch London knitting badges
  • 2x 25g balls of brightly coloured yarn
  • A ultra-cute pair of ‘snips’ scissors
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
  • An 8-page Stitch London How to Knit booklet
  • Everything you need to make the Whodunnknit pattern of your choice (choose from Sheep and Martians, Floating Flutterguys, a Finger-fighting Stitched Squid or a Stitched Self Mini Me) along with the Whodunnknit knitting pattern

How do I order a Whodunnknit knitting kit?

Drop us an email at buystuff@whodunnknit.com and let us know how many kits you would like and which pattern you would like with it. Each kit costs £14.

Want to learn crochet instead?

The lovely Tofty Makes will be offering How to Crochet Kits with full instructions in the fabulous full-colour booklet. See more about her How to Crochet Kits and the cute amigurmi creature you can make over at Tofty Makes.

Drop us an email at buystuff@whodunnknit.com and let us know how many crochet kits you would like and we’ll pass it on to Tofty Makes. Each kit costs £14. See more about the contents here.

Crochet Kits from Tofty Makes

Can anyone come along to the Stitch Up?

Anyone and everyone is welcome. We’re multi-craft, multi-cultural and we love craft as much as you do. All you need to do is turn up, pull up a chair and start stitching. If you crochet, cross stitch, spin, embroider or do any other kind of craft you’re more than welcome to join us.

For those who wish to learn to knit you need to sign up when you arrive (look for the New Stitcher Sign Up Sheet) from 6pm. Teaching will begin at 6.30 once most of our Stitch Sages have arrived.

What does it cost?

It’s all totally free! Woo hoo!

Join us on the night! If you can’t make it you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we’ll be posting pictures on the night.

See you there and Happy New Year!

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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!

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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 mailto:buystuff@stitchLDN.com 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?

BUY THE STITCH LONDON BOOK ONLINE HERE


BUY KNIT THE CITY GRAFFITI KNITTING BOOK HERE

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

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 info@stitchLDN.com to let us know you’d like to give a prize. Small sellers and large ones are all welcome.

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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!

Martian-arama!

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.

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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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Stitched Science prepares to blast off!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 22, 2011

The countdown has begun. Stitch London and the Science Museum‘s cosmic crafting event, Stitched Science, touches down this weekend and it’s going to be astronomical.

Join us on 25 and 26 June 2011 from 10pm to 6pm for a scientific stitching event you can see from space, featuring:

• the world’s largest Stitched Solar System (which you can help make)

• over 50 Stitched Specimens from all over the world (including knitted squid celebrity ‘Plarchie‘ the 8-metre squid)

• a galaxy of free crafty workshops with some of the UK’s finest craft teams

and

• 255 of your Stitched Selves from last year’s Stitch Yourself event

For full info see the Stitch London website

Can’t make it? You can join us on the net and see it all it all over at Stitch London’s Stitch Up (where we’ve been posting every Stitched Specimen that comes in), or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

coats_craft signature_balloons

sponsor the Stitched Science event by providing materials for the Solar System and some workshops

 

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Join us on the STITCH CRAWL 2011

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 8, 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 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. We’ll be graffiti knitting all the way too!
LOCAL: Enter the Stitch Crawl Really Rather Marvellous Raffle to win fabulous prizes and raise money for Evelina Children’s Hospital London at the Stitch Crawl

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) 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 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.

Is it just for knitting? This year it’s officially a Stitch Crawl. Any type of craft is welcome. Crochet, cross stitch, embroidery, sewing, juggling, squid wrestling. You name it. Any one and everyone is welcome from grown ups, to kids, to pets, to people who have never come to an event like this before.

When is it? This year it’s the 11th of June from 12pm till 6pm, with drinks after for the hardcore.

Where will it be? This year’s Knit Crawl is going green. We’re taking you on a journey through London’s wild green spaces. Four venues, four places to sit and stitch, four lots of places to win something woolly and wonderful in our Stitch Crawl raffle. See the website for venues.

What will it cost? The Stitch Crawl is free for anyone to join. Bring yourself, bring your knitting and bring your outdoorsy pioneer spirits. We’ll take you and your stitching tour you and your handmade won’t easily forget.

What can I win in your marvellous raffle? We’ll have prizes at each stop of the Stitch Crawl. So much fabulous fibre-based stuff! Wanna see? The list below will be added to as more prizes come in:


Fabrications
– crafty goodies

Prick Your Finger
– A word of your choosing knitted in their fabulous handmade letter

Craftside
– 5 copies of the ‘Astounding Knits’ book

Loop
– a Lexie Barnes project bag

Hoopla Yarn
– some of their amazing yarn

Mrs Moon
– A Jade cashmere scarf kit (worth £69)

All the Fun of the Fai
r – knitting goodies

Designer Yarns
– lovely skiens of multi-coloured yarns

Debonnaire
– splendid stitching goodies

Green and Blacks
– set of 24 miniature chocolates

Tricolette Yarns
– £100 voucher for their online shop

Little Knitting Company
– skeins of cashmere and kits

Susan Crawford
– Vintage Gifts to Knit book

The Bothered Owl – London-themed bag


Sarah Kerry
– giant knitted biscuit cushion
Nintendo – plushie knitted Kirbys
Cheeky Handmades – Crochet set and case

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What’s it for? The Stitch Crawl promotes the lovely art of stitching. We also raise money for charity. This year we’re raising money for the Evelina Children’s Hospital London (a cause very close to Stitch London’s heart).

What if I can’t make it? You can knit in public where ever you are. Check out the Worldwide Knit in Public Day website for info on a public stitch near you or organise your own. Release one of our floating flutterguys where you are and send us pics!

For more info see the Stitch London website

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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!

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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: sneak peek Day Four

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 8, 2010

Stitch London and Knit the City‘s sneaky stitchers are teaming up to bring the yarnstorm to one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, John Smedley.

The big event takes place on October 11 but here’s a little sneak peek to keep you in the woolly loop.

Sneak peek four is from Shorn-a the Dead who goes back to where it all began.

 

Baaaaavellous yarn!

 

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

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