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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!

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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 www.knitthepigeon.com. You can also follow @cooeythepigeon on Twitter and like her on Facebook for updates and exclusive Stitch London book stuff. Coo-coo-cool.

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE STITCH LONDON BOOK

KNIT THE PIGEON: THE MOVIE

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 »

Keep Calm, Carry Yarn and Help Clean Up London

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 9, 2011

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

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

Here are a few ways you can help:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xxx

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

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.

Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Knitting News, London Knitting, Meetings, Museums, Patterns, Stitched Science, Workshops | 4 Comments »

Join us on the annual STITCH CRAWL 2011

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 23, 2011

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

11 June 2011 – 12pm to 6.30pm

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

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

What on earth is a Stitch Crawl? The Stitch Crawl (previously the Knit Crawl but we’re going multi-craft – crochet, sewing, crossstitch. All are welcome) is a day when you and your crafting proudly go out into the city and show yourself off. There’s sunshine, there’s cake, there’s hayfever-based sneezing, there are curious passers by, there’s graffiti knitting, and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the London’s outdoor areas.

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

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Stitch a Squid at the Natural History Museum: in pictures

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 23, 2010

Stitch London hit the main hall of London’s Natural History Museum on 27 August in an attempt to bring a shoal of stitched squid to life.

Amongst the dinosaur bones, stuffed beasts and birds, and fine fossils the stitched squid storm raged.

We witnessed the safe capture of the Stitched Sealife Six.

A sorry Stitched Squid and apologetic Osedax

The contrite Coelacanth

The sealed in Slender Snipe Eel

The very shamefaced Viper Fish

The attritional Oarfish

We were awed by the presence of the Godfather of Stitched Sealife: the Giant Stitched Squid (squidius knittius giganticus plasticus) who was brought to life by Deadly Knitshade from 160 knitted plastic carrier bags.

He'll make you an ten tentacled offer you can't refuse

Squidius Knittius Giganticus Plasticus

There were a whole lot of you squid stitchers too. Squid wrestling was rife but fortunately no serious injuries were had.

Squid stitchers lurk behind the beast

Stitch a Squid queue. It was madness!

Finger-fighting squid instruction

Ladies, start your squid stitching

Knitting a squid-catching net

Proud squid stitcher

Making squid friends large and small

A squid challenger

A fearless giant squid wrestler

Giant Squid vs Dinosaur. Who will win?!?!

Huge tentacled hugs to all 23 of our Stitch Sages who helped pass on the stitched squid skills, Laura Babb who took some some cracking photos you can see here, and the Natural History Museum for allowing us to wreck stitched sealife chaos in their lovely museum.

If you want to knit a tiny Finger-fighting Stitched Squid of your own you can buy the pattern here. Be warned. If you challenge one to a wrestle broken fingers have been known to happen.

Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Guerrilla Knitting, Help us teach, Knit, Knitting News, Learn to Knit, London Knitting, Meetings, Museums, Patterns, Stitch a Squid 2010, Workshops | 3 Comments »

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

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 6, 2010

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

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

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

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

Pick your pattern > Donate to the fund > Get knitting

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

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

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

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Tiny Perching Pigeon Party: in pictures

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 22, 2010

London’s Trafalgar Square has been pigeonless since the ban on seed selling back in 2000. It’s a very wrong thing to do to a place famous for its pigeon-ality. Such a shame.

With this in mind Stitch London teamed up with the Empress of the Tiny Knits, Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land, to create a fibre-feathered flock of Tiny Perching Pigeons. It was seriously coo coo cool.

Some tiny perchers have arrived already

Stitch London gets down to some serious piegon purling in St James Park

A couple of unruly birds make off with someone's specs

The lovely Anna: perching pigeon creator

Some fluffy fellows

Perching pigeon, sitting ... pigeon

A proud pigeon purler

They're behiiiiiiind you!

I'm not sure they paid for that deckchair hire

Here's one I made earlier

To Trafalgar Square: let the pigeon perching commence!

Beware the pigeon paparazzi

Perched proudly

Pretty pigeons all in a row

Anna and Deadly Knitshade: Pigeon Party planners feeling pleased

The feathered suspect line up goes on...

And on...

And on some more...

And more...

And a little more...

Still going...

Will it never end?

Clearly not yet...

It must be nearly over...

Phew!

Well maybe just a few more

Pigeons all partied out. Time to fly home.

Coo-l

Now that pigeon-kind is returned to the Square once more we feel it’s important for everyone to get their pigeon on where ever they are. Anna has produced a free Tiny Perching Pigeon pattern for you to do just that.

Add your Tiny Perching Pigeon Party pics to her Mochimochi Flickr group and our Stitch London Flickr group. Go on. Get your purled pigeons out there.

See Anna’s Pigeon Party post.

See The Londonist post.

Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Knit, Knitting News, Patterns, Tiny Perching Pigeons | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Knitting pattern: The Cake Makes It All Better Cushion

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 18, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stitch Yourself for the Science Museum

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 6, 2010

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

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

Your Stitching + Creativity = A Stitched Self

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

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

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

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

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

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

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