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Archive for the ‘Special Offers’ Category


Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 12, 2011


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 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)

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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!


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 »

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.

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Calling all designers: make patterns for a new yarn company

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 10, 2011

Fibres Exotica are an online yarn seller offering some rather lovely Mulberry Silk and Recycled SariSilk Yarns, Silk Fibres and Silk Fabric. They also work to promote and support fair trade to India. They have lovely yarn and a good ethical foundation and now they need the help of pattern designers.

Nikki, who also runs Fluffenstuff (UK-based Yarn Dyer and Stitchmarker maker), explains how your designs and their yarn could make something fabulous.

“In 2006, I made contact with a mill in India, to obtain silk for my dyeing business Fluffenstuff. Fluffenstuff only dyes above Aran weight yarn, but the mill sells a great deal more weights than just that! So I set up a business specialising in silk yarns, fibres and fabrics in 2010 because there just isn’t enough silk for fibre artists to play with on the UK market.

We took Fibres Exotica to Alexandra Palace in 2010, and something many customers and potential customers noted was our lack of patterns. The mill have not produced patterns to go with their yarns and that where Stitch London’s budding designers come in.

I’m looking to work with designers to create a range of patterns to suit all of the yarns weights that we stock.

What do we need? Sample pieces created to both photograph for the website and display at various shows.

Who can design a pattern? I’m looking to work with both up-and-coming designers and established ones.  (If you want to write a free pattern to submit to, I’m 100% behind you!) I expect the patterns to be fully tech edited, written to a high standard and use standard symbology/terminology.

What would the designer get? Depending on your requirements as a designer, I’ll either offer  a lump-sum payment up front to own the design and copyright exclusively, or we share copyright and I give you a large % of the profit from sales (probably a 75:25 split in this case).

Alternatively,  if you want to knit a Creative Commons/free-for-all pattern, you retain the copyright and give me distributions right to me and anyone else you want.

Anything else? I’ll also offer yarn support. You will get the same amount of yarn (or a different yarn/amount with the same £ value) as the garment you knit to do what you want with. This will be go along with whatever you decide on as your payment option.

What if you can’t design but can knit? I’d also love 4 or 5 sample pieces making up from existing Knitty, Wooly Wormhead, Ravelry etc patterns for display and people’s inspiration. This will be a paid-for in cash job and I will own the piece.

I’d (mostly) like the knitter/crocheter to pick the pattern they think will suit the yarn they want to try out.

Any ideas to help designers and knitters get started? On my “Think I should have” list:

Please note: the pattern has to be a free-distribution one, so that I can label the display and point other people to it to give them inspiration (and a knit kit!)”

The lovely yarns:

There are 6 variations of 100% silk sliver machine spun yarns in various weights and plies. All are wonderfully smooth and shiny and take colour very well indeed.

The world is your oyster here, I would imagine most things could be made from one of these yarns:
Marahraja – 730m per 100g 2-ply/Lace weight
Aleena – 200m per 100g  4 ply/Sport weight
Duke Fine –  320m per 100g 4-ply/Sport weight
Swan – 366m per 100g Double Knit/Worsted weight
Duke – 229m per 100g Double Knit/Worsted weight
Duke Double – 183m per 100g Aran weight

Dupioni Silk – 730m yards per 100 Grams 2-ply/Lace weight
Made direct from the cocoon, the threads are reeled, plied and replied to the required weight. It tends to be rougher to the hand as the threads are natural and slightly irregular, but are beautiful when dyed, especially when dyed in a variegated way.
Ideas: Lace patterns.

Kohinoor – 80m per 100g Chunky/Bulky weight
Made from sari warp thread before the saris are woven. These threads gives unprecedented smoothness in a sari silk style yarn, as well as good colour vibrancy and grouping.
Ideas: hats, scarves, bags, shawls, shrugs and boleros.

Recycled Sari Silk – 90m per 100g Aran weight
Made from leftovers of the sari making process. The fibres are picked over and short lengths discarded. It is hand spun on a wheel, and is a smooth, consistent and non- shredding Aran weight yarn.
Ideas: hats, scarves, bags

Fancy putting your designs and Fibres Exotica’s yarns together?
Contact Nikki at

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Stitch London meet the folks at John Smedley

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 5, 2010

Back in the summer Stitch London were contacted by a giant in knitting history, the good folks at John Smedley. John Smedley are one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, established 225 years ago in 1784. That is some serious time knitting.

John Smedley invited the Stitch London Stitchettes up to Matlock in lovely Derbyshire to see where the knitwear action happens and learn a little about the Smedley Family.

Fancy coming with us on the factory tour?

The historic John Smedley factory in the heart of lovely green Matlock

We arrive at the John Smedley factory in the magic Smedley bus

First stop was a room full of the finished product. Much squealing and ooing and ahhing ensued.

Colourful knits

Stripey knits

Stripey knits

Knitwear love

Before they become knits: cotton and fleece

Then onto the factory and a some lessons in knitwear history. We were shown around by our tour guide John (not the Smedley John but another one) who had become a tour guide after working in the factory for over 30 years. He knew everything there was to know (and he let us snaffle a few lovely yarny scraps too).

Learning a little Smedley history

A talented tattooed lady works the spinning machine

Working away on the factory floor

One is impressed by your knitwear

Dye another day (sorry)

The fabric is put through its paces with loads and loads of washes


Fluffy fleece and friends

The Fibre Flinger attempts to comb The Bluestocking Stitcher

Column of collars

HUGE knitting machines

A stash so big it needs stairs

Fabric patiently waiting to become clothes

A pair of long johns are born. (Not someone being sucked into the knitting machine)

Whole lotta blocking stuff

Whole lotta blocking stuff


Then off to the room where all the finishing is done. The people working there were doing wonders of stitching. Amazing stuff.

Some very savvy stitchers

A little bit of chopping

A rather funky finishing machine

Checking for imperfections on a handy pair of light-up legs

That last little label

The tour ends. Red yarn for all! Yay!

Off home to ponder how to turn what we've seen into something sneaky...

This was all in preparation for a very special project where graffiti knitting will meet traditional knitwear, as Stitch London and their sneaky stitching friends at Knit the City yarnstorm John Smedley’s Brook Street store in central London.

You’re all invited to come along and see the yarnstorm. You can even join us at the launch on October 11.

See our website for full details of the big event

The entire piece will be made of John Smedley’s yarn and scraps left over from their clothes making.

This is going to be fun…

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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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COMPETITION: Loving the Lego

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 3, 2010

Lego. Who doesn’t love a bit of Lego?

Here at S&B London Towers we heart Lego, so when we heard that Alex and Sarah of The Bothered Owl had made Lego stitch markers we were rather excited. Especially when we got our hands on 5 project bags with matching Lego stitch markers to give away to you lovely S&B Londoners.

Oooo. Lego-ness.

The winners of the competition will receive one of five themed project bags a set of coordinated Lego stitch markers.

All you need to do to get your hands on the little fellas is join our mailing list and then email us to answer the question. We’ll build a winner-picking merino sheep out of Lego to choose 5 winners.

How are Lego babies made?

a. A Lego stork brings them
b. A factory makes them from bits of plastic
c. When a mummy and daddy Lego love each other very much they make it out of Lego love
Drop us an email at with:
  • The subject line “Lego is my bestest friend ever”
  • 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.

The deadline for the competition is Monday 8th February at 10am (BST). The 5 winners will be picked from all correct entries and notified by email within 48 hours.

For those who miss out, don’t worry, similar sets will be available to purchase on Folksy. See close up pics of the lovely little kits here on their blog. To see more shiny goodies from the crafty London-based Aussie pair wing your way over to The Bothered Owl blog and find them on Folksy and Etsy.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends Monday the 8th February 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.The stitch markers can be collected from us or will be posted to winners. 7. You must be on the S&B London mailing list to enter.

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Unique knitting workshop: meet the alpacas

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on January 29, 2010

Come and visit! I promise not to eat your hat.

Who wouldn’t love to hang out with cuddly faced alpacas and knit in the surrounding green of the English countryside while munching on some scrumptious homemade bread? Course you would! Well now you can.

Purl Alpaca Designs would like to invite you to one of their Knitting Workshops, on 13th February 2010, at their farm near Cambridge.

You can hang out with the beasts by getting up close and personal with the original fibre providers, enjoy warm welcoming coffee and home-made biscuits at Scotland Farm, and get knitting the unique Purl Alpacas designs with the benefit of tips from one to one tuition from the designer.

They also include home-cooked lunch made from ingredients that are organic (where possible) and sourced locally. Yum!

All this and a Purl Alpacas knitting pack.

Price: £95 per person.
10.30am to 4pm
Price includes:

  • Knitting pack with 5 balls of wool
  • Home-cooked lunch
  • Biscuits, tea and coffee
  • Knitting tuition
  • Alpaca tour and talks (from people, the alpacas can’t talk)

Scotland Farm is just outside Cambridge, very close to the A428 at Dry Drayton. Ample car parking available and full directions provided on booking.

For more workshop info see the Purl Alpacas website.

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Lovely Vintage Buttons at Westminster

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 10, 2009

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

What’s more Dixie is offering a special offer.

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

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

Dixie says:

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

How can you resist?

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

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