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Stitch London – Casting Off

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 1, 2017


Stitch London was a radioactive woolly Godzilla of a craft group – stitching, knitting and crafting all over London from 2005-2013. It was rather lovely.

yarnzillaThe group now exists in spirit and social media only. It was the beginning of many many friendships, much money raised for great causes, a whole load of weirdness and loads of great memories.

Lauren ‘Deadly Knitshade’ O’Farrell founded and ran Stitch London (with some help from amazing volunteers both Stitchette organisers and Stitch Sage teachers) as a voluntary thing over the course of 8 wondrous woolly years.

What began with three people with a grand idea became the biggest knitting group in the UK with over 12 500 members in 52 countries worldwide.

To see the story of how Stitch London came to be hop over to Whodunnknit.

Thanks for taking part if you did. If you missed out, we encourage you to take your craft and go share it with like-minded people.

Stitchers are everywhere. Share the handmade love and help the world submit to the knit!

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See more woolly work from Stitch London’s founder – Deadly Knitshade


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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?



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Stitching Secret Santa goes Global!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 24, 2011

Hello lovely Stitch Londoners

There’s the jingle in the air. EEK! Christmas is acomin’ and there’s soooo much stitching to do.

This year we’re holding our annual Stitching Secret Santa at our Stitch London Christmas Shindig. But since there are now Stitch Londoners in 52 countries around the world we know some of you won’t be able to make the party.

So we’ve decided to start a global Stitching Secret Santa Swap on Ravelry. It will be announced in the next newsletter with a link to this thread.

Here’s the deal:

1. You come here to the Global Stitching Secret Santa Swap thread and post to say you’d like to join in
2. You knit or crochet or stitch (handmake) a gift costing about £5
3. You lovingly wrap your gift
4. One of our lovely mods will pair you up with another distant Stitch Londoner on December 13th
5. You swap details via private message
6. You post your handmade offering
7. You sit patiently by the post box until it arrives

Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! Christmas! Mind you remember to come back here and show us what you go afterwards or we’ll sulk!

Stitch London goes global for Christmas. Ain’t it grand?

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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 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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EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK: Stitch London – the book!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 27, 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:

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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.


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Start Garden Party: Sheep, Plastic Bag Bugs, recycling and celebrities

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 23, 2010

Stitch London teamed up with From Somewhere and the NOI* Collective to take part in Prince Charles’ Start Garden Party to Make a Difference. There were stitched sheep,  plastic bag bugs, celebrity sheep stealing and a ton of good stuff to learn about saving the planet and making a difference.

For those of you who missed it here’s what happened when Stitch London went knitting by Royal appointment.

Workshop One: Stitch a Square Sheep

First thing was first. Dressing two mannequins in John Smedley‘s kindly donated scraps and some familiar knitted beasts from Stitch London history.

Dressing dummies with the Stitch Sages


Snazzy Smedley scraps and a few mice

Fashion Week eat your heart out

A word from our sponsors

Stitch a Sheep corner

At last Stitch London were ready for the sheep stitching throngs. But before they arrived celebrity spotting got the best of us.

Attempting to look 'so macho' with Sinitta

Brian Blessed joined us to admire the stitched sheep. He regaled us with shouty tales of his grandmother teaching him how to knit, knitting on stage with Peter O’Toole and mountain-climbing madness. He also pinched one of our stitched sheep. Yay!


And now for a little light sheep stitching.


Snickering while stitching sheep

Our tiniest sheep stitcher

The herd grows and grows

And a few happy sheep stitchers wearing their sheep with pride.


White sheep winner

Baaaaavellous brooches

Purple pride

The final handmade herd

All sheep not taken home were sold to raise money for The Red Cross. Bleating brilliant.

Workshop Two: Plastic Bag Blanket and Bugs

Our second workshop began with a giant stitched squid attack on our mannequins.

Watch out! There's a giant Stitched Squid behind you!

The Stitched Squid finds a friend

Tentacled tenderness

Then the plarn was prepared and it was time to get our plastic knit on.


Passing on the plarn love

We kept an eye on his royal squidness just in case

Plastic bag bug success

A plarn Square Sheep! Our workshops combine!

A little look around

Giant paint buckets and waving washing lines

A hubcap flying fish

Here's looking at ewe, kid

Huge thanks to the NOI* Collective for inviting us, John Smedley knitwear for sponsoring our workshops, and the Stitch Sages who brought their woolly wisdom to the event: Clare Tovey, Clare Storry, Amy Shannon, Ellen Lindner, Gary Northfield, Jenny Willett and Brigitte Onyskiw.

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Stitched Sealife: The Viper Fish chats up Charles Darwin

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 23, 2010

Stitch London are teaming up with London’s Natural History Museum on August 27 to bring you the Stitch a Squid event.

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. We’re in luck as we’ve just spied number 5…

The fierce but chatty Viper Fish has it all: huge gnashers, a hinged lower jaw and a light show on its appendages to tempt in fish who can’t help following something shiny. This toothy lady was stitched into life, glow-in-the-dark bits and all, by Stitch Londoner, The Fastener.

I feel fishy, oh so fishy...

Check out these chompers, baby

Sashaying through the shadows and the shallows anywhere from 400-2800 metres you can pretty much expect her and her teeth to turn up anywhere. In this case she turned up, rather scandalously, in the lap of a Mr Charles Robert Darwin.

So, you're Mr D? I hear this you're kind of a big deal around these parts.

She’ll try to impress you with tales of how she can bend her teeth behind her head and how she can swim two body lengths per second. Show off.

It is not advisable to allow this fishy femme fatale to talk you into anything. Beware her good looks and pearly whites. She’ll break your heart and probably steal your wallet.

Fancy a bite to eat, toots? I know a nice plaice...

If you’re quiet tomorrow we could be lucky enough to catch the last Deep Sea escapee.

You can also come along to the Natural History Museum August 27 to Stitch a Squid and join in the hunt for them.

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Stitched Sealife: The Slender Snipe Eel has a whale of a time

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 20, 2010

Stitch London are teaming up with London’s Natural History Museum on August 27 to bring you the Stitch a Squid event.

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. If you’re very quiet we can creep up on number 4 of the Stitched Sealife Six…

The unwavering cheerfulness of the mysterious Slender Snipe Eel, sometimes known as the ‘Deep Sea Duck’, can be a little unsettling. This skinny fellow slid from the needles of Stitchette and camera-wielding stitched sealife stalker Deadly Knitshade.

Happy happy happy happyhappyhappy HAPPY!

Slipping along the seabed at depths of up to 2000 metres little is known about this slightly sinister shiny-eyed slip of an eel who can be 75 times longer than he’s wide. Slender indeed.

Finding him floating in the deep sea darkness with his smileful of tiny sharp teeth may put investigators off pursuing enquires.

Whale carcass! I love! Can I play? Can I? CAN I?

He is rumoured hitch to rides on larger fish by sidling up and clamping his tiny teeth into their tails.

What’s that on your shoulder?! AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

I come home with you now, human?

Come back on Monday to follow the damp finprints of the next Deep Sea escapee story.

You can also come along to the Natural History Museum August 27 to Stitch a Squid and join in the hunt for them.

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Stitch Yourself: For One Night Only

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 2, 2010

As the evening drew in on the 30th of June at around 6.30pm a pattering of tiny stitched feet could be heard echoing through the innards of London’s Science Museum.

They had come from the farthest corners of the globe, from Israel, Australia and Abu Dhabi. They had come from the nearest parts of our lovely London, from Islington, Twickenham and Archway. By post, by hand, by public transport.

I followed them from a safe distance with my camera as the 259 Stitched Selves went from Stitch London Towers in deepest Deptford to the Main Energy Hall of the Science Museum.

Tickets, please!

The Stitched Selves check out the new East London line

Last-minute preparations in the days before had been hurried along. Late arrivals were carefully opened and unpacked.

Keep still in there! We're cutting!

Every Stitched Self was catalogued in our Stitch Yourself Big Book of Little People.

How do you spell 'Austria'?

And every one of them was properly tagged to make sure we knew who they were and where they were from.

One, two, three, SQUEEEEEEEEEEEZE!

Groups, friends, family and Stitched Selves who were in lurrrrrrve were carefully tied together to make sure they didn’t lose each other in the fray.

Hello! I'm glad I didn't eat garlic.

They all climbed into the Stitch Yourself tour bus and made themselves comfy.

Your elbow is in my eye! Get your knitting needles out of hip!

The Stitch Yourself Tour Bus (air conditioned)

There were some struggles with stairs, many tiny whines of “Are we there yet?” and a couple of toilet breaks (even though we warned you all to go before we left) but at last we were there. The Stitch Yourself hoards had arrived at the Science Museum!

The showcase all ready for its Stitched Self guests

The Stitched Self Stitchettes checked it out first for safety.

Mini Deadly Knitshade takes to the shelf

Tiny Stitched Self Fibre Flinger, Bluestocking Stitcher, Fastener, Purple Purler and Gertrude Woolsworthy make sure it's safe

With the safety concerns all checked out the Stitched Selves rushed to grab a place in the limelight. It was woolly madess I tell you!


There they began showing off for unsuspecting passers by, as the Science Museum opened for an evening of Late Night wonders.

What were they doing there? We explained it all:

Stitch Yourself explained

There was a whole lot of knitting chatter coming from behind the glass as the Stitched Selves got comfy in their home for the evening. It was all very amiable. Lots of “Is anyone sitting here?” and “My but I do admire your handstitched frilly undergarments” from the tiny folks as they sorted themselves into display formation.

Do you see yourself somewhere?

Here maybe?

Or here?

Perhaps here?

Or in this little lot?

Shamefully there was a small incident involving the Stitched Self Gertrude ‘Aunty Gerty’ Woolsworthy, resulting in several of the Stitched Selves being sent to stand in the corner and think about what they’d done but the rest were very well behaved.

Mini Gerty gets a telling off

The public arrived in their droves to sigh (“I want to steal them!”), squeeeee (“I found ME!”), express shock (“AGH! That one’s naked!” and “Is she knitting her own head?!”), look confused (“A tree in a bikini?!”) and generally stand in awe-struck wonder at the handstitched, handknit and handhooked little people who peered back at them with just as much curiosity.

Admiring a crowd of tiny handmade people

The crowd of admirers grew

And grew

And every one of them was fascinated

Over 100 photos were taken. So here are a choice few.

A whole class of Stitched school kids hanging in the air

A rather dignified be-shoed Stitched Self up front

A gold-toothed smile

Shelf perchers

Bear with me


So many of you stitched lot

Stars and stripes

And skates

Flying high

Corner crowd

A little sleepy

A tree, a giant, a babycarrier and someone knitting their own head

A few familiar faces

Stitched smiley people

Happiness or shock...?

Stitched ink slingers

Pearls on purls

Specs and stitches

Flying the flag

Shhhh! She's sleeping

That's a tiny albino hedgehog on her toes

A little room on the meditation sofa as a Spanish Stitched Self shares space

Spot the scandalous naked Stitched Self

For one night only the Stitched Selves were one of the most interesting, creative and inspiring exhibits at one of London’s most famous museums. It was Stitched Self spendidness.

Up in the Who Am I? exhibit sat two knitted chromosomes by Marion ‘Bluestocking Stitcher’ Crick and me. They’re part of the permanent exhibit so do go along and say hello if you’re there.

Knitted science

Stitch London go sciencey

Some of you came along to visit your Stitched Selves too.

Behiiiiind you!

A doppelganger with a doppelganger of her doppelganger

Stitched streaker!

Four lovely ladies visit their group of Stitched Selves

Hair slightly less wild than her Stitched Self behind her

That's her in the black and white stripes

Found me!

And so the night came to an end. The tired Stitched Selves were packed back onto the Stitch Yourself tour bus and taken home (via the pub) to be tucked up safely in their beds.

A reminder of the fabulous venue of our first Stitched Self exhibit

If you didn’t see yourself keep an eye out for all 259 of them as we’ll showcase them here one by one over the next few months. It’s going to be a hell of a job but, with the effort you all put in, I think it will be worth it.

There were so many photos and so many of you we didn’t have room to feature all our photos. You can see the rest on Stitch London’s Flickr.

If you have stories behind your Stitched Selves please email and we’ll try to add them in with the photos of your tiny doppleganger. Also Flickr knitters can upload their Stitched Self pics to our Stitch London group.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who took part by sending in a Stitched Self. You’re an inspiring and wildly creative bunch and we couldn’t have done it without you. You utterly amazed us with every Stitched Self we met.

Special thanks to all those who helped out with making it happen: Marion Crick and Emma Toft for the fabulous blank body patterns, Yusuf for helping with all that unpacking, Clare, Gary and Emma for helping with the display, and Emmy and Gerty for newslettering stuff so I could get on with Stitched Self sorting. All the proofreaders on Twitter too, and everyone who passed along the word and got the crowds to come and see. 🙂

For those who missed the big event keep an eye on Stitch London in the future. The Stitched Selves will be back and you’ll all be invited. Promise.

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