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Posts Tagged ‘book’

Stitch London the book is here!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 17, 2011

STOMP! RUSTLE! STOMP! RUSTLE! What on earth is that noise? AAAIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!! The woolly Godzilla that is Stitch London has been transformed… into a book! And best of all each book contains a kit to knit the world’s most beautiful ladylike pigeon inside. Woo hoo!

Finally London has its very own knitting book! Stitch London, written by Chief Woolly Godzilla Wranger Lauren O’Farrell and published by the good folks at David & Charles, is a collection of 20+ of Lauren’s kookiest London-themed patterns in one shiny book. It’s her first ever pattern book and it tangles together her two great loves kooky knitting and the lovely pigeon-filled city of London.

Stitch London? Why would I want to knit London?
You can whip up your own HRH to add a bit of majesty to your mantelpiece. You could woolly up your unexciting umbrella with handful of Umbrella Fellas. You can build a knitty city with some little London landmarks, and stop your tea getting tepid with a cockney-rhyming slang Mug Hugger. Whether you’re just visiting or striving to survive as a city knitter, Stitch London is the place for you.

Not a knitter or a bit scared of new knitting challenges?
Fear not! We’ll even show you how to get clicking with your sticks and string. We’re nice like that.

Instant Pigeon Stitching
“Cooo coooo…” Oh yes, and it’s not just full of little knits. The book also contains everything you need to knit the pattern for the quite frankly gorgeous Cooey the Pigeon. Wheeeeeeeee!

Beating the stuffing out of cancer
And lastly a MWA HA HA HAAA in the face of Cancer. At the same time as the book is published Lauren is celebrating 5 years in remission from cancer. With this in mind all sales of this book support Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to help other people beat the pants off cancer too.

Any more cool stuff?

You get two bonus patterns if you register at You can also follow @cooeythepigeon on Twitter and like her on Facebook for updates and exclusive Stitch London book stuff. Coo-coo-cool.



For those of you who might fear that pigeon knitting is a little too challenging for their needles we’ve made a little movie to show you how easy it is. Knit the Pigeon: the Movie contains scenes of daring rooftop knitting, the innards of the Fleece Station where this little pigeon was first hatched and a rather catchy tune.

You can attend the world premiere by watching it on Youtube here:


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

WIN Crafty Curious Cats for Christmas

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 3, 2010


Knitting and cats have a love/hate relationship. Cats stalk yarn ends, sleep in your stash and feel the need to chew through your yarn while you’re knitting because it tastes a little like sheep.

On the other hand they’re often content to purr it up quietly while you purl, and both of you appreciate a good ball of yarn (even if one of you is likely to want to chase it about the floor like it’s alive).

So for Christmas we’re proud to offer you some of the nicest cats in the world of kids’ books from the talented writer/illustrator/crafter Viviane Schwarz.

There Are No Cats in This Book is Viviane’s latest cat-filled picture book from Walker Books. It follows hot on the paws of There Are Cats in This Book (so good it was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Prize), and tells the tale of three fine felines and their adventures across the pages. Moonpie, André and Tiny love wool almost as much as you. They also love cardboard boxes, pillow fights and making new friends furry or otherwise.

Both books feature a little bit of knitting and we thought they’d be perfect for you to encourage any sticky-fingered urchins you meet this Christmas to settle down with some kooky cats and leave you to your knitting.

The book-loving folks at Walker Books have offered us five sets of There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book to give away to you, you lucky cat lovers.

All you need to do to give yourself a chance to win is answer is join the mailing list (if you’re already a member you don’t need to join again), and answer this Christmas-themed stitching question:

The stitch pattern of knit one row, purl one row is known by which name?

a. Stinking stitch
b. So-easy-I-can-watch-a-subtitled-film-while-I-knit stitch
c. Stocking stitch

Drop us an email at with:

  • The subject line “If I win I will purr very loudly”
  • Answer A, B or C
  • Your full name, contact email and address (Anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK)
  • NEW MEMBERS: The secret password in green at the bottom right of your welcome email

The deadline for the competition is Friday 10 December at 8pm.
Please note: Offering to dress your cat up like a person and attempt to get it on the Royal Wedding guest list by calling it an ‘aristocat’ may amuse us but it won’t help you win. Just answer the question (correctly) and cross your fingers. Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 10 December 2010 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified via email. 5. If winners don’t reply within two weeks of being notified then new winners will be chosen. 6. Prizes will be posted to the winners by publishers. 7. You must be on the Stitch London mailing list to enter.

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Knit a Poem or slightly Shakespeare stitching

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 28, 2009

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways via the medium of knitting and interpretive dance. Actually forget the dance…

To celebrate their centenary the Poetry Society have decided to team up with knitters around the world to make a giant work of art.

At this very moment over 850 knitters around the world are now knitting (and crocheting) the individual letters a secret poem which could span a gobsmacking 40-feet.

As with all art it’s all about the silences as well as the shouts, so the blank spaces between the words are just as important. There is still time to register to be involved with knitting or crocheting these blank spaces that will form the spaces between words and the edging of the poem.

To take part please email and we will send you the knitting or crochet instructions.  Finished squares can be sent to us or brought along to the I Knit Weekender on 11 and 12 September, where you can knit more squares or help with sewing up.  The final deadline for sending in squares is 14 September.

The final knitted poem will be revealed in all its glory in October 2009.

Next time someone asks that tiring question “What’s the best thing you’ve knit?” you can shout “HA! It’s was a bit of poem!” in their face, possibly before unfriending them for asking such an unoriginal question in the first place. Well worth a bit of stitching.

(Thanks to Sarah for passing this on)

Posted in Charity Knits, Crochet, Free Knitting Pattern, Help Us Knit, Knit, Knitting News | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

COMPETITION: Stitch and I SEW Want to Win

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 2, 2009


We don’t want to buttonhole you (sorry), but S&B Londoners seam (sorry) like a crafty bunch (and we don’t just mean the plotting you do to discourage people from sitting next to you on the Tube for more knitting room. We’ve seen you). We like to bring out the crafty in you. Fancy adding another fold to your crafty cape of wonder?

The lovely folks at Dorling Kindersley worry about your craft super powers too. So much so that they have decided to offer us the chance for you to win one of 10 copies of The Sewing Book in our fabulous exclusive I SEW Want to Win Competition.

The Sewing Book shows you the basics of hand and machine sewing, how to make soft furnishings, clothes making, and a bit of mending too. We’ve been sent a copy and quite frankly we are a little bit in love with it. Clear pictures, easy instructions, shiny pages, want-to-make-now patterns. It’s a veritable bible of sewingness. The Sewing Book is published by Dorling Kindersley, RRP £25.

So here’s the deal. Answer this question:

Which one of these sewing techniques would you use to close the toe of a knitted sock?
a. Kitchener Stitch
b. Bathroom Stitch
c. Cupboard-under-the-stairs Stitch

Email us at with:
•    The subject “I SEW want to win!”
•    Answer A, B, or C
•    Your full name, email address, and contact phone number (if you have one)

The deadline for the competition is Wednesday 11th February at 10am. The winners will be picked (by our fluffy Answer-picking Sheep) from all correct entries, and notified by email or phone within 48 hours.

No cake-flavoured bribes will help you win, just get the answer right and then cross your fingers (not while knitting though. That can cause all kinds of problems). Don’t hem and harr over it. If it seams like a good idea then fabricate an answer and enter. We won’t needle you about it.

Okay, we’ll stop that now…

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 11th Feb 2009 at 10am. 4. Winner will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified within 48 hours via email or phone. 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. Book will be posted to winners.

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