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Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

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


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Interview with Andrea Giles – battling cancer with carrot sticks and alternative therapies

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 24, 2011

This year Stitch London’s Cracking Christmas Raffle will be held at our Stitch London Christmas Shindig on December 13th.

This year we’re raising money for a charity which is helping pave the way to giving hope to cancer battlers everywhere. All funds raised will go towards treatment for the amazing Andrea Giles and the Yes to Life Charity.

Here’s a bit more about it:

Possibly the worst news anyone can get after an initial cancer diagnosis is that the cancer is unlikely to be cured. And even though medical science is working hard to find cures, these cures are hard on the patients and a terrible risk to their health. It’s a scary world of chemotherapy, radiation and endless medical treatments.

But galloping to the rescue are Yes to Life. Yes to Life are charity who are showing there are other ways to help fight, and that there’s hope even when the medical world aren’t so sure.

Yes to Life are sneaking up on cancer from a different direction. They help people with cancer in the UK access the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine, they provide support, they help educate the medical profession on other ways to fight, and they work alongside the NHS and the usual treatments to give cancer battlers a fighting chance.

This year Stitch London have chosen to help raise funds for Andrea Giles. Andrea’s story is an inspiring one. She’s battling breast cancer in the face of a grim diagnosis from doctors; she’s becoming a pioneer for a new way of treating cancer; she’s telling the tale as she goes to inspire others; and, a happy coincidence, she’s also learning to knit.

Raising money for Andrea’s treatment is doing so much more than helping this inspiring person to keep on fighting. It will help fund a much-needed charity and prove that these treatments can make a huge difference, which means giving new hope to cancer fighters everywhere.

Andrea’s story is so fascinating we thought it would be best to ask her a few questions and let the lady herself tell her tale.

Hello Andrea. Welcome to Stitch London. Your blog and your battle have inspired us and we’d like to introduce you and your mission to our members. So here goes:

Can you describe yourself in one sentence?

Wow, that’s a difficult one… A woman in search of herself, perhaps! Though I’ve never lost my funny bone ha! ha!

You are currently battling Metastatic Breast Cancer with a combination of complimentary therapy and carrot sticks. Your website says you have had chemo and radiotherapy before. Why the change? Why the unconventional methods?

I had chemo and radiotherapy after my first diagnosis in 2007; though I did have a 5-day course of Radiotherapy after the 2nd diagnosis (October 2009) to help with pain relief to my left shoulder (which it did do – ease the pain I mean!). Doctors said no chemo this time as wouldn’t work due to type of cancer – palliative care only in the form of different drugs….

a) monthly implant to switch off my hormones and keep me switched off – cancer is hormone fed (had new implant every month), b) infusion of Bisphosphonates every month (bone-building drugs) and c) letrazol – a drug that blocks the process of aromatisation, and so reduces the amount of oestrogen in the body.

I started these treatments in November 2009 but decided to stop them all in August of this year because for a long while I had not been happy about using chemicals to treat my condition. Especially when some of the drugs had side effects that were detrimental to my condition! Also since changing my diet to that of raw food and changing my lifestyle to a more holistic one, the conventional medicine no longer fitted with my changing beliefs. The carrot sticks spoke to me.

Andrea and her friend Chris, who helped her start her website and fundraising effort

One of the ways you’ve already helped yourself is by a special diet of raw food. Do you miss hot dinners? And are you still allowed cake? (Stitch Londoners are big cake fans)

Ahhhhh cake, if only! On a conventional raw food diet you can have your cake and eat it, albeit raw cake, which by the way is amazing. However I am not eating any sweet stuff at the mo, including no fruit, as cancer cells like to eat glucose. They like it very much and take it up quicker than normal cells. So by stopping eating any sweet food that the cancer cells like, you are starving it, ha! ha!

Hot dinners…….. well until very recently I was 100% raw food, but since having a couple of consultations with a natural nutritionist I was advised to introduce some very simple warm food into my diet to be gentle on my liver. The liver is the organ of the body that holds on to lots of toxins as well as tries to clear them out, and so need a lot of care to get it back to full working order after all them damage that will have been done to it through conventional medicines and ‘bad food’ choices over the years. Too much info to explain here really. So for now I am having very simple warm food occasionally (nothing fried – oils become denatured through frying!) Feels odd though to be eating hot food again as I don’t quite feel as if I’m getting optimum nutrients, but I know that what I am doing by eating some warm stuff is being gentle to my system. I still eat a very high raw food diet though.

And yes I do miss cake – maybe one day I’ll have a slice of raw cheesecake again.

If you think any of your readers might be interested in trying raw food there are 3 places in London that have good selections. Inspiral Lounge in Camden – they make the most amazing raw ice-cream too (no dairy in sight), Vantra on Soho Square (organic and buffet style), and Saf Restaurant – a gourmet vegan restaurant – fabulous food. And here in Brighton too there is a fantastic restaurant and café called Aloka – their raw food is the best I’ve ever had.

Has having cancer changed the way you live your life in good ways as well as the expected bad ones?

Cancer has changed my life in so many ways, but above anything else it forced me to think about where I was going with my life – the jury’s still out on that one, hence my description of myself as a woman in search of herself!

Having chosen to change my life by going to university and take myself off in a certain direction, cancer came along and knocked me off that planned path. But in doing so it has forced me to face myself more clearly and more openly. Though this has taken time and is still on going. To question the way I think and feel about myself and others and the wider world and our place within it and how we conduct ourselves whilst on this planet; our relationship to each other and all living beings and the impact this has.

I have found I have questioned myself a lot; who am I, what is my purpose etc. Also I have a new and improved outlook on life, as I enjoy the beauty in small things more; a child whizzing down a street on a scooter, the sound of the wind through the trees, seeing happy faces and hearing laughter. I feel so glad that I am still here and a part of life as I have so much to be thankful for.

Also I have met and continue to meet so many amazing people; people who genuinely care for others, who delight in others delight, who support without judgement, who want the best for others without pressure; very inspiring people who I look up too and aspire to being like.

Your story is amazingly upbeat, humorous and inspiringly brave in the face of a terrifying diagnosis and so much
treatment. How do you stay so positive?

Andrea and her supporting army

Sometimes I do have down days or off periods when things pile up on you (like the dishes!!!) but look out of the window; it’s sunny, everyone is smiling, you can go for a walk, the birds are singing, the colours are bright, or it’s misty, how magical does that feel, conjures up fairytale stories, moisture settles on cobwebs and how beautiful do they look, or it’s raining, kids are splashing in puddles, it’s great to get togged up in waterproofs and feel the power of the rain, or it’s windy and what a laugh that is as it blows through you and around you.

It’s about perception really, and enjoying the things that make you and others feel good. When you feel good it ripples out to others and is reciprocated. I think I do generally have a positive outlook on life as a friend once commented (and I’m not blowing my own trumpet here – I don’t have a trumpet actually, but this is what she said to me) that she always liked talking with me because I would always find a positive when presented with a negative. So I guess that’s what I do, though I think it’s just how I am, but I’m not Pollyanna, just like to try and be upbeat.

You kept your diagnosis quiet for quite some time but have recently started a blog on your website. What made you choose to share your tale with others?

I guess in the past I didn’t want to be seen as ‘Andrea…..Cancer woman’ as if the cancer would be the way people saw and related to me. I wasn’t sure about the funding/website thing because it meant having to bear my soul to everyone and I didn’t know how I would react to having to do that. I was fearful of doing it, but strangely enough I have felt it to be very liberating as though I didn’t realise it til I’d done it.

I had been putting myself under a lot of stress by hiding my diagnosis as it meant struggling with things that I needn’t have had to if others had known, and also not being able to talk freely with others because of my need to feel protective of them; protecting others from news that might be difficult for them to deal with and respond to.

Now my truth is out there (or rather my cancer truth is out there) and I am free of carrying it all on my own, and if others find it difficult to deal with or talk about that is for them to sort out for themselves. I can understand some may find it difficult but we all have to be responsible for ourselves and our thoughts. By my sharing my story with others I am taking responsibility and ownership of this part of myself and acknowledging it to be valid. By letting people know of the alternative treatments I am having I was hoping it would give those who read it an insight into other treatments that are available should they wish to explore further.

I didn’t realise I would get such an interested response, such as your enquiries, and I am rather overwhelmed that you think I could be a positive role model in this, however if it allows more people a way into discovering more about these forms of treatment than I am more than happy if my story inspires!

What do your friends and family think of the new treatment idea?

Ah, this is an interesting one. Everyone is supportive in their way, however some responses have been tinged with the….. ‘ well, I guess if you think it’s going to work that’s good, but I don’t know if I could do it’ In other words they would have stuck with the orthodox route, whilst others who, from the conversations I have had with them, are more enlightened about alternative treatments have not put any ‘buts’ in the sentence and have been really enthusiastic about my choice.

Hiking somewhere lovely

You lost the use of one arm due to metastatic breast cancer moving into your bone, but radiotherapy and your alternative route means you returned to cycling, hiking and doing yoga. Are the doctors amazed at your success so far?

I did lose the use of my left arm due to my metastatic breast cancer in the bone, and the use slowly returned after having Radiotherapy to the left shoulder blade, the site of the biggest cancer cell location and the cause of the pain. The cycling etc I was able to do before changing recently to my current therapies. That said however, I strongly believe that my diet change helped immensely (and continues to help) in my recovery and energy levels and general well-being.

The doctors have always been pleased with my progress, but they are a reticent bunch when it comes to showing overt enthusiasm for anything other than the orthodox.

Your treatment started on November 7th and will continue for the next three months. Treatment for most cancer fighters consists of chilly disinfectant-smelling rooms and bad hospital food. What’s the centre in Brighton like?

The clinic in Brighton (Vision of Hope) is very homely and cosy. What was once a large Edwardian semi-detached residence is now a space of healing, and there is definitely no smell of nasty disinfectant! The Doctor and his assistant are 100% attentive and personable. I feel more like I am away at relatives, in as much that almost everything is done for you, though of course none of my relatives ever stuck a needle in my arm!

The fabulous Andrea beating the stuffing out of cancer in 'the pod' at the Brighton clinic

The room that you have the hyperthermia and ozone treatment in would be classed as the conservatory if being used in a domestic setting, which is lovely as it overlooks the garden, and each patient has that space to themselves for their length of treatment. The Vitamin C room can take up to five patients, and is more like a reception room. We lounge in padded directors chairs with hot-water bottles, blankets and music of our choice and rest or chat as we infuse the Vitamin C. Everything has an air of calm, even the décor. I am staying in one of the two flats available above the clinic and this is a blessing as it makes everything so much more manageable and less stressful. For me the small and personal is the perfect choice as it is so unlike a hospital environment.

Plus I have buzzy Brighton just down the hill which has one of the best health food shops I’ve ever been to and believe me I’ve been to loads (in fact in case you didn’t know, I used to be the co-owner of one! – we were pretty amazing too, but we didn’t have the space to sell organic veg! which this one does).

What kind of treatments are you having? Are they very different from chemo and radiotherapy?
The ‘Back to Wellness’ page on my website explains all my treatment or you can look at Vision of Hope for even more detail of the treatments.

Andrea's first knit. Much better than mine ever was...

Rumour has it you’ve got yourself some knitting needles. Do you have ideas of the kind of things you’d like to make or will you just see where the yarn takes you?

I am doing the typical Aunty thing and experimenting with my nieces and nephew in mind. For the girls I am knitting a little cowl type scarf with a pom-pom on one end, and for my nephew he gets a multi-coloured, possibly two stitch type scarf!

John Snow at Yes to Life event

Ultimately I would like to knit myself some funky jumpers and stripy socks, but I think that’s a long- way off yet! By the way one scarf is almost ready – I just have the pom-pom to make and attach. I may send you a photo if you’re lucky!

(Andrea did send us a photo shortly after this interview. So here’s her lovely pom pom scarf)

Do you have any advice you’d like to pass on to other cancer fighters or their families and friends who may not know where to start when looking into complementary and alternative therapies?

A very good place to start and one I wish i’d known about long ago, is the charity YES TO LIFE.

As their tag-line states, their centre offers ‘support and information on all aspects of complementary and alternative cancer therapies’.

(Below is a little Yes to Life video of a London event they did to raise awareness of the charity)

Another really helpful and knowledgeable person is Patricia Peat of Cancer Options

Both offer invaluable advice and are excellent sources of information. They take the struggle of doing multiple google searches and having too much to deal with. They listen and offer advice based upon what you are looking for and can offer more besides to give you wider informed choices.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish you all the best and will be keeping up with your blog to see how it goes. Stitch London sends you woolly hugs and hopes the donation we make from our Cracking Christmas Raffle will help you and everyone else battling cancer to triumph.

Follow Andrea’s story over on her website at

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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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Stitch London Race for Life (and cake) 2010

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 18, 2010

A warm yarny-scented hug to Team Stitch London for purling and pacing an impressive 5km at the Race for Life last Sunday. Congrats too to Tina B for finishing her Race in red tutu style.

Here’s our Race for Life 2010 in glorious technicolour…

Team Stitch London bright eyed and bushy tailed. Ish.

An ingenious yarn pouch

Lady in red: Tina B takes on her 2010 Race in red style

Some of us did the warm up. No shame. 🙂

Snap happy lady

Pattern prep: beats losing your pattern during the race

Tangled up before we even began. Oh dear.

A reminder it isn't all about the cake at the end

High fives on the start line. The enthusiasm was rife.

Eep! We're on the runner's side! Defect! Defect!

We did indeed race and knit. At the same time.

London remained fabulous throughout. The charmer.

Nearing the end. We can almost smell the gateaux.

Everything halts for an amusing knitter's photo involving a hilarious pub named after shoulder shaping...

The home straight. Not a dropped stitch in sight.

Making it look almost too easy.

And cake kudos to the Fibre Flinger for providing a pineappple and cherry-based reason for us to get the finish line for sore-footed celebration cake.

Cakey saviour

Mini Knitshade meets the cake

Team Stitch London win at knitting while racing

£1012 goes towards kicking the crap out of cancer. Take that, Big C! *blows raspberry*

Huge thanks to everyone who took part and every one who donated. You’re all rather marvellous.

Also remember you can still donate and pick up our fabulous Cake Makes It All Better Cushion pattern here.

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Join our 2010 Race for Life. Go on.

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on January 28, 2010

Last summer a small team of S&B Londoner’s, inspired by the lovely Tina Bragaglia, knit and raced in the 2009 Race for Life. We loved it so much we’re doing it allllll again.

This year you can join us on an inspiring London race around the City of London on the 13th of June. Peer in at St Paul’s, go woooooo at the London Wall and wave your wool at any City types who might be hanging around. See full details of the City of London Race here to help make your decision.

We’ll be knitting as we go to (though this is optional if you fear jamming a DPN in your pancreas in a knit/race related injury) and the mystery pattern (an easy one we promise) will be announced nearer the time.

Fancy joining us for the big Race? Go on. Last year there was cake. FREE CAKE!

Please note: The earlier you sign up the better. It’s a popular event and there are limited places. Quick! Quick!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the City of London Race for Life page
  2. Click enter now
  3. Sign up for the race
  4. Put in a minimum amount for money you will raise. You’ll still be raising from the team page as it’s a team effort.
  5. Fill in your details
  6. Pay the fee (£12.99 per racer)
  7. Shout “Woo hoo! I’m in!”
  8. Have a cup of tea
  9. Email us at with the subject “I want to Knit and Race around the City” and your name
  10. We’ll add your name to the team
  11. Start raising money by sending this link to everyone who is anyone:
  12. Get training

See last year’s tale of cake stops (within the first 200 metres), knitting and proudly marching in last place on our blog. Be inspired by Tina’s story too.

It’s an easy race. It’s involves much giggling and many dropped stitches. It’s all rather fabulous. Join us.

Sponsor Team Stitch London

For those of you who can’t be at the Race you can sponsor us:

Race over to our donation page by clicking here

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Helping Macmillan keep cancer fighters cosy

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 27, 2009

Macmillan are lovely folks. They’ve been improving the lives of cancer fighters since way back in 1911 and this year they have teamed up with The Knitter magazine to ask for your help.

A Nationwide campaign called the Macmillan Comfort Blanket, in association with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25th September and supported by Rowan, has been launched.

They’re asking folks to knit 20cm x 20cm squares to make up Comfort Blankets. The blankets will consist of 40 squares (8 long and 5 wide). Each will be handed over to someone who is living with cancer to make them cosy while they fight their battle.

Fabulous designers (Amanda Crawford, Debbie Bliss, Jane Crowfoot, Jean Moss, and Martin Storey) from all over the knitting planet are joining in with some jaw-dropping square patterns which you can download on Macmillan’s website. Or you can make something even more stitch-worthy of your own.

Coffee Mornings will be taking place all over the UK on the 25th of September. But as we’re evening owls we’ll be planning a Macmillan Comfort Blanket meeting to bring your squares to and sew up blankets at the end of September.

Until then you can send your Comfort Blankets to:

The Knitter Macmillan Comfort Blanket
Future Publishing Ltd
30 Monmouth Street

or drop it off with them at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace in October.

You can also register for a coffee morning or donate online or call 0845 602 1246 quoting NA3

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A knitted tash is for life, not just for WWKIP Day

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 19, 2009

We are pleased to announce the winner of our in Tashtastic competition for the Moustache Ring of Power.

We have a tashtastic winnerrrrrrrrr...

We have a tashtastic winnerrrrrrrrr...

Ms Gemma Flack took the prize with her fantastic feline-flavoured face fur.

Thanks to everyone who entered. We hope you can console yourselves with some cake. Just make sure you don’t leave crumbs in your knitted tash.

You can still get the Knitted and Crocheted Moustache patterns here.

And a pat on the back for everyone who knitted a tash for the big day. Prostate Cancer UK got in touch to say: ‘A huge thank you for raising such a huge amount of money and awareness of Prostate diseases through your Tashtastic Knit Crawl.’

They also plan to feature some of our photos in their magazine. We’ll keep you posted as they’re sending us a copy.

You’re all tashtastic. But you knew that. :{

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Knit and win the Moustache Ring of Power

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 5, 2009

The Moustache Ring of Power

The Moustache Ring of Power

We had so much fun wearing our moustaches for WWKIP day that we don’t want it to stop – so we’re having another competition. S&B London member Clare (Dragonflysky on Ravelry) has generously donated a very covetable Tatty Devine moustache ring to the cause.

The prize will go to the person who has sends us the best picture of themselves wearing a knitted or crocheted moustache – make us smile, make us laugh, make us proud, and you’re in with a good chance.  If you haven’t made a moustache yet – it’s not too late.

Download one of our patterns, then get stitching that face fur.

All photos will go on our blog for the world to admire your knitted nose neighbours.

To enter, email us at with the following:

•    Subject line “A moustache is for life, not just for WWKIP day”
•    A jpeg image of yourself wearing your moustache with the filename yourname.jpg (yourname being your own name, not the word yourname) attached to the email
•    Your full name, email address and contact phone number (if you have one)

The deadline for the competition is Monday 13th July at 10am. The winner will be decided upon by a panel of Stitchettes, based on the excellence of your photo, and notified by phone or email by the end of the week.

If we took a photo of you and your Mo on the Knit Crawl then feel free to find it here and use that one. 🙂

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 13th July 2009 at 10am. 4. Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and notified by email or phone. 5. If winner doesn’t reply with within two weeks of closing date then a new winner will be chosen. 5. No cash alternatives. 6. Ring will be posted to winner.

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The Stitch and Bitch London Tashtastic Knit Crawl 2009

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 31, 2009

In 2007 we Knit Crawled for Cancer Research, in 2008 we Knit Crawled for Breast Cancer Care, this year Worldwide Knit in Public Day looms once more. The Stitch and Bitch London Knit Crawl 2009 has a far manlier theme…

The Stitch and Bitch London Tashtastic Knit Crawl 2009 will take to the streets of lovely London Town on Saturday the 13th of June.

We’ll stomp our way across four iconic London sights:

Tower Bridge: get down with the ravens and explain to tourists they’re not at London Bridge

Tate Modern: knit it up all arty-like in the gargantuan turbine hall where passers-by will assume you are an art installation

London Eye: get your stitch on in Jubilee Gardens under the gaze of the all-seeing London Eye

Trafalgar Square: a Knit Crawl traditional. Say hi to the Lions and furiously blend in with whatever festival happens to be taking place there, while knitting like you mean it

This year we’re doing it bloke-flavoured, raising money for the Prostate UK Charity in a tashtastic manner. We’ll be knitting (and possibly wearing, for those with no shame) moustaches for that manly feel.

CLICK HERE for our S&B London Tashtastic Knit Crawl Moustache Patterns.

We’ll also be offering some knit-flavoured raffle prizes, free gifts, and the chance to wear a knitted moustache in public (optional).

And you may be able to buy this fine face fur for the price of a donation on the day.

The S&B Tashtastic London Knit Crawl Map

Knit 1: Tower Bridge
Noon to 1pm

The Scoop outside City Hall
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk

Knit 2: Tate Modern
1.30 to 2.30pm

Tate Modern
Turbine Hall

Knit 3: London Eye
3.15 to 4.15pm

Jubilee Gardens
In front of London Eye on the grass
Queen’s Walk

Knit 4: Trafalgar Square
4.30 to 5.30pm

Trafalgar Square

Knit Crawlers Wine, Beer and Cake: Walkers of Whitehall

5.30 till we can drink no more

Walkers of Whitehall
15 Craig’s Court

Join us for the whole thing, join us for a small part, just make sure you get your knits out on the town for a good cause.

Huge thanks to:
Banyan Tree Yarns (the UK home of Lion Brand’s wonderful wool)
Soak (amazing stuff for washing your handknits without the horror)
Debonnaire Yarns (artistic yarns and all kinds of woolly goodness)

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Racing for Life (and for CAKE)

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 11, 2009

On the 6th of May Stitch and Bitch London and the lovely Tina B took part in Cancer Research’s Race for Life in London’s Battersea Park.

We knit Cancer Fighter hats as we walked the five kilometres of the race, in support and in memory of Cancer Fighters we know and love and those we sadly lost their fights.

Team S&B London casting on Cancer Fighter caps

Team S&B London casting on Cancer Fighter caps

Tina B. The lady. The legend.

Tina B. The lady. The legend.

Pitt stop for cake 100 metres in

Pitt stop for cake 100 metres in

The team rev their engines

The team rev their engines

One km and still going strong

One km and still going strong

Tina stops for no man

Tina stops for no man



A weary Tina and team after walking and cake

A weary Tina and team after walking and cake

We crossed the finish line dead last to the cheers and clapping of everyone watching, as we kept pace with Tina who managed the whole race despite walking with a stick.

Altogether Tina B and the S&B London team raised a whopping £2754.10 for Cancer Research. And probably ate more cake than anyone else racing.

You can still donate to get our Cancer Fighter Hat Patterns here if you fancy doing your bit.

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