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Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Win amazing handmades in the Knit Relief auction

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 19, 2012

Want to win an ever-so-cute amigurumi octopus? A handknitted pair of TARDIS socks? A one-off exclusive by an infamous graffiti knitters? Well, you’re in luck and it’s all for the Sport Relief Charity too!

Knit Relief items up for grabs

Handmade Little My needs a new home

Since quite a few Stitch Londoner’s are taking part in this project we thought we would post about it here too. Teen Granny Scarlett F Curtis’s Knit Relief project is offering 53 brilliant bits of handmade fabulousness to raise money for charity.

There’s a crocheted Kermit the Frog by Louise Campbell, goldenblades’s Rain Cloud, onehandknits’s TARDIS Socks, a personalised knitted figure by Scarlet herself, the handknitted TARDIS by Sally Rose for Dr Who fans, and some very squeeee amigurumi octopi by Alyssa Crittenden (which I have already been outbid on twice!) to mention but a few

Up for grabs is also an exclusive Whodunnknit, handmade Little My in an exclusive Whodunnknit presentation box with an exclusive set of graffiti knitting badges too. That’s three exclusives right there.

Check out all 53 of the Knit Relief makes here and give to get a heavenly bit of handmade.


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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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The Stitch London Christmas Shindig

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 3, 2010

The Stitch London Christmas Shindig is acomin’ and we have a whole lot of handmade festive fabulousness to share.

Christmas Shindig partygoer can join in with Stitching Secret Santa and we’ll be holding the infamous Really Rather Marvellous Raffle with over 30 amazing prizes from the world of craft.

Tickets are £1 and can only be bought on the night so come along if you want to win.

The party is totally FREE to attend and will take place on Wednesday December 8 from 6pm at The Stamford Arms. Anyone is welcome to come along and join us, newbies, friends, partners and even enemies.

Wanna know what you can win? Check out this little lot:

Nature's LuxuryNature’s LuxuryGINGERBREAD SOCK KIT
• 2 hanks of “Camelina Fina” 100% Baby Camel yarn 50g
• High quality
embroidered ribbon
• Sock pattern in English

Packed in a lovely reindeer gift bag
yarn to knit Yarn to Knit – A skein of hand dyed yarn and a lovely lavender heart
itsamistryItsamistry Design Studio – Handmade Beaded Necklace in grey and silver knitshop
• Voucher for one of their lovely Workshops
• A skein of our delicious Mulberry Silk YarnKnitshop are also offering a 15% Christmas discount to all Stitch Londoners
(offer ends 28.2.2011)
Knitty Flitty
Sparkly yarn-themed jewellery from Knitty Flitty
Knit-themed card and teatowels from Tillyflop Designs
cheeky handmadeHigh-heel stockings from Cheeky Handmades




hooplaHoopla Yarn – lots of lovely bobbins of yarn chunky cotton and lycra jersey fabric yarn

vern and lettuceSarah MacIntyre – Signed copy of Vern and Lettuce book derek the sheepGary Northfield – Signed copy of Derek the Sheep
ellen lindnerEllen Lindner – Limited edition Gocco print (created on a nifty Japanese tabletop silkscreen press) signed by artists keep calm and carry yarnStitch London – Set of Stitch London badges, fridge magnet and Graffiti Knitting Postcards
Lotus Blossom Knit – two hand dyed skeins maxs worldMax’s World – Brooch, earring and badge set
LoopA skein of Wollmeise Lace yarn from Loop RU craft
RU Craft publishers
– A selection of crafty books
skein queen
Skein Queen – A skein of hand-dyed something fabulous (TBC) and an exclusive yarnie photos Skein Queen calendar
YSH – Three limited edition eco bag designed by Inside Out with goodies inside.

The Bothered Owl – A knitter’s bucket bag in lovely fabric
Susan Crawford – A copy of the fabulous Vintage Gifts to Knit book
Sari Silk – 6 Skeins of Kohinoor Silk Yarn All the Fun of the Fair – A £20 gift voucher

Woolly Wormhead – Two PDF copies of Twisted Woolly Toppers

Badschnoodles – Handmade cosy earwarmer and wristwarmer set My Vintage Dresser – Vintage-inspired earwarmer kits


The Stitch London Really Fab Raffle is raising money for Serendip Children’s Home in Sri Lanka. So it’s a very good cause.

Come spread the stitching Christmas cheer. Go on.

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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 Knit Crawl 2010: in pictures

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 18, 2010

Worldwide Knit in Public Day is a bigun for the Stitch London woolly Godzilla. It wants to get out there and stomp its yarny footprint all over London and this year we let it lose in London’s lovely museum district.

Nearly 100 of you knit your handmade socks off amongst the bones, birds and beasts at the Natural History Museum, in the cool poolside peace of the V&A, to the sundrenched symphony of the Albert Memorial and in the Neverneverland Neighbourhood of Kensington Garden’s Peter Pan statue.

We met with naked cyclists (MY EYES!), knitted dinosaurs, a chunky crochet frog who found a good home, a fibre-finding hound who was exhausted by all the adoration, far too much cake (no shock there) and all manner of gawping passers by.

There be dinosaurs nearby...

A raffle prize Derek the Sheep by Gary Northfield knits for a dinosaur

The cool climes of the heart of the V&A

Lucky winner of Sarah McIntyre's knitting Vern the Sheep print

I can't help but notice you're knitting

Recovering from Naked Bike Ride viewing at the Albert Memorial

Knit one, eat one

Last knitting stop Neverneverland

Why the long face? We brought cake!

Peter Pan observes the purling from his plinth

Prick Your Finger's crochet frog pretends to be a crocodile

The Knit Crawl winds to a close and many of us are dog tired

Celebration cider for a Knit Crawl well stitched

Just one more row...

The Knit Crawl raised a whopping £300 for the Brains Trust and left a huge woolly footprint on London for 2010. Thanks to all of those who donated prizes and everyone who took part in the public purling.

Same time next year. Who knows where we’ll be…

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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 us on the Stitch London Knit Crawl 2010

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 5, 2010

Worldwide Knit in Public Day comes but once a year and this year it’s the 12th of June. The Stitch London Knit Crawl rises from the depths of the Thames to stomp across the city once more.

What on earth is a Knit Crawl? It’s a day when you and your knitting 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 and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the knitted moustache.

When is it? This year it’s the 12th of June from 12pm till 6pm.

Where will it be? This year’s Knit Crawl is going to be epic. We’ll take you through the Wild, the Wondrous, the Musical and the Magical. Four venues, four places to sit and knit, four chances to win something woolly and wonderful in our Knit Crawl raffle.

The full details of venues and a map can be found on our website.

Last year's Knit Crawl in the shadow of the Eye

What will it cost? The Knit Crawl is free for anyone to join. Bring yourself, bring your knitting and bring a brain ready to be filled with the fabulous. We’ll take you and your knitting on a tour you and your stitching won’t easily forget. What can I win? We’ll have a grand prize at each stop of the Knit Crawl. The grand prizes will be announced nearer the time but they will be very cool.

What can I win in your marvellous raffle? So much fabulous fibre-based stuff! We have 12 amazing raffle prizes for the big day. You can see full details of what they are on our Knit Crawl page.

Join us for a day of knitting in the (hopefully) sunshine on the 12th of June from noon till the Knit Crawl Survivors Shindig at 6pm.

For full Knit Crawl itinerary and map click here

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We’re gonna need a bigger goat…

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 26, 2010

Every year spectators gather by the course to watch Oxford vs Cambridge in the big race. Sometimes Oxford wins, sometimes Cambridge wins, sometimes either oxford or Cambridge get tempted off the track by a particularly tasty-looking woolly beard. Bring on The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race!

Last year may of you got down to the Spitalfields City Farm for the first ever Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. The inaugural Goat Race saw the pygmy goat wonder, Cambridge, storm home to victory in front of a roaring crowd of over 400 people. Some of those people were wearing knitted beards. You know who you are. They raised nearly £1000 for the farm.

Goatee Knitting Race – Fancy yourself a speedy stitcher? Pah! Show us your stitching stuff while under the steely goat eyes of the fierce competitors! You haven’t really speed knit until you’re up to your ankles in mud while being stared at by goats. This year The Goatee Knitting Race challenge is thrown down. The race kicks off at 3.30 and the longest beard, after a tense five minutes of furious fibre flinging, is declared the winner.

Place your bets with the official Goat Race bookie and sweepstake, dance in your wellies to the DJ and buy goat-themed treats from the markets stalls.

Go goat go!

Join The Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race Facebook group for the latest news, including their Goat of the Day (some of them cute, some of them goatishly dressed a hipsters…).

SATURDAY 3rd April (Easter Sunday)
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm (Goatee Knitting Race at 3.30pm. Goat Race at 4.30pm)
Venue: Spitalfields City Farm and then Secret East London Location
Buxton Street
London E1 5AR

Map Website Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green, Whitechapel

Dress code: Strictly black tie, rowing lycra, boat club jackets and ties, or goat

All proceeds from the day go to Spitalfields City Farm. A place where chunky beasts live in harmony with the concrete city around them. If it wasn’t for beasts like these and green goat-riddled havens like these then children would think all yarn was delivered by the yarn fairy.

A free London event where you can support your local goats in their sporting endeavours and take your knitting by the horns.

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Swapping Yarn and giving for Haiti and MSF

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 7, 2010

Here at S&B London we love a bit of giving. Most knitters do. We also love a bit of getting. Who doesn’t? So when we saw the images of the how mother nature had given Haiti a good shaking we were damned sure we wanted to do something to help.

Couple the desire to pass on some pennies with the fact that many of us are up to our ears in unwanted yarn and the solution seemed obvious: an S&B Yarn Swap for Medicins Sans Frontieres. Pennies and pounds for those working hard to save and improve lives, a bit of space in the stash for our generous S&B Londoners and an excuse to oooo and ahhh over lovely yarn in a cosy London pub.

Swap me! Swap me!

Here was the deal: folks brought their unwanted yarn along, they swapped it, sometimes they got yarn in return, mostly they just got rid of yarn burning valuable space in their stash, each person getting yarn gave a donation to MSF instead of the yarngiver. Yarngivers went home with a warm fuzzy feeling and space for more yarn. Yarngetters went home with bargain yarn and a warm fuzzy feeling too. Both sides helping MSF out of the goodness of their knitting hearts. Yay!

The scene was set at the Stamford Arms as we filled the room to capacity with knitting lovelies.

We were also joined by the lovely Clare from Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure or P/Hop. A charity raising money for Medicins Sans Frontieres by selling knitting patterns for donations.

We taught.

A few purling pointers

A whole lot of casting on going on

We learned.

Hardcore learners: seating grew scarce so some learned standing up

First steps in stitchiness

We knit.

Concentrated stitching

Knit and crochet friends?! Unheard of!

We fought for yarn at the Yarn Swap Yarn Bar.

Oooooooo yarrrrrrrrrrrrrn!

Yarn flew, hair was pulled (not really) and the rehoming of many unwanted skeins took place.

A fantastic £205.36 pence was raised in all from the Yarn Swap.

Woolly wonder Jenny Willett also raffled off a rather fine knitted blanket she’d stitched up from her unwanted yarn. She raised a further £145 all on her own.

Blankety fabulousness

The Stamford Arms were slightly bewildered by the number of fabulous fibre flingers stitching up a storm in their upstairs bar but by the end of it they’d donated some money of their own to the cause too.

You can see P-Hop’s take on the evening here and find their fabulous P-Hop patterns for fundraising here.

London, we love you for being so utterly generous and so utterly nuts about yarn. The folks at MSF have passed on a HUGE thanks to all those who took part too.


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