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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

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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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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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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Stitching Secret Santa the Second

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 17, 2009

Twas the very last Stitch and Bitch London meeting before Christmas and all through the National Theatre not a creature was knitting…except for 30 people on the first floor.

Since some of you lovely S&B Londoners missed out on Stitching Secret Santa (and one poor soul ended up with the unhandmade prize of pantsness) we decided to give Stitching Secret Santa another jingling whirl in what has come to be known, imaginatively, as Stitching Secret Santa the Second.

Witness the loveliness of what our handcrafting heroes contributed to Round Two here:

Cuuuuuute bag and row counter

A fine woolly pair

The proof was in the (tea cosy) pudding. Marion gets a fabulous present at last.

A very sweet stitched stocking

A snuggly snood

Perfect pink armwarmers (to be passed on to a friend by their slightly allergic recipient)

Charming handmade buttons and charm

Dangling decorations

Christmas tree peoples

Stitched soldiers

A selection of stockings

The ink-slinging Gary ‘Sheep Stitcher’ Northfield also wandered along to admire the woolly wonders and sign some copies of his Derek the Sheep book for our competition winners:

Derek runs from an angry bee

Derek in Wonderland

Derek joins Knit the City for a yarnstorm on the farm

All in all it was a marvellous Stitchmas way to end one of S&B London’s busiest, moustachiest, maddest years.

Thanks to everyone who stitched their second Secret Santa and everyone who ooohed and ahhed in the right places as they were opened.

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In pictures: the S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama 2009

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 15, 2009

Christmas is a time for knitting like crazy, screaming at people to shhhhhh because you are counting rows because this knit has to be finished in two weeks’ time and staring with horror at the calendar as the day between your Christmas knitting and the big day get nearer and nearer.

Lucky for Stitch and Bitch Londoners it’s also a time of year for the S&B London Christmas Party and this year we did our best to make it a Yarnorama worth coming along to.

Raising over £300 for the Treasure Trove charity we spent the evening knitting, exchanging some heavenly bits of handmade in our Secret Santa and eating, drinking and being knitty. It was Christmas with a woolly flare.

If you missed it you can have a virtual S&B London Christmas Yarnorama along with us by looking at the pictures and wishing really really hard that you were there.

Some Really Rather Marvellous Raffle Prizes:

Some very lovely Debonnaire handspun yarn

An Addicted to Knit shawl kit

A pretty Purlescence needle clutch

More kits from Sharp Works and Cafe Knit

Goodies from Milla Mia and Fabrications

Godzilla-like Ropey from Prick Your Finger

Some stitched and rather swish Secret Santa swaps:

Purple armwarmer goodness

Pretty in purled pink

A haaaaaandbag

A chilly winter Penguin

A cosy headhugger

A cosy headhugger

Handmade leather lovelies

Eek! A mouse!

Red and bobbly

Another handmade handbaaaaaaaag for the man who has everything

Blue sock smile

Ooo! Cable!

A dahhhling dinopurse

Pom pom people!

The green green scarf

Stitched ski hat

Cake and bow

Multicoloured and squishy

Sheep poo paper. Ewwwwwwww!

A cosy white cap

Handy handwarmers

Something flowery

Handmade hooter

Cupcake and cowl

A Christmas Bear


Ooo la la!

Green glee

Some angelic ornaments


Some sweet socks

Where did you get that hat?

A rather sorrowful bit of rule breaking (sadly not handmade or worth approx £5)

Itty bitty pin cushion

Rather funky purple wrist warmers

Before the raffle Emma told us a little about the charity we were raising money for. Cue all of us feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Emma tells us why Treasure Trove is so fabulous

The raffle begins. A selection of our prize winners as we had 27 prizes this year:

A yummy knit kit

Mmm magazine subscription

Handspun happiness

Balls of brilliant stuff

Some sharp stitching stuff

Happy happy happy

All the Fun of the Fair's coveted Noro

And we said goodbye to the lovely Startitis and it all got a bit emotional. :*(

A bunch of slightly sorrowful stitchers

It's all about booze and yarny loveliness in the end

There were over 70 photos taken at the party so if you can’t see yourself here hop along to our set on Flickr and hunt yourself down there.

The Stitchettes would like to thanks all the lovely Yarn Sellers and Magazines mentioned here who donated prizes to the Really Rather Marvellous Raffle and to our sponsors Debonnaire, Yarn Box and KAL Media. We heart you all. You helped us raise loads of money for a good cause and put some smiles on our lovely stitchers.

Thanks also to everyone who attended and the shops who gave vouchers and discounts too.

See you in the New Year as the woolly Godzilla that is S&B London stomps across 2010 roaring “Submit to the Knit” to the non-knitting masses till they pick up sticks and join us.

The Stitchettes x

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The S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama 2009

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 7, 2009

The S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama in sponsored by the lovely

Grab your knitted mistletoe and your purled party frocks. Ladies and Gents of S&B London the Christmas Party Yarnorama is upon us and it is going to be fabulous. Bring your partners and non-knitting friends too. Go on.

This year you’ll be exchanging your handmade gifts in the very merry Stitching Secret Santa (more info here), there’ll be free samples of Soak Wash, discount vouchers from Loop and we’re running a Really Rather Marvellous Raffle with some stupendous stitching prizes to raise money for the very worthy charity Treasure Trove. The prizes come from all across the knitting world and quite frankly they’re so good we’re not sure we want to give them away. Lucky for you we’re feeling the Christmas spirit. Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

The Really Rather Marvellous Raffle:
Tickets: £2 each. All money goes straight to the Treasure Trove charity Registered Charity No. 1065582
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The New Moon

The New Moon
88 Gracechurch Street,

Map Website Nearest Tube: Bank, Liverpool Street, Monument

Special offers: For those who can’t make the party we have online discounts for you lovely lot too. Use coupon code stitchlondon for 30% off all orders over £10. Expires 24th December. Use coupon code CK09SABL for 15% off everything in store. Expires 31st March 2010.

More about Treasure Trove: Treasure Trove is a week-long residential project held once a year for 40 or so young people. The young people may or may not have physical disabilities and are aged between 16 and 25 years. To read about why we chose Treasure Trove read S&B Londoner Emma’s story here and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

More about our sponsors:
KAL Media are the publishers of Yarn Forward, Inside Crochet and Sew Hip magazines. Each magazine offers crafters a variety of original projects with clear instructions so you can make them at home. There’s also plenty to read, with news, reviews, interviews, the latest products and fascinating features. Contributors include the UK’s top designers and manufacturers, plus the hottest new talents emerging in the industry.


Sellers of fine knitting and needlepoint, original knitting patterns and Debonnaire Soft Spun, Sock and Lace yarns
Find them on Ravelry: ehdknits

Simple luxury – Yarn Box is a shop passionate about yarns and bringing the world’s most exquisite yarns to you as well as sourcing delightful knitting and crochet accessories.

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Treasure Trove: An S&B Londoner’s tale on why we chose this charity

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 4, 2009

This year the S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama is raising money for the Treasure Trove charity.

Treasure Trove is a week-long residential project held once a year for 40 or so young people. The young people may or may not have physical disabilities and are aged between 16 and 25 years.

It’s a charity that S&B Londoner Emma Toft helps out with each year. After hearing her tales of Treasure Trove at an S&B meeting we wanted to do something to help them out. Here’s Emma’s experience with Treasure Trove so you can see why this charity is so worthy of our support:

The Treasure Trove gang

I stumbled upon Treasure Trove through a friend of a friend. She beamed when she told me about this fab charity that she used to go to as a member when she was younger. Working in the film industry where money and time is everything, I was desperate and looking to ‘help’ a charity in some way and so asked if I could help Treasure Trove in any way.

I now help organise and run the arts and crafts group, where the members can have a go at a variety of mediums to express themselves – things most of them have never and may never have the chance to try. Members choose to participate in Drama (where a show is created within the week and shown to family and friends on the Friday), Photography (where they complete a qualification in photography and catalogue the week’s goings on through photos ) and Arts and crafts (everything we make is sold on the Friday to help fund next year’s week). These groups are then run in the mornings and various trips out are run in the afternoons.

With no TVs and terrible mobile reception (!), everyone bonds and becomes a family away from home. This probably just sounds like a ‘jolly’ to you or I, but the members themselves come from a vast array of backgrounds. We include everyone, both with and without physical disabilities in all of the activities, and work the program around this ethic. Many of the members lives are changed through this amazing week each year, and many of them don’t get a holiday away from carers/family without it.

Unfortunately as this is a charity, we are constantly in need of money to ensure that our members are able to come and enjoy this rare environment. By buying a raffle ticket or four at the S&B London Christmas Party Yarnorama you are really helping to ensure that we can continue and enrich young peoples lives.

The 'At Home' show

I jumped in headfirst that first year, having never even met a disabled person and not really thinking much about it. At the end of the Friday show (the ‘At Home’) I told one of the other staff that I wanted to say something to everyone at the end, as I was so overwhelmed by my experience.

I stood up after seeing some of the members sing and perform scenes which the whole of Treasure Trove were truly proud of. I started “I have never seen so much…”, being the emotional wreck that I am, I couldn’t hold back the tears and sobbed my way though “…so much love and caring as I have this week”.
That was five years ago and needless to say I have never lived that moment down, but I meant what I said and that week cemented Treasure Trove in my life and I can never imagine missing it.

Thank you so much for your help.


Treasure Trove is a Registered Charity No. 1065582

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Stitch and Shhhhhh Secret Santa

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 23, 2009

Do you ever feel envious of those lucky, lucky recipients of the carefully knitted gifts that you give them? Do you secretly wish that you could have something soft and woolly and handmade to open? Well, here’s your chance.

S&B London is already working hard to plan the most knitastic Christmas party London has ever witnessed.
Secret Santa has metamorphasised into the most party-hearty part of it all. Last year there were squeals of stitching glee, snickers of ‘I got the best pressie’, and much admiration of woolly wonders that got handed out.

Last Christmas we packed out the venue, pretended to knit briefly before casting it aside in favour of merriment, and exchanged lots of fabulous handknitted loveliness in mystery gift form (some finished at the very last minute).

There is no limit to secret santa subjects. We’ve had gorgeous gloves, dinosaur stockings (stockings with dinosaurs on, not a sock of dinosaurs!), pots of peeping posies, silky scarves, adorable armwarmers, and even a special Santa.

This year we’re doing it alllllll again. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is:
  1. Make one present.
  2. Your present should cost approximately of £5.
  3. Your present can be ANYTHING, as long as it’s knitted or crocheted or at least handmade.
  4. You must make your present before the S&B London Christmas Party (in December, date and venue to be confirmed).
  5. Turn up at the S&B London Christmas Party with some Christmas cheer and your present wrapped up.
  6. Place your Secret Santa present in the magic sack.
  7. At present-giving time pick a gift from the magic sack.
  8. Open your present and squeak with excitement.
  9. Model your present proudly for the rest of the night looking a bit smug
  10. Eat (cake), drink (insert booze of choice here) and be merry.
What do you mean “Christmas already! It’s only October”? We’re giving you a couple of months of stitching time which will just fly by!

If you need ideas to get you started, there are plenty of ideas from the last few years in our flickr group or our 2007 Party set.

Remember, your gift is completely anonymous (unless you start pointing and saying “I made that!”) and it doesn’t have to be anything complicated – all gifts are valued equally.

There’s only 64 knitting days till Christmas! Arrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhh!

Picture by Mirvettium

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IT’S CHRISTMAAAASSS! S&B London Christmas Party and Secret Santa details

Posted by laurapurlprincess on November 13, 2008


Christmas is now officially round the corner and that can only mean one thing… Christmas party time!

Last year’s party was a great success with a giant stocking full of Secret Santa gifts, lots of drinks flowing and yarn-fuelled japery. See the evidence Here. This year’s is set to be better than ever at our new favorite venue, the Clarence.

We are kicking the night off with Secret Santa, so if you have managed to knit a gift then drop it into the giant Christmas stocking when you arrive. From 7pm you will be able to pull a gift out for your very own.

If you have not knitted something for Secret Santa then we still welcome you with yarn-covered open arms to come join us; newbies, old hands, and wallflowers alike.

After the wrapping paper has been ripped into tiny pieces (and maybe after a spot of knitting), we will be getting into the Christmas spirit(s) by inviting you, your other half/ friends/ family to join us for festive drinks and general merriment until late.

Come one, come all… it’s CHRISTMAAAAAASSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

From 6pm, Secret Santa from 7pm, Part time from 8pm
Venue: The Clarence
53 Whitehall
London SW1A 2HP

Map Nearest Tube: Charing Cross, Embankment

S&B London Guide to Secret Santa

  1. You are to make one present.
  2. Your present should cost approx £5.
  3. Your present can be ANYTHING, as long as it’s knitted or crocheted.
  4. You must make your present before the S&B London Christmas party on Tuesday 16th December
  5. Preen yourself, then arrive at the S&B London Christmas party looking fabulous with your present wrapped up.
  6. Place your Secret Santa present in the giant Christmas stocking.
  7. At present-giving time pick a gift out of the giant Christmas stocking.
  8. Open your present and weep with joy.
  9. Sing Christmas carols and fine Christmas pub food.

Rummage in the giant stocking

Rummage in the giant stocking

Pick a present

Pick a present

And enjoy!

And enjoy!

If you need ideas to get you started, here is a link to some pictures from last year’s party.  Remember, your gift is completely anonymous and it doesn’t have to be a work of art, so even if you’re a beginner you can still join in with the fun.

Get your thinking caps on knitters and we look forward to seeing your festive treats!

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Stitch and Secret Santa Shenanigans

Posted by knittingninja on October 20, 2007

We’re counting down the days til Christmas at S&B London and of course our Christmas Party on 6th December (venue TBA very soon).

This year the Stitchettes are inviting you to join the S&B London Secret Santa Shenanigans.To take part all you need to do is knit or crochet a little goodie to the approximate value of £5 and bring it along on the night. Don’t worry knitters, it doesn’t have to be a work of art and we wouldn’t expect it to be for £5!

If you bring along a knitted gift, you will get to fish one out of the Secret Santa Sack of Yarny Wonders. The draw is completely anonymous and you’re not knitting for a specific person. Don’t worry if you’re a newbie knitter, you could knit a square, sew it up and turn it into a finger warmer! Anything goes!

Bring your knitted gift along to the Christmas Party on the 6th of December (put it in your diaries and prepare for a hangover the next day), and prepare to be merry. Let’s make it a Christmas Party to remember knitters. So, what are you waiting for? Start your Christmas Stitching!

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