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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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Stitched Sealife: The Stitched Sealife Six plan their breakout

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 25, 2010

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

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. We’re getting closer to catching the whole gang. The net is tightening…

An anonymous tip-off lead us to the Natural History Museum’s Member’s Room where we had been told the fishy members of the Stitched Sealife Six had made their hideout. Sure enough there they were:

The gang's all here

The cheeky Coelecanth, the fish femme fatale Viper Fish, the overly ambitious Oarfish, the ravenous Osedax, the shiny happy Slender Snipe Eel and tiny tentacled terror that is the Stitched Squid.

"This is it, fibre-finned compadrés. Tonight we make a break for it..." The Stitched Squid rests before the big push.

Will they make it or is it back to their specimen jar cells? There’s only one way to find out.

There are also rumours the Godfather of the Deep Sea, the Giant Stitched Squid, may put in an appearance on the night. At present these rumours are unconfirmed but word of the 8-metre knitted nautical beast seem to be everywhere. Can such a creature possibly exist?

Come along to the Natural History Museum August 27 to Stitch a Squid and see the Stitched Sealife Six. If we can catch them…

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Stitched Sealife: Legend of the Tiny Stitched Squid

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 24, 2010

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

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. Walk softly and cast your gaze at the last escapee. Stitched Sealife Specimen number six…

The infamous Stitched Squid has yet to be explained by oceanographic scientists, as to this date not one specimen has been caught alive. This ten-legged tearaway was knit into life by your trusty Stitched Sealife correspondent, Deadly Knitshade.

You'll never catch me alive, see?

Impressing his deep sea companions with his ability to survive at any depth (including above sea level) the Stitched Squid is a little bit of a legend. In the underwater hierarchy they’ve been known to rub shoulders with some of the sea’s godfather figures and hang out at only the chicest sea parties.

Though some doubters have said that Stitched Squid don’t exist at all.

Dippy, tell the chick with the camera to make nice and leave.

Here at the Museum we caught this Stitched Squid at a sit down with Dippy the Dinosaur in the main hall but once he spied the cameras he gave us the slip.

We were forced to keep a wary distance as rumours of the arm-wrestling skills of ‘Squidius Knittius’ are often to be heard told by melancholy one-armed sailors drowning their sorrows in dockside drinking establishments.

This here is my baleen bodyguard. Say hello, Bluey.

One look into the glassy peepers of this miniscule marine cephalopod confirmed one thing. Stitched Squid do exist somewhere out there in the briny blue.

We just need to find them.

Come any closer and you'll sleep with the fishes. Capiche?

Tomorrow an anonymous tip off tells us where we’re likely to find the whole gang. Come back and check out if we manage to snap the Stitched Sealife Six together.

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

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Stitched Sealife: The Viper Fish chats up Charles Darwin

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 23, 2010

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

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

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

I feel fishy, oh so fishy...

Check out these chompers, baby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stitched Sealife: The Oarfish dreams of world domination

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 19, 2010

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

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. We hunted down number three of the Stitched Sealife Six…

The mysterious Oarfish, also known as the rather regal ‘King of Herrings’ is not often seen, despite the fact that they can grow up to 10 metres long. This Oarfish tiddler, stitched into existence by Stitch Londoner Knitterbird, may be a minnow but he has grand plans.

Bow to his majesty, the Oarfish

Lurking 1000 metres beneath the sea this Oarfish has had plenty of time to plan his strategy on his journey to ground level. He was last seen in a commanding position at the entrance to the Museum’s Deep Sea exhibition.

When I am 10 metres long I will have your heads, airbreathers...

Often mistaken for legendary man-guzzling sea serpents in tales of old, this particular Oarfish is rumoured to have world domination plans aplenty.

Do not let the distinguished ‘moustache’ and fly away hair-do fool you. His plans for the world above the waves are sure to be dastardly.

Submit to the rule of my iron fin, puny humans!

Return tomorrow for another damp chapter of the Deep Sea escapee story.

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

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Stitched Sealife: Bone-eating Snot-flower worms meet the Giant Sloth

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 17, 2010

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

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. This is where we found the second of the Stitched Sealife Six…

The hungry Osedax have another, not so pretty name. They are the Deep Sea’s ‘Bone-eating Snot-Flower Worms’ and this famished bunch were stitched to life by Stitchette The Bluestocking Stitcher.

Chomp chomp sniff chomp chomp

Lurking a grand 2500 metres below the sea this little lot came a long way to get to the Museum. This made them hungry. It seems they went in search of a bone-based lunch. They were last seen eyeing the skeleton of a Giant Sloth.

The Osedax peer hungrily at the Giant Sloth

You are by no means to approach these tiny nibbing worms, which have been known to strip entire whale carcasses on the sea bottom.

They are to be considered hungry and dangerous escapees. You have been warned.

Feeeeeeed us! Feeeeeeeeeeed us!

Come back tomorrow for the Deep Sea story of another stitched sealife escapee.

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

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Stitched Sealife: Coelacanth lurks in the Fossil Hall

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 17, 2010

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

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. This is the tale of the first of the Stitched Sealife Six…

The cheeky Coelacanth, known for his hollow spine and its tendency to ‘walk’ across the seabed, was stitched into the world by Stitch Londoner Ginger Knits.

Meet the Coelacanth

He dwells 150-400 metres under the sea

He is one of the oldest species of fish in the world, but that didn’t stop him strutting his finny stuff down the Fossil Hall of the Museum for all the world to see.

Comparing fin size with a plesiosaur

Coelacanth have also been known to stand on their heads. We judge from the look on the face of this escaped specimen that he is capable of much more. Be vigilant! He could be up to anything.

Planning something fishy

Return tomorrow for the Deep Sea tale of another stitched sealife escapee.

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

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Stitched Sealife coming soon…

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 16, 2010

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

To celebrate all things Stitched and all things from the Deep Sea some of Stitch London’s artiest wielders of the wool have created a shoal of deep sea specimens to tempt you into the chilly waters of deep sea stitching.

Starting tomorrow see the fishy tale of how the Stitched Sealife Six specimens escaped into the Museum and got to know the place where the dinosaurs, bones and beasts dwell…

We seek them specimens here, we seek them there...

PS We’re still looking for teachers on the night to teach our very simple Stitched Squid pattern. Please email us if you’re interested.

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Stitch Yourself: For One Night Only

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 2, 2010

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

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

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

Tickets, please!

The Stitched Selves check out the new East London line

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

Keep still in there! We're cutting!

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

How do you spell 'Austria'?

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

One, two, three, SQUEEEEEEEEEEEZE!

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

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

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

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

The Stitch Yourself Tour Bus (air conditioned)

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

The showcase all ready for its Stitched Self guests

The Stitched Self Stitchettes checked it out first for safety.

Mini Deadly Knitshade takes to the shelf

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

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

TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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

What were they doing there? We explained it all:

Stitch Yourself explained

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

Do you see yourself somewhere?

Here maybe?

Or here?

Perhaps here?

Or in this little lot?

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

Mini Gerty gets a telling off

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

Admiring a crowd of tiny handmade people

The crowd of admirers grew

And grew

And every one of them was fascinated

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

A whole class of Stitched school kids hanging in the air

A rather dignified be-shoed Stitched Self up front

A gold-toothed smile

Shelf perchers

Bear with me

Casual

So many of you stitched lot

Stars and stripes

And skates

Flying high

Corner crowd

A little sleepy

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

A few familiar faces

Stitched smiley people

Happiness or shock...?

Stitched ink slingers

Pearls on purls

Specs and stitches

Flying the flag

Shhhh! She's sleeping

That's a tiny albino hedgehog on her toes

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

Spot the scandalous naked Stitched Self

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

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

Knitted science

Stitch London go sciencey

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

Behiiiiind you!

A doppelganger with a doppelganger of her doppelganger

Stitched streaker!

Four lovely ladies visit their group of Stitched Selves

Hair slightly less wild than her Stitched Self behind her

That's her in the black and white stripes

Found me!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stitch Yourself: new arrivals

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 28, 2010

Stitch London have been hard at work cataloguing and tagging each and every Stitched Self that you send in. Here’s a look at the chaos that took place as over 200 of your tiny dopplegangers took over Stitch London Towers this week:

It begins with a desk full of tiny person parcels...

And they keep coming...

And so the cataloguing and tagging commence

Stitched Selves waiting patiently to be tagged

A stitched school teacher keeps her stitched pupils in line

Box One fills up nicely to the constant chatter of Stitched Selves making introductions

Our first Stitched Self with a baby on board

Box One is almost full and still two post bags to go

A bit of carpet lounging as the tagging continues

A few Stitched Selves are caught up in a terrifying incident with one of the Tiny Perching Pigeons

The Stitched Selves come in all shapes...

And all sizes (We did say 15cm approx!)

Box one is full. Will you try and keep it down in there!?

It took two full days of opening, giggling, labelling, scribbling and packing but so far 237 Stitched Selves have been sorted.

We even had a ‘waiting area’ where Stitched Selves that cheekily requested being placed with friends or family hung out. We are pleased to say you were all united with who you waited for if you asked. All Stitched Self couples and groups have been tied together for the journey and will stay together in the museum.

We managed to fill two whole boxes which now stand by for the last stragglers that the postal service has eaten.

In the meantime Gertrude picked out a few friends to crack open the cider.

Stitched Self parrrrrrrrrty!

Join us and over 230 Stitched Selves at London’s Science Museum this Wednesday the 30th of June for the Stitched Self Exhibit. One night, hundreds of Stitched Selves. Woo hoo! We can’t wait!

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