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New Year Newbies Stitch Up 2012 and Stitch London’s 6th Birthday

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 29, 2011

It’s official. 2012 will be the year of the Stitch! This year Stitch London plans to cram as much stitching in as possible and we’re starting as we mean to go on with our fantabulous GIANT NEW YEAR NEWBIES STITCH UP!

3rd January 2012
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Every year we gather as many stitchers as we can at our second home, London’s Royal Festival Hall, to get our public stitch on in style. Each year we see around 200 proud crafty people gather.

Stitch London Stitch Up's can sometimes be seen from space

Celebrate Stitch London’s 6th Birthday!

This year we’re turning 6 years old! To celebrate we’ll have some spot prizes which will be given out randomly throughout the evening. Woo hoo!

Pass on the Knitting Love

STITCH LONDON NEEDS YOU! For our New Year Stitch Up we invite anyone new to knitting or new to the group to come along. We offer free lessons in knitting basics for learners, which is where is splendiferous Stitch Sages come in. If you know how to knit and think you know enough to pass it on (it’s really very easy), then please join our Stitch Sage team. You only need to teach for about half an hour and then keep an eye on your learner’s in case they get a bit lost while they practice.

We really really need new Stitch Sages to pass on the woolly love, so if you want to volunteer in the New Year please drop us an email at stitchsage@stitchLDN.com with the subject “I want to help wrangle the woolly Godzilla”.

It’s easy to teach. It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. It’s a fabulous way to begin the new year. Create a brand new knitter! You can read some of our inspiring Stitch Sage stories here.

Find out more about teaching as a Stitch Sage here

Learn How to Knit

Fancy learning to get your knit on? The New Year Stitch Up is your chance to learn to knit for free!

You can bring your own yarn and needles, but Stitch London will be offering Whodunnknit How to Knit Kits in three flavours Sheep ‘n’ Aliens, Floating Flutterguys and Stitched Squid (each perfect for beginners), as well as Whodunnknit Stitched Self Mini Me Knitting Kits for those who know how to knit already.

The Whodunnknit Knitting kit includes:

  • An exclusive Stitch London skyline drawstring bag to keep your projects in
  • A set of bamboo knitting needles
  • A set of 4 Stitch London knitting badges
  • 2x 25g balls of brightly coloured yarn
  • A ultra-cute pair of ‘snips’ scissors
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
  • An 8-page Stitch London How to Knit booklet
  • Everything you need to make the Whodunnknit pattern of your choice (choose from Sheep and Martians, Floating Flutterguys, a Finger-fighting Stitched Squid or a Stitched Self Mini Me) along with the Whodunnknit knitting pattern

How do I order a Whodunnknit knitting kit?

Drop us an email at buystuff@whodunnknit.com and let us know how many kits you would like and which pattern you would like with it. Each kit costs £14.

Want to learn crochet instead?

The lovely Tofty Makes will be offering How to Crochet Kits with full instructions in the fabulous full-colour booklet. See more about her How to Crochet Kits and the cute amigurmi creature you can make over at Tofty Makes.

Drop us an email at buystuff@whodunnknit.com and let us know how many crochet kits you would like and we’ll pass it on to Tofty Makes. Each kit costs £14. See more about the contents here.

Crochet Kits from Tofty Makes

Can anyone come along to the Stitch Up?

Anyone and everyone is welcome. We’re multi-craft, multi-cultural and we love craft as much as you do. All you need to do is turn up, pull up a chair and start stitching. If you crochet, cross stitch, spin, embroider or do any other kind of craft you’re more than welcome to join us.

For those who wish to learn to knit you need to sign up when you arrive (look for the New Stitcher Sign Up Sheet) from 6pm. Teaching will begin at 6.30 once most of our Stitch Sages have arrived.

What does it cost?

It’s all totally free! Woo hoo!

Join us on the night! If you can’t make it you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we’ll be posting pictures on the night.

See you there and Happy New Year!

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

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Stitch London the book is here!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 17, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any more cool stuff?

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

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE STITCH LONDON BOOK

KNIT THE PIGEON: THE MOVIE

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

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


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Join us on the annual STITCH CRAWL 2011

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 23, 2011

STOMP! STOMP! STOMP! The Stitch London Stitch Crawl is stomping across London this summer for Worldwide Knit in Public Day (and International Yarnbombing Day) and you’re all invited.

11 June 2011 – 12pm to 6.30pm

GLOBAL: Knit a Floating Flutterguy with our FREE PATTERN and release him in your city
• LOCAL: Join the Stitch London Stitch Crawl 2011 in four of London’s lovely spaces and stitch in the great outdoors
LOCAL: Enter the Stitch Crawl Really Rather Marvellous Raffle to win fabulous prizes and raise money for Evelina Children’s Hospital London

Worldwide Knit in Public Day comes but once a year and this year it’s the 11th of June. The Stitch London Stitch Crawl rises from the depths of the Thames to stomp across the city once more.

What on earth is a Stitch Crawl? The Stitch Crawl (previously the Knit Crawl but we’re going multi-craft – crochet, sewing, crossstitch. All are welcome) is a day when you and your crafting 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, there’s graffiti knitting, and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the London’s outdoor areas.

Want to know more? Hop over the Stitch London’s shiny website to see venues, prizes and to find answers to all your questions.

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John Smedley Yarnstorm: The Big Event!

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 12, 2010

So us folks at Stitch London along with Knit the City‘s sneaky stitchers joined forces to bring the yarnstorm to one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, John Smedley.

The big event took place on October 11 at the John Smedley store on Brook Street. There was bubbly, there was wool, there was yarnstorming. Wanna see?

Each of our sneaky stitchers made a little piece of John Smedley history.

1784

Shorn-a the Dead conjured up the founding of the historic mill where the process of sheep to yarn to woolly jumper was first perfected.

 

From woolly creatures to woolly jumpers

From woolly creatures to woolly jumpers

 

 

Two smiling sheep

 

1784 saw the first record of the Lea Mills, historic mill building on the factory site for ‘spinning fine wools and cotton’.

1820s

The Fastener produced a finely dressed Victorian lady who was happy to tell the world that only the finest folks wore John Smedley underwear.

 

Only the finest ladies...

 

In the 1820s John Smedley installed the first knitting frames in a factory environment to knit underwear.

The company prospered in the Victorian era, in the heartland of the industrial revolution. It was one of the first factories,as they are known today and this era sees major further developments from Water wheel to electricity.

1920s

Yusuf Osman whipped up a waving washing line complete with flapping pairs of Smedley underwear blowing the wind.

Pants to any underwear that isn't Smedley

 

In the 1820s John Smedley installed the first knitting frames in a factory environment to knit underwear.

The company prospered in the Victorian era, in the heartland of the industrial revolution. It was one of the first factories,as they are known today and this era sees major further developments from Water wheel to electricity.

1960s

Marion Crick found her fibre inspiration in the 60s with a little vroom vroom on a handmade moped and an embroidered scene of mods modelling their Smedley threads.

 

Keen to keep up with the latest looks the guys decided to wear their newest Smedley gear to the new Mod club. Steve got the message slightly wrong.

 

In the 1960s John Smedley went from underwear to outerwear. They made the breakthrough from a heavy reliance on the production in underwear to more outerwear styles, particularly in the European and American markets, where the demand for smart ‘Sports wear’ look is strong.

1980s

Emma-Lee Yarwood gots her 80s on via the medium of fabric fabulousness with her New Romantic scene.

 

Fade to grey

 

In the 1980s the designers discovered the manufacturing capability of John Smedley. They collaborated with some of the world’s most famous designers, the likes of Katherine Hamnett, Vivienne Westwood, Commes des garcons, Paul Smith and Margaret Howell.

1990s

Deadly Knitshade turned her yarnstorm Japanese to show Smedley taking on the latest knitting machine technology from the Far East.

 

Robot knit knit knitting

 

In the 1990s John Smedley opened the flagship store at Brook street, started the web store, and installed the latest Japanese machines, capable of patterning garments and multi-stripes.


Fabric scraps take flight

The lovely Lady Loop put her needles to work on making a handmade hive and handsome Smedley fabric bugs and butterflies.

 

 

 

A Stitched Self fashion parade

And not forgetting the fashion parade of 11 of John Smedley’s most iconic items, including the Long Johns which the company invented!

 

 

The John Smedley Bridge

And last but by no means least the John Smedley factory bridge. This marvellous monster was created by The Fastener (with a little bit of help from Deadly Knitshade and Shorn-a the Dead) and is a tribute to the bridge on site at the real life Smedley factory. An astonishing work of fabric and inspiration.

 

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The bridge in all its finery

 

Let the yarnstorm commence!

After admiring it all it was time to yarnstorm. And yarnstorm they did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A yarnstormed window by Stitch London and Knit the City

 

The installation will be in the John Smedley window at their Brook Street store for the next two weeks. Go and see it!

Have a happy Wool Week, everyone!

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John Smedley Yarnstorm: sneak peek Day Three

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 7, 2010

Stitch London and Knit the City‘s sneaky stitchers are teaming up to bring the yarnstorm to one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, John Smedley.

The big event takes place on October 11 but here’s a little sneak peek to keep you in the woolly loop.

Sneak peek three is from Marion Crick who gets her 60s on with a little vroom vroom.

 

Ciao bella!

 

In the 1960s John Smedley went from underwear to outerwear. They made the breakthrough from a heavy reliance on the production in underwear to more outerwear styles, particularly in the European and American markets, where the demand for smart ‘Sports wear’ look is strong.

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Stitch London meet the folks at John Smedley

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 5, 2010

Back in the summer Stitch London were contacted by a giant in knitting history, the good folks at John Smedley. John Smedley are one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, established 225 years ago in 1784. That is some serious time knitting.

John Smedley invited the Stitch London Stitchettes up to Matlock in lovely Derbyshire to see where the knitwear action happens and learn a little about the Smedley Family.

Fancy coming with us on the factory tour?

The historic John Smedley factory in the heart of lovely green Matlock

We arrive at the John Smedley factory in the magic Smedley bus

First stop was a room full of the finished product. Much squealing and ooing and ahhing ensued.

Colourful knits

Stripey knits

Stripey knits

Knitwear love

Before they become knits: cotton and fleece

Then onto the factory and a some lessons in knitwear history. We were shown around by our tour guide John (not the Smedley John but another one) who had become a tour guide after working in the factory for over 30 years. He knew everything there was to know (and he let us snaffle a few lovely yarny scraps too).

Learning a little Smedley history

A talented tattooed lady works the spinning machine

Working away on the factory floor

One is impressed by your knitwear

Dye another day (sorry)

The fabric is put through its paces with loads and loads of washes

*drools*

Fluffy fleece and friends

The Fibre Flinger attempts to comb The Bluestocking Stitcher

Column of collars

HUGE knitting machines

A stash so big it needs stairs

Fabric patiently waiting to become clothes

A pair of long johns are born. (Not someone being sucked into the knitting machine)

Whole lotta blocking stuff

Whole lotta blocking stuff

Ironing

Then off to the room where all the finishing is done. The people working there were doing wonders of stitching. Amazing stuff.

Some very savvy stitchers

A little bit of chopping

A rather funky finishing machine

Checking for imperfections on a handy pair of light-up legs

That last little label

The tour ends. Red yarn for all! Yay!

Off home to ponder how to turn what we've seen into something sneaky...

This was all in preparation for a very special project where graffiti knitting will meet traditional knitwear, as Stitch London and their sneaky stitching friends at Knit the City yarnstorm John Smedley’s Brook Street store in central London.

You’re all invited to come along and see the yarnstorm. You can even join us at the launch on October 11.

See our website for full details of the big event

The entire piece will be made of John Smedley’s yarn and scraps left over from their clothes making.

This is going to be fun…

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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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