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Posts Tagged ‘present’

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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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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Pay It Forward: Sharing the Stitching Love

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 5, 2007

pay it forwardsPay it Forward is a warm-fuzzy-feeling concept that will make the world a better place. The basic idea is it that instead of returning a favour, you pass that favour onto some other needy soul. The idea, which dates back pre-Hollywood and modern book to Robert A. Heinlein’s Between Planets, has taken on legs of its own (thanks to the movie and her royal highness Oprah) and finally it has come to the knit.

S&B London Stitchette, Lauren, came across it in the virtual halls of Ravelry and jumped on the band wagon of sharing. The basic idea is this:

  • The first three people to leave a comment on the Pay it Forward post here will receive a knitted item from the blogger (in this case me) within 6 months
  • The people who comment then put Pay it Forward on their own blog for three people to comment on and knits those three an item within 6 months
  • Those people then put it on their blog
  • Then the next three put it on theirs
  • You get the idea

You have a whole six months to think of something suitable, it can be small, huge, simple, clever, whatever you want. You could be sending and receiving from anywhere on the planet!

We traced PIF back through blogs to London to Denmark to Maine, USA, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Australia, before we decided there wasn’t time to trace them all!

Quick! Comment now (with your email address in the right box so I can get back to you), and if you are too late start your own on your blog (and leave a link on ours to invite people in). Soon there will be London knitting pinging from pole to pole.

Pay it Forward, S&B Londoners!


And let us know how it goes and we’ll publish your goodies on our blog too.

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