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20 May 2011
Stitch... and Waking the Yarn Graffiti Godzilla (RRRAARGGH!)   
LOCAL  ... EXCLUSIVE EVENT: STITCH LONDON'S ANNUAL STITCH CRAWL 2011 ...
GLOBAL ... FREE PATTERN: Graffiti Knitting Floating Flutterguys ... 
GLOBAL ... STITCHED SCIENCE: Update on our Science Museum event
... 
  Gerty: Gin and Stitching ...
Sunshine and sneaky stitched greetings to you
 
We hope this newsletter finds you well, raring to get out and stitch in public where ever you are as Worldwide Knit in Public Day and International Yarnbombing Day thunder towards us.
 
This year we’re giving away a free yarnstorming pattern to Stitch Londoner’s worldwide and our annual 2011 Stitch Crawl (renamed ‘stitch’ to invite all you other crafty stitchers too) on SATURDAY 11 June will take place in central London with a mountain of Stitch Crawl Prizes to be won and a free graffiti knitting pattern.
 
 
Stitch London learners: We offer learner knitter sessions at the first meeting of each month. Look out for the learner icon (left) to see dates for learner meetings. Places may be limited so please arrive early to sign up.

Want to know what to bring or how it works? See our Learn to Knit and FAQ pages


 The Stitch Crawl Lives! Join Stitch Londoners for a day of stitching outdoors, graffiti yarnstorming all the way and get your grubby paws on some fabulous crafty prizes.
 
Free the Flutterguys: Net a fabulous free knitting pattern for International Yarnbombing Day with our Floating Flutterguys
 
 
Stitched Science Update: Science stitching is flying in from across the globe. Have you sent yours yet? Would you like to help create the world’s largest stitched solar system? We need knitters too.
 


More gin Gerty? Our woolly agony aunt dives head into the issue of drunk yarn buying and the troubles that spring from ‘old knitter’s ruin’.

 

Stitch London meetings:
For more information on each venue click on 'More info' to go to our Venues page

Please note: 23 May meeting has an early start as Channel 4 are coming down to film us for a documentary and interview of few of our regular knitters. Come along early if you fancy a bit of the limelight.

MONDAY 23 May 

Time: From 4pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
 
 
Map More info
TUESDAY 31 May

Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London
SE1 8DD

Map More info
 


 
 
THURSDAY 9 June 

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX


Map  More info
 
  


WEDNESDAY 15 June

Time: From 6pm 
Venue: Stamford Arms 
62 Stamford Street 
London 
SE1 9LX 

Map More info
 
  

Stitch London Stitch Crawl 2011

SATURDAY 11 JUNE

Venues: St Jame's Park, Buckingham Palace (Green Park), Speaker's Corner (Hyde Park) and the Serpentine Museum

 
 
EXCLUSIVE EVENT: STITCH CRAWL 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 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) 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 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.

Is it just for knitting? This year it's officially a Stitch Crawl. Any type of craft is welcome. Crochet, cross stitch, embroidery, sewing, juggling, squid wrestling. You name it. Any one and everyone is welcome from grown ups, to kids, to pets, to people who have never come to an event like this before.

When is it? This year it's the 11th of June from 12pm till 6pm, with drinks after for the hardcore.
Where will it be? This year's Knit Crawl is going green. We're taking you on a journey through London's wild green spaces. Four venues, four places to sit and stitch, four lots of places to win something woolly and wonderful in our Stitch Crawl raffle. See website for more info.
 
STOP ONE:
THE MUSICAL
STOP TWO:
THE ROYAL
STOP THREE:
THE THINKER
STOP FOUR:
THE ARTY
SURVIVORS' SHINDIG
Time: Noon to 1pm
Bandstand (St James' Park)
Westminster
SW1 
 
Where: Near to the Bandstand in the Centre of the park
Time: 1.15 to 2.15pm
Buckingham Palace (Green Park by Canada Gate)
Westminster
SW1 
 
Where: Near to Canada Gate by the Refreshments
Time: 2.45 to 3.45pm
Speaker's Corner (Hyde Park)
Mayfair
W1K 1QB 
 
Where: Top right corner of Hyde Park
Time: 4.15 to 6pm
Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens)
London
W2 3XA 
 
Where: Outside the gallery
Time: 6pm till late
TBC
Natural History Museum V&A Albert Memorial Peter Pan Mitre

What will it cost? The Stitch Crawl is free for anyone to join. Bring yourself, bring your knitting and bring your outdoorsy pioneer spirits. We'll take you and your stitching tour you and your handmade won't easily forget.

What can I win in your marvellous raffle? We'll have prizes at each stop of the Stitch Crawl. The prizes will be announced below nearer the time on Twitter, Facebook and our website but they will be very cool. So much fabulous fibre-based stuff!

What's it for? The Stitch Crawl promotes the lovely art of stitching. We also raise money for charity. This year we're raising money for the Evelina Children's Hospital London (a cause very close to Stitch London's heart).

Will there be graffiti knitting? It's International Yarnbombing Day (though us Brits to call it Yarnstorming as we're not really the violent destructive types). We will be graffiti knitting away along the route. Bring your sneaky stitching and we'll yarnstorm as we go. (You don't have to yarnstorm if you don't want to. Fear not).

What if I can't make it? You can knit in public where ever you are. Check out the Worldwide Knit in Public Day website for info on a public stitch near you or organise your own. We'll also be tweeting live from the Crawl over at Stitch London's Twitter.
  
 
 

FREE PATTERN: Floating Flutterguy

The Floating Flutterguy, hatched by Whodunnknit for Stitch London’s annual Stitch Crawl 2011, is a simple bug. He turns from a cocoon of scrap yarn into a beautiful woolly winged wonder in less time than it takes to scream “AGH! Is that a moth! Get it away from my cashmere!!!”. Lucky for you (and for your cashmere) the Flutterguy isn’t hungry for your yarn. All he wants is to be set free somewhere in your city.

He comes in two delicious woolly insect species, Purly Winged Flutterguy (flat) and Curly Winged Flutterguy (fancy rolled edges). Free your Flutterguy! Go on.

 
 

  Stitched Science Update

Stitched Specimens are flying in - As our Science Museum event Stitched Science draws nearer we're getting 'Stitched Specimens' from all over the world. We've had purled Penicillin, a woolly Bunsen Burner and Test Tube all the way from Italy, the promise of a HUGE knitted plug complete with flex , a heart and brain winging their way from Down Under, and this cute little squishy computer (right) from Mochimochi Land's Anna all the way from New York. And that's only a few! 

Keep up the good stitching. Also if you'd like to email us to send pics of your knit in progress (or let us know it's going to be big and will need special space) please drop us an email at info@stitchLDN.com or Facebook or tweet us.

 By next week Stitch London’s Stitch Up should be live; showing images of all our new Stitched Science arrivals, as well as pictures of what’s going on at Stitch Up meetings and happenings at Stitch London online.

We need your knitting help! Stitch London's giant Stitched Solar System is going to be huge. We may need your help to knit it. Fancy lending us your crafty hands? Drop us an email at info@stitchLDN.com. London knitters only, unfortunately as all the yarn to make it is at The Fleece Station.

For more info on how you can join Stitched Science visit the website.
 
Ask Gertrude: Here’s Looking at You, Gin

Dear Gertie
 
After a few G&Ts I go through the euphoric Queen of the Knitting World phase - thinking I can knit anything. I then remember all the UFOs I have in my copious work baskets and also the piles and piles of stash I have, beautiful wools in colours I will never wear, like almond and lilac, which I usually buy during the euphoria stage of my G&Ts.
 
I feel terrible waves of guilt and remorse. Clearly giving up the ‘old knitter’s ruin’ is not an option but how do I cope with the guilt of five unfinished jumpers/blankets/cowls etc and the bagloads of wool?
 
I truly regret the 10 balls of silky woolly mauve stuff I have. There will never be a jumper that looks good in that colour. I also regret the 15 balls of pale angora that looks hideous when knitted up and what about the unfinished green jumper that's too tight around the boob area and will probably never ever have finished sleeves? And my son's half-finished jumper that I can’t bring myself to complete because its such a boring knit, and I know he will trash as soon as he wears it?
 
Sometimes I look at all my wool and UFOs and consider giving up. I am not worthy. Is there anything I can do?
 
Yours
Self Loathing of Surbiton 

 Dear SLoS
 
It’s a tricky one – I would certainly not advise drinking less gin, for it is a refreshing and ladylike drink upon which our Empire was built.
 
Nor would I dream to suggest foregoing the world of wooliness (I can hear the late Mr. Woolsworthy spinning in his grave as I type that – well, he does have a drop spindle and some batts with him, but I’m not sure how he’s got room enough to drop...).
 
I think first of all we need to clear that back-log of unfinished objects and re-deploy your unstashable yarns so we can reconsider your dilemma afresh.
 
First of all, get thee to a yarn-swap – one knitter’s trash is another’s treasure - see if you can off-load any of your unknitted yarns there. Some people really suit mauve – I can’t think of anyone at the moment, but that’s probably just because I’m thirsty, it often happens when someone else has drunk all the gin. *delivers accusing glare*
 
Any yarn that is unswapped should then be marked as charity yarn – use it for blanket squares, penguin jumpers, kitty comforters where the recipient will be glad of the woolly goodness and not really care about the colour or finish. Blanket squares can be knitted by even the most gin-soaked lush of a knitter as they crawl out of a skip, and heaven knows there are so many charities crying ou t for more squares right now. Charity knitting will restore the sense of self-worth your UFOs have been silently chipping away at.
 
Now we have busted your stash, feel the healing qi energies that had been blocked by excess yarn flow through your needles and into your unfinished objects. Get yourself invited to a retro 70s-themed fancy dress party and your sleeveless green too-tight jumper can be worn as a groovy tank-top.
 
Preempt your son trashing his jumper – trash it for him. With the Queens Golden Jubilee next year, I see a punk revival coming (yes, another one), so finish the boy’s sweater with a k3, drop 2, ch 2 bind-off (look for “dummy clap” patterns on Ravelry for a fuller explanation), give it a yank and voila – a pre-trashed and pretty darned stylin’ punk jumper. Then take all the unfinished blankets and cowls, cast them off wherever you happen to be on them, and crochet them together into one huge blanket. It will probably be the ugliest blanket in the world, but it will remind you every night why you should never go shopping when you’re drunk.
 
Finally, arrange a meeting with your friendly local pub landlord and say to him “I wish to set up an account at your establishment, with a limit of £xx. Please invoice me on a monthly basis. This shall be paid by direct debit. Do not ask for payment up front unless you like removing knitting needles from your more tender places.” Then when you go drinking, you can leave your purse at home and not be at risk of pick-pockets or yarn shopping. Do not make the same arrangement with your local yarn store, however lovely the manager is, for that way penury lies. Shall we go to the bar and set this up right now?
 
Yours thirstily
Gerty xxx
 

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Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.

Stitch London x 
 A woolly Godzilla since 2005
 
Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade
with help from NehtheKnits, Gertrude Woolsworthy and Gerty's Rage Counseller LondonBusKnitter.
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